A picture says a thousand words and these iconic images speak volumes. From incredible behind-the-scenes images to rare photographs of revered celebrities before they became famous, here is a gallery of some of most thrilling rarely-seen celebrity photos.
Bombshell Marilyn Monroe shares a rare pensive moment with the camera. The beautiful and fragile actress would meet an untimely end by what was officially declared an accidental overdose. In one of her most devastating diary entries, mere months before her death, Marilyn wrote, “Help help Help I feel life coming closer when all I want Is to die.“
With an unflinching look into the lens, a young Meryl Streep comically blows a chewing gum bubble. The actress would have a celebrated acting career, spanning decades. The ever-adaptable star has been nominated for 21 Academy Awards, winning three. She has also received 31 Golden Globe nominations, winning eight.
The doe-eyed actress Goldie Hawn poses in a bikini and body paint in 1968. Hawn would become a sex symbol and prominent actress in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. She would marry fellow actor Kurt Russel and mother another famous Hollywood face, actress Kate Hudson.
Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio
Before they were Hollywood royalty, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio were just two childhood friends. The then-12-year-olds met at an audition in the late ’80s. The actors had both grown up in Los Angeles, the children of two single mothers. They bonded over their mutual backgrounds and have been friends for almost thirty years.
The Microsoft billionaire was arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico by local police in December 1977 following a minor traffic violation. With his shaggy hair, floral collared shirt, and cheeky grin, the photo is an unusual glimpse of the man behind the world-changing computer empire.
The Beatles and Muhammed Ali
Days before becoming the Heavyweight Champion in 1964, the boxing legend posed with the Beatles. As celebrity photographer Harry Benson furiously snapped photos, the four crooners and the boxer once known as Cassius Clay spent the next few minutes goofing around in the ring.
Einstein was undoubtedly one of the greatest scientific minds the modern world has yet to see. The German-born theoretical physicist was the celebrated brain behind the theory of relativity. Few people know that the famed scientist was also known for his sense of humor. Here, he sits before his New Jersey home in a pair of furry slippers.
The King of Pop sits with two old ladies on a park bench in the 1980’s. Jackson was fond of interacting with fans. In an interview with TV Guide magazine, Jackson shared, “I like to study people – be like a fly on the wall. Even if it’s two old ladies sitting on a bench or some kids on a swing. Because I don’t know what it’s like to fit in an everyday situation.”
The young law student, Bill Clinton, sits beside a lake. Clinton would serve as President of the United States from 1993 – 2001. Clinton’s public image was tainted when he admitted to having an affair with his intern Monica Lewinsky in August of 1998. The scandal would result in the historic impeachment of the president.
Audrey Hepburn gets her hair dried while smoking a cigarette on the of her 1953 film Sabrina. The actress, with her timeless beauty, seemingly effortless grace and award-winning character portrayals is known as one of the most revered actresses of the twentieth century.
Jack Nicholson toys with the camera while eating watermelon in the 1970’s. Born in 1937, the American actor is regarded as a Hollywood legend. With classic roles in movies like Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining and 1975’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, the actor is known for his theatrical prowess, especially when portraying psychopathic characters.
Justin Timberlake and Ryan Gosling
These two actors met in 1993 when they were cast on The Mickey Mouse Club, the much-loved, long-running variety show featuring a rotating cast of fresh-faced teenagers. The two actors have since risen to the upper echelons of Hollywood’s famed elite with their respective music and acting careers.
Donald Trump and Michael Jackson
Before his controversial days in the White House, Trump was a business mogul with a penchant for keeping celebrity company. Jackson was supposedly a good friend of Trump and his then-wife, Ivanka. The pair would often spend time together, Jackson married Lisa Marie Presley at one of Trump’s VIP clubs, the Mar-a-Lago.
John Travolta was an undeniable cultural icon of the ’70s. With his roles in classic film features like Grease and Saturday Night Fever. The actor has a long-standing relationship with the air force, he is a qualified pilot. A young Travolta stares into the lens wearing his pilot’s hat, with his cool blue-eyed gaze and chiseled features.
Known for her role in the Harry Potter movie series as Professor McGonagall, Maggie Smith has a long-standing history with Hollywood. Beginning her career onstage in 1952, the actress has won two Academy Awards and appeared in a host of revered films.
A rare vintage photograph of Elvis Presley in the early days of his career. The actor and singer, otherwise known as ‘The King of Rock & Roll,’ was to become one of the greatest sex symbols and pop culture icons of the twentieth century. After years of drug misuse, the singer would die in 1977 under mysterious circumstances.
