Pacino, Tillis among arts honorees at White House

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Director and actor Pacino of U.S. waves after receiving Jaeger Lecoultre Glory to Filmmaker Award at gala awards ceremony at 68th Venice Film FestivalWASHINGTON (Reuters) – Actor Al Pacino and country singer Mel Tillis were among 17 poets, historians, organizations and others honored at the White House on Monday for their contributions to the arts or to the humanities. Saying they had “left an indelible mark on American culture,” President Barack Obama awarded the honorees the 2011 National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal in a glittering ceremony in the White House’s East Room. …

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