The Beatles, 1964
Harry Benson, the iconic photograph below, one of those that people just can’t get enough of. The subject of the image? Only the hottest pop-rock band in the world at the time: The Beatles! Staying in the obscenely expensive George V Hotel in Paris in 1964, the Beatles were only just getting a taste of the fame to ensue. The night this photograph was taken was the same night the “Fab Four” found out that their song “I Want to Hold Your Hand” went No.1 in the United States.
Perhaps the best part about this photograph’s story is that Glasgow-born Benson wasn’t interested in the band at all and wanted to cover a story in Africa instead. But after an encounter with the band and their music, Benson was mesmerized, so he stuck it out with them, taking countless photographs. This is just one of many, but it perfectly captures the excitement and happiness of the moment.
Louis Armstrong Serenades His Wife Lucille Wilson – The Pyramids of Giza, 1961
In the vintage black and white photo below, with the grand Egyptian Pyramids of Giza as their backdrop, internationally renowned jazz musician and singer Louis Armstrong romantically plays the trumpet for his loving wife Lucille Wilson, as she affectionately sits and watches her husband, listening with a smile: a truly iconic shot. As the world became entrapped in the age of the Cold War and relationships between world nations became increasingly strained, the U.S. sought out a unique approach to bring the world together in this time of great international conflict. Their solution? Jazz.
To carry out this international diplomatic attempt, the U.S. sent a number of prominent jazz musicians abroad to act as ambassadors for the nation. So, in 1961, as an act of cultural diplomacy, Louis Armstrong and his wife journeyed to Egypt.
Evel Knievel, 1967
Before all the amateur pranksters began filming their stunts for TV, Evel Knievel was the ultimate daredevil. Pictured here, Evel Knievel tried to jump over the fountains at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
The jump was around 141 feet, and unfortunately, Knievel didn’t make it. Knievel crashed and wound up in a coma for 28 days. But what resulted from his failed stunt and ensuing coma was more fame, and Knievel became more popular than ever.
The Era of Brigitte Bardot
Among all of the notable starlets of the 60s, Bridget Bardot was certainly one of the top icons of the day. Bardot was born in France, giving her that exotic “it” factor that movie studios were looking for.
She was known for films like “The Night Heaven Fell,” “Love Is My Profession,” and “Contempt.” She was often cast as the love interest in her movies but still managed to appear in a few different film genres.
Alfred Hitchcock, The Master of Suspense, 1964
Before he was known to have grown too attached to actress Tippi Hedren, the legendary film director was snapped in this sort of behind-the-scenes style photo. Hitchcock’s films erupted during the 60s with now-classics like “The Birds,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and “Vertigo,” to name a few.
This photo was taken around the time of his latest film, Marnie, which starred Sean Connery and Tippi Hedren.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in NYC, 1968
For the Eddie Murphy fans out there, this was certainly Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Coming to America moment, as the “Austrian Oak” touched down on U.S. soil for the very first time, in 1968. The professional bodybuilder-turned action movie star was an overnight sensation in the U.S. Below, he appears rather goofy with a camera in his hand, taking in the sights of New York City like any other awestruck tourist.
Schwarzenegger immigrated to the United States after becoming the youngest bodybuilder to ever win the Mr. Universe title. But it seems that after winning the competition, Arnold had his sights set on the flashing lights of Hollywood. It didn’t take long for him to find success since he was truly one-of-a-kind. Little did he know that one day he would be known as the “Governator” of California.
This image says a lot about the late Jimi Hendrix. It’s powerful because it was taken before his untimely demise at the age of 27 in 1970. We all know that he was an extremely talented guitarist and has influenced many people during his reign.
He also sang and performed his own music, which makes him one of the greatest in music history. In fact, he was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his contributions to music during his career.
Arguably the most iconic rock band in history, The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. After four years of jammin’ and rock and rollin’, the band of four took the international stages by storm. The “Fab Four” were trailblazers, helping pop music evolve and grow, incorporating unconventional recording techniques and some experimental music styles. This photo of them in their youth really takes us back to the swinging 60s.
Their fresh-faced boyishness and catchy melodies shot them to international fame, taking their “Please Please Me” tour throughout Europe. Selling a mind-blowing 800 million albums worldwide, it’s no wonder they were included in “Time” magazine’s list of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people. But looking back here, these young kids would’ve just been there for the ride, with no real idea of what was to come.
Barbara Eden’s Baby Shower, 1965
In the below photo, a very happy Barbara Eden, actress and soon-to-be mother celebrates her 1965 baby shower alongside friends Dawn Wells, Shelley Fabares, and Lori Nelson. Eden was captivated audiences on TV all across America with her mystical alter ego in her role in the sitcom, “I Dream of Jeannie.” Throughout the show’s episodes, the beautiful Eden stars as a genie in a bottle, whose bottle was discovered on a deserted island by a stranded astronaut called Tony Nelson.
Eden went on to film the unaired pilot of the 1973 television short, “The Barbara Eden Show,” as well as the pilot for the 1973 TV movie, “The Toy Game.” Following her many successful hits on-screen, Eden went on to write several books about her life and career, including her memoir, “Jeannie Out of the Bottle.”
The Incredible Mr. Limpet: Man Turned Animated, Talking Fish, 1964
Featured in the below photo is a shot from the American live-action/animated adventure movie, “The Incredible Mr. Limpet” (1964). Based on the 1942 novel, “Mr. Limpet,” this Warner Bros. film follows the story of a man by the name of Henry Limpet (played by leading actor Don Knotts), a “mild-mannered man” turned animated talking fish. Taking place in World War II, Limpet, who takes on the appearance of a tilefish, ultimately aids the U.S. Navy in locating and destroying Nazi submarines.
