1973 John Ford Tribute
The 1st AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to John Ford at a Gala Tribute on March 31, 1973, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
At the Gala Tribute, a multitude of guests and presenters gathered to celebrate Ford. Presenters included Charlton Heston, Danny Kaye, Jack Lemmon, Lee Marvin, Roddy McDowell, Richard and Patricia Nixon, Maureen O’Hara, James Stewart, Leslie Uggams, Robert Wagner, John Wayne and Richard Widmark. The AFI Life Achievement Award was presented to Ford by George Stevens, Jr.