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Saturday, August 19, 2017

GORGEOUS HOLLYWOOD COLOR

I think these photos are a breathtaking reminder of what the golden era of Hollywood glamour was all about.

I might have used a few of these in previous posts - I can't remember - but they're worth a second look. 


 Greta Garbo

Jean Harlow
A few of these are undoubtedly colorized, but they're gorgeous nevertheless.

Myrna Loy

Bette Davis

Joan Crawford

 Marlene Dietrich

Claudette Colbert

Hedy Lamarr

Ginger Rogers

Gene Tierney

Lana Turner



 Rita Hayworth

Vivian Leigh

Ingrid Bergman


Katharine Hepburn

Lauren Bacall

Grace Kelly

Ava Gardner

Elizabeth Taylor

 Jane Russell


Lucille Ball


Gene Tierney
(I included two photos of Tierney because she's my favorite)


 

18 comments:

  1. This is without a doubt the most flattering picture I've ever seen of Bette Davis. Lucille Ball was gorgeous. She must have really loved comedy to downplay her looks to play slapstick. Not only were these women extremely good looking; they also could act. I'm not saying there is no talent amongst today's performers, but they rely a lot on special effects and probably couldn't perform some of the old movie scripts. I can't think of any current actress with enough chops to pull off Sunset Boulevard. Then again, I see headlines about famous "celebrities" and I have absolutely no idea who they are.

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    1. Bette Davis was quite attractive when she was young. Unfortunately many people only remember her later films. Lucille Ball was never known as a huge film star, but I thought that photo of her was worth including. She was strikingly attractive.

      I can fully relate to what you said about today's "celebrities". I have no clue who any of them are.

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  2. Again, Jon, excellent selection of magnificent photo-portraiture. These dignified and well-upholstered performers set the bar pretty high for subsequent generations of actors. There are happily more ethnic phenotypes in leading roles now but the photographic techniques and skills are also happily undiminished.

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    1. I like your description of "well-upholstered". When you mentioned ethnic phenotypes I suddenly remembered that I was going to include a photo of Anna May Wong (I have a whole file of photos that I didn't use). She was very lovely.

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  3. People forget how stunning Bette was when she was young. Younger people wouldn't recognize a lot of these ladies. Truly was the golden age of hollywood movie stars. :)

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    1. Bette Davis never liked anything to do with glamor, but she was very lovely when she was young. So was Joan Crawford (before she was ruined with big eyebrows and shoulder pads).
      I would actually love to do a post with photos of Bette and Joan when they were young. (maybe next time)

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  4. Colorized or not, these are exquisite. How interesting, (that) with few exception, these ladies' gazes were not on the cameras' lens.
    Call me 'olden', but I appreciate their choosing elegant attire (Claudette Colbert, wow!) -- v. so much sequins and skin.

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    1. The attire was really such a huge part of the glamor. Sadly, they don't make 'em like that anymore.

      The stars of Hollywood's golden age were cultivated by the studios like fine wine. Nowadays the so-called "celebrities" are allowed to roam free with no standards or regulations. And they all look and act like hell.

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  5. Gorgeous ladies. Stunning outfits. Amazingly I knew all of these ladies. Today I couldn't name you one.

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    1. I'm exactly the same as you - I have absolutely no clue who any of the "celebrities" are nowadays. They seem to come and go very quickly.

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  6. These photos reminded me of the old Cinemas, there used to be framed pictures in the foyer.
    One think I noticed was that they all have large luscious lips, and all without botox.
    Briony
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  7. It's really refreshing to see real women, instead of the fake, plastic, Botox robots that Hollywood has nowadays. Thanks for your comment.

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  8. Wow! Gorgeous, every one of them. Makes me wonder if women were more beautiful during the golden days of Hollywood or if they simply had better photographers back then. I can't think of any modern actresses who even comes close to this amount of beauty and glamour.

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    1. Somehow, I think everything was better back then - including the photographers.

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  9. Beautiful entry! Funny that, I pointed out Lucille BAll to my wife, the photo was quite striking. Enjoyed the memories, THANKS

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    1. That's one of my favorite photos of Lucille Ball. I'm glad you enjoyed this post.

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  10. ... hello from Alberta, Canada ... sooo what's your point? Love, cat.

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    1. My point is to inspire Canadians to ask pointless questions (*smile*).

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