60 Vintage Photos

Written by Lyra Radford

There is a whole lotta grooviness collected here. Proceed with caution, as you may feel overcome by nostalgia and long for the good old days. Or you could suddenly experience the urge to start singing ‘Let's Get Physical’ and start to ‘shake your groove thing’. So sit back and enjoy the show, because the best way to turn back time is to flip through photographs. 

Florence Henderson (pre-Carol Brady) starting out as an actress/singer in the 1950s. 

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Check out this photo of a very young Florence Henderson (pre-Carol Brady) back when she was just starting out as an actress/singer in the 1950s!  Despite her long and successful career, she will always be best known as the lovely lady Carole Brady. 

Her career stayed strong after The Brady Bunch went off the air. She’s done extensive work on Broadway in addition to numerous film and television appearances. She did “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010 and she even had her own show for a while, The Florence Henderson Show. She worked on Who's Cooking With Florence Henderson and did regular guest popups in the show “Samantha Who?” which earned her an Emmy nomination. She married twice, is the mother of four children, and died of heart failure in November of 2016.

Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis on the set of Ghostbusters.

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Here's a classic shot of actors Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis on the set of Ghostbusters. The 1984 supernatural comedy, Ghostbusters (1984), was directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. In it, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Harold Ramis are lovably eccentric parapsychologists who start a literal ghost-catching business in New York City. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis also co-star as a client and her neighbor, as does Ernie Hudson who plays Ray, the Ghostbusters' first recruit.

Aykroyd initially conceived Ghostbusters as a project for himself and fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus John Belushi, with the "Ghostmashers" travelling through time and space. Now it’s an iconic film that was ranked 28th in its AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list of film comedies. Then in 2015, it was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress.

G.I. Blues- Elvis playing records on the record player during his time in the Army. 

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It was on March 24, 1958, when the King, Elvis Aron Presley entered the United States Army. He then spent three days at the Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, Reception Station. He left active duty at Fort Dix, New Jersey, on March 5, 1960, and received his discharge from the Army Reserve on March 23, 1964. He then went through basic and advanced training and ended up serving as a member of two different armor battalions during his active military career. Presley was sent overseas to serve as a member of the 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 32d Armor in Germany from October 1, 1958, until March 2, 1960. 

Pink Floyd in 1967. 

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Pink Floyd was originally formed in London, but their progressive and psychedelic music quickly achieved international success. They distinguished themselves from other psychedelic groups of the time with their philosophical lyrics, extended compositions, and elaborate live shows. Not only did they become one of the most commercially successful groups of the era, but also one of the most influential groups in music history.

While filming the Western, Nevada Smith Suzanne Pleshette uses her foot to pass a cigarette to Steve McQueen on location in the Louisiana bayou, 1966.

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Here's a behind the scenes photo taken while filming the Western, Nevada Smith of Suzanne Pleshette using her foot to pass a cigarette to Steve McQueen. They were on location in the Louisiana bayou, at the time this was taken in 1966.

The actress launched her career in the theatre and then began appearing in films in the late 1950s. Her more prominent films came out of the 1960’s, such as Rome Adventure (1962) and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963). She later appeared in various television shows, most notably was her role as Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, which she played from 1972 until 1978. She received several Emmy Award nominations for her work on the show. It wasn’t until 2004 that she retired from acting, which was four years before her death at age 70.

Nicole Kidman posing by the Sydney Harbor for a photoshoot back in the early 80s.

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Check out all that 80's hair on Nicole Kidman! Posed by the Sydney Harbor for a photo shoot,  the actress was doing her part to help promote the movie “BMX Bandits” in December 1983 in Sydney, Australia.

Nicole Kidman’s acting career began in Australia, earlier this same year. Her big breakthrough role, however, didn’t come until 1989 with the thriller Dead Calm and the television miniseries Bangkok Hilton. Then in 1990, her Hollywood debut came in the form of the racing film Days of Thunder, opposite Tom Cruise–With whom she had a very high profile marriage and later divorce.

Kidman went on to achieve wide recognition with leading roles throughout the 90s and 2000’s. Now she’s won numerous awards for her work in film and has maintained her position as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.

Rob Lowe sporting a fashionable mullet and earring back in the mid-80s. 

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Check out 1980's teen heartthrob, Rob Lowe sporting quite the mullet and decade appropriate earring back in the mid-80s. 

Rob Lowe had roles ranging from Sodapop Curtis in 1983s The Outsiders to Rory in Square Dance in 1987 (which earned him a Golden Globe nomination). Lowe still looks good and has been acting nonstop since the ‘80s. Notable projects in recent years have been The West Wing, Parks and Recreation, and the animated Moonbeam City to name a few. He also recently launched his own paranormal investigation reality-tv aeries called The Lowe Files. 

