Vintage Wedding Photos of Hollywood Legend Elizabeth Taylor 1950-1991

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Taylor wed her first husband, Conrad “Nicky” Hilton, on May 6, 1950 when she was 18 years old. She wore a $1,500 satin wedding gown with beading and a sweetheart neckline covered with a chiffon overlay

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Michael Wilding (1952-1957)

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Elizabeth Taylor married British actor Michael Wilding in London February 21, 1952.

 She dressed in a casual outfit. Five years and two sons later, they decided to divorce.

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Michael Todd (1957-1958)

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Elizabeth Taylor wed Michael Todd in Spain on February 3, 1957.

This was the only marriage not to end in Divorce. Taylor was widowed on March 22, 1958.

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he pair held a second ceremony in Acapulco. Elizabeth donned a hooded gown on March 8, 1957 in front of friends and family – including her next husband Eddie Fisher and his wife Debbie Reynolds.

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Eddie Fisher (1959-1964)

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When Michael Todd´s plane crashed Liz famously ran to the arms of Michael’s married friend Eddie Fisher for comfort. On May 12 1959 they married in Vegas – at Temple Beth Shalom. She wore a silk hooded green dress for the wedding and Mike Todd jr. was best man. They marriage ended in 1964.

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Richard Burton (1964-1974) & (1975-1976)

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In 1964 Elizabeth Taylor married fellow actor Richard Burton – just nine days after her divorce from Fisher. She wore a floral wreath made with Roman hyacinths and lily of the valley flowers and a babydoll dress. They were married for 10 years – Taylor’s longest marriage. After a year and a half apart, they married again – but divorced in 1975.

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John Warner (1976-1982)

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 For her seventh Wedding, to Republican politician John Warner, Taylor wore fur and a turban to the ceremony which took place in December 1976. By then Taylor had five failed marriages and one late husband behind her.

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Larry Fortensky (1991-1996)

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In 1991 Elizabeth Taylor wed construction worker Larry Fortensky. The pair were married at Michael Jackson’s Neverland. Her last wedding outfit was canary yellow. The marriage lasted for five years.

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Gorgeus 1950s Vintage Fashion Photography

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‘Black and White’, Mary Jane Russell, Le Pavillon, New York, Harper’s Bazaar, 1950 by Lillian Bassman

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Henry Clarke, Suzy Parker wearing Givenchy, 1952

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Carmen Dell’Orefice in Paris, 1950s, photo by Richard Avedon

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Dorian Leigh wearing Madame Grés by Henry Clarke in 1955

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By Night, Shining Wool and Towering Heel. Evelyn Tripp, New York, Harper´s Bazaar, 1954 photo Lillian Bassman

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Traina-Norell dress 1957, photo by Karen Radkai (model could be Sunny Harnett)

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Tallulah Bankhead – Jazz Age Bonne Vivante

Tallulah Bankhead (1902 – 1968) was born in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a member of the Democratic Party and served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1936-1940.

Tallulah started her stage career in the local theater at age 15. At age 16, she won a beauty contest and moved to New York City to try her hand at Broadway. She did not make any headway on the stages of New York, so she pulled up stakes and moved to London in 1923.

For the next several years, she was the most popular actress of London’s famed West End. After starring in several well-received plays, she gained the attention of Paramount Pictures executives and returned to the United States to try her hand at the film world.

Hollywood success eluded her in her first four films of the 1930s so she went back to Broadway were she was succesfull. Later, in 1944, Alfred Hitchcock cast her as cynical journalist Constance Porter in her most successful film Lifeboat. Her performance won her the New York Film Critics Circle Award. A beaming Bankhead accepted her New York trophy and exclaimed, “Dahlings, I was wonderful!”.

Bankhead was also known for her deep voice, flamboyant personality and support of liberal causes. She circulated widely in the celebrity crowd of her day and was a party favorite for outlandish stunts, such as doing cartwheels in a skirt while wearing no underwear or entering a soirée stark naked.

Tallulah Bankhead died at age 66 of pneumonia in her beloved New York City.

