WHEN CELEBRITIES SAILED “ACROSS THE POND”

Liner and Cruise Ship History – CELEBRITIES SAIL AWAY aboard the great liners – DUKE AND DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, KATHERINE HEPBURN, CARY GRANT, GRACE KELLY, SPENCER TRACY, JOHN GILBERT, JOAN CRAWFORD, JAMES MASON…

Up until the 1960s, many celebrities, executives, tourists, etc., still sailed by passenger ship.  Here are publicity photos of arrivals and departures.

Actress Joan Crawford Posing with Husband Alfred Steele and Children

Returning From Business And Pleasure Trip. Businessman Alfred Steele and his actress wife, Joan Crawford, pose with their children after their arrival here Aug. 6 aboard the liner United States. The children are twins Cathy (Left) and Cindy, 11, and Sonny, 8. The Steeles have just returned from a combined business and vacation trip in Europe. 1960s.

Cary Grant with Dyan Cannon and Their Daughter Jennifer arrive on the RMS Canberra.

British-born Hollywood actor Cary Grant, his actress-wife, Dyan Cannon, and their seven-month old baby daughter, Jennifer, are shown aboard the P & O Orient Lines’ S.S. Canberra at Southampton dock prior to sailing home to Los Angeles. The Grants have been in Britain fro several weeks on a private visit. September 17, 1966

Grace Kelly Blowing Kiss

Grace Adieu. New York, New York: Actress Grace Kelly blows a farewell kiss to New York , April 4, aboard the liner SS Constitution before sailing for Monaco. At the ship’s rail with her are her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John B. Kelly of Philadelphia. The actress will wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 18-19. April 4, 1956.


Actor Cary Grant Greets Actress Betsy Drake

Cary Grant, who was forced to halt work on a movie in England when he contracted yellow jaundice, is greeted by actress Betsy Drake on his arrival here aboard the SS Dalerdijk. In answer to rumors that he would marry Miss Drake, the actor said “I’ve asked her, but she hasn’t said yes yet.” April 09, 1949.  He sailed aboard the Holland America cargo-passenger ship from Europe, through the Panama Canal, to Los Angeles.

Spencer Tracy and Wife

Original caption: Spencer Tracy and wife aboard the S.S. Santa Rosa sailing from Los Angeles Harbor for a vacation in South America. January 02, 1933.  The Grace Lines ships, sailing from Los Angeles, to South America and the East Coast where very popular with film stars as a way to get away.   Tracy, like Katherine Hapburn, sailed a good deal by ships.  It provided a relaxing way to go to Europe – for a film – with a long break at sea.

Katharine Hepburn arrives in England.

Southampton, England: Upon arriving aboard the SS America in Southampton, screen actress Katharine Hepburn enjoys a cigarette during a press conference.

She is scheduled to make her first appearance on the Londodn stage in Bernard Shaw’s “The Millionairess.”

The crossing was in March 1952.


Spencer Tracy arrives on the RMS Queen Elizabeth

Spencer Tracy Back From Europe. Actor Spencer Tracy smiles in his stateroom after his arrival here, June 20th, aboard the liner Queen Elizabeth. Tracy, who went to Germany to film scenes for the movie Judgment at Nuremberg, occupied a stateroom next door to actress Katharine Hepburn. When told of this, he expressed surprise and said “if she’s on the ship I wouldn’t know it.” The ship’s personnel said actress Katharine Hepburn stayed in her cabin throughout the five-day crossing.   1961.

James Mason And Wife Pamela Ocean Liner

James Mason, British film star, and his wife, pictured in state room of the S.S. Queen Elizabeth following arrival of the liner in New York. Mason, idol of British film goers, is on his way to Hollywod where he will fulfill American screen commitments.

They crossed in the dead of winter – November, 1946

Mr. and Mrs. Roy Disney Posing Aboard Ship

Mr and Mrs. Roy O. Disney of North Hollywood, Calif. are pictured in their suite aboard the Grace Lines S.S. Santa Paula, just before sailing at noon today for a thirteen day cruise to South America and the West Indies. Mr. Disney is president of Walt Diwsney Studios in Hollywood, Calif. and the brother of Mr. Walt Disney. August 28, 1966

Duke and Duchess of Windsor

Original caption: His handsome face deeply etched with furrows of grief, the Duke of Windsor is shown as he sailed for England on the RMS Queen Mary last night to attend the final rites for his brother, King George VI. The Duchess, for whom the Duke gave up a throne, bade him farewell on the liner. She has never been accepted by the royal family. February 08, 1952

Film Stars John Gilbert and Wife Virginia Bruce Posing on Liner

Original caption: Los Angeles: Screen Couple On Vacation. John Gilbert, prominent star of the silent films, and his wife, Virginia Bruce, are seen here aboard the S. S. Santa Paula as hey left Los Angeles for a vacation to Central and South America and New York.  April 05, 1933, Los Angeles, California, USA

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About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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