Beautiful Elizabeth Taylor in historical film Beau Brummell (1954)

George Bryan “Beau” Brummell (1778 – 1840) was an iconic figure in Regency England, the arbiter of men’s fashion, and a friend of the Prince Regent, the future King George IV.

Beau Brummell is a 1954 American-British historical film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. According to MGM records the film earned $1,049,000 in the US and $1,652,000 elsewhere. It made a loss of $383,000.

However, in recent years the film has attained a considerable cult status and popularity, largely because of the story of British high society in the colorful Napoleonic and Regency Eras and because of memorable performances by Granger, Taylor, Ustinov and Morley as “Mad King George III”.

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger in “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger in “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger in “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger in “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger on the set of “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger on the set of “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Elizabeth Taylor by Virgil Apger in “Beau Brummell” directed by Curtis Bernhardt, 1954 via

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Wonderful Vintage photos of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca (1942)

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

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Portrait of Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, 1942. Photo by Ernest Bachrach via

Very Glamorous Judy Garland for “Presenting Lily Mars” (1943)

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

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Judy Garland was given the Hollywood “glamor treatment” for her role in Presenting Lily Mars, 1943 via

Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock (1946)

Notorious is a 1946 American spy film noir directed and produced by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman and Claude Rains as three people whose lives become intimately entangled during an espionage operation. It was shot in late 1945 and early 1946, and was released by RKO Radio Pictures in August 1946.

Notorious is considered by critics and scholars to mark a watershed for Hitchcock artistically, and to represent a heightened thematic maturity. His biographer, Donald Spoto, writes that:

 “Notorious is in fact Alfred Hitchcock’s first attempt—at the age of forty-six—to bring his talents to the creation of a serious love story, and its story of two men in love with Ingrid Bergman could only have been made at this stage of his life.”

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

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Ingrid Bergman for Notorious directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1946 via

 

Beautiful Greta Garbo for Queen Christina (1933)

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Portrait of Greta Garbo for Queen Christina directed by Rouben Mamoulian, 1933. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull via

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Portrait of Greta Garbo for Queen Christina directed by Rouben Mamoulian, 1933. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull via

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Portrait of Greta Garbo for Queen Christina directed by Rouben Mamoulian, 1933. Photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull via

Surreal Vignette by Cecil Beaton (1936)

Ruth Ford (1911-2009) was an American model and stage and film actress. As a model she posed for Harper’s, Town and Country and Mademoiselle. She was best known for the salon she created at her beautiful, art-lined Manhattan apartment, frequented by the likes of William Faulkner, Cecil Beaton, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol (source).

Her brother was the bohemian surrealist Charles Henri Ford.

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via

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Cecil Beaton Surreal Vignette, Ruth Ford with tapemeasure. 1936 via