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.


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


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


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


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

Photos by Ed Clark


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 


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