Eerie Vintage Photos Not Meant For The Public
By | February 15, 2022
Kurt Russell Was Getting His Flirt On with Mary Kay Place in "Captain Ron".
Every picture tells a story. The photos you will see in this collection are no different. These snapshots of life may be fun to look at, but the real thrill comes from the backstories of each photo and the tantalizing tidbits they reveal. As you scroll through these images, you will be reminded that the people of the past – from movie stars and singers to ordinary people who became celebrities by accident – lived very rich and very human lives, full of ups and downs, lucky breaks and bad choices.
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In the 1992 adventure comedy, Captain Ron, Kurt Russell plays a quirky, one-eyed, laid-back, kinda shady, Caribbean boat captain that is hired by an uptight American family with comedian Martin Short as the worrywart husband. The wife, played by Mary Kay Place, had a thing for shirtless, one-eyed, pirate-like sea captains, as you can probably tell from this still shot from the film. That is, until they encounter real pirates. Critic at the time panned Captain Ron and wondered about the wisdom of casting Kurt Russell in the comedic role and Martin Short in the serious role, but fans didn’t seem to care.
There's No Stopping Tina Turner and Her Fantastic -- and Well-Insured -- Legs!
The Queen of Rock ‘n Roll, Tina Turner has been a powerhouse since she made her record debut in 1958 and she’s not slowing down any time soon. Her career has had a few high points – like in the 1970s when she released songs like “Proud Mary”, “River Deep, Mountain High”, and “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” as duets with Ike Turner and her comeback career in the 1980s with “What’s Love Got to Do with It,” “Private Dancer”, and “We Don’t Need Another Hero”. Through it all, Tina Turner has rocked her impressive legs that still look great even those the singer is pushing 83 years old. Did you know that Tina Turner’s legs are insured for $3.2 million?
Sexy Susan Sarandon Never Shied Away From Controversial Roles.
Susan Sarandon’s on-screen characters have certainly covered the spectrum. In this screenshot from the 1978 film Pretty Baby, Sarandon plays a New Orleans prostitute who auctions off her 12-year-old daughter’s (played by 11-year-old Brooke Shields) virginity to the highest brothel house bidder. Just a few years earlier, she tackled the role of the virginal Janet in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and a few years later, in 1983, her character in The Hunger had a controversial same-sex erotic scene with Catherine Deneuve’s character. In her personal life, she dated her Pretty Baby director, rocker David Bowie, actor Sean Penn, and her Bull Durham co-star Tim Robbins.
Marilyn Munster #2, Pat Priest.
Did you know that pretty petite Pat Priest wasn’t the original Marilyn Munster from the 1860s TV show, The Munsters? She took over the role from Beverley Owen, the original Marilyn, who quit the show after only 13 episodes to get married. When Pat Priest stepped into the role, she recalls being somewhat intimidated by Yvonne De Carlo who had been a major movie star in the 1940s and 1950s. De Carlo played the role of Lily Munster. On Priest’s first day on the set, De Carlo said to her, “Let’s get something straight, young lady. Don’t you ever upstage me”. Priest says they ended up getting along just fine but she was always careful to remember who the diva was.
"Oh, my nose!" How Maureen McCormick's IRL Accident Led to the "Brady Bunch" Broken Nose Episode.
Remember the Brady Bunch episode in which Marcia Brady, played by Maureen McCormick, broke her nose when one of her brothers threw a wayward football? In true sitcom form, her swollen and bruised nose coincided with a big date with a new crush. Bet you didn’t know that Maureen McCormick’s real-life broken nose inspired this iconic and memorable episode. It wasn’t a football that broke the teen actress’s nose. It was a car accident. When she showed up on set with a bandaged nose, the writers were inspired to write an episode featuring the broken nose. The episode was filmed within days of McCormick’s accident while her nose was still quite swollen.
"Life" Magazine Photographer Ralph Crane Snapped This Pic of a Cozy Couple on the Beach.
This photo of a happy couple enjoying a bit of alone time on a crowded beach on the 4th of July was taken by Ralph Crane. The Life magazine photograph had a knack for capturing unique slices of American life with his camera. The German-born Crane was expected to be a doctor just like his father and grandfather before him. Instead, he was more interested in his father’s side hobby … photography. When he was just 18 years old, one of his father’s patients helped him land a job with Wide World Photo Agency, but as an equipment carrier, not a photographer. Still, it was enough to get his foot in the door. When he moved to the U.S. in 1941, he worked for the Black Star agency, which was the original source of many of Life magazine’s photographs.
Heather Thomas is the fall guy on Battle of the Network Stars in 1983
Like Mother, Like Son ... A Young Elvis Presley with his Mother, Gladys.
Elvis Presley and his mother, Gladys, were extremely close. As he was growing up, she was quite overprotective and doted on her only son. She gave Elvis her undivided attention. That could be because she didn’t have the opportunity to give her attention to two sons. On January 8, 1935, wen Gladys went into labor. She and her young husband, Vernon, were surprised to learn that Gladys was having twins, but devasted when the first baby, a boy they named Jesse Garon, was stillborn. The second child, also a boy, survived. They named him Elvis Aaron. Gladys believed that Elvis took on all the strength of his twin and that was what made him special.
