They All Came, the Biggest and the Greatest!

Never-before-seen photos of the celebrities who visited Montreal’s Expo 67

By Productions de la ruelle

Charles de Gaulle, President of France

After causing quite a stir at Montreal City Hall, the famous General visits the site of Expo, though the ceremonies organised by the federal government are cancelled…

Marlene Dietrich, German singer and actress

The glamourous German singer and actress delivers a performance as immense as her talent, accompanied by Burt Bacharach.

John Diefenbaker, Official Chief of Opposition in Ottawa

The former prime minister of Canada visits Expo 67—he who was so against the event, arguing that it would be a waste of money! He did seem to recognize its undeniable success, however, and appreciated his visit!

Ed Sullivan

American talk-show host, Ed Sullivan, received many actors and singers, such as Diana Ross and the Supremes, on May 7.

Hailé Sélassié, Emperor of Ethiopia

This fantastically rich emperor stole a pen destined for Queen Elizabeth II… The nerve!

Princess Grace of Monaco and Prince Rainier

Did you know that the Princess, exhausted by her numerous commitments, was brought to the Royal Victoria Hospital emergency room where she unfortunately miscarried, in July 1967?

Jackie Kennedy

She had announced her visit and wanted it to be incognito… then she called a press conference. Talk about a red herring!

Luciano Pavarotti, Italian tenor in La Scala de Milan

Roger D. Landry, fan of the opera, met young Pavarotti during the Romeo and Juliet rehearsal. It marked the start of a great friendship, and a great career.

Maurice Chevalier, French singer and actor

The handsome Mr. Chevalier advertised Expo 67 before coming to visit… Seems like he did a good job as we ended up welcoming over 50 million visitors!

Lyndon B. Johnson, US President 

In the midst of the Vietnam War, the President visits Expo…

The Playboy Bunnies

The General Commissioner didn’t want them at Expo: they came anyway!

Princess Paola of Belgium

During the visit of the Princess and Prince Albert of Belgium, the premiere of the Maurice Béjart’s Ballet of the 20th Century happened: an art and dance revolution!

Queen Elizabeth II

The Queen wants a ride on the mini-rail. Who cares what security thinks! Visitors are thrilled to see her go by.

Robert Kennedy, American Democratic Senator

The Senator, his wife Ethel, and a few of their ten kids had a fun time at La Ronde, as shown in this photo… Splash!