78 Incredible Moments From Old Hollywood Captured On Camera And Shared On This Instragram Account

Old Hollywood was known for its glitz and glamour, for its brightly shining stars like Marilyn Monroe and Judy Garland. The Golden Age of Hollywood was a time between the ’20s and ’60s when the studio system ruled, meaning the Big Five studios controlled the film industry and the stars they made contacts with. Today, in times of individuality and independence, this would be hardly imaginable.

But Old Hollywood has made such a mark on our culture that its legacy is still very much present, thanks to the hundreds of classic movies, iconic photographs and music made during that time. And this Instagram account is your ultimate destination for vintage entertainment.

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Curated by Caitlin, “Vintage Movie Stars” is an online gallery that posts incredible black and white shots of movie and music icons. Famous and infamous, lesser-known and truly iconic, the photographs remind us of the times that kept fascinating the generations to come.

#1 Marlon Brando Having A Typewriting Session With His Cat, 1954

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#2 Louis Armstrong Serenading His Wife Lucille At The Great Sphinx Of Giza, Egypt, 1961

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#3 Hugh Grant Photographed By Gregory Heisler, 1984

“He was alone in a booth sipping coffee, killing time, distractedly tapping his teaspoon,” recalled Heisler. “It was an authentic moment sandwiched between many not-so-authentic moments.”

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#4 A Dapper Muhammad Ali (Then Known As Cassius Clay) Going For A Stroll In New York, 1963

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#5 Audrey Hepburn Nervously Awaiting The Announcement For Best Actress At The 26th Academy Awards Ceremony, 1954

The actress won her first and only Oscar that night for her performance in Roman Holiday (1953). The film helped establish her as a star and style icon. Despite this, she was very insecure, later saying: “I’m terribly self-conscious and clothes give me a great deal of confidence. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I see the problems when I get up in the morning and do my best to look well. I’d have liked to have been not so tall, liked to have smaller feet, a larger figure, a smaller nose, to have been blonde. I’d have liked to have changed everything.”

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#6 Grace Kelly Shopping For Dresses With Her Mother Margaret In New York, 1955

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#7 Meryl Streep At Bernards High School, 1966. She Was A Member Of The Varsity Cheerleading Squad, And Was Named Homecoming Queen During Her Senior Year

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#8 Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez, Patrick Swayze, Matt Dillon, C. Thomas Howell, And Rob Lowe In A Publicity Still For The Outsiders, 1983

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#9 Audrey Hepburn And Julie Andrews At The Academy Awards, 1964

Andrews was passed over in favor of Hepburn for the role of Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady, which she had originated on stage. This freed her to play the title role in Mary Poppins, which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. That night, Audrey reportedly told Julie: “You should have done it, but I didn’t have the guts to turn it down.” “We were friends from then on,” remembers Julie.

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#10 Marilyn Monroe And Sammy Davis Jr. On The 20th Century Fox Lot, 1953

The actress was promoting her film, How to Marry a Millionaire. “Marilyn and I were rumored to be an item. We were friends. Nothing more. Marilyn was one of the sweetest creatures that ever lived,” Sammy later said.

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#11 Carrie Fisher Watching Her Mother Debbie Reynolds Backstage At The Riviera Hotel In Las Vegas, 1963

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#12 Olivia Newton-John And John Travolta At The Grease Premiere Party At Paramount Studios In Los Angeles, 1978

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#13 Jane Fonda Shopping At Mayfair, 1967

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#14 Marilyn Monroe And Jane Russell During A Break In Filming Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

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#15 Sharon Tate At Her Home In Summitridge Drive, 1968

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#16 Audrey Hepburn And George Peppard On The Set Of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961

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#17 James Dean Visiting Elizabeth Taylor In Her Trailer During The Filming Of Giant, 1955

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#18 Diane Keaton And Al Pacino Behind The Scenes Of The Godfather, 1972

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#19 “When You Look At Marilyn On The Screen, You Don’t Want Anything Bad To Happen To Her. You Really Care That She Should Be All Right… Happy” – Natalie Wood

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#20 Ingrid Bergman With Her Daughter Isabella In Rome, 1962

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#21 Robert De Niro, Liza Minnelli, And Al Pacino Hanging Out In New York, 1981

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#22 “I’ll Never Forget The Day Marilyn And I Were Walking Around New York City, Just Having A Stroll On A Nice Day”

