Shortly after the United States entered World War II, Madame Chiang Kai-shek visited the United States on a fund-raising mission. When she arrived in Hollywood, the studio chiefs, led by Jack Warner, threw a banquet in her honor. Warner also invited Madame Chiang to join him for lunch at the Warner Bros. studios, and made sure that several executives and a large contingent of film stars were on hand to meet her. In a speech before the assembled company, Madame Chiang graciously thanked Warner for his hospitality and praised the stars for their contributions to the war effort and to the Chinese people. She then sat down to a burst of applause and Warner rose to reply. After thanking her for her kind words, he suddenly paused. People who knew Warner grew nervous, wondering what might say next. Looking straight into his esteemed guest's eyes, he explained: "Holy cow, that reminds me -- I forgot to pick up my laundry!"