Elizabeth Taylor, c. 1949.
Marilyn Monroe leaving a railway station, during a visit to the home of Virginia Mcallister in Warrenburg, New York, 1949. Monroe presented Mcallister with the keys to a new house after she won a Photoplay Magazine contest.
When I first met Hedy Lamarr, about twenty years ago, she was so beautiful that everybody would stop talking when she came into a room. Wherever she went she was the cynosure of all eyes. I don’t think anyone concerned himself very much about whether or not there was anything behind her beauty, he was too busy gaping at her. Of her conversation I can remember nothing: when she spoke one did not listen, one just watched her mouth moving and marveled at the exquisite shapes made by her lips. She was, in consequence, rather frequently misunderstood. … Beautiful women—on whom so many words and hours and fortunes are spent, who are painted and pursued, adored and abused, married and abandoned. Each one using this trump card in a different way. Like a joker in canasta, it is a powerful advantage properly played and a heavy load to have left in your hand. Hedy Lamarr found it a load.
Photographed by Howell Conant
Audrey on the set of Paris When it Sizzles, 1963, photographed by Bob Willoughby
Audrey imitates Famous’s often-deployed begging technique. The lucky dog was present on lots of movies shoots; many have said that Audrey loved animals nearly as much as she did children.
”I believe that if you want something with all your heart, you get it.”
Marilyn photographed by Jock Carroll, 1952.