Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween...Old Hollywood Style

Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow at Truman Capote's famous Black and White Masked Ball
Image via Berkley Library

Hello Friends!!! With Halloween (it is one of my very favorite holidays) swiftly approaching I thought it would be fitting to do a post on some of the glamorous stars of Hollywood dressed up in costume.

I adore this image of Cary Grant, Mary Pickford, Countess de Frasso, and Trullio Carminati at the Vendome Cafe in Hollywood for a costume party
Image via Corbis Images

I would imagine that after dressing in costume all day long for a movie the last thing I would want to do is dress up for a party, well not these fabulous stars! Here are some great images of some of Hollywood's brightest stars in disguise, enjoy!

Clark Gable, Carol Lombard, and WR Hearst
Image via Friends of 415

It seems as though Marion Davies (lover to WR Hearst, that is another post altogether!) threw some of Hollywood's most lavish and exquisite parties! Oh to be a fly on the wall at one of those extravaganzas! Only the most elite and powerful in Hollywood and the publishing business were allowed access to these amazing (often costume) events.

Gloria Swanson, Marion Davies, Constance Bennett, and Jean Harlow at a party at the Marion Davies Beach House in the early 1930's
Image via Robin Chapman News

They say that Marion threw over 100 of these lavish parties over the course of her famous relationship with the newspaper magnate.

Janet Gaynor decked out at a costume fete
Image via Give me the Good Old Days

One of my faves, Lucille Ball at a costume gala
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The adorable Claudette Colbert dressed as Scarlett O'Hara!
Image via Classic Movie Favorites

Could you just imagine getting a gorgeous invitation to a fabulous Hollywood costume party and then prancing over to your favorite wardrobe department to request an outfit! Heaven!

My all time favorite "Tramp" Charlie Chaplin dressed as Napoleon for a WR Hearst party
Via Wikipedia

I am so in the mood for Halloween now! I can't wait to don my 40's glamour girl costume (seriously that's my costume this year) and paint the town Red, after I take my little Prince Trick-or-Treating that is. I have my vintage jewelry, vintage shoes, a satin evening gown, vintage opera gloves, and instructions for a fabulous hair do ready to go!

Joan Crawford all gussied up for a party
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For those of you celebrating Halloween this year Be safe and Be Glamorous!
Thank you so much for the always too sweet comments, and support, you are the best!!!!

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  1. Oh Judith, these are marvelous photos of wonderful legends and grand days of glamour. You really know how to capture not only the vintage images, but the spirit of it all! BRAVO!!! Anita

  2. Hi. Beautiful pictures. Make me feel the old Hollywood atmosphere. Halloween is my favorite holiday too but it's not the same as it was during good old times. Well, what to do time is changing. But I really looking forward to wear my old vampire costume and see my friends on the party.

    Take care,

  3. Great pics Judith....have a very glam time, xv.

  4. FABULOUS post! Love all of the photos, especially of Frank and Mia!! Happy Halloween! Lynn

  5. OH Wow! What a great post!! I love Jean Harlow's costume :D

  6. Fabulous post Juds! Love the photos! These are great! You are so excited for Halloween that it makes me excited! I can't wait to see your costume. Kori xoxo

  7. Love the pics - but will wait to see you glam it up - promise you'll post yourself ?

  8. What a fun post. The glamour days of old Hollywood - hope to see a picture of your 40's costume!

  9. beautiful post... everyone looked so glamourous...

  10. I swear that half of my closet is costumes. I'd wear them everyday if I could. Happy Halloween, Judith.

  11. Happy halloween !!! I love your post

  12. They knew how the life then!!! I first discovered Halloween during my freshman year in the States, how I embraced it, all my fancies of dressing up... I would plan my costume for most memorable were a cone head (not very appealing) and a very sexy feline...Thanks for bringing back such good all times

  13. what wonderful photos, thanks for the peek. im not really in to Halloween any more, but love all these black and white photos of the by gone era.

  14. Fantastic pics - makes todays halloween getups look so dull.

  15. i absolutely adore this post!
    the pictures are fantastic.
    thank you

  16. OMG ... this is one of my favorite posts ever ... what great pictures you found ! Happy Belated Halloween !

  17. Love this post! SO FUN!
    Hope you and yours had a fun holiday.

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