Tony Curtis with his 1934 Rolls-Royce, shot by Ralph Crane.

Tony Curtis (1925- 2010),one of my favorite American actors, star of Sweet Smell of Success (1957) and Some Like it Hot (1959) among other masterpieces. Curtis lived on a grand scale over the years. He bought an 18-room Hollywood villa in 1966 with four acres and a garage that sheltered the actor’s new Lincoln Continental, a 1934 Rolls-Royce, 1937 Bentley, and 1935 Duesenberg, among his other cars.

He acquired this Rolls Royce Drophead Convertible in 1959. Here are these photos of him in 1961, shot by Ralph Crane for LIFE magazine.

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Leslie Caron, Gigi herself…by Loomis Dean !!

Call her Gigi (1958), call her Lilli (1953), call her An American in Paris (1951), here is French actress Leslie Caron (1931-) as photographed by Life Magazine photographer Loomis Dean (1917 – 2005). Undated.

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Gene Kelly double exposure, by Gjon Mili

This is our very first Gene Kelly post !!

Albanian-American photographer Gjon Mili (1904- 1984) is best known for his work in LIFE magazine and for his photos of very famous artists including Gene Kelly in 1944. Around the period of “Cover Girl,” a Columbia movie, is this dance in which double-exposure photography shows Kelly struggling bitterly with his conscience. The Gijon Mili pictures shown below capture the extraordinary grace and inventiveness of this number.

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Caption from LIFE, describing a dance Gene Kelly performed in the 1944 movie, Cover Girl. “Kelly rises, tries to leap away. But his conscience continues to pursue him.”

Peter Sellers on the cover of Playboy: A James Bond parody !

Peter Sellers, actor and comedian extraordinaire was also the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy, in April 1964.

Check out the hilarious photos of him with actress Karen Lynn in that famous issue below, a parody of the lovers in James Bond’s “You Only Live Twice”and then Dracula! Thank you Brent Wills Bechtel !

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Marlon Brando skips rope…

Marlon Brando skips rope in prizefighter fashion in this photo made during the early days of his screen career. Here he is training for the Fred Zinneman film “The Men”(1950). Unknown photographer.
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Alejandro Jodorowsky tarot cards

Alejandro Jodorowsky (1929 – ) is born in Il Chile is a director, author, comics writer and spiritual guru.
Other than his numerous cult films such as Santa Sangre (1989), El Topo (1970), Fando & Lys (1968) and The Holy Moutain (1973), he is more than interested in the occult.
This lead him to spend almost a decade reconstructing the original form of the Tarot de Marseille. He said he also vividly remembers how, at 20, he first saw an old (and, he said, naked) woman in his native Chile give a tarot reading, and was instantly intrigued. He has been a collector of tarot cards ever since.
Below you’ll find some photos of the ones he helped to reconstruct :

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Alejandro Jodorowsky and the Tarot de Marseille deck he helped design. Copyright: New York Times


The Hanged Man

The Queen


The King


The Wheel of Fortune

The World

A portrait of Maya Deren by her husband, Alexander Hammid.

Alexandr Hackenschmied (1907 – 2004) was a leading photographer and filmmaker in Czechoslovakia between the two world wars. His film, Meshes of the Afternoon, which he made with filmmaker Maya Deren — to whom he was married from 1942 to 1947 — has become an icon of avant-garde cinema in the U.S. He changed his name to Alexander Hammid when he became a citizen of the United States in 1942.

Here is a photo he shot of his wife, Maya Deren in 1945.

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