John F Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy reads a newspaper while smoking a cigar aboard his yacht. The US president would be assassinated two years into his presidency in 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. The president stands as one of the country’s most loved political figures.
Sean Connery takes a rest after one too many beers on the set of his first James Bond film Dr. No. in 1962. The actor would portray the role in four more films. With his masculine features and rugged charm, the Scotsman was well-known as a ladies’ man about town. At 87, the actor is now retired.
Hailed as the first ‘sex kitten’, Bridget Bardot was the French singer, actress and fashion model that made the world swoon. During her career in show business, she starred in 47 feature films, performed in several musical shows and recorded over 60 songs.
In a rare and seemingly fragile moment, a fresh-faced Madonna, then known as Madonna Louise Ciccone, spends a day at the beach. The ever-evolving actress, singer, producer, and businesswoman would go on to rightfully earn the title of the ‘Queen of Pop.’ Her larger-than-life musical career has spanned over thirty years.
Legendary actor and comedian Robin Williams joins the Denver Bronco’s cheerleading squad in the ’80s. Williams performed the stunt in the squad’s revealing white ensemble for the sketch show Mork & Mindy. The beloved funnyman committed suicide in his home in 2014.
36 Year old Harrison Ford walks the streets of New York in 1978. The actor rose to fame with his starring roles in the original Star Wars franchise playing Han Solo. He is also the leading man behind the Indiana Jones films, playing the archeology professor who leads a double life as a treasure-seeking, globe-trotting adventurer.
Regarded as one of 20th Century’s most acclaimed actors in the golden age of Hollywood, a young Marlon Brando listens to records in his home accompanied by his cat. The actor was also known for his tumultuous personal life. He fathered eleven children, was married three times and had numerous high-profile romances.
Yoko Ono and John Lennon
In a non-violent protest against the Vietnam war, Yoko Ono and John Lennon held a two-week long ‘bed-in’ at the Hilton Hotel in Amsterdam in 1969. The husband and wife had recently married and chose to spend their honeymoon in the presidential suite in an artistic act to promote world peace. The ongoings were filmed and later turned into a documentary.
A young Michelle Pfeiffer is photographed in 1983. The actress has had unforgettable roles within her many years as a leading lady. She first rose to stardom with her role in the crime thriller Scarface opposite Al Pacino.
James Dean reads a book poetry at the breakfast table in 1953. The actor was celebrated as a timeless cultural figure, reflecting the teenage angst and disillusionment of the time. He died in a car accident in 1955. He would become the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination.
A young Michael Jackson skates through Central Park. The eighth child in the Jackson family, the future superstar got an early start in the music industry. He made his professional debut at the age of 6 as a member of the Jackson 5 along with his elder brothers.
The beloved and beautiful late Diana, Princess of Whales, poses for a royal portrait. Diana was the first wife of Prince Charles, the heir to the British Throne. Diana would become a media obsession with her controversial divorce from the Prince in 1996. The philanthropist and mother would tragically die in a car accident in 1997. Speculation surrounding the nature of her death remains.
In the 1960’s, the world was gripped by Beatlemania. The Rock ‘n Roll musical group enthralled the masses, they transformed pop music into an art form, largely inspired by the counterculture of the decade. Here, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr stand on a beach in striped ensembles.
Born in 1889, Charlie Chaplin was the face of the silent film era. With his defining portrayal of his character ‘The Tramp,’ the British actor forever changed the film industry with his ground-breaking comedic endeavors. After 75 years of acting, editing, producing and composing, Chaplin would die after a stroke in 1977.
Cher was first known as one half of the husband and wife folk duo Sonny & Cher. The singer and actress would have a six-decade-long career. Cher is a proud feminist, a fashion icon and multi-platinum record selling artist. She has won a Grammy, an Emmy, an Academy Award and three Golden Globes.
16 Year old Angelina Jolie poses in one of her first headshots. The Academy Award-winning actress is recognized for her work in Hollywood as well as her extensive philanthropic contributions. She is a UN ambassador and human rights activist.
Before she became Hollywood’s darling, Jennifer Lawrence was an all American young model. She was scouted at the age of 14, before moving to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams of stardom. The young actress is now one of industry’s highest paid and sought-after stars.
This unassuming college kid would become one of history’s icons. A young Barack Obama smokes a cigarette in his early twenties. He would go on to become the first African American president of the United States.