Throwback Thursday // Joan Fontaine
By: Marie Force, Delta Archivist, Atlanta
Lovely movie star Joan Fontaine in Atlanta in 1962, beside our customer pick-up van—nicknamed the Widget, for the large Delta logo, known as the “widget,” painted on it. Today, our Elite Services representatives meet customers with a Porsche.
Fontaine was busy promoting An American Pageant of the Arts, a 2-hour television special that kicked-off a $30 million fundraising campaign for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (then known as the National Cultural Center) in Washington, DC. She was acting as personal representative for First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Former First Lady Mamie Eisenhower, honorary chairs of the campaign drive. Legendary conductor Leonard Bernstein filled the role of master of ceremonies for the broadcast, held on November 29, 1962. Among those appearing on the program were singer Marian Anderson, actor Harry Belafonte, pianist Van Cliburn, poet Robert Frost and actor/comedians Danny Kaye and Bob Newhart.