Best known for his five-time Emmy-winning role as the “over-anxious” Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on the 1960s sitcom, The Andy Griffith Show—a show which earned him five Emmys—Knotts also acted as the leading man in a number of other comedic films. In 1979, TV Guide even ranked Knotts #27 on its “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time” list! The onscreen dynamic between Andy Griffith and Knotts propelled the two actors to the very top of the list of the best comedy duos in the entire history of television. In 2006, Knotts died from lung cancer complications at the age of 82.
Coming To America, 1964
The boy band from across the pond that made waves in the world of music had finally landed in the U.S. This photo captured their first time in the U.S. after they landed at John F. Kennedy airport in 1964.
The Beatles were the number one band among the younger generation during the 60s, mixing genres and continuously breaking both sales and records. Though only two of the members remain alive today, fans will always remember them as “The Fab Four.”
Salvador Dali & Raquel Welch
Have you guys heard of Raquel Welch? This beautiful woman, as you can see in the photo, was one of the most desired women in the 60s. In this photo, we see the famous painter Salvador Dali who painted a portrait of Welch.
Because of her gorgeous looks and figure, it really does make a lot of sense why Dali would paint such a portrait of her or would be infatuated with her as the rest of the world. After finishing the portrait, Dali gave her a kiss on the hand to thank her for posing for his painting.
Claudia Cardinale, 1963
The photograph below captures the beautiful Claudia Cardinale: an Italian film star who successfully captured the hearts of millions of adoring fans all over the world. Blessed with much more than just beauty, Cardinale’s raw talent is exemplified in her performances in films, including “Girl with a Suitcase” (1961), “The Leopard” (1963), and Federico Fellini’s “8½” (1963).
Though Cardinale first caught the attention of Europeans through her performances in a myriad of hit European films throughout the 1960s and ‘70s, it was not long before this Italian film actress and international sex symbol became a household name in the U.S., and later the rest of the world, through her iconic performance in the film, “The Pink Panther.”
Abbey Road, 1969
Do you remember their famous pedestrian crossing album cover? Well, here’s a little secret for you, when the Beatles shot their iconic Abbey Road cover in 1969, the primary album photo had to be retaken a number of times for it to be exactly perfect for the cover.
In this photo, they were going the wrong way! Check out the photo; here’s Paul, George, Ringo, and John, making their way back across the street for another take. They must have had quite a number of bloopers in this shot before getting the right one.
One of the biggest highlights of the 60s was the Woodstock music festival. Woodstock may have gained a more lighthearted reputation in pop culture, but two people actually died during the festival. Still, the mega-concert is considered a notable event in American history, with many performers like Joe Cocker and Creedence Clearwater Revival taking the stage.
The highlighted performer was Jimi Hendrix, who was paid $18,000 to perform at the event. Altogether, it is estimated that one million people attended Woodstock.
Backstage with Kitty Dolan
This picture gives us a rare backstage glimpse of one of the dancers alongside actress Kitty Dolan. As this performer was getting ready for one of those signature shows at the Tropicana Hotel, she was likely making last-minute adjustments to her outfit and make-up.
In a matter of minutes, these performers would appear before a packed audience and give them the show they wouldn’t forget for a very long time.
Tommy Chong: Comedian, Actor, and Father of Six
Pictured below is the widely known comedian, actor, writer, and musician Thomas B. Kin Chong, most known as Tommy Chong to both fans and critics alike. Notoriously known for his efforts as an activist in the fight for cannabis rights, Chong’s success is due largely in part to his marijuana-centered comedy series, of which Chong is most known for, “Cheech & Chong.”
Aside from the series Chong starred in alongside his fellow comedic partner in crime, Cheech Marin, Cheech and Chong are also known for their numerous musical albums. And while the idea of Chong as a father would most likely be viewed as another one of the infamous comedian’s jokes, in reality, Tommy Chong is actually considered “quite the family man.” In total, throughout his marriages, notorious stoner-turned-family-man would go on to raise a whopping six children.
Pretty in Pink: An Especially Pink Pink Floyd, 1968
Below are the especially pink members of the world-renowned rock band Pink Floyd, posing under a pink blanket in front of a pink background, taken in 1968. Comprised of band members (from left to right) Nick Mason, David Gilmour, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, whether it be through unique photographs like this one, or when playing live on stage in front of thousands, no matter what they do, or wherever they go, you better believe Pink Floyd will leave a lasting impression.
Though originally from London, Pink Floyd’s unique, progressive and psychedelic music style soon reached international recognition. But what made this band different from all the other psychedelic rock bands at the time was their ability to produce philosophical lyrics, lengthy musical compositions, and elaborately energetic live shows. Named by the lead singer of the band, Syd Barrett, the name was created by combining the names of two blues musicians, renowned for their bass-influenced style of picking: Pink Anderson and Floyd Council.
Meet The Supremes, 1968
Singing ensembles like The Supremes were very popular in the 60s with their catchy lyrics, harmonized voices, and synchronized dance moves. The Supremes were among the most popular and were famous for hits like “Baby Love,” “Stop! In the Name of Love,” and “You Keep Me Hanging On.”
The Supremes gained international notoriety, even meeting the Queen in 1968. The most successful of the group was Diana Ross, who went on to have a successful solo career.