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Tallulah Bankhead, 1920s

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BIG (False) Lashes – Vintage Photos

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Marilyn Monroe

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Shelley Duvall

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1960s model Twiggy

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Marianne Faithfull

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Nancy Cunard (1896 –1965) – African Influenced Fashion Muse

Nancy Cunard was a writer, heiress and political activist. She was born into the British upper class and devoted much of her life to fighting racism and fascism. In 1928 Cunard had become romantically involved with African-American jazz musician Henry Crowder. They lived in an apartment in Harlem together, which prompted outraged tabloid headlines on both sides of the Atlantic.

About this time she became seriously interested in African art and culture.

Her style became informed by her devotion to the artifacts of the same culture. This was startlingly unconventional at the time. The large-scale jewelry she favored, crafted of wood, bone and ivory, the natural materials used by native crafts people, was provocative and controversial. The trademark bangles she wore on both arms snaking from wrist to elbow were considered outré adornments, which provoked media attention, visually compelling subject matter for photographers of the day.

She was often photographed wearing her collection, those of African inspiration and neckpieces of wooden cubes, which paid homage to the concepts of Cubism. At first considered the bohemian affectation of an eccentric heiress, the fashion world came to legitimize this style as avant-garde, dubbing it the “barbaric look.”

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Nancy Cunard by Cecil Beaton

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Man Ray, Tristan Tzara kneeling to kiss Nancy Cunard’s hand, Bal du Comte de Beaumont, 1924

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Nancy Cunard by Cecil Beaton, 1929. © Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London.

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Wonderful Vintage Photos of Curvy Beauty Lillian Russell

Lillian Russell (1860– 1922) became one of the most famous actresses and singers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence.

For many years, Russell was the foremost singer of operettas in America. Her voice, stage presence and beauty were the subject of a great deal of fanfare in the news media, and she was extremely popular with audiences. Actress Marie Dressler observed,

“I can still recall the rush of pure awe that marked her entrance on the stage. And then the thunderous applause that swept from orchestra to gallery, to the very roof.”

When Alexander Graham Bell introduced long distance telephone service on May 8, 1890, Russell’s voice was the first carried over the line.

Russsel had a  flamboyant personal life and was married four times. She married composer Edward Solomon in 1884 and created roles in several of his operas in London, but in 1886 he was arrested for bigamy. Her longest relationship was with Diamond Jim Brady, who supported her extravagant lifestyle for four decades.

A 1940 film was made about Russell, although it presents a sanitized version of her life.

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The Fabulous Dolly Sisters – Scandalous Vaudeville Performers from the Jazz Age

The sisters, Roszika (later known as Rose or Rosie) and Janszieka (later known as Yansci or Jenny) Deutsch, were born on October 25, 1892 in Budapest, Hungary.  Their parents, Julius and Margaet Deutsch, emigrated to the United States in 1905. As children, the sisters trained as dancers and began earning money in beer halls as early as 1907.

In 1913, the Dolly Sisters decided to try to forge separate careers. Rosie appeared in The Whirl of the World on stage while Jenny teamed up with dancer Harry Fox (whom she married in 1912) in Honeymoon Express.  Jenny and Fox also toured the vaudeville circuit as a dance duo. Both sister made their film debuts in 1915: Jenny in The Call of the Dance and Rose in Lily and the Rose.

After World War I ended, the Dolly Sisters moved to France where they bought a chateau. They toured the theatres and dance halls of Europe and were courted by numerous wealthy men and royalty including Carol II of Romania, Christian X of Denmark and Alfonso XIII of Spain.

While in Europe, the sisters became well known for gambling excursion at casinos and horse tracks which were usually financed by wealthy admirers.

By early 1927, the Dolly Sisters’ popularity began to decline. Their highly publicized Paris show A vol d’oiseau, closed after eight weeks. The sisters spent more time gambling than performing and eventually retired by 1929.

In 1945, 20th Century Fox released the biographical film The Dolly Sisters. June Haver portrayed Rosie and Betty Grable portrayed Jenny.

Madame d’Ora- The Dolly Sisters, 1928-1929

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