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January 2, 2021

35 Gorgeous Photos of Classic Beauties Taken by Robert Coburn

Robert Coburn was one of the most influential portrait photographers working in the major Hollywood movie studios from the 1930s to 1960s.

Classic beauties taken by Robert Coburn


Coburn’s star subjects included Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford, Kim Novak, Carole Lombard, William Holden, Glenn Ford, and Orson Welles. His most infamous portraits immortalized Hollywood’s greatest icons and helped to define this era as the Golden Age of Cinema.

In 1940, Robert Coburn began a twenty-year career with Columbia Pictures as the head of the still production department and the studio’s chief portrait photographer for many landmark films including “Picnic”, “Gilda”, and “The Big Heat”.

In both 1941 and 1943, Robert Coburn was awarded the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences’ Still Photography Exhibition Award.

Here below is a set of gorgeous photos that shows portraits of classic beauties taken by Robert Coburn.

Andrea Leeds in “The Real Glory” by Robert Coburn, 1939

Ann Miller by Robert Coburn, 1945

Carole Lombard portrait from “To Be or Not to Be” by Robert Coburn in 1942

Carole Lombard portrait from “To Be or Not to Be” by Robert Coburn in 1942

Carole Lombard portrait from “To Be or Not to Be” by Robert Coburn in 1942

Fay Wray by Robert Coburn, 1933

Frances Dee by Robert Coburn, 1933

Frances Farmer by Robert W. Coburn, 1936

Frances Farmer from “Come and Get It” by Robert Coburn, 1936

Gene Tierney from “Sundown” by Robert Coburn, 1941

Gene Tierney from “Sundown” by Robert Coburn, 1941

Hedy Lamarr by Robert Coburn, 1938

Hedy Lamarr by Robert Coburn, 1938

Hedy Lamarr by Robert Coburn, 1938

Jane Wyatt by Robert Coburn, 1935

Jinx Falkenburg by Robert Coburn, circa late 1940s

Katharine Hepburn from Holiday by Robert Coburn, 1938

Kim Novak by Robert Coburn, 1953

Kim Novak by Robert Coburn, 1958

Kim Novak, “Bell, Book, And Candle” by Robert Coburn, 1958

Marilyn Monroe in “Ladies of the Chorus” by Robert Coburn, 1949

Maureen O’Hara by Robert Coburn, 1956

Merle Oberon by Robert Coburn, 1941

Merle Oberon by Robert Coburn, circa late 1930s

Merle Oberon by Robert Coburn, circa late 1930s

Merle Oberon from First Comes Courage by Robert Coburn, 1943

Miriam Hopkins from “Woman Chases Man” by Robert Coburn, 1937

Paulette Goddard by Robert Coburn, 1949

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from “Affair in Trinidad”, 1952

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from “Gilda”, 1946

Rita Hayworth by Robert Coburn from “The Lady from Shanghai”, 1947

Rita Hayworth from “Cover Girl” by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from “Cover Girl” by Robert Coburn, 1944

Rita Hayworth from “My Gal Sal” by Robert Coburn, 1942

Wera Engels by Robert Coburn, circa early 1930s




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