When a catty newspaper columnist supposedly said Marilyn Monroe would be better off wearing a potato sack, she did just that in this photo from 1951. 

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Marilyn Monroe has long sat high up on the list of sexiest women in Hollywood history. That old saying about someone looking good, even look good in a potato sack applied first figuratively and then literally to Miss Monroe. Thanks to studio reps at Twentieth Century Fox, they proved Marilyn certainly could look good in anything. What sparked this strange experiment was a comment made about a revealing red dress Marilyn wore to a party at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The columnist called her cheap and vulgar and went on to suggest the actress would have looked better in a potato sack. So, there it was, Marilyn Monroe looking just as sexy in burlap as she does in any slinky designer dress. 

Fleetwood Mac, 1977. 

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Check out Fleetwood Mac back in 1977 with their superstar Rumours lineup – Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood. The band has gone through over a dozen members over the years but pictured here is arguably the best they’ve ever been.

An interesting factoid from Stevie Nicks, she said the inspiration for the song "Gypsy" actually came from back before her days of Fleetwood Mac fame. Back when she and Lindsey Buckingham had very little and had to sleep on a mattress on the floor.

She said it was decorated in lace, with a vase and a flower at its side and when she would start to feel her fame getting to her, she goes "back to her roots," and puts her mattress on the floor and sleeps there. She even goes so far as to decorate it with "some lace, and paper flowers."

Getting Physical with Olivia Newton-John in 1981. 

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It just doesn't get more fantastically (terrifyingly) "80s" than Let's get Physical with Olivia Newton-John! It's basically one of the most iconic songs of the decade, and certainly an iconic video. 

America’s sweetheart, pop-culture icon, and four-time Grammy award winner Olivia Newton-John is one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. After starring in the musical film Grease in 1978, her life changed forever. She has also been a long-time animal right and environmental activist and after going into remission from breast cancer, she became an advocate for health awareness and driving fundraising efforts. 

The full Monty- who watched the zany antics of Monty Python back in 1976

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The full Monty – Now, really, who doesn't love the zany antics of Monty Python? This goofy photo was taken back in 1976. It was actually the late 1960s when John Cleese originally co-founded Monty Python, the comedy troupe responsible for the sketch show 'Monty Python's Flying Circus’ and the four Monty Python films. 

Since this bit of brilliance, Cleese has gone on to achieve much success as actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, and producer. He also co-founded The Secret Policeman's Ball benefit shows to raise funds for the human rights organization Amnesty International.

The 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept which later served as the inspiration for the Batmobile.

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In its original form, the Batmobile from the 1966–1968 television series was a Ford concept car called the Lincoln Futura. In 1965, famed customizer George Barris was brought in by ABC to design a "Batmobile" just prior to production. There had already been early design work and some fabrication using a 1959 Cadillac but as things weren’t going according to schedule so that’s when George Barris was brought in to turn things around. With only three weeks to finish, Barris decided to just transform the Lincoln Futura (bought for $1.00) into the now iconic vehicle of TV's famed caped crusader. 

A wet and buff Paul Newman walking on the Lido Seashore surrounded by the crowds while in Venice, 1963

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Check out this shot of a young, buff, and drippy Paul Newman taking a stroll along the Lido Seashore in Venice back in 1963.  In addition to being ridiculously good-looking, the award-winning actor was also quite the badass. He did it all, acted, directed, and produced films. He also took on race car driving!

As old ‘cool hand’ once explained, auto racing was "the first thing that I ever found I had any grace in". 

His impressive credits include lead characters in The Hustler (1961), Cool Hand Luke (1967), as well as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982).

Jayne Mansfield being admired by the Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane, 1959. 

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Get a load of Jayne Mansfield being admired by the Tottenham Hotspur fans at White Hart Lane, 1959! That dress looks like it's holding on for dear life! 

Before she became the actress Jayne Mansfield was a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and also one of the early Playboy Playmates. By the time the 1950s were in full bloom, so was Mansfield, she became a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s. She was also very well-known for pulling off carefully planned and executed publicity stunts like wardrobe malfunctions as well as allowing her personal life to be well-publicized. She was also the first major American actress to have a nude starring role in a Hollywood motion picture.

Stevie Nicks, David Lee Roth and Bonnie Raitt on Sunset Strip, 1978.

