They say pictures say a thousand words. It’s even better when they are pictures from the distant past. Make those old pictures of celebrities and you’ll see just how much of an effect the pictures will have on you. They communicate tons of information and history.
From a photograph of the Beatles stopping over for gas during their tour to some of the most interesting Hollywood romantic relationships, every one of these photos will leave you nostalgic and take you on a trip down memory lane to meet some of your favorite Hollywood celebrities of all time.
British Singer and the lead vocalist of the rock band, Queen, Farrokh “Freddie” Mercury, was always one to bring extra fire to every performance. This is a photo of him draped in a silver jumpsuit on stage in 1977. This incredible photo shows off just how amazing this legend was.
Freddie Mercury was a seasoned producer and performed as a guest musician for many other artists. Unfortunately, Mercury died of bronchopneumonia (an AIDs complication) in 1991. The legendary rockstar was inducted into the UK music hall of fame at a tribute concert held for him in London.
In this throwback picture, martial arts maestro Steven Seagel could almost pass as Micheal Bolton’s twin. Seagel, who was a legend in his time began his acting career in 1988 with a role in the action movie, Above the law. He went on to star in four hit movies within the next three years.
Steven was a man of many talents. Asides from being an actor and producer, he was also a guitarist and has Tony Rebel and Stevie Wonder on his debut album. Seagal was also a passionate environmentalist and animal activist.
Here’s a throwback photo of Axl Rose and Steven Tyler having a friendly stare down in 1988. Rose was the lead vocalist of the famous rock band Guns n’ Roses and Tyler was the lead singer of Aerosmith. Six years after this photo was taken, Axl split from his band and left the public scene due to personal and musical differences.
Steven Tyler later revealed in an interview with Howard Stern how he tried to get Axl to return to his band. He said he personally tried to convince Axl to mend fences with the band so they can play together again.
Who else wants to see a reboot of The Outsiders? After seeing this photo of Ralph Macchio, Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Emilio Estevez, and Thomas Howell, we can’t help but reminisce of the 1983 teen drama.
This particular picture was taken on the set of the movie in 1982. The star-studded movie, which was on the on-screen adaptation of the novel of the same name got raving reviews and performed impressively at the box office raking in up to $33 million. We hope to see a reunion of this amazing cast someday soon.
More popularly known as Shaina Twain, Eillen Regina Edwards is one of the best-selling female country artists in the world. With over 100 million records sold, Ellaine was dubbed the “Queen of country-pop”. She won multiple Grammy awards and was known for her stellar performances.
Every one of Edward’s albums was a phenomenal hit. She’s the only female to have achieved the incredible feat of having 3 consecutive albums certified Diamond. Shaina’s third album, “Come on Over” is till today the best-selling album of all time by any female artist in any genre.
This is a beautiful wedding picture of Swedish actress May Britt and American Singer Sammy Davis Jr. from November 1960. The couple had met in 1959 and dated for about a year before tying the knot. Their wedding, which only lasted for 8 years was a bit controversial.
Rumors had it that their wedding was orchestrated by Robert F. Kennedy and John F. Kenny after the Presidential elections in 1960. Before this, interracial marriage was forbidden by law in most US states and their union was a game-changer. The couple had 3 kids together.
Here’s a cool picture of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air himself, Will Smith, along with co-stars of the iconic American sitcom, Alfonso Ribeiro and Karyn Parson. This photo shows the trio at the Playboy Mansion with the Publisher and founder of Playboy magazine Hugh Hefner.
The highly successful show, which aired from 1990 to 1996 had a star-studded ensemble with famous stars like Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Quincy Jones, and former president Donald Trump among others. There are talks of a possible reboot of the Fresh Prince with Will Smith as producer.
Steve McQueen and Jacqueline Bisset had the press reeling while filming the 1968 action thriller, Bullitt. There were rumors everywhere that the two were an item which was not quite surprising giving Mcqueen’s notorious reputation as a womanizer.
Bisset would later set the records straight them not having an affair. They had great chemistry and she admitted that he was friendly and nice but nothing happened between them. Considering McQueen was married at the time, it’s a bit of a relief that nothing inappropriate happened.
Talented actress and producer Tanya Roberts, (real name Victoria Leigh Blum) was born in New York in 1955. Her career began as a model, but she later transitioned into acting and producing after being featured as Midge Pinciotti on the 70s Show.
