Meryl introduced the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors


Meryl Streep introduced the honorees Saturday during a dinner at the U.S. State Department and noted Letterman had surpassed his mentor, Johnny Carson, in sustaining the longest late-night television career for more than 30 years.

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Hoffman was honored for charting his own path after taking a junior college class in acting that “nobody ever flunks.” Streep said it became a pilgrimage with Hoffman waiting tables and typing for the yellow pages.
“He’d do anything if it meant at night he could find himself on the stage,” she said.

Glenn Close toasted him for defining the character actor as leading man and as an artist who insisted on setting the highest standards for himself.

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