Julie Christie as ‘Lara’ in Dr. Zhivago, 1965
The below photograph is a shot of actress Julie Christie, appearing as the female love interest in the classic novel turned blockbuster hit, “Dr. Zhivago,” filmed in 1965. Though widely popular in the West at the time of its publication, not surprisingly, this book was banned in the Soviet Union. As a result, the production of the film was unable to be carried out anywhere near the borders of the powerful, socialist state. Instead, filmmakers chose to shoot this epic love story in Spain.
Interestingly enough, while a majority of the movie is set in a snow-covered, icy tundra, in reality, most of these dramatic, snow-clad scenes were filmed in Spain during the country’s hot, sunny summer months. This epic film would go on to win a record-breaking five Oscars, taking home the winning nominations for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Costume Design.
John Lennon & Yoko Ono, 1969
The below photo shows one of the most iconic rock legends, John Lennon, with partner Yoko Ono in a recording studio, listening to a song recorded for the film, “Let it Be Back,” in 1969. Despite the band’s massive success all over the world, money and success don’t always lead to happiness.
In 1969 tensions were high during many of the band’s recording sessions, and it was no secret that the members of this British Invasion band were constantly at odds with each other. For Lennon, his addiction to heroin and Yoko Ono brought even more problems to the bands’ dynamic, as he was unwilling to ever be apart from Ono since he considered them a “package deal.”
Twiggy: A Fashion Icon, 1967
Fashion changes rapidly over the decades, and the 60s were no exception. The look of the “ideal woman” also changed from fuller figures like Marilyn Monroe to more svelte types like “the face of 1966” model, Twiggy.
Twiggy (real name, Leslie Hornby) was discovered at a hair salon, and it was her hairdresser that gave her the name that represented her image to the modeling world.
Blue Öyster Cult, 1967
Below, world-renowned classic, hard rock band Blue Öyster Cult strikes a pose! Formed in 1967, since its creation, this iconic band has sold more than 24 million records worldwide and a staggering 7 million records in the US alone. Of its many successful hits, the band’s most widely known songs include hits like ‘(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,’ ‘Godzilla’ and ‘Burnin’ for You.’
Though over the years, this band has had a number of different members, the combination of band members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier, Joe Bouchard, and Albert Bouchard proved to be the longest-running and most commercially successful lineup.
Lori Saunders & Wolf, 1965
Below is a truly iconic shot of actress Lori Saunders, posing alongside her wolf co-star in the hit adventure movie “Mara of the Wilderness” (1965). Throughout her longstanding acting career, Saunders is most known for her performance as brunette middle-sister Bobbie Jo Bradley on the rural situation-comedy TV series, “Petticoat Junction” (1965–1970).
Following her role as Bobbie Jo, in 1973, Saunders went on to appear as Mr. Drysdale’s secretary “Betty Gordon” in the last season of the television series, “The Beverly Hillbillies,” a show she aced on for another year, up until 1974. Additionally, from 1973 until 1974, Saunders appeared as “Betsy” on the situation-comedy western TV show—described as “a wild west version of Gilligan’s Island”— “Dusty’s Trail.”
I Dream Of Jeanie
Along with highly-rated TV shows like “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Star Trek,” and “Bonanza,” was the comedy, “I Dream of Jeanie.” The whimsical plot centered around a woman (who happens to be a 2,000-year-old genie) and her astronaut husband trying to adjust to normal, suburban life.
Actress Barbara Eden’s outfit was a bit controversial for the day, but it nonetheless became a beloved show for the time.
Jayne Mansfield & Cockatoo
As seen in this photograph with a cockatoo, Jayne Mansfield is known as one of the first Playboy Playmates and a huge Hollywood sex symbol throughout the 1950s and into the early 60s. By the time this photo was taken, Mansfield was already onto her second husband, Mickey Hargitay, whom she married in 1958. Throughout the couple’s marriage, the two made a total of four movies together: “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” (1957), “The Loves of Hercules” (1960), “Promises! Promises!” (1963), and “L’Amore Primitivo” (1964).
As an actress, many of Mansfield’s films were considered major box-office successes. Her performance in “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter” even won her a Theatre World Award, as well as a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year in 1957, for her starring role in the 1956 musical comedy “The Girl Can’t Help It.” Sadly, in 1967, this actress’s successful career came to an abrupt, tragic end after she passed away in a fatal car accident at the young age of 34.
“F Troop,” 1965
Below, the troop of the hit TV series, “F-Troop,” smiles for the camera! A satirical sitcom that ran from 1965-1967, “F-Troop” took place in 1860s Fort Courage, a fictional U.S. Army outpost in Kansas. The show is centered on the stories of U.S. soldiers and Native Americans in the wild, wild west in 1860. Though not always historically accurate, preferring instead to create parodies on historical events, the bulk of this show’s humor was largely character-based and included many visual gag slapsticks and physical comedy bits.
Many times, the comedy even included “elements of burlesque,” with no shortage of visual gags. Several of these gags recurred on more than one occasion, one of these involving Corporal Argan’s (played by actor Larry Storch) tendency to discipline his Troopers by hitting them on the head with his hat. Another recurring joke on “F-Troop” is the classic case of the malfunctioning cannon.
The Queen of Rock and Roll, 1958
We’ve all heard about Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, but what about the Queen of Rock and Roll, Lillian Briggs? She was a star in the early ’50s, and as one of the first female rock stars, she blew the crowds away when she performed in Las Vegas.
Her single, “I Want You To Be My Baby,” was a favorite, and not only that, it was her first release that sold one million copies! In this rare photo from 1958, she was seen giving a fierce performance at the Sands Hotel.
