Cor­re­spon­dents’ Din­ner Guests Who Had Tongues Wag­ging

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Poor Michael Kelly. The late colum­nist and At­lantic Monthly ed­i­tor al­ways gets the blame for trans­form­ing the his­tor­i­cally in­sider-clubby White House Cor­re­spon­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion din­ner 20 years ago by bring­ing Iran-con­tra It Girl Fawn Hall — which, leg­end has it, started the celebrity-guest arms race among the me­dia types who pop­u­late the af­fair. But at least Hall was a bona fide D.C. newsmaker, as was 1988 at­tendee Donna Rice, the wo­man who sank the Gary Hart cam­paign. No, the true re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the Clin­tons: Not un­til ’93 did the din­ner start draw­ing bus­loads of in­fat­u­ated Hol­ly­wood types. Add the draw of Van­ity Fair’s glam­orous af­ter-party, and the night grew to its cur­rent sur­real form: yet an­other pit stop on the Red Car­pet High­way. Based on the warm wel­come or cold shoul­der they

re­ceived, here’s our rank­ing of VIP guests over the years:

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