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September 11, 2022

35 Glamorous Photos of Dorothy Sebastian by Ruth Harriet Louise in the 1920s

Born 1903 in New York, American photographer Ruth Harriet Louise began working as a portrait photographer in 1922. Most of her photographs from this period are of family members and members of her father’s temple congregation.

In 1925, Louise moved to Los Angeles and set up a small photo studio on Hollywood and Vine. Her first published Hollywood photo was of Vilma Banky in costume for Dark Angel, and appeared in Photoplay magazine in September 1925.

Louise was the first woman photographer active in Hollywood; she ran Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s portrait studio from 1925 to 1930.

In a career that lasted only five years, Louise photographed all the stars, contract players, and many of the hopefuls who passed through the studio’s front gates, including Greta Garbo (Louise was one of only seven photographers permitted to make portraits of her), Lon Chaney, John Gilbert, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies, Anna May Wong, Nina Mae McKinney, and Norma Shearer.

Louise died in 1940 at the age of 37. These glamorous photos are part of her work that Louise took portraits of Dorothy Sebastian in the 1920s.


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