Rare Vintage Hollywood Photos You’ve Never Seen
These funky photographs from the past will surprise you with some unexpected little known facts. These photos will have you doing double-takes on first viewing.
Get ready to get your mind blown with these serious perfect-for-carpool trivia facts from the past featuring visual receipts that might make your heart skip a beat. Hopefully, you have health insurance…
Raquel Welch Didn’t Like Glamour
In this picture, we the see lovely Raquel Welch lounging on a yellow sofa without a care in the world. Ms. Welch was one of the most infamous sex symbols of her generation and probably of all time.
Although her looks brought her fame and fortune, in private she was quite reserved and had a distaste for glamour and purchasing expensive objects.
This photo shows Raquel Welch behind the scenes on the set of the 1966 stone-age fantasy film One Million Years B.C.
Meryl Streep As A Varsity High School Cheerleader In 1966
Here is the star of Sophie’s Choice back in 1966 when she was a varsity high school cheerleader on the Bernards High School Mountaineers squad in Summit, New Jersey.
It seems that when she wasn’t in class, she was doing cheers!
This photo is from the 1966 Bernards High School yearbook, The Bernardian. At that time, Meryl Streep was in her junior year of high school.
Susan Sarandon With The Hunger Cast, 1983
Susan Sarandon shared this photo on her Instagram account in February 2020. She can be seen in the company of her co-stars from the film The Hunger, David Bowie and Catherine Deneuve.
The Hunger is now considered a cult film in the supernatural horror genre, but when it was released in 1983, opinions were very mixed.
This photo was taken when Susan Sarandon played the character of Hattie in Louis Malle’s 1978 film Pretty Baby. She co-starred with Brooke Shields and Keith Carradine.
Emily Banks As Yeoman Tonia Barrows On Star Trek, 1966
Actress Emily Banks is best known for her role as Yeoman Tonia Barrows on the 1966 “Shore Leave” episode of the original Star Trek series.
But Banks also appeared on episodes of Dragnet, Love American Style, Fantasy Island, Bewitched, Airwolf, and Highway to Heaven.
She got her start in 1960 when she was elected Miss Rheingold and appeared in ads and promotions for Rheingold Beer.
Elizabeth Taylor Visiting Cannes, France, In 1950
The U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Leyte, assigned to Carrier Air Group 3, was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea from May 2 to August 24, 1950. In this photo, Elizabeth Taylor can be seen visiting the sick bay aboard the aircraft off Canes, France.
Taken by photographer Frank Worth, this image is one of the best, among many, of film legend Elizabeth Taylor, more commonly known only as Liz. She died at the age of 79 in 2011 and will remain forever engraved in the collective memory.
Liz Taylor began her career at the age of only 10, experiencing immediate success with films such as Lassie Come Home and National Velvet. The film Giant, on whose set this photo was taken, dates from 1956.
Jamie Lee Curtis In The 70s
Jamie Lee Curtis was the ultimate scream queen. Curtis dominated the horror scene back in the days, Halloween being the most famous of them all.
1980’s Trading Spaces got her to be renown within a new category of movies, which also made her win amazing prices.
In this photo, Jamie Lee Curtis and Gil Gerard can be seen on the set of the television series Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, which aired from 1979 to 1981. This photo was taken in 1979 when Jamie Lee was visiting for the shooting of the episode “Unchained Woman”, in which she played the role of Jen Burton.
Barbi Benton In 1979
Actress, television personality and singer, Barbi Benton is best known for her modeling career, especially when she began working with Playboy magazine at the age of 18. She was Hugh Hefner’s wife from 1969 to 1976.
After meeting her second husband, whom she married in 1979, she left the spotlight to become a full-time mother and raise their two children. However, this did not stop her from releasing a fourth and final album in 1988, “Kinetic Voyage”.
Taken in 1970, this photo shows Barbie Benton next to Hugh Hefner, who considered her the love of his life despite their 24 years’ difference. They started dating in 1969 and finally separated in 1976. They remained friends, however, until Hefner’s death in 2017. He admitted that never having married her was one of his biggest regrets.
Lynda Carter From The “Skateboard Wiz” 1978 Episode Of Wonder Woman
This was back in the days, when skateboarding was sort of new. So every TV show tried to tie into the craze. Even Wonder Woman who apparently needed to wear a helmet.