Mata Hari: Exotic Beauty, Courtesan, Spy, and ... Mom?
You know that Mata Hari was executed for being a spy in France during World War I, but did you know that the Dutch beauty and courtesan was also a mother? When she was just 18 years old, she answered a newspaper ad from a Dutch Army captain living in the Dutch Eat Indies who was seeking a wife. She traveled to what is now Indonesia to marry Captain Rudolf MacLeod. The couple had two children, a girl named Louise Jeanne and a boy named Norman-John. The marriage was tumultuous. In 1899, both of her children became violently ill. The boy did not survive, but Louise Jeanne pulled through. When Mata Hari and her husband split up, she kept custody of her daughter for a time, but the daughter eventually returned to live with her father.
Not A Scene From a Horror Movie, But Just As Creepy.
The grotesque figures in this 1925 photograph are not extras in a horror movie. They are survivors of a terrible and devastating fire. But no, they are not alive. They are wax figures that were once featured in the world-famous Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. When the London attraction, located on Baker Street, went up in flames, firefighters from the surrounding area worked to save the structure. Unfortunately, many of the famous wax figures were a total loss. The ones they were able to salvage, including the ones in this creepy pic, were hopelessly mangled and disfigured.
Cher Was Only 16 When She Met the 28-Year-Old Sonny Bono.
Back when this photo was taken, Cher was using her given name, Cherilyn Sarkisian. She was a teenage high school dropout looking for stardom. Sonny Bono was a 28-year-old assistant music producer working for Phil Spector. Within a few years, under the name Sonny & Cher, the couple had their first hit with the 1964 tune “Baby Don’t Go”. The next year, in August of 1965, the song that would become their signature hit, “I Got You Babe”, reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. Although their relationship did not last, the music of Sonny & Cher has become ingrained in our pop culture.
Teenaged Ivanka Trump, Future Model, Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, Political Advisor, Wife, and Mother.
This snapshot of a young Ivanka Trump with her famous father shows her as a pretty but somewhat gangly young teen. Since then, Ivanka Trump has become a poised, beautiful, well-spoken, well-educated, businesswoman, entrepreneur, wife, and mother. As a high school student in an elite Connecticut prep school, the tall, blonde Ivanka became modeling. Upon her graduation from Choate Rosemary Hall in 2000, she spent two years at Georgetown University before transferring to the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2004, she earned her bachelor’s degree in economics and graduated cum laude. She promptly went to work for her father’s real estate empire but kept one hand in the fashion industry with her Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry line and her Ivanka Trump Collection of high-end clothing.
Mouth-To-Mouth Resuscitation Was Still In Its Infancy When It Was Used To Save a Fallen Utility Worker.
Although it had been used in an unofficial capacity much earlier, the United States military officially adopted mouth-to-mouth resuscitation in 1957. The technique that the military adopted was invented the year before by Peter Safar and James Elam. Just ten years later, utility worker J.D. Thompson used the mouth-to-mouth resuscitation technique to save his co-worker, Randall G. Champion, who was knocked unconscious after contacting a low voltage line. A photograph named Rocco Morabito just happened to be in the right place at the right time to snap this heroic photo. When the pic ran in Life Magazine, it was titled “The Kiss of Life.”
Diana Was the People's Princess and the Queen of People's Hearts.
Princess Diana will forever be remembered as the “People’s Princess.” That is the term British Prime Minister Tony Blair used to describe Diana in his official announcement of her death in 1997, just a few days after this photo of Diana was taken. Diana opted to use her celebrity to help raise awareness for a number of causes for which she was passionate. She worked tirelessly to let the world know about the dangerous and deadly landmines in Angola. She helped organizations tackle mental health and domestic violence issues. In 1987, she caused a sensation when she hugged and shook hands with AIDS patients, dispelling the myth that the illness could be spread through touch. Two years prior to her death, Diana said in an interview that she wanted to be the queen of people’s hearts. She accomplished that goal.
This Pic Was Taken Just Moments Before Convicted Politian Budd Dwyer's Very Public Suicide.
The very public suicide of Pennsylvania politician R. Budd Dwyer in 1987 left television stations debating how much of the graphic details they should show their audiences. It all started when Dwyer, the state treasurer of Pennsylvania, was convicted of taking bribes, racketeering, conspiracy, and a host of other charges. On January 22, 1987, the day before his sentencing, Dwyer called a press conference. After he spoke, he pulled out a revolver and shot himself in front of a room full of reporters and news cameras. Later that day, some of the news channels aired the footage of Dwyer’s very public suicide, leaving their audiences and fellow journalists to question how much violence is too much to show on television news.
A Disfiguring Childhood Accident Led Cassandra Peterson To Become Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.
Sexy Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, is beautiful in a spooky sort of way, but Cassandra Peterson, the actress who created the Elvira character, didn’t always feel beautiful. In her memoir, Yours Cruelly, Elvira: Memoirs of the Mistress of the Dark, Peterson explains that, as a toddler, she pulled a pot of boiling water onto herself, resulting in third-degree burns over 35% of her body. As a schoolgirl, she was bullied because of her scars and became withdrawn. When her cousin took her to see her first horror movie, House on Haunted Hill, Peterson was immediately drawn to the disfigured characters. It began her lifelong love of the horror genre.