Helen Mirren, 1968
Few actors and actresses are able to achieve what Shakespearean actress and A-list movie star Helen Mirren has achieved: the “Triple Crown of Acting: Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award.” Born in 1945 as Ilynea Lydia Mironoff, Mirren first began her formal acting career after joining the Royal Shakespeare Company in the late 1960s. Though nominated twice before for an Emmy, it was Mirren’s 2007 performance as Queen Elizabeth II in the critically acclaimed film, “The Queen,” that would finally earn the actress the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Additionally, Mirren would also go on to win an Oliver Award for Best Actress for her performance in the drama “The Audience” in 2013, a role in which she again acted as Queen Elizabeth II. In 2003, Mirren was formally recognized for her years of dedication and talent in the world of the Performing Arts after being appointed as a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for Services to the Performing Arts.
“The Andy Griffith Show,” 1960
Below, actors Elinor Donahue, Ron Howard, and Andy Griffith strike a pose as they take a picture for a Holiday promotional photograph for “The Andy Griffith Show” in 1960. The iconic Andy Griffith Show captured viewers from all over, as it followed the life of the fictional lead character Andy Taylor (played by Andy Griffith), a widowed country-bumpkin sheriff in charge of the tiny town of Mayberry, North Carolina.
The show went on to run for a total of 8 seasons, lasting from 1960 up until 1968. Following Donahue’s last role as Judge Marie Anderson in the soap opera, “The Young and the Restless,” she eventually chose to step out of the limelight. Today, she is happy to lead a life away from the cameras. “As far as I know, and nobody knows what’s around the corner, it’s no more,” she said. “I’m done, finished… But all told, it was all just so magical. Honestly, I’ve had a lot of fun.”
The Grateful Dead, 1965
This photograph captures the goofy antics of the band, ‘The Warlocks’—most known by their later name, the Grateful Dead—taken while gathered in the Bay Area in 1965. Formed in 1964, ‘The Warlocks’ performed their very first gig in 1965. A year after the group’s first performance, the band would change their name to what most fans know today: The Grateful Dead.
An eclectic fusion of rock, psychedelia, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, and space rock, the Grateful Dead is most known for its “lengthy live jam sessions” and unique musical style, one which has captured the hearts of so many devoted fans, that followers of the band were given their own nickname: ‘Deadheads.’ In 1995, Jerry Garcia, the band’s leading guitarist, tragically passed away at the age of 53. Despite the loss of the band’s much-loved co-founding member, the Grateful Dead still continues to tour today, performing under the name “Dead and Company.”
The Beatniks – The Lucy Show, 1967
Photographed below is a still image of actresses Lucy and Viv, dressed up as beatniks in “The Lucy Show” in 1967. In line with the usual, troublemaking antics of these quirky besties throughout the show, in this particular episode, Viv flies to California to visit Lucy to admit to her that she is looking for a young college student from her hometown, whom she believes has fallen into the “no-good beatnik crowd.” To help the student, Lucy and Viv decide to disguise themselves as hippies in order to “track the youth down.”
Believe it or not, despite Ball and Vance’s strong chemistry on the show, upon first meeting, the two didn’t immediately hit it off as friends. In fact, Ball almost chose not to cast Vance on “I Love Lucy,” as Ball initially desired an older, frumpier actress to play the role of her neighbor on the show. However, Desi Arnaz believed in Vance and her exceptional work on stage and convinced Lucy that she was, in fact, the right actress for the job. As a result, the match turned out to be a huge success.
Maud Adams, 1966
Pictured in the below photo is head-turning Swedish actress Maud Solveig Christina Adams. Best known for her portrayal of not one but two Bond girls in the iconic James Bond films—the first being “The Man with the Golden Gun” (1974), the second being the “eponymous” character in “Octopussy” (1983). In addition to her iconic roles in the James Bond movie franchise, little known to many of her fans, Adams also appeared briefly in an uncredited role in the film “A View to a Kill” (1985).
It wasn’t until her role as “the doomed mistress of the villain” in the Bond movie, “The Man with the Golden Gun,” that Adams was truly recognized as the ultimate face of international beauty and fame. Looking back on her appearances as minor characters in the Bond films over 30 years ago, Adams still reflects back on roles like that of the infamous seductress, Octopussy.
Farrah Fawcett, 1969
In the photo below, we see a brace-wearing, young Farrah Fawcett. She first appeared on Hollywood’s radar back in 1968, when she signed a $350 contract with the American film company Screen Gems. Her acting career was jumpstarted with a series of guest roles and appearances on a number of television shows and commercials for products like Noxzema Max Factor and Beautyrest mattress, among many others. She starred in her first film, the French romantic drama “Love is a Funny Thing,” in 1969.
Fawcett would continue her television legacy, appearing in a recurring role on the TV detective show “Harry-O,” which ran from 1974 to 1976. She would also go on to appear in the American TV series, “The Six Million Dollar Man,” a show about a cyborg-like astronaut, where she would meet her then-husband, Lee Majors. Sadly, this internationally recognized actress passed away on June 25th, 2009, at the age of 62.
Audrey Hepburn, 1961
The photo below illustrates the style, class, and beauty that Audrey Hepburn is: the “sweet-natured, doe-eyed British actress,” whose iconic performance in the film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) made her an overnight success in the world of film and fashion. However, despite her instant rise to fame in Hollywood, as the years passed by, Hepburn found herself spending less and less time acting in films, dedicating more of her time to her work with the United Nations Children’s Fund.
Despite her decreased appearance in the limelight still, Hepburn’s fanbase remained stronger than ever. To this day, she remains one of America’s most beloved sweethearts. Her activist work with the UN eventually led to her position as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, where she worked alongside volunteers in some of the poorest and most destitute communities across Africa, South America, and Asia.
