There are few movie stars today who consistently look as good in pictures as the screen goddesses of yore. That's why old Hollywood is still so synonymous with the word "glamour."
The off-screen lives for some of these women weren’t glamorous at all, of course. And many of them — Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Carole Lombard, Veronica Lake — died much too young.
But the following photos have a transfixing power of their own. The images range from traditional portraits to behind-the-scenes shots. Claudette Colbert looks like a work of art, smoking a cigarette in front of a sculpture. Ava Gardner attends Grace Kelly’s wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Brigitte Bardot holds a parrot in Cannes.