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Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics

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In his new book, Steven J. Ross examines Hollywood stars and their political clout. Oxford University Press, USA

Separation of church and state is a concept many Americans agree should be applied in politics, but what about a separation between Hollywood and state?

Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda, Charlton Heston, Warren Beatty, Arnold Schwarzenegger – the list goes on for celebrities known not only for their show biz careers, but also for their involvement in politics. In his new book, "Hollywood Left and Right," film historian Steven J. Ross explores the influence celebrities and icons have had on politics in America through a case study of influential stars, current and from the past, conservative and liberal. Which side takes the cake for political influence? Ross’ assertion may surprise you.

Guest:

Steven J. Ross, professor of history, University of Southern California; film historian and author of "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics"

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