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A PICTORIAL ODYSSEY OF MID-CENTURY FILM STARS, SEX SYMBOLS AND LEGENDS

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Yves Montand watching Marilyn Monroe who’s watching Arthur Miller who’s watching Simone Signoret who’s watching Yves Montand

Background: C. 1959 - Montand & Signoret were married.  Monroe and Miller were married.  Montand & Monroe had an affair while making Let’s Make Love (1960) … there ya go! 

awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Yves Montand watching Marilyn Monroe who’s watching Arthur Miller who’s watching Simone Signoret who’s watching Yves Montand

Background: C. 1959 - Montand & Signoret were married.  Monroe and Miller were married.  Montand & Monroe had an affair while making Let’s Make Love (1960) … there ya go! 

WHAT A DIFFERENCE 10 YEARS MAKES! the top moneymaking stars of 1969*

~ by Platinum Fallacies ~

*Published in 1970

Since the mid-1990’s, the movie business has not groomed many actors that you could call bonafide box office draws.  For the past 15 years, the annual top ten lists reveal the same general group of actors: Hanks, Cruise, Clooney, Bullock, Roberts, DiCaprio, Pitt, Washington et al.  You might have a year or two where names like Adam Sandler, Shia LeBouef or Catherine Zeta-Jones make fleeting appearances, but the old reliables still keep coming back year after year.

Compare that to 45, 55 years ago when you had an almost completely different set of actors in 1960 than you did in 1969; not just the names, but the type of stars, seemed vastly divergent.  In yesterday’s post, the preponderance of the top ten stars in 1960 were conventional romantic leads like Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Debbie Reynolds, Tony Curtis and Sandra Dee.  Compare them to the ten stars that showed up nine years later …

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1.  PAUL NEWMAN           2.  JOHN WAYNE

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3.  STEVE McQUEEN            4.  DUSTIN HOFFMAN

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5.  CLINT EASTWOOD      6.  SIDNEY POITIER

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7.  LEE MARVIN           8.  JACK LEMMON

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9.  KATHARINE HEPBURN         10.  BARBRA STREISAND

Dawn of a Decade: The Top Money Making Stars of 1960*

~ by Platinum Fallacies ~

*Published in 1961

"The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a star’s real box-office draw because the selections are made by professionals whose livelihood depends on choosing the films and actors that will bring audiences to their theaters.

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1.  DORIS DAY                   2.  ROCK HUDSON

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   3.  CARY GRANT         4.  ELIZABETH TAYLOR   

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5.  DEBBIE REYNOLDS        6.  TONY CURTIS

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7.  SANDRA DEE          8.  FRANK SINATRA

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9.  JACK LEMMON           10.  JOHN WAYNE

15 Years Ago: The Top Money Making Stars of 1998*

*Published in 1999

"The Quigley Poll, conducted each year since 1932, is an annual survey of motion picture theatre owners and film buyers, which asks them to vote for the ten stars that they believe generated the most box-office revenue for their theatres during the year. It has been long regarded as one of the most reliable indicators of a star’s real box-office draw because the selections are made by professionals whose livelihood depends on choosing the films and actors that will bring audiences to their theaters.”

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1.  Tom Hanks                       2.  Jim Carrey

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3.  Leonardo DiCaprio       4.  Robin Williams

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5.  Meg Ryan                          6.  Mel Gibson

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7.  Adam Sandler                 8.  Eddie Murphy

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9.  Cameron Diaz                 10.  Julia Roberts

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