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Partying hard on Sunset Strip! It's Stevie Nicks, David Lee Roth, and Bonnie Raitt back in 1978! The iconic Sunset Strip is a mile-and-a-half stretch of Sunset Boulevard that passes through West Hollywood, California. It extends from West Hollywood's eastern to its western border with Beverly Hills. It’s the best-known portion of Sunset Boulevard, because of its number of nightclubs, rock clubs, boutiques, and restaurants. In the 70’s, the strip became a popular hangout for musicians. From the disco to punk rock, new wave music and even glam-rock and heavy metal music during the 1980s, the Sunset Strip has continued to be a central focus for music and nightlife in general.

Jackie Gleason and President Gerald Ford playing golf in 1975. 

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Gleason was one of many celebrities of the era who put their names on Tour events. The 1975 Honda Pro-Am 1975 was one of them, as was Inverrary Classic Pro-Am, in 1978. Both of which, he played golf with Jack Nicklaus, Bob Hope, and President Gerald Ford.

"That was a fun day, but it was total chaos," Nicklaus said. "Could they do it today? Probably not. We had a huge crowd that day. With the way the galleries are today, you'd have five times that many."

Showgirls getting ready backstage at a nightclub, 1950. 

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It was in the 1950s, that all the casinos in Las Vegas really started trying to outdo each other in the performance department. Showgirls were collectively in their prime (as a profession) it was during the 50’s that the “Showgirl” became the unofficial icon of Las Vegas! Each show was bigger and more elaborate than the last– so much glitz and eventually out came the enormous headdresses! The detail that went into the dance moves and overall presentation is what took the concept of "Showgirls" from merely being backup dancers for the headliners to becoming the actual main attraction and stars of the show!

Shock-rocker Alice Cooper and his family, 1974.

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Nope, nothing to see here, it's just a normal summer day here with shock rocker Alice Cooper, a Martian, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon...  The horror-loving rock singer, songwriter, and actor has always been famous for having a flair for the dramatics. He's had an impressive career spanning over five decades. Aside from his distinctive raspy voice, Cooper is famous for pioneering his own brand of macabre theatrical rock. His stage shows features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, deadly snakes, baby dolls, and dueling swords, among other morbid things. Cooper is widely considered "The Godfather of Shock Rock".

Actress and pin-up model Mamie Van Doren posing with a Jaguar XK140 OTS in 1954. 

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Is she posing with the Jag? Or is the Jag posing with her? Mamie Van Doren is an actress, model, singer, and sex symbol who is known for being one of the first actresses to somewhat recreate the look of Marilyn Monroe. The blonde bombshell starred in some of the first films to feature rock 'n' roll in the soundtrack. She also became well-known for a series of 'bad girl' roles that became cult films. Because of this, she's now widely identified as having this rebellious rock-chick style in the industry and she even went on to make some rock music herself!

Party boys Christian Slater and Robert Downey Jr. in the 80s

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Check out Christian Slater and Robert Downey Jr. blowing off steam like only two young Hollywood elites can do! Slater was quite the rebellious party animal back in the day.

The child actor had his first run-in with the police right after his breakthrough role in Heathers in 1989. Believe it or not, he was actually involved in a police chase which ended when he crashed his car into a telephone pole. He then proceeded to kick the police officer chasing him and tried to hop over a fence! He was charged with a DUI, evading police, and assault with a deadly weapon… what weapon, you ask? His cowboy boots. 

Then in 1994, he was arrested again, this time for taking a gun onto a plane. 

Norwegian actress and model Julie Ege looks groovy in the 1960s. 

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Check out this groovy shot of Julie Ege. The Norwegian actress and model appeared in many British films of the 1960s and 1970s. She made her film debut in a low-budget Norwegian film Stompa at Sea. Then she went on to become a Penthouse Pet of May which landed her a role in 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service as Helen, the "Scandinavian girl".

From there, she was off to land the starring roles in Creatures the World Forgot and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. She is probably best known for the 1971 comedy hit film Up Pompeii alongside, which she was in alongside Frankie Howerd. 

Tina Louise looking very glam in the 1950s.

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Actress, singer, and author Tina Louise is best known for her role as Ginger Grant on Gilligan's Island from 1964 to 1967. Ginger Grant was the sparkling diva of the island, constantly dressing glamorously and name-dropping as if fame and social status mattered while stranded on an island. Tina Louise landed her breakthrough role in 1958 with the film God's Little Acre, for which she took home a Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year. Louise had many starring roles in big Hollywood films like The Trap, The Hangman, The Stepford Wives, Day of the Outlaw, and For Those Who Think Young. 

Actress Shelley Duvall in a very interesting 70s outfit. 

