Inside the Love Affair Between Hollywood and the Presidency

8:00 AM PST 10/26/2012 by Gregg Kilday
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President John Kennedy and Frank Sinatra

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.

Sammy Davis Jr. -- whom Sinatra removed from the list of performers at Kennedy's inauguration because of Davis' interracial marriage to actress May Britt -- threw his support behind Nixon in 1972, spontaneously hugging him at a youth rally shortly after the president was nominated for re-election.

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