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.

Gerald Ford: Although Chevy Chase's pratfalling impersonation on Saturday Night Live popularized the image of President Ford as a clumsy bumbler -- and might even have contributed to his 1976 electoral defeat -- the two, seen here at the Radio/TV Correspondents Dinner in 1976, became genuine friends.

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