Grace Kelly

November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982

Grace Kelly 

  America’s very own Princess, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she grew up in the East Falls section, the third of four children to John Brendan Kelly, Sr., also known as Jack Kelly, and Margaret Katherine Majer Kelly.

Grace, having appeared on the cover of LIFE magazine a total of four times from 1954 – 1961, she first appeared on April 26, 1954 being listed as Hollywood’s Brightest and Busiest new star. LIFE continued to cover her from starlet to Princess as she moved from actress to the wife of Prince Rainer of Monaco. (more…)

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Leslie Townes (Bob) Hope

May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003

Bob Hope   “The publics “Stooge”.  Stand still for only a moment and someone comes up with a wise crack, Bob Hope explains in and article that appeared in LIFE Magazine October 27, 1941. Young boys ask for my autograph while explaining that they want to trade them for better ones. Men tell him they want them for weak-minded relatives.  This article is just the beginning of an affair between Bob Hope, LIFE magazine and the public. Just like LIFE, Bob became an icon to the American people and eventually the world. Articles recounting his life appeared in no less than 12 issues including 4 covers.

            Born Leslie Townes Hope in Eltham, England on May 29, 1903, in 1907, Leslie’s father brought the family to Cleveland, Ohio. In 1920, by virtue of his father’s naturalization, ‘Bob’ — the name by which the world would later know him — and his brothers became US citizens. (Bob joked, “I left England at the age of four when I found out I couldn’t be king.”) (more…)

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James (Jimmy) Stewart

One of Life’s most enduring Actors

            Mr. Smith goes to WashingtonJimmy Stewart is undoubtedly one of the most famous names in film from both yesterday and today. Known for both his ability to take a role and turn it into a real person before our very eyes and his genuine personality both on screen and off. The reviews of just one of his many films pays homage to what may well be One of Life’s most enduring Actors.


Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

October 16, 1939 LIFE Magazine


Mr. Smith goes to Washiington      Hollywood stages an amazing reproduction of the Senate in making pictures of Washington, politically timid Hollywood long confined its efforts to the eras preceding President Lincoln’s assassination. Its few glances at the contemporary capital have been imaginative rather than reportorial, and unconvinc­ing to anyone familiar with its scene. Now in Frank Capra’s new picture, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the architecture, artifacts and anthropological cur­iosities of that city are recreated with almost fan­atical authenticity. (more…)

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