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Former actress Shelley Alexis Duvall garnered much critical acclaim for her portrayals of eccentric characters of the course of her career. Duvall’s most famous films are Stephen King’s The Shining (1980) and the cult live-action film, Popeye (1980). She got her start in the 70’s by appearing in various Robert Altman films, including Brewster McCloud (1970), McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971), Thieves Like Us (1974), Nashville (1975), and 3 Women (1977), which won her the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress and a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress. She also had a supporting role in Annie Hall (1977) and later she appeared in Time Bandits (1981), Frankenweenie (1984), and The Portrait of a Lady(1996). 

Charlies Angels

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Good morning angels! Pictured here are television’s darlings, Charlie's Angels back in the '70s. Charlie's Angels ran from 1976 to 1981, for a total of 110 episodes in its five seasons. It follows three crime-fighting women who work for a private detective agency owned by a mysterious billionaire named Charlie Townsend (who directs his angels via speakerphone). 

The original cast (pictured here) was Kate Jackson, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, and Jaclyn Smith in the leading roles, with David Doyle co-starring as a sidekick. After Fawcett left the show, Cheryl Ladd stepped in. Later additions were Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts. 

Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock eat on the Star Trek set during their break. 

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Here's actors William Shatner (Captain Kirk) and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock) chowing down on their lunch break while on the set of Star Trek. Despite its short run, Star Trek the original series is widely considered one of the most (if not the most) influential science fiction TV series ever produced. It’s gone on to spawn four spinoff shows, an animated series, and the movies just keep coming and show no signs of stopping. It may not have gained impressive ratings during its initial 1960s run but oddly enough it gained popularity while in syndication and now it's pure sci-fi gold.

Alec Baldwin and Lisa Hartman on Knots Landing 1985. 

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Holy hair Lisa Hartman and Alec Baldwin getting close in this promotional still for Knots Landing back in 1985. The soap opera was a spin-off of the series Dallas and aired from 1979 to 1993. Set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles Knots Landing, the saga-like storyline was initially centered on the lives of four married couples living in the same cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle.

Alec Baldwin played Joshua Rush and Lisa Hartman played two roles, she was Ciji Dunne for 17 episodes before her character was murdered. Then she returned as Cathy Geary Rush, Ciji's doppelgänger, who just showed up after being released from prison (which sounds absurd but makes perfect sense when ensconced in the soap opera universe). She eventually marries Joshua Rush (Baldwin) - who became abusive towards her.

By the time Knots Landing wrapped up, it had become the longest-running primetime dramas on U.S. television after Gunsmoke and Bonanza.

Marilyn Monroe playing softball at the beach in her high-heeled wedge sandals and a dog waiting for its chance if she misses the ball, 1950s.

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Marilyn Monroe's attempt at playing softball in high-heeled wedges (on sand) doesn't seem to be going to well. Clearly, former hubby Major League Baseball player Joe DiMaggio didn't give her any pointers. The two were married on January 14th, 1954 and nine months later they called it quits. They were very different people, and Joe tried to control Marilyn's career. The famous couple quickly became known for their squabbling and outright yelling matches. The brief romantic relationship was full of drama but Joe remained a loyal friend to her even after they divorced. 

A 14-year-old Gwen Stefani getting Stings autograph in 1983. 

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Check out this awesome throwback. It’s Gwen Stefani when she was just a girl of 14 back in 1983. Here she is, beaming while getting the autograph of 16-time Grammy winner and former member of rock band “The Police’, Sting. It’s always fun to see famous people before they were famous, but it’s even cooler to see them ogling the idols of their youth. Gwen shared this photo of her and the rock legend on her Twitter account along with the words: “chunky me 1983. getting @officialsting autograph backstage.” 

Atari founders Ted Dabney, Nolan Bushnell, Fred Marincic and Al Alcorn by a Pong video arcade game, 1972.

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Here’s a photo of Ted Dabney and Nolan Bushnell, the co-founders of Atari with Al Alcorn and Fred Marincic. This bunch played a crucial role in creating Pong, which in turn, helped launch the entire video-game industry! Allan Alcorn created Pong as a training exercise assigned to him by Bushnell.

Dabney and Bushnell ended up walking away from Atari, they founded it together in 1972, Dabney left in 1973 and Bushnell left in 1979 after selling the company to Warner Communications. Bushnell’s love of games didn’t end there though. He simply merged it with pizza and in 1977 launched Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre aka Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza!

Model and rock muse Jerry Hall in 1974. 