Spoiler Alert: In the end, everyone goes out and buys pizza.
Raquel Welch In The Controversial Bluebeard
Bluebeard, the immortal story of a pilot who has a penchant for going away with his wives. Raquel Welch plays Magdalena, a promiscuous nun who loves to talk about what she’s been getting up to while she’s in the habit.
At the time of the film, Welch was freshly divorced from her second husband, Patrick Curtis, and was in a career peak adding zeros to her bank account digits.
Jerry Hall Partying In The 70s
Jerry Hall was a model throughout the 1970s and 1980s and she began having an affair with Mick Jagger in 1977 while he was married to Bianca Jagger. They ended up becoming common-law spouses and then had an unofficial wedding ceremony in 1990.
The couple had four children together before once again, Jagger proved he couldn’t settle down. There were far too many models in the world…
Casting Director Mali Finn Audition Polaroids From The 1980s
Everybody has to start somewhere. These now famous movie icons had to go through the audition process like everyone else. Casting director Mali Finn’s collection of routine polaroids is a regular who’s who of future Hollywood stars.
During her career, Finn was responsible for casting some of the biggest stars in some of the biggest career-making roles. We wonder how much these are worth now. Some people would probably be willing to go bankrupt for one of these.
Billy Joel Being Illegal In 1974
Early Billy Joel was kind of cool. Here he is back in 1974 hanging out next to a sign, being ironic.
We don’t think he ever went to trial for this infraction.
Pam Grier As A Beauty Pageant Winner In The 1960s
Before she was Foxy Brown, actress Pam Grier was a young beauty queen. Grier was the very first African American woman in the action movie business.
In the 70s, she was dubbed queen of the blaxplotation genre due to her roles in Coffy, Black Mama White Mama, and of course, Foxy Brown.
Jack Nicholson And Anjelica Huston Listening To Records At Home, 1971
This was one crazy Hollywood power-couple. At 21, Houston left her modelling career and moved from New York to Los Angeles where she met and immediately fell in love with Nicholson.
Their relationship lasted 17 years and ended after Nicholson told Houston he was having a child with a younger woman. We hope she was the one who kept the real estate.
Willie Nelson’s Mug Shot
Dated from 1974, this mug shot of Willie Nelson was taken by the Dallas Police Department for possession of marijuana. The musician first called his lawyer from jail for marijuana possession in Dallas in 1974.
He was arrested again in 2010 in Sierra, Texas. After that arrest, Nelson created the TeaPot party under the motto “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!”
George Harrison And Pattie Boyd In 1967
The pair is pictured visiting Haight-Ashbury in San Francisco for the “Summer of Love” in 1967.
Georges, here trading handshakes, has said that this was a defining moment when he knew the hippie movement was over.
Taking A Dr. Pepper Break On Set Of Halloween, 1978
Even scary movie monsters get thirsty.
Here’s actor Tony Moran taking a break from slashing people on set to clown around after buying an ice cold Dr. Pepper.
Bob Dylan Playing Music On A Porch In Greenwood, Mississippi 1963
Early Bob Dylan was the coolest. A champion for the people, on July 2nd, 1963, Dylan and folk singer Pete Seeger performed in a cotton field in Greenwood, Mississippi as part of a civil rights voter registration rally.
Pictured above is Dylan playing on the back porch of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) office, which was one of the major Civil Rights Movement organizations of the ’60s and founded by Ella Baker from Shaw University.
Catherine Bach In 1980s
Catherine Bach was one of the queens of the 70s and 80s. Her role as Daisy Duke on the Southern redneck TV show, The Dukes of Hazzard made her, and her legs, famous. Back in the day, she had an insurance for her famous legs of $1 million.
Recently Bach spoke out about Hollywood’s obsession with being skinny and body image. She pointed out that she was slim during her heyday on Hazzard because she was an athlete and not from starving herslef. She kept herself in shape during her Daisy Duke days by dancing three hours a day, hiking, and swimming.
An 18-Year-Old Bruce Lee With His Master, Ip Man, 1958
Bruce Lee was such a badass. But every star has to learn from someone; Ip Man was a Cantonese martial artist and a master teacher of Wing Chun, who taught him his tricks.
