The 47-Year Evolution Of Celebrities Using Cell Phones On-Screen And Off

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From Secret Agent 86’s shoe-phone in the 1965 TV show “Get Smart” to the brick-like cell phone carried by Zack Morris on “Saved By The Bell” in the early 90s, the history of cinema can be marked by the electronic devices used on-screen. 

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 TwitterFacebook 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.”

1966-1969: Captain Kirk's gold cell phone in "Star Trek."

STar Trek

1987: Michael Douglas’ character Gordon Gekko had very important business to take care of over the phone in “Wall Street.”

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.”

1987: Danny Glover's suitcase cell phone in "Lethal Weapon."

Lethal Weapon

1990: Richard Gere uses an early cell phone in “Pretty Woman.”

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?”

1991-1996: The Midnight Society use a cell phone fireside in "Are You Afraid of the Dark?"

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?

1993-2002: Dana Scully’s cell phone in “The X Files.”

1993-2002: Dana Scully's cell phone in "The X Files."

X Files

1995: ‘”I’ll Call You” scene in “Clueless.”

I’ll Call You 
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1996: Tom Cruise’s character used his cell phone (note the antenna) to wheel and deal in “Jerry Maguire.”

1996: Tom Cruise's character used his cell phone (note the antenna) to wheel and deal in "Jerry Maguire."

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.”

1999: Steve Martin turned his car phone into a cell phone in "Bowfinger."

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September 2000: Sisqo showing off his Motorola two way pager at the VMAs in New York City.

September 2000: Sisqo showing off his Motorola two way pager at the VMAs in New York City.

Getty Images/ Nick Elgar

September 2000: Mike Tyson uses his Nokia cell phone while at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

September 2000: Mike Tyson uses his Nokia cell phone while at a press conference in Beverly Hills.

Getty Images

February 2001: Carson Daly and Justin Timberlake trade info on their Motorola two way pagers in LA.

February 2001: Carson Daly and Justin Timberlake trade info on their Motorola two way pagers in LA.

Getty Images / Frank Micelotta

March 2001: Tom Hanks takes a call on a fan’s flip phone while arriving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA.

March 2001: Tom Hanks takes a call on a fan's flip phone while arriving at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in LA.

Getty Images / Frank Micelotta

September 2001: Lisa Loeb, alongside Dweezil Zappa, shows off her bunny cell phone case in Westwood, CA.

September 2001: Lisa Loeb, alongside Dweezil Zappa, shows off her bunny cell phone case in Westwood, CA.

Getty Images / Vince Bucci

December 2001: Jessica Simpson talks on her cell in Arlington, VA after a news conference.

December 2001: Jessica Simpson talks on her cell in Arlington, VA after a news conference.

Getty Images / Alex Wong

January 2002: Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs on his Motorola two-way pager during a press conference in New York City.

January 2002: Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs on his Motorola two-way pager during a press conference in New York City.

Getty Images / Scott Gries

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.

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.

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July 2002: Melanie Griffith chats on her flip phone at a café in Malibu.

July 2002: Melanie Griffith chats on her flip phone at a café in Malibu.

Getty Images / Ben-Ari Finegold

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.

September 2004: Nicky Hilton uses her Sidekick at a fashion show in New York City.

Getty Images / Brad Barket

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.

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.

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January 2006: Paris Hilton uses her Motorola Razr at a Golden Globe after party in Beverly Hills.

January 2006: Paris Hilton uses her Motorola Razr at a Golden Globe after party in Beverly Hills.

Getty Images / David Livingston

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.

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.

Getty Images / Kevin Winter

Nov. 3, 2008: Obama talks on his BlackBerry in Charlotte, NC on the eve of election day.

Nov. 3, 2008: Obama talks on his BlackBerry in Charlotte, NC on the eve of election day.

Getty Images / Joe Raedle

September 2009: BlackBerry Curve devotee Kim Kardashian tweeted this bikini pic while on-set of a QuickTrim photoshoot.

September 2009: BlackBerry Curve devotee Kim Kardashian tweeted this bikini pic while on-set of a QuickTrim photoshoot.

Twitter

January 2010: Ashton Kutcher takes a seflie on his iPhone 3G at the People’s Choice Awards.

January 2010: Ashton Kutcher takes a seflie on his iPhone 3G at the People's Choice Awards.

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March 2010: Lady Gaga’s rotary phone hat in the “Telephone” music video

March 2010: Lady Gaga's rotary phone hat in the "Telephone" music video

VEVO

September 2010: Demi Moore used her Apple iPhone to tweet this bikini shot showing off her toned body.

September 2010: Demi Moore used her Apple iPhone to tweet this bikini shot showing off her toned body.

Twitter

May 2011: Blake Lively takes a picture of the sunset on her Apple iPhone 4 in Cap d’Antibes, France.

May 2011: Blake Lively takes a picture of the sunset on her Apple iPhone 4 in Cap d'Antibes, France.

Getty Images / Dominique Charriau

April 2012: Rita Wilson, Martin Short, and Steven Spielberg all look at Wilson’s customized gold iPhone at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

April 2012: Rita Wilson, Martin Short, and Steven Spielberg all look at Wilson's customized gold iPhone at a fundraiser in Beverly Hills.

Getty Images / John Shearer

Aug. 2, 2012: Prince Harry uses his iPhone 4S while watching a track cycling event during the London Summer Olympics.

Aug. 2, 2012: Prince Harry uses his iPhone 4S while watching a track cycling event during the London Summer Olympics.

Getty Images / Quinn Rooney

 

August 2012: Miley Cyrus uses her Apple iPhone (in a bunny case) to show fans her new hair cut and color.

August 2012: Miley Cyrus uses her Apple iPhone (in a bunny case) to show fans her new hair cut and color.

Twitter

Oct. 3, 2012: Will.i.am takes a picture on his BlackBerry Torch prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver.

Oct. 3, 2012: Will.i.am takes a picture on his BlackBerry Torch prior to the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver.

Getty Images / Chip Somodevilla

 

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