Stars and Their Cars
Classic cars and sporty style cars are not just for the rich and famous but they do include the rich and famous. Here are just a few rich and famous stars with their beloved cars.
Debra Paget next to her 1955 Cadillac
Debra Paget just loves her Cadillac. She loves it so much that she covered it with jewels, after having it repainted from a pale orchid color to a strawberry color to match her velvet bedspread and curtains in her bedroom. Gotta have everything matching including the car, right? Not only does it match her bedroom, but also her handbags with jewels on them as well. She can spend an entire day just washing and polishing the rhinestones on the car. Rumor has it that she carries a bucketful of rhinestones in the back seat so that when the fans pluck some off of her car, she can replace them. Some of the movies she has played in include “The Ten Commandments,” “Princess of the Nile” and “Love Me Tender.”
True or not – only her hairdresser knows for sure, I mean, her car dealer. One of the few cars that Marilyn Monroe actually owned, this 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible, is rumored to have been given to her by Jack Benny as payment for being on the show. According to an interview with Robert Wagner, the car was sold to him, but its whereabouts now is unknown. Apparently, she must have loved Cadillacs, because another 1954 Cadillac Fleetwood was supposedly used to chauffeur her and other celebrities around in Idaho to and from the airport.
Elvis loved Cadillacs. He was known to have given pink Cadillacs away to various people as an act of charity. His personal 1955 pink Cadillac Fleetwood, which was blue when he bought it, is preserved at Graceland. Even though he drove it, it was intended as a gift for his mother. But since she never had a driver’s license, she never drove it. The very first one he bought for himself and his band members was destroyed by fire when a brake line failed. One time he let Scotty Moore drive it and boy, that was a mistake! He drove right into another car that was passing a pickup truck. It caused $1,000 worth of damage but Elvis had the upholstery repaired, touched up the body, and painted the roof white. Later, he purchased a 1961 Cadillac Coupe de Ville that was white with a pink roof.
According to various sources, John Wayne was a “caddy” man who loved caddies and owned more than one. In this picture, he is getting out of the backseat of this Cadillac. Why is he not getting out of the front seat if this is his own Cadillac? He was a big man – maybe he was not able to get in the front to drive? There are several Cadillacs seen in auctions that are claimed to be part of his collection. According to an interview with his wife after his death, she reportedly said that when he would produce four or more bales of hay per acre, he would buy himself a new Cadillac. Apparently, that went on for years. That must be how he got his collection that is now being sold in auctions. Nicknamed “The Duke” his career started way back in 1930 when he starred in “The Big Trail.” His nickname started back when he was a kid on his way to school when a local fireman started calling him “Little Duke” because he always had his dog with him that was named “Duke.” Ever since then, he has been called the “Duke.”
This caddy was actually used by Clint Eastwood and Bernadette Peters in a movie called “Pink Cadillac.” Although not your typical Clint Eastwood scripting, the movie, which came out in 1989, had a pretty good mixture of action and romance to create a good plot. Clint Eastwood (Tommy Nowak) is a bounty hunter and Bernadette Peters (Lou Ann) is the target. She stole her husband’s prized possession, his pink Cadillac and is being chased by, not only the bounty hunter but also a group of white supremacists. Unbeknownst to her, his stash of counterfeit money is hidden in the car, which is why the supremacists, of whom her husband is a member, are chasing her. Her baby, who she left with her sister, gets kidnapped by the group and the bounty hunter, Tommy, ends up falling in love with Lou Ann, so instead of turning her in, ends up helping her to retrieve her baby.
Cadillacs have been a popular part of Hollywood on and off-screen. Some of the actors and actresses prefer to own them, while others just prefer to be “chauffeured” in them or give them away as Elvis did.
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