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January 5, 2022

40 Glamorous Portraits of Classic Beauties Taken by Melbourne Spurr

Melbourne Spurr (1888–1964) was an American photographer known for Hollywood celebrity portraits. He arrived in Hollywood around 1917 and worked for the noted photographer Fred Hartsook taking portraits of the early stars.

Classic beauties taken by Melbourne Spurr in the early 20th century

Spurr photographed Mary Pickford while working at the Hartsook studio and so impressed her that she personally helped launch his career as a Hollywood portrait photographer. By the mid-1920s, he was one of the premier celebrity portraitists in the world.

By this time, though, the major movie studios were mandating that their stars could only be photographed by their own photographers. Spurr chose to keep his own studio, and was eventually shut out in favor of men like George Hurrell, Clarence Sinclair Bull, Eugene Robert Richee and others who worked for the big motion picture studios.

Spurr shined in Hollywood for one glorious decade - the “Roaring 20s” - but then moved on to photographing other notables like US presidents, artists, authors and dancers. These glamorous photos are part of his work that Melbourne Spurr took portraits of classic beauties in the early 20th century.

Alice Terry

Alice White

Alla Nazimova

Ann Forrest

Anna Q. Nilsson

Belle Bennett

Bette Davis

Betty Bronson

Billie Dove

Claire Windsor

Constance Talmadge

Corinne Griffith

Doris Kenyon

Elaine Hammerstein

Eve Southern

Evelyn Brent

Frances Lee

Irene Rich

Janet Gaynor

Leatrice Joy

Lilyan Tashman

Loretta Young

Lupe Velez

Lya De Putti

Mabel Ballin

Marian Nixon

Marie Prevost

Marion Davies

Mary Miles Minter

Mary Pickford

May McAyoy

Mildred Harris

Nina Quartero

Norma Talmadge

Pauline Frederick

Pola Negri

Priscilla Bonner

Sally O'Neil

Theda Bara

Vilma Banky

(Photo © Melbourne Spurr)


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