She loved New York because no one bothered her there like they did in Hollywood, she could put on her plain-jane clothes and no one would notice her. She loved that. So as we we’re walking down Broadway, she turns to me and says ‘Do you want to see me become her?’ I didn’t know what she meant but I just said ‘Yes’ – and then I saw it. I don’t know how to explain what she did because it was so very subtle, but she turned something on within herself that was almost like magic. And suddenly cars were slowing and people were turning their heads and stopping to stare. They were recognizing that this was Marilyn Monroe as if she pulled off a mask or something, even though a second ago nobody noticed her. I had never seen anything like it before.” – Amy Greene, wife of Marilyn’s personal photographer Milton Greene

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#23 Meryl Streep And Robert De Niro In The Deer Hunter, 1978

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#24 Harrison Ford Photographed By Nancy Moran At His Los Angeles Home, 1981

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#25 Elizabeth Taylor And Husband Eddie Fisher At A Boxing Match, 1960

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#26 Ava Gardner Getting In Costume On The Set Of The Barefoot Contessa, 1954

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#27 Robert Redford And Paul Newman On The Set Of Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, 1969

Newman fought to have Redford, the Hollywood newcomer, to play his sidekick in the film. “He was considered a star at the time and I wasn’t,” remembers Redford. “From that point on I had a great deal of affection for him, for what he did for me. He didn’t have to do that.”

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#28 Joanne Woodward And Paul Newman At Their Hollywood Home, 1965

Woodward famously said: “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” Photos by David Sutton.

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#29 Robert Redford Photographed By Ron Galella, 1974

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#30 On October 29th, 1956, Elizabeth Attended The Premiere Of The Battle Of The River Plate With Her Sister Margaret At Odeon Leicester Square. Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, And Brigitte Bardot Were Among The Notable Guests

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#31 Rlvis Presley Stealing A Kiss In A Stairwell At The Mosque Theatre In Richmond, Virginia, 1956

The woman was later identified as a 20-year-old named Barbara Gray. In a 2011 interview, the late photographer Alfred Wertheimer described how he nearly missed documenting the now iconic moment: “I come down this staircase and find these two people down this narrow hallway and its Elvis and the girl. And I say to myself, ‘Hmmm. I have got to get closer.'”

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#32 Audrey Hepburn Photographed By William Klein For Vogue, 1966. The Actress Would Have Been 92 Today

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#33 Debra Paget Photographed By Nina Leen For Life Magazine, 1950

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#34 Prince Philip, Duke Of Edinburgh, Greeting Frank Sinatra And Ava Gardner At London’s Empress Club, 1951. His Royal Highness Passed Away Today At The Age Of 99

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#35 Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward Book Shopping In New York, 1959

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#36 Al Pacino Photographed By Steve Wood, 1974

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#37 John Travolta And Sylvester Stallone Leaving Studio 54, 1983

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#38 Judy Garland In An Early Costume Test For The Wizard Of Oz, 1939

The actress was originally outfitted with a blonde wig and babydoll makeup at the start of filming, but George Cukor ditched the “glam” look in favor of a more natural appearance.

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#39 Cary Grant And Audrey Hepburn Photographed By Philippe Halsman For Charade, 1964

reportedly said: “All I want for Christmas is to make another movie with Audrey Hepburn.” Sadly, the two never reunited on screen, but they did remain life-long friends. Swipe to read a thank you note that Cary sent to Audrey in 1982.

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#40 David Bowie And Elizabeth Taylor Photographed By Terry O’neil, 1975

The iconic photoshoot was taken at director George Cukor’s home in Beverly Hills, California. “Cukor was planning on working with Elizabeth on an upcoming film and I think she was interested in speaking to David about a possible role,” O’Neil later wrote. “Elizabeth certainly had a reputation for keeping people waiting, but on this day she was well matched. After an hour went by, I could tell her patience was waning. After another few hours he finally arrived. Any anger was quickly dismissed and they laughed like old pals. Of course I had my camera—I wasn’t going to miss this meeting. And you can see in these poses, which Elizabeth overly directed, there was chemistry between them. He didn’t get the role, if it was even on the table, but they did become lifelong friends.”

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#41 Audrey Hepburn Touching Up Her Makeup On The Set Of Breakfast At Tiffany’s, 1961

The actress was initially hesitant to play the role of Holly Golightly, telling the New York Times: “I read the book and liked it very much. But I was terribly afraid I was not right for the part. I thought I lacked the right sense of comedy. This part called for an extroverted character. I am not an extrovert. I am an introvert. It called for the kind of sophistication that I find difficult. I did not think I had enough technique for the part. But everyone pressed me to do it. So I did.”

