That's right kids. Audrey Hepburn and Rita Hayworth were ping pong connoisseurs. There are actually a bunch of different pics of Audrey playin' the Pong, sometimes as a singles player, other times as a doubles partner with hubby, Mel Ferrer. Meanwhile, the lovely Miss Hayworth did a whole ping pong photo shoot on the patio of her Brentwood home. But, these beauties aside, it isn't just old Hollywood that had the Ping Ponging frenzy. Some rather groovy members of the music industry (or maybe anti-industry) caught some of that fever as well.
Yup, both Frank Zappa and David Bowie played the Pong as well. There are actually a few different pics of Bowie playin' the pong, but when one has the option of including a picture of David Bowie playing Ping Pong in a kimono and sunglasses, well one must surely go for it. But hey, Bowie and Zappa aren't the only rock icons to make this post. Check out the shots below. Now that's some star table tennis power.
That's right gang. The Beatles, apparently playing quadruples Ping Pong, and then Bob Dylan and Levon Helm playing some Pong in the rec area of a firehouse. Really, nothing more needs to be said on that subject. Seriously, I have no more to say on the Fab Four and Dylan & The Band (at least a Band member) gettin' their respective Pong on. A picture (or two) is worth that proverbial 1000 words, and all that. So, why not travel back to old Hollywood again.
So here we are back in that oh so Golden Age of Movies, with this trio of glamorous Ping Pong playing ladies. And in case you did not already know, this trio consists of Olivia de Havilland, Janet Gaynor, and Joan Crawford. Now I don't know if any of these ladies ever played together, but considering the sexual preferences of Janet and Joanie (one gay, one bi), there could have been some interplay. But I digress. Get my mind out of the gutter! Anyhoo, these three lovelies from waaay back just go to prove that Hollywood once loved their Ping Pong. Here are some more pics to prove this love.
Yeah, from little Shirley Temple to Gene Kelly to Jimmy Dean, Hollywood certainly loved their Ping Pong. There is a ton more photographic evidence that proves this theory. From Ginger Rogers to Ida Lupino to Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Charlie Chaplin, Bebe Daniels, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland. There are also more modern celebs, such as Susan Sarandon, Vince Vaughn, Judah Friedlander, Mickey Rourke, Kate Middleton, and the President and First Lady as well. Even Stanley Kubrick got into it for his Lolita actors, overseeing James Mason and Peter Sellers practicing the Pong, but then this was probably just practice for their Ping Pong scene in the film.
But hey, enough of these Hollywood stars and musical icons, for even the big wigs of world politics have gotten into the game. Sure, according to Bobby Z, Forrest Gump has played Mao Zedong in a few rousing games of table tennis, but back in reality (a place I tend to consider lesser to the make-believe artifice of cinema, but that's another story for another day) -- yeah, back in reality, Mao has been seen with a Pong racket in his hand, as has good ole Fidel Castro. One Ping Pong table, two despots, no waiting. Oh, and yes, musical icon that he may be, one could easily consider Bob Marley to be a political figure in a way, as well. That's why he is here with Mao and Castro. Well, that and the fact that I found this trio already put together in a Google image search. I like how he seems to be laughing at his political opponents.
I could go on and on. This post could be epic in length if I posted every ping pong playing star and/or starlet I could find a photo of, but let's not do that. I mean, we all have other things to do. Though reading my blog should be at the top of that list. Ha! Anyhoo, let me close us out with Shazam and Cyborg getting ready for a match. I don't have a good feeling about that match. We may have ourselves a busted ping pong table on our hands here soon. But enough of this ping pong ponderings. That's it gang. See ya 'round the web.