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February 9, 2012

At Home With Stars in Hollywood’s Golden Age

Vivien Leigh takes home her Gone With the Wind Oscar

Years before he became a salad dressing mogul, Paul Newman's own Hollywood kitchen saw him cooking eggs for good pal Anthony Perkins in 1958. (Newman's wife Joanne Woodward removes sweet rolls from the oven.)

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman, whose marriage would last 50 years (until his death in 2008), share a laugh as they get dressed in their Hollywood home in 1959.

The Irish-born actress Maureen O'Hara relaxes at home in Los Angeles in 1946. Who doesn't dress like this when they're lying in bed, sewing?

Sisters and frequent rivals Joan Fontaine and Olivia de Havilland share a family moment as they look out over Beverly Hills from Fontaine's home in 1942.

Fasten your seat belt; it's going to be a bumpy ride across the patio in a lounge chair for Bette Davis and her Pekingese, Popeye the Magnificent, at home in Beverly Hills in 1939.

Carole Lombard drinks a cup of coffee and talks on the telephone while lounging on the floor of her Hollywood home in October 1939, a few months before her marriage to Clark Gable.

Sophia Loren picks flowers at her Italian villa she shared with producer Carlo Ponti in 1964.

Oscar-winning actress Claudette Colbert poses in a two-piece evening dress in front of the fireplace in her home in Los Angeles' posh Holmby Hills neighborhood in 1939.

Steve McQueen and his first wife, TV actress Neile Adams, dress for a warm day at their Hollywood home in 1963.

Today, there'd be paparazzi peeping over the fence, but in 1963, McQueen is free to make a great escape from his clothes and stroll around his Hollywood backyard in the buff.

Jayne Mansfield combs her hair while bathing in the pink carpeted bathroom of her home, known as "The Pink Palace," in Los Angeles, 1960.

The Jacksons (clockwise left to right: Jackie, Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, and Michael) join parents Joe and Katherine in their backyard in Encino, California in 1970.

17-year-old Ricky Nelson — at the height of his fame as a teen idol, TV star in his family's sitcom, and rockabilly hitmaker — plays guitar in the backyard of the Nelson family's Hollywood home in 1958.

Her sex-symbol image aside, Marilyn Monroe was an avid reader of 20th-century literature and was often photographed curling up with a book, as in this Peter Stackpole shot taken at her Hollywood home in 1953.

Greer Garson sits her living room at home in Los Angeles' exclusive Bel Air neighborhood, picking out records to play in April 1943, a month after her Best Actress Oscar victory for Mrs. Miniver.

Forget that toy keyboard in Big; pianist Liberace has a full 88 keys to dance on at the grand piano-shaped pool in his California backyard in 1954.

(Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)


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