Fresh Air InterviewsTerry Gross interviews luminary artists about their lives and musical work
Fresh Air Interviews
Terry Gross interviews luminary artists about their lives and musical work
Billy Crystal has hosted the Academy Awards more times than anyone except Bob Hope. "I love doing it because I love the danger of it," Crystal says. "You have to come through and think on your feet."
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Doris Lessing, pictured here in 2006, once refused to allow the queen to declare her a dame of the British Empire, because — as the author put it — "There is no British Empire."