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The 5 Best White House Correspondents' Dinner Hosts

UpdatePosted 05/03/2014 12:00PM

The 5 Best White House Correspondents' Dinner Hosts

Originally posted 05/01/2014 01:15PM

The White House Correspondents' Association Dinner has come a long way since its inception in 1920. (For example, did you know that until 1962, it was only open to men, even though the WHCA's contained women? That year – at the urging of Helen Thomas – JFK refused to attend until the ban on women was lifted.)

In its early years, the dinner featured a mix of singers, dancers and comedians as performers; not until 1983 when Mark Russell headlined did the practice of having a comedian host the event become the norm.

Since then, the Dinner has become a springboard for politically inclined comics to showcase their best material. Here are our five faves. Good luck to this year's host Joel McHale: He's got some big shoes to fill.

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Diddy and Beyoncé Moved to Tears by Obama's Victory

Diddy and Beyoncé Moved to Tears by Obama's Victory

Originally posted 11/06/2008 11:40AM

Mr. Bad Boy himself, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, could not keep it together when Barack Obama was announced President-elect Tuesday night.

"I was straight up crying," he confesses. "I was with my kids. It was a beautiful thing. I just thank God my prayers were answered."

A greater gift? It happened on his 39th birthday.

"I don't know why God blessed me by having my birthday [on Nov. 4], but we're here to celebrate 80 percent of Obama being elected and 20 percent my birthday," Diddy told reporters Wednesday night at a celebration sponsored by Ciroc Vodka at Mansion nightclub in New York.

Some of his celebrity guests: Mary J. Blige, Ben Stiller, Cassie, Cedric the Entertainer, and Pete Wentz.

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Julia, Oprah Caught in Charlotte's Web | Julia Roberts

Julia, Oprah Caught in Charlotte's Web

Originally posted 01/19/2005 08:00AM

CAST: Julia Roberts has her next role set, and it's a leggy one – though she needn't worry about her shape. The new mom will voice the title role of the spider in the live-action/computer-animated version of E.B. White's classic 1952 children's book, Charlotte's Web, says the Hollywood Reporter. The other voices are no slouches, either: Oprah Winfrey and Cedric the Entertainer (as geese), John Cleese (Samuel the sheep), Steve Buscemi (Rat Templeton), Reba McEntire and Kathy Bates (cows Betsy and Bitsy), and Thomas Haden Church and OutKast's Andre 3000 (slow-witted crows). Dakota Fanning will play Fern, the little farm girl, when filming starts in Australia this month.

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NEWS BRIEFS: Lisa Marie to Testify?

Originally posted 03/16/2004 01:00PM

SUGGESTED: Following Lisa Marie Presley's televised comments about her 1994-96 marriage to Michael Jackson -- in which she claimed she "saw things I couldn't do anything about" -- Presley could be subpoenaed by prosecutors to testify against her ex in his upcoming trial on charges of child molestation, say legal experts speaking on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday. Under oath, say the lawyers, Presley, 36, could not hide behind the reputed confidentiality agreement she signed when she divorced Jackson.

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