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First Day of School

The Biggest Losers: Oscar Snubs Over the Years

With every handful of expected Oscar nominations that are announced each year, there's also a smattering of names left off the golden list. The competition was heavy this year—tons of critically acclaimed and audience-loved films hit theaters over the past few months—meaning this year's Oscar …

A young Buster Keaton - picture from the past

Pictures from the past<p>Buster Keaton<p>Buster Keaton, the great comic actor of the silent era, was born on this day in 1895. He is seen here with his parents Joe and Myra with whom he performed from the age of three in the vaudeville act The Three Keatons<p>Karin Andreasson<p>Share on Facebook<br>• Share on …

25 Times Buster Keaton Proved They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To

Silent but deadly.

Peter Lorre: a great screen actor remembered

Many believe that all of the 80-odd movies featuring Peter Lorre are worth seeing, if only for his presence. An exception perhaps is <i>The Patsy</i>, an asinine comedy directed by its self-regarding star, Jerry Lewis, in which Lorre made his final appearance 50 years ago this summer. Looking ill and …

Judy Garland's Kids Will Honor 'The Wizard of Oz' at the Oscars

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>The Oscars have a planned tribute to <i>The Wizard of Oz,</i> and now there's some hints as to just what …

Judy Garland Put JFK to Bed at Night By Singing ‘Over the Rainbow’

An excerpt from Joan Kramer and David Heeley’s book In the Company of Legends reveals that President John F. Kennedy made the iconic star of The …

Photo Archive: Remembering the Great Roles of Iconic Birthday Gal Judy Garland

Playbill.com remembers iconic entertainer Judy Garland, who captured audiences in "The Wizard of Oz" and on stage at Carnegie Hall, June 10. The date …

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Judy Garland's missing ruby slippers: anonymous donor offers $1m reward

It has been almost 10 years since the famous red sequinned shoes worn by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz were stolen from a museum in Minnesota. They were insured for $1m (£640,000); the perpetrator was never caught, and the shoes are still at large.<p>Wizard of Oz is most influential Hollywood …

Judy Garland at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre

<i>Oct. 10, 1939: Judy Garland places her handprints, footprints and autograph in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre before the premiere of her movie “Babes in Arms.” Co-star Mickey Rooney watches.</i><p>This photo by staff photographer Marshall Benedict was published in the Oct. 11, 1939, Los Angeles …

Hollywood in Kodachrome

The way we visualise the glamour of old Hollywood owes much to the vivid colour photographs captured on Kodachrome film in the 1940s. Hollywood in Kodachrome, a new book by photographic preservationist David Wills and designer Stephen Schmidt (It Books, £24.99) is a digitally restored portfolio of …

An Old Hollywood Holiday: Classic Festive Films

For many people, the holidays are about tradition — and nothing says “old-fashioned” more than a classic film from the old Hollywood era. These films …

Warm Up to Spring with These Old Hollywood Flings

Still searching for the first sign of the new season? We here at Vanity Fair may not be able to give you dainty flowers, chirping birds, or gentle rays of sun—but we can give you something much more alluring: spring flings with Old Hollywood’s ritziest couples (and in comparison, the other things …

24 Actresses From The Golden Age Of Hollywood

They were sexpots and showgirls, scheming wives and perfect mothers, melodious singers, riotous comedians, and scream queens. One thing the actresses …

Disney museum explores Hollywood photographer George Hurrell

In the Golden Age of Hollywood, one man could take credit for transforming movie stars into celestial beings.<p>That man is photographer George Hurrell, and his sumptuous black-and-white portraits of early stars such as Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. epitomized the apex of …

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George Hurrell: The Man Who Invented Hollywood Glamour

<i>Hollywood glamour.</i> The very notion is so familiar, and the images that most perfectly illustrate the concept are so readily conjured, that most movie …

10 Films to Watch While You Wait for Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

Further details about Wes Anderson’s <i>Grand Budapest Hotel</i> emerged this week, and we couldn’t be more excited. It’s only been about a year since the …

TIFF brings Barbara Stanwyck back to the big screen

For me, any mention of Barbara Stanwyck is always accompanied by a mental image of the actress as anklet-wearing Phyllis Dietrichson making a murderous chump out of Fred MacMurray's Walter Neff in <i>Double Indemnity</i>. As well it should, since Billy Wilder's 1944 film noir is a near-perfect movie. A new …

Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Many Faces of Barbara Stanwyck

Maybe you’ve never heard of Barbara Stanwyck. She certainly isn’t the first star that comes to mind when you think of classic Hollywood. Ask for a …

Nickolas Muray, Marlene Dietrich, 1935. Carol Lombard, 1942. Judy Garland, 1945. Gloria De Haven, 1947. Ingrid Bergman montage “Modern Screen” cover, 1947. Marilyn Monroe, 1952. © 2002 George Eastman...

Nickolas Muray, Marlene Dietrich, 1935. Carol Lombard, 1942. Judy Garland, 1945. Gloria De Haven, 1947. Ingrid Bergman montage “Modern Screen” cover, …

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Kenneth Turan's DVD picks: James Cagney forever

As a major fan of the splendid James Cagney, I am happy to report new DVD and Blu-ray releases of a variety of his films.<p>On DVD from the Warner Archive Collection are two sports-related films from Cagney's early days. He plays a race car driver in "The Crowd Roars" and a (what else but) tough boxer …

James Cagney's 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' Oscar to hit auction block

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The late James Cagney’s best actor Oscar statuette for the 1942 musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy” is expected to fetch at least $800,000 when it goes up for auction on Thursday in Los Angeles, auction house Nate D. Sanders said.<p>Cagney was one of the most enduring performers of …

High noon for Gary: why is the once-popular name on the verge of extinction?

The name is dying out, and not even Garys Cooper or Lineker seem capable of saving it. Why do parents hate it now, and what can we do about it?<p><b>Age:</b> Most likely in his 50s or 60s.

Throwback Thursday: Gary Cooper's Style from the Golden Age of Hollywood

These days we're happy if alpha males like Ryan Gosling or Tom Hardy show up in a movie semi-annually. But back in Hollywood legend Gary Cooper's day, he was cranking out three a year. In fact, throughout his career, Cooper starred in a staggering 84 (!!!) movies. And he looked damn good in each …

#TBT: Greta Garbo in Technicolor

Today marks the birthday of the indelible Greta Garbo. One of Hollywood’s Golden Age goddesses, Garbo had (unsurprisingly) countless admirers—<i>Vanity Fair</i> editors included. The siren of the silent-film era made regular appearances in the early pages of the magazine and was captured for posterity in …

Hollywood Icons Solve Your Problems: Greta Garbo’s Advice on Work, Friendship, and Love

The stars of classic Hollywood endured unfair studio contracts, arranged romances, brutal rumors, and demanding directors—which makes them perfect guides through our own everyday problems. Rachel Kapelke-Dale, co-author of Graduates in Wonderland, brings us the inaugural installment of Hollywood …

Greta Garbo: Portrait of a Legend Who Turned Her Back on Fame

When LIFE published Edward Steichen’s 1928 portrait of Greta Garbo on its cover in January 1955, the Swedish-born actress was still one of the most …

From the archive, 10 May 1930: The Week on the Screen: Garbo Talks

When Greta Garbo comes to the door in the second reel of Anna Christie, the figure of the barman hides her. Then she walks round him. Clever publicity photographs have made us familiar with the clothes she wears, with the hat which throws her face into new planes, and with the new expression in …