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September 12, 2015

20 Astonishing Black-and-White Photos Capture Daily Life of Celebrities in the 1940s

Martha Holmes, one of the first female photographers on the staff of LIFE magazine, who was known for candid shots of actors, entertainers and other celebrities. Here are some of her photographs captured everyday life of celebrities in the 1940s...

The Princeton tiger gets expert instruction from Barbara Pettit, 1949.

Singer Billy Eckstine gets a hug from an adoring fan after a show in New York in 1949.

Ella Fitzgerald, New York City, 1949.

Masked Marvel, 1949.

A Native American doctor, L. R. Minoka Hill, sews in her kitchen, 1949.

Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Long Island, 1949.

Milton Hood Ward (right) leads his "Activationist" followers on the dance floor, Cape Cod, 1948.

The Ariel Sextet vocal group listens to the radio while having drinks, 1948.

Mme. Tryphosa Bates-Batcheller (left) and Mrs. Oscar Ivanissevich arrive for opening night at the Metropolitan Opera, 1947.

Howard Hughes testifies before the Senate War Investigation Committee in 1947.

Joan Fontaine in a scene with Richard Ney in the movie Ivy, 1947.

From left: Danny Kaye, June Havoc and Humphrey Bogart, with wife Lauren Bacall sitting beside him, listen intently at the House Un-American Activities Committee hearings in 1947.

Gary Cooper (center) and Lilli Palmer with an unidentified actor (possibly Robert Alda) in a scene from Fritz Lang's Cloak and Dagger, 1946.

Bishop Arthur B. Kinsolving conducts an open air baptism in the Grand Canyon, 1946.

Actress Buff Cobb stretches, 1946.

James Stewart plays in man-made snow on the set of It's A Wonderful Life in 1946.

Actress Cathy O'Donnell, 1945.

Salvador Dali with his wife Gala, 1945.

Natalie Wood in the kitchen with her mother, Mrs. Nick Gurdin, 1945.

Gene Tierney in a scene from Leave Her to Heaven, 1945.

(Images: Martha Holmes—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)


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