Lucille Ball & John Wayne, 1966
Below, America’s favorite goofy redhead actress Lucille Ball gives actor John Wayne something to talk about! A scene from a classic episode of “The Lucy Show,” aired on November 21, 1966, in this episode of the comedy television series, Mr. Mooney sends Lucy to deliver some papers pertaining to the financing of John Wayne’s latest production. Despite his orders to drop off the papers with one of the studio’s secretaries, Lucy insists on meeting Mr. Wayne in person at lunch and spills ketchup all over him. She then trails him to his movie set and causes all sorts of havoc.
The oldest of two siblings, growing up, Ball viewed herself as a tomboy and not one who enjoyed frilly, fancy ribbons. Due to her somewhat boyish nature, she often rough-housed with her father, bonding time which would later further Ball’s rowdy, loud personality and demeanor. Because of Ball’s large amounts of high, often unmanageable energy when doing laundry, Ball’s mother would actually put a leash around her rambunctious daughter to ensure she stayed close and caused as little trouble as possible.
Though he first came to public attention in the late 50s, Johnny Cash’s fame spread well into the 60s. His low, coarse voice and simple melodies gave listeners a unique sound that still stands out today.
Mixing the genres of Country, Folk, and a little bit of Rock and Roll, Cash was unafraid to make his own path in the world of music. And, despite his personal struggles, his courage to craft his own legacy is perhaps why his music is still so beloved today.
The Beverly Hillbillies, 1962
Pictured below is famed actress and singer Donna Douglass, as the character Elly May Clampett from the hit ‘60s CBS television series, “The Beverly Hillbillies.” A role Douglass played from 1962 to 1971, she captured the hearts of viewers with her performance as a sweet and animal-loving daughter, the only child of characters Jed and Rose Ellen Clampett. Born in an East Baton Rouge Parish of Louisiana, reflecting her Hillbilly character, in real life, Douglass was also an “honest-to-goodness critter loving Southern Belle.”
Douglass also appeared in what is still considered today as one of the most famous episodes of “The Twilight Zone”: “Eye of the Beholder.” In addition to her acting career, in 2013, Douglass also published her “nostalgic” cookbook, “Southern Favorites with a Taste of Hollywood.”
Betty White & Lorne Greene, 1968
In the below photograph sits the legendary, eccentric actress Betty White, alongside “Bonanza” actor Lorne Green, as they host the 1968 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Americans, this celebrated New York City parade is just as much of a holiday tradition as is turkey, football, and awkward family conversations at the Thanksgiving table. Back in the day, White and Green were regular hosts of this annual parade, hosting this traditional Thanksgiving for 9 straight years, from 1962 to 1971.
It was in 1968, the very year this photo was taken that the iconic Snoopy balloon made its first official debut in the parade. While this quintessential Thanksgiving event first started back in 1924, it was not until the 1927 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade that balloons appeared on the parade’s display. Before this, believe it or not, the first three years of this parade featured not floating fantasy creatures but actual real-life animals from the Central Park Zoo!
Mohammad Ali Knocks Out Sonny Liston, 1965
A photographer captured this critical moment in one of Mohammad Ali’s fights. The referee had to hold young Ali back as he was ready for his opponent to rise again at any time, but Liston was defeated.
This would be one of many victories for the boxer who would go on to become one of the most famous athletes in sports history.
The Real Girl From Ipanema, 1962
“The Girl from Ipanema” song jazz lovers all over the world have come to know and love. But what is the story behind the song? Who was the girl from Ipanema? Meet Helo Pinheiro: the actual girl from Ipanema; the inspiration behind this iconic 1962 song. At just 17-years-old, Pinheiro became the ultimate musical muse for this world-renowned Bossa Nova jazz song after writers of the song, composer Antônio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes, spotted the young bikini-clad girl—“tall and tan and lovely”—venturing to a beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1962.
Jobim and de Moraes would ultimately use Pinheiro as the inspiration when they created this ultimate Bossa nova classic. In 1984, decades after the release of this hit song, Pinheiro became a Brazilian Playboy Playmate. In 2003, she again posed for a pictorial, this time alongside her daughter, Ticiane Pinheiro. In 2016, a 71-year-old Pinhero ventured back to her old beach hangout, holding the prestigious position of a flame carrier for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio.
George Harrison and Pattie Boyd, 1968
The below photograph features Beatles’ guitar player and singer/songwriter George Harrison, alongside model, photographer, and author Pattie Boyd, his former wife. At the time, Boyd was caught in between one of rock and roll history’s most infamous love triangles, between Harrison and Eric Clapton. In fact, one of Clapton’s most famous songs, “Layla,” and a majority of the other songs on his album, “Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs,” were actually written about his real-life love with Boyd, still Harrison’s wife at the time.
When Clapton first wrote this song of unrequited love for Boyd, surprisingly enough, Harrison and Clapton were actually best friends at the time. However, after suffering through Harrison’s nonstop infidelity and outright disrespect, Boyd soon became fed up with his antics and eventually decided to leave Harrison to be with Clapton. Though she chose to leave Harrison for Clapton, Boyd still maintained her friendship with Harrison. The two would remain lifelong friends, until he lost his battle with cancer and passed away in 2001.
Miss Audrey Hepburn Shopping with Her Pet Deer
Style icon Audrey Hepburn was a woman of many talents, but she also had a number of eccentricities. Among her small menagerie of pets, Audrey Hepburn kept a deer. During the filming of “Green Mansion” in 1959, Audrey chanced upon this beautiful little deer. Due to her role in the film alongside Bambi, the animal trainer on set thought it would be a good idea to take her little friend home so she could teach it to follow her!
