HESTON DEFENDS DIRECTOR

Charlton Heston is asking Hollywood to bestow honors on Elia Kazan, the “On the Waterfront” director whose naming of names before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the 1950s made him an outcast among his colleagues. In a letter published this week in the Wall Street Journal, Heston said Kazan, 89, deserves a Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute. (Heston was once chairman of the organization.) Hollywood has already tried to make its peace with Kazan with a special Oscar to be given him at the Academy Awards in March, but Heston said he deserves more. The quality of his work as a director, both on Broadway and in Hollywood, is beyond dispute,” Heston said.

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