Sipa / AP PhotoClassic CannesAs the 63rd Cannes Film Festival gets under way in the south of France, The Daily Beast looks back at the galaxy of stars who have lit up the Croisette. VIEW OUR GALLERY.05.13.09 2:36 PM ETSipa / AP PhotoSipa / AP PhotoMichele Morgan and Jean Cocteau, 1946The French actress and filmmaker during the first festival held in September 1946. Morgan received the best actress award for her performance in La Symphonie Pastorale.Sipa / AP PhotoCharles Vanel and starlets, 1947The Frenchman later won the best actor prize for the 1953 film The Wages of Fear.Heidelberg Prepress / Getty ImagesAnne Baxter and Orson Welles, 1953The famed director won the Palme d'Or the previous year for Othello.Getty ImagesRobert Mitchum and Simone Silva, 1954Simone Silva and Robert Mitchum strike a pose in April 1954. In the rush to snap the photo, one photographer broke his leg and another broke his arm. Silva was asked to leave Cannes.Rue des Archives, AGIP / Getty ImagesGrace Kelly, 1955The actress met future husband Rainier III, Prince of Monaco during a photo shoot while acting as U.S. delegate for the fest.RDA / Getty ImagesBrigitte Bardot and Pablo Picasso, 1956The actress watches the artist at work in his Vallauris studio.Sipa / AP PhotoMike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor, 1957Taylor and her third husband months after they were married.AGIP / Getty ImagesRhonda Fleming, 1959The American actress was nicknamed "The Queen of Technicolor" for her bright red hair.Sipa / AP PhotoMelina Mercouri and Jules Dassin, 1960The Greek actress celebrates her award win for Never on Sunday with her costar.Sipa / AP PhotoMarie Laforet, 1960The French singer and actress during her breakout year starring in Purple Noon, based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley.AFP / Getty ImagesWarren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1962The couple costarred in Splendor in the Grass.AGIP / Getty ImagesSophia Loren, 1966The Italian bombshell captured the best actress award five years before for her work in Two Women.RDA / Getty ImagesDennis Hopper, Feliciano, Peter Fonda, J. Jefferson and Jack Nicholson, 1969Hopper won the First Film Award for directing the groundbreaking biker movie Easy Rider.Sipa / AP Photo Liza Minnelli, 1970The classic American singer and actress poses for the film Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, directed by Otto Preminger.AP Photo Louis Malle, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jeanne Moreau, 1971The Beatle and his bride accompany the French director, whose film Murmur of the Heart was an official selection at the fest.RDA / Getty ImagesAlfred Hitchcock, 1972The director's Frenzy was screened during the 1972 festival.Keystone / Getty ImagesFrancesca Annis, Roman Polanski and Jon Finch, 1972The English actors starred in the modernist version of Macbeth directed by the Polish auteur.AP Photo Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, 1973The husband and wife team presented The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds during Cannes. Newman directed the film and Woodward won the best actress prize for her leading role.AFP / Getty ImagesArnold Schwarzenegger, 1977The future governor of California starred in Pumping Iron, a documentary about the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition.George Rose / Getty ImagesBobbie Bresee, 1979The horror film star typically played the screaming damsel in distress in roles.Tim Graham / Getty ImagesPrince Charles and Princess Diana, 1987The royal couple attended a gala in honor of Sir Alec Guinness.Sipa / AP PhotoElizabeth Taylor and George Hamilton, 1987The perpetual tanners arrive at a screening of Le Cinema dans les yeux, a retrospective documentary made for the fest's 40th anniversary.Gilbert Tourte / AP Photo Madonna and Alek Keshishian, 1991The muse and director of the documentary In Bed with Madonna (or Truth or Dare) which chronicles the Material Girl's 1990 Blond Ambition tour.Rhonda Birndorf / AP PhotoNicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, 1992Their film Far and Away was out of competition and presented to close the 45th Cannes Film Festival.Sipa / AP PhotoMichael Cimino, Woody Harrelson, Alexandra Tyding and Jon Seda, 1996Their film Sunchaser was chosen to be screened in competition at the festival.Michael Euler / AP Photo Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery, 1999The unlikely pairing arrived for a screening of their film Entrapment at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival.Sipa / AP Photo Sharon Stone, 2002The actress attends a sneak preview of the film Gangs of New York offered by director Martin Scorsese.Lionel Cironneau / AP Photo Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, 2004The golden couple arrive for the screening of Pitt's headlining turn in Troy, directed by Wolfgang Petersen.Michael Euler / AP Photo Anthony Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman and George Lucas, 2005The group arrives for a screening of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, shown out of competition at the 58th anniversary of the festival.Francois Mori / AP Photo Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ron Howard and Jean Reno, 2006The creative forces behind The Da Vinci Code arrive for the opening night preview of the film.Matt Sayles / AP PhotoJack Black and Angelina Jolie, 2008The duo arrive for the premiere of the film Kung Fu Panda.Gareth Cattermole / Getty ImagesInglourious Basterds cast, 2009Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, Melanie Laurent, Lawrence Bender and Michael Fassbender at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.