White House State Dinner Draws Hollywood-Heavy Invite List

White House State Dinner Hollywood Guests

The guest list for the White House state dinner for French President Francois Hollande includes a greater-than-usual number of entertainment industry figures, many of whom have connections to France.

The standout on the list is undoubtedly Stephen Colbert, whose treks to D.C. in the past have usually been infused with a faux seriousness. Others on the list including a mix of donors and supporters, including director J.J. Abrams, HBO’s Richard Plepler, actress Cicely Tyson, Comcast’s David L. Cohen, actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tennis Channel’s Ken Solomon and singer Mary J. Blige. Also among the expected attendees: actor Bradley Cooper, Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, producer Ken Ehrlich, actress Mindy Kaling, and CNN’s Jeff Zucker.

Charles Rivkin, the former head of the Jim Henson Co. and WildBrain Media who became U.S. ambassador to France, also is among the guests. He left the post last year to take a new job in the State Department, and that position is still unfilled. It’s likely to go to a non-career appointee, i.e. a major donor or fundraiser, although lately some of the administration’s picks, including two from Los Angeles, have had rough confirmation hearings, to put it mildly.

Also on the list: Edie Windsor, the plaintiff in the legal challenge that ended with the Supreme Court striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act last summer.

Update: Some color from the event, per a pool report: Abrams said his connection to France is that he spent his junior year of college there. Blige said he last name is French. Kaling said her connection was “my love of French food.”

Colbert didn’t say much when he entered with his wife, Evie. But he and his wife will be at the head table, as will Dauman and his wife. Dauman is, ultimately, Colbert’s boss. Colbert was seated next to First Lady Michelle Obama.

Louis-Dreyfus was seated next to her real-life counterpart, Vice President Joseph Biden.

Update: Mary J. Blige performed, and it was during a gospel rendition of “One” that brought many in the crowd to their feet. One attendee said that at one point, Abrams, Valerie Jarrett, Cooper, Secretary of State John Kerry, Rivkin, David Stern, Louis-Dreyfus and Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) were dancing together to the U2 standard.”I came to Washington thinking I was here for serious meetings, and I ended up at a night club with friends,” Hollande quipped, per the attendee.

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  1. Joe says:

    I’m sure the main conversations had to do with climate change and what kind of private plane was flown to get to the party.

  2. Steven.stubbe says:

    Well I’m glad everyone is having fun in Washington , at my expense, while I look for a job in this depressed economy!

  3. Sorry, I have to wash my hair that night.

  4. Sara G says:

    Really? Shows how the privileged class lives. And then there is the rest is us. Makes me queasy.

  5. Mary says:

    of course any critique of the disasterous Bush years and his 2 Trillio dollar wars would be drivel to conservatives……
    PS. G.W. had 6 state dinners, Reagan 35, G.H.W. Bush 20 some. So pleaaaaaassssssseeeeee.

    • Mary says:

      with all the problems facing us as a nation and as individuals, I dont care about who showed up at who’s party. On this Id even give republicans a pass, even Regans 32 state dinners. A shame this courtesy isnt extended to the Obamas.

    • Eliot says:

      Mary, the Obama’s rarely bother with “state dinners”, a phrase which means that it’s a working dinner. The Obamas instead opt for dozens of lavish concerts and Hollywood-laden parties that cost a fortune and only serve to entertain them, they are not diplomatic (in any sense), and most of them aren’t even reported by the mainstream media.

      Let’s contrast Laura Bush’s birthday party with Michelle’s just for an example of the scale we’re talking about: When Laura Bush turned 60, she got a modest four paragraph mention in People magazine. Laura celebrated her 60th birthday at the Bush family’s ranch in Crawford, Tex. “The Bushes spent the weekend at the ranch, and on Saturday hosted friends…for a dinner of enchiladas, tamales, guacamole, rice and beans and birthday cake.”

      On the other hand, at Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday party, the guest list had 500 people on it, including Gladys Knight, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jordan, Stevie Wonder, Samuel L. Jackson, Ashley Judd, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z. The party “was reportedly everything you’d expect from a glamorous White House party: Glitzy and stocked with powerful celebrities and government officials.” They danced until 3 a.m. drinking champagne, wine, beer, and hard liquor. No doubt at a cost of a few hundred thousand of our tax dollars. And that is typical of all of the parties they’ve had. I’ve seen news reports where they’ve had several of these little joy-rides-with-taxpayer-money in a single week.

    • Mary says:

      you write like a first grader.Probably the same as G W and Cheneys did.

  6. Doug says:

    I thought “Colbert” was a conservative??? I’m just a low-information typical Obama voter.

    • D. Magid says:

      Mary. You had a very small argument, but nonetheless, an argument just the same. You just lost with your comment which funny enough says more about you and your first grade attitude than anyone else’s. typical though.

      • Mary says:

        Blowing off the incompetence of the Bush administration…… 2 Trillion dollars on 2 wars alone plus medicare part D.
        We wont forget it. Thats why Obama won, thats why Clinton will win in 2016.Thats the real issue. The gop has nothing to offer and they will lose. Even Koch money wont help.

  7. Sharon says:

    Well, I wasn’t too happy about all the money that the last WH occupant wasted on two wars, filling the coffers of his friends in the military industrial complex while leaving the soldiers to fend for themselves. Beside, he invited all of his rich friends to the WH, but since you didn’t know their names, you didn’t care. Typical Repub hypocrisy.

    • buck downer says:

      Don’t get huffy over party politics. It reduces your comment to drivel.

      The U.S. has been in political decline long before blue and red states found lemmings such as yourself to attract…

  8. Is this really the best we can do?

    • tr st says:

      No this is the best that the majority can do. Unfortunately, at this time in US history the majority is more ignorant than the backwoods voters of the early 1800’s.

  9. Scarface says:

    where’s the Occupy movement now?

  10. Kate says:

    I hope the next president doesn’t have stars in his or her eyes for Hollywood. Why do these people always get invited? Because they have lots of money to support a campaign? I would like to see a president who is serious about fixing our economy, not entertaining stars and starlets. This was a big waste of our money and I’m sick of it.

  11. Happy for them, just hope someday American citizens will be aloud to visit and tour the WH again. After all it is their house.

  12. Jeff says:

    Another party while our country continues to sink.

  13. dieter says:

    radio in for an air strike

  14. Serf says:

    I’m a regular unimportant citizen, not an important star who pretends to be a character or an elected official who is paid from money taken from my salary which I earn from working….. I’ll be eating cake.

  15. Shaniqua Braxton says:

    What kinds of foods they be havin.

  16. Sonny Costello says:

    It would be nice if my hard earned tax dollars were not squandered feeding these Hollywood drones.

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