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Longtime Hillary Clinton friends Ted Danson and wife Mary Steenburgen continued to bring the star power to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Thursday night.
Steenburgen, who has starred in films such as Step Brothers and Elf, told the crowd that she has known Hillary Clinton since 1978 and spoke to their close friendship, calling the Democratic nominee a “world-class listener” and someone “quick to forgive” and who “loves to laugh, especially at herself.”
Recalling a night from 38 years ago, Steenburgen said she told Bill Clinton she wished he could become president, some day. She then added, “Then I looked at Hillary and I [said], ‘Wouldn’t it say something to our daughters, to our sons, to all those people whose lives I know you could touch, if you became president — because I know you and I know you will never stop working your heart out for them.'”
The actress continued, “Then, it seemed like too much to dream for. But tonight, it seems very, very possible.”
“Anybody can brag, anybody can talk,” added Danson. “Hers is the poetry of doing.”
“She’s got more guts than anybody in the room,” Steenburgen followed.
The acting pair introduced a slate of speakers during the portion of the program called “An Economy That Works for All.”
For the first time in U.S. history, a woman will accept the presidential nomination for a major party when Clinton takes the stage on Thursday night.
Chelsea Clinton will introduce a 12-minute video chronicling Hillary’s life, which was created by Shonda Rhimes and will be narrated by Morgan Freeman, and paint a personal picture of her mother before the Democratic nominee appears to officially accept the nomination. Hillary Clinton plans to involve the crowd in a card stunt and is expected to both discuss her journey to this moment and share her vision for the future in her speech.
According to excerpts released ahead of time, Clinton will offer “steady leadership” to a country “looking for reassurance” amid turmoil in the world.
“America is once again at a moment of reckoning,” she will say, according to the preview. Americans must “decide whether we’re going to work together so we can all rise together.”
The final night of the four-day DNC convention continues to see a slew of A-list support. Chloe Grace Moretz is scheduled to speak on Thursday, while Katy Perry will perform her new hit, “Rise,” in keeping with the DNC theme, before Chelsea Clinton takes the stage.
Earlier, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke, taking a jab at Donald Trump; Carole King performed “You’ve Got a Friend”; and at a DNC-related event in Camden, N.J., Lady Gaga and Lenny Kravitz performed for an invite-only crowd of delegates.
The convention aslo has had no shortage of political star power, with President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden delivering passionate endorsements for Hillary.
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