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    Old Hollywood Stars: Before and After




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    We have a Before and After-thread for ourselves, but what about our idols? Do we know what they looked like before their Hollywood make-overs?
    The idea for this thread initially came from me being upset by the fact that so many beauties have been forced do diet and lose their curves in order to become stars (this is still true today). I would enjoy seeing pics of starlets prior to the weight loss ticket to fame.
    Also, I find the rest of the make-overs intriguing as well: changes in hair color, make-up, clothing, and the overall image. Please enlighten me! Even if you've seen a pic a thousand times, maybe other ladies haven't.

    Let's kick things off with Greta Garbo:

    Before

    Greta Gustafsson at 17, far right.


    Greta had a sweet tooth and liked to eat cake and pastries. She had to give up on sweets to become a star.





    More early Greta, when she still lived in Sweden, here: http://www.garboforever.com/Film-06.htm

    After


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    Good idea for a thread.

    Wow, Garbo looks so different. She became so thin.

    Even though everyone has seen before and after pictures, I figured I would post Norma Jean/Marilyn. I figured she would be good for the thread because she went through so many changes.






    Some people only like her as Norma Jean, others only like Marilyn. I like her in both looks. I'm biased though because she's my favorite.

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    Rita Hayworth

    Before Margarita Carmen Cansino





    Rita was born in Brooklyn with parents of Irish, English and Spanish descent. Columbia thought Hayworth's image was too much of a Latin style, which caused Hayworth to be cast into stereotypical Hispanic roles. So she underwent electrolysis to broaden her forehead and accentuate her widow's peak, dyed her brown hair red, and went on a diet. Some sources say she bleached her skin as well, but I'm not sure if this is true.

    After


    Naturally shy and reclusive, Hayworth was the antithesis of the characters she played. "I naturally am very shy," she said, "and I suffer from an inferiority complex." She once complained, "Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me." (wikipedia)

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    I like Rita with dark hair, she looks pretty. I think she looks pretty both ways.

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    Great Thread!

    Rita Hayworth!!
    Quite possibly my #1 Hollywood crush.
    I like her more as a brunette.
    El Erico

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    Meet Frances Ethel Gumm...


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    I guess we've all heard about how the studio put a lot of pressure on Baby Gumm to be thin and styled her to be glamorous. My personal opinion is that when the innate talent is bigger than any image a studio could create, all efforts to "improve" are superfluous. I think we would have loved her any way we could get her.

    Judy Garland...








    Threw this one in because I love the monochromatic ensemble, the hat and the beads.
    They used to photograph Shirley Temple through gauze. They should photograph me through linoleum. ~Tallulah Bankhead~

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    I love love love everything Judy Garland was in Ever since I saw her in The Wizard of Oz when I was 5. She is definitely my favorite

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    A favorite Silver Screen star of mine, especially her earlier movies. See if you can guess before you get to the end.:

    As a little tyke, circa 1915:


    As a budding young lady,circa 1922:


    As a Jazz Age baby, circa 1923:


    As a Hollywood hopeful, circa 1925:


    And circa 1944, please pass the eyebrow pencil... Joan Crawford, here in "Mildred Pierce"
    "Waiter, will you serve the nuts? I mean, will you serve the guests the nuts?"

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    Thanks for the great posts, ladies!
    Quote Originally Posted by 23SkidooWithYou
    I guess we've all heard about how the studio put a lot of pressure on Baby Gumm to be thin and styled her to be glamorous. My personal opinion is that when the innate talent is bigger than any image a studio could create, all efforts to "improve" are superfluous. I think we would have loved her any way we could get her.
    I agree with this. With a divine talent like Judy's, who cares if she has a "thick waist"? Worth mentioning is that the doctor at MGM gave her different pills to help her diet, survive the long working hours, and manage to sleep. They were addictive.

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    Doris Day

    Doris Day had a wholesome, girl-next-door image; from her 50s musicals to her 60s romantic comedies, her smile was always blindingly white. In the 40s however, she was a steamy pin-up! I wasn't able to get hold of the more racy pin-ups of her, though I know I've seen them in the past, so you'll have to make do with this:

    Before Doris Mary Ann von Kappelhoff





    1944 (22 years-old, the year of her musical breakthrough)


    After The Virgin Queen


    Bonus: Fun hair pics!



    "The succession of cheerful, period musicals I made, plus Oscar Levant's highly publicized comment about my virginity ('I knew Doris Day before she became a virgin.') contributed to what has been called my 'image', which is a word that baffles me. There never was any intent on my part either in my acting or in my private life to create any such thing as an image."
    Quote from her autobiography

    In an interview with Barbara Walters, she commented, "I don't know where that label came from. Maybe it's the way I look. Do I look like a virgin?"
    Wikipedia

    P.S. If anyone else has better pin-ups of Doris, please post!

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