Category: classic hollywood

Production still of Tippi Hedrin in The Birds …

Production still of Tippi Hedrin in The Birds  (Alfred Hitchcock, 1963)

Miles Davis and Steve McQueen at the Monterey …

Miles Davis and Steve McQueen at the Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963, photo by Jim Marshall

Rita Hayworth in a perfume advertisement, 1941…

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  (O…

Vincent Price as Shelby Carpenter in Laura  (Otto Preminger, 1944)

Ava Gardner in a publicity photo for The Kille…

Ava Gardner in a publicity photo for The Killers, 1946, wearing a gown by Vera West

Christian Dior begins work on a dress for Ava …

Christian Dior begins work on a dress for Ava Gardner at his atelier in Paris, 1956, photo by Willy Maywald

Brigitte Bardot and Kim Novak, two new stars…

Brigitte Bardot and Kim Novak, two new stars at the 1955 Cannes International Film Festival

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in The Big Heat …

Gloria Grahame and Glenn Ford in The Big Heat  (Fritz Lang, 1953), one of the best and one of the darkest film noirs.

Piper Laurie trims the tree, 1954. Laurie had …

Piper Laurie trims the tree, 1954. Laurie had a twenty year career as a lead in movies before playing the mother in Carrie, the role for which she is now best remembered.

Joan Bennett, 1939, wearing a Schiaparelli hat

Joan Bennett, 1939, wearing a Schiaparelli hat

“I don’t think much of most of the films I made, but being a movie star was something I liked very much.”