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

Jean Harlow as Glamorous Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight (1933)

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Portrait of Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight directed by George Cukor, 1933 via

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Portrait of Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight directed by George Cukor, 1933 via

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Portrait of Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight directed by George Cukor, 1933 via

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Portrait of Jean Harlow in Dinner at Eight directed by George Cukor, 1933 via

Wonderful Vintage Photos of Marilyn Monroe Performing Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend (1953)

The musical number from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes whose lyrics explain why and how women need to pursue men with money.

Monroe’s rendition of the number and her pink dress are considered iconic, and the performance has inspired homages by Madonna, Geri Halliwell, Kylie Minogue, Nicole Kidman, Anna Nicole Smith, Christina Aguilera and James Franco.

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 via

 

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Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953 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

 

Maria’s Wedding Dress: Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music (1965)

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The Wedding Dress from The Sound of Music  via

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The Wedding Dress from The Sound of Music via

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The Wedding Dress from The Sound of Music via

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The Wedding Dress from The Sound of Music  via

Vintage Photos of Beautiful Leslie Caron for Gigi (1958) II

Gigi is a 1958 American musical romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli processed using MGM’s Metrocolor. The screenplay by Alan Jay Lerner is based on the 1944 novella of the same name by Colette.

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Cecil Beaton, Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958 via

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Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958 via

Traveling from her home in Paris, French actress and dancer Leslie Caron will be celebrated by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in an evening of film and conversation, including the premiere of a new digital restoration of the 1958 Best Picture winner ÒGigi,Ó on Friday, October 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Film critic Stephen Farber will host the onstage conversation. Pictured here: Leslie Caron as she appears in GIGI, 1958.

Portrait of Leslie Caron for Gigi directed by Vincente Minnelli, 1958 via

Costumes de Théâtre by Redfern (1908)

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Exposition à l’Hôtel des Modes. Photograph in Les Modes : Revue mensuelle illustrée des arts décoratifs appliqués à la femme, 1908 via

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Exposition à l’Hôtel des Modes. Photograph in Les Modes : Revue mensuelle illustrée des arts décoratifs appliqués à la femme , 1908 via