When celebrities amass useless throngs of stuff, they are called collectors, but when we mere mortals do the same, we are termed hoarders. The reason is probably money; expensive stuff is called collections, and the cheap stuff is just a hoard. Regarding celebrity hoarding, I mean collecting, it’s too easy to talk about King of Pop Michael Jackson’s (Jacko’s) weird stuff. He took his self-proclaimed moniker too far: he had a throne, royal cloak and jeweled crown for goodness sake, according to Bizar Bin. So we’ll talk about some lesser known but still unusual celebrity collections that, when you think about it, actually are quite fitting.
What doesn’t this, shall we say interesting, dude collect? For one thing, he’s in love with Jack Kerouac. But if Johnny Depp were to have actually met his idol, he would probably have only bowed to him in an I’m-not-worthy-Wayne-and-Garth fashion. Depp loves Kerouac so much he has framed letters from Kerouac, first-edition copies of Kerouac’s books, some old book in which Kerouac wrote in the margins, two of the author’s jackets, one raincoat, manuscripts and a suitcase belonging to this famous beatnik, according to Michele Karl’s book, “What Celebrities Collect!”. Depp also collects, bugs, hats, bats, a pigeon skeleton and clown paintings. I could go on, but just writing about Depp’s collections has taken up too much space already.
This singer collects shoes. What woman doesn’t, you might think, and I would tend to agree. But Celine Dion, while not quite as disgustingly indulgent as Imelda Marcos, comes darn close. She admits to having somewhere between 500 and 1,000 pairs, which means she has too many to count. And some cost $10,000. But not to worry — her stylist told the Ladies Home Journal, reports Karl, that Dion is not a snob; she even wears Nike. Really? Wearing Nike isn’t exactly slumming, but she probably wears Nike only because Manolo Blahnik doesn’t make tennis shoes.
Tom Hanks is a typewriter fiend; he has more than 150 of them, according to Collectors Weekly. He not only collects them; he writes typewritten notes to his friends. That’s really testing the friendship limit. How does he deliver these charmingly offbeat notes? By Pony Express? How long do his friends need to wait for a response on whether he’s meeting them for lunch? Anyway, Hanks doesn’t fancy expensive showpiece typewriters; he likes the manual pre-World War II types.
You probably thought this would be about children, but it isn’t. Yet, why does the fact that Angelina Jolie collects knives not surprise me? I think it’s because of the maniacal look in her eyes she often sports. She admitted to the ABC News show “20-20” that because she was fascinated with death she took a home course in how to prepare bodies for burial when she was 15 years old. Who does that? She also engaged in a knife fight to enhance an early sexual encounter. But not to worry about having knives around, being a mom and all — Jolie puts the dangerous fighting instruments in a locked case. Yeah that’ll prevent kids from getting to them.
He looks like an uber nerd, so what better item for this stylistic director to collect than board games? It’s not so odd when you consider board games are the precursors to online gaming, which you can so see Tarantino engaging in. His favorite games to collect are TV- and movie-related ones. He has games from the “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Dawn of the Dead, “Universe” and “Platoon,” according to Quentin Tarantino’s book “Interviews.” He also has a shrine dedicated to John Travolta, but there is really nothing unusual about that.