Tanya was also in the fifth installment of Charlie’s Angels released in 1980 where she replaced Shelly Hack. She has also appeared on the Playboy magazine and starred in a James Bond Movie as Stacey Sutton in “A View to Kill” which is one of her most notable roles.
This portrait of Hugh Hefner was taken back in 1970. The Playboy founder is pictured here with his girlfriend Barbi Benton. The couple had first met in 1968 on the set of Playboy After Dark. Barbi was an 18-year-old college student at the time.
Considering the huge age difference between them (Hugh was 42 years old), Barbi was reluctant to start a relationship with him. But his persistence eventually paid off and they later became a couple traveling the world together.
Grace Kelly was one of the stars of the entertainment industry during the Golden Age of Television. Here’s a picture of her taken back in 1955. Kelly’s eventful career includes appearances in movies like The Country Girl, Mogambo, To Catch a Thief, and High Noon among several others.
Kelly got married to the Prince of Monaco, Rainer III at age 26. Despite her short career spanning just 6 years, Kelly was a force to reckon with and attained iconic status. Before her death in 1982, Grace participated in charity work focused on young children and the arts.
We have this souvenir photo from a 1976 backstage interaction between two of the world’s finest artists of their time, Bob Dylan and Robert De Niro. Bob is a ten-time Grammy award winner and an inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Robert Deniro on the other hand is a two-time Academy winner and has has also won a Golden Globe, 2 Emmys, and several other awards.
In this photo, the pair are pictured backstage at a Ronee Blakley concert. Even though they were from completely different fields, these legends were great friends.
Do you know the adorable cuties in these photos? The image on the left is two-year-old Lucille Ball, while on the right is Desi Arnaz who was six years old at the time. The pair would later grow to become one of Hollywood’s power couples starring together on various shows.
They also had their own Sitcom. The show, I Love Lucy, aired on CBS from 1951 to 1957. The show had an amazing run becoming the most-watched TV show in America at the time and winning several awards and nominations.
Here’s is a picture of Gene Simmons (real name Gene Klein) without costume or makeup. The renowned musician and TV personality was a bassist in the rock band, Kiss and was known by his stage persona, Demon.
He co-founded the Kiss band with Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss in the early 1970s. Simmons is married to a former Playboy Playmate and actress, Shannon Lee Tweed. He used to have an odd open relationship with the Queen of Pop, Cher.
Sometime in 1963, the famous English rock band were on a tour, and they stopped to fill their van; that was where this rare shot of them was taken. What makes this photo even more special is the year it was taken. 1963 was such an important year for the band because it was the year that sparked the revolution that skyrocketed the band to global fame.
The Beatles have been hailed as one of the most successful bands in the world with a huge fan base in different countries and huge sales records. Recently, the popular brand was named among the 100 most influential people of the 20th century by Time Magazine.
Although Tuesday Weld (Susan Weld) retired from acting early, she was a stunning beauty both on and off camera. Weld began her acting career as a child actress which is probably why she left showbiz that early. She transitioned into more mature roles in the 1950s, usually portraying sexually reckless women in her movies.
Susan earned a Golden Globe for the Most Promising Female Newcomer in 1960. Over the next decade, she was able to solidify her place as a talented and dramatic actress with notable roles in movies like Play It as It Lays, Looking for Mr. Goodbar and Once Upon a Time in America.
Tina Louise is most popular for her role as Ginger Grant in the CBS Comedy Show, Gilligan’s Island. The versatile actress is also a singer and author. Louise was said to have clashed with the producers of the Gilligan’s Island’s role over the portrayal of her character in the show.
Tina’s breakout role was in the 1958 movie titled God’s Little Acre. She won the New Star of the Year award at the Golden Globe awards. Tina went on to star in many other Hollywood blockbusters. This picture of hers was taken on the set of the film, “the Warrior Empress” in 1960.
Sir Michael Caine is a British film Icon by all standards. With a career spanning more than 7 decades, Caine has featured in several films with an impressive performance on all of them. This photo of him showing off his fist was taken in 1969.
Caine’s career blossomed impressively in the 1980s with him winning several awards including a Golden Globe for Best Actor, an Academy Award and a BAFTA award. Some of his most iconic roles include Alfred Pennyworth in the Dark Knight Trilogy and Ebenezer Scrooge in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
This photo of KFC founder Colonel Sanders and Singer Alice Cooper was taken in 1969. Alice looked quite amused while Sanders appeared perplexed. Perhaps more interesting is the story behind the picture that adds some interesting context to it.
