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Bill Clinton to Present Barbra Streisand with Chaplin Award at Lincoln Center Gala

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood February 13, 2013 at 1:57PM

The 42nd president Bill Clinton will make his second awards appearance this year at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th annual Chaplin Award ceremony, presenting the honor to Barbra Streisand. The award recognizes Streisand's achievement as the first American woman...
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Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

The 42nd president Bill Clinton will make his second awards appearance this year at the Film Society of Lincoln Center's 40th annual Chaplin Award ceremony, presenting the honor to Barbra Streisand. The award recognizes Streisand's achievement as the first American woman to receive credit as writer, director, producer and star of a major feature film ("Yentl").

The gala ceremony will be held at Lincoln Center on April 22. The annual event was started in 1972, when Charlie Chaplin returned to the US from exile to receive the honor. Other previous recipients include Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Elizabeth Taylor, James Stewart, Robert Altman and most recently Catherine Deneuve.

Clinton presented Best Dramatic Feature nominee "Lincoln" at the Golden Globes back in January (watch below). Streisand is set to make her first onstage appearance in 36 years at the 2013 Oscars.

It was also recently announced that Streisand will be back in the director's chair, signing a picture deal with Aldamisa International.

This article is related to: Awards, Awards, Barbra Streisand, Bill Clinton, Film Society at Lincoln Center


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.