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Jerry Hall was a model throughout the 1970s and 1980s and she began having an affair with Mick Jagger in 1977 while he was still married to Bianca Jagger. After Bianca and Mick split, he moved in with Jerry and they became common-law spouses before finally having an "unofficial wedding" ceremony in 1990. The couple had four children together before once again, Jagger proved he couldn’t settle down. There were far too many models in the world and he had to go and impregnate another one by the name of Luciana Morad. The song “Miss You” was written for Hall. 

A series of fun photos taken of Elvis Presley and Sophia Loren in 1958.

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This series of adorable, iconic shots of the Italian screen goddess Sophia Loren, and the King of rock and roll, were taken back in 1958.  It was in February and they were both at Paramount Studios at the same time. Elvis was filming King Creole and Sophia allegedly “flipped over Elvis” when she saw him.

These photos were taken by photographer Bob Willoughby who said Loren spotted Presley eating lunch in the Paramount commissary and decided she’d make herself at home while introducing herself to the 23-year old musician. She plopped right down on his lap gave him a kiss, and even played with his pompadour. As you can tell by the photos that came of the interaction, Presley didn't mind one bit!

Jamie Lee Curtis on the escalator at the First Annual American Cinematheque Awards in 1986.

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Here's a very sleek Jamie Lee Curtis on the escalator at the First Annual American Cinematheque Awards back in 1986.  This was when her career really started to take off, however, she was already quite famous for dominating the horror scene of the ‘70s. It's just that she wasn't taken too seriously as an actress then. It wasn’t until her role in Trading Spaces back in 1983, that she started getting true notoriety outside the horror genre. Although... she'll always be everybody's favorite "Scream Queen". 

A very laid-back Jack, Nicholson that is! At his home in the 60s. 

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John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson is certainly one of ‘Hollywood’s Greats’. He has a career spanning over 60 years so far and throughout it, he has taken on an impressively wide range of both starring and supporting roles. There’s no boxing Nicholson in, he can be hilarious or terrifying. He’s taken on satirical comedy, romance and extremely dark portrayals of antiheroes and psychopaths. With 12 Academy Award nominations, Nicholson is the most nominated male actor in the Academy's history! Nicholson is also one of only three male actors to actually win three Academy Awards. He has won six Golden Globe Awards, received the Kennedy Center Honor, and was one of the youngest actors to be awarded the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award.

David Lee Roth, Madonna and Billy Squier celebrating Diamond Dave's birthday back in 1984.

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Check out Madonna partying with David Lee Roth back in 1984. Happy Birthday, Diamond Dave!

The rock vocalist, songwriter, actor, and author is best known as both an original member and now current and current lead singer of hard rock band Van Halen. He also had a successful solo career during his two-decade break from Van Halen, He rejoined the group in 2006 for a North American tour that ended up becoming the highest grossing tour in the band's history. In fact, it was the highest grossing tour of the entire year! A year later, Roth was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

California dreamin, 1960s. 

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What a bright, peaceful looking day in California, must have been summertime with all that skin showing. This young woman looks like she's heading to the community pool in that bonnet. 

It was during the counterculture of the 1960s that women began protesting for equal rights.... and somehow equal rights often ended up looking like a lot fewer clothes. The mini skirt became wildly popular during this time, as did the halter top and the bikini. Up until this point in time, women were essentially just mothers, housewives, and sometimes secretaries or hairdressers.  Everything that represented this old “idea of what women should be” was tossed out and that included clothing, especially bras! 

Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson on the set of Rio Bravo in 1958. 

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Here's a great shot of Dean Martin and Angie Dickinson on the set of Rio Bravo back in 1958. This was one of Angie's early breakthrough roles, the first was "Gun the Man Down" (1956) and then came the 1959 Western Rio Bravo, for which she received the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year.

Over the course of her six-decade career, Dickinson has appeared in over 50 films in addition to her television work. Her resume boasts big titles such as Ocean's 11 (1960), Jessica (1962), Point Blank (1967), Sabrina (1995), and Pay it Forward (2000) to name a few. From 1974 to 1978, she starred as Sergeant Leann "Pepper" Anderson in the crime series Police Woman. A role for which she received the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Drama. She also earned three Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.

Cassandra Peterson without her Elvira makeup and costume, 1980. 

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Pictured here is actress Cassandra Peterson without her horror hostess garb on; Elvira Mistress of the Dark is Cassandra’s most famous character. Prior to that she was a showgirl and had dancing and modeling gigs. But it was as the host of the weekly horror movie presentation, “Elvira's Movie Macabre,” that Cassandra quickly achieved genre icon status. 

Between her revealing, gothic appearance, quirky personality, and Valley girl-type speech, her rise in popularity came as no surprise.