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#42 The Bee Gees Weren’t Always The Kings Of Disco. This Is The Gibb Brothers Performing A Rendition Of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” On The Australian Music Variety Show Bandstand In 1963

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#43 “I Always Ribbed Frank About His Strange Effect On The Female Sex. Then One Night My Infant Daughter Started To Bawl Blue Murder. As A Last Resort Frank Took Her In His Arms And Started To Sing To Her. At The End Of A Chorus And A Half, She Was Blissfully Asleep. I Never Kidded Him Again!” – Gene Kelly

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#44 In 1943, Paul Newman Joined The Navy’s V-12 Program At Yale University In The Hopes Of Becoming A Pilot

His hopes were dashed, however, when it was discovered that he was color blind. Instead of completing the program, Newman was shipped to basic training where he qualified to be a rear-seat radioman and gunner for torpedo bombers.

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#45 Al Pacino (Center) With His Parents Salvatore And Rose, 1940

The two divorced when he was just two years old. Following the separation, Al and his mother moved to the Bronx to live with his maternal grandparents. “When my mother got home from work, she would take me to the movies,” said Al. “It was her way of getting out, and she would take me with her. I’d go home and act all the parts. It had a tremendous influence on my becoming an actor.”

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#46 Family Portrait Of A Two-Year-Old Elvis Presley And His Parents Gladys And Vernon, 1937

“My love for my son began even before he was born,” Vernon later said. “At that time there was almost nobody poorer than my wife Gladys and me. But we were thrilled and excited when we learned that we were going to be parents…” On January 8, 1935, Gladys gave birth to twins. Sadly, Elvis’s brother Jesse was delivered stillborn. “…God spoke to my heart and told me that Elvis was the only child we’d ever have and the only child we’d ever need,” Vernon continued. “Elvis was a special gift who would fill our lives completely…As soon as I realized that Elvis was meant to be an only child, I felt as though a burden was lifted. I never again wondered why we didn’t have additional sons and daughters. It’s hard to describe the feelings Elvis, his mother and I had for each other.”

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#47 The Actor’s Studio In New York, 1955

“I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of actors and actresses, and there are only two that stand out way above the rest. Number one is Marlon Brando, and the second is Marilyn Monroe,” remembered Lee Strasberg.

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#48 Meryl Streep Photographed By Duane Michals, 1975

“The picture was taken before she was famous,” Michals remembers. “I had simply been told she was super talented and big things were in the wings. We went up town and ran around the Marquis theatre and had a lot of fun. I asked her to dance and she was as joyful as she seems in the photograph, just radiant.”

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#49 Rock Hudson, Tony Curtis, And Robert Wagner Photographed For Life Magazine, 1954

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#50 Clint Eastwood And Jayne Mansfield Arriving In San Francisco For The Barbary Coast Fandango, An Old West Themed Festival, 1962

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#51 Elizabeth Taylor Getting Into Costume On The Set Of Raintree County, 1957

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#52 Dolly Parton And Her Husband Carl Dean Circa 1966

The couple met outside of a laundromat the day Parton arrived in Nashville in 1964. She was 18 and he was 21. “My first thought was I’m gonna marry that girl,” Dean later revealed. “My second thought was, ‘Lord she’s good lookin.’ And that was the day my life began.”

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#53 Sophia Loren Sitting Back To Back With Her Little Sister Maria, 1955

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#54 Newlyweds, Janet Leigh And Tony Curtis, At Their Beverly Hills Home, 1953

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#55 Cary Grant Leaving His London Hotel In Style, 1946. “My Father Used To Say, ‘Let Them See You And Not The Suit’. That Should Be Secondary,” Quoted The Actor

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#56 Elvis Presley And Sophia Loren Photographed By Bob Willoughby At Paramount Studios, 1958

”I didn’t know Elvis at all,” said Loren. ”We were both making films at Paramount and eating in the cafeteria and we both thought, ‘Oh, I want to meet you.’ And so I sat in his lap and we laughed like two kids. I played with his hair and joked about all the women who were screaming for him. We were really just like two little kids.”

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#57 James Dean And Natalie Wood Behind The Scenes Of Rebel Without A Cause, 1955

“He had secrets,” Natalie later said. “He was like the Little Prince, full of secrets. You always wanted to find out his secrets, and you always suspected there were secret tears, too.”

