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Hotel Utah's famous guests

Published: Wednesday, June 8 2011 9:30 a.m. MDT

In 1911, acclaimed turn-of-the-century French actress Sarah Bernhardt came to Salt Lake City. She was to perform, as an advertisement phrased it, "the poetic play 'L'Aiglon.'" She did not stay at the Hotel Utah. It was days away from opening its doors. As it turned out, American Broadway actress Ethel Barrymore had a reservation the week the hotel made its debut. She was the first "big dramatic star to visit the house," the Deseret Evening News reported.

During its three-quarters of a century, the hotel hosted hundreds of celebrities and politicians, including every U.S. president from William Howard Taft in 1912 to Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, the Web site www.hotelutah100.com reports. Here's a smattering from the Hotel Utah's "Who's Who."Jimmy Stewart, at the Hotel Utah Feb. 24, 1984. Deseret News Archive

 

Ethel Barrymore, Broadway actress

William Howard Taft, U.S. president

Woodrow Wilson, U.S. president

William Jennings Bryan, politician

Warren G. Harding, U.S. president

Herbert Hoover, U.S. president

Jack Dempsey, boxer-entrepreneur

Wallace Berry, actor

Will Rogers, comedian-actor

Florenz Ziegfield, Broadway showman

Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president

Myrna Loy, actress

Shirley Temple, child actress

Basil Rathbone, actor

Jack Benny, comedian-actor

Jawaharlal Nehru, ambassador-future prime minister of India

Fred Astaire, dancer-actor

Bob Hope, actor-comedian

Eleanor Roosevelt, U.S. first lady

Olivia de Haviland, actress

Harry S. Truman, U.S. president

Cecil B. DeMille, movie director

Gloria Swanson, actress

Ralph J. Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize laureate

Bing Crosby, actor-singer

Marian Anderson, concert singer

Freddy Martin, big band leader

Natalie Wood, actress

Dwight D. Eisenhower, U.S. president

Gregory Peck, actor

William Holden, actor

Louis Armstrong, jazz singer-trumpeter

Elvis Presley, king of rock 'n' roll

Kim Novak, actress

Dinah Shore, singer-TV host

John F. Kennedy, U.S. president

Ella Fitzgerald, singer

Liberace, pianist-entertainer

Lyndon Baines Johnson, U.S. president

Ladybird Johnson, U.S. first lady

Phyllis Diller, comedian-actress

Neil Diamond, singer

Luciano Pavarotti, operatic tenor

Richard M. Nixon, U.S. president

Cliff Robertson, actor

Dina Merrill, actress-socialite

Gerald R. Ford, U.S. president

Wallace Stegner, novelist-historian-essayist

Jerry Jones, Dallas Cowboys owner

Jimmy Carter, U.S. president

The Bee Gees (Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb), musical group

Howard Hughes, business magnate-aviator

Danny Kaye, actor-comedian, many times

Jimmy Stewart, actor, many times

Henry Fonda, actor

Raymond Burr, actor

Ed Asner, actor

Lowell Thomas, travel/news commentator, many times

Marlo Thomas, actress

James Coburn, actor

Walter Pidgeon, actor

Michael Sarrazin, actor

Trish Van Devere, actress

Elton John, musician

Ginger Rogers, actress

Van Cliburn, classical pianist

Grant Johannesen, classical pianist-native Utahn

Katharine Hepburn, actress

Johnny Miller, golfer

Warren Burger, U.S. chief justice

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author

John Glenn, astronaut

Beverly Sills, opera singer

Marie Osmond, singer

Queen Margrethe II, of Denmark

Princess Sonja, of Norway

Ronald Reagan, U.S. president

Sarah Jessica Parker, actress

The Osmond Brothers, musical group

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