Throughout the late 1980s and into 1990s, Elvira-themed computer games were released: “Elvira: Mistress of the Dark”, “Elvira 2: The Jaws of Cerberus”, and “Elvira: The Arcade Game.”

Debbie Harry at Coney Island, 1977. 

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Here's just one of the many photos of Debbie Harry looking effortlessly cool, this time at Coney Island back in 1977. The music icon rose to fame as the frontwoman for Blondie. The group she and guitarist Chris Stein co-founded. They were pioneers of the punk scene but were noted for their eclectic mix of musical styles. They incorporated elements of disco, pop, and reggae. For this, they are credited with introducing mainstream American listeners to alternative elements of Rock and Roll in the late 1970’s. Blondie has sold 40 million records worldwide, is still active, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.

Cool couple Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner in 1951. 

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Here's singer Frank Sinatra and his wife at the time, actress Ava Gardner. Gardner's third and last marriage was to Sinatra, the couple lasted from 1951 to 1957. She would later say in her autobiography that he was the love of her life. 

She recalled their interaction just prior to their first date; “He was so handsome, with his thin, boyish face, bright blue eyes, and ­incredible grin. And he was so ­enthusiastic and invigorated, clearly pleased with life, in general, himself, in particular, and, at that moment, me.” 

He asked her out soon after that. Apparently, the two went for a late-night drunken drive from Palm Springs to Indio. Sinatra had a .38 on him and they shot out streetlights and store windows as they drove by!

Basketball legend Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, 1973. 

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Here we have Basketball legend Meadowlark Lemon of the Harlem Globetrotters back in 1973. 

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team that combines their athleticism with elements of theater and comedy in their style of play. Each year the team plays over 450 live events worldwide. To date, they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in a total of 122 countries and territories over the years. They are noted for their official mascot, an anthropomorphized globe named Globie and the “team's signature song”, which is Brother Bones’ whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown". The team is currently owned by Herschend Family Entertainment with executive offices based in suburban Atlanta.

Debbie Reynolds and her adorable mini-me Carrie Fisher in matching outfits, 1959. 

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There are a plethora of adorable mother-daughter photos of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. This one from 1959 is particularly amazing because they are in matching outfits. These two were so close that it's inspiring.  The famous mother-daughter duo even died within hours of each other in 2016 and are now sharing a tombstone at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Each woman is iconic on her own, but legendary together. Debbie Reynolds will always be best remembered for her breakout leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Carrie Fisher will probably always be best remembered as Princess Leia. But she had many hit films on her resume and was also a celebrated as an author. Some of her notable films are Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Soapdish (1991), and The Women (2008).

Cybill Shepherd looking groovy in 1968. 

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Pictured here is actress and singer Cybill Shepherd back in 1968. She became a fashion icon after being named “Miss Teenage Memphis” during the Memphis Model of the Year contest back in 1966. She also became a spokesperson for L’Oreal and graced the covers of many popular magazines.

The American model and singer, turned actress, landed some of her better-known roles in the 1970s. In 1971 she was Jacy in The Last Picture Show, she played Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid in 1972, and then she got the role of Betsy in Taxi Driver in 1976. From there her popularity continued to bloom, she spent a chunk of the 1980s as Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, before landing her own show Cybill which ran from 1995–1998.

Before she was Morticia Addams, actress-singer Carolyn Jones received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party in 1957. 

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Before she was Morticia Addams, actress-singer Carolyn Jones received a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party in 1957. Jones began her film career in the early 1950s, and by the end of the decade had earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for The Bachelor Party (1957) and a Golden Globe Award for one of the most promising actresses of 1959. Her career spanned over another 20 years.

 It was in 1964, that she took on the beloved role of Morticia Addams (and her sister Ophelia) in the original Addams Family television series. She also played the female counterpart of Thing, Lady Fingers).

Czech beauty Olga Schoberová was often compared to Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress because of her beauty and acting talent in the 1960s. 

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Here we have a stunning photo of Czech beauty Olga Schoberová. It’s easy to see why she was often compared to Brigitte Bardot and Ursula Andress. The talented actress of the 60’s had that pouty-lipped, blonde bombshell sex appeal going for her.

Olga was born in Prague, Czech Republic and was married in 1967 to Brad Harris. They were divorced by 1969, but had one, Babrinka, who they called "Sabrina". She remarried and spent 20 years with John Calley before divorcing. Her last film role was the comedy science fiction, You Are a Widow, Sir in 1970. 

Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce Banner with Lou Ferrigno as Hulk on the set of TV series fave “The Incredible Hulk”. 

