Towards the end of her life, Pearl Buck's celebrity in America reached a fever pitch rarely achieved today by anyone other than A-list actresses. By her mid-70s, she was not only still a well-known writer, but also had received awards and tributes from a huge array of prestigious American organizations and institutions. In the space of a few months in 1965, she received four major awards honoring her philanthropic work from the likes of the Women's Hall of Fame and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. In a 1966 Gallup poll, Pearl ranked among the top 10 most admired American women and in a similar Good Housekeeping survey the same year, she ranked in importance second only to Rose Kennedy.


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