Queen of the Jungle, er...the Racetrack, Jungle Pam Hardy Still Wows Fans Today.
On the drag racing scene of the early 1970s, the best-known non-driver was Jungle Pam Hardy. The Funny Car Series of the day were filled with attention-grabbing gimmicks and for Jungle Jim Liberman, Jungle Pam was the ultimate attention grabber. The leggy, busty teen, in her tight shirts, mini shorts, and go-go boots, knew how to direct attention to the Liberman car. Jungle Pam’s reign, however, lasted only about four years. Rules to the racing series abolished the showmanship glitz that Jungle Jim so loved and left Jungle Pam without a job. When Liberman was tragically killed in a traffic accident, Jungle Pam went back to being Pam Hardy, but she has kept involved in motorsports. She regularly appears at motorsports shows, ready to sign autographs for fans.
Jamie Lee Curtis With Her Famous Mom, Janet Leigh, a Legend of Hollywood's Golden Era and Half of Hollywood's Favorite Power Couple.
Actress Jamie Lee Curtis is the daughter of two icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age. Her mother, Janet Leigh, shown here, was already a big movie star when she met a young Hollywood newcomer, the devastatingly handsome Tony Curtis. Curtis was still looking for his big Hollywood break, but that didn’t worry Janet Leigh. The two fell hopelessly in love. Their romance was the talk of Hollywood, especially after they got married on June 4, 1951. Their perfect marriage was already starting to crumble when their first child, daughter Kelly, was born in 1956. Things were even worse when Jamie Lee Curtis was born in 1958. Jamie Lee jokingly calls herself a “save-the-marriage” baby, adding that she failed in this department.
Ann-Margret Cast Off Symbols of Female Oppression, Like the Bra.
Sultry Ann-Margret refused to play down her sexual allure to appease the Hollywood critics. That just wasn’t what the 1960s were about. It was time when women were casting off symbols of oppression – like bras – and embracing their personal freedoms and liberties. Ann-Margret was very much a product of her time. She balked at roles that would cast her as a fallen woman or a femme fatale. Instead, she took on parts that showcased modern womanhood. In many ways, Ann-Margret was the first Hollywood sex symbol that was not a damsel in distress or a promiscuous woman. She was a powerful woman and a beacon of change. Ann-Margret laid the foundation for the powerful, independent sex symbols that came after her
Lynda Carter Took on the Competition During "Battle of the Network Stars."
Lynda Carter, as the star of Wonder Woman, may have been one of ABC’s biggest television stars in the 1970s, but she made an appearance on all three of TV’s major networks. She was seen representing Team ABC in Battle of the Network Stars, a gimmick TV special that ran semi-annually from 1976 to 1988. The three networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, all offered up their hottest television celebrities to participate in athletic challenges and games. It was the 1970s, after all, so much of the emphasis of the competition focused on how stars from one network would out-sexy stars from other networks. Thankfully, ABC could rely on Lynda Carter and a bit of cold weather.
Perky Barbara Roufs Was as Hot as the Hot Rods on the Racetrack.
Racing photographer Tom West was supposed to be taking pics of the drag races he covered, but he declared Barbara Roufs, the hot, young, braless trophy girl of the drag racing circuit, to be his muse. There were probably a few things about Barbara that caught his attention. He ended up taking hundreds of photographs of her. Many of his photos of her ran in racing magazines across the country, which only added to her celebrity. West’s photos, like this one, helped to add to the allure of drag racing and brought more fans to the track.
Tanya Roberts's Role in "Beastmaster" Showed Off A Lot of Things, But Not Her Acting Chops.
When Tanya Roberts was chosen to replace Shelley Hack’s character on TV’s Charlie’s Angels (Hack had replaced actress Kate Jackson who left the show in 1979), the producers had high hopes that Roberts’s streetwise character, Julie, would boost the show’s plummeting ratings. But there was no hope for the show. Tonya Roberts’s appearance on Charlie’s Angels, however, boosted her own career. She went on to play a Bond girl in A View to a Kill in 1985. Between Charlie’s Angels and A View to a Kill, Roberts appeared in Beastmaster, as seen in this pic. Sadly, the role did not show off Roberts’s acting chops. It did, however, show off just about everything else.
Phoebe Cates and the Cast of "Private School" Made Your High School Days Seem Boring.
The 1983 teen comedy Private School came quickly on the heels of Fast Times at Ridgemont High and attempted to capture the same energy and buzz of Fast Times. In fact, it cast the Fast Times hottie, Phoebe Cates, as the lead in Private School. She co-starred with Betsy Russell, Kathleen Wilhoite, and Kari Lizer as students at an exclusive, all-girl private school exploring the world of boys with some of the students at a nearby all-boys high school. The comedy tried to show the typical sex life of teens but the audience was left feeling like their own high school experience was dull by comparison.
Back Before Thumbing a Ride Got the Big Thumbs Down.
