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

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Maureen O’ Sullivan in “Tarzan and His Mate” (1934)

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Ted Allan, Maureen O’ Sullivan in “Tarzan and His Mate” directed by Cedric Gibbons and Jack Conway, 1934 via

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Ted Allan, Maureen O’ Sullivan in “Tarzan and His Mate” directed by Cedric Gibbons and Jack Conway, 1934 via

Beautiful Photos of Marlene Dietrich for Shanghai Express (1932)

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Don English, Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1932 via

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Don English, Marlene Dietrich in “Shanghai Express” directed by Josef von Sternberg, 1932 via

 

Veronica Lake for Film Noir “This Gun for Hire” (1942)

This Gun for Hire is a 1942 film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the 1936 novel (published in America with the same title, and in Britain with the title A Gun for Sale) by Graham Greene. The

In the film Veronica Lake stars as nightclub singer Ellen Graham. The film also stars Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, and Alan Ladd, who the movie made a star of.

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

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Portrait of Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

 

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Portrait of Veronica Lake and Alan Ladd in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942 via

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Portrait of Alan Ladd, Robert Preston and Veronica Lake in This Gun for Hire directed by Frank Tuttle, 1942  via

Jane Greer for Film Noir “Out Of The Past” (1946)

Film historians consider “Out of the Past” a superb example of film noir due to its complicated, dark storyline, dark cinematography and classic femme fatale. In the film a private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames. Jane Greer (1924 –  2001) stars as femme fatale Kathie Moffat.

 

In 1991, Out of the Past was added to the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

 

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine, during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

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Jane Greer for LIFE Magazine during the filming of “Out Of The Past” (1946) via

Brigitte Bardot Dressed in Vintage Balmain for “The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful” (1956)

The Bride is Much Too Beautiful is a 1956 French comedy film directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit.

It was also known as Her Bridal Night and La mariée est trop belle.

The wedding dress that Bardot wears in the film is by French designer Pierre Balmain.

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Brigitte Bardot in The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1956. Dress by Pierre Balmain via

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Brigitte Bardot in The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1956. Dress by Pierre Balmain via

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Brigitte Bardot in The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1958. Dress by Pierre Balmain via

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Brigitte Bardot in The Bride Is Much Too Beautiful directed by Pierre Gaspard-Huit, 1956  via