Without a doubt the finest male singer ever. He had a way of always doing
the right song the right way. Sinatra would pause for just the perfect
amount of time, then have just the perfect amount of emotion in his voice.
His songs are timeless.
Sinatra was also a very accomplished actor, appearing in many cinematic
classics. And he always had the most beautiful costars to perform with.
Doris Day, Celeste Holm, Debbie Reynolds, Kim Novack, or just about any
other top name you can think of.
The photo at right was taken while he was filming The Tender Trap.
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller
Very little can be said about Marilyn Monroe that hasn't already been said.
It seems fitting, though, that an icon such as Miss Monroe would be associated
with another icon, the Thunderbird. Marilyn reportedly had two different
Thunderbirds, although the facts about them aren't clear. One was a Raven
Black 1956 model that she had in New York, which may have actually belonged
to her famous husband, Arthur Miller. The other was painted Sunset Coral,
and was generally used in California. The pictures at left and above are
of Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe in the black 1956 Thunderbird.
Nick appeared in many of Hollywood's best movies during the 1950's, including
Rebel Without A Cause, Picnic, Giant, Our Miss Brooks, Teacher's Pet, and Pillow Talk. Adams was a last second replacement in Pillow Talk, as the original actor chosen for the role became ill and couldn't show
up for shooting. His career began to slide in the 1960's, with Adams appearing
in more forgettable movies than in memorable ones.
Nick died of a drug overdose on February 7, 1968 in Beverly Hills at the
age of 36. Nick is pictured in his Raven Black 1957 Thunderbird about the
time he was filming the western Fury At Showdown, which co-starred John Derek.
Screen legend Sandra Dee photographed in 1958 with her new Cameo Rose Ford Thunderbird Hardtop. Miss Dee only kept this car for a few years, and replaced
it with a White 1961 Imperial Crown 4-Door Hardtop.
|1958 Thunderbird Hardtop
One only has to consider a few of the hit movies Sandra Dee has appeared
in to appreciate her popularity. Among them: Gidget, A Summer Place, Imitation Of Life, Portrait In Black, and Come September.
Dee once described herself in an interview by stating, "I was a junior
Doris Day for years." Like all good things, this too changed, and
portraying the innocent, proper teenager stopped being lucrative. The innocent
youth act was no longer selling in the late sixties, but no one had that
character down better than Sandra Dee in the late fifties and early sixties.
She was the daughter every mother would have loved to have.
|1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster
Many have heard the story about Elvis Presley's Sports Roadster having
a wire wheel failure, which led to a recall early in production. Some reports
have Elvis driving the car at the time of the failure, while others say
two of Presley's employees were driving the car at the time.
The Thunderbird Sports Roadster model was a brief but brilliant snapshot
in time, with production lasting less than two years, and has become one
of the most collectible of all vintage Thunderbirds.
There are rumors that Elvis may have owned a 1956 Thunderbird, there's
even a picture of him sitting in one, but no evidence to show it belonged to him.
Thunderbird Sports Roadster: What Went Wrong?
The Most Wanted Ford Thunderbird Models 1955-1979
Above, Elvis Presley sitting in his new 1962 Thunderbird Sports Roadster.
The car was Rangoon Red with a Black Vinyl interior, and interestingly,
was equipped with very few options. Not even power windows or seats were
included. The car was purchased off the showroom floor at a Memphis Ford
Dealer, and was the same vehicle that suffered the well-publicized wire
Above, Denny McLain with his 1969 Ford Thunderbird. The custom license
plate indicates McLain's initials, and his pitching record.
|1969 Thunderbird Two Door Landau
A gift from Ford Motor Company, McLain's Thunderbird was presented to him
on September 27, 1968 - and was fully loaded - including the rare Power
Sunroof option. Given to McLain at the peak of his career as a pitcher
with the Detroit Tigers, McLain pitched 31 winning games, with only 6 losses
in the prior season. This put Denny in a very select club, as he was the
first major league pitcher to win 30 games since Dizzy Dean of the St.
Louis Cardinals in 1934.
Unfortunately, shortly after this achievement, McLain's baseball career
took a sharp downward turn, and he was a pitcher for only a few more years,
after being traded to several other teams.
Additional information can be found in The Showroom at Automotive Mileposts Archive.
Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn
They were the most respected couple in the movie industry, turning out
hit movies like Desk Set, State of the Union, Woman of the Year, Pat and Mike, Adam's Rib, and Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, which wrapped up filming just two weeks before Tracy's June 10, 1967 death.
In her book Me, Katharine Hepburn makes reference to a Thunderbird she and Spencer Tracy
owned. Almost as if writing a letter to him, she states, "I've had
an offer on the old Thunderbird. I wanted to keep it but it is just too
impractical. Whitney (George's dog), [referring to director George Cukor]
a yellow Labrador retriever, has torn the leather to pieces. And it has
not been properly cared for. Dear old Bird. Fun to drive - not so much
now. Beginning to wonder whether it will just have a cardiac arrest. But
it's yours—I mean mine. I had to buy it back from Louise when you
died." [Reference to Louise Tracy, Spencer's wife.]
Above, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn on the set of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner." Tracy was ill during filming, and had to work short
days, a fact that was concealed from studio executives by the cast and
crew. Scenes requiring Tracy's presence were filmed in the morning, so
he could go home during the afternoon. The studio never knew of this arrangement,
and was very reluctant to do the picture in the first place, based on the
fact that there were legitimate concerns that Tracy might not be able to
finish the picture. To overcome this concern, Tracy and Hepburn agreed
to have their salaries placed in escrow, to be used as collateral in case
filming wasn't completed.
The final scene of "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner" is one of Spencer
Tracy and Katharine Hepburn's most brilliant performances as a team. It's
almost as if they knew they'd never be on screen together again. At one
point, Katharine Hepburn shudders, and there's a realization that the feelings
being expressed by Spencer Tracy are likely not part of the role, but a
very real expression of his love for her.
Just 10 days after filming wrapped, Spencer Tracy died at the home he shared
with Miss Hepburn. Katharine Hepburn won the 1967 Academy Award for Best
Actress for her portrayal of Christina Drayton in "Guess Who's Coming
|More Celebrities and Notable Personalities Who've Owned Thunderbirds Over
Above, Elvis Presley was photographed in a 1956 Thunderbird. There is no
record that this was Elvis' car, however he did purchase a 1956 Continental
Mark II as well as a 1956 Cadillac Convertible.
|- Lucille Ball (Flamingo 1959 Convertible)
- Halle Berry
- Victor Borge (Honeydew Yellow 1966 Convertible)
- *Edward Cornelius (From singing group Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose, hit songs included
"Treat Her Like A Lady" and "Too Late To Turn Back Now") (Raven Black 1968 Fordor Landau)
- Katie Couric (Torch Red 2002)
- Bing Crosby (Thunderbird Green 1956) (Used in Ford television commercial)
- Vic Damone (Thunderbird Gray 1956)
- Doris Day (Colonial White 1956 - not verified)
- Sandra Dee (Colonial White 1958 Hardtop)
- Dante DePaolo (Rosemary Clooney's husband)
- Dion (Silver Gray 1961 Hardtop)
- *A.J. Foyt (Gold 1961 Convertible, Indy 500 Pace Car)
- Annette Funicello
- Ivan G'Vera (Actor, appeared in The Hunt for Red October, Days of Our Lives)
- Senator Barry Goldwater (Arizona) (Raven Black 1955)
- Alan Jackson (1955)
- *Jack Lemmon (Torch Red 1955) (A gift from Ed Sullivan for an appearance
on The Ed Sullivan Show in lieu of a cash payment)
- Paul Lynde (Sunlight Yellow 1964 Hardtop)
- Prince Rainier of Monaco (Corinthian White 1963 Limited Edition Landau)
- Rosie O'Donnell
- *Pat Priest ("Marilyn" on The Munsters TV-show) (Candyapple Red 1964 Convertible)
- Dale Robertson (1963 Thunderbird Italien Show Car)
- Nancy Sinatra (Dusk Rose 1957)
- Barbara Stanwyck (White 1971 Two Door Landau)
- Barbra Streisand (Raven Black 1957 and Colonial White 1957)
- Robert Taylor (Brittany Blue 1965 Landau)
- Pam Tillis (Vintage Burgundy 1964)
- John Travolta (Thunderbird Blue 1955)
- Ritchie Valens (1958 Convertible)
- Dennis Wilson (The Beach Boys) (Torch Red 1955)
- Oprah Winfrey
- Natalie Wood (Sunset Coral 1956)
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