Dee Dee Bridgewater receives French culture award

March 14, 2008 6:14:07 PM PDT
Two-time Grammy winner Dee Dee Bridgewater was honored Friday with an award from France's prestigious National Order of Arts and Letters. The 57-year-old jazz singer, who has spent many years of her life in France, was named a commander in the order - one of its highest ranks, and one she shares with two other Americans, director Clint Eastwood and choreographer William Forsythe.

After Culture Minister Christine Albanel honored Bridgewater, the singer - who won a Tony in 1975 for her performance as Glinda the Good Witch in the musical "The Wiz" - performed "J'ai Deux Amours," a song made famous by Josephine Baker.