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July 9, 2016

From Marilyn Monroe to Jack Nicholson, Here Are 30 Stunning Portraits of Hollywood Icons Taken by Douglas Kirkland

When you think of enchanting images of Hollywood stars — Marilyn Monroe wrapped up in silk sheets, Audrey Hepburn flashing a knowing grin — do you wonder about the person behind the camera? And how they possibly captured that delicate moment?

For the past 50 years, photographer Douglas Kirkland has found new angles on the world's most familiar faces. The Fort Erie transplant still surprises himself with stories from the field; like that time Elizabeth Taylor agreed to let him photograph her after a prolonged break from the public eye.

Douglas Kirkland was born in 1934 in Fort Erie, Ontario. At age twenty-four, Kirkland was hired as a staff photographer for Look magazine and became famous for his 1961 photos of Marilyn Monroe taken for Look's 25th anniversary issue. He later joined the staff of Life magazine.

A Who's Who of notable persons have posed for Kirkland from the great photography innovator Man Ray and photographer/painter Jacques Henri Lartigue to Dr. Stephen Hawking. Entertainment celebrities he has photographed include Mick Jagger, Sting, Björk, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Morgan Freeman, Orson Welles, Andy Warhol, Oliver Stone, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Leonardo DiCaprio, Coco Chanel, Marlene Dietrich, Brigitte Bardot, Judy Garland, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren, Catherine Deneuve, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross. Kirkland's portrait of Charlie Chaplin is at the National Portrait Gallery in London.


Brigitte Bardot

Marlene Dietrich

Peter O'Toole

Jamie Lee Curtis

Audrey Hepburn

Paul Mazursky

Francis Ford Coppola

Michael Caine

Jack Nicholson

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton

Jessica Lange

Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith

Scene from The Sound of Music

Britt Ekland and Peter Sellers

Dennis Hopper

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Ingmar Bergman

California Here We Come

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe

Elizabeth Taylor

Paul Newman, Katherine Ross and Robert Redford

Judy Garland

John Lennon

Dennis Hopper

John Travolta

Sophia Loren

Raquel Welch

Diana Ross



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