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"The Girls of Hollywood...On following pages are ten of Hollywood's favorite actresses, most of them photographed by Eliot Elisofon, and below on this page is a limb by limb report on their weights and measurements. LIFE presents this portfolio of pulchritude not only as a guide to ten lovely stars but also as an indication of current taste in American womanhood. For in such matters, Hollywood both influences and reflects the taste of the nation."

"Physically, the average star of today is taller and healthier than her predecessors. A common expression among young men of Hollywood is, "Don't get yourself an actress for a girl," because the girls usually scoot home by 9 o'clock to insure a vivacious look next morning before a camera. For the same reason, most starlets drink little or not at all. Ambitious to increase their value as actresses, many stars privately study singing, dancing, diction. Wholesome living has been forced on Hollywood because commercially it pays off."

"Styles in femininity change with the times, although such basic types as the siren and the home girl are reasonably eternal. Back when the movies were born, the stars were predominately fluffy and almost Victorian in their need for masculine protection. In those days most of the movie-goers were male."

"Later, to suit the post-war temper of the 1920's, came such flapper playgirls as Clara Bow. Then in the 1930's, new humor and sophistication were brought to the screen by such smart-Alices as Claudette Colbert, Myrna Loy and Carole Lombard, who were especially welcome in an era of depression because they seemed to know all the answers."

Today there is a trend towards more purely female allure, because men at war want women to be attractive. They also want them to be sympathetic and companionable. The importance of an actress, however, is by no means dertermined by her male admirers for currently the majority of movie-goers are women. Women must approve the styles and manners of every movie queen. Increasingly, stars ar recruited from the ranks of professional models, with the result that today's starlets are better dressed and better groomed than ever before, though it is doubtful if they are better actresses."

"Photographer Eliot Elisofon contrived so many tricky stage effects that even Hollywood technicians were amazed. To show how Veronica Lake preserves her cool personality in the midst of an inferno, Elisofon had a row of gas jets rigged up in Paramount Studios and posed Miss Lake so close to this wall of flame that he singed some of the priceless Lake hair, which was never insured against fire...Elisofon stands with Ann Sheridan, preparing to shoot her against a 4-ton wall of ice being moved from an ice truck onto a special Warner Bros. stage equipped with drainpipes for sea battles".

Glamorously featuring Old Hollywood Regency starlets Veronica Lake, Ann Sheridan, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner, Alexis Smith, Hedy Lamarr, Carole Landis, Rosalind Russell, and Brenda Marshall, this 1942 "The Girls of Hollywood" rare magazine spread presents the iconic actresses of the World War II era. Making a spectacular gift for a nostalgic glamour vixen pin up girl, this unique set of ephemera prints would look fabulous framed in displayed in your Old Hollywood Regency Golden Age inspired living room, boudoir, or bathroom!

In mint condition, this vintage WWII era 1942 The Girls of Hollywood print set is flawlessly pristine...making it a marvelous gift! Please keep in mind that these magazine print images are featured on the front and back of the pages so if you want to display the images in a frame you will have to choose which image you want to be seen. For instance, the full page color photo of Veronica Lake with the inferno back drop is featured on one side of the print and on the reverse side is the 4 photo block (which is kind of reminiscent in style to famous Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe painting) of Ann Sheridan, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, and Lana Turner; so if framing you will need to decide which side of the print you want to display. Likewise, the full page image of Alexis Smith (which is the first image presented in the sequence of photos) reclined on a shiny sage green chaise lounge is featured on side of the print and on the opposite (back side) is the four photo block of actresses Hedy Lamarr, Carole Landis, Rosalind Russell, and Brenda Marshall. On the reverse side of the actresses' weight and measurements chart is a full page black and white advertisement for Parker Quink pens. Please note that there are two original printing flaws or errors that were made during the manufacturing process of this 1942 magazine; one is a tiny red dot speck on the woman's glove in the Parker Quink pens advertisement mentioned (this print ad is not featured in the images provide here in this listing), but more importantly there is a red dot speck located on Veronica Lake's face which is located on her cheek which is below her right eye at about the middle of her nose; please keep in mind that this printing error is not visible in the image provided but it is present. Fortunately this is not too noticeable but it can be detected; like mentioned above these vintage original prints have been perfectly preserved over the years and are in mint condition so this flaw is an actual printing flaw that was made during the manufacturing process.

10" x 14"

Interested in seeing more vintage original movie star photography work by famous Old Hollywood movie star photographer Eliot Elisofon? If so, you may enjoy seeing this 1953 Hollywood starlet photography print set featuring actresses Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Doris Day, Cyd Charisse, Virginia Mayo, Rhonda Fleming, and Joanne Gilbert...found here in our boutique:


...and we have another vintage original photo print presenting the photography work of Eliot Elisofon that he photographed in 1947 of legendary actress Ingrid Bergman found here:


1942 Girls of Hollywood Hayworth Tierney Veronica Lake Lana Turner Ann Sheridan Alexis Smith Carole Landis Hedy Lamarr Rosalind Russell Art


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