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Posted on 02/21/2005 8:12:07 AM PST by iceemonster
Feb. 28 issue - Dan Glickman isn't exactly the Hollywood type. More comfortable in pinstripes than Prada, he's a former Clinton Agriculture secretary, Kansas congressman and president of the Witchita school boardand nothing like the flashy, debonair Jack Valenti, the legendary head of the Motion Picture Association of America. After 38 years at the MPAA, Valenti has become a celebrity in his own right, landing his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But as Glickman heads toward his first Academy Awards since taking over for Valenti as the industry's chief lobbyist, he's the one schmoozing Hollywood directors and cozying up to the stars he'd once admired from the back row of the movie theater. As he mingled at a glitzy party after the Golden Globe Awards, the self-effacing Glickman sidled up to actress Christine Lahti, who starred in one of his favorite flicks, "Running on Empty." "I'm the new Jack Valenti," he joked.
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