Rita Hayworth in a perfume advertisement, 1941. It was stipulated in movie stars’ contracts that they would not simply make films, but they would also sit for publicity photo sessions, make personal appearances and appear in advertising at the studio’s discretion. Refusal could lead to suspension without pay and a reputation for being “difficult.”
Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter in Laura (Otto Preminger, 1944)
Ava Gardner in a publicity photo for The Killers, 1946, wearing a gown by Vera West
Two ladies on Fifth Avenue, New York, 1944, a photo by Elizabeth Timberman
Fashion photo by George Platt Lynes for the Lord & Taylor department store, New York, 1940
Lynes is known now for his inventive male nudes, but they were only published after his death. While living, he supported himself with fashion and portrait photography. Lord & Taylor recently announced its flagship store in New York will close.
Photo by Raymond Voinquel for a women’s fragrance ad, 1943
Toshiro Mifune in Japanese noir Stray Dog I Nora inu
野良犬 (Akira Kurosawa, 1949). Kurosawa said he was inspired to make Stray Dog after seeing Jules Dassin’s The Naked City.
Bette Davis reads a letter of thanks to the Motion Picture Academy from President Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the Academy Awards dinner, February 1941