Category: 1950s

Eartha Kitt photographed by Gordon Parks for LIFE magazine, 1952.

Jazz singer Sallie Blair (1934-1992) photographed by Eliot Elisofon for LIFE magazine, 1957.

Dorothy Dandridge photographed by Edward Clark for LIFE magazine, 1951.

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Opera singer Margaret Tynes photographed by Carl Van Vechten on September 29, 1959.

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Eartha Kitt photographed by Carl Van Vechten on October 19, 1952.

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Gina Lollobrigida photographed by Sid Avery in Acapulco, Mexico in 1959.

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Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz with their children Desi Arnaz Jr and Lucie Arnaz in 1953.

Photos by Ed Clark

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Betty White

at home with her dogs Danny

and Stormy, 1954-57.

“Animals don’t lie. Animals don’t criticize. If animals have moody days, they handle them better than humans do.” – Betty White 

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Marilyn Monroe and her husband playwright Arthur Miller at the April in Paris ball, at the Waldorf-Astoria on April 11, 1957. The ball benefited the French Hospital and several philanthropic French-American organizations in New York City.

Louis Armstron, Cab Calloway and Billy Daniels at a party for Billy in 1955.

Photos by David Sutton