Australia touched by celebrity
Earlier today one of the Trove tweeps stumbled upon an article about a couple of Frank Sinatra fans who risked their lives in 1947 – climbing over the arch of Sydney Harbour Bridge to prove they were worthy of Sinatra Club membership. Frank Sinatra visited our shores some 14 years later.
Because as excited as many Aussies are to have Oprah sailing the Sydney Harbour, this isn’t necessary the first time we’ve attracted internationally renowned ‘it’ people. Sinatra wasn’t the only one.
By 1964 Beatlemania in Australia had reached a fevered pitch, when they toured cities including Darwin, Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.
In 1983 Prince Charles and his 21 year-old wife, Princess Diana, caused a sensation when they landed in Alice Springs with young Prince William accompanying.
A papal visit in 1986 also made a big impact on locals, when Pope John Paul II had a brief stay in Australia.
These are just a few I came across but I’m sure there are more.
Last edited by sschinde [NLA]; 05-01-2011 at 02:28 PM.
The Shrimp - remember her and her skirt.
Another celebrity who left a lasting impression and caused the subsequent shortening of Australian hemlines was Jean Shrimpton, the famous international model. She caused a sensation at the Melbourne Cup in 1965 when she arrived with no gloves, no hat and wearing a very short skirt. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-page4906653
The Weekly being online now allows us to see a very interesting set of photos about Shrimpton's visit to the Cup Carnival that year.
Originally Posted by mweight [NLA]
It was Derby Day when she wore short white dress, no stockings, gloves and hat, not Cup Day.
And I don't think I'd seen the Oaks Day photo before, well, not identified as such anyway.
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