Hitchhiking was not a big deal in the 1960s. In fact, young girls like the one in this photo, frequently hitchhiked across the country without worrying about safety. Likewise, motorists did not hesitate to pick up hitchhikers and offer them a lift. It was a whole different world. But by the end of the 1970s, hitchhiking had fallen out of favor and, in many places, was banned by newly passed laws. What killed hitchhiking? No, it really wasn’t serial killers and rapists, or even a fear of crime. It was the increase in car ownership and the accessibility to mass transportation. Thumbing it got the big thumbs down.
For Lynda Carter, There Was Life After "Wonder Woman", But It took a While.
Lynda Carter shot to stardom as TV’s Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman was such a huge hit and a cultural phenomenon that it might make you wonder…what did Lynda Carter do for an encore? After Wonder Woman stopped filming, she appeared as a guest star in a number of television variety shows and series. Her next starring role in a television series came in 1984 when she was cast with Loni Anderson in Partners in Crime. Carter and Anderson play the two ex-wives of a murdered private investigator who team up to solve his murder and run his detective agency. The show was canceled after just 13 episodes.
Sexy and Tough, Pam Grier Made a Name For Herself in 1970s "Blaxploitation" Films.
Pam Grier was cast in the title role of the 1974 film, Foxy Brown. Called one of the first American “blaxplotation” film, the part led director Quentin Tarantino to label Grier “cinema’s first female action star.” In Foxy Brown, Grier plays a woman whose boyfriend was killed by a gang of white drug dealers. She single-handedly takes on the gang in her bid for revenge. Foxy Brown was just one of six blaxplotation movies that Grier starred in. She appeared in Coffy, The Big Doll House, Women in Cages, The Big Bird Cage, and Black Mama, White Mama.
Lynda Carter's Big Screen Debut Was In "Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw."
You know that Lynda Carter became a household name for her role in television’s Wonder Woman, but do you know what her first movie role was? Lynda Carter’s big screen debut was in 1976 in the crime drama Bobbie Jo and the Outlaw. In this movie, Carter played an up-and-coming country singer named Bobbie Jo Baker. Disheartened with her dead-end job as a waitress, Bobbie Jo runs off to join up with an outlaw named Lyle Wheeler who is young and handsome. Bobbie Jo’s sister, Pearl, and her boyfriend Slick join them and the foursome becomes involved in robbery and murder. Quite a switch from her Wonder Woman character.
Pretty in Pink, Chris Noel Went From Pin-Up Model to The “Voice of Vietnam”.
Pretty Chris Noel enjoyed a diverse and exciting career in entertainment. She was only 16 years old when she appeared on the cover of Good Housekeeping Magazine. From there, she became a sought-after pin-up model and appeared in many of the popular beach party movies of the 1960s. She later went to work of Armed Forces Radio and Television and was sent to Vietnam where she hosted her own radio show as the “Voice of Vietnam”. In this pic from 1966, she is happily posing with American troops stationed in Vietnam. Chris Noel was one tough cookie … during her four tours of Vietnam, her helicopter was shot down twice.
A girl licks ice cream and plays with the tip of the guns bayonet to try and elicit a reaction from a Royal Guard in Sweden in 1970.
Like the guards at England’s Buckingham Palace, the Royal Guard of Sweden has a reputation for remaining stoic and alert while on duty. The Royal Guard of Sweden, in fact, has a long a rich history. Members of the guard have stood watch over the Swedish royal family at the Stockholm Palace since the guard’s inception in 1523. And like the Buckingham Palace guards, visitors to the Stockholm Palace enjoy tempting the guard in the hopes of getting them to crack a smile. This seductive visitor in the 1970s gave it her best shot with some suggestive moves, but the guard stood strong.
Pam Grier's Childhood Was Free of the Racism She Later Encountered in the 1960s United States.
Pam Grier was the daughter of a U.S. Air Force sergeant and therefore, she moved a lot throughout her childhood. As a youngster, her family lived in England. This was in the 1950s, but Grier later recalled that she never experienced any racism or discrimination, even though they were one of only a few black families in the area. She noted that the children there were not taught to hate people with different skin colors. When the family returned to the U.S., they were forced to deal with segregation and discrimination. The Grier family lived in Denver. She graduated from high school there and enrolled in college, all before she moved to California.
Claudia Lennear was the inspiration for the Rolling Stones song 'Brown Sugar' and David Bowie's 'Lady Grinning Soul'.
Gorgeous Claudia Lennear was the muse of some of rock music’s biggest stars and an accomplished singer in her own right. She was a backup singer for the Superbs and an Ikette for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. She also provided vocal backup for Leon Russell, Freddie King, Humble Pie, and Joe Cocker. Claudia Lennear, who dated Mick Jagger in the early 1970s, served as the inspiration for the 1971 song “Brown Sugar”, one of the Rolling Stone’s biggest hits. She was also the muse of David Bowie who wrote his 1973 tune, “Lady Grinning Soul” in her honor.
A Scandinavian Stewardess examines a new uniform proposal for Scandinavian Airlines in 1958, strangely enough it wasn't approved.
In the early days of air travel, the majority of passengers were businessmen. As a result, airlines sought to attract more travelers to their airlines by touting the sexiness of their flight attendants. In a move that would be highly discriminatory these days, stewardesses, like this girl in 1958, were hired based on their appearances. Airlines wanted attractive, curvy, flirty flight attendants … and they wanted them to wear revealing uniforms. In this pic, we see someone inspecting a proposed uniform for Scandinavian Airlines. Can you believe this uniform design was rejected by the airline?
