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July 2, 2017

Glamorous Photos of Iconic Beauties From the 1950s and '60s Taken by Peter Basch

Born in Berlin, American magazine and glamour photographer Peter Basch (1921 – 2004) came to New York with his family due to fears of rising anti-Jewish sentiment and laws in Germany. He attended the De Witt Clinton High School, and went to school in England when family moved to Los Angeles.

Upon returning to the United States, Basch joined the Army. He was mobilized in the US Army Air Forces' First Motion Picture Unit, where he worked as a script boy.

Portraits of classic beauties taken by Peter Basch

After the war, he started attending UCLA, but his mother asked him to join her back in New York. His parents had decided that Basch should be a photographer, and they obtained a photography studio for their son.

For over twenty years, Peter Basch's had a successful career as a magazine photographer. He was known for his images of celebrities, artists, dancers, actors, starlets, and glamour-girls in America and Europe. His photos appeared in many major magazines such as Life, Look and Playboy.

These glamorous photos are a part of his work that he shot famous beauties from the 1950s and 1960s.

Anita Ekberg, 1956

Anita Ekberg, 1956

Ann-Margret, 1962

Antonella Lualdi, ca. 1950s

Brigitte Bardot, 1956

Brigitte Bardot, 1957

Catherine Deneuve, 1960

Dolores Marcus, ca. 1960s

Doris Fesette, 1957

Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

Eva Lynd, 1958

Jane Fonda, 1962

Jane Fonda, 1962

Jane Fonda, 1962

Janet Leigh, 1965

Jayne Mansfield, 1954

Jayne Mansfield, 1954

Jayne Mansfield, ca. 1950s

Jean Patchett, ca. 1950s

Jeanne Crain, ca. 1950s

Julie Newmar

Kim Novak, ca. 1950s

Lola Montez

Lyn Connor, ca. 1950s

Marilu Tolo, 1964

Monica Vitti, 1960

Mylène Demongeot, 1965

Mylène Demongeot, ca. 1960s

Natalie Wood, 1962

Natalie Wood, ca. 1960s

Natalie Wood, ca. 1960s

Sharon Tate, 1967

Sophia Loren, 1963

Sophia Loren

Stefanie Sandrelli

Susan Strasberg, 1967

Tina Louise, 1959

Tina Louise, ca. 1950s

Ursula Andress, ca. 1960s



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