In an interview to explain the encounter with Sanders, Cooper explained a chicken incident that had happened a few years before their encounter. Someone had thrown a chicken onstage during one of his shows and he had thrown it back into the audience. But the chicken was torn to pieces by the rabid crowd. Newspaper headlines the next day were unsavory calling cooper a chicken killer. This photo is just a case of one chicken killer meeting another one.
Who else remembers Lost in Space, the popular Sci-fi TV series of the 60s? The show, which ran for 3 years from 1965 follows the adventures of the Robinson family in space. The show aired a total of 83 episodes.
Lost in Space had many special characters, but perhaps the most notable one was the robot. The robot with no name had a humorous relationship with Dr. Zachary Smith. It could display human emotions and was also quite strong.
Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll was not only famous on stage, but he also appeared on the screen a few times. This picture is from the 1957 musical drama, Jailhouse Rock in which he starred. In the film, Elvis plays a young man sent to jail for manslaughter. On his release from prison, he meets a music promoter who helps him launch his career. But as his journey towards stardom begins, his relationships begin to suffer.
Due to its controversial storyline, Jailhouse Rock was received with mixed reviews. But the movie still managed to enter the third spot on the Variety Box Office Chart with an earning of up to $4million.
With this Photo, we are reminded that George Carlin was a remarkable standup comedian that was naturally hilarious and creative. Carlin did stand up with his routine covering a broad range of topics on religion, politics, and psychology. Carlin teamed up with Jack burns in 1959 to deliver hilarious performances in different locations, notably in Fort Worth, Texas, and California.
The “dean of counterculture comedians” as he was fondly called lived until he was aged 71. He died of cardiac arrest in 2008 after years of impactful contributions in the standup world and the entertainment industry at large.
Like any other band, the beloved British band, The Beatles, also had their share of internal squabbles. Back in 1969, the iconic band was rocked with tension and members had troubles getting along. There were various rumors about the likely cause of the hostility including the possibility that Yoko Ono was taking advantage of the group or they were being bossed around by Paul McCartney.
Fortunately, Billy Preston, who was an old friend of the group stepped in to douse the tension. All members of the band were huge fans of the R&N star. George Harrison, who was a personal friend of Preston invited him to play with the band. The success of this collaborative project also helped to mend the professional and personal rifts in the group.
This is a 1981 photo of John Stamos and his date to his high school prom. Stamos is one of the most sought-after Hollywood actors partly due to his handsome face but also because he is an excellent actor. As this teenage picture shows, John has always been the handsome devil that he is today.
Stamos had, had a successful career in Hollywood with award-winning performances in the TV Series General Hospital, which won him an Emmy nomination. He was also on Full house, ER, and the reboot of Bye Bye Birdie
On the 9th of August 1962, Jackie Gleason organized a 4,337-mile train excursion. The railway excursion which began in Los Angeles, California, running through ten cities to end in New York was for the promotion of Jackie’s new TV Show, American Scene Magazine.
The event had in attendance, Los Angeles Times columnist, Hedda Hopper, who is pictured here with Jackie. Hedda described the excursion in flowery details in her column mentioning all the niceties Jackie included in the excision such as a band, midget, beautiful girls, and balloons, all of which made the special train trip even more memorable.
There are a very few movie franchises as old as the Star Wars series and George Lucas’s Episode IV of Star Wars: A New Hope, which kicked off the first installment of the original series. This picture from 1977 shows the opening day of the movie at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in LA.
The star-studded movie, which had a star-studded cast told the story of the Rebel Alliance and their attempt to destroy the Death Star. As this photo shows, even on its opening day, moviegoers were excited to witness the finest of movie entertainment. The crowd was so big that they had to form a queue just to get into the theatre to see the highly anticipated movie.
This is a photograph of David Bowe (David Robert Jones) and Jan De Souza taken for British Pop Music Magazine. The photographer is the iconic Fiona Adams and the year is 1965. Bowie and Souza are modeling some John Stephen designs.
Bowie is widely reputed as one of the most influential artists of the last century. The award-winning artist is known for his unique music and ever-eccentric stage presence. News of Bowie’s death rocked the global music world in 2016. He was quite an impressive artist with a legendary music portfolio.
