Valenti checks out of Baltimore hospital

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WASHINGTON -- Former MPAA president Jack Valenti has checked out of a hospital about a month after being treated for a stroke, a hospital official said Wednesday.

Valenti, 85, left Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore on Tuesday, a hospital spokesman told the Associated Press. Valenti's condition was unknown.

Calls to the MPAA have not been returned.

Valenti took over the MPAA in 1966 and devised the movie ratings system two years later. He retired in 2004, handing the reins to Dan Glickman, a former congressman and Agriculture Department secretary.

While head of the MPAA, Valenti became Hollywood's most recognizable face in Washington and a lobbyist extraordinare. He came to the MPAA after serving a stint in the Johnson White House.

MPAA spokesman Seth Oster said Valenti's family was realeasing no other details.
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