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July 31, 2022

35 Gorgeous Photos of Classic Beauties Taken by Kenneth Alexander

Born 1887 in London, Kenneth Alexander was a photographer for United Artists, 20th Century Studios and Samuel Goldwyn Productions. He became a US citizen in 1914 when he established a freelance studio in Honolulu, Hawaii, and became more widely known for celebrity portraiture.

Classic beauties taken by Kenneth Alexander

During World War I, Alexander served in the aero-photo service of the United States Navy operating from a warship, taking close-ups and panoramas. He later established himself as a photographer in New York with a tagline, “Photographer of Women Exclusively”, a gender reversal of Pirie MacDonald's motto. He gained particular acclaim with United Artists during his time in New York assisting them and other film companies with offices in the city.

After New York, Alexander moved to Los Angeles at the behest of Lillian Gish, who wanted him as a photographer on her film La Bohème. He eventually settled in Hollywood, where he was employed by Sam Goldwyn Productions throughout the 1930s.

Alexander died in 1975 at the age of 87. He was known for his celebrity portraiture, photographing such stars as Marlene Dietrich, Lillian Gish, Betty Blythe, and Vilma Bánky.

Lillian Gish, 1920

Vilma Bánky, circa 1920s

Vilma Bánky, circa 1920s

Vilma Bánky, circa 1920s

Vilma Bánky, circa 1920s

Lillian Gish, circa 1921

Lillian Gish, 1922

Mildred Davis, 1922

Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

Greta Nissen, 1925

Greta Nissen, 1925

Norma Shearer, 1925

Vilma Bánky, 1926

Joan Crawford, 1927

Lili Damita, 1928

Carole Lombard, 1929

Constance Bennett, 1929

Ann Harding, 1930

Joan Bennett, 1930

Kay Francis, 1930

Lillian Gish, 1930

Lillian Gish, circa 1930

Lillian Gish, circa 1930

Sylvia Sidney, 1931

Sylvia Sidney, 1931

Constance Cummings, 1933

Loretta Young, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Clare Dodd, circa 1930s

Myrna Loy, circa 1930s




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