Disney’s Tomorrowland Park is one of the several themed realms at the Disney theme park. Pictured here is a photo of Spaceman and Space Woman at the park. Walt Disney, owner of the Walt Disney Company was renowned for his futuristic ideas and the creation of Tomorrowland alludes to that.
Nicknamed the “happiest place on Earth”, Disney’s Tomorrowland includes several attractions designed to allow visitors to participate in various attractions that have been designed based on the blueprint of an imagined life in the future.
In this photo, Paul McCartney is holding a pin that reads “to hell with the Beatles.” It’s a nasty clap back to a comment made by John Lennon during a 1966 interview with Maureen Cleave. Lennon had said Christianity was dropping away and would be outlasted by rock music.
“We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first – rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.” Lennon had said. Of course, his statement was received with public outrage with protests in the US and many radio stations dropping their music from their playlists.
Here is a photo of Paul Newman on the set of Young Philadelphians in 1959. In addition to an eventful acting career with several stellar performances in various roles, Newman was also a renowned director and producer. He also participated in racecar racing.
Newman won an Oscar for his role in The Color of Money. He also got a Bafta, an Emmy, and numerous other accolades for his roles in various movies. Sadly, Newman died of lung cancer in 2008. He was 83 years old at the time.
Here’s another classic shot of Paul Newman in 1969, this time on the set of one of the greatest Hollywood movies of all time, Butch Cassidy and Sundance Kid. Newman is pictured here with co-stars Robert Redford and Katherine Ross all posed with poker straight faces.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid tells the story of Robert LeRoy Parker and his partner Harry Longabaugh, two Wild West outlaws. The movie had remarkable financial success reaching a box-office mark of over $100 million (an astounding feat for a movie in the 60s) and was selected by the National Film Registry as a movie with great historical significance.
The original Ghostbusters movie was shot back in 1984 and this is one of the photos from the set of that legendary movie. Pictured here is the life-sized Mr. Stay-Puft built by Bill Bryan using a combination of optical composting and miniatures. The double-layered suit had an outer flammable layer and an inner fireproof one.
This Ghostbusters movie was the first installment of the original series. The Sci-fi comedy has been dubbed one of the most successful comedy movies in the 1980s. it follows the story of three eccentric parapsychologists who decided to form a ghost-busting team after they were sacked from their jobs at Columbia University.
In this photo, Prince Rogers Nelson is joined by his drummer (and ex-lover), Sheila E., and dancer Cat Glover. This photo of the trio was taken during the world tour for Prince’s 10th Studio Album, Lovesexy in 1988.
Prince was one of the most prominent music icons of the 80s. He was famous for his wide vocal range, dazzling stage presence, and flamboyant use of makeup. Selling more than 100 million records worldwide, Prince is one of the bestselling musicians of all time. The multi-award-winning artist died in 2016 from a fentanyl overdose accident.
Brigitte Bardot rose to prominence back in 1957 for her provocative role in the controversial film, “And God Created Woman” in 1957. The French actress was one of the most famous sex symbols of the 50s. She was a beautiful fashion icon whose makeup, hairstyle, and overall fashion sense remain an influence in the global fashion scene.
By the time Bardot officially retired from her long and eventful acting career in 1973, she had featured in 47 movies and 60 songs. Off the screen, she was also known for her romance with many prominent men of her time including French Director, Robert Vadim, and German Millionaire, Gunter Sachs.
Fans of Warren Beatty are aware of the fact that he has a biological sister that is also quite prominent in Hollywood. Beatty’s sister is none other than actress Shirley MacLaine. MacLaine’s acting career began ahead of her brother’s. But he didn’t want to gain popularity in her shadow.
In fact, Beatty preferred filmmaking to acting. His sister revealed in an interview that he was more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it because he liked being in control of things. Beatty was an outstanding director winning an Academy Award as Best Director for the movie Reds and several other awards and nominations.
Matrix Star Keanu Charles Reeves is a man of several talents. In one column about him, a New York Times critic commented about his versatility and how he easily switches between roles and fitting naturally into them, “he displays considerable discipline and range,” the critic wrote.
In addition to an eventful acting career with many top roles, Reeves also explored his artistic side by singing and playing bass guitar with the band Dogstar and Becky. He also had a number of onstage theatrical performances including playing Prince Hamlet.
