38 Fantastic Black and White Photos of Celebrities From the 1940s and 1950s

Born in New York City, American photojournalist Allan Grant (1919-2008) was introduced to photography as a teenager, when he traded a model airplane for a camera. One of his early jobs was in a photo laboratory, where he printed photos by noted photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt and Robert Capa.

Grant began working for Life in 1945 on a freelance basis. The magazine hired him full-time in 1946, after a photo he took at a Connecticut sailing school made the cover of an issue. He also had the last photo shoot with actress Marilyn Monroe and took the first photos of Marina Oswald, Lee Harvey Oswald’s wife, following U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

Grant left Life magazine in the late 1960s and began producing educational documentaries.

Dorothy Lamour, 1947
‘Showgirls In Florida’, January 1947
‘Showgirls In Florida’, January 1947
‘Showgirls In Florida’, January 1947
‘Showgirls In Florida’, January 1947
US film and television actress, Wenda Hendrix in 1947
Dizzy Gillespie, October 1948
Dizzy Gillespie, practicing with his orchestra before a performance, 1948
Jane Wyman, March 1948
Patricia Neal in ‘The Fountainhead’, 1948
The Andrews Sisters, February 1948
Shelley Winters dancing and singing in scene from movie ‘East of Java’, 1949
Shelley Winters from the movie ‘East of Java’, 1949
Jackie Robinson during filming of ‘The Jackie Robinson Story’, February 1950
Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis are clowning around on the set of ‘The Stooge’, 1951
Jerry Lewis is heckling director Norman Taurog during the making of ‘The Stooge’, March 1951
Edith Piaf with Marlene Dietrich, 1952
Marlene Dietrich, September 1952
Actress Pier Angeli, June 1954
Actress Pier Angeli, June 1954
Director George Stevens working on the movie ‘Giant’ with actor Rock Hudson, August 1955
Edith Head, August 1955
Gregory Peck on set, August 1955
Jean Anne Evans, 14-month-old Texas girl kissing her horse, July 1955
Russ Tamblyn doing a flip on the sidewalk with starlet Venetia Stevenson, August 1955
Buster Keaton and Donald O’Connor are holding up their ‘dukes’ while practicing for a movie based on Keaton’s life, July 1956
Grace Kelly at the 28th Academy Awards in 1956
Carey Grant and Suzy Parker, his co-star in the film ‘Kiss Them For Me’, July 1957
Edith Head, May 1957
Suzy Parker, July 1957
Angie Dickinson in costume for the film ‘Rio Bravo’, July 1958

Angie Dickinson is on set with director Howard Hawks working on the movie ‘Rio Bravo’, 1958
Abbe Lane dancing, February 1959
Actress dancer Abbe Lane, February 1959
Millie Perkins is reading reviews of the movie ‘Diary of Anne Frank’, 1959
Shirley MacLaine and her 2-year-old daughter Sachi Parker, 1959
Shirley MacLaine and her 2-year-old daughter Sachi Parker, 1959
Tony Curtis with his family, January 1959

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