Amazing Vintage Photos of Actresses attending the Film Festival in Cannes during the Sixties

The Cannes Film Festival was founded in 1946. The invitation-only festival is held annually (usually in May) at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès.

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Marie Laforêt, Cannes, 1961 via

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Sophia Loren at the Cannes Film Festival, 1966 via

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Jeanne Moreau in Cannes, 1966

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Natalie Wood, 1962 via

Romy Schneider at Cannes, 1961

Romy Schneider at Cannes, 1961 via

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Princess Grace of Manaco, Cannes 1960 via

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Claudia Cardinale, 1963 via

Geraldine Chaplin, 1967

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Grace Kelly in New York before she embarked for Monaco (1956)

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

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Grace Kelly. Date: March 1956. Photographer: Lisa Larsen via

Grace Kelly for The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

The Bridges at Toko-Ri is a 1954 American war film about the Korean War and stars William Holden, Grace Kelly, Fredric March, Mickey Rooney, and Robert Strauss.

The screenplay is based on the novel The Bridges at Toko-Ri by Pulitzer Prize winner James Michener. The story, which closely follows the novel, is about the U.S. Navy pilots assigned to bomb a group of heavily defended bridges in North Korea. It emphasizes the lives of the pilots and crew in the context of the War; a conflict that seems remote to all except those who fight in Korea.

In the film Grace Kelly stars as Nancy, wife of  U.S. Navy Lieutenant Harry Brubaker played by William Holden.

American actress Grace (Patricia) Kelly, later Princess Grace of Monaco (1929 - 1982).

Grace Kelly for The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

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Grace Kelly for The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)

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Costume and Fashion Designer Oleg Cassini (1913-2006)

Oleg Cassini (1913 – 2006) was an American fashion designer born to an aristocratic Russian family with maternal Italian ancestry. He came to the United States as a young man after starting as a designer in Rome, and quickly got work with Paramount Pictures.

Cassini established his reputation by designing for films. He gained additional renown by designing for First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. “The Jackie Look” was highly influential in American design.

He also designed for Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Marilyn Monroe, Natalie Wood and Gene Tierney whom he married in 1941; they separated after the birth of their first daughter. She began a romance with John F. Kennedy. Their romance was short lived as he could never marry her because of his political ambitions. She reconciled with Cassini and they had a second daughter. This marriage lasted until 1952 and they remained friends.

After his divorce Cassini and Grace Kelly were briefly engaged, but her family would not approve the marriage as he was 16 years her senior, twice divorced, had 2 children and was non-catholic.

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Oleg Cassini designed this gown for Gene Tierney, though a speedy elopement meant it was never made and worn. Five years later, the gown saw the light of day for Gene’s role in the movie Razor’s Edge (1946), for which Oleg designed her costumes.

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Marilyn wore a smoldering red Oleg Cassini velvet gown to accept her Best Young Box Office Personality award in 1951.  She later wore it for a sensual publicity portrait.

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Grace Kelly at the premiere of Rear Window, 1954.

Her dress was designed by Oleg Cassini who was her escort that evening.

Photo by Frank Worth.

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Oleg Cassini dressing Lana Turner

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Jackie Kennedy Onassis in iconic 1961 Presidential Inauguration gown by Oleg Cassini.

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The “Dress Doctor” Edith Head

Edith Head (1897 – 1981) was an American costume designer who won a record eight Academy Awards for Best Costume Design, starting with The Heiress (1949) and ending with The Sting (1973).

Born and raised in California, Head managed to get a job as a costume sketch artist at Paramount Pictures, without any relevant training. She first acquired notability for Dorothy Lamour’s trademark sarong dress, and then became a household name after the Academy Awards created a new category of Costume Designer in 1948. Head was considered exceptional for her close working relationships with her subjects, with whom she consulted extensively, and these included virtually every top female star in Hollywood.

After 43 years she left Paramount for Universal, possibly because of her successful partnership with Alfred Hitchcock, and also adapted her skills for television.

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Edith Head’s costume for Anna May Wong in Dangerous to Know directed by Robert Florey, 1938.

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Grace Kelly wearing her Oscar dress by Edith Head. Photograph by Philippe Halsman.

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Edith Head’s costume for Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd directed by Billy Wilder 1950.

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Audrey Hepburn (with Edith Head in the background) puts on her tiara and necklace while on the set of Roman Holiday, 1952.

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Hitchcock and Head on the set of Family Plot (1976).

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding (1956)

Invited at Cannes’ Film Festival, in 1955, Grace Kelly meets the prince of Monaco and in 1956, the American actress becomes a princess while she settles in Monaco after a sumptuous wedding. News of the engagement was a sensation, even though it meant a probable end to Kelly’s film career.

The Napoleonic Code of Monaco and the laws of the Roman Catholic Church necessitated two ceremonies – both a civil ceremony and a religious wedding.

The 16-minute civil ceremony took place in the Palace Throne Room of Monaco on April 18, 1956, and a reception later in the day was attended by 3,000 Monaco citizens. To cap the ceremony, the 142 official titles that she acquired in the union (counterparts of his) were formally recited.

The following day the church ceremony took place at Monaco’s Saint Nicholas Cathedral, before Monaco’s Bishop Gilles Barthe. 

The wedding was estimated to have been watched by over 30 million viewers on live television, and was described by biographer Robert Lacey as “the first modern event to generate media overkill.” 

Her wedding dress, designed by MGM’s Academy Award–winning Helen Rose, was worked on for six weeks by three dozen seamstresses. The bridesmaids’ gowns were designed by Joe Allen Hong at Neiman Marcus.

The 700 guests included several famous people, including Aristotle Onassis, Cary Grant, David Niven and his wife Hjördis, Gloria Swanson, Ava Gardner, the crowned head Aga Khan III, Gloria Guinness, Enid, Lady Kenmare, Daisy Fellowes, Etti Plesch, Lady Diana Cooper, Louise de Vilmorin, Loelia Lindsay, and Conrad Hilton.

She and Rainier left that night for their seven-week Mediterranean honeymoon cruise on his yacht, Deo Juvante II.

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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Grace Kelly & Rainier III, Prince of Monaco Wedding Day, April 19, 1956

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In April 19th 1956, the world watched as Prince Rainier of Monaco wed Hollywood actress Grace Kelly at the Cathedral of St Nicholas.