40 Georgeous Photos of Classic Beauties From the 1950s and 1960s

Born in Berlin, American magazine and glamour photographer Peter Basch (1921 – 2004) came to New York with his family due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. He attended the De Witt Clinton High School, and went to school in England when family moved to Los Angeles.

Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces’ First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch’s had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.

These glamorous photos are a part of his work that he shot famous beauties from the 1950s and 1960s.

Anita Ekberg, 1956
Anita Ekberg, 1956
Ann-Margaret, 1962
Antonella Lualdi, ca. 1950s
Brigitte Bardot, 1956
Brigitte Bardot, 1957
Catherine Deneuve, 1960
Dolores Marcus, ca. 1960s
Doris Fesette, 1957
Elizabeth Taylor, 1957
Eva Lynd, 1958
Jane Fonda, 1962
Jane Fonda, 1962
Jane Fonda, 1962
Janet Leigh, 1965
Jayne Mansfield, 1954
Jayne Mansfield, 1954
Jayne Mansfield, ca. 1950s
Jean Patchett, ca. 1950s
Jeanne Crain, ca. 1950s
Julie Newmar
Kim Novak, ca. 1950s
Lola Montez
Lyn Connor, ca. 1950s
Marilu Tolo, 1964
Monica Vitti, 1960
Mylène Demongeot, 1965
Mylène Demongeot, ca. 1960s
Natalie Wood, 1962
Natalie Wood, ca. 1960s
Natalie Wood, ca. 1960s
Sharon Tate, 1967
Sophia Loren, 1963
Sophia Loren
Stefanie Sandrelli
Susan Strasberg, 1967
Tina Louise, 1959
Tina Louise, ca. 1950s
Ursula Andress, ca. 1960s
Ursula Andress, ca. 1960s

(Photos by Peter Basch)

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