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May 13, 2016

50 Stunning Black and White Candid Photographs of Celebrities of the Golden Age of Hollywood During the 1950s and 1960s

Emerging through a haze of cigarette smoke, martinis and blinding stage lights, Bob Willoughby’s photographs of the Golden Age of Hollywood are an empathetic insight into the working and private lives of the stars of the era. His photographs of actors and musicians during the 1950s and ’60s inaugurated a new, photojournalistic approach to celebrity portraiture that came to define the genre. The candor and intimacy of his images colored not only the development of portrait photography but also the representation of celebrity culture in the second half of the century.

With sitters that included everyone from Frank Sinatra to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley to Audrey Hepburn, the pioneering American photographer Bob Willoughby changed the way that movie stars are photographed today.

Kirk Douglas stands out of the studio lights on the Columbia Studios set of The Juggler, 1952

Alfred Hitchcock next to the Grandfather clock on the Universal Studios set of Marnie, 1964

An emotive close-up of director Otto Preminger on the RKO set of The Man with the Golden Arm, 1955

Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman on a specially constructed set at Paramount during filming of The Graduate, 1967

Audrey Hepburn rehearses the Loverly number with playback on the Warner Bros. set of My Fair Lady, 1963

Barbra Streisand in the Beverly Hills Hotel pool, 1963

Big Jay McNeely driving the crowd into a frenzy at his concert at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1951

Chet Baker resting after a recording session with Gerry Mulligan, Los Angeles, 1953

Close-up of Big Jay McNeely at his concert at Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1951

Comedian Jacques Tati photographed in NYC for Glamour magazine, 1954

Deliciously attractive Natalie Wood in rehearsal on The Great Race, Warner Bros., 1964

Director Blake Edwards makes a direct hit on Natalie Wood with a cream pie, on set of The Great Race, 1964

Director George Cukor and Audrey Hepburn chat after filming has finished for the day, on the Covent Garden set of My Fair Lady, 1963

Director George Cukor gives Judy Garland the word on a deserted sound stage during A Star Is Born, 1954

Director Sydney Pollack on Warner Bros. set of They Shoot Horses, Don't They, 1969

Donald Sutherland sits for his portrait on location in NY for Klute, 1970

Drummer Al Bartee in action at the Big Jay McNeely concert, Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, 1951

Dustin Hoffman, buzzed by a World War I airplane, sits on set of The Graduate, Paramount Studios, 1967

Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift dance in rehearsal on the MGM set of Raintree County, 1956

Ella Fitzgerald at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, 1950

Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren at Paramount Studios, 1958

Fragile Pier Angeli with Kirk Douglas in his MGM dressing room during the Equilibrium segment of The Story of Three Loves, 1952

Frank Sinatra rehearsing for his show at the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, 1960

Gerry Mulligan directing a recording session in Los Angeles, 1953

Goldie Hawn on Columbia Studios set of Cactus Flower, 1969

Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby and crew are treated to an impromptu concert by Louis Armstrong, on the MGM set of High Society, 1956

Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis

Jack Lemmon quietly smokes his cigar on the Columbia Studios set of Luv, 1966

James Dean sitting in the shadows on the Warner Bros. set of Rebel Without a Cause, 1955

Jane Fonda resting in a New York City garment factory during shooting of Klute, 1970

Jean Seberg in New York City's Central Park after she won the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan, 1956

Jerry Lewis at a recording session for The Nagger, Hollywood, 1953

Judy Garland in her International Variety Show, L.A. Philharmonic, 1953

Julie Christie on location in San Francisco for Petulia, 1967

Katharine Hepburn walking in the Wicklow Mountains outside of Dublin, during filming of The Lion in Winter, 1967

Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman running away from the church at the end of The Graduate, Paramount Studios, 1967

Lee J. Cobb sitting on the lunar landscape location of MGM's Green Mansions, 1958

Marilyn Monroe lost in her own thoughts on set of Let's Make Love, 1960

Mia Farrow perched long-legged on the scaffolding of the Paramount set for Rosemary's Baby, 1967

Michael Caine on Universal Studios set for Gambit, 1965

Mickey Rooney and his son Teddy jumping for joy on the MGM lot in Culver City, 1958

Montgomery Clift sitting beneath a bulletin board on set of Raintree County, 1956

Peter O'Toole

Portrait of Katharine Ross in her Paramount dressing room during The Graduate, 1967

Rock Hudson trying to type in his trailer, but the fans are a bit distracting. On location in Grado, Italy for A Farewell to Arms, 1957

Roman Polanski watches Mia Farrow rehearse, 1967

Roy Eldridge performs at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, 1950

Sean Connery on set of Hitchcock's Marnie at Universal Studios, 1964

Shirley MacLaine on the 20th Century Fox set of Can-Can, 1959

Sophia Loren surrounded by other actresses' dress forms in the Paramount Studios Wardrobe Department, 1958



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