Washington D.C. news reports say it was a star-studded send-off for Jack Valenti this morning. When the Catholic Archdiocese worried that the funeral was late getting started, the photographers patiently explained: ‘It’s Hollywood.” The Washington Examiner said Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sandra Bullock all turned up at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle to pay tribute to the former Motion Picture Association of America chief. Steven Spielberg strolled up the steps, as did Martin Scorsese and a bevy of studio heads, including Peter Chernin (News Corp.), Alan Horn (Warner), Brad Grey (Paramount), Ron Meyer (Universal), Michael Lynton (Sony), Amy Pascal (Sony) and Michael Eisner (formerly of Disney). Warner Bros. chieftain Barry Meyer was among the chosen few who read from Valenti’s as-yet-unreleased memoir, This Time. This Place. It was as if Valenti gave his own eulogy, attendees said. I’m told the showbiz crowd became very emotional during the service. Also among the thousand or so mourners, most of whom wore white roses on their lapels: John and Teresa Kerry, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Donald Rumsfeld, Mike Wallace and son Chris, Bob Schieffer, Al Hunt and Judy Woodruff, former Sens. Tom Daschle and Don Nickles, Sens. Ted Kennedy and Ted Stevens, and Reps. John Dingell and Henry Waxman.
Nearly Every Mogul Was At Jack's Funeral
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