Category: classic movie stars

Lana Turner in a publicity photo for The Postm…

Lana Turner in a publicity photo for The Postman Always Rings Twice  (Tay Garnett, 1946)

Bette Davis in Now, Voyager  (Irving Rapper, 1…

Bette Davis in Now, Voyager  (Irving Rapper, 1942)


“I’m such a fool, such an old fool. These are only tears of gratitude – an old maid’s gratitude for the crumbs offered.“

Lauren Bacall in Confidential Agent  (Herman S…

Lauren Bacall in Confidential Agent  (Herman Shumlin, 1945), the film she made in between To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep. Her performance was not well-received, and she said she felt her reputation as an actress never recovered from it.

Kim Novak in Vertigo  (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Kim Novak in Vertigo  (Alfred Hitchcock, 1958)

Jean Seberg in Saint Joan  (Otto Preminger, 19…

Jean Seberg in Saint Joan  (Otto Preminger, 1957), her first film role. She was chosen for the role after a nationwide talent search by Preminger. The film was not a critical or commercial success. “I was scared like a rabbit,” she said later, “and it showed on the screen. It was not a good experience at all. I started where most actresses end up.”

Montgomery Clift in The Big Lift  (George Seat…

Montgomery Clift in The Big Lift  (George Seaton, 1950), a film about the Berlin Airlift

Dirk Bogarde in The Blue Lamp  (Basil Dearden,…

Dirk Bogarde in The Blue Lamp  (Basil Dearden, 1950) playing young tough Tom Riley.

Paul Newman at the Oscars ceremony, 1958

Paul Newman at the Oscars ceremony, 1958

Ingrid Bergman in costume for Saratoga Trunk  …

Ingrid Bergman in costume for Saratoga Trunk  (Sam Wood, 1945)

Director Howard Hawks (left) works on a scene …

Director Howard Hawks (left) works on a scene with Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart during the filming of The Big Sleep, 1946