Year: 1972 (45th) Academy Awards
Category: Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award
Winner: Rosalind Russell
Presenter: Frank Sinatra
Date & Venue: March 27, 1973; Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Frank, you shouldn't go away; it seems like we've stood this way before. But thank you dear, dear, wonderful friend.
And of course I am profoundly grateful to the governors of the Academy. I was listening to his words back there, Frank, and I thought for a minute, someone out there'll think I was kind of special – far from it. You know the people of this nation have a golden tradition of taking care of each other. And across America right now there are men and women, countless numbers of them, young and old, who are giving of themselves to hospitals, to orphanages, to drug clinics, to youth, and even possibly watching a little child take her first steps after being crippled as I have watched. So the only unique thing about me tonight is that I am here with this, knowing that it belongs to so many others. I would also like to tell you that I have been the victim of this kindness, and I want to thank each and every one of them and all the letters that were sent to me over the years for all they did for me while I was not quite well. Thank you very much.
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