It also doesn't hurt that he's a New Zealander, since NZ has its own system of Honours separate from the UK/Commonwealth, and PJ is probably the most famous Kiwi since Edmund Hillary. Interestingly, NZ has reversed its 2000 policy of No Knighthoods, arguably in part because of public pressure on behalf of Jackson.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, David Bratman <dbratman@...> wrote:
> John Rateliff <sacnoth@...> wrote:
> >Interesting that these days they seem to be giving it to folks much
> >earlier in their careers --cf. Hitchcock, Chaplin, and Wodehouse, who
> >were all at death's door before getting theirs. Though I suppose
> >Stanley Unwin was a rather youngish sixty-two when he became Sir
> "Theatrical knights" of any kind were rather rare before the mid-20th century, though not entirely unknown. Customs on who get these kinds of awards and when have definitely been changing. (There was a huge fuss when the Beatles were given mere M.B.E.s in 1965; nowadays they might have been given knighthoods almost that early.)
> Giving knighthoods to somewhat more conventionally "serious" cultural figures, including publishers like Sir Stanley, came along a bit earlier, hence, perhaps, his somewhat younger age than the theatrical knights of his generation.