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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Gypsy: 1962

Gypsy: 1962

Los Angeles, 1962. "Actress Natalie Wood performing as striptease artist Gypsy Rose Lee in the motion picture Gypsy." 35mm Kodachrome by Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Big Season for Musicals." View full size.

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I'm a pretty girl, Momma

Another old Hollywood trope: expecting us to believe that nobody notices that Natalie Wood is gorgeous until this scene. And to those who didn't like Rosalind Russell's acting -- you should listen to the recordings of her singing the score before they decided to dub her.

That Dress is O-K

Orry-Kelly was the costume designer for the film; what a talent he was. This cobalt blue gown is beautifully structured to make a very petite Natalie Wood look voluptuous.

Everything's coming up bouffants and Maybelline

I love the way that films made in the 1960s ALWAYS look like the 1960s, regardless of the era being portrayed. Ancient Rome? Bouffants and blue eye shadow. Gay Nineties? Bouffants and blue eye shadow. 1930s? Bouffants and blue eye shadow!

I just missed seeing her

Just as I arrived for grad school at Duke University in September of 1981 they were filming "Brainstorm" at some Duke campus locations and at the Research Triangle Park. Leaving the library one evening I saw a bunch of limousines in front of Duke Chapel pulling away from the curb. "You just missed Natalie Wood," a student on the sidewalk said. Dang. I've always thought she was one of the great beauties of the silver screen, if not the best actress. "The Great Race" is still my favorite of her movies.

Rosalind Russell!

Rosalind Russell’s overwrought acting and scene crunching emoting almost did this film in for me. Even Karl Malden, who could also burn up a stage, couldn’t keep up with her. But towards the end, Natalie Wood utterly transformed and blissfully stole the show. One of my favorites.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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