Susan Alexandra Weaver adopted the name “Sigourney” after being inspired by a character from the iconic Great Gatsby novel. Weaver rose to prominence for her role in the 1979 movie, Alien. She reprised her lead role as Ellen Ripley in three sequels of the movie, winning an Academy Award nomination.
Weaver is considered the pioneer of action heroines in Hollywood. Standing at a height of 5’ 11 ½ inches, Sigourney was a tall teenager. She majored in English at Stanford University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree.
British actress Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg is best known for playing Sylvia in the 1960 movie La Dolce Vita. Ekberg worked as a fashion model in her teenage years. She also participated in various beauty pageants and won Miss Sweden in 1951.
Ekberg moved to the United States to participate in the Miss Universe pageant which was an unofficial competition at the time. While she didn’t win, the competition did launch her career in Hollywood. Ekberg’s personal life, especially her publicized romances with many top stars of the time created headlines for gossip magazines.
This is a rare picture of the Beatles with their wives/girlfriends. Taken in 1968, the photo shows the band members and their partners attending a Transcendental Meditation event hosted at the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in India.
The band had first met the famous Transcendental meditation teacher, Maharishi in 1967. The British rock band played a major role in shaping the Western perception of Indian spirituality and this particular trip was of major significance because it gained a lot of media attention.
Andie MacDowell’s first appearance in a movie was in the adventure film, Greystoke in 1984. Subsequently, she made stellar appearances in movies like the “Lord of the Apes” and “Legend of Tarzan.” MacDowell also won international recognition and multiple awards for her role in the movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape released in 1989.
Asides from an impressive acting career in movies and TV shows, MacDowell also modeled for Calvin Klein and L’Oréal. She has been married twice and has 3 kids from her previous marriages.
This is a classic picture showing a happy Bruce Lee holding his son Brandon Lee taken some time in 1967. The martial artist and legendary actor died from cerebral edema in 1973. His son would later grow up to become a famous actor as well, just like his father.
The younger Lee’s breakthrough acting role was in the movie The Crow in 1992 where he played Eric Draven. Sadly, Brandon was killed by an accidental shot from a prop gun in 1993. He was just 28 years old at the time.
The Monkeenmobile is a beautiful vintage car designed by the renowned car designer, Dean Jefferies. This modified Pontiac GTO was built and styled for the rock and pop band, the Monkees who were quite popular between 1966 to 1971 and the decades after.
The Monkeenmobile’s customizations include a split two-piece windshield tilted forward, and convertible top. The car tail lamps are also exaggerated. The Monkees band was created for a TV show of the same name.
The Mod Squad which featured one black, one blond, and one white was a crime drama series that aired on ABC between 1968 and 1973. The show starred Michael Coe, Peggy Lipton, and Clearance Williams as the first young undercover detectives in a Hollywood movie/show.
The Mod Squad was described as the “hippest young cops on TV.” It was quite popular at the time and received critical acclaim for the story and acting. The Mod Squad earned 6 Emmy awards and 4 Golden Globes nominations.
British actor Tim Curry was known for his versatility. But what he was probably more popular for were his villainous roles which he interpreted perfectly, impressing audiences and critics everywhere.
Beginning with his breakthrough role in The Rocky Horror Picture, a 1975 cult classic, Curry delivered several other iconic performances in movies like “Legend” and “Pennywise” and Stephen King’s IT. Unfortunately, Curry suffered a stroke in 2012. With his condition since then, he is still confined to a motorized wheelchair.
Some decades ago, personal computers were not the sleek and portable devices that we know today. From this picture taken in 1983, one can see just how chunky and huge personal computers were. Even though they don’t look so cool now, they were considered very awesome at the time.
The best of personal computers from several decades ago is nothing compared to the modern desktop and laptops we have today. Even regular smartphones we use today are more sophisticated than the massive rigs that people used in the 80s, but they were quite content with them.
This photo of the gorgeous Raquel Welch was taken in 1969. She is pictured here Whipping Ringo Starr on the set of the Magic Christian. The back comedy was a movie adaption of a novel of the same title. It follows the life of Sir Guy Grand and his adopted son.
In the movie, the father and son duo were trying to prove that anyone and anything could be bought. Asides from Welch and Starr, the movie also saw performances from Peter Seller, Christopher Lee, Roman Polanski, and Spike Milligan.
