Classic Cannes

As 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.

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Michele Morgan and Jean Cocteau, 1946

The 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.

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Charles Vanel and starlets, 1947

The Frenchman later won the best actor prize for the 1953 film The Wages of Fear.

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Anne Baxter and Orson Welles, 1953

The famed director won the Palme d'Or the previous year for Othello.

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Robert Mitchum and Simone Silva, 1954

Simone 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.

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Grace Kelly, 1955

The actress met future husband Rainier III, Prince of Monaco during a photo shoot while acting as U.S. delegate for the fest.

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Brigitte Bardot and Pablo Picasso, 1956

The actress watches the artist at work in his Vallauris studio.

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Mike Todd and Elizabeth Taylor, 1957

Taylor and her third husband months after they were married.

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Rhonda Fleming, 1959

The American actress was nicknamed "The Queen of Technicolor" for her bright red hair.

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Melina Mercouri and Jules Dassin, 1960

The Greek actress celebrates her award win for Never on Sunday with her costar.

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Marie Laforet, 1960

The French singer and actress during her breakout year starring in Purple Noon, based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley.

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Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood, 1962

The couple costarred in Splendor in the Grass.

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Sophia Loren, 1966

The Italian bombshell captured the best actress award five years before for her work in Two Women.

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Dennis Hopper, Feliciano, Peter Fonda, J. Jefferson and Jack Nicholson, 1969

Hopper won the First Film Award for directing the groundbreaking biker movie Easy Rider.

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Liza Minnelli, 1970

The classic American singer and actress poses for the film Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, directed by Otto Preminger.

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Louis Malle, John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Jeanne Moreau, 1971

The Beatle and his bride accompany the French director, whose film Murmur of the Heart was an official selection at the fest.

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Alfred Hitchcock, 1972

The director's Frenzy was screened during the 1972 festival.

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Francesca Annis, Roman Polanski and Jon Finch, 1972

The English actors starred in the modernist version of Macbeth directed by the Polish auteur.

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Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward, 1973

The 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.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, 1977

The future governor of California starred in Pumping Iron, a documentary about the Mr. Olympia bodybuilding competition.

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Bobbie Bresee, 1979

The horror film star typically played the screaming damsel in distress in roles.

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Prince Charles and Princess Diana, 1987

The royal couple attended a gala in honor of Sir Alec Guinness.

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Elizabeth Taylor and George Hamilton, 1987

The perpetual tanners arrive at a screening of Le Cinema dans les yeux, a retrospective documentary made for the fest's 40th anniversary.

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Madonna and Alek Keshishian, 1991

The muse and director of the documentary In Bed with Madonna (or Truth or Dare) which chronicles the Material Girl's 1990 Blond Ambition tour.

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Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise, 1992

Their film Far and Away was out of competition and presented to close the 45th Cannes Film Festival.

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Michael Cimino, Woody Harrelson, Alexandra Tyding and Jon Seda, 1996

Their film Sunchaser was chosen to be screened in competition at the festival.

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Catherine Zeta-Jones and Sean Connery, 1999

The unlikely pairing arrived for a screening of their film Entrapment at the 52nd Cannes Film Festival.

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Sharon Stone, 2002

The actress attends a sneak preview of the film Gangs of New York offered by director Martin Scorsese.

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Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, 2004

The golden couple arrive for the screening of Pitt's headlining turn in Troy, directed by Wolfgang Petersen.

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Anthony Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Natalie Portman and George Lucas, 2005

The 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.

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Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Ron Howard and Jean Reno, 2006

The creative forces behind The Da Vinci Code arrive for the opening night preview of the film.

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Jack Black and Angelina Jolie, 2008

The duo arrive for the premiere of the film Kung Fu Panda.

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Inglourious Basterds cast, 2009

Christoph Waltz, Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Quentin Tarantino, Melanie Laurent, Lawrence Bender and Michael Fassbender at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.