Steamy Sophia Loren Set Her Temptress Trait Aside for the 1977 Film, "A Special Day".
Although she was often cast as the sexy siren on-screen, movie buffs often point to Sophia Loren’s 1977 film, A Special Day, as one of the actress’s best performances. The drama explores some of the hot-bottom topics of the day – such as the role of women in society and homosexuality – even though the film is set in the late 1930s. A Special Day takes place on May 4, 1938, the day that Adolf Hitler came to Italy to meet with Benito Mussolini. Nearly everyone goes to the historic event, leaving a disillusioned housewife, played by Loren, and her neighbor as the only ones left on the block. The unlikely pair has a length discussion about toxic masculinity, gender roles, and homosexuality in a frank and candid way. Sophia Loren shows a bit of her sex appeal in the film, but more importantly, she showed that she could be a serious dramatic actress.
Emily Banks was 'Yeoman Tonia Barrows' on "Star Trek" in 1966.
Do you remember Emily Banks who played Yeoman Tonia Barrows on TV’s Star Trek? She appeared in the “Shore Leave” episode that aired during Star Trek’s first season. In this episode, the crew of the Starship Enterprise visits a strange planet where each member’s fantasies become reality. Early in the episode, Banks’ character has a fantasy about being accosted by Don Juan. Later, her fantasy is intertwined with the fantasy of Dr. McCoy, the ship’s doctor. Banks’, dressed in a medieval maiden costume, is the damsel in distress to McCoy’s hero fantasy.
Catalog Models in the 1970s Showing Off the Latest Trends.
As these two catalog models are demonstrating, earth tones were the hottest fashion colors in the 1970s. Earthy greens, burnt oranges, and shades of brown were quite trendy. In this vintage pic, we see one of the more popular color combinations – buffalo and harvest gold. Giving brown and yellow fancy new names like “buffalo” and “harvest gold” played into back-to-nature wave of the seventies. This was a time when folks wanted to reconnect with their pioneer pasts, so how better to do that than to wear the latest fashions in colors like “buffalo” and “harvest gold”?
The sexy Sophia Loren in the '50s.
Sissy Spacek posing for a poster in the 1970s.
Sissy Spacek tried her hand at singing and modeling in the early 1970s before, with the help of her cousin, Rip Torn, she worked her way into acting. Her breakthrough role came in 1976 when she was cast as the shy, weird telekinetic girl in Carrie. Spacek was out of the running for the role, but decided to get the producers to give her another chance. She put on a homemade sailor dress from her childhood and plastered Vaseline in her hair and showed up for the auditions looking like a misfit. Her gimmick worked. She landed the role. Carrie gave Spacek a chance to show off her skills and her portrayal of the troubled, yet powerful girl earned her the critics’ praise and an Academy Award nomination.
Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Learned That It Can Be Difficult to Work with Animals.
If you were a fan of the campy 1988 comedy horror movie, Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, then you probably remember that Elvira, played by Cassandra Peterson, owned a dog. It was not just any dog, either. It is a colorful poodle named Gonk. Trained canine performer, Binnie, was cast in the role of the dog with anger management issues and the animal actor turned out to be quite problematic. Peterson, an animal advocate, would not allow the dog’s fur to be permanently dyed using harsh chemicals. Instead, the dog had to be re-dyed every day using a vegetable-based dye. On top of that, the dog simply wasn’t that great a performer. The audio in several scenes had to be tweaked to erase the trainer’s commands.
Pre-Wonder Woman, 20-year-old, bikini-clad Lynda Carter relaxes poolside (circa 1971-1972).
Lynda Carter joined a band when she was in high school in the hopes of launching her singer career. She also started singing at a local pizza parlor in her home state of Arizona when she was 16. Soon after, she joined another band with her two cousins and a drummer named Gary Burghoff who would go on to play Radar O’Reilly in TV’s MASH. About the time this pool pic was taken, the band landed a three-month gig at the Sahara Casino in Las Vegas, but Carter was not yet 21. She had to enter through the kitchen.
Too Hot For the Wholesome Lead, Ann-Margret Was the Bad Girl in "State Fair".
In 1961, Ann-Margret signed a seven-year contract with 20th Century Fox. The next year, she was cast in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, State Fair. Ann-Margret was simply too sexy to play the wholesome lead, so she was given the role of Emily, the naughty, worldly girl. In State Fair, Ann-Margret shared the screen with some of the day’s top crooners, Pat Boone and Bobby Darin. An accomplished singer herself, she went on to star in more musical films, including Bye Bye Birdie in 1963, Viva Las Vegas with Elvis in 1964, and the rock opera Tommy in 1975.
Linda Gray's "Sue Ellen Ewing" Was Originally a Minor Role on TV's "Dallas".
Did you know that Linda Gray’s character, Sue Ellen Ewing, on TV’s hit show Dallas was supposed to be just a guest role? In the first season of the prime-time drama in 1978, Linda Gray agreed to a recurring guest role as the trophy wife of the ruthless businessman, J.R. Ewing. She appeared in only five episodes that first season, but fans loved her portrayal of the former Texas beauty queen turned alcoholic housewife. They clamored for more of this character, so the writers added in more scenes. In the second season, she was a main character. Critics enjoyed her performance as well. She was twice nominated for a Golden Globe and received one Emmy nomination.
