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TOP ENTERTAINERS HONOURED (article first published : 2000-01-4)

In the British Honours List of 2000, Queen Elizabeth II officially bestowed top honours on some 2 000 people for their contributions to their professions and to charity. Among these were some of the worldís finest performers who are either British or British born. Sean Connery received a knighthood (which many will consider long overdue) as did John Tavener, Britainís foremost contemporary composer, and writer Malcolm Bradbury. Under their new titles, receiving the female equivalent of a knighthood, are actresses Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Dame Julie Andrews and Dame Dorothy Tutin as well as singer Dame Shirley Bassey.

Novelist Doris Lessing was made a Companion of Honour while actor Michael Palin (Monty Pythonís Flying Circus), actress Harriet Walter and Anne Wood (creator of the Teletubbies TV show) received Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE). Liam Neeson (Schindlerís List/Star Wars) was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE). Others receiving the OBE were actress Jane Seymour, Timothy Spall and Alison Steadman and Dire Straitís guitarist, Mark Knopfler.




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