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Michelle Obama's very Hollywood fundraiser; Sasha and Malia tour Universal Studios

June 14, 2011 |  1:58 pm

Michelle Obama hits Hollywood! First Lady Michelle Obama, with daughters Malia and Sasha in tow, descended upon Los Angeles for a long weekend, and the Ministry has details on their very Hollywood itinerary. 

Obama is making the fundraising and speech rounds in support of her husband's reelection campaign, with the L.A. jaunt culminating in a star-studded garden party Monday evening.

At the Holmby Hills home of designer Michael S. Smith and TV executive James Costos, Obama greeted celebs and powerbrokers in the backyard — no doubt a gracious setting, as the Obamas tapped Smith to be  White House decorator in 2009.

The spacious yard, which boasts a sparkling pool and off-white garden arbor, was packed with names like Drew Barrymore, Ellen and Portia DeGeneres, and Ryan Phillippe, an onlooker told the Ministry.

The first lady reportedly raised $1 million with her shmoozing Monday — but the awesome Universal Studios Hollywood VIP tour that Sasha and Malia got? Priceless.

Barack's two girls were accompanied by Michelle's mother, Marian Robinson, for the private tour, a witness tells us, experiencing many park attractions, including "King Kong 360 3-D" and "Jurassic Park: The Ride." 

Little Sasha, who turned 10 on Sunday, got birthday wishes granted: She and her sister rode "Revenge of the Mummy" twice.


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Photo: Michelle Obama attends a Writers Guild of America panel, moderated by J.J. Abrams, where she discussed her initiative to help military families on Monday. Later that evening, she attended a star-studded garden party in the Holmby Hills. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times.