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Thursday, August 20, 2015


Black and white films are the epitome of classic Hollywood, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Because of this, however, the stars of the silver screen often assume a monochromatic image in our mind's eye. We tend to forget how brilliantly they shined in glorious color.

Here are some delicious examples from the colorful palette of Hollywood's past.

 Jean Harlow
This photo is very likely colorized
but it's striking, nevertheless

Joan Crawford

Sometimes the colors weren't quite true to life.
Crawford had very blue eyes, but they look brown here.

Greta Garbo
One of the most mesmerizing faces on the silver screen

Carole Lombard
Clark Gable

Bette Davis
Not exactly her best glamour shot

Shirley Temple
Around 1938, when her famous curls were a thing of the past

Ginger Rogers
brunette, after being blonde

 Mickey Rooney
Judy Garland

a special, eternal bond of love

Claudette Colbert

 Barbara Stanwyck


 Lana Turner
glamour personified

Fred Astaire
Ginger Rogers
Rogers on dancing:
"I did everything Fred did, only backwards, and in heels...."

Katharine Hepburn
 Never a bad angle

Gene Tierney

I love Tierney
I sorta like the outfit
....not sure about the feather....

 Lauren Bacall
"Just put your lips together and blow...."

Maureen O'Hara

I met Maureen O'Hara and she was as beautiful in person as she was in films

Rita Hayworth
another beautiful redhead

not a natural redhead,
but a gorgeous one, nevertheless 

 Hedy Lamarr
a beauty with brains

Read about her scientific inventions -
you'll be surprised.

 Elizabeth Taylor

Who could resist?


  1. Enjoyed all the photos. Those are the faces that delighted and mystified me when I was a kid. Among favorites is Bette Davis who projected a powerful strength for such a petite figure --even when portraying the Francois Villon-quoting country girl in "Petrified Forest" --such a perfect cast with vagabond Leslie Howard and a hauntingly psychotic Duke Mantee from Bogart.

    1. "The Petrified Forest" is a classic. I haven't seen it in a long time but I distinctly remember the cast - and it was indeed perfect.
      I heard that Bette Davis was extremely attracted to Leslie Howard in real life, but they never had an affair.

  2. mickey and judy - I often wondered why they never married.

    my fave pix above - lauren bacall.

    1. I always wondered why they never married, too. I think they would have been a perfect couple.

      Rooney said that Judy was always in his heart and he truly loved her.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them, Paula. I plan to post more.

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    1. The stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood had class and personality. That is sorely missing in the so-called "stars" of today.

  5. Fabulous pictures! Even though her acting would be considered melodramatic by today's standards, I really loved Greta Garbo movies when I was a teenager.

    Gene Tierney's outfit is classy, all except for that stole. (shudder) My grandmother had one just like that, and all those little heads on it freaked me out. Years later, I inherited the damned thing. Gave it away quicker than you can snap your fingers. (So to speak.)

    Of all the actresses here, my favorites are Katherine Hepburn and Maureen O'Hara.

    The sad thing, as classy as all these "dames" are, I can't think of a single actress in today's world that has anything close to that kind of class and presence.

    1. I laughed when you mentioned those creepy stoles with the little heads on them. Bizarre and unappealing. Thank goodness my mother never had any, but I do remember other ladies who wore them.
      I really loved Garbo in the silent films. She always had allure, but it diminished in the talkies ("Garbo laughs").
      Yore right - the stars of today try to be classy but they just don't have "it". The old studio system is sorely missed.....

  6. I wonder if anyone remembers Claudette? A personality that is difficult to define. Loved her campy "Cleopatra" but she is probably best remembered for "It Happened One Night." I like her best during the war years when she kept the home fires burning, My favorite - "Since You Went Away" where she lets the selfish, snobby, society lady, Agnes Morehead, have it with both barrels.

    With Claudette, you always wonder if she would have made Margo Channing such an iconic character as Davis did?

    Of all the stars you've shown, the only one that still survives today is Maureen O'Hara.

    1. Claudette wasn't one of my favorites, but I liked her - - especially in "Since You Went Away" and "The Egg and I". She always wanted to be filmed from her left side........
      I doubt if she would have ever surpassed Bette Davis in "Eve".

      I think Maureen O'Hara just had her 95th birthday. Wow!