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#58 John Travolta With His Sisters Ellen And Ann During The Stage Production Of Bus Stop, 1976

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#59 Marlon Brando Photographed By Philippe Halsman, 1949

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#60 Grace Kelly (Far Left) Posing With Her Siblings John, Margaret (Far Right), And Elizabeth At Their Summer Home In Ocean City, New Jersey, 1948

The actress came from an athletic and sociable family. Grace’s father, John, was a three-time Olympic gold medalist in rowing. Her mother, Margaret, was the first female to head the women’s physical education department at the Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. As a result, the Kelly children were driven to excel in sports. Unlike the rest of her family, Grace was shy and introspective, preferring to play with dolls and invent stories. Much to her father’s disapproval, Grace pursued the dramatic arts.

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#61 Paul Newman Arriving In Style For The Venice Film Festival, 1963

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#62 James Dean Working On His Porsche 550 Spyder With Mechanic Rolf Wütherich

On this day in 1955, the 24-year-old actor was bound for a racing event in Salinas, California when his vehicle collided with a 1950 Ford Tudor driven by a Navy vet and Cal Poly student, Donald Turnupseed. Dean died almost instantly while his passenger, Wütherich, was badly injured but survived.

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#63 Jane Russell Sketching Marilyn Monroe On The Set Of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, 1953

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#64 James Dean And Eartha Kitt At Katharine Dunham’s Dance Studio, New York, 1955

“He (James Dean) said to me, ‘I want to move like you, can you teach me how to move my body like you do on stage?’ And I told him where to meet me, here in New York and that’s where we met for dance classes.”

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#65 Jane Fonda Getting A Visit From Her Father Henry And Brother Peter While Filming Sunday In New York, 1963

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#66 Grace Kelly‘S Last Day On The Hollywood Studio Lot Before Her Departure For Monaco, 1956

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#67 Alfred Hitchcock On The Set Of Rear Window, 1954. The “Master Of Suspense” Was Born On This Day In 1899

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#68 Judy Garland And Daughter Liza, 1964

“My fondest memory of my mama was the conversations we had. As I became a teenager, I became her best friend and confidante. We would laugh and talk for hours. Sometimes in person, sometimes on the phone, depending where we were,” remembers Liza.

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#69 Elizabeth Taylor At Her Beverly Hills Home, 1957

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#70 James Stewart And Ginger Rogers At The 13th Academy Awards Ceremony, 1941

Stewart won in the Best Actor category for The Philadelphia Story, and Rogers won in the Best Actress category for Kitty Foyle. The two dated briefly, and starred in the 1938 film Vivacious Lady together.

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#71 James Dean Refused To Undergo A Lengthy Make-Up Process For His Later Scenes In Giant (1956) Claiming “A Man Of Forty-Five Shows His Age In Thoughts And Actions, Not In Wrinkles.”

Instead, he only allowed them to gray his temples and put a few lines on his forehead. Dean also shaved some of his hair off to give the appearance of a receding hairline.

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#72 Al Pacino And Simonetta Stefanelli In A Publicity Still For The Godfather, 1972. Stefanelli Later Summed Up Her Role As Apollonia With The Following Statement: “I Met Him, I Married Him, I Died”

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#73 Nancy Sinatra Pictured With Her Father Frank And Family Friend Yul Brynner At The Sands Hotel In Las Vegas, 1965

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#74 Frank Sinatra Sharing A Sweet Moment With A Little Girl During His Visit To The Royal National College For The Blind School At Northwood, Middlesex, 1962

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#75 In February Of 1954, Marilyn Monroe Interrupted Her Honeymoon With Second Husband, Joe Dimaggio, To Entertain The Troops In Korea. The Actress Performed Ten Shows For More Than 100,000 Troops

The actress performed ten shows for more than 100,000 troops. She later described the experience as “the best thing that ever happened to me. I never felt like a star before in my heart. It was so wonderful to look down and see a fellow smiling at me.”

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#76 John Wayne And Gary Cooper Vacationing In Acapulco, Mexico, 1953

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#77 Audrey Hepburn With Her Mother Ella Van Heemstra In London, 1949

“My mother was not an affectionate person,” Audrey later said. “She was a fabulous mother, but she had a Victorian upbringing of great discipline, of great ethics. She was strict, very demanding of her children. She had a lot of love within her, but she was not always able to show it.”

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#78 Marilyn Monroe Getting Ready In Her Suite At The Ambassador Hotel, New York, 1955. The Actress Was On Her Way To See The Broadway Premiere Of Tennessee William‘S Cat On A Hot Tin Roof At The Morosco Theatre

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