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Tuesday, March 1, 2016


Sure, they had coaches and teachers, designers and makeup artists, the best wardrobes on earth, and the most marvelous photographers available - - but there was something more about the stars of yesterday. They were deliciously unique, unsurpassed, and will shine forever. The golden glamour of old Hollywood will never be equaled.

This is only a tiny sample from a multitude of favorites. I omitted many, solely for lack of space.

 Greta Garbo

 Marilyn Monroe

Elizabeth Taylor

Audrey Hepburn

Grace Kelley

Sophia Loren

Gina Lollobrigida 

 Marlene Dietrich

Ava Gardner

Veronica Lake

Lauren Bacall

Rita Hayworth

Hedy Lamar

 Joan Fontaine

 Ginger Rogers

 Ann Sothern

Katherine Hepburn


Bette Davis 

Joan Crawford

 Claudette Colbert

Barbara Stanwyck 

Dolores Del Rio

Jean Harlow 

Elizabeth Taylor (no kidding) 

Well, we all have our bad days......... 

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  1. Ava Gardner in the strapless number with the thigh high slit: fabulous!

  2. Wow! I got a fright when I got to the end.
    All of them very beautiful, but in my opinion, Sophia Loren is the most beautiful woman on the planet.

  3. Thank you so much for sharing these. It is so nice to see pictures of famous people that I actually recognize, unlike today's "stars" (and I use that term loosely) I'm still on my first cup of coffee so sometimes the names eluded me. I couldn't remember Gina Lollobrigida's name but at least I knew she was a famous Italian actress. Ginger Rogers was a little more vamped up than I'm used to seeing her. I didn't recognize Ann Southern without blond hair. Loved to watch her Maisie series. Rita Hayworth with a cigarette - now I know why we thought smoking was sexy. Alas, I never looked that good. My mother used to accuse me of trying to look like Veronica Lake whenever my hair fell over my eye. I didn't even know who Veronica Lake was at that time (teenagers, pffft)

  4. You are so right, Jon. The stars of The Golden Age "were deliciously unique, unsurpassed, and will shine forever". Those women walking The Red Carpet at the Oscar ceremonies left no impression and does anyone even remember them?

    So difficult to choose a favorite from your gallery - each one shone in her special way. But if I had to choose it would be Rita Hayworth. Who can forget the fabulous toss of her hair when we first met Gilda. And then when she "Put the blame on Mame" - the screen burned up.

    One thing they all had in common: They could do and do very well, whatever they were called upon to do.

  5. Hmmmm... I always thought Veronica Lake was a character in a movie. Learned something new. I think Lauren Bacall was much more attractive and distinctive as she aged. We should all be so lucky. Betty Davis, on the other hand aged terribly. Probably never went under the knife as so many do these days. Audrey Hepburn was in a class of her own. Sophia Loren is probably the sexiest ever.

    I always thought Marilyn Monroe was way over rated. A fake air-head. Liz Taylor was once proclaimed the most beautiful woman in the world, but the chaotic state of her life detracted so much from her image.

  6. You sure do know how to wet a gay boy appetite!!!!! Depression that this glamour will never been seen again. You have selected many of my favorite shots too.

  7. Wonderful shots! With the exception of Stanwick and Hepburn's circus tent, these ladies manage to exude more appeal than today's lesser-clad celebs. Certainly, they exude more class.
    Garbo and Kelley are exquisite, indeed!

  8. Beautiful! I wouldn't know who to pick as a favorite.

  9. Delightful all, but as usual I also find myself drawn to departures from dramatic poses. Elizabeth Taylor's goofy grimace in the parting photo is full of fun, and all the white drapes and props in Joan Crawford's photo make her seem to defy gravity.

  10. my personal faves: audrey, grace (homegirl!), lauren, katharine. better dressed, better looking, better mannered than today's sluts.

  11. It occurred to me that all of these stars are of my parent's generation. I think Hollywood must have peaked then as I can't remember any shining examples from the 50's on.

  12. FABULOUS pictures! I was totally enamored with Greta Garbo when I was young. Her movies were featured all week when I was home sick from school, and I adored every melodramatic moment of them.

    And Marlene Dietrich? Ever see the movie "Blue Angel?" That song she sang... "falling in love again, never wanted to..." etc.? I used to be able to do a spot-on impression of her singing that song. Also Marilyn singing "I Wanta Be Loved By You." And I wore my hair like Veronica Lake for a couple years... with the hair sweeping down to practically cover one eye. Can't say that I'd have any interest in imitating any of today's so-called stars...

  13. I discovered your blog via Geo.'s Trainright Of The Enigma - and being a visual type, I thought: have a look.
    The stars you show are beautiful - and very individual, which is one of there secrets, I think (and: being "grown-up"). I read how Sophia Loren refused to have a correction of her nose - and right she was! Just the other day I saw a nice star from nowadays and thought: how silly to let them pump up your lips, and botox your face - she wasn't able to show great expressions.
    And of course the robes are gorgeous!