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American Royalty: Mid-Century Movie Stars in Crowns and Tiaras

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“Give me my robe. Put on my crown. I have immortal longings in me”
Cleopatra,  Antony and Cleopatra, by William Shakespeare

 

Marilyn Monroe crown

Marilyn Monroe

 

“I woke up one morning to find I was famous. I bought a white Rolls-Royce and drove down Sunset Boulevard, wearing dark specs and a white suit, waving like the Queen Mum.”
– Peter O’Toole

 

Ann Sothern

Ann Sothern

Jetta Goudal

Jetta Goudal

 

She keeps Moët et Chandon
In her pretty cabinet
‘Let them eat cake, ‘ she says
Just like Marie Antoinette
A built-in remedy
For Kruschev and Kennedy
At anytime an invitation
You can’t decline

Caviar and cigarettes
Well versed in etiquette
Extraordinarily nice
She’s a Killer Queen
Gunpowder, gelatine
Dynamite with a laser beam
Guaranteed to blow your mind
Anytime

Recommended at the price
Insatiable an appetite
Wanna try?
– Killer Queen, Queen

 

Lili St. Cyr

Lili St. Cyr

Lilian Gish

Lilian Gish

 

“They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Princess and the Pea

 

Thelma Tod

Thelma Tod

Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo

 

“How pale the Princess is! Never have I seen her so pale. She is like the shadow of a white rose in a mirror of silver.”
― Oscar Wilde, Salome

 

Gene Tierney

Gene Tierney

Dolores Del Rio

Dolores Del Rio

 

I’d like to be a queen in people’s hearts but I don’t see myself being queen of this country.
– Princess Diana

 

HEDY LAMARR

Hedy Lamarr

Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne

GLORIA SWANSON

Gloria Swanson

Loretta Young

Loretta Young

 

“She married a staple-gun queen twelve years ago and has been more or less waiting for the annulment to come through ever since, although she tells people who ask that he died in a mudslide.”
– Andy Warhol

 

Jeanette MacDonald

Jeanette MacDonald

Dorothy Sebastian

Dorothy Sebastian

 

“This is the greatest mystery of the human mind–the inductive leap. Everything falls into place, irrelevancies relate, dissonance becomes harmony, and nonsense wears a crown of meaning. But the clarifying leap springs from the rich soil of confusion, and the leaper is not unfamiliar with pain.”
― John Steinbeck, Sweet Thursday

 

Jetta Goudal

Jetta Goudal

Sarah Berhardt

Sarah Berhardt

Cléo de Mérode

Cléo de Mérode

Lina Cavalieri

Lina Cavalieri

 

“Ah, Princess,” Dallben said, with a furrowed smile, “a crown is more discomfort than adornment. If you have learned that, you have already learned much.”
Lloyd Alexander, The High King

 

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Adrienne Ames

Adrienne Ames

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

 

“One of the world’s most popular entertainments is a deck of cards, which contains thirteen each of four suits, highlighted by kings, queens and jacks, who are possibly the queen’s younger, more attractive boyfriends.”
Lemony Snicket

 

Sheila Darcy

Sheila Darcy

Jetta Goudal

Jetta Goudal

 

“If I follow the inclination of my nature, it is this: beggar-woman and single, far rather than queen and married.”
― Elizabeth I, Collected Works

 

Ginger-Rogers

Ginger Rogers

Marion Davies

Marion Davies

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

Olga Baclanova

Kay Francis (now changed) 

 

And one Hollywood actress who became European royalty

 

Princess Grace Kelly

Via

 

  • Barry Rivadue

    Kay Francis in the last photo, not Olga.

    • flashbakcom

      Thanks, Barry.

      • Barry Rivadue

        🙂

  • AlanOne7

    Good post. Most prop “crowns” today are plastic; these must’ve been metal and glass. Wonder if they bothered adding real jewels, or how heavy or uncomfortable they were to actually wear.