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February 27, 2020

Fascinating Vintage Photos of Classic Stars When They Were Young

A collection of classic actors and actresses when they were young, from the 1920s to 1960s:

Laurence Olivier, 1st Baron Olivier of Brighton, aged 15, as Katherine in 'The Taming of the Shrew,' 1922. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Portrait of young Clark Gable, Oregon, circa 1922. Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Rapho.

Gloria Swanson wearing hosiery fashion in a still from the film 'Zaza,' 1923. Photo by Bettmann.

Studio portrait of a young Cary Grant, who left home to join an acrobatic troupe before emigrating to America to embark on a film career, circa 1932. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Early publicity shot of Joan Crawford, a coming star at Metro Goldwyn Mayer, in the Rockies, 1920s. Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis.
Greta Garbo, Sweden, 1925. Photo by Atelier Binder/ullstein bild.

Marlene Dietrich, 1927. Photo by d'Ora/ullstein bild.

Claudette Colbert in London, 1928. Photo by Fox Photos/Hulton Archive.

Bette Davis on a studio platform, circa 1932. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Curled up in a chair on the set of RKO Radio's 'Alice Adams,' Katharine Hepburn, star of the picture, watches with deep attention, 1932. Photo by Bettmann.

Portrait of a young Ingrid Bergman, Sweden, 1934. Photo by ullstein bild.

Vivien Leigh relaxing at her home, 1935. Photo by Sasha.

Orson Welles at the microphone during his 'War of the Worlds' radio broadcast, October 1938. Photo by Popperfoto.

Maureen O'Hara submits to the attentions of a hairdresser for her part in the film adaptation of 'Jamaica Inn,' December 1938. Photo by Kurt Hutton/Picture Post.

Marilyn Monroe, then known as Norma Jeane Mortenson, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, California, 1946. Photo by Richard C. Miller/Donaldson Collection.

Audrey Hepburn and Babs Johnston getting ready to audition for music impresario Jack Hylton, for his new musical 'High Button Shoes', circa 1948. Photo by Paul Popper/Popperfoto.

Elizabeth Taylor in a quilted velveteen skirt and a rhinestone-buttoned blouse by Hi-Dee, October 1948. Photo by Luis Lemus/Vogue.

Marlon Brando joyfully playing the maracas, 1948. Photo by Lisa Larsen/LIFE.

Angela Lansbury with her fiancé, Peter Shaw at the premiere of the film 'The Red Shoes' in Hollywood, California, February 1949. Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive.

Richard Burton in 'The Last Days of Dolwyn,' 1949. Photo via John Kobal Foundation.

Sofia Loren (Sofia Villani Scicolone) participating in the selection for Miss Italia, Salsomaggiore, 1950. Photo by Franco Vitale/Reporters Associati & Archivi.

Warren Beatty wears a white button-down shirt in his apartment, circa 1955. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Natalie Wood at pool party in Los Angeles, 1955. Photo by Earl Leaf.

Paul Newman on the set of 'Somebody Up There Likes Me,' 1956. Photo by Hulton Archive.

Jane Fonda, student-actress and sometimes model, peeling orange, 1959. Photo by Karen Radkai/Glamour/Condé Nast.

Robert Redford on an episode of the television show 'The Twilight Zone' entitled 'Nothing in the Dark,' Culver City, California, April 1961. Photo by CBS Photo.

Catherine Deneuve on the set of the 'Et Satan Conduit le Bal,' Collioure, France, 1962. Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho.


  1. The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables TV shows, as well as many early Westerns have many appearances by actors who would later be household names.

    Very good post.

  2. That's Joan Crawford, not in the Rockies, but at Yosemite Valley.




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