Library of Congress honors Fay Kanin

Screenwriter receives the 100th Living Legend Award

The Library of Congress has honored screenwriter Fay Kanin with its 100th Living Legend Award for her 20 years of service to the library as chair of the Library of Congress National Film Preservation Board. Kanin also served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1979 to 1983.

"The role played by Fay Kanin as chair of the board for the past 20 years has been critical to the Library's success in increasing public awareness of the need to preserve America's film heritage," said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The Library's Living Legend designation is given to individuals who have made significant contributions to America's cultural, scientific and social heritage. Since the award was established in 2000 to celebrate the Library's bicentennial, other honorees include Steven Spielberg, Bob Hope, Bill Cosby, Martin Scorsese and Barbra Streisand.