Being House Speaker does have its perks. Not only does Nancy Pelosi hang with President Obama and the movers and shakers in the nation's capital, but she gets some face time with entertainment industry icons most fans would die to meet. Here, the California Democrat gives a tour of the Capitol to actor Brad Pitt on March 5, 2009,
Actor Robert Redford poses with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., at the 2009 National Arts Awards presented by Americans for the Arts Monday, Oct. 5, 2009, in New York. Pelosi presented Redford with the Lifetime Achievement Award later in the evening.
Actor Richard Gere hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at the International Campaign for Tibet reception on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, March 9, 2009.
Pelosi talks with actor Sidney Poitier before the arrival of President Barack Obama to Ford's Theater Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Washington.
Pelosi, left, was still just a Congresswoman when she shared a table with Oscar-winning director Martin Scorsese, second from right, and actress Ellen Pompeo, right, at the NIAF 32nd Anniversary Awards Gala, Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, in Washington. The woman to her right is Mary Margaret Valenti, widow of Jack Valenti.
Pelosi, left, greets actor George Clooney, right, and his father, Nick Clooney, center, during a gathering on the National Mall to protest the genocide in Darfur, Sunday, April 30, 2006, in Washington.
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Singer Paul Simon looks on as Pelosi gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 10, 2009, to discuss the passage of the Children's Health Insurance Program, and how to ensure that the needs of children continue to be in the forefront in the national debate on health care.
The Dalai Lama
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi touches heads with the Dalai Lama, who received the first Lantos Human Rights Prize, named for the late California Rep. Tom Lantos, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009, on Capitol Hill in Washington.