Every Saturday morning from 1970 to 1972, The Bugaloos aired on NBC. The show, which was produced by brothers Sid & Marty Krofft features British teens Wayne Laryea, Caroline Ellis, John Philpott and John Mcindoe.
The musical group lived in peace and tranquility in the forest until they were attacked by Benita Bizzare, a terrifying old crone. The musical group wore bug-like costumes which allowed them to fly to the delight of kids in the 70s. Their outfits were made by famous designer George Barris.
This photograph of Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love was taken in 1992. At the time, the two artists were a pair. They had met earlier in 1990 at a London nightclub. While they took a liking to each other almost immediately, Cobain stalled.
He later revealed in an interview that he was determined to remain a bachelor for a while, but meeting Courtney changed his mind. The couple later got married two years after their first meeting. Sadly, Cobain took his own life in 1994; just two years after the couple got married. He was aged 27 at the time.
When two famous people become close, it is common for people to begin to imagine them together as partners. This happened with rock icon Steven Tyle and singer Carly Simon who were rumored to be romantically involved. This is a picture of the two of them taken back in 1979.
Carly would later come out to set the record straight about their rumored relationship. She revealed that contrary to rumors, her hit song “You’re so Vain” was about Warran Beaty and not Steven. Carly dated Warren for a while. She has been divorced twice and now lives in Martha’s Vineyard.
Marilyn Monroe is commonly remembered as the mistress of former president John F. Kennedy. But the actress and model are just as famous for her career achievements. Monroe first became famous for the blonde bombshell character she played in movies.
At the height of her fame, Monroe was one of the biggest names in the entertainment scene. Sadly, Marilyn Monroe died in 1962. Her sad death sparked several controversies and conspiracy theories about how she could have died. Official reports state that she died from a barbiturate overdose.
This sexy photo from way back has an interesting backstory to it. The photo was taken on the set of one of the episodes of the sitcom, Laverne & Shirley in 1982. The show is one of the most successful sitcoms with an impressive run of 8 seasons on ABC and several award nominations.
In this episode titled “The Playboy Show,” Carrie Fisher makes an appearance. Hugh Hefner also made a cameo appearance on this episode of the show where she had an awkward rendition of “My Guy.”
Cheryl Rae Tiegs was one of America’s first supermodels to grace the cover of Time Magazine. She was also on the Sports Illustrated magazine. Born in Minnesota, Tiegs had an eventful career and was an iconic pop culture figure in the 70s.
Her big break into modeling came when she was just 17 when she was hired by Glamour to pose for a swimsuit ad. The iconic supermodel also appeared on the cover of other major magazines over the years.
Nicole Eggert is a well-known face as Marci Ferguson from Who’s the boss. But what you probably didn’t know was that her career started quite early with a role in Rich and Famous at age 8. She played Candice Bergen’s daughter in that movie.
Eggert hosted the Kid’s Choice Awards in 1989 and was also the first guest star to appear in the Super Show by Super Mario Bros. Eggert has had several notable roles in popular movies and TV series like Baywatch and Charles in Charge.
The remarkable Pam Grier is regarded as the pioneer of real female action stars starring in a series, Blaxploitation in the 70s. Grier took on notable roles in several movies such as Sheba Shayne, the Big Bird Cage, and Foxy Brown.
She received Golden Globe and SAG nominations for her role in Jackie Brown, a Quentin Tarantino movie in the 90s. She also played a villain in the series, Smallville and made guest appearances on Law & Order and Showtime’s L Word.
The beautiful lady in the animal print two-piece is Jayne Mansfield, an actress, and nightclub entertainer. This picture of her was taken at the Ballyhoo Ball in October 1956. Mansfield was a famous star and sex symbol in the 50s and 60s.
Mansfield was quite famous for her publicity stunts, especially her wardrobe “malfunctions”. Sadly, her career was cut short when she died in a car accident at age 34. However, her short career was quite eventful, and she enjoyed box office success winning a Golden Globe and a small collection of other awards.
Natalie Wood arguably has one of the most successful child-acting careers. Before she turned 25, wood already won three Academy Award nominations and was quite well-known in Hollywood appearing on major projects like West Side Story, Rebel Without a Cause, and Miracle on 34th Street.