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Here’s a shot of Bill Bixby as 'David Banner' in The Incredible Hulk (1978-82). Many people may not know this but, Bond villain Richard Kiel was originally cast as 'The Hulk', not Lou Ferrigno. However, as they began filming the pilot, the producers decided he wasn't bulky enough for the role after all. They went ahead and reshot his scenes were reshot with Lou Ferrigno, but one scene with Kiel as the Hulk remains in the pilot intact. It’s brief, but it’s a high-angle shot of the Hulk looking up at a tree just before he saves a girl from drowning in the lake.

Author Jackie Collins listening to records in 1956. She was one of the worlds top-selling novelists!

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Check out this photo of best selling author Jackie Collins listening to records back in 1956. 

Jacqueline Jill Collins was an English romance novelist and younger sister to actress Joan Collins. Jackie moved out to Los Angeles back n the 1960s and spent most of her career there.

She wrote 32 novels, and every single one of them appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list. Her books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into 40 languages! Eight of her novels were adapted for both the big screen and television.

Danish film actress and model Greta Thyssen posing for the camera, 1962. 

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Oohlala, it’s Danish film actress and model Greta Thyssen striking a pose for the camera, back in 1962. Doesn’t she kind of resemble a young Barbara Eden here? She was certainly striving for blonde sex icon status when she first launched her acting career. Thyssen struck out for fame in the United States after winning the Miss Denmark crown in 1952.

She attempted to follow in the footsteps of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. In fact, she was Monroe's double in Bus Stop. She also appeared in Accused of Murder, Terror Is a Man, Three Blondes in His Life and Journey to the Seventh Planet. She also appeared on TV’s Dragnet and Perry Mason. She was in the Three Stooges films Quiz Whizz, Pies and Guys, and Sappy Bull Fighters. After appearing in the musical comedy Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers (1967), she retired from acting.

Elizabeth Taylor looks so graceful in this photo from 1951. 

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A casually graceful Elizabeth Taylor dressed in a tutu back in 1951. She was 19 at the time this vintage Hollywood moment was captured. 

Elizabeth Taylor was more than just a pretty face, she was a force of nature. Actress, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to devote themselves to HIV/AIDS activism. She organized the very first AIDS fundraiser and went on to found the National AIDS Research Foundation.

Marlo Thomas posing on the hood of a cool car in 1961. 

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Grinning wide and posed on the hood of a cool car back in 1961, is Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas. Best known for her starring role on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971), the television actress has been awarded four Emmys, a Golden Globe, the George Foster Peabody Award, and has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. She is also now known for her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free to Be... You and Me. Marlo Thomas also serves as National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and she was the creator of the hospital’s Thanks & Giving campaign.

Gina Lollobrigida, 1959. 

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Pictured here is the Italian goddess of the '50s and '60s, Luigina "Gina" Lollobrigida. The actress was also a talented photojournalist and sculptor, making her one of the highest profile European actresses of the era. In the 1970s, she achieved a scoop by gaining access to Fidel Castro for an exclusive interview. She also remained an active supporter of Italian and Italian American causes, particularly the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) all of her life. In 2008, she received the NIAF Lifetime Achievement Award at the Foundation's Anniversary Gala. 

Ever-elegant Audrey Hepburn in a 1960s magazine photo. 

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Style, grace, elegance… these are the words that come to mind when Audrey Hepburn is mentioned. Active during the Golden Age of Hollywood, Hepburn is the embodiment of all that was sophisticated and glamorous of her era.

She’s been recognized as both a film and fashion icon: ranked by the American Film Institute as the third greatest female screen legend in Golden Age Hollywood, in addition to being inducted into the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame. Her poise must come from her ballet studies as a child and then later her performances as a chorus girl in West End musical theatre productions. She was destined to become an icon. 

George Foreman getting a sweet kiss from his daughter.

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Aww, so cute. Pictured here is former world boxing champion George Foreman getting a big kiss from his sweet little daughter Mitchy. She was paying daddy a visit at the gym on his farm in Marshall, Texas.

Foreman, also known as “Big George”, competed from 1969 to 1977, and then again from 1987 to 1997. He is a two-time world heavyweight champion and an Olympic gold medalist. Aside from his career in boxing, he is an ordained minister, author, entrepreneur, and grillmaster. His product, the Foreman Grill, has sold over 100 million units worldwide!

Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis were a cool married couple back in the 50s.

