Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Dressing up, Hollywood style

Rita Hayworth 1918 - 1987

Inspired by my find of a photo of Dita Von Teese's dressing table the other day (see Saturday's post) I went on a mission to find other famous people's make up stations.

I found this glorious collection of vintage Hollywood stars and burlesque performers at their dressing tables. I love the way that each woman's femininity is enhanced by being pictured next to, or using their dressing tables. These photos are a real celebration of star power, glamour and female allure...

Ann Sheridan 1915 – 1967

Ava Gardner 1922 – 1990

Greta Garbo 1905 – 1990

Katharine Hepburn 1907 – 2003
This is a still from Bringing up Baby, and although not striclty a picture of her own dressing table I couldn't resist that big pussycat!

Gloria Swanson 1899 – 1983

Marilyn Monroe 1926 -1962

Jean Harlow 1911 – 1937

Lillian Gish 1893 – 1993
Doing her make up by candlelight!

Bridget Bardot born 1934

Lili St Cryr 1918 – 1999
A famous burlesque star who performed in Hollywood as the Anatomic bomb!

Gloria Graham 1923 – 1981
Posing with every girls essential accessory, a gun

Vivien Leigh 1913 – 1967
Again, this is a still from Gone With The Wind, and as I love Scarlett and Viv, it got added. Look at all those hat boxes!

Merle Oberon 1911 – 1979

Natalie Wood 1938 – 1981


Katrinshine said...

It's very interesting collection of photos! Thank you.

RHCarpenter said...

Great collection of beautiful women making themselves more beautiful. I've read that Marilyn would often be late...very late...for any appointment due to the time she would spend putting on lip liner and lipstick to get it just right (sometimes as much as 30 minutes)! When you're a goddess, you have to be just right, I guess. Thanks for sharing the photos. Natalie Wood was always one of my favorites, too.