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Kennedy Center Honors Performing Artists

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2005 Kennedy Center Honorees include (Standing, L-R) Tony Bennett, Tina

Turner and Robert Redford. (Seated, L-R) Julie Harris and Suzanne Farrell.

The stars were shining a little early at the White House on Sunday, December 4 as five artists were honored for a lifetime of achievement. Members of the 28th annual class of Kennedy Center honorees were singled out at an afternoon reception by President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush for their contributions to the arts and culture.

The Tina Turner who showed up at the White House was subdued in comparison with the performer who has been electrifying concert stages since the 1960s. Still, she lit up a reception celebrating her and the four other recipients of this year's Kennedy Center Honors.

Tina Turner told reporters, "I'm very excited." President Bush drew some laughs when he noted of Turner, "People stand in wonder at the natural skill, the energy and sensuality, and the most famous legs in show business."

In addition to Turner, honors were bestowed on "Sundance Kid" Robert Redford, crooner Tony Bennett, prima ballerina Suzanne Farrell and award-winning actress Julie Harris. Later in an evening ceremony, artists from around the world gathered with the President and First Lady at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to pay tribute to the honorees.

"Each of these honorees, in a lifetime of achievement, has set a standard of excellence that is admired throughout the world," the president said. "The 2005 Kennedy Center Honors" will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 27 on CBS.

The 28th Annual Class of Kennedy Center Honorees include:

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Tina Turner

Tina Turner, 66, who has earned her seven Grammy awards for hits such as "Proud Mary," "What's Love Got to Do With It," "Better Be Good to Me" and "Private Dancer."

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Robert Redford

Robert Redford, 68. The two-time Oscar-winning actor has starred in dozens of films, including "The Way We Were," "The Natural" and "Out of Africa." He starred opposite Paul Newman in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid." Redford is also an award-winning director of film including "Ordinary People." Redford also created the Sundance Institute to foster independent filmmaking.

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Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett, 79. He is best known for songs such as "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" and "The Best Is Yet to Come." Bennett has won 11 Grammys for his singing and has enjoyed success with a younger audience in recent years.

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Suzanne Farrell as the Principal Dancer in

George Balanchine's 'Scotch Symphony.'

Suzanne Farrell, 60. The ballerina was the lead dancer in such performances as "Meditation," "Scotch Symphony" and "The Nutcracker," all choreographed by George Balanchine at the New York City Ballet. She is now an instructor.

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Julie Harris in 'The Haunting'

Julie Harris, 80. She has had a long acting career on stage and screen, and has won a record six Tony awards, Broadway's highest honor. Her films include "The Member of the Wedding," "East of Eden," "The Haunting" and "Reflections in a Golden Eye."

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Fellow Artists Laud Kennedy Center Honorees

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President Bush congratulates the 2005 Kennedy Center Honorees. They are

(left to right) singer Tony Bennett, ballerina Suzanne Farrell, actress Julie

Harris, actor Robert Redford and singer Tina Turner.

Tina Turner and Tony Bennett, two legends of American music, earned accolades from a broad array of pop and jazz stars Sunday, December 4 during the Kennedy Center Honors. In honor of Turner, Queen Latifah sang "What's Love Got to Do With It," Melissa Etheridge sang "River Deep, Mountain High" and Beyonce Knowles performed "Proud Mary."

Oprah Winfrey called herself "Tina's biggest known groupie" and spoke of seeing Turner perform live, advising the star-studded audience at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, "Add that to the list of things you do before you die."

Bennett was saluted with performances of standards like "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, "For Once in My Life," by R&B star John Legend, and "Fly Me to the Moon," by chanteuse Diana Krall. Record producer Quincy Jones described Bennett as "a soulful messenger of American songs" and said, "Tony is the one who knows how to fly us to the moon and get us back."

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Actor Robert Redford, singer Tina Turner, First Lady Laura Bush

and President Bush lend their voices to the National Anthem at

the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors.

Actor/Director Robert Redford took some potshots from Paul Newman, his co-star in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and "The Sting." Referring to Redford's reputation for lateness, Newman said, "Backstage they think the only reason he's even in the vicinity was because they told him this whole thing was yesterday."

Glenn Close called Redford "a visionary activist with the heart and soul of an artist," while Tom Brokaw dubbed him "captain of America's golden boys." Redford's film career spans decades, both in front and behind the camera lens as well. He won the 1980 Academy Award for his directorial debut of "Ordinary People."

Redford founded the Sundance Institute in 1981 in the mountains of Sundance, Utah. The Sundance Institute is a nonprofit organization dedicated year-round to the development of artists of independent vision and to the exhibition of their new work. One of the programs of the Sundance Institute is the Sundance Independent Film Festival.

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Actress Julie Harris and Singer Tony Bennett share a brief

moment together at the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors.

Julie Harris, a longtime veteran of stage and screen and winner of a record six Tony awards, won kudos from Kevin Spacey, who called her performances "not tricks, but transformations." Spacey went on to describe Harris, "Acting isn't what she does, it's who she is." Harris' films include "The Member of the Wedding," "East of Eden" and "Reflections in a Golden Eye."

Dancer Suzanne Farrell was feted by her former colleague at the New York City Ballet, Jacques d'Amboise. The company, led by George Balanchine, "was the center of American ballet and she was the diamond in its crown," d'Amboise said. Farrell was the lead dancer in Balanchine-choreographed ballets such as "Meditation" and "The Nutcracker." She is now an instructor.

Earlier Sunday, the members of the 28th annual class of honorees were welcomed by President Bush and first lady Laura Bush at a White House reception. "Each of these honorees, in a lifetime of achievement, has set a standard of excellence that is admired throughout the world," the president said. "The 2005 Kennedy Center Honors" will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 27 on CBS.

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