Fields, King honored at White HouseWASHINGTON, D.C. - Actress Sally Field and author Stephen King are among the luminaries being awarded a National Medal of Arts from U.S. President Barack Obama.
Obama will bestow honors on 18 people and three institutions during a White House ceremony Thursday.
The White House says Field was chosen for showing dignity, empathy and fearlessness in performances that have touched audiences worldwide and for displaying those same qualities in her off-screen advocacy for women, gay rights and public health.
King is being recognized for combining storytelling with his analysis of human nature, and for thrilling readers around the world through decades of work.
Alice Waters, chef-owner of the organic restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California, is receiving a National Humanities Medal for championing a holistic approach to eating and health.