April 5, 2018

Amazing Black and White Photos of Joan Crawford's Personal Life Taken by Eve Arnold in the 1950s

Born Eve Cohen in 1912 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, American photojournalist Eve Arnold joined Magnum Photos agency in 1951, and became a full member in 1957.

Over six weeks in 1948, Arnold learned photographic skills from Harper's Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch at the New School for Social Research in Manhattan, and photographed many of the iconic figures who shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Arnold died in London in 2012, aged 99.

“You want to go as deeply into them as people as you can. But usually what happens, if you're careful with people and if you respect their privacy, they will offer part of themselves that you can use and that is the big secret,” once said Eve Arnold, whose uninstructive approach made her a favourite among the many movie stars who she photographed, who would not only offer Arnold part of themselves, but also divulge some secrets of their own. One such subject was Joan Crawford, one of the last great stars of Hollywood’s golden age, whose reputation as a dramatic and hot-headed personality is the stuff of legend.

These amazing black and white photos Arnold documented personal life of Joan Crawford in the 1950s.

Joan Crawford trying to remember her lines during a rehearsal at home. Behind her is Joan as she was in Mildred Pierce, California, 1959

Portrait of American actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Joan Crawford tries on hats in the salon of New York's high fashion designer Walter Florell. Her whole professional life has been one of great concern with her person. It is a commodity which she sells not only to the public-but also to herself.
New York, 1959.

Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina with one of Joan's toy poodles at Tina Leser's (a designer) where they have gone on a shopping tour, New York, 1956

 Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina, New York, 1956

 Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina, New York, 1956

 Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina, New York, 1956

Joan Crawford in New York, 1956

Joan Crawford with her twin daughters Kathy and Cindy and her poodles, Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford and her daughter Christina, who later wrote Mommie Dearest, New York, 1956

Joan and Christina Crawford during a workout with Susan Strasberg, New York, 1956

Joan Crawford on the telephone to her agent, Hollywood, California, 1959

American actress Joan Crawford in Los Angeles, California, 1959

Joan Crawford sitting in curlers reading her script in her Hollywood dressing room, Los Angeles, 1959

Joan makes up for a scene in 'The Best of Everything', Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford with mirror during make-up session on the rest of 'The Best of Everything', Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford with mirror during make-up session on the rest of 'The Best of Everything', Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford with mirror during make-up session on the rest of 'The Best of Everything', Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford having a face massage, 1959

 Joan Crawford - facial, Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford during a massage session, with her poodle walking over her back, at home in Hollywood, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Joan happily sits before the portrait by artist Lucerne Robert's of her late husband. Now in Joan's appartment, the portrait will eventually hang in Pepsi Cola's New York offices, Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan giving instructions to her personal crew, Los Angeles, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford at home in Hollywood during a dress fitting, Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford cleaning her house in Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan Crawford cleaning her house in Hollywood, California, 1959

Actress Joan Crawford in Los Angeles, California, 1959

Joan Crawford studying her lines on the set of 'The Best of Everything', Hollywood, California, 1959

Joan smiles at 20th Century Fox President Spyros Skouros following signing of contract to sell films to television at a party at her studio, Hollywood, California, 1959

(© Eve Arnold | Magnum Photos)




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