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Hotel Utah's famous guests

Published: Monday, Aug. 3 2015 11:32 a.m. MDT

Jimmy Stewart, at the Hotel Utah Feb. 24, 1984. Deseret News Archive (Deseret News Archives, Deseret News Archives) Jimmy Stewart, at the Hotel Utah Feb. 24, 1984. Deseret News Archive (Deseret News Archives, Deseret News Archives)

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."

Ethel Barrymore, Broadway actress

A local band and drill team await the arrival of the President at the Hotel Utah on Sept. 26, 1963. Deseret News Archives (Deseret News Archives) A local band and drill team await the arrival of the President at the Hotel Utah on Sept. 26, 1963. Deseret News Archives (Deseret News Archives)

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

Congressman Richard Nixon came to Salt Lake City for the first time on June 4, 1949 to address a group of newspaper editors at the Hotel Utah. Nixon earn the reputation of a communist fighter in his first term in Congress. W. Claude Johnson, Deseret News Archives (W. Claude Johnson, Deseret News Archives) Congressman Richard Nixon came to Salt Lake City for the first time on June 4, 1949 to address a group of newspaper editors at the Hotel Utah. Nixon earn the reputation of a communist fighter in his first term in Congress. W. Claude Johnson, Deseret News Archives (W. Claude Johnson, Deseret News Archives)

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

From left, Wayne Owens, Edward M. Kennedy and Utah Governor Cal Rampton at the Hotel Utah in 1974.  Provided by Steve Owens (Provided by Steve Owens, All) From left, Wayne Owens, Edward M. Kennedy and Utah Governor Cal Rampton at the Hotel Utah in 1974. Provided by Steve Owens (Provided by Steve Owens, All)

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

Vincent Price at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City on May 3, 1952. (Deseret News Archives, Deseret News Archives) Vincent Price at the Hotel Utah in Salt Lake City on May 3, 1952. (Deseret News Archives, Deseret News Archives)

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

Although spiffily clad in this vintage photo, humorist Will Rogers needed to track down a coat and tie ? required attire at the time ? when he arrived to dine at Hotel Utah about 80 years ago. The tale of his encounter was retold in a centennial display, of which this image is a part, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building lobby. (Temple Square Hospitality) Although spiffily clad in this vintage photo, humorist Will Rogers needed to track down a coat and tie ? required attire at the time ? when he arrived to dine at Hotel Utah about 80 years ago. The tale of his encounter was retold in a centennial display, of which this image is a part, in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building lobby. (Temple Square Hospitality)

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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