10 Celebrities who Insured their Body Parts for Millions
We insure anything that is our assets, for example, our homes, cars, or even cell phones. We do so to protect ourselves against any unforeseen losses. Some people consider their body parts as their assets and they insure these in case it is damaged or handicapped. Many celebrities consider their body parts equivalent to their materialistic assets and hence get it insured.
Sometimes they do it as a publicity stunt, while sometimes the studio they work for doesn’t want to lose their money-making tool and get it insured for them. Not just celebrities, many of us might be doing the same thing to make up for the lost income in case a particular body part is handicapped, especially if our livelihood depends on it.
If you have assets, protect them! The first body part was insured in the 1920s by Ben Turpin when he insured his cross-eyes for $25,000. Below, we see a list of celebrities who have insured specific parts of their bodies.
Jimmy Durante Insured Nose for $50,000
Born on February 10, 1893, in Manhattan, New York, U.S. James Francis Durante was an American actor and comedian who has given some memorable performances in movies like Roadhouse Nights, Carnival, and Melody Ranch. He considered his nose to be big and gave it the nickname schnozzola. He insured his nose in the 1940s for $50,000 because his image and the ad campaigns that he was part of, depended on it.
Michael Flatley Insured Feet for $51.8 million
Michael Ryan Flatley, an Irish-American dancer, and musician was born in Detroit, Michigan on July 16, 1958. He is well-known for a theatrical show, River dance and Lord of the Dance. He is listed in the Guinness World Records for tap dancing 35 times in a second. He took out insurance for his feet for $51.8 million because he thought that was the practical thing to do after years of dancing.
Betty Grable Insured Legs for $1 million
Elizabeth Ruth Grable, popularly known as Betty Grable was an American actress, model, singer, and dancer. Born on December 18, 1916, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., she has had a remarkable career with films like Happy Days and Kiki, stage shows like Hello, Dolly! and also radio appearances. Lloyd’s of London insured her legs for $1 million mainly she was famous for her legs and any kind of damage would have cost her studio one of their most profitable stars.
Marlene Dietrich Insured Voice for $1 million
With a career spanning about 7 decades, Marie Magdalene Dietrich was one of the greatest female figures in Hollywood. She was born on December 27, 1901, in Berlin, German Empire, and was one of the most prolific actresses and singers. She was well-known for her performances in studio albums such as Overseas and movies like Shanghai Express. She insured her unique, raspy voice for $1 million.
Egon Ronay Insured Taste Buds for $400,000
Egon Miklos Ronay, born on July 24, 1915, was a Hungarian food critic who has also authored a number of guides to British and Irish restaurants and hotels. Since his taste buds were his biggest assets and livelihood, he got them insured for around $400,000 in 1993.
Bruce Springsteen Insured Voice for $6 million
Most notable work being his album Bornin the U.S.A., Bruce Springsteen is one of the most energetic performers of the 21st century. He has written and performed in rock genres, including folk-rock, hard rock, heartland rock, and soft rock. His song-lyrics are mainly directed towards the working-class of America. When we listen to his amazing vocal cords, we do not realize their actual worth. He has his voice insured for $6 million back in the 1980s.
Fred Astaire Insured Legs for $150,000
Fred Astaire was more than an actor – he was a singer, a dancer, and also a percussionist. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and gave some unforgettable performances in films like Let’s Dance, Royal Wedding, and The Purple Taxi.He partnered with Ginger Rogers in about ten musicals such as Top Hat and Shall We Dance. His “long legs” were insured for $150,000.
Ken Dodd Insured Teeth for $7.4 million
Kenneth Arthur Dodd or Ken Dodd was an English comedian, born in Liverpool, England. Known for his stand-up performances, he was often referred to as one of the greatest entertainers. He got buck teeth due to a cycling accident while riding a bicycle with his eyes closed on a dare. Instead of correcting his trademark teeth, he chose to insure them against any damages at a whopping price of $7.4 million.
Dolly Parton Insured Breasts for $600,000
An American actress, singer, author, and businesswoman, Dolly Parton is known in the music world for her folksy and artistic country music. Her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly was a superhit and she gained worldwide recognition. Her public image is very much associated with her breasts, so much so that there are illustrations and mentions in various songs. She took out insurance to protect her breasts from any mishap and they are worth $600,000.
Jamie Lee Curtis Insured Legs for $2.8 million
An American author and actress, well-known for her work in Prom Night and Blue Steel, Jamie Lee Curtis has worked across genres. Born in Santa Monica, California to actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis, she has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her long legs have been admired by people around the world. She became a spokeswoman for all L’eggs products. The company wanted to protect her legs and got it insured for $2.8 million.