We’re used to seeing our favorite celebrities gracing the covers of magazines, newspapers and TV shows at every turn. But many of the biggest stars today have been in the biz for decades. While we’re familiar with what they look like nowadays, it’s easy to forget what they looked like decades ago.
From Brigitte Bardot to Sophia Loren and Bruce Lee, you won’t want to miss this list of vintage celebrity photos of some of Hollywood and pop culture’s most legendary icons. There are some truly groovy behind-the-scenes and candid treasures here.
Check out these epic pictures from a bygone era!
French superstar Brigitte Bardot was one of the biggest phenomena of the ‘50s and ‘60s. The legendary fashion icon and sex symbol starred in 47 films and recorded more than 60 songs during her extensive career before she retired from entertainment in 1973.
In this candid photo, the bombshell blonde mesmerizes even as she cools her feet during a break on the set of the film Viva Maria! In 1964. For her part in the comedy-action flick, Brigitte Bardot was nominated for a BAFTA award for Best Foreign Actress.
Nepali men carrying the 1938 Mercedes Benz that Adolf Hitler gifted to King Truibhuvan of Nepal (1940).
An aerial view of the flowers left outside Buckingham palace after the death of Princess Diana, 1997.
Jackie Mitchell was one of the first female pitchers in professional baseball history. Pitching for the Chattanooga Lookouts Class AA minor league baseball team in an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig in succession. She is shaking hands with both of them in this picture.
His policy achievements were vast, from domestic affairs — where he was the last president to sign a truly bipartisan “grand bargain” — to his deft foreign policy, including around the Gulf War and the conclusion of the Cold War.
When he lost his race for a second term to Bill Clinton in 1992, he wrote a touching letter to his successor that was widely seen as a reminder of grace in politics.