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Here’s an old photo of former couple Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. Curtis had an acting career that spanned over six decades and consisted of over 100 films in addition to television roles. Leigh was also in numerous major films but achieved her most lasting recognition as, Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960). This performance earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. The two Hollywood talents found each other, fell in love, and got married on June 4, 1951, in a private ceremony in Greenwich, Connecticut. The couple went on to have two children, Kelly and Jamie Lee, (both became actresses) but sadly, they divorced in 1962. Apparently, Curtis saw nothing wrong with having divorce papers served to Leigh on the set of The Manchurian Candidate. 

Natalie Wood as burlesque entertainer Gypsy Rose Lee in the film, Gypsy

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Here is a shot of the beautiful Natalie Wood in the 1962 musical comedy/drama Gypsy. The script is “based on the Broadway hit about the life and times of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee and her aggressive stage mother, Mama Rose.”

Natalie Wood was a child star that successfully transitioned into more mature roles as an adult. She is best known for screen roles such as Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, Rebel Without a Cause, The Searchers, and West Side Story. The remarkably talented young star had already received three Academy Award nominations before she turned 25 years old.

Tina Weymouth of _The Talking Heads_ and Grand Master Flash with their boom boxes in New York, 1981. 

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Tina Weymouth is best known as a founding member and bassist of the new wave group Talking Heads. She also co-founded its side project Tom Tom Club, with husband and Talking Heads drummer, Chris Frantz. In 2002, Weymouth was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Talking Heads.

Joseph Saddler, better known as Grandmaster Flash, is a hip hop recording artist. He’s considered to be one of the pioneers of hip-hop DJing, cutting, scratching and mixing. In 2007, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making them the first hip-hop act to be honored. 

Photo of actress Anita Ekberg by glamour photographer Peter Basch in the early 1960s. 

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Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg is best known for her role as Sylvia in the Federico Fellini film La Dolce Vita (1960), but she got her start in the industry as a model. It wouldn’t be until the mid-50’s when she finally broke into films. The Swedish starlet and her voluptuous physique and colorful private life was a favorite among the gossip magazines. She had highly publicized romances with leading men like Frank Sinatra, Tyrone Power, Yul Brynner, Rod Taylor, and Errol Flynn. For a time, she was even publicized as "Paramount's Marilyn Monroe"

Very groovy photo of Cher taken by Douglas Kirkland for People Weekly in 1975.

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Pictured here is the Goddess of Pop looking groovy as ever. Born Cherilyn Sarkisian, Cher has had one of the longest and most successful careers in the history of the music industry. With a music and acting career spanning over 50 years, multiple award-wins, in addition to her work as an author, producer, and philanthropist, Cher really is an inspiration. 

Apart from having one of the most successful tours in the world, she has sold over 100 million records around the world. Also, Cher has won an Academy Award, Billboard Music Awards, an Emmy, numerous Golden Globe awards, a Grammy and she’s BAFTA and AMA nominated. Cher has been honored on numerous occasions for her humanitarian, charity and philanthropic work. This year, she will be inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. 

Susan Sarandon in the '70s.

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Academy Award and BAFTA Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon got her start with the film Joe, back in the 1970s. However, it wasn’t until being cast in The Rocky Horror Picture Show that she really began to gain momentum. Then, after co-starring in Thelma and Louise, achieving life-long Hollywood icon status was pretty much a guarantee for Sarandon.

Try it before you buy it! Teens listening to singles at the record store, 1957. 

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Long gone are the days of the record store, but so are the days of hanging out at any of the music stores that used to populate shopping malls across the country. Much like the record stores before, the music store offered people (mostly teens) a place to go look at all the c.d's out, pre-order upcoming new releases, and score a bitchin' new blacklight poster for their room. But alas, it is no more. Now iTunes has taken over and all we have left to remind us of these good ol’ days is the movie Empire Records. 

Tina Louise looking sexy in 1958. 

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Here's a very sexy photo of Tina Louise (possibly channeling her glamorously provocative Ginger Grant) back in 1958. 

The differences between the two female character types on Gilligan's Island (Giner and Mary Ann) couldn't be summed up any better than this simple bit of dialogue between them. 

Mary Ann - “I used to be a Girl Scout, and they teach you a lot.

Ginger: “I used to go with a Boy Scout, and they teach you a lot, too.”

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Lyra Radford


Lyra spends her days exploring all shades of history. In her writing, she covers topics ranging from the 'groovy' to the downright strange. She enjoys books, movies, and strong coffee. She also fancies herself the world's greatest air hockey player. She learned the ins and outs of writing and producing film/television at Palm Beach State and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. She is currently enrolled at Arizona State University studying psychology and writing. Her work has been featured by some of the most prolific sites on the web and she is the author of the travel guide "Two-Days Exploring Haunted Key West".