There was once a time when celebrities weren’t just celebrities, but normal people too. Walking down Hollywood Blvd. was exciting not just because of its fame but because you were sure to spot a big star, most likely doing an everyday thing you could find yourself doing. Movie stars were unapproachable yet relatable.
Now, this is just a whisper of the past on which we look back with nostalgia, but with these pictures, we can fondly look back with a little more clarity.
This rare picture of Monroe gives us a small glimpse into the real Marylin. Sultry, sexy, yet innocent, she became the most popular sex symbol of the 1950’s. The reasons why are obvious from looking at this picture. and acted like an emblem for the era’s attitude towards sexuality. Looking at this exquisite rarely seen photo, it’s no wonder why,
But as she became the emblem for the era’s attitude towards sexuality, turmoil began to build up underneath those seductive eyes and blonde curls, causing her to suffer internally from substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. The media’s constant attention only made this struggle worse.
Two Legends, One Kitchen
Pictured here is two timeless musical legends standing side-by-side, washing dishes, perhaps from a morning’s breakfast! Naturally, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson struck up a dee friendship through their collaboration on the song “The Girl Is Mine.”
Sadly, however, their friendship did not last. Fame and money came between them when Jackson outbid McCartney to the rights of the Beatles songs and bought a 50 percent stake. “I think it’s dodgy to do something like that,” McCartney once said of the buyout. “To be someone’s friend and then, buy the rug they’re standing on.” Indeed, Jackson’s move was a bit unfriendly, to say the least.
Marilyn Pumping Iron
Marilyn Monroe will ever be America’s iconic blonde bombshell, and one of the ways she created that image was to daily hit the weights! Many don’t realize it with her voluptuous figure, but here’s proof of how she toned up.
Muhammad Ali Beats The Beatles
Though both crucial icons of the 1960s, who the Beatles and Muhammad Ali were and what they stood for were drastically different. One, the “British invasion” of pop music to America; the other, a bold champion boxer.
At one of the most turbulent times in history, Muhammad Ali was known to freely blurt out his political beliefs. But the couple seemed to have gotten along just fine, as this photo seems to communicate.
Chaplin & Einstein
Now what are silent film actor Charlie Chaplin and renowned scientist Albert Einstein doing in the same photograph? You may have never put two and two together to realize that these men were from the same era!
Not only that, but they had a bit in common, both European immigrants to the United States (Charlie was born in England and Albert in Germany). They hit it off rather quickly when Albert was touring the States, so naturally, Charlie invited him for dinner!
Young Dalai Lama
Again, no matter your standing in society or your nationality, we all begin as babes, grow into children, those tough teen years, and so on. We know the 14th Dalai Lama well for his peace-promoting efforts and meetings with major figures, from US Presidents to the famous Hollywood actor Richard Gere. But Tenzin Gyatso was once just a simple, young boy born to a farming family in Tibet in 1935.
This unassuming boy took his position of power at the age of 15, which makes us sometimes forge he was once just a little child, like you or me.