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"The Star Spangled Banner" was one of Maggie's favorite songs. AND I think this is a good place to play it.
Here you will learn about the many awards and honorary titles that Maggie received. Click on the small pictures to see the larger readable version.
Although Maggie was a star on stage, radio, television and movies she received very little in the line of accolades from Hollywood itself. BUT she did receive three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. I saw one of the replicas in her living room when I visited her but Nick Godano saw the sidewalk with her stars on it. He took these picture and sent it to me. Thanks Nick for donating these photos.
I was the first person in the country to know this was a done deal after working since 1987 to get Maggie honored. I was shocked when my phone rang and it was The White House Oval Office calling me to tell me the good news and asking me how to contact Maggie. Here is the fax that I received that same morning from The White House:
THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release November 2, 1993
The President today awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of our Government, to entertainer and humanitarian Martha Raye. the text of the award is as follows:
"A talented performer whose career spans the better part of a century, Martha Raye has delighted audiences and uplifted spirits around the globe. She brought her tremendous comedic and musical skills to her work in film, stage, and television, helping to shape American entertainment. the great courage, kindness, and patriotism she showed in her many tours during World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam Conflict earned her the nickname "Colonel Maggie." The American people honor Martha Raye, a woman who has tirelessly used her gifts to benefit the lives of her fellow Americans."
In making the award, the President expressed his concern about Ms. Raye's health, and extended his best wishes, and those of Mrs. Clinton, for her recovery.
Arrangements for the presentation of the medal to Ms. Raye have not yet been completed.
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The medal shown below is identical to the one that was presented to Colonel Maggie on 15 November 1993 in her BelAir, California home by Medal of Honor recipient retired MSG Roy Benavidez, USA Special Forces. He was accompanied for the ceremony by the Marine Corps liaison from The White House representing President Clinton.
OTHER AWARDS & TITLES:
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