WASHINGTON Former U.S. presidential aide and
movie ratings creator Jack Valenti has been hospitalized after
suffering a stroke last week, his friends said on Tuesday.
"He is hospitalized at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and his
family tells me that the doctors are encouraged by his progress
to date," Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive of Warner
Bros., said in a statement made at the request of the family.
"Out of respect for Jack and the family's privacy, we are
not going to release any additional information at this time,"
Valenti, 85, was preparing to promote his new book, "This
Time, This Place: My Life in War, the White House, and
Hollywood," which is due out in June.
Valenti served as an aide to Presidents John F. Kennedy and
Lyndon Johnson, and was aboard Air Force One by Johnson's side
when he was sworn in after Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
A Texas native, Valenti ran an advertising agency in
Houston before heading to Washington to work for Johnson, then
majority leader of the U.S. Senate.
He later spent 38 years as the top lobbyist for Hollywood,
heading the Motion Picture Association of America, or MPAA,
where he helped develop a voluntary ratings system for movies
and fending off government attempts to curb explicit sex and
violence on film.
After leaving the MPAA in 2004, he worked with the
television industry to fight tougher regulations to address
concerns by parents' groups and regulators about profanity and
sexual content on broadcast television.
He still retains an office at the movie organization's