MSN: A Floating Piece of Hollywood History

In the golden age of Hollywood, from the late 1920s to the early 1960s, one of the most glamorous escapes a movie star could take was a cruise aboard a luxury ocean liner. This was the heyday of grand ships, and the Queen Mary, a British vessel that took its maiden trans-Atlantic voyage in 1936, was one of the most plush and celebrated. Boasting elaborate art deco interiors, a majestic ballroom and every creature comfort imaginable, from cocktail bars to swimming pools, it was a magnet for celebrities like Bob Hope, Fred Astaire and Elizabeth Taylor. In 1948, Clark Gable famously delayed the departure of the Queen Mary by 18 minutes, the result of an extended goodbye to his sweetheart…more

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