Streep eyes up a new film role
Meryl Streep may have her next movie assignment after joining stars from Broadway, jazz and classical music to receive the Kennedy Centre Honours in the US.
In a toast to the Oscar-winner at the event, writer Nora Ephron warned Hillary Clinton that the person who would some day play her on screen was the same woman who played Julia Child in Julie And Julia and Margaret Thatcher in upcoming film The Iron Lady.
Streep, 62, stood up for a better look at the nation's top diplomat who was back in Washington after a tour of Asia.
"It's inevitable," Ephron told Clinton, drawing big laughs. "You met her tonight, and I'm sure you thought she was charming, but she was just soaking you up."
Caroline Kennedy, who hosts the show as part of a living memorial to her assassinated father, John F Kennedy, acknowledged her personal connection to award winner Neil Diamond. Diamond's Sweet Caroline was named after her.
"I'm going to have to thank her for that," Diamond said before the show.
Earlier, President Barack Obama praised the actors and musicians at the White House.
"They have different talents, and they've travelled different paths," Mr Obama said.
"And yet they belong here together because each of tonight's honourees has felt the need to express themselves and share that expression with the world."