50s

Fred Astaire, 1955

Fred Astaire for Daddy Long Legs in 1955. I've always loved this picture because I think his gaze is so sexy, and I'm excited to now have it in my collection. That brunette is totally me, by the way, gently holding his hand, sticking my titties out, desperately trying to get his attention. "Hello, I'm over here!", I'm screaming inside. And he just couldn't care less. Oh well. 

Clark Gable, 1952

I don't even have a crush on Clark Gable, but sweet lord was that guy photogenic. Seriously, every picture that has Clark Gable in it is a good picture. He's so very Clark Gable-y here off the coast of Cornwall while shooting Never Let Me Go in 1952. Love his sweater, and that he's wearing canvas sneakers without socks. I wonder what he's pointing at, I wonder what he's saying. Probably something very Clark Gable-y. With him in the boat are actor Richard Haydn as well as director Delmer Daves and his assistant. Really happy with this photograph, printed on really heavy paper, just a treat.

Fred Astaire and Stanley Kramer, 1959

My first Fred, and something tells me it's not gonna be my last. Here he is with director Stanley Kramer during the making of On the Beach. This was Astaire's first dramatic role, the first time he wasn't gonna dance. He was actually nominated for an Oscar for his performance, but of course he doesn't know that yet. I love how intently he's listening to Kramer, and I adore how he's sat there. Maybe my favorite thing about Astaire is that even when he was old, his body language always remained that of a young boy—in fact the older he got the more evident it became. I sometimes call him 'the eternal boy'. He's sixty years old here, but he's sitting there like a teenager. He wasn't a man of words, but his body was constantly expressing itself, constantly communicating with the world. The way his one hand is fumbling around on his foot, the way his other hand is by his face. There's always that vulnerability, and always that strength. It's so profoundly attractive how his body spoke. He loved spending time in Australia where this film was shot, and he could walk around fairly unrecognized. His co-star Gregory Peck said that he'd spend hours going through five-and-dime stores and get a kick out of buying random things like pencil sharpeners.