Los Angeles: The political world as also Hollywood have paid rich tributes to the memory of Jack Valenti, eminent film lobbyist, who passed away at the age of 85.
Few condolence messages that poured in are:
“In a sometimes unreasonable business, Jack Valenti was a giant voice of reason. He was the greatest ambassador Hollywood has ever known, and I will value his wisdom and friendship for all time.”
Steven Spielberg, Film Director
“Jack Valenti was a great American and Texan. He bravely flew combat missions during World War II and ably served in the White House. From protecting families by creating the movie rating system to advocating for intellectual property rights, he transformed the motion picture industry and leaves a powerful legacy in Washington, Hollywood and across the Nation.”
George W. Bush, President
“Jack Valenti was a giant who loomed large over two of the world’s most glittering stages, Washington and Hollywood. he was a patriot who loved and served his country and was a passionate champion of American cinema and artistic freedom. His spirit and influence will endure in the art of politics and cinema.
Dan Glickman, Chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
“Our nation has lost a great leader, a true gentleman and a genuine American hero. I will always remember Jack for his exceptional grace and unwavering support and will treasure the wonderful advice he gave me as a film professional, mentor and dear friend.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Governor
“Both tenacious and elegant, Jack matched his intensity on Capitol Hill with an unflappable graciousness that served as an example for us all. Today, the city of Los Angeles has lost a loyal ally.”
Antonio Villaraigosa, Mayor, Los Angeles