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Winslet pleaded for celebs' help

Kate Winslet has revealed she gatecrashed a party and begged Bill Clinton to get involved in her charity book.

Despite her Hollywood status, the Oscar-winning actress had to resort to desperate measures so she could persuade the former US President to be photographed wearing a hat for her new book promoting autism awareness, The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism.

"You wouldn't believe some of the things I did to get that hat to people," she told US magazine Ladies Home Journal.

"I gate-crashed a private function to get the hat to Bill Clinton. It was a dinner party of about 30 people, and my friend foolishly gave me a ticket. I'd just had minor surgery and I had stitches, and I was like, I don't care, I need Bill Clinton, f*** it.

Kate added: "So I hobbled in to this party in my cocktail dress, and begged. Unfortunately, he was surrounded by handlers who wouldn't let him put it on."

The star also hung out on film sets and left numerous "begging" phone messages in order to convince 100 celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to wear the black trilby hat.

Proceeds from The Golden Hat: Talking Back To Autism, which is available in the US on March 27, will go to Kate's Golden Hat Foundation, which will help autism sufferers.

"When given a suitable education and the means to communicate effectively, people with autism can realise their dreams," Kate said.

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