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Seven Stars in Seven Colors
Photographer Elisofon Makes a Spectrum Out of a Cluster of Hollywood Beauties

"Last year, working as color consultant for John Huston's 'Moulin Rouge' (which starred the glamorous actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor), Life photographer Eliot Elisofon brilliantly showed how color could be used not only to heighten realism but to play its own dramatic psychological role in a movie. Recently Elisofon visited the Hollywood studios to demonstrate how his principles can be applied to a representative group of screen beauties. He took a group of ranking younger stars, hand them dress all in white, put them against white backgrounds and blowups of black-and-white stills from recent movies, then chose a key color for each of them. Using color gelatins on his lights (like the spotlights which shine on the stage from theater balconies) and filters on his camera to control the color balance, he matched colors to each young player's movie character. From straight-forward yellow for Doris Day to disquieting green for Virginia Mayo he ran through a whole spectrum of colors and Hollywood personalities."

Doris Day: "Golden Girl, Doris Day, bouncy singing star of Warner Brothers' films, was photographed under yellow light to bring out 'her sunshine and good health.' The stagecoach is setting for her forthcoming movie Calamity Jane."

Elizabeth Taylor: "Pink and Pensive, Elizabeth Taylor is bathed in rosy light which Elisofon chose to go with the 'tender sweetness' of her personality. In the background is a statue of Buddha from Elephant Walk, her new Paramount film."

Rhonda Fleming: "Spectacular hair and sultry stateliness led Elisofon to drench Rhonda Fleming in bright orange light in order to emphasize her sensuous qualities. The background which he chose for this picture is a still showing sands of the Utah desert over which her locks wave in her current Paramount movie, Pony Express."

Audrey Hepburn: "Classic calm and beauty of Audrey Hepburn, Elisofon decided, called for blue tones to bring out her poise and subtle coloring. Antique arch is from her forthcoming Roman Holiday. Hollywood is convinced that Audrey, best known for her stage role in Gigi is one of tomorrow's great stars."

Joanne Gilbert: "Off-Beat Looks of Joanne Gilbert, in addition to her 'stark eyes and hot songs,' led Elisofon to pick purple for this nightclub sensation whom Paramount expects to be an equal sensation in movies."

Cyd Charisse: "Flashiest Legs in films belong to Dancer Cyd Charisse. Photographer thought red a good choice for Cyd and background, from ballet in her M-G-M musical, Bandwagon, which spoofs sex-and sadism craze in 25¢ books."

Virginia Mayo: "Four Shades of One Color Give a Girl Four Faces...A Touch of Green was added in varying degrees by the photographer to these two pictures of Virginia May. In this amount of light, taken together with a background which is reminiscent of Virginia's most successful sea picture (Captain Horatio Hornblower), suggest a sea-borne, free-and-easy character. As More Green Is Added, the increasing intensity of the color transforms the open, pleasant effort of the pictures of Virginia above into something slightly off-color and vaguely disquieting. Elisofon thinks directs can make use of color changes like this to indicate dramatic turns in the movie's story."

Making a coveted gift for lovers of Hollywood's Golden Age of iconic beauties, this vintage original 1953 set of Life magazine photos of Doris Day, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Rhonda Fleming, Cyd Charisse, Virginia Mayo, and Joanne Gilbert would look fabulous framed and displayed in an Old Hollywood Regency style living room, bedroom, or home theatre!

Collectors and fashion designer historians will really treasure the fact that Audrey Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor are actually wearing their famous Edith Head designed dresses from their current movies promoted in this vintage ephemera set! Audrey Hepburn is wearing her elegant Edith Head princess ballgown from the 1953 American romantic comedy Roman Holiday in which she stars alongside the handsomely debonair Gregory Peck, and Elizabeth Taylor is wearing her Edith Head ethereal asymmetrical diamante dress from the 1954 film Elephant Walk.

In excellent vintage condition for it's age, this 1953 Eliot Elisofon Hollywood Star photography art set is nearly pristine and only had the slightest bit of edge wear (this includes a small round corner stain) all of which can easily be hidden behind the border of a picture frame or framing mat.

Please note that this set of vintage prints came from a vintage 1953 Life Magazine and this means that each full page image is displayed in a front and back fashion; meaning that one full page photo is on one side and on the backside is another full page image. The full page image of Doris Day has a vintage 1953 Pall Mall cigarettes advertisement featured on it's reverse side, so if you wanted to frame and display the photo of Doris Day, the Pall Mall cigarettes ad would not be visible as it is on its backside.

With this being said, please keep in mind that on the backside of the full page image of Elizabeth Taylor is the photograph of Rhonda Fleming, which also includes part of the blue background of the large nearly, two page size poster print of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. If you wanted to frame and display both Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey Hepburn, you could easily do so. However, by doing this you would not be able to see the image of Rhonda Fleming, and that small portion of only the background of the Audrey Hepburn photo, which does not include any portion of Audrey or her dress. On the backside of the full-page Audrey Hepburn photograph is the full page image of Joanne Gilbert, so if you wished to frame Audrey Hepburn, Joanne Gilbert would not be seen. Lastly, is the full page image of Cyd Charisse which has the four images of Virginia Mayo on its backside, so if desiring to frame you would need to decide whether do display Cyd Charisse or Virginia Mayo.

The original adhesive used in the magazine which lines the magazine's binding edge is still present on the front of the Cyd Charisse full page image and attached to the Joanne Gilbert print (which has Audrey on it's reverse side). The adhesive is not visible at all as it still has a strong bond. I would advise not to attempt to pull the prints apart in an effort to separate/break the bond, because by doing this it risks tearing through the binding and could negatively effect the Audrey Hepburn photo. I would suggest actually cutting and sacrificing part of the edge of the Cyd Charisse photo in order to save the nearly two-page size Audrey Hepburn print, although with your own examination, you will decide your own way of displaying these lovely vintage Hollywood ladies!

Measurements:
Each page measures: 10 1/4" x 14" (please know that this does include some typography text in the magazine article as well, but not on all photographs)

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 1942 photography print set by Elisofon featuring Old Hollywood stars Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Veronica Lake, Lana Turner, Ann Sheridan, Alexis Smith, Carole Landis, Hedy Lamarr, and Rosalind Russell:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/212334770/1942-girls-of-hollywood-hayworth-tierney

...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:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/471247351/1947-ingrid-bergman-life-magazine

Looking for vintage original movie posters featuring actress Virginia Mayo?! If so, we have one here in our boutique:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/222347075/1945-wonder-man-hollywood-movie-poster

...And lastly, we have a beautiful full page vintage print of Rhonda Fleming here in our boutique:

https://www.etsy.com/listing/229156561/1949-rhonda-fleming-old-hollywood-movie

1953 Hollywood Stars Audrey Hepburn Elizabeth Taylor Doris Day Cyd Charisse Virginia Mayo Rhonda Fleming Joanne Gilbert Color Art Wall Decor

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