Today, celebrities’ cell phones are their most important accessory—often bringing iPhones or Blackberries on the red carpet to document the mass hysteria and then upload it to their Twitter, Facebook or Instagram accounts.
Twenty years ago they used pagers, ten years ago they texted on flip phones, and now most stars keep connected with their fans on BlackBerrys and iPhones.
We’ve gathered images of celebs using their phones on-screen and off over the past half a century to see how cell phones have evolved with the changing times.
And crucially, the year they stopped being a fictional plot device and started being a real accessory that stars couldn’t leave home without.
1928: Some people believe you can see a time traveling woman talking on a cell phone in Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus.”
1965: The cell phone is introduced to the world by Secret Agent 86 in the TV show “Get Smart.”
1966-1969: Captain Kirk’s gold cell phone in “Star Trek.”
1987: Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko had very important business to take care of over the phone in “Wall Street.”
1987: Danny Glover’s suitcase cell phone in “Lethal Weapon.”
1990: Richard Gere uses an early cell phone in “Pretty Woman.”
1989-1993: Watch Zach Morris (“Saved by the Bell”) and his cell phone as they grow up together in the four seasons of the teen sitcom.
1990-1998: Cell phones, home phones, and pay phones on “Seinfeld.”
1991-1996: The Midnight Society use a cell phone fireside in “Are You Afraid of the Dark?”
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1993-2002: Dana Scully’s cell phone in “The X Files.”
1996: Tom Cruise’s character used his cell phone (note the antenna) to wheel and deal in “Jerry Maguire.”
1997: In “Tomorrow Never Dies,” Piers Brosnan’s James Bond uses his Ericsson cellphone to navigate his BMW from the back seat during a car chase.
1999: Steve Martin turned his car phone into a cell phone in “Bowfinger.”
September 2000: Sisqo showing off his Motorola two way pager at the VMAs in New York City.
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September 2000: Mike Tyson uses his Nokia cell phone while at a press conference in Beverly Hills.
February 2001: Carson Daly and Justin Timberlake trade info on their Motorola two way pagers in LA.
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March 2001: Tom Hanks takes a call on a fan’s flip phone while arriving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA.
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September 2001: Lisa Loeb, alongside Dweezil Zappa, shows off her bunny cell phone case in Westwood, CA.
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December 2001: Jessica Simpson talks on her cell in Arlington, VA after a news conference.
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January 2002: Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs on his Motorola two-way pager during a press conference in New York City.
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March 2002: Four years before she was charged with assault for hitting her housekeeper with a cell phone, Naomi Campbell chatted on her Motorola phone while leaving a club in LA.
July 2002: Melanie Griffith chats on her flip phone at a café in Malibu.
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2004: In the final scene of the “Sex & The City” series, Carrie Bradshaw reveals Mr.Big’s real name when he calls her pink, bedazzled Verizon flip phone.
September 2004: Nicky Hilton uses her Sidekick at a fashion show in New York City.
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December 2005: Jenny McCarthy holds an LG cell phone as she arrives at the LG All-Star Poker Showdown and Party at the Palms Casino Resort.
January 2006: Paris Hilton uses her Motorola Razr at a Golden Globe after party in Beverly Hills.
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February 2008: We can’t exactly tell what Reese Witherspoon is doing with her phone at the premiere of “Penelope” in LA, but we can tell she owns a gold-plated Motorola Razr.
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Nov. 3, 2008: Obama talks on his BlackBerry in Charlotte, NC on the eve of election day.
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September 2009: BlackBerry Curve devotee Kim Kardashian tweeted this bikini pic while on-set of a QuickTrim photoshoot.
January 2010: Ashton Kutcher takes a seflie on his iPhone 3G at the People’s Choice Awards.
March 2010: Lady Gaga’s rotary phone hat in the “Telephone” music video
September 2010: Demi Moore used her Apple iPhone to tweet this bikini shot showing off her toned body.
May 2011: Blake Lively takes a picture of the sunset on her Apple iPhone 4 in Cap d’Antibes, France.
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April 2012: Rita Wilson, Martin Short, and Steven Spielberg all look at Wilson’s customized gold iPhone at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.
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Aug. 2, 2012: Prince Harry uses his iPhone 4S while watching a track cycling event during the London Summer Olympics.
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August 2012: Miley Cyrus uses her Apple iPhone (in a bunny case) to show fans her new hair cut and color.
Oct. 3, 2012: Will.i.am takes a picture on his BlackBerry Torch prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver.
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