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17 Celebrity-Politicians That Actually Happened

I keep forgetting about Jerry!

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1. Ambassador Sidney Poitier

In April 1997, Poitier was appointed ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan.
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In April 1997, Poitier was appointed ambassador of the Bahamas to Japan.

2. Chief of Protocol Shirley Temple Black

This child star grew up to be a busy diplomat! She served under four presidents, as U.S. delegate to the United Nations in 1969 (Nixon), ambassador to Ghana from 1974-1976 and Chief of Protocol from 1976-977 (Ford), foreign affairs officer-expert from 1981-1989 (Reagan), and ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992 (Bush),
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This child star grew up to be a busy diplomat! She served under four presidents, as U.S. delegate to the United Nations in 1969 (Nixon), ambassador to Ghana from 1974-1976 and Chief of Protocol from 1976-977 (Ford), foreign affairs officer-expert from 1981-1989 (Reagan), and ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989-1992 (Bush),

3. Mayor Clint Eastwood

Dirty Harry ran the city of Carmel, California from 1986-1988.
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Dirty Harry ran the city of Carmel, California from 1986-1988.

4. Speechwriter Ben Stein

Ben Stein earned some of his money as a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
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Ben Stein earned some of his money as a speechwriter and lawyer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

5. Cincinnati Mayor Jerry Springer

Always a fun factoid!
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Always a fun factoid!

6. Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura

"The Body" and fellow buff celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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"The Body" and fellow buff celebrity governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

7. Congressman Sonny Bono

From 1995-1998, Cher's former singing partner and lover represented California's 44th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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From 1995-1998, Cher's former singing partner and lover represented California's 44th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

8. Senator Fred Thompson

This guy is half-politician, half-celebrity, successfully splitting his time between the political stage and silver screen.
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This guy is half-politician, half-celebrity, successfully splitting his time between the political stage and silver screen.

9. Almost Congressman Clay Aiken

Almost! But not quite.
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Almost! But not quite.

10. Senator Al Franken

After saving his family, Stuart Smalley ran and won a seat representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.
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After saving his family, Stuart Smalley ran and won a seat representing Minnesota in the U.S. Senate.

11. U.S. Senator Oprah Winfrey

Just kidding! If only...
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Just kidding! If only...

12. Senate Hopeful Linda McMahon

The former President of the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut.
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The former President of the World Wrestling Federation unsuccessfully ran for the Republican nomination in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Connecticut.

13. Congressman Cooter

After his role in The Dukes of Hazzard, Ben Jones represented Georgia's 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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After his role in The Dukes of Hazzard, Ben Jones represented Georgia's 4th district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

14. Ex-Labour MP Glenda Jackson

She won two Oscars and a seat in the British Parliament.
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She won two Oscars and a seat in the British Parliament.

15. The Governator

He's back doing movies!
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He's back doing movies!

16. U.S. Presidential Candidate Donald Trump

Still happening, but from now on it always will have happened.
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Still happening, but from now on it always will have happened.

17. And of course...

The ultimate proof that changing careers is a thing.
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The ultimate proof that changing careers is a thing.

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