KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 1981 {HONOREES: CARY GRANT, HELEN HAYES, JEROME ROBBINS, COUNT BASIE, RUDOLF SERKIN} (TV)

Summary

This Kennedy Center celebration honors William "Count" Basie, Cary Grant, Helen Hayes, Jerome Robbins, and Rudolf Serkin. The honorees are paid tribute in the following highlights: Walter Cronkite introduces each of the honorees; President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan appear at a White House reception for the honorees; Leontyne Price sings "Vissi D'Arte" from Puccini's "Tosca"; Mikhail Baryshnikov presents a film tribute to Jerome Robbins; the New York City Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre perform an excerpt from "Fancy Free," with Baryshnikov, Christopher D'Amboise, and Danilo Radojevic; Art Buchwald presents political satire; James Stewart presents a film tribute to Hayes; Donald Sutherland, Meryl Streep, and Richard Chamberlain perform readings on acting in tribute to Hayes; and Henry Mancini offers a film tribute to Basie.

Seiji Ozawa presents a film tribute to Serkin; pianist Cecile Licad plays the second movement from the Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor by Saint-Saens, with Mstislav Rostropovich conducting; Kennedy Center Chairman Roger L. Stevens talks about the Center's funding; Victor Borge performs a comic bit at the piano; Rex Harrison presents a film tribute to Grant; Audrey Hepburn recites a poem in honor of Grant; and the cast of "Barnum" performs "Come Follow the Band."

Details

  • NETWORK:
  • DATE: 1981/12/xx 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 02:05:00
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: 100440
  • GENRE: Specials
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Award presentations
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1981
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Nick Vanoff … Producer
    • George Stevens … Producer, Writer
    • Michael B. Seligman … Associate Producer
    • Don Mischer … Director
    • Sara Lukinson … Writer
    • Marc London … Writer
    • Hugo Fiorato … Conductor
    • John Mauceri … Conductor
    • Mstislav Rostropovich … Conductor
    • Nick Perito … Conductor
    • Walter Cronkite … Host
    • Mikhail Baryshnikov … Performer
    • Victor Borge … Performer
    • Audrey Hepburn … Performer
    • Cecile Licad … Performer
    • Leontyne Price … Performer
    • Danilo Radojevic … Performer
    • Meryl Streep … Performer
    • Donald Sutherland … Performer
    • American Ballet Theatre
    • New York City Ballet
    • Willian "Count" Basie
    • Cary Grant
    • Rex Harrison
    • Helen Hayes
    • Henry Mancini
    • Seiji Ozawa
    • Giacomo Puccini
    • Nancy Reagan
    • Ronald Reagan
    • Jerome Robbins
    • Camille Saint-Saens
    • Rudolf Serkin
    • James Stewart
    • George Stevens