Just learned after reading the ‘Personality Parade’ in Parade magazine for December 16, 2007 that Emily Procter, the blonde on ‘CSI: Miami’ collects exotic bugs. That certainly fits her role as a crime scene investigator, very sciency.
I’ve always known that Larry Hagman, J.R. for us older folks and Major Healy, well, still for us older folks, on ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ is a vexillologist or flag collector, too. We’ve never been able to get him to tell us quite what he collects, though.
Dolly Parton has collected everything involved in her life, including items she owned as a child. She has her father’s doctor’s bag and a coat sewn together by her mother from pieces of old rags. This coat became one of her early songs and a children’s book, “The Coat of Many Colors.” Today, Dolly’s entire collection is housed in her theme park, Dollywood.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt collected stamps, but not many know that he also collected Christmas cards. In fact, he introduced the first White House Christmas card in 1933. Prior to that, Herbert Hoover sent out photographs for Christmas and Calvin Coolidge created the first Christmas message, but FDR provided the first Christmas card.
Comedian and Actor John Laroquette, famously known as Dan Fielding on Night court, collects rare books, according to his Wikipedia biography.
Rowland Atkinson of the Mr. Bean series on TV and movies collects vintage automobiles as does Jay Leno, the talk show host. He also collects vintage motorcycles and once a year auctions off a vintage motorcycle on Ebay that his guests have autographed for a special charity.
What other celebrity collections are there out there?