News coming in that Jack Valenti is hospitalized after a stroke. The former Hollywood lobbyist, 85, fell ill last week and remains at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center in Baltimore. in a statement, longtime pal Barry Meyer, the Warner Bros. chairman/CEO, said, “his family tells me that the doctors are encouraged by his progress to date. Mary Margaret and his children have asked me to express their deep appreciation of the outpouring of love, support and prayers. Out of respect for Jack and the family’s privacy, we are not going to release any additional information at this time.” Valenti is the former president of the Motion Picture Association of America, where under his supervision the movie industry developed a feeble ratings system for films, Congress failed to crack down on the film studios for flagrant abuses, and taxpayers’ money has been spent on entertainment issues like piracy. He also was LBJ’s White House adviser. Valenti’s memoir, This Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and Hollywood comes out in June.
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