Happy Holidays from the Stars of Classic Hollywood

Our favorite season's greetings from Marilyn Monroe, Shirley Temple, Rita Hayworth, and many more.

Here’s an old-school entertainment tradition we wouldn’t mind making a comeback: in the days of old Hollywood, part and parcel of the studio publicity machine was the star (and, often, star’s family) Christmas photo. These publicity pics were distributed to the gossip columnists and movie magazines; sometimes they went out on the family’s own Christmas cards. And flipped through now, considering what we know about that period, they’re often the most naked of image-making ploys. But they’re also charming and sweet, a glimpse of silver screen legends simply having a good time and enjoying their stardom on the holiday. Here are a few of our favorites.

Audrey Hepburn

 

Rita Hayworth

 

Jean Harlow

 

Gloria Swanson

 

Greer Garson

 

Bette Davis

 

Shirley Temple

 

Natalie Wood

 

Alan Ladd

 

John Wayne and family

 

Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, and family

 

The “Thin Man” family, aka William Powell, Myrna Loy, Dickie Hall, and Skippy.

 

Debbie Reynolds (with Eddie Fisher, right)

 

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney with the Rooney family

 

Gary Cooper and Claudette Colbert

 

Errol Flynn and first wife Lili Damita

 

Danny Kaye and Nat King Cole

 

Jackie Gleason and family

 

Bela Lugosi

 

The Three Stooges

 

Jayne Mansfield

 

Marilyn Monroe

 

Diana Dors

 

Joan Crawford

 

Esther Williams