Barbara Roufs Had All the Qualifications for Being a Trophy Girl and None of Them Had to Do With Racing.
Barbara Roufs was born in 1944 and came of age in the 1960s. As a teen, she had all the right qualifications to be a trophy girl for the Professional Dragster Association – long legs, curvy figure, bright smile, and sleek straight hair. She joined many young women of the time in burning their bras which only added to her appeal. It helped that she dressed in the trendy fashions of the day – go-go boots, tight tank tops, ultra-short shorts, and miniskirts. She naturally caught the attention of racing fans and even modeled for some national racing magazines.
Naturally Athletic, Lynda Carter Was a Competitive Swimmer in High School.
Lynda Carter was naturally athletic growing up, but she was also exceptionally tall. Kids teased her and called her “Olive Oyl” after Popeye’s gangly girlfriend. When she tried out for the high school pompon squad, she didn’t make the team because of her height. She stood a head taller than the rest of the girls. She was even taller than most of the football players. She needed to pick sports that were better suited for her body type. She excelled at volleyball and swimming. She used her experience in the pool as a competitive swimmer when she was called upon to join a team on Battle of the Network Stars. She left her competition in her wake.
Princess Diana's Bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones, Was the Only Survivor of the Car Accident That Claimed Her Life.
This heartbreaking photograph shows the occupants of the car carrying Princess Diana that crashed in a Paris tunnel on August 31, 1997, killing Diana and two of the other three occupants. In addition to Princess Diana, her boyfriend, Dodi Fayed, was in the backseat. In the front street was the chauffeur driver, Henri Paul, and Diana’s bodyguard, Trevor Rees-Jones. When the Mercedes-Benz crashed, the accident killed Diana, Dodi Fayed, and the driver of the car. Only Rees-Jones survived, but he was seriously injured. He was the only occupant who was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Mick Jagger swaps his tight jeans for a frock and heavy make-up in a photograph taken with ex-wife Jerry Hall (1996)
Mick Jagger, the iconic front man of the Rolling Stones, has always had a reputation for pushing the envelope. This photograph, taken in 1996 by Brigitte Lancombe, is a perfect example. In it, Jagger and his then-wife, Jerry Hall, explore gender roles. Hall looks decidedly masculine in a tailors jacket and slicked-back hair. Jagger, on the other hand, is wearing a dress and make-up. The music power couple took this gender-bending photograph as a way of showing the fluidity of gender and to dismiss traditional gender stereotypes. Of course, the shock value was also a reason.
San Francisco's Cliff House Was Once the Pinnacle of High Society.
This impressive building teetering above the Pacific Ocean is the Cliff House. Built in 1863, the Cliff House was the posh meeting place of the wealthy elite of San Francisco. At that time, San Francisco was one of the wealthiest cities in the United States thanks to the California Gold Rush and the business opportunities that came as a result of it. The Cliff House boasted fine dining restaurants and exclusive bars where the rich and famous could hobnob with each other while enjoying a spectacular meal and an even more spectacular ocean view. Sadly, the building has fallen into disrepair and is now permanently closed.
Charlton Heston and Linda Harrison in "Planet of the Apes".
Who says an actress needs to deliver her lines to be a star? In the 1968 classic, Planet of the Apes, Linda Harrison starred as Nova, the love interest of Charlton Heston. The mute Nova had no lines, therefore Harrison had to make her thoughts and feelings known through body language and facial expressions. Although Linda Harrison has often said that the producers of Planet of the Apes were considering her for the role from the start, the studio was, in fact, eyeing a few other actresses ahead of Harrison. Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch, and Angelique Pettyjohn were all allegedly in the running for the role of Nova.
Ali MacGraw traveled to Jamaica to visit her lover Steve McQueen on the set of "Papillon" in 1973.
Actress Ali MacGraw had been married and divorced twice when she started a very public love affair with her co-star in 1972 film, The Getaway. McQueen was nine years her senior when they wed in 1973, the same year MacGraw went to Jamaica to visit McQueen who was on location shooting Papillon. Although MacGraw, who had starred in the 1970 movie, Love Story, considered McQueen to be the love of her life, the couple divorced in 1978. After her relationship with McQueen soured, MacGraw dated a litany of men, including Rod Stryker, Warren Beatty, Henry Wolf, Ronald Meyer, Fran Tarkenton, and Bill Hudson.
Sexy Linda Vaughn, Atlanta International Speedway's Queen of Speed.
In the early 1960s, when she was only 18 years old, Linda Vaughn was crowned “Miss Queen of Speed at the Atlanta International Raceway. This was the first of her many titles that all led to one overarching moniker, “The First Lady of Motorsports”. The blonde beauty was one of many hot young girls that were brought into the racing circuits in the 1960s and 1970s to add a touch of pizzazz and sex appeal to the male-dominated sport. For Vaughn, it was the start of her lifelong love of motorsports. Today, she remains an ambassador of the sport and was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame in 2019.
