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Monday, November 17, 2008

Olivia honored at the White House, November 2008

In November of 2008, Olivia traveled to Washington DC to recieve the National Medal of Arts, for her lifetime achievements and contributions to American culture as an actress.

Photo by James Kegley for the National Endowment for the Arts

Watch the clip of Olivia getting her medal here:

Read the Press Release from the National Endowment for the Arts

The 2008 National Medal of Arts was awarded to Olivia de Havilland and presented by President Bush on November 17, 2008 in an East Room ceremony. de Havilland was honored "for her persuasive and compelling skill as an actress in roles from Shakespeare's Hermia to Margaret Mitchell's Melanie. Her independence, integrity, and grace won creative freedom for herself and her fellow film actors." The National Medal of Arts is a presidential initiative managed by the National Endowment for the Arts.

UPI Photos:

Above: President George Bush greets actress Olivia De Havilland prior to presenting her with the 2008 National Medals of Arts during a ceremony in the East Room at the White House on November 17, 2008. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Below: Olivia with her medal

LIFE Photos (Mark Wilson, photographer):