The Amazing Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen for Life Magazine (1945)

Lauren Bacall (1924 – 2014) began her career in the 1940s as a model, before making her debut as a leading lady with Humphrey Bogart in the film To Have and Have Not in 1944. She continued in the film noir genre with appearances with Bogart in The Big Sleep (1946), Dark Passage (1947), and Key Largo (1948).

 

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Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen, 1945 via

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Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen, 1945 via

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Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen, 1945 via

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Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen, 1945 via

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Portrait of Lauren Bacall by Nina Leen, 1945 via

 

Gorgeous Vintage Sculptural Dresses By Charles James (1950)

Charles James (1906 – 1978) was a British-born fashion designer known as “America’s First Couturier”. He is widely considered to have been a master of cutting and is known for his highly structured aesthetic

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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Charles James, Dresses, photographed by Eliot Elisonfon, 1950

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

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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