We all know that the Studio System of 30s, 40s and 50s Hollywood remade and remoulded their actors and actresses, but what did they look like before they were styled by the star factory? Here are some of my favourite Classic Hollywood actresses before they were famous. Who do you think had the biggest transformation?
Ingrid Bergman photographed during the filming of her first film Munkbrogreven (The Count of Monk’s Bridge) 1934.
Marilyn Monroe, back when she was Norma Jeane Dougherty for U.S. army magazine YANK: 1945
Rita Hayworth, back when she was Rita Cansino with her natural brunette hair colour. December 1935
Elizabeth Taylor c. 1950, she was still a child star at this point, but not the Liz Taylor we knew later…
Judy Garland back when she was part of ‘The Gumm Sisters’ c. 1935. From left to right: Mary Jane, Frances Ethel (Judy Garland) and Dorothy Virginia Gumm.
Publicity photo of Lucille Ball (in a rather uncomfortable position!) and Allan Lane for Argentinean Magazine.
Mexican-American actress Dolores del Río looking rather vampish in the early 1920s before she had her Hollywood transformation.
Ginger Rogers photographed in 1932
Mae West photographed in the 1920s before she went platinum blonde.
Greta Garbo photographed in 1924, the year she made her first movie in The Saga of Gösta Berling.
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