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More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

More Sherlockian Winners of the National Medal of the Arts

“Since then I have been honoured …”

– His Last Bow (LAST)

Shortly after mailing out our last notice of new posts on our website, I received a note from the 13th Garrideb, Peter E. Blau, that there were other Sherlockian-related recipients of the National Medal of the Arts.

Noted theatrical musical composer Stephen Sondheim was presented the National Medal for the Arts by President Clinton at a White House ceremony on January 10, 1997. Sonhdheim did the music and lyrics for The Madam’s Song  also referred to as I Never Do Anything Twice for the 1976 film of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution.

 

 

Sondheim was also presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom on November 27, 2015 by President Obama in a White House Ceremony. This was the same ceremony where Steven Spielberg, the Executive Producer of the 1985 film Young Sherlock Holmes, recieved his Presidential Medal of Freedom. You can read about the ceremony and more about the Presidential Medal of Freedom HERE .

In 2000, the theatrical producer Harold Prince was presented with the National Medal of the Arts. Prince directed the Broadway musical production of Baker Street. The play premiered at The Broadway Theatre on February 16, 1965 and there was a total of 311 shows.

The opening night cast included Fritz Weaver, Peter Sallis, Martin Gabel, Inga Swenson, Virginia Vestoff, Teddy Green, and, in small supporting roles, Tommy Tune and Christopher Walken in their Broadway debuts.

Arthel “Doc” Watson was an Grammy award-winning bluegrass guitarist, songwriter, and singer. He was presented the National Medal of the Arts by President Clinton at a White House ceremony on September 29, 1997.

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

Faces of Moriarty: The Decorated Laurence Olivier

“His name is still honoured.” – The Adventure of the Three Garridebs (3GAR) Laurence Olivier is considered by many to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th century. Our post cannot do justice to the man’s career and legacy, so we encourage you to read his Wikipedia entry which has much more detail… Continue Reading

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

Arthur Conan Doyle and the Order of the Crown of Italy

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” – The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC) In 1898, Arthur Conan Doyle visited Italy with his brother-in-law, E. W, “Willie” Hornung (the novelist who created the gentlemen burglar “Raffles”). During his tour, King Umberto I of Italy conferred the Order… Continue Reading

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Awarded Medal of Freedom

“… one of the most honoured.” – The Adventure of The Dancing Men (DANC) At a White House ceremony yesterday, President Barack Obama honored retired NBA basketball player and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and 20 others, with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian award from the United States government. “The Presidential Medal of Freedom is not… Continue Reading

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

The Decorated Judy Dench of “A Study In Terror”

“… she is a most consummate actress …” – The Adventure of the Cardboard Box (CARD) The 1966 film A Study in Terror featured noted actress Judi Dench in just the third film of her long and illustrious career. Dench would play the role of Sally, who assisted her uncle in running a hostel / soup kitchen.… Continue Reading

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

Afghanistan or Iraq? Military Decorations of Captain John H. Watson

“Which was it – Afghanistan or Iraq?” – A Study In Pink When the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) premiered their new series of Sherlock in July of 2010, devoted Sherlockians watched to see how the writers would take items from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original Sherlock Holmes stories and update these items to the modern… Continue Reading

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

Beryl Vertue, BBC’s Sherlock Executive Producer, Honored With CBE

“If you have a fancy to see your name in the next honours list” -The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans (BRUC)   On May 20, 2016, Beryl Vertue received the Commander of the British Empire from Prince Charles during a ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Gazette had the following commentary when it was announced on… Continue Reading