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Monday, August 17, 2009

Glamour Stars in Swimsuits - 1950s

Over the weekend I picked up a book titled 'Film Star Portraits of the 50's' with 163 Glamour Photos. There are dome fabulous photo's in the book and a couple of surprises. Today we'll show the swimwear.

Debbie Reynolds 1953. Virgil Apger for MGM.

OK, note the gorgeous swimsuit on Esther Williams. Then in the next photo of Ava Gardner one year later, the same outfit is called a 'costume' and made more to look like a photo taken in the boudoir with lingerie.

Esther Williams, 1951. Photo Virgil Apger, for MGM. Bathing suit by Helen Rose. Publicity shot for Texas Carnival.
Ava Gardner, 1952. Photo: Virgil Apger, for MGM. Costume by Helen Rose

Marilyn Monroe. Lauren Bacall and Betty Grable, 1953. Photo: Frank Powolny, for 20th Century Fox. Costumes by Charles Lemaire. Publicity shot for How to Marry a Millionaire.

Marilyn must have loved these shoes. She has been photographed many times with her in them.

Anita Ekberg, 1955. Photo Bert Six for Warner Brothers.

I'll post some more glamour phot's of the women screen stars tomorrow.


The Glamorous Housewife said...

I am 'ashamed' to say I know Debbie Renolds best from her stint as Grace's mom on Will and Grace. She looks so young and pretty in that snap. And I am loving her swimsuit.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife

Unknown said...

Fabulous pictures. The women are so classy looking and the swimsuits so gorgeous and striking. They have definitely stood the "test of time."