Groovy Photos So Beautiful We Can't Look Away

By Sarah Norman | October 12, 2023

"Dreamland" -- Sophia Loren on a visit to Disneyland in 1963

Photos from the past have the power to inspire and intrigue, but this collection of beautiful shots have something more going on just beneath the surface. Each of these rare historical photos tells a story about a person, sure, but they can also transport us to a time and a place.

Featuring icons from the past that we all dream about, these photos are sure to induce a haze of nostalgia over everyone who sees them. They'll take you back to the most magical decades, when anything was possible and life was less chaotic.

Make sure to take a closer look at each of these photos, and spend plenty of time enjoying these rarely seen nostalgic moments in history.

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You can't just be any old star to get special treatment at Disneyland. Even in 1962, Disney and their theme park were doing well enough to tell actors like Vincent Price to kick rocks if he wanted to get in for free, but not Sophia Loren.

One day after she won an Oscar for Two Women in 1962, she asked to visit Disneyland and the park relented. She spent the day in the park with her personal attendant going on the rides and checking out the attractions with a trail of photographers following her.

According to one worker that day, she was accompanied by her husband Carlo Ponti, an Italian film producer, and rode as many rides as she could, entering through the exit like royalty.

Elizabeth Taylor at the Gare de Lyon, Paris. (1971)

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From her gilded beginnings as the scion of a wealthy socialite family, Elizabeth Taylor was destined for greatness, her exquisite beauty and innate talent propelling her to the dizzying heights of film industry stardom. With iconic performances in timeless classics such as "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958) and "Cleopatra" (1963), she captured the hearts and minds of audiences around the world, solidifying her place as one of the true legends of the silver screen. Yet even as she dazzled on the big screen, Taylor's personal life was the stuff of media frenzy, as she weathered the tumultuous highs and lows of seven marriages and divorces throughout her storied lifetime.