Gorgeous Jayne Kennedy Was the Renaissance Woman of the 1970s/1980s.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Jayne Kennedy seemed to do it all. The statuesque beauty was a pageant queen – Miss Ohio 1970 and in the Top Ten at the Miss USA Pageant –as well as a model, actress, sports broadcaster, television personality, writer, and producer. She caused a national debate as a sports journalist over the issue of female reporters having access to male locker rooms like their male counterparts did. She pushed for equal access for women and inspired a whole generation of young girls to become sports reporters. She was also an advocate for African American rights. In 1982, she earned the NAACP Image Award.
Marilyn Monroe: An Angel Face with a Wild Side.
Marilyn Monroe was a strange combination of angel and demon. In pics like this, she could look sweet and innocent, but in other photos, she was a naughty demon. Take the nude centerfold pic of her that appeared in the first issue of Playboy magazine, for example. It caused quite a scandal in 1952 when the photos hit the newsstands. The truth is that Marilyn did not pose for Playboy. In 1949, when she was living in poverty, she posed for photographer Tom Kelley. He sold the pics to a company that made pin-up calendars. Hugh Hefner paid $500 for the image which he published in the first issue of his new magazine, Playboy.
Jungle Pam Hardy Didn't Know Much About Racing (At First) But She Knew How to Turn Heads.
Drag racer Jungle Jim Liberman knew how to use gimmicks and glitz to draw attention to his race team. When he spotted a busty teen in a tight tank top and skimpy shorts walking down the street in Ohio, he was struck with a brilliant idea. He literally turned his car around to talk to the girl. She was Pam Hardy, an 18-year-old who was about to graduate from high school and planned to go to college in the fall. She put her plans on hold to join Jungle Jim on the drag racing circuit. She knew nothing about racing, but she did know how to turn heads. She just needed to play up her natural assets … her curves, her legs, and her long, straight hair.
East German soldier helps a little boy sneak across the Berlin Wall, 1961.
The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 during the Cold War to keep the people of communist East Germany away from West Germany. The wall went up quickly and separated families who were caught unaware. On August 13, 1961, a photographer shot this photo of an East German soldier defying orders by sneaking a young boy across the border so he could be reunited with his family. The fate of the child is unknown, but the photographer noted that the soldier was punished for ignoring orders. The Berlin Wall stood for more than three decades until it was torn down in 1989.
A Soldier Comes Home From War, 1940s.
Have you ever heard of Operation Magic Carpet? This was the initiative at the conclusion of World War II to bring home the more than eight million American servicemen and women that serviced in the war. American troops were scattered across the globe since the United States was involved in 55 different theaters of war on four separate continents. Operation Magic Carpet used air and sea travel to return the troops to their home. It began on September 6, 1945 and concluded on September 1, 1946. Roughly 22,222 soldiers, including the one in this pic, came home per day in the nearly one-year-long operation.
Don't Expect to See Dolly Parton's Husband at One of Her Shows. He Prefers to Stay Home.
County music superstar Dolly Parton has been married since 1966. Her husband, Carl Dean, a businessman, prefers to stay out of the limelight so it is rare to see him with his famous wife. In fact, Dean won’t even go to her concerts to watch her sing her biggest hits, like “Jolene”, “Here You Come Again,” and “I Will Always Love You.” Parton once explained that Carl Dean turns into a bundle of nerves when he watches his wife perform. He gets so worried that Dolly will mess up that he can’t enjoy the show. He decided that the anxiety is too much for him, so he hasn’t attended one of her shows in decades.
Princess Diana in Bermuda in 1997.
Princess Diana relaxed on the beach in 1997, just months before her untimely death on August 31, 1997. Since her divorce from Prince Charles in February of 1996, Diana worked to rebuild her life. She maintained her public persona. In the last year of her life, she continued to promote the social causes that were most important to her, such as AIDS awareness. She also supported the arts. She traveled extensively, from Pakistan to New York City to Bermuda and France. After her unhappy marriage, she was eager to spend time with her two sons and work on her own happiness.
British Actress Elizabeth Hurley During Her Punk Rock Stage.
In the groovy 1997 movie, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the British actress Elizabeth Hurley played the classy Vanessa Kensington, a stark contrast to the laid-back, 1960s’ swinger Austin Powers. But as this blurry snapshot shows us, Elizabeth Hurley went through a punk rock stage in her youth. In the early 1980s, Hurley was a student at Basingstoke’s Harriet Costello School. While there, she fell in with the punk rock crowd and immersed herself in the punk rock scene. That included wearing crazy clothes, dying her hair funky colors, and piercing her nose.
English Actress/Model Caroline Munro Was Known for her Many Appearances in Horror, Science Fiction, and Action Films of the 1970s.
Pretty Caroline Munro appeared in several movies for Hammer Films in the early 1970s, including Dracula AD 1972 and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. She went on to appear in a number of horror and science fiction films, making her an early scream queen. She turned down roles in several other horror flicks because they required her to perform topless. In 1973, she was cast as a slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. She was a Bond girl in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me.
As a Teen, Madonna Broke the Rules and Flashed the Boys.
