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1930s Actress Mary Maguire

1930s Actress Mary Maguire

Australian actress Mary Maguire (1919-1974), photographed some time around 1937. Does anyone know anything about her?

Come join the conversation…

Come join the conversation…

I’m having a bit of a social experiment. Blogging is all about community, right? Well, I think so, so I decided to create a Vintage Fashion Forum! I’m not too sure how it’s going to work yet – it’s got a place for you to ask vintage fashion questions and to give a shout out(…)

Esther Williams: So long and thanks for all the fish

Esther Williams: So long and thanks for all the fish

I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but I couldn’t leave the occasion unmarked. Last week (on June 6th) swimmer and movie star Esther Williams died in her sleep at the age of 91 in California. I have happy memories of watching re-runs of Esther Williams movies growing up. The first time(…)

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Zsa Zsa Gabor

The incredibly beautiful and regal-looking Zsa Zsa Gabor photographed by her studio in 1955. Stunning eh? Having said that I’ve never seen a single movie with Zsa Zsa Gabor in it, have you?

Tallulah Bankhead

Tallulah Bankhead

Actress and movie star Tallulah Bankhead photographed in the late 1930s or early 1940s.

Silent Movie star Lillian Gish

Silent Movie star Lillian Gish

Lillian Gish, who was one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era and known as “The First Lady of American Cinema”, photographed c. 1915.

Sophia Loren and Richard Burton’s Brief Encounter

Sophia Loren and Richard Burton’s Brief Encounter

I’m so used to seeing photos of Richard Burton with Liz Taylor that it seems surprising to see him with another woman! He and Sophia Loren made a remake of Brief Encounter in 1974, so I’m guessing that  photo is from around that time. Although why someone would want to remake such an amazing movie(…)

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

Britt Ekland looking a bit wierd, 1980s

Is it just me or is this a bit of a strange photo of Britt Ekland? She’s so naturally beautiful, and yet what she’s wearing seems to do nothing for her at all – the fur hat, the ringlets, that pinky red lipstick…?!  The photo was taken on Hampstead Heath in London in 1986. What(…)

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn

I haven’t seen the movie Charade, but I keep seeing photos from it, and I desperately want to have the time to watch it. Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn just seem like the most fascinating on-screen couple. Have you seen Charade? Is it good?

Joan Crawford 1920s

Joan Crawford 1920s

Joan Crawford looking very different to her 1930s and 40s screen image. This photo dates from 1927.She was signed to MGM in 1925 and just received small flapper roles until she managed to promote herself into more prominent roles.

Cary Grant in army uniform

Cary Grant in army uniform

English: Original studio publicity photo of Cary Grant for the film I Was a Male War Bride (1949). Doesn’t he look dashing in a uniform? He had the mole on his cheek removed the year after this photo was taken. I don’t know whether Cary Grant actually was in the armed forces during the war,(…)

Child actor Elizabeth Taylor

Child actor Elizabeth Taylor

A publicity photo of the very young Elizabeth Taylor, I’m guessing this dates from around 1944 when she got her first major part in National Velvet. That would make her aged about 12. Does that sound about right?

1920s movie actress Theda Bara as Cleopatra (in very risqué costumes)

1920s movie actress Theda Bara as Cleopatra (in very risqué costumes)

Silent Movie actress Theda Bara in some of her famously risqué costumes from the 1917 film Cleopatra. I find it quite amazing how small and skimpy her costumes are (although they’re not all terrifically flattering!), but I suppose it was before the Hayes Code was enforced which clamped down on ‘indecency’… Sadly it seems that(…)

Kim Basinger in the 1970s

Kim Basinger in the 1970s

I don’t think I’d ever seen a photo of Kim Basinger quite this young before. I think I first noticed her as a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again, and she just seemed to be everyhwere for about 10 years after that. This photo is from about 5 years before she had her big(…)

1930s gangster chic for girls

1930s gangster chic for girls

Oh how I love this outfit! It’s so chic and Garbo-esque! I love the tilt of the hat, the sharp masculine tailoring, the bold pinstripes, it’s gorgeous! The girl is actress and movie star Lilli Palmer from a promo photo in 1936. Doesn’t she look amazing? I only wish we could see the rest of(…)