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Let the Countdown Begin: The Celebrities Confirmed So Far for the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner

George Lucas, Nicole Kidman, and Il Papa (Kerry Washington) herself shall go to the ball.

Photograph of Spacey by DFree / Photograph of Washington courtesy of Shutterstock.

Not that we’re excited or anything, but the countdown to the annual celebrity deathmatch
that is the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner has begun. The main event
happens April 27, which means in less than two weeks you won’t be able to walk through
Georgetown or casually sip a coffee at Starbucks without tripping over the likes of
Dakota Fanning (she’s teeny and easy to miss), Charlize Theron (she’s not), or Eliot
Spitzer (the only person I wasn’t too scared to ask for a photo in 2012).

We’ll have lots more coverage over the next couple of weeks, but for now, here’s a
list of the confirmed guests attending the dinner, and whom they’re going with. We’ll
update as we learn more.


George Lucas and his fiancée, Mellody Hobson
Actress Sophia Bush and Invisible Children’s Jedidiah Jenkins
Comedian Tracy Morgan and his fiancée, Megan Wollover
Author Khaled Hosseini and his wife
Musicians Ben Ruttner and James Patterson of the Knocks
Actress Jessica Alba and her husband, Cash Warren


Actress Connie Britton
Actress Hayden Panettiere
Actress Kerry Washington
Actress Sofia Vergara
Actor Eric Stonestreet

Daily Beast/Newsweek

General Lawrence D. Nicholson
Actress Nicole Kidman
Actress Olivia Munn
Producer Harvey Weinstein
Former White House speechwriter Jon Favreau
Former congresswoman Jane Harman
Senator Claire McCaskill

Huffington Post

Musician Jon Bon Jovi
Basketball player Shaquille O’Neal
Actress Scarlett Johansson
New Jersey governor Chris Christie
Transportation secretary Ray LaHood


Actor and director Kevin Spacey
Actress Barbra Streisand 


Actor Matthew Perry
Actor Michael J. Fox
Actor Michael Douglas

CBS News

Actress Claire Danes
Actor Daniel Dae-Kim
Chef José Andrés


Director Steven Spielberg
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Gymnast Gabby Douglas


Actress Elizabeth Banks
Actor Gerard Butler
Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
Actor Paul Rudd
Basketball player Kevin Ware
Actor Justin Bartha
Actor Navid Negahban
Health and Human Services secretary Kathleen Sebelius

USA Today

Actress Ashley Judd
Actress Courteney Cox
Actress Kristin Chenoweth
Actress Kate Walsh
Actor Josh Gadd

Thomson Reuters

Actor Jeremy Renner
Actor Fred Armisen
New York Giants player Victor Cruz
Actor Dan Stevens
Canadian foreign minister John Baird
Actress Kathleen Turner
Actress Madeleine Stowe
Journalist Mariane Pearl
Actor Steve Zahn
Artist Jamie Wyeth
Newtown, Connecticut first selectwoman Pat Llodra

Wall Street Journal

House majority leader Eric Cantor
Treasury secretary Jack Lew

Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel
Former Utah governor Jon Huntsman
Beasts of the Southern Wild director Benh Zeitlin
US Trade representative Ron Kirk