In 1979, she starred in the remake of the movie, From Here to Eternity for which she won a Golden Globe Award. Sadly, we did not get to see more of this stunning actress as she died in a controversial drowning accident at age 43.
Former glamour model and actress Margaret Nolan played the role of James Bond’s masseuse in Goldfinger. She auditioned for the lead female role for that movie but it went to Shirley Eaton. Nolan starred in several other movies in the 60s and 70s.
When asked if the images she took as a model celebrated liberation or womanhood, Nolan responded that while they did celebrate the physical form, she didn’t think it was particularly liberating considering she was dressed up.
Most critiques and “serious” filmmakers often refer to most glamorous Hollywood events as a vain popularity contest. But Sally field’s speech after receiving the Best Actor Award proved, that popularity contest or not, there’s a good feeling that comes with being declared the best and there’s no need to feel ashamed about it.
In her acceptance speech, after receiving the award, the actress famously cried out about how great she felt about receiving the award for the second time. “The first time I didn’t feel it, but this time I feel it,” she declared.
Turbulent love affairs are sort of common sight in the celebrity world. But Paul Simon and Carrie Fisher’s decade-long on and off affair had to be one of the most renowned ones. The pair had met during the filming for Star Wars in 1977 and got married 6 years later.
Their marriage only lasted one year. But the couple tried again several times over the next decade. Even long after their marriage ended, Simon still claimed to have loved Fisher. Fisher never remarried until she died in 2017.
It’s not every day you get to lie your way into people’s lives and still get to stay there. But this was exactly what Drew Barrymore did. To impress director Steven Speilberg to cast her for a role, she had to come up with a number of elaborate little stories.
Although she didn’t get a role in the movie she originally auditioned for, the E.T director eventually cast her for Gertie in the classic film. What’s even better is that the pair became practically family with Speilberg adopting her as his Goddaughter as a teenager.
Madonna and Sean Penn had eccentric and wild personalities and many of their friends feared they weren’t right for each other. They were right too, as their union did not last long. Here is a picture of them at a screening of the movie Love is a Dog From Hell.
Their relationship wild right from the start, and they eventually decided to go their separate ways after five years together which was something given most people didn’t even expect them to last that long.
History was made at the 36th Academy Awards held on April 13, 1964. This was the day Sidney Poitier won the Oscars to become the first black actor to win an Academy Award. Poitier was awarded Best Actor for his role in the movie Lilies of the Field.
This wasn’t Poitier’s first nomination. Before winning the Oscars in 1964, he had been nominated for an Academy Award in 1958 for his role in The Defiant Ones. This made him the first African American male to be nominated. Six years later, he was stepping up the podium as the first black male to go all the way and get the award.
When the Queen of Pop released her hit song Material Girl, it broke the charts. It was winning season for Madonna as she had just gotten married to her Hollywood hunk, Penn just the year before. The song quickly became an anthem for girls all over the world.
The music video for the song was just as spectacular. Fans fell in love with Madonna’s iconic pink dress and everything else about the video. The music video was a nod to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friends”, Marylin Monroe’s hit song.
Humphrey Bogart is often regarded as the Leonardo DiCaprio of his generation. He had a remarkable career in the 30s and 40s with several iconic roles going to him in the biggest movies of the time.
As one of the most respected lead actors of his time, his death in January 1957 was quite painful to many. His burial had in attendance some of the biggest names in Hollywood at the time who came to pay their last respect to the star.
There were many remarkable moments in the life of the King of Rock and Roll but his enlistment in the army at the peak of his career had to be one of the most incredible ones. Elvis served in the US military for two years and participated fully like everyone else (even though he was offered the choice of becoming an entertainer for the Special Forces.)
This is a picture of him at a German military base. Elvis’s time in the military turned out to be a major career booster for him. It earned him the respect of the older generation and he enjoyed an even more prosperous career after leaving the army.
Demi Moore and Bruce Willis are on the list of tumultuous Hollywood relationships. The couple had met in 1987 at the screening of a movie that ironically starred Moore’s fiancé at the time.
Despite’s Moore’s engagement to Emilio Estevez, she and Willis hit it off instantly and they got married just four months after meeting in a well-publicized Vegas styled wedding. The couple officially ended things in 1998 and their divorce was finalized in 2000. They had three kids together.