As a young teen in a Catholic school in Michigan in the 1970s, Madonna was a top student. She had a high GPA, took classical piano lessons, and even studied ballet. But she also liked to flash the boys in class, do cartwheels in the hallway, and bend the rules as far as she could. She was often in trouble, but she didn’t seem to care. Later, Madonna recalled that she spent much of her teen years believing that she was meant for greater things. As soon as she had her chance, she proved that to be true.
Jane Seymour Has Been a Bond Girl, But Has Specialized in Historical Characters.
Jane Seymour’s first major movie role was a period piece … her signature type of film. It was the 1970 film, The Only Way. In it, she played a Jewish woman seeking protection from Nazi persecution in pre-World War II. Even though she was a Bond girl in the 1973 movie, “Live and Let Die, Seymour often returned to period films. In 1980, she played Constanze in Amadeus. That same year, she starred with Christopher Reeve in the romance, Somewhere in Time. During the 1990s, Jane Seymour gained popularity as the lead in the TV series, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Bernadette Peters didn't make a splash as a movie star until 1976, in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie.
Quirky and cute, Bernadette Peters cut her teeth on the stage, appearing in several off-Broadway shows in the early 1970s. She progresses to the Broadway stage and, in a short time, became a big Broadway star. She earned her first Tony Award in 1971 for her role in Our Town. She made the move to Hollywood and appeared in her first film, Mel Brooks’ Silent Movie. She was nominated for a Golden Globe Award on her very first film. In 1979, she starred with Steve Martin in The Jerk. The role, in fact, was written for her and remained one of her favorite roles.
Winter Wear, Manuela Boraomanero (left) and Emanuela Beghelli holiday in the Italian ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo, March 1976.
Photographer Slim Aarons made a splash with his fashion photographs, but he insisted that he wasn’t a fashion photographer. Instead, he said, “I take photos of people in their own clothes and that becomes fashion.” That was probably true of these two snow bunnies, Manuela Boraomanero and Emanuela Beghelli. The former war photographer and Purple Heart recipient snapped this photo of two fashion-forward Italian beauties at Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1976. Today, we would call Slim Aarons an influencer, but that term didn’t exist in the decades following World War II. He jetted off to beautiful locations around the world to photograph the gorgeous trendsetters he encountered, much like an Instagrammer today.
Stanley Kubrick & Miriam Karlin on the set of "A Clockwork Orange", 1971.
Long before the dystopian fad that gave us The Hunger Games and Blade Runner there was Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange. Released in 1971 and based on the 1962 Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, the bizarre and disturbing film is set in Britain in the near future and makes commentary on political, economic, and social issues. In the film, the lead character is subjected to sexual violence, music, and warfare as a guinea pig who undergoes psychiatric experiments and conditioning as a cure for delinquency.
Sexy Jayne Mansfield Was Too Hot To Handle.
Jayne Mansfield was too hot to handle in the 1950s and early 1960s. Blonde, buxom, and beautiful, Jayne Mansfield rose to fame as a Playboy playmate, pin-up model, and sex symbol who parlayed her popularity into a Hollywood acting contract. She appeared in The Girl Can’t Help It, The Wayward Bus, and Too Hot to Handle. Her personal life was just as salacious. She was married and divorce three times and had five kids. She was rumored to have had affairs with both John and Robert Kennedy and several others. Jayne Mansfield’s star burned out early. In 1967, she was killed in a car accident. She was only 34 years old.
James Caan On the set of the "Godfather" during a break.
Originally, James Caan was cast as Michael Corleone in The Godfather, but the director Francis Ford Coppola insisted that Al Pacino take that part and Caan switch to the role of Sonny Corleone, Michael’s hot-headed older brother. At the time, Caan was buddies with Carmine “The Snake” Persico, a known mobster and future head of the Colombo crime family. Once, federal agents mistook Caan for a mob member and questioned him. In the end, Caan delivered a memorable performance … so much so that he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.
Jayne Mansfield and her then boyfriend Mickey Hargitay dressed as Tarzan and Jane at a Halloween costume party (October 30, 1956).
Possibly the hottest couple to ever dress like Tarzan and Jane, blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield and her then-boyfriend/future husband, bodybuilder Mickey Hargitay were the hit of this 1956 Halloween costume party. At the time, Jayne Mansfield was a big star and a Hollywood sex symbol. Hargitay was a former Mr. Universe of Europe and an acrobat. In his stage show, he wowed audiences by lifting his female partner and flipping her around in the air, much like he is doing with Mansfield in this pic. If the name Mickey Hargitay sounds familiar to you, it is because Mansfield and Hargitay’s daughter is Mariska Hargitay, the star of TV’s Law & Order: SVU.
American Troops Overseas Got an Eye-full When Sexy Joey Heatherton Took the Stage.
Shout out to this head-turner, Joey Heatherton. This singer, actress, and dancer was one of the best-known sex symbols from the 1960s and 1970s. She kept her face in front of her fans by appearing on numerous television variety shows in the late 1960s and 1970s. She also joined Bob Hope on overseas USO tours for more than a decade where she entertained the troops with her tantalizing dance routines and revealing costumes. Heatherton’s dance moves and playful banter wowed the crowds at her USO tours and Heatherton loved being able to boost the morale of the troops.