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Hollywood Glamor Portraits

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  6 reviews
145 striking, black-and-white photos capture famous actors from 1926 to 1949 — Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Hedy Lamarr, Marlene Dietrich, Robert Montgomery, Marlon Brando, Veronica Lake — 94 stars in all. Portraits do not duplicate those found in Kobal's Movie Star Portraits. Introduction. Captions.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published July 1st 1976 by Dover Publications
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Allure of Beauty: Unforgettable faces of 1930s/40s movie stars

The lost divas of 1930s and 1940s Hollywood are beautifully illustrated in this book. Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Jean Harlow, Carole Lombard and other legendry figures. They were the most stunning beauties, and their personalities were even bigger. They lived in the lap of luxury that only money and prestige could buy. They were elegant and pompous, and in this book, the author has given the glamour portraits that show the style and...more
The reasoning behind the rating: Hedy, Brooks, Garbo, Leigh and ... no Audrey Hepburn. A point each.

This is a wonderful little treasure containing some of the most beautiful, breathtaking glamour portraits that were so popular in Hollywood during the Golden Age. It's not just a picture book--it contains an extremely informative introduction that details this beautiful, lost art and connects it with the society and perceptions of that time. It was amazing to see, through a bunch of portraits, how differently movie stars were perceived then and now. Another thing I learned was how much work that...more
Here is a beautiful book with some breathtaking photos of some the hottest Hollywood film stars of the golden era. The quality of the first and oldest photos are not the best, but one can see an improvement as the years go by. What makes these photos so special are the talented actors who can portray just about any emotion the photographer calls for and his ability to capture it on film. The best ones at this is Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich.

My favorite is one of Carole Lombard on page 40....more
Jul 22, 2008 Lisa rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Movie star lovers. Real ones, not Tom Hanks.
This luscious book showcases the epitome of Hollywood fantasy, the Golden Age when the studios carefully controlled every image of their stars put on public view. I love every frame, every photo, even the ones with obvious retouching. For years I studied this book as if it were the Rosetta Stone, or the Dead Sea Scrolls, whatever those things are.
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This is my favorite Kobal book, featuring full-page, beautiful, black and white photos of: Louise Brooks, Frances Farmer, Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, and on and on. There are some gentlemen too but who cares when the ladies are this gorgeous?
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