Tom Hanks, Ellen DeGeneres among 21 winners of ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’

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New Delhi, Nov 17 (ANI): Two of Hollywood’s most beloved stars Tom hanks and Ellen DeGeneres are set to receive America’s highest civilian honor. The Oscar-winning actor, often dubbed ‘America’s dad’ and the Emmy-winning talk show host, actress and comedienne are among 21 recipients of ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’. The award, recently announced by President Barack Obama, is presented to “individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.” Other honorees include actors Robert De Niro and Robert Redford, performers Bruce Springsteen, Cicely Tyson and Diana Ross, SNL creator Lorne Michaels, and former NBA stars Michael Jordan among others. The presentation of the 2016 ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’ awards will take place on November 22 and will be live streamed on the official website of the White House.

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