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February 16, 2023

Beautiful Portraits of Loretta Young Taken by George Hurrell

Born 1904 in Cincinnati, Ohio, American photographer George Hurrell contributed to the image of glamor presented by Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s.

Throughout the 1930s, Hurrell photographed every star contracted to MGM, and his striking black-and-white images were used extensively in the marketing of these stars. Among the performers regularly photographed by him during these years were silent screen star Dorothy Jordan, as well as Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, Jean Harlow, Ramon Novarro, Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Marion Davies, Jeanette MacDonald, Lupe VĂ©lez, Anna May Wong, Carole Lombard and Norma Shearer, who was said to have refused to allow herself to be photographed by anyone else. He also photographed Greta Garbo at a session to produce promotional material for the movie Romance. The session didn't go well and she never used him again.

In the early 1940s, Hurrell moved to Warner Brothers Studios photographing, among others Bette Davis, Jane Russell, Ann Sheridan, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Ida Lupino, Alexis Smith, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart and James Cagney. Later in the decade he moved to Columbia Pictures where his photographs were used to help the studio build the career of Rita Hayworth.

Hurrell died on May 17, 1992, from complications from bladder cancer shortly after completing a TBS documentary about his life. These beautiful photos are part of his work that George Hurrell took portraits of Loretta Young in the 1930s and early 1940s.


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