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January 25, 2015

30 Stunning Black and White Portraits of Hollywood Stars From the 1950s and 1960s Taken by Phil Stern

Phil Stern (1919–2014) was an American photographer noted for his iconic portraits of Hollywood stars. Stern's images of Marilyn Monroe and James Dean have become widely recognized icons. He died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles of emphysema and congestive heart failure on December 13, 2014.


First as a new photographer in New York and then shooting for Life, Look, Collier’s and other magazines over his 60-year career, Stern amassed a collection of images unmatched by all but a few of his contemporaries.

From a barrel-chested, strutting Marlon Brando, to Marilyn Monroe in a fit of the giggles, to multiple shots of Frank Sinatra yukking it up with the boys in the Rat Pack, if a pop culture moment was unfolding, it seemed as if Stern’s camera was there. His ability to relate and build relationships with celebrities as people, not idols, led to intimate moments captured for all time.

James Dean

Marilyn Monroe

Anita Ekberg

Marlon Brando

Lauren Bacall with Humphrey and Stephen Bogart

Rock Hudson

Audrey Hepburn and Mel Ferrer

John Ford

Jean Simmons

John Wayne

Frank Sinatra

Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr.

Lauren Bacall with Humphrey and Stephen Bogart

Marilyn Monroe and Jack Benny

Richard Nixon and Gina Lollobrigida

Alfred Hitchcock

Sophia Loren

Sidney Poiter, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Jack Lemmon

Humphrey Bogart with his daughter, Leslie

Audrey Hepburn

Frank Sinatra, Pat Lawford, and John F. Kennedy

Ella Fitzgerald

Lauren Bacall and Leslie Bogart

Alfred Hitchcock

Anita Ekberg

Elizabeth Taylor

Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday

Bette Davis

Robert Blake, John Forsythe, and Scott Wilson

Jack Lemmon






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