The deer, which she affectionately called Pippin, or ‘Ip’ for short, grew so attached to Hepburn that it began to mistake her for its mother. Her naturally calm nature and soft speaking voice made the baby deer feel quite at home, despite the fact Audrey didn’t actually have any caramel-colored fur! The baby deer would cuddle Hepburn and go with her on trips to the grocery store – as pictured in the shot above, taken in Beverly Hills.
Dawn Wells, 1969
Taken in 1969, the photograph below captures a shot of the beautiful American actress, Dawn Wells, as she elegantly sits, legs crossed, with a drink in her hand. Of Wells’ many appearances on TV and film, she is most known for her recurring role on the 1960s CBS American sitcom, “Gilligan’s Island.” In this series, Wells plays Mary Ann Summers, a farm girl who lived in the town of Winfield, Kansas, before becoming stranded on Gilligan’s Island.
In addition to acting on Gilligan’s Island, Wells has also appeared in more than 150 television shows, as well as 7 motion picture films, some of which include the 1975 adventure western film, “Winterhawk,” the comedy “Super Sucker,” the 1964 drama, “The New Interns,” “It’s Our Time” (2013), and most recently, the 2012 film, “Silent But Deadly.” Sadly, Dawn Wells passed away in December 2020; she was 82-years-old.
Jayne Mansfield, 1961
The below photo exhibits a clearly overjoyed, captivated Marine doing the twist with American actress and icon Jayne Mansfield at the U.S. Naval Station in Newfoundland in 1961. Infamous for her especially provocative nature, this actress, singer, and “Playboy” Playmate always knew exactly how to appeal to her many adoring fans, always leaving them wanting more.
While in the limelight, Mansfield was notorious for her many publicity stunts, included “alleged” wardrobe malfunctions. As such, it comes as no surprise that the starlet secured her status almost immediately after getting her big break into the entertainment industry. While she tragically passed away in an automobile accident back in 1967, at the young age of 34, the talented Mansfield was still able to see a number of box-office successes.
Andre, the Giant
This image shows a young boy who is completely in awe before Andre the Giant’s sheer height. Did you know that this guy was over 7 feet and 4 inches tall? Even better, did you know that he was a wrestler and an actor at the same time? No wonder this little boy showed so much love for him.
In case you were wondering, his most famous role was in the film “The Princess Bride,” where his gigantism, caused by an excess of the growth hormone, came to good use. Of course, this little boy did not understand a thing, but his face surely shows his love for this gentle giant, and we totally agree with him!
The first Batman TV series starring Adam West really took off in the 60s and aired in 1966. In comparison to the grittier Batman films that have been released in recent years, this one differed.
The original Batman may be seen as corny with its sound effect animated graphics, but it was the first successful TV adaptation of the comic book.
Elizabeth Taylor & Eddie Fisher Get Married
Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie Fisher wed after breaking quite a few hearts along the way. This was Taylor’s third marriage and Fisher’s second.
They tied the knot at Temple Beth Shalom in Las Vegas on May 12, 1959.
American actress Debra Paget was famous for performances in films like Cecil B. DeMille’s classic “The Ten Commandments,” “Love Me Tender,” and the risque snake dance in “The Indian Tomb.”
Paget, once at one point in her career, was regarded as the woman who received more fan mail than Marylin Monroe.
Everybody Loves Marcia
Actress Maureen McCormick starred in “The Brady Bunch” as beloved older sister Marcia Brady. The show was on ABC on Friday nights from 1969 to 1974. Her good looks and positive attitude made Marcia a real fan favorite. Although not everyone was happy with her exalted status. Jan Brady, who was played by Eve Plumb, did not appreciate all the attention her older TV sister received.
It couldn’t have been easy being in the shadow of pretty and popular Marsha. Not only that, but all six Brady children had to share only one bathroom. Even though their father was an architect who designed their house. What was he thinking?
Grace Slick was a big name back in the days of flower power and free love. Slick started her career in modeling and gained fame in the 60’s as part of San Francisco’s psychedelic music scene. She is most famous for singing and performing with Jefferson Airplane, whose most successful song was “White Rabbit”.
After some musical and band member changes, Slick helped form Jefferson Starship. The band had several hit songs including “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, which was featured in the film “Mannequin” starring Andrew McCarthy. The movie told the story of a mannequin that comes to life for love.
Elvis Loved Spending Time in the Dojo
“The King” loved rock and roll so much that when we think of this music genre, his name never fails to pop up. Besides spending all that time on stage, Elvis loved to kick it up in his dōjō practicing Karate.
He even earned a Black Belt in the 60s thanks to his master, Hank Slemansky. The King had two sides to him, the soft and romantic side of music-making and the tough side where he’d spend days in the dōjō.
Mishaps Galore on the Set of Catwoman and The Penguin
You’ve probably heard of the Batman movies but have you heard of Catwoman and The Penguin, a Batman series? According to the 60s star of the show, Burt Ward, the shooting of the series was terribly chaotic and worse, even dangerous.
In fact, during the first four days of filming, the actor ended up in a hospital. Thankfully the incident wasn’t serious enough to shut down the entire production. Ward returned to work soon after his release and completed this bizarre spin-off of the beloved Marvel series – all in the name of good filmmaking!
Marilyn Monroe Peers Out of the Ambassador Hotel
We see Marilyn Monroe staring out into the city with the biggest smile on her face. For good reasons too, since she just separated from baseball icon Joe DiMaggio and was now a free bird.
Afterward, she pursued her acting studies and devoted herself fully to her art. She wasn’t happy in her previous relationship and took the steps she needed to grow fully by herself without depending on anyone else’s approval.
