What Your Favorite Celebs Looked Like...40 Years Ago

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When we think of the word "paparazzi," a TMZ video of a Kardashian or a Jenner dining in Malibu, or a snapshot of Paris Hilton in her hard-partying heyday, most likely comes to mind. Nowadays, capturing celebrities in their "natural habitat" tends to include gym time and coffee runs. It's much less about the old Hollywood glamour à la Breakfast at Tiffany's, and more about trying to capture the starlets we so adore as they partake in the the least-starlet-like of activities.

But, the king — and pioneer, as he's most known — of the paparazzo’s, Ron Galella, was quite different than today's shutterbugs. During the 1970s and '80s, if you were famous, Galella knew you — and you knew him. He spent his days cultivating a friendship with Andy Warhol and "stalking" Jackie O. (who sued him, twice), while his nights were filled with partying at Studio 54, capturing the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Grace Jones, and Cher in their element. He's taken a punch to the face from The Godfather star, Marlon Brando, which ended in the bloody loss of five teeth; he's been given the finger by Mick Jagger, and spit on by Sean Penn.

Even though he was up-close-and person in the faces of celebrities, his photos don’t feel like your average paparazzi shots. Rather, they read like an intimate diary, providing a rare glimpse into a brief moment of admired people's lives. His unfaltering pursuit of his art was like no other, and his recently published book, “Ron Galella: New York,” (and these 23 images ahead), are a testament to his ability to capture a side of the celebrities we know and love, that we otherwise would not have had the opportunity to see.
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“Jackie was going from Boston to New York. I covered an event she was at, the opening of the JFK Library, and Ted Kennedy and Kissinger were on the same plane, it was a shuttle. She bought an ice cream at the airport. I shot her and the maid gave me a dirty look, that’s one of her maids next to her. I’m actually a gentleman. I took a few and didn’t take anymore. On the plane, I would not continually shoot, it’s bad manners.”
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Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Polly Mellon, and Christy Turlington, 1989.
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Barbra Streisand, 1969.
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Sean Penn and Madonna, Lincoln Center, 1986.
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Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn, Outside The Carlyle Hotel, 1983.
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“She was waiting for the kids and she’s very touchy when it comes to Caroline and John and she says get rid of this photographer and the cop says shoot outside the terminal. I went to the house and got them at the house when there’s no security. You always wanna get away from the security.”
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Ara Gallant and Diane von Furstenberg, Studio 54, 1978.
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Jerry Hall and Mick Jagger, Limelight, 1984.
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Lauren Hutton, 1979.
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Kate Harrington and Truman Capote, Studio 54, 1978.
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“You could go to the gate! I went on the plane for Sophia Loren. Nobody stopped me. I went right up to her and she had her baby right on the plane and I got the picture and went off without a ticket and nobody questioned me.”
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Andy Warhol, 1973.
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Catherine Deneuve, 1980.
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Mia Farrow and Ron Galella, 1987.
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Cindy Crawford, Bloomingdale’s, 1988.
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“This was New Year’s Eve at Roseland at three in the morning, but it was worth the wait. [Grace Jones is] nude and Keith Haring painted her body.”
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Christie Brinkley, 1988.
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Robin Williams, Puck Building, 1985.
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Kenneth Battelle, Joan Rivers, and Blaine Trump, 1988.
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Linda Evangelista, 1990.
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“At the critics awards in 1974, Sardi’s allowed the press in to eat. I sat down and across from me was Robert DeNiro, but he was unknown. Taxi Driver wasn’t out yet. And he says to me, ‘Someday you’re going to take my picture.’ So I shot him.”
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Grace Jones and NYPD Officers, 1989.
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John Lennon and May Pang, Beacon Theater, 1974.
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