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?

Young Ingrid Bergman before she was famous

Ingrid Bergman photographed during the filming of her first film Munkbrogreven (The Count of Monk’s Bridge) 1934.

Young Marilyn Monroe before she was famous

Marilyn Monroe, back when she was Norma Jeane Dougherty for U.S. army magazine YANK: 1945

Young Rita Hayworth before she was famous

Rita Hayworth, back when she was Rita Cansino with her natural brunette hair colour. December 1935


Young Liz Taylor before she was famous

Elizabeth Taylor c. 1950, she was still a child star at this point, but not the Liz Taylor we knew later…

Young Judy Garland before she was famous

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.

Young Lucille Ball before she was famous

Publicity photo of Lucille Ball (in a rather uncomfortable position!) and Allan Lane for Argentinean Magazine.

Young Delores Del Rio before she was famous

Mexican-American actress Dolores del Río looking rather vampish in the early 1920s before she had her Hollywood transformation.


Young Ginger Rogers before she was famous

Ginger Rogers photographed in 1932



Mae West 1920s

Mae West photographed in the 1920s before she went platinum blonde.

Greta Garbo before she lost weight and got her teeth fixed

Greta Garbo photographed in 1924, the year she made her first movie in The Saga of Gösta Berling.




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