Vintage Hollywood In 52 Photos

James Dean only appeared in three films before he was killed in a car crash. He received two posthumous Academy Award nominations for East of Eden and Giant.
Marilyn Monroe meets with the Queen of England.
Rock Hudson, the studly man grasping Elizabeth Taylor in a passionate embrace, was a popular leading man in Hollywood.
America was shocked to discover that Hudson was homosexual, though it was commonly known throughout Hollywood. He passed away in 1985, the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness.
Brigitte Bardot tells Jane Birkin a secret.
Elvis Presley signs autographs.
Cary Grant changed his name from Archibald Leach when he became a legal citizen of the United States in 1942, after emigrating from England. With his debonair charm, good looks and knack for the slapstick after his time in Vaudeville, Grant became a household name.
Brigitte Bardot glances at a young Sean Connery.
Warren Beatty has had enough of Jack Nicholson and Lauren Bacall’s lip.
An English film director and producer, Alfred Hitchcock would change the face of suspense and thriller movies, framing shots to maximize fear and tension and mimicking points of view.
Marlon Brando types away as a kitten warms the small of his neck.
A young David Bowie clings tightly to Liz Taylor.
Jayne Mansfield was a singer, actress and an early Playboy playmate. She had five children with three husbands, one of which is the actress Mariska Hargitay, daughter of Mickey Hargitay. While Jayne was famous for her beauty, she has unfortunately often been remembered for her death. She died in a tragic car accident in 1967 at 34 years old.
A young Marilyn in 1946.
Best known as wacky housewife Lucy Ricardo, Lucille Ball had a career that spanned the golden age of Hollywood and lasted into the 1980s. Once a pin up model, she pushed the envelope on her television show by denying the typical housewife tropes.
The aging Charlie Chaplin with the vibrant Paulette Goddard.
Arguably the first star of the silent film era, Mae Murray got her big fame off of The Merry Widow. She was also one of the first female actresses to have her own production company. She married who she thought was a prince and he swindled her out of all of her money and forced her to lose custody of her only son. A founding member of the Motion Picture and Television Fund, they helped care for her in her old age.
Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon square off beneath the Eiffel Tower.
Catherine Deneuve exchanges words with her sister, Françoise Dorléac.
Michael and Kirk Douglas.
A young Marlene Dietrich hits the beach.
Clint Eastwood with his first wife, Maggie, in 1955.
Young and suave Clark Gable, 1930s.
Born Norma Jean Mortensen, the woman that would become the singer, actress and sex symbol known as Marilyn Monroe would star in a number of successful films and also start her own production company. Plagued by controversy, miscarriages, failed marriages and depression, her death in 1962 of an overdose has been the basis for much conjecture involving murder and the CIA.
Elizabeth Taylor flaunts her lasso.
Judy Garland with her daughter Liza Minnelli.
Audrey Hepburn plays games with a fawn.
A young Jane Fonda fools around in the back of a car.
Francis Ford Coppola showing Akira Kurosawa his new polaroid.
Sophia Loren does Disneyland.
Veronica Lake was another popular actress during the golden age and was one of the most reliable box office draws in Hollywood. Popular for launching the peek-a-boo hairstyle, Veronica would acquire her pilot’s license in 1946 and would fly herself and her children to New York when she left her second husband.
Stanley Kubrick stands erect next to a penis.
Woody Allen and Diane Keaton laugh on set.
Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate stroll together.
With her bright platinum blonde locks, Jean Harlow had a meteoric rise to fame appearing in at 36 films in ten years. Married three times, she divorced her first and third husbands, but the second was found shot to death in her home, which only increased her popularity. She died in 1937 of kidney failure at the age of 26.
Michael Caine and Nancy Sinatra wine and dine together.
The original Star Wars cast.
Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons.
Jon Voight with newborn Angelina Jolie.
Signed to MGM at age 16, Lana Turner would find fame as the femme fatale from the late 1930s throughout the 1950s. In 1958, her daughter stabbed Turner’s lover, Johnny Stompanato to death. While many theories were floated through the media, the murder was deemed justifiable homicide.
A young Christopher Walken.
Fred Astaire
Joe DiMaggio, Bob Hope & Marilyn Monroe
James Dean & Ursula Andress
Judy Garland
Charlie Chaplin’s first high profile romance involved his 19 year old co-star Edna Purviance. 1916.
The first ever star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, belonged to Joanne Woodward in 1960, after she starred in The Three Faces of Eve.
The Rat Pack
Raquel Welch Lounging – 1967
Elvis Serenading a Hound Dog – 1956
Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra, 1956
Gene Tierney
Dorothy Dandridge

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