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Meryl Streep to receive Kennedy Center Honor?

September 1, 2011 |  3:11 pm

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"My sources say Meryl Streep will be one of the Kennedy Center honorees this year," Larry King tweeted. "You heard it here first."

The Kennedy Center's PR office declined to confirm or deny King's report, but the official word will be out soon. The list of honorees is usually unveiled in early September.

Streep hasn't been hailed by the Kennedy Center in the past, but she's participated in its salutes to Robert De Niro and Mike Nichols. Last year's winners were Merle Haggard, Jerry Herman, Bill T. Jones, Paul McCartney and Oprah Winfrey.

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Photo: Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in "The Iron Lady," which probably will earn Streep her 17th Oscar nomination after it is released in December. Credit: The Weinstein Co.

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