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Clinton salutes dozen with Medal of the Arts

Peck, Roth among winners

WASHINGTON — President Clinton awarded the 1998 Medal of the Arts to a dozen individuals and groups, including Gregory Peck, “Fats” Domino, Philip Roth and the Steppenwolf Theatre Co.

Others honored this year include Jacques D’Amboise for dance and choreography; Ramblin Jack Elliott, folk singer; and Gwen Verdon, actress and dancer.

“The extraordinary individuals and organizations we honor with the National Medal of Arts reflect the breadth and depth of America’s cultural richness,” said National Endowment for the Arts chairman Bill Ivey.

Nomination process

The NEA seeks nominations for the annual award and final recommendations are made to the President by the National Council on the Arts, the NEA’s presidentially appointed advisory committee.

In addition to Steppenwolf, the Sara Lee Corp. received the honor this year for its support of the arts during the past 26 years.

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