St. Louis University basketball player Ed Macauley talking to his coach Ed Hickey (1949)
Photography (Cary Grant)
Brigitte Bardot photographed by Sam Levin, 1956
Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American movie star and political activist. “Unchallenged as the most important actor in modern American Cinema” according to the St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, Brando was one of only three professional actors, along with Charlie Chaplin and Marilyn Monroe, named by Time magazine as one of its 100 Persons of the Century in 1999.
Brando had a significant impact on film acting, and was the foremost example of the “method” acting style. While he became notorious for his “mumbling” diction and exuding a raw animal magnetism, his mercurial performances were nonetheless highly regarded, and he is widely considered as one of the greatest and most influential actors of the 20th century. Director Martin Scorsese said of him, “He is the marker. There’s ‘before Brando’ and ‘after Brando’.” Actor Jack Nicholson once said, “When Marlon dies, everybody moves up one.” He was ranked by the American Film Institute as the fourth greatest screen legend among male movie stars.
An enduring cultural icon, Brando became a box office star during the 1950s, during which time he racked up five Oscar nominations as Best Actor, along with three consecutive wins of the BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role. He initially gained popularity for recreating the role as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a Tennessee Williams play that had established him as a Broadway star during its 1947-49 stage run; and for his Academy Award-winning performance as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954), as well as for his iconic portrayal of the rebel motorcycle gang leader Johnny Strabler in The Wild One (1953), which is considered to be one of the most famous images in pop culture. Brando was also nominated for the Oscar for playing Emiliano Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952); Mark Antony inJoseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1953 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar; and as Air Force Major Lloyd Gruver in Sayonara (1957), Joshua Logan’s adaption of James Michener’s 1954 novel.
He won his second Academy Award for playing Vito Corleone in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972), a role critics consider among his greatest.
He finished out the decade of the 1970s with his highly controversial performance as Colonel Walter Kurtz in another Coppola film, Apocalypse Now (1979).
Marvin Gaye was born on April 2nd, 1939. Watch a timeless performance of What’s Going On below:
It wasn’t a plane. It wasn’t a bird. It wasn’t even Wonder Woman. It was a stunt. On Monday, stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil plunged 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks into an inflated air bag at the pool deck–as the scene was being filmed for an upcoming two-hour special episode of the Wonder Woman series. A Warner Brothers spokeswoman said Miss O’Neil, who is deaf, established a new high fall record and broke her own previous mark of 120 feet. Before the leap, Miss O’Neil practiced by making two 10-story jumps. After the leap, she rode to the airport for a return flight to Bonneville, Utah, where she’s attempting to set a new world land speed record in her jet powered car.
Publication: Los Angeles Times, February 13, 1979
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 1979
It wasn’t a plane. It wasn’t a bird. It wasn’t even Wonder Woman. It was a stunt. On Monday, stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil plunged 127 feet from atop the Valley Hilton in Sherman Oaks into an inflated air bag at the pool deck—as the scene was being filmed for an upcoming two-hour special episode of the Wonder Woman series. A Warner Brothers spokeswoman said Miss O’Neil, who is deaf, established a new high fall record and broke her own previous mark of 120 feet. Before the leap, Miss O’Neil practiced by making two 10-story jumps. After the leap, she rode to the airport for a return flight to Bonneville, Utah, where she’s attempting to set a new world land speed record in her jet powered car.
Kitty O’Neil (born 1948) was a deaf stuntwoman and racer. She set speed records in both driving and water skiing in addition to performing stunts for films such as The Blues Brothers. Stockard Channing portrayed Kitty O’Neil in a 1979 TV movie. In 1986, Kitty retired to South Dakota.
Despite being a tongue-in-cheek depiction of girls in uniform, Albert’s Bergeret’s collection of playing cards entitled ‘Women of the Future’ turned out to be an eerily accurate portrait of the modern world.
The French illustrator, renowned for his post cards, created a series of drawings in 1902 showing girls dressed as soldiers, lawyers, journalists and even army generals.
And while he was right in predicting women would one day join the work force, the impractical wardrobe choices were far from realistic.
Farewell: A couple in Penn Station share a kiss before he ships off to WWII in December, 1943Landmark: Russian head Nikita S Khrushchev and his wife, center, meet the press at the top of the Empire State building in September, 1959Ruckus: Young boys with sticks, running around while playing a street game in Spanish Harlem in January, 1947Chic: A woman walks her poodles along Fifth Avenue in October, 1942Hazy: New York Harbor looking straight down bustling 42nd Street, January, 1946
From buskers in Times Square and 40ft tall billboards lighting up the theatre district, to the boardwalk in Coney Island, New York is known for its many landmarks.
But these nostalgic photographs are a distinctly different vision from the Big Apple we know today.
Antique cars and vintage wardrobe tell the story of old New York in these black and white photos taken by LIFE’s photographers between 1942 and 1970.
Janet Leigh, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly and Eve Marie Saint jumping photos by Philippe Halsman.