Valenti, Public and Private

At Jack Valenti’s Hollywood memorial service on Thursday, his daughter Alexandra delivered a very personal eulogy, one that belied the public image of her father who died earlier this year.

The New York Times’ David Halbfinger reports that the eulogy “not only pulled back the curtain on Mr. Valenti, a consummately prepared and famously discreet man, but also took some shots at his colleagues, the news media and the current administration in Washington.”

Among other things, she recounted getting a call from Warren Beatty, who she said told her that her father’s stroke “had been really inconvenient for me.”

“Ms. Valenti said she had retorted that Mr. Beatty had some nerve: ‘You got two pages in his book, and I got two paragraphs.'”

Halbfinger also writes that Valenti, according to his daughter, was no fan of President Bush. “‘Saying her father had “more energy than me and all of you,’ Ms. Valenti lamented what her father would miss: movies, elections and ‘the conversations about how incompetent the president is.'”

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