A Look Back at this Year’s Kennedy Center Honors Gala
By Janet Donovan
Guests attending the glamorous 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors on December 7th may have arrived camera-ready in emeralds and diamonds, but the best decorations were worn by honorees Morgan Freeman, George Jones, Barbra Streisand, Twyla Tharp, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey. Bestowed upon them the previous evening at a lavish State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the medals displayed by the six pack on the red carpet gratified the crowd of onlookers to say nothing of the celeb-starved photographers.
Four of the six honorees were sighted at George and Liz Stevens’ lavish brunch earlier that day (Streisand and Freeman passed) when a jubilant VIP crowd packed Café MoZU at the Mandarin Oriental. Ethel Kennedy, in a jovial mood, said she had every reason to be happy before pointing out that her niece, Caroline, who now emcees the Honors, would have been a good choice for the New York Senate seat once occupied by her late husband, Robert F. Kennedy, from 1965 to 1968.