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Celebrity politicians: Red carpet to the White House?


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Red carpet to the White House?

World leaders have to possess a special steely set of characteristics - think Obama, Merkel and Putin - not traits you expect to find in TV presenters, film stars or pop artists. Saying that, it's not so rare for celebrities to run for office, and many famous faces from the U.S. and across the world have dipped their toes in political waters.

As opera superstar Jessye Norman tells CNBC that she once considered running for Congress, we look at some of the famous faces who dabbled in politics. For more on Jessye Norman, check out "CNBC Meets: Jessye Norman."

- By CNBC's Alexandra Gibbs

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