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An officer and a gentleman: Cruise’s showbiz royalty status shows no sign of waning

Sarah Caden


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Kate Middleton is accompanied by Tom Cruise at the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in Leicester Square, London. Picture by Dan Kitwood

Kate Middleton is accompanied by Tom Cruise at the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in Leicester Square, London. Picture by Dan Kitwood

Kate Middleton is accompanied by Tom Cruise at the UK premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in Leicester Square, London. Picture by Dan Kitwood

There was a glint of mischievous delight in Kate Middleton’s eyes last Thursday night in London’s Leicester Square. She and William were walking the Top Gun: Maverick red carpet with Tom Cruise, the film star taking her hand to help her up the steps in her long dress. Kate’s glint sparked a memory of Diana dancing with John Travolta at the White House almost 40 years ago. That combination of royalty and celebrity, blending to make superstar magic.

It was the first Top Gun film that made a superstar of Tom Cruise in 1986, a year after Diana danced with Travolta. To those of us who were teenagers at the time, it’s hard to believe that’s creeping up on 40 years ago. Even more incredible, though, is how Tom seems almost as bouncy and beaming as he was back then. He has that invincible confidence about him which we normally associate with youth.


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