Don Knotts Worked with Go Karts, 1961
Don Knotts the actor who starred on the Andy Griffith Show was considered an eccentric man with some strange hobbies. He became the ambassador for McCulloch racing karts at one point during the period where motors were a way of life.
His daughter mentioned his funny side and how he would always crack jokes until the very last day of his life.
Gina Lollobrigida The Stunning Italian Actress of the 60s
Gina Lollobrigida was almost on par with Marilyn Monroe for being one of the most attractive women of her era. She starred in movies like Trapeze and Come September.
While she was fully devoted to acting, she did also have other outlets and was considered an incredibly creative woman, dabbling in painting and sculpting in her free time.
Nancy Kwan Filmed Suzie Wong in Just Five Weeks
“The World of Suzie Wong” was a 60s drama movie where Nancy Kwan paved the way for Chinese-American movies. In a time where Asian-American movies weren’t so popular, her role was a pivotal and crucial one.
She had her downs with stress eating during shootings and would snack often during filming. Despite her stress eating and struggles during the filming, she still won Best Actress for her role in The World of Suzie Wong.
The Monkees Receive an Award
The Monkees comedy show was a hit back in its day when Micky, Mike, Davy, and Peter sought to be one of the most reputable rock and roll bands. The brainchild of the show, Bob Rafelson wanted the show to be a hit with the quick edits, cuts, and smart dialogue.
All his efforts along with the actors landed them an Emmy in 1967 for being the golden boys of comedy.
Robert Redford on the Set of Little Fauss and Big Halsy
Redford’s long career began in the 1960s, and here we see him relaxing on the set of Little Fauss and Big Halsy, a comedy-drama film about the exploits of two motorcycle riders.
It’s one of Redford’s lesser-known works, but still has Johnny Cash as a contributor on the soundtrack, along with Carl Perkins and Bob Dylan. The title song was nominated for a Golden Globe.
The Mamas and The Papas
Who are these fine people? They are John Philipps, Denny Doherty, Cass Elliot, and Michelle Philips, better known as the band The Mamas and The Papas.
Their iconic folk-rock sound became one of the driving forces of the counterculture movement in the 1960s, beginning in 1966, and the group’s five albums sold almost forty million records worldwide. They had a total of seventeen singles, six of which made the Billboard top ten.
Linda Harrison and Charlton Heston, 1968
There are plenty of sequels, prequels, and reboots now, but when The Planet of the Apes first came out, it was a world blockbuster. Apes have taken over the world, and astronauts who have returned are now stuck in their clutches. In this image, we have Heston, co-star Linda Harrison, and the ape that holds their chains.
This famous story all started with French author Pierre Boulle’s 1963 novel La Planete des Singes. It’s an old movie, but the ending is still so famous, we won’t worry about spoiling it for you here.
Claudia Cardinale, 1967
Claudia took the world by storm, and not just for her olive skin, piercing eyes, and limitless legs. Her acting took the world by storm, appearing in “Pink Panther” and plenty of other Hollywood films during the 60’s and 70’s.
Eventually, she grew tired of Hollywood and returned to Europe to star in films in French and her native Italian cinemas, such as Sergio Leone’s Spaghetti Western masterpiece “Once Upon a Time in the West.”
Angie Dickinson, 1962
Angie Dickinson looks ready to ride off in the future, and a six-decade-long career in Hollywood, pert and perched on the back of that lucky scooter. Dickinson would go on to star in over fifty movies and would achieve awards from the Golden Globes all the way to the Emmys.
She’s giving us one of her bright, friendly, and saucy smiles. Maybe it’s because she knows how many movies she’ll go on to make her mark in.
A Doe-eyed Marilyn Monroe, 1961
Photos by Eve Arnold show a Marilyn Monroe at the height of her beauty and control. The photographer later said: “She manipulated everything – me, the camera. She knew a lot about cameras and I had never met anyone who could make them respond the way she did.
She got what she wanted because she wasn’t under all the kinds of pressure she felt during a film shoot: remembering her lines, enduring hours of preparation. With me, she was in charge of the situations.” They are some of the most real photos of Marilyn available today.
Mia Farrow & Sharon Tate
For a film that sends chills down your spine, there’s nothing like “Rosemary’s Baby”. It’s one of the most famous religious horror films ever, and back in 1968 it shocked the world. The film stars Mia Farrow as the titular Rosemary, and she also went on to appear in plenty of different films, including “The Purple Rose of Cairo” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors”.
Sharon Tate was, if the rumors are true, an uncredited extra in the film. Tate was a famous actress, but the fact about her life most people remember is her tragic death at the hands of Charles Manson’s crazed cult.
Samantha and Serena from Bewitched
What’s to say about these two classic actresses? Well, for one, they’re actually only one person. Elizabeth Montgomery played both Samantha Stevens and her eccentric and tattooed cousin Serena, in a very “I Dream of Jeannie” style dual role.
Bewitched is the longest-running paranormal television series, running from 1964 to 1972.
Bonanza Cartwright Brothers, 1967
In this black-and-white photograph, Michael Landon and Dan Blocker horse around on the set of the western show Bonanza (1959-1973). It is NBC’s longest-running western, and boasts four hundred and thirty-one episodes, the second-longest-running western (after Gunsmoke) and is also on the current list of top 10 longest-running live-action American television series.
In addition, it has landed on numerous best-ever lists, presenting a historical look, action, adventure, and even pressing moral dilemmas.
