Vintage Photos of Berlin Cabaret Artists (1920s-1930s)

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Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992). Her earliest professional stage appearances were as a chorus girl on tour with Guido Thielscher’s Girl-Kabarett vaudeville-style entertainments, and in Rudolf Nelson revues in Berlin. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel (1930) brought her international fame and resulted in a contract with Paramount Pictures. Photo of Dietrich by Ruth Harriet Louise, c 1930 via

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Trude Hesterberg (1892 – 1967) was a German stage and film actress, cabaret artist, chanson singer, soubrette and operetta singer, as well as founder and director of a cabaret stage. It is thought that she was an early consideration for the lead role in The Blue Angel, before it was given to Marlene Dietrich via

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Margo lion (1899 – 1989) first came to Berlin in 1921 and made her debut at Trude Hesterbergs cabaret ‘Wild Bühne’ (The Wild Stage) in 1923 . She is best known for her role as Pirate Jenny in director G.W. Pabst’s 1931 French language adaptation of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera (Die Dreigroschenoper) via

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Anita Berber (1899 – 1928) was a German dancer, actress, and writer. Her hair was cut fashionably into a short bob and was frequently bright red, as in 1925 when the German painter Otto Dix painted a portrait of her, titled “The Dancer Anita Berber” via

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Valeska Gert (1892 – 1978) could be considered one of Germany’s most ambiguous and overlooked artists. She was a dancer, actress, film and cabaret star. She was a pioneering performance artist who is said to have laid the foundations and paved the way for the punk movement via

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Kate Kühl (1899-1970) nicknamed ‘The Red Nightingale’ went on to perform in all the major cabaret venues of the time including the Wilde Bühne, Kadeko and the Katacombe via

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Blandine Ebinger (1899 – 1993) was a German actress and chansonniere. Ebinger became acquainted with Friedrich Hollaender in 1919, and with him she became heavily invested as a performer, writer, and composer in the Berlin cabaret scene in the 1920s, beginning in the cabaret Schall und Rauch and the Café Größenwahn. Photo of Blandine Ebinger performing Lieder eines armen Mädchens, 1925 via

Vintage Photos of Suzanne Lenglen – the Greatest Female Tennis Player in History

Suzanne Lenglen (1899 – 1938) was a French tennis player who won 31 Championship titles between 1914 and 1926. She was the first female tennis celebrity and one of the first international female sport stars, named La Divine (the Goddess) by the French press. She dominated women’s tennis from 1914 until 1926 when she turned professional.

Prior to Lenglen, female tennis matches drew little fan interest, which quickly changed as she became her sport’s greatest drawing card. Tennis devotees and new fans to the game began lining up in droves to buy tickets to her matches. Temperamental, flamboyant, she was a passionate player whose intensity on court could lead to an unabashed display of tears. But for all her flamboyance, she was a gifted and brilliant player who used extremely agile footwork, speed and a deadly accurate shot to dominate female tennis for seven straight years. Her excellent play and introduction of glamour to the tennis court increased the interest in women’s tennis, and women’s sports in general.

Lenglen’s 241 titles, 181 match winning streak and 341-7 (98%) match record are hard to imagine happening in today’s tennis atmosphere.

 

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French tennis player Suzanne Langlen via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Tennis Ensemble, 1920 via

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Jacques Henri Lartigue, Suzanne Lenglen training, Nice, 1921 © Ministère de la Culture – France / AAJHL via

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Suzanne Lenglen in Jean Patou Ensemble, 1926 via

Vintage Cinema Photos of Actresses Playing Nuns

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Portrait of Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1959 via

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Joan Collins for the Sea wife, 1957 via

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in The Bell’s of St. Mary’s directed by Leo McCarey, 1945. Photo by Ralph Crane via

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Anna Karine in La religieuse directed by Jacques Rivette, 1966 via

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Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, 1947 via

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Julie Andrews and Peggy Wood in The Sound of Music directed by Robert Wise, 1965 via

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Debbie Reynolds in The Singing Nun directed by Henry Koster, 1966 via

 

The Black Cat Audition in Hollywood (1961)

Hollywood, 1961. Following a newspaper casting call, black cats are waiting for audition for a low budget horror movie adaption of ‘Tales of Terror’ by Edgar Allan Poe. The film was released as a double feature with Panic in Year Zero!

In the film Montresor Herringbone (Peter Lorre) hates his wife Annabelle (Joyce Jameson) and her black cat. One night on a ramble about town, he happens upon a wine tasting event and challenges the world’s foremost wine taster, Fortunato Luchresi (Vincent Price), to a contest. Herringbone becomes drunk.Luchresi escorts him home and meets his wife.

Time passes, and Annabelle and Luchresi become intimate. The cuckolded Herringbone then entombs them alive in an alcove in the basement. The authorities become suspicious and two policemen (John Hackett and Lennie Weinrib) visit the house to investigate.

Hearing screeching behind a basement wall, they knock the wall down to discover the dead lovers — and Annabelle’s black cat, which Herringbone had accidentally walled up with the lovers.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961.

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Elegant Vintage Fashion Photos: 1950s Veiled Hats

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Irving Penn, Model Jean Patchett in black and white hat with veil, scarf and top, Vogue, 1950 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951 via

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Jacques Fath, Hat with Veil, photographed by Willy Maywald, 1951

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Lillian Marcuson in Lily Dache hat, photo by Milton Greene, 1951 via

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Mary Jane Russell photo by Larry Gordon, 1952 via

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Ivy Nicholson © Room wearing Givenchy’s stiff-veiled circlet, Photo Nat Farbman, 1952 via

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Bettina Graziani Photo by Georges Dambier via

Vintage Photos of Malt Shops Scenes (1940s-50s)

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Lana Turner in”Slightly Dangerous” (1943)

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Date at the malt shop (1940s)

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Teens gather at the counter of a local malt shop (1947)

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Teen Couple Playing Juke Box in Malt Shop with Other Teens in Booths (1950s)

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Teenagers on a date in a malt shop (1950s)

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Vintage Glamour Photos of Old Hollywood Actresses Wearing Gloves

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Ava Gardner via bellazon.com

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Hedy Lamarr via rarephotos.info

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Jane Russell via hippowallpapers.com

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Audrey Hepburn via reddit.com

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Anita Ekberg via tumblr.com