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Robert Redford praised for his gifts to Utah
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Dancers with Two Shields of Salt Lake City, representing all Native American Tribes from Utah welcomed those in attendance with a dance and a prayer.  For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
The audience was treated to a trivia game about Robert Redford and his movies. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Governor Gary Herbert welcomes the crowd. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary Herbert welcomes the crowd. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Dancers with Two Shields of Salt Lake City, representing all Native American Tribes from Utah, welcomed those in attendance with a dance and a prayer.  For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary Herbert and his wife, Jeanette, present Robert Redford with the declaration that November 9, 2013 is Robert Redford Day. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Governor Gary Herbert introduces Robert Redford. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Robert Redfor thanks the crowd for the tribute. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Robert Redford makes a nervous face in anticipation moments before hearing that Gov. Gary Herbert declared November 9, 2013 as Robert Redford Day. Jeanette Herbert is at right. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
 Gov. Gary Herbert and his wife Jeanette present Robert Redford with the declaration that November 9, 2013 is Robert Redford Day. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
l-r Governor Gary Herbert and Robert Redford share a laugh as he is presented a gift from Herbert. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Gov. Gary Herbert, left, presents Robert Redford a gift for all his contributions to the state of Utah during a gala Nov. 9, 2013.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |   The Salt Lake Tribune)  
For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Gov. Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
(Leah Hogsten  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Jamie Redford laughs as he tells funny stories about his father, Robert Redford. For all his contributions to the state of Utah, Robert Redford was recognized and honored by Governor Gary Herbert at a gala in his honor, "The Governor's Salute to Robert Redford: A Utah Tribute to an American Icon" at the Grand America Hotel, Saturday, November 9, 2013. Redford is an actor, director, producer, philanthropist, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of the Sundance Resort, the Sundance catalog, and the Sundance Institute which hosts the Sundance Film Festival.
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"Whatever differences may exist, we can all come together and agree on one thing, and that’s our love of this state and our country and the people," Redford said.

The evening began with a Native American dance and invocation. Entertainment was provided by Tony-winning actress Audra McDonald, who sang five songs including a solid cover of "The Way We Were," from the 1974 movie that starred Redford and Barbra Streisand.

A video presentation — with Redford and others talking about the beginnings of Sundance as a resort, a catalog shop, and an arts institution — highlighted the cultural and economic benefits Redford’s efforts have given the state.

James Redford, the actor’s son, joked about another way Redford’s presence in Utah has brought money to the state: "The speeding tickets." (Redford is known for his love of fast cars.)

More seriously, James Redford praised his father’s appreciation of Utah. "The love he has for Utah is visceral, it’s primal, and it’s deeply personal," James Redford said, saying that love has been passed down to Robert Redford’s children and grandchildren. "We all live in different places, but Utah will always be our deep home."

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More from the Sundance Kid

Read Tribune movie critic Sean P. Means’ 2005 interview with Redford as he was about to be honored at the Kennedy Center. http://bit.ly/13uIDYo

In June, Redford addressed Westminster College graduates. See the video: http://tinyurl.com/m6ep49k

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