Barbara Feldon & Don Adams
With “high-tech” gadgets, a host of fun spycraft, and classic sixties humor, Get Smart set the spy spoof stage for years to come, including the Austin Powers movies, and a reboot of Get Smart with Steve Carell. The most famous part of the show was the shoe phone, which allowed the field agents to communicate with each other and their headquarters.
The show has numerous famous lines, such as “Missed it by that much,” “Sorry about that chief,” and “If you don’t mind 99” (99 was the main character’s number).
Sean Connery & Zena Marshall
Sean Connery was already a pretty big name when he got his most famous role, James Bond in “Dr. No”.
Connery would go on to film six more movies as the character, and this image shows him at the start of something wonderful, at the premiere of the first film with co-star Zena Marshal in 1962.
The Bobby Fuller Four in the 1960s
As the name suggests, Bobby Fuller founded the Bobby Fuller Four in 1962 in Texas, producing plenty of memorable hits with a classic southern rock and roll vibe. Their best-known songs include “Let Her Dance”, “I Fought the Law”, and “Love’s Made a Fool of You.”
Unfortunately, only four years after forming Bobby Fuller was found beaten and dead inside his car, parked outside his Hollywood home. While it was officially ruled as a suicide (due to gasoline found in his system), many of his friends believe he was killed by mobsters. The band decided to continue but disbanded in 1967 without any chart success.
John Wayne and His Son Posing on the set of True Grit, 1969
John Wayne, born Marion Robert Morrison, is a man of multiple talents, who had a long career as one of the most famous actors in Hollywood and spent a long time on both sides of the camera. He ended up making almost a hundred and fifty movies beginning in the 1930s.
Seen here on the set of one of his most famous films, True Grit, is Wayne as his character U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn, who sports an eyepatch, and Wayne’s son Ethan, who was only seven at the time.
In the Studio: The Beatles and Yoko Ono, 1969
The below photo shows one of the most iconic rock legends, John Lennon with partner Yoko Ono, in a recording studio, listening to a song recorded for the film, “Let it Be Back”, in 1969. Despite the band’s massive success all over the world, money and success don’t always lead to happiness.
Especially in 1969, tensions were high during many of the band’s recording sessions, and it was no secret that the members of this British Invasion band were constantly at odds with each other.
Only few old Hollywood actresses have reached the heights that Audrey Hepburn achieved. In this picture, she’s arrived at the premiere of her most famous film, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, in which she plays a goofy female lead in a comedic and dramatic romance. A 1961 picture of the beautiful Hepburn, resplendent in a white dress and beaming for the cameras, has made its way to our list.
A few facts: the iconic black dress that Hepburn wears survived all the way to 2006, where it was sold at an auction for almost a million dollars.
Going Coco-nuts at the Cocoanut Grove
It was clear that the Ambassador Hotel’s business was booming, but they were simply running out of space to hold all their patrons! With a mixture of Hollywood’s esteemed movie crowd, as well as the folks of the country club, management made the executive decision to convert the hotel’s ballroom into the 1,000-seat Cocoanut Grove. A premier nightclub, this Los Angeles nightspot did a roaring trade back in the day. It even served as the location for the 1939 Academy Awards.
A theatre of grand proportions, the who’s who of Hollywood glided down the grand balustrade into an adult wonderland that would shake the foundations of Las Vegas’ night strip! Mechanical monkeys, palm trees, and ceilings lit up like the night sky. Sometimes the mechanical monkeys were real monkeys, occasionally let loose on the floor of the nightclub by the proprietors, the Barrymore brothers.
Peter O’Toole & Queen Elizabeth II
Two legends meet. This special image comes from the premiere of the unforgettable movie ” Lawrence of Arabia”, which stars Peter O’Toole, the man shaking the queen’s hand in the picture.
The movie is one of the most epic film projects ever undertaken. Filming took place in Spain, Jordan, Morocco, and more, and even had the assistance of King Hussein of Jordan. It came out in 1962, after more than a year of filming.
Frequently topping the lists of Hollywood’s most celebrated women is none other than the seductively beautiful Angelina Jolie. And with parents like hers, we’re thankful she took after her mother! The daughter of Hollywood power couple Jon Voight and the gorgeous Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie has a singular beauty.
With huge blue eyes, and large, bountiful lips, all atop a slim-hipped but full-busted body, Jolie is a true knockout. Here we see her as just a baby with her famous parents. But being beautiful doesn’t guarantee an easy life, especially when it’s lived among the flashing lights of Hollywood.
Have you been to Disneyland? Have you tried to think about where your favorite Disney characters go to get something to eat? In this photo, we see the Disneyland employees in their own worker’s cafeteria getting their lunch during break time in 1961.
Although their job might seem like the best in the world, it can also be a little tiring, but we can see that they still enjoy what they do and they’re all wearing smiles!
“The Sound of Music” is one of the most famous musical movies ever, and has entertained and transported millions to World War II. Audrey Hepburn was the first leading lady given the nod for the lead role, but she declined. For a while, studio execs didn’t know who to turn to…until they saw footage from ” Mary Poppins,” and knew that Julie Andrews was the perfect gal.
Andrews was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for services to the performing arts. She was ranked number fifty-nine in the BBC’s poll of the 100 greatest Britons in 2002.
I Dream Of Jeannie
Along with highly-rated TV shows like “Gilligan’s Island,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “Star Trek” and “Bonanza,” was the comedy, “I Dream of Jeannie.” The whimsical plot centered around a woman (who happens to be a 2,000-year-old genie) and her astronaut husband trying to adjust to normal, suburban life.
Actress Barbara Eden’s outfit was a bit controversial for the day but it nonetheless became a beloved show for the time.