Inside the Love Affair Between Hollywood and the Presidency
As far back as 1930, when studio mogul Louis B. Mayer invited Calvin Coolidge to visit MGM, the entertainment industry has been attracted to D.C.'s power base as business concerns, political idealism and bragging rights beget an interwoven sphere of influence.
John F. Kennedy: In 1960, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy visited Frank Sinatra at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas to watch the Rat Pack perform. The two became so tight, Sinatra recorded a special version of "High Hopes" as a JFK campaign jingle. But the relationship soured in 1962, when, visiting Palm Springs, the president -- on the advice of his brother Robert Kennedy -- steered clear of Sinatra because of his alleged mob connections and instead bunked at the home of rival crooner Bing Crosby.