Saturday, February 26, 2011

They don't make them like they used to...

In honor of the Oscars, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some vintage stars and their statues.  I love how so many of them are genuinely smiling and happy.  Of course, if you just won an Academy Award, you'd be smiling too.  They just seem so much more relaxed than the stars of today. The focus seems more on the films and not the fashion.  They really don't make them like they used to! 

Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren, Joan Crawford and Fernando Lamas

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage.

Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly backstage.

Audrey Hepburn

Cary Grant

 
Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher

Oleg Cassini and Grace Kelly

James Dean

Olivia de Havilland, Laurence Olivier, Vivien Leigh, and David Selznick

Paul Newman

Bette Davis, Marlon Brando, and Grace Kelly

Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn

Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty

Robert Redford

Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward

Sidney Poitier and Anne Brancroft

Steve McQueen, wife Neile, Claudia Cardinale and Rock Hudson

Faye Dunaway photographed by Terry O'Neill at breakfast 29 March 1977 at the Beverly Hills Hotel the day after winning an Academy Award for Network.

23 comments:

L said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures. Audrey Hepburn is my favourite Hollywood Actress and the pictures of her and Grace Kelly were lovely.
Enjoy watching this Sunday!

La Dolfina said...

I thoroughly enjoyed those photo ops!!
Thanks for the memories!
And I totally agree...
They don't make them like they used to!
Enjoy the Awards tomorrow!!

Jessica Claire said...

how positively chic!
love grace kelly's spectacles in the photo with oleg cassini.

Somethings Gotta Give said...

What a delightful post!!! Thanks for the trip down memory lane. So memorable.

Rebekah said...

I can't agree with your sentiments more. Thank you for the gorgeous pictures and post!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Beautiful! It was so classic and chic and lovely back then!

Tabitha said...

Just wonderful, what a post!

Bob said...

Loved this post! How beautiful, chic and tasteful these photos of the times are! A far cry from the cras displays we are forced to endure today. Let your voice Heather force the change for a return to civility.
xo, bd

Design Junkie said...

Beautiful classics. There's such an ease to all that glamor!

The enchanted home said...

Thanks for this wonderful trip down memory lane..your post says it all, they really dont' make em like they used to. Love that shot of Grace and Audrey together, it is fantastic...Grace looks so beautiful there. Thanks!

NYC, Style and a little Cannoli said...

love, love this post! and thrilled to see my fave, James Dean, as well! I am rooting for the King's Speech tonight as it was a magical movie. I wish they all could win and they should be looks like Colin will get the Oscar and hopefully it will get best picture. enjoy the awards tonight!!

LiveLikeYou said...

Things were so classy back then, I think I prefer the PR created characters to the real ones today...

Style Maniac said...

Great recap. Love the one where Paul's looking at Joanne with such complete adoration. Ah, sometimes fairy tales really do happen in life, not just the movies.

Acquired Objects said...

I love it! How fun seeing all these past greats! Excellent post!

La Maison Fou said...

Such a true tale...... and those pics! Oh my gosh, they are really great!
You are so right and I completely agree with you they really are a different breed these days. There are still a few Hollywood royalty members out there, but the new crowd seems to hail from another clan.
L.

Carla@DesignintheWoods said...

Ooo, how fun. This gets me in the mood for the Oscars. I loved seeing glamorous Hollywood!

Denise Fike said...

They don't make stars like they used to as well. Name one actress today that has the glamour, confidence, stature and that mystical 'certain something' that can match a Loren, Hepburn, Kelly.
I cannot name one, save,
Annette Benning, ,Judi Dench & Helen Mirrem.

Nancy said...

A most stunning and thought-provoking post....those stars showed such elegance and savoir-faire! But your choice of the last photograph shows just how fleeting fame is. Did Faye Dunnaway's happiness only last overnight?

Brillante Interiors said...

Most of my photography is B&W so I really enjoyed those images, the pure beauty of Grace, the boldness of Bette, the love in Paul's eye looking at Joan and evrything else rendered in monochrome. Time changes everything, we'll see what tonight will bring!

Faux Fuchsia said...

oh my God, all that GLAMOUR. I can't wait to settle in and watch them today.

Alice Olive said...

Thanks for collating and sharing all of these! Wonderful!

TKTC said...

Gorgeous photos and I agree that they do seem much more relaxed. Though I think it's less about "making them like they used to" and more about how much of the time they were sharing themselves with the rest of the world. The talented folks above didn't live with a cameramen in their hedges or Twitpics. I can see how it might make some a little less trusting nowadays.

Evil Nelly said...

such a lovely post! loved the pics of grace kelly and audrey hepburn!


hugs,
Nelly
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