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August 21, 2019

Gorgeous Photos of Classic Beauties Taken From Between the 1940s and 1960s by Philippe Halsman

Philippe Halsman (1906 - 1979) was born in Riga, Latvia. He studied engineering in Dresden before moving to Paris, where he set up his photographic studio in 1932.

Halsman's bold, spontaneous style won him many admirers. His portraits of actors and authors appeared on book jackets and in magazines; he worked with fashion (especially hat designs), and filled commissions for private clients. By 1936, Halsman was known as one of the best portrait photographers in France.

Elizabeth Taylor, Mia Farrow, and Grace Kelly photographed by Philippe Halsman

Halsman's career came to a dramatic halt in the summer of 1940, when Hitler's troops invaded Paris. Through the intervention of Albert Einstein (who had met Halsman's sister in the 1920s), Halsman obtained permission to enter the United States, and he arrived in New York in November 1940 with little more than his camera.

Halsman's big break came when he met Connie Ford, a striking young model who agreed to pose in exchange for prints for her portfolio. When publicists at Elizabeth Arden saw Halsman's photograph of Ford against an American flag, they used the image to launch a national campaign for "Victory Red" lipstick.

A year later, in the fall of 1942, Life asked Halsman to shoot a story on new hat design. To Halsman's delight, his portrait of the model smiling through a feathery brim landed on the cover. One hundred more covers followed before the magazine ceased weekly publication in 1972.

These gorgeous photos of classic beauties are part of his work that Halsman shot from between the 1940s and 1960s.

Gene Tierney, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1945

Elizabeth Taylor poses for LIFE magazine, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1948

Elizabeth Taylor, photo by Philippe Halsman for LIFE, 1948

Actress Janet Leigh, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1951

Janet Leigh poses in swimsuit, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1951

Gina Lollobrigida, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1954

Grace Kelly poses for LIFE magazine, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1954

Grace Kelly wearing gown by Leslie Morris poses for LIFE magazine, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1954

Grace Kelly, photo by Philippe Halsman, New York City, 1954

Audrey Hepburn posing for LIFE cover (July 18, 1955), photo by Philippe Halsman, La Vigna, Italy, 1955

Grace Kelly in duchesse satin gown by Edith Head, photo by Philippe Halsman for cover of Life magazine, Apr. 11, 1955

Grace Kelly, photo by Philippe Halsman, February 9, 1955

Beautiful Mexican film actress Maria Félix, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1956

Marilyn Monroe, photo by Philippe Halsman, variant used for cover of LIFE, November 9, 1959

Marilyn Monroe, photo by Philippe Halsman, variant used for cover of LIFE, November 9, 1959

Marilyn Monroe, photo by Philippe Halsman, variant used for cover of LIFE, November 9, 1959

Capucine in Harold Lloyd's garden, photo by Philippe Halsman, Hollywood, circa 1960

Actress Suzanne Pleshette, photo by Philippe Halsman, Hollywood, 1962

Princess Grace, photo by Philippe Halsman, Gstaad, Switzerland, 1962

Tippi Hedren during filming of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", photo by Philippe Halsman, 1962

Claudia Cardinale, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Claudia Cardinale, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Countess Consuelo Crespi wearing dress by Fabiani, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Marella in gown by Balenciaga, photo by Philippe Halsman at La Leopolda, 1963

Portrait of Princess Grace in the Royal Palace, Monaco, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Princess Grace of Monaco, photo by Philippe Halsman at the Royal Palace, 1963

Princess Grace of Monaco, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Romy Schneider sunbathing, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1963

Mia Farrow with Salvador Dali, double exposure by Philippe Halsman, 1964

Barbra Streisand in her apartment in New York City, photo by Philippe Halsman for Cosmopolitan magazine, 1965

Barbra Streisand in her apartment in New York City, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1965

Barbra Streisand, photo by Philippe Halsman for Cosmopolitan magazine, 1965

Sharon Tate, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1966

Sharon Tate, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1966

Sharon Tate, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1966

Loann Chan, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1967

Anjelica Huston, photo by Philippe Halsman, 1968




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