How needs master’s degree from a university when you can have a master like Ip Man. Sadly Ip died in 1972 from throat cancer, only seven months before the death of his prized student.
John Kennedy Jr., Hyannis Beach, 1980
Here the rich, hunky, son of a president enjoying the weather during the 1980s Labor Day Weekend at Hyannis Beach, Massachusetts. JFK Jr. was born in 1960, two weeks after his father was elected president.
So we are pretty sure he never though twice before buying something he wanted. His childhood nickname was “John-John,” which made reporter think they were mishearing JFK when he called him “John” twice in quick succession.
On The Set Of “Planet Of The Apes” California, 1967
The 1968 sci-fi classic, with screenplay by Rod Serling, has the best twist ending of all time – when astronaut Heston sees the submerged Statue of Liberty – and realizes he’s been on earth this whole time. (Sorry for the spoiler.)
The man was so invested in thinking he was on another planet.
Tom Hanks On “Happy Days” In 1982
Yes, Tom Hanks was a guest star on Happy Days where he appeared as an old nemesis of ‘Fonzie’ seeking revenge. The episode is called: A Little Case Of Revenge. It aired in 1982 as part of the show’s 10th season.
Hanks plays a character who returns to settle a 17-year grudge with Fonzi – concerning a beef when The Fonz pushed him off a swing when they were youngsters. Instead of settling it with lawyers, he prefered to use his karate skills.
Bob Marley, Mick Jagger And Peter Tosh, 1978
What a trio. This photo was taken in 1978, around the time when Mick Jagger recorded with Peter Tosh on the song: Don’t Look Back.
This photo was actually taken backstage at a Rolling Stones concert at the Palladium in New York on June 19th, 1978. Reggae was a big influence on the Rolling Stone and the world would never recover.
Jamie Lee Curtis And Janet Leigh At Studio 54 In The 1970s
In the 70’s, Studio 54 was the nightclub to go to in NYC if you were rich and famous. It was a drug-fueled, dancing frenzy for the likes of Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Cher, Liza Minnelli, and Michael Jackson.
The premise was simple, a velvet rope separated the undesirables from entering and purchasing drinks in the club – while the famous and beautiful partied inside. Here’s a shot of mother/daughter Janet Leigh and Jamie Lee Curtis inside the legendary club.
Louis Armstrong In The Guantanamo Bay Naval Station, 1962
Louis Armstrong was America’s ambassador of jazz. In 1962, Armstrong visited Guantanamo Bay Naval Station as part of his tour for the troops.
I don’t know who carried his bags on that trip, but we hope the man knew that this was worth a lot more than his pay check.
Raquel Welch On Her Audition For Gilligan’s Island, 1964
Yes, Raquel Welch audition for the role of girl-next-door, Mary Anne. She probably didn’t get the part because she was too sexy and not enough girl-next-door.
We have to credit the casting crew for sticking to their guidelines for the character.
Betty Brosmer Showing Her Astonishing Measurements
Talk about some crazy, unnatural measurements. Betty Brosmer was a bodybuilder, fitness instructor, and pinup model.
She was the highest-paid supermodel of the 1950s and won more than 50 beauty contests before the age of 20 yrs. Her measurements were 38-18-36 which is quite unnatural and probably required treatment.
Priscilla Presley In The Eye Of Oscar In The 60s
This image captured by photographer Oscar Abolafia shows a young Priscilla Presley sitting alone in a booth, holding a glass of water.
This photo is absolutely beautiful, and we can’t help but notice how much his daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, looks like her.
Bill Paxton, Liam Neeson And Patrick Swayze In Next Of Kin, 1989
This 1989 flop features Patrick Swayze, Liam Neeson, Adam Baldwin, Bill Paxton a.k.a. Chet from Weird Science and even Ben Stiller.
That is quite a surprising group that’s definitely full of energy.
Kathy Ireland For Sports Illustrated In 1987
As far as being a supermodel goes, Kathy Ireland always hits a home run. Not only did she appear in 13 consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues, but Ireland also has a current net worth of $420 million.
She also has her own corporation and has appeared in multiple TV shows and movies.