Hollywood Sweethearts of the 90s Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman had many fans swooning in love with the beautiful romance. The couple had first met in 1990 while filming Days of Thunder. They had fallen in love instantly and were married by the end of the year.
Cruise and Kidman were married for about a decade before deciding to go their separate ways in 2000. The couple had adopted two kids, Isabella Jane and Connor Antony. Their relationship was the stuff of fairytales while it lasted.
1969 was a significant year in American history. It was the dawn of the space race with the first landing on the moon. The year also had pop culture significance. The Beatles performed together for the last time and Woodstock and the hippy tradition became the rave. 1969 was also the year and the iconic cult film, Easy Rider was released.
The critically acclaimed film won the producers a spot at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival. The crew of the movie made the news at the event after arriving in traditional hippie attire to the fancy black-tie occasion.
Fans of Rock music who lived in the 60s had the honor of listening to the Beatles and Bob Dylan, two of the greatest forces in rock history at the same time. In 1964, Dylan met up with the Beatles over a drink at the Hotel Delmonico.
This was around the time Beatlemania was at its peak and Dylan counter-culture was starting to catch on. Dylan found himself a little star-struck by this encounter. This meeting of the stars was special both to the Beatles and the King of Cool himself.
James Brown was nicknamed the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” and his show at the Apollo in 1962 is one of the reasons that prove that the name is well-deserved. Brown financed the show all by himself and his performance that day has been hailed as a musical masterclass.
While his 1962 show was a remarkable hit, the next 9 singles that followed were not quite as successful. Still, we can admit that his hit song, “Please, Please, Please” which won him a record deal remains one of the greatest rock & roll songs in history.
Saturday Night Live debuted on the 11th of October 1975 and changed the world of Sketch Comedy forever. The show’s producer, Lorne Micheals assembled some of America’s finest comedians pictured here.
The cast members for the first episode included Laran Newman, Jane Curtin, John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, and Garrett Morris. The first episode was recorded at Studio 8H in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Close to 5 decades after, the show continues to bring laughter to people all over the world and had had many talented comedians on the show over the years.
In her prime, Diana Kaeton was involved in her fair share of high-profile relationships. The actress dated renowned stars like Woody Allen, Jack Warren Beaty, and probably the most high profile of all, Al Pacino, the Godfather actor.
Keaton and Pacino had met during the filming of the third installment of the Godfather and became an item shortly after. Kaeton would reveal many years later that she had a huge crush on him. She was so much in love with Pacino that she ever considered marriage. But after the relationship ended, she decided to stay away from marriage entirely but later adopted two kids when she was 50.
Cindy Crawford pioneered the era of the celebrity supermodel and changed the face of modeling forever. She was one of the big six a A-list stars which also includes Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer, Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelists, and Kate Moss but Crawford was arguably the most internationally recognized of all 6 actresses.
This photo, which was taken by celebrity photographer, Richard Avedon in 1986 was her first Vogue cover. It introduced Crawford’s face to the world and cemented her status as one of the greatest supermodels of all time
Up to two decades before Sidney Poitier won an Oscar, Hattie McDaniel had won it for her role as Mammy in the classic, Gone with the Wind. Hattie became the first African American to win a Grammy at the 12th Academy Awards changing the course of history forever.
This was not her only first for the night. The Hotel McDaniel she stayed at for the night had a strictly no-black policy. But for her, they were willing to make an exception. Give with the Winds won seven more Academy Awards that night.
The legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix is pictured here during a performance at the Woodstock Festival. Hendrix finished off this performance on the 18th of August 1969 in style with a rendition of the national item. Concluding his performance this way with the Star-Spangled Banner melody ended up extending his performance for the day to two hours which was the longest of his career.
What’s even more interesting is the fact that Hendrix has played the anthem several times in the past. In fact, you’ll find up to 28 live recordings of him performing the national anthem. After this event at Woodstock, Hendrix still played the national anthem on more than 20 other occasions.
Winona Ryder & Johnny Depp were dubbed the Indie couple of the early 90s. The odd pair had a unique style that made them completely different from everyone else in Hollywood. Not only did they maintain a strange appearance, but they were also fond of taking Quirky roles. They had met in 1989 at the premiere of one of Ryder’s movies and took a liking to each other.
Throughout their relationship which lasted till 1993, they were always in the public light. The press followed them everywhere. Eventually, it seemed the public pressure became too much, and they decided to go their separate ways.