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Mon, 24 Jan 2000 11:20:12 -0500
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In the US, film people turned politicans are overrepresented by California
Republicans.  Besides Reagan we've had:

Senator George Murphy:  star of such films as Broadway Rhythm (1944), Show
Business (1944), This Is the Army (1943), Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940),
Two Girls on Broadway (1940), Little Miss Broadway (1938), Broadway Melody
of 1938, and [I kid you not] Hold That Co-ed (1938) .

Shirley Temple, ambassador.

Bruce Herschensohn directed documentaries, became a TV anchor, then ran for
Senate against Barbara Boxer (and others).

Oliver Stone was a delegate for Jerry Brown at the 1992 Democratic Convention.

Screenwriter Gore Vidal rans for Senate.

Fred Thompson, Fred Grandy, Ben Jones, Sonny Bono, Clint Eastwood, Ralph
Waites, are some of the recent Hollywood faces seeking office.

N.T. Rama Rao is one of the best known Indian film stars/political figures.
Amitabh Bachan is a bigger star, but had only a short, scandalous career in
parliament, I believe.

Alessandra Mussolini was elected to the Italian Parliament.

Andrzej  Szczepkowski was elected to the Polish senate.

Director Antun Vrdoljak became MP and VP of Croatia.

Velimir Zivojinovic, Serbian parliament.

Dan Streible
Asst. Professor of Film Studies
Dept. of Art
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC  29208
(803) 777-9158
(803) 777-0535 fax
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