Candid Photos of Old Hollywood Stars

I’m so happy the time changed today and the days will be getting longer! Here are some candid shots of the classic stars having their kind of fun in the warmer weather or free time.

Some enjoyed being outdoors in nature…

Joan Blondell poses with a lamb. This photo wasn’t a pose someone told her to do, she in fact loved animals.

Clark Gable and Carole Lombard with horses on their 20 acre ranch. Loving the outdoors, they had numerous animals they cared for in between going fishing and hunting together. After Lombard’s untimely death in a 1942 plane crash, Gable at first wanted to sale the ranch but eventually decided to hold onto it.

John Gilbert plays a game of tennis, circa late 1920s maybe. Once as popular as Rudolph Valentino in the silent era, some of his best known films being The Big Parade (1925) and his films with Garbo including Flesh and the Devil (1926).

While many fans believed Fred Astaire was her boyfriend–despite the fact that Fred was married–Ginger Rogers was married to Lew Ayres from 1934 to 1941. Here she is fishing with Ayres.

..or by the pool…

Lucille Ball sitting on the diving board of the pool with her dogs. She loved animals and had many dogs throughout her life. Many candid photos exist of her having fun with them so this is just one of those! 

Doesn’t this photo look like an album cover? Dolores del Río chats with Sandra Shaw by the pool with Gary Cooper. I believe this is the home del Rio shared with her husband, art director Cedric Gibbons. 

…while others went out to nightclubs…

Norwegian ice skater turned actress Sonja Henie with date Tyrone Power have a laugh with Don Ameche and his wife. Ameche and Power were said to have been close friends after having met in 1933 at a radio station.

Norma Shearer dances with George Raft at a nightclub. Apparently the two wanted to get married, however Raft’s wife who he had been long separated from refused a divorce and Shearer ended her relationship with Raft.

…or decided to relax with something good to read.

Jean Harlow reading and working on a story on her typewriter. Some say this was the draft of her novel, “Today is Tonight”, which wouldn’t be published until nearly 30 years after her death.

Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman take it easy in Paris in 1960. Their marriage lasted til Newman’s death and while he admitted that they had little in common besides being actors, that despite their separate interests,  it made their marriage stronger.

Making some time where they could be with their family and friends.

John Garfield and his daughter Katharine riding bikes. A few years after this photo was taken, very sadly Katharine died from an allergic reaction.

James Cagney waves his hat as he rides the ferris wheel with  Chester Morris and Edward G. Robinson. I don’t know much about this photo other than it’s from May 1934.

James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor walk through a small carnival in or nearby Marfa, Texas where they were filming Giant (1955). Taylor was close friends with Dean until his death shortly afterward in a car crash.

(The only color photo, I know,) This sweet picture are three of the four Lane sisters (from left to right): Rosemary, Lola and Priscilla. While Priscilla may be the most remembered today, the Lane sisters starred together in 4 films, Four Daughters (1938), Daughter’s Courageous (1939) Four Wives (1939) and Four Mothers (1941).

What are you most looking forward to doing in the springtime?


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