KENNEDY CENTER HONORS 1979 {HONOREES: AARON COPLAND, ELLA FITZGERALD, HENRY FONDA, MARTHA GRAHAM, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS} (TV)

Summary

This Kennedy Center celebration honors composer Aaron Copland, vocalist Ella Fitzgerald, choreographer Martha Graham, actor Henry Fonda, and playwright Tennessee Williams. Paying tribute to the honorees in word and/or performance are the following: Eric Sevareid; Leonard Bernstein with a film tribute to Copland; William Warfield with a Copland song; Art Buchwald with political satire; Alan Alda with a film tribute to Fonda, followed by Joshua Logan and Jane Alexander; Jean Stapleton introducing Placido Domingo, who sings a Leoncavallo aria; and Gene Kelly with a film tribute to Graham.

Continuing with tributes to the honorees in word and/or performance are the following: Peggy Lyman and Tim Wengerd dancing Graham's "Frescoes"; Leontyne Price singing an aria; Ann Miller and Mickey Rooney in a "Sugar Babies" routine; Elia Kazan with a film tribute to Williams; Maureen Stapleton, Elizabeth Ashley, and Michael Moriarty reading prose; Peggy Lee with a film tribute to Fitzgerald, followed by jazz with Count Basie, Lee, Joe Williams, and others; and Gene Kelly with closing remarks. Includes commercials.

Details

  • NETWORK: CBS
  • DATE: December 29, 1979 Saturday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:57:18
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T81:0032
  • GENRE: Award presentations
  • SUBJECT HEADING: African-American Collection - News/Talk/Docs
  • SERIES RUN: CBS - TV, 1979
  • COMMERCIALS:

CREDITS

    • Nick Vanoff … Producer
    • George Stevens … Producer, Writer
    • Michael B. Seligman … Associate Producer
    • Don Mischer … Director
    • L.T. Iglehart … Writer
    • Ruggero Leoncavallo … Composer
    • Aaron Copland … Honoree
    • Ella Fitzgerald … Honoree
    • Martha Graham … Honoree
    • Henry Fonda … Honoree
    • Tennessee Williams … Honoree
    • Placido Domingo … Singer
    • Eric Sevareid … Guest
    • Leonard Bernstein … Guest
    • William Warfield … Guest
    • Art Buchwald … Guest
    • Alan Alda … Guest
    • Joshua Logan … Guest
    • Jane Alexander … Guest
    • Gene Kelly … Guest
    • Jean Stapleton … Guest