★ Astaire in ‘Daddy Long Legs’ (1955)

★ American dancer, singer and actor, Fred Astaire, was born on this day in 1899. In a career spanning 76 years, he starred in over 30 movies and gained a reputation for his impeccable sense of rhythm and relentless perfectionism. Often remembered as one half of ‘Fred and… Read More

★ Astronaut Alan Shepard Meets Pres. John F. Kennedy (1961)

★ Arriving at the White House for the presentation ceremony of his NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Mercury Seven astronaut Commander Alan B. Shepard and his wife Louise are greeted by President John F. Kennedy, First Lady… Read More

★ Press Talk to Orson Welles About ‘The War of the Worlds’ (1938)

★ American actor, director, writer and producer, Orson Welles, was born on this day in 1915. Remembered for his highly innovative work in theatre, radio and film, one of his most notable productions was the legendary Mercury… Read More

★ Audrey Hepburn in ‘Secret People’ (1952)

★ British actress, model and dancer Audrey Hepburn, was born on this day in 1929. She’s pictured here in a beautiful publicity portrait for one of her earliest film roles, as ballet dancer Nora Brentano in Secret People (1952). Born in Brussels to a British father and Austrian… Read More

★ Sibling Rivalry: De Havilland & Fontaine

★ Actresses Olivia de Havilland and Joan Fontaine, pictured in 1944. Sisters as well as fellow film stars, the two women are the only siblings ever to have both won Best Actress at the Academy Awards. While that is undeniably noteworthy, their notoriously strained personal… Read More

★ View of the St. Louis World’s Fair (1904)

★ The Louisiana Purchase Exposition – better known as the St. Louis World’s Fair – opened in St. Louis, Missouri, on this day in 1904. Intended to commemorate the centenary of the 1803 purchase of the Louisiana territory from France, the fair showcased a range of exhibits from 63… Read More

★ Silver Screen Stars: Celeste Holm

★ American actress, Celeste Holm, was born exactly 100 years ago today! A talented performer on both stage and screen, she’s pictured here in a studio publicity photo from 1947. Born in Manhattan, New York, on 29th April 1917, Celeste was the only child of Theodor Holm, a… Read More

★ Ella Fitzgerald at the Downbeat Club (1947)

★ Today is the centenary of legendary American jazz singer, Ella Fitzgerald’s birth! Often referred to as the ‘First Lady of Song’, she was famous for her richly toned voice, impeccable diction and unparalleled talent for vocal improvisation. Born on this day in 1917 in Newport News, Virginia… Read More

★ On the Beach in Atlantic City (c.1905)

★ A young woman enjoying the summer sunshine on the beach in Atlantic City, New Jersey, photographed by William M. Vander Weyde (c.1905) and now forming part of the George Eastman House Photography Collection. I think this is such a great photo, as she has… Read More

★ Silver Screen Stars: Jayne Mansfield

★ Pictured here in the 1950s, American actress Jayne Mansfield was born on this day in 1933. A major sex symbol in the 1950s and early 1960s, she was as famous for her personal life as for her professional career, and at the height of her fame she was the world’s most photographed… Read More