Valenti out of hospital; family mum


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.

His condition was unknown. Valenti's office in Washington referred questions to the MPAA, and a spokesman there said Valenti's family would release no other details.

Valenti, 85, left Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore on Tuesday.

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.
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