Get to Know Eugene Allen, the Inspiration Behind "The Butler"

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Presidential Assignments

Allen was eventually promoted to butler. In 34 years at the White House, he served presidents including Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Under President Ronald Regan, he was promoted to maître d', the highest ranking among White House butlers. Allen retired in 1986. (Photo: Kevin Clark/The Washington Post/Getty Images)