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Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman: Kennedy Center Honors Recipients

Gusmano Cesaretti/HBO(NEW YORK) -- Dustin Hoffman, who starred in the film All the President's Men, will be honored by the president this December.

The 75-year-old actor and CBS late-night host David Letterman are two of this year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, announced Wednesday.  The award recognizes recipients for their lifetime contributions to American culture through the performing arts.

The chairman of the Kennedy Center said in a statement, "Dustin Hoffman's unyielding commitment to the wide variety of roles he plays has made him one of the most versatile and iconoclastic actors of this or any other generation; David Letterman is one of the most influential personalities in the history of television, entertaining an entire generation of late-night viewers with his unconventional wit and charm."

The seven recipients will be presented medallions at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Dec. 1.  The following day, President Obama will salute them at a White House reception prior to a gala at the Kennedy Center Opera House, which will be taped for a CBS special set to air on Dec. 26.

The other 2012 recipients are the surviving members of the legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin, bluesman Buddy Guy, and Russian ballerina/choreographer Natalia Makarova.

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