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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Celebrity Passports

Original caption:
1953-New York, NY: Smiling as he waves his passport, Marlon Brando sails on the Liberate for Europe. Originally scheduled to sail last week, the stage and screen actor had his passport stolen along with his luggage and was forced to delay passage.
--- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

There is, as we all know, this intriguing fascination - from mild to extreme - with celebrities:  What they wear, who they marry, how they dance, and without a doubt, where they travel.  For years, I heard about Bruce Willis' home on Parrot Cay in the Turks and Caicos Islands and couldn't help but wonder what it must be like to hang out on this exclusive private island in the British West Indies.  And then I went...and understood. 

Although I am typing this post wrapped up in a blanket and nestled in the comfort of my sofa (I caught a funky virus) and had to postpone The Denver Passport Party scheduled for yesterday, I'm looking forward to sharing my Parrot Cay experience with the ten girls from Smart-Girl, Inc. once I get word from The Brown Palace that we're good to go again.  You see, teen girls adore celebrities and anything I can do to get them interested in traveling the world and considering the world from a more global perspective is - as far as I'm concerned - fair game. 

Thanks, Wiki!
So, yes, I'll tell them about how Lenny Kravitz, Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp all own their own private islands in the Bahamas and about Leonardo DiCaprio's private island in Belize and then I'll attempt to entice their parents here in this space by sharing some vintage celebrity passport photos.  You see, one of the biggest hurdles in this campaign is getting parents to follow-through and complete the passport process for their girls, so I'm pulling out all of the stops hoping I can appeal to their interest in celebrities who have passports and travel.  It might sound silly, but hey, whatever it takes.

And so.  In the spirit of passports, travel and the celebrities who have and do both, here are half a dozen fun vintage celebrity passports that should be easily identifiable by some of you parents out there (and just maybe even some of your girls).  Enjoy!  Oh.  And if you don't have a passport, go get one.

PLEASE NOTE: In my research, I came across a really cool site for passport collectors called, you guessed it, I think I'm hooked.
FYI: Evidently, the Department of State has granted public access to a number of celebrity passport applications via the Freedom of Information Act.  I plan to do some more sharing on this site at a later date.