Julie Christie & LIFE’s rare photos…

I first got to know Julie Christie through her roles and collaborations with John Schlesinger. My first film with her in it was when she played Bathsheba in Thomas Hardy’s adaptation “Far From the Madding Crowd” (1967, directed by Schlesinger). I then saw her in the amazing “Billy Liar” (1963, same director) alongside an actor I admire, Tom Courtenay. But it was “Darling” (1965, also Schlesigner) that lead her to stardom.  Truffaut chose her for his “Farenheit 451” in 1966 but her performance was gut-wrenching in “Don’t Look Now” (1973, directed by Nicolas Roeg) and I think it’s one of her most impressive work.

LIFE magazine celebrated this artist by placing her on their June cover in 1966. Some previously unpublished photos from that decade have recently resurfaced, albeit undated and with no mention of the photographer.

I am not the author of these images. All rights go to Life Magazine.

Claudia Cardinale’s gorgeous “Hayat” magazine covers

We all know Claudia Cardinale (1938- born in Tunisia), the star of many a classic films such as “Once Upon A Time In The West” (1968), 8 1/2 (1963), The Leopard (1963) etc.

But now, let’s meet “Hayat” magazine, which became one of Turkey’s most popular celebrity magazines in the early 1950s. I searched for some interesting covers with the actress on them but a lot of that era’s production, looked right out of a cheesy ready-to-wear catalog.

Very few covers were as interesting, or aesthetically satisfying, as what Hayat printed, at the height of Cardinale’s fame.
I am not the author of these images. All copyrights go to Hayat Magazine.

Hayat Magazine, July 1962

Hayat Magazine, November 1964

Hayat Magazine, July 1964

Hayat Magazine, May 1966

Mia Farrow’s friendship with Salvador Dali

I wasn’t aware of this up until recently but Mia Farrow was a very good friend of Salvador Dali. Their friendship began shortly after Mia’s father died of a heart attack in 1963 and lasted until the painter’s death and the actress said numerous times that he helped her get a new perspective on life, including her acting.

It is said that Dalí labeled it ”mythical suicide” when Mia Farrow allowed Vidal Sassoon to chop off her hair in 1966 and this is what she had to say about him in Time Magazine: ‘We lunched on butterfly wings and toured New York City with garbage collectors. He judged sex to be too violent–and showers too.’ But this seems to be a misconception since “Mia Farrow cut off her long hair herself while she was on “Peyton Place”. She received a written scolding from producer Paul Monash. That was when Dali weighed in. She had not yet married Frank Sinatra. It was later, as a publicity stunt for “Rosemary’s Baby”, that Vidal Sassoon gave it a token trim for the benefit of the press.”

I would like to thank Jill Teresa Farmer for her input and correction!

Here are some shots I found, the first one dates back to 1967, the other two are undated.

All rights go to the photographer of these images. I am not the author.


NB – Check out this portrait of Luis Bunuel by Salvador Dali: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/07/05/in-1924-salvador-dali-did-a-portrait-of/

Judy (Garland) seen by Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (1923-2004) is one American photographer whose work I find inspiring. I am particularly fond of the way he shot Judy Garland (1922-1969) throughout the 50s and the 60s. The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet me in St-Louis (1944) and A Star is Born (1954)  actress and singer surely was not “over the rainbow” throughout her life: She met her untimely death due to an overdose of barbiturates, the drug that made her suffer throughout her life. I suppose these images capture her sense of youth, glamor and eventually desperation beautifully, very far from the typical “Dorothy” we all know and love.

Here are the photos I dug up of her, shot by Avedon. All rights go to the photographer. I am not the author of these images.

Judy Garland, 1951.


Judy Garland, 1951

Judy Garland & Richard Avedon, 1956

Judy Garland, New York, 1961

Judy Garland, 1963

NB: Check out Richard Avedon’s portrait of Carl Th. Dreyer here: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/04/28/dreyer-copenhagen/

& Truman Capote: https://kinoimages.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/tribute-to-authors-screenwriters-three-portraits-of-truman-capote/