S.S. AMERICA, S.S. UNITED STATES sailing on the 'All American' team to Europe

Famous Passengers

FAMOUS PASSENGERS:

5.5B David Jensen L & Tony Martin R

From left, film and television actpr David Jansen, far right singer and actor Tony Martin. Photo American Merchant Marine Museum

Speed in any form captures the public’s interest and quickly propelled the United States to celebrity status. Now in the spotlight, the ship had a touch of glamour, something that had been missing in the previous vessels of United States Lines. The America and her predecessors were luxurious, but they lacked that elusive quantity of glamour found in the ocean liners of Cunard and the French Line. With her regal presence, championship speed, good looks and the secrecy surrounding her engine room, the United States had a magical presence.  She represented an imaginative picture of a better world where travel itself was a privilege, service and dress were more upscale, and style and beauty prevailed. People who traveled on her seemed like a special circle, including the best and brightest from the worlds of stage, high society, politics, business and royalty. John Franklin’s gamble in building a new fast modern superliner appeared to be paying off with a passenger list that included actors such as Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Hope, and John Wayne, Joan Crawford. Royalty included the PresidentTrumanDuke and Duchess of Windsor, the King and Queen of Greece, Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. Former Presidents Eisenhower and Truman sailed on her. Also on the passenger list, future President John Kennedy, his wife Jackie and in 1968, a young student headed for Oxford, Bill Clinton. Traveling in tourist with his saxophone, he aided seasick fellow Rhodes scholars with helpings of soup and crackers.

4-16 Uncle Miltie

 

THE A LIST :   Katharine Hepburn   Lawrence Oliver   Red Skelton   Shirley MacLaine   Cary Grant   Former President Harry Truman and Mrs Truman  Tony Martin   David Jensen   Senator and Mrs Kennedy  
Jane Wyman   Marlon Brand   Bob Hope   Rita Hayworth   Sean Connery   Former President Dwight and Mrs Eisenhower  Marilyn Monroe   Walter Cronkite
Fred MacMurray   Joan Crawford   painter Salvador Dali   conductors Leopolod Stokowski, Leonard Bernstein   Irving Berlin   gospel singer Mahalia Jackkson
Elizabeth Taylor   Duke and Duchess of Windsor   Prince Rainier  Grace Kelly  Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia  Mrs Eleanor Roosevelt  Gary Cooper
Joan Crawford actress American Merchant Marine Museum

Joan Crawford actress
American Merchant Marine Museum

 

King and Queen of Greece. Photo American Merchant Marine Museum

King and Queen of Greece. Photo American Merchant Marine Museum

 

 

Margaret Truman at the wheel on the maiden voyage. Truman Presidential Library

Margaret Truman at the wheel on the maiden voyage.
Truman Presidential Library

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