Answer: they all refused to be awarded the prestigious Medal of the Legion of Honor.
And, as of today, they are joined by famed cartoonist Jacques Tardi. "I learned, to my stupefaction, via the media on the evening of January 1, without having been informed in advance, that I was going to be decorated with the Legion d'honneur, " said Tardi. Being "ferociously attached" to his freedom, he emphatically refuses the honor.
What do Julia Child, Miles Davis, Walt Disney, Alan Greenspan, Jerry Lewis. Toni Morrison, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Sully Sullenberger, and Buce Willis have in common?
You guessed it! They are all Americans who said "j'accepte" and got to wear the little rosette in their lapels for life. And all these others, too.
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