Singer Mary J. Blige, and Kendu Isaacs, left, arrive for a State Dinner in honor of French President FranÃ§ois Hollande, at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
First lady Michelle Obama, left, and President Barack Obama welcome French President Francois Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
The red carpet is installed and cleaned by White House Staff as final preparations are made in preparation for the arrival of French President Francois Hollande at the North Portico of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, for the State Dinner. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
WASHINGTON — It's not too often that comedian Stephen Colbert, the Rev. Al Sharpton and former NBA player Jason Collins find themselves in the same room. And in tuxedos, no less.
The three celebrities are among hundreds of people invited to a lavish state dinner Tuesday at the White House honoring French President Francois Hollande.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the star of the HBO series "Veep," made the list. So did entrepreneur Elon Musk and New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor were also on a guest list the White House released shortly before the dinner.
Actresses Cicely Tyson and Mindy Kaling were also invited. So was Edith Windsor, whose lawsuit over same-sex marriage benefits rose to the Supreme Court last year.
State Dinner guest list: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/02/11/expected-attendees-tonight-s-state-dinner