Mary Steenburgen on old pal Hillary Clinton: All guts
Actress Mary Steenburgen, a friend of Hillary Clinton for 38 years, described her pal as a "world-class listener" who's all guts.
Clinton "loves to laugh, especially at herself," Steenburgen said Thursday at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.
Just ahead of the presidential nominee's big speech, Steenburgen called her friend "quick to forgive, sensitive, empathetic."
When Clinton "gets knocked down seven times, she will get up eight," said Steenburgen, the daughter of an Arkansas train conductor. She was accompanied Thursday by her husband, actor Ted Danson.
Another star who took the stage was the legendary Carole King, who got delegates on their feet, swaying and singing along to her classic "You've Got a Friend" as they held hands.
"Hello, Idaho," she began, a shoutout for the state where she bought a ranch years ago. "Everybody, everybody sing with me."
Accompanied by a group of backup singers, King concluded, "Hillary's got so many friends, and Bernie, too, and all of us together, yeahhhh."
Longtime Prince collaborator Sheila E. took to the drums for some up-beat Latin jazz, accompanied by her famous father, Pete Escovedo, and her brother, Peter.
Current chart-topper Katy Perry leads into the night's main attraction: Clinton herself, with an introduction by daughter Chelsea Clinton after 19-year-old Chloe Grace Moretz, who recently mixed it up with Kim Kardashian on Twitter, speaks.
Across the Delaware River in Camden, New Jersey, earlier Thursday, Lady Gaga performed a jazzy version of Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land," followed by Neil Young's "Old Man."
She was introduced by New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who spoke at the convention earlier in the week. He called Gaga a star who is not afraid to speak out about sexual violence and mental health.
Lenny Kravitz, who performed in the DNC hall Wednesday night, played a set at the Camden event, shouting: "We, the people. We, the people. We, the people." DJ Jazzy Jeff spun tunes between sets.
The show gave Camden, one of the country's most impoverished cities, time in the convention spotlight.
Earlier Thursday, Shonda Rhimes, the TV producer and writer who created "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," addressed the Democratic women's caucus, describing Clinton as a "badass" she knows as a person as well as a politician.
"She's a mother who talks about her kid a little too much and like us, she personally worries too much," Rhimes said, according to BuzzFeed. "She's real and human and flawed, and funny, and dorky and interesting. She's a thousand times smarter than anyone you've met, but she's just like us."
Having spent personal time with Clinton, Rhimes heartily endorsed her: "Hillary gets it done. Hillary is squad goals, people."
Associated Press writer Maryclaire Dale in Camden, New Jersey, contributed to this report.