Screen giant Clint Eastwood and Anne Cox Chambers, chairman of Atlanta Newspapers, which owns The AJC, were honored for their cultural contributions at the Culture Ministry in Paris on Friday.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy awarded actor/director Eastwood with the Legion of Honor, recognizing his body of work, his longevity and his ability to delight audiences around the globe, according to the award citation.
“It is just a great pleasure for me. I really love France. I love movies, and I love the appreciation that the French people have for movies,” Eastwood, 79, said.
Former French President Jacques Chirac had recognizred Eastwood as a knight of the Legion of Honor two years ago, and Friday’s decoration was a step up for Eastwood to grade three on the legion’s five-grade scale.
Chambers was awarded Commander in the Legion of Honor. It is the most recent of numerous honors bestowed upon Chambers, who served as ambassador to Belgium during President Jimmy Carter’s administration. In 1993, for example, Francois Mitterrand, then the president of France and uncle of current French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, awarded her the French Legion of Honor.
Her activities in support of the arts were recognized in 1994 when President Bill Clinton appointed her to the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. The High Museum of Art — whose Renzo Piano-designed wing bears her name, has exhibited a number of important works from the Louvre, a partnership made possibly largely due to her support.
−AP contributed to this report