Stars on Holiday

The Great American Summer

From Elizabeth Taylor’s beach romps to Clark Gable’s schooner adventures, VIEW A GALLERY of classic images from a bygone era when famous names knew how to relax. Grab your seersucker and come along.

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Only Hollywood legends like Liz Taylor and Clark Gable could make summer look so glamorous. Sail away with Humphrey Bogart, go tanning with Ginger Rogers, or hit the green with Audrey Hepburn and see more photos of classic stars’ golden summer memories.

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ALL-AMERICAN GIRL

Actress Rita Hayworth takes a bite out of a hamburger as she sunbathes in a white two-piece on the beach.

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LIFE OF LEISURE

Married actors Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman in 1959, the year after they starred in The Long, Hot Summer together.

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BOGEY AND BABY

When Humphrey Bogart met Lauren Bacall on the set of To Have and Have Not in 1944, she was 19 and he was 45. But despite the age difference, they set sail together in 1945, and tied the knot later that year.

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THAT'S THE RUB

Legendary dancer Ginger Rogers knew better than to hit the beach without protection, so she applied a coat of sunscreen to her famous legs.

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MOONLIT SWIM

Men romancing their dates near the poolside at the Country Club over the weekend in 1942.

LIFE'S A BALL

Sandi Blum frolics in Miami with a beach ball.

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SAILING WITH THE WIND

Screen star and heartthrob Clark Gable enjoys a day out on actor Allan Jones' schooner, the Alrene, in 1936.

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SUMMER HOLIDAY

Actress Audrey Hepburn, barefoot and wearing an appropriate post-Memorial Day dress, playing golf.

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CHARMED LIFE

Actresses Joan Crawford and Dorothy Sebastian shared hamburgers, sodas, and a few laughs on the sand in 1927.

GONE FISHIN'

Eleven-year-old Robert Singer relaxes on the bank of the Chagrin River near Cleveland, Ohio

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CLASSIC BEAUTY

Elizabeth Taylor on the beach during the filming of Tennessee Williams' Suddenly, Last Summer, directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Taylor received an Oscar nomination for the 1959 role.

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LAZY, HAZY DAYS

A summer afternoon in a hammock in 1957.

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MARILYN, THE TEEN YEARS

Norma Jeane Baker, pictured in the center, who would become future bombshell Marilyn Monroe, out rowing with a couple of friends, in 1941.

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BANDSTAND CHARMER

Teen idol and pop star Fabian Forte poses, circa 1960.

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SWINGERS

West Side Story acrobat and actor Russ Tamblyn on Venice Beach with movie actress Venetia Stevenson, in 1955. The Hollywood couple married in 1956 when Stevenson was 17.

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PRINCE HARRY'S PRECURSORS

Wealthy tourists play an impromptu polo game on an airfield in 1951.

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QUICK GETAWAY

A pool attendant retrieves an ambitious young girl from a fountain where, as the sign says, bathers are not allowed, circa 1937.

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AFTERGLOW

First lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis relaxing in a chair in 1961, a few weeks after former President John F. Kennedy won the U.S. presidential election.

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AT HIS PEAK

Elvis Presley performs outdoors to the adulation of a young crowd, circa 1957. His breakthrough performance on American Bandstand took place only months earlier.

A DIP IN THE LAKE

Two young women sit in a rowboat and dangle their feet in the water of Lake Winona, June 1940.

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NOT UNTOUCHABLE

Sean Connery holds Swiss actress Ursula Andress while she does a handstand on the set of his first James Bond film, Dr. No, in 1962.

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ON THE DOCK

Future Vice President Nelson A. Rockefeller at his vacation estate in Seal Harbor, Maine, in 1958. Later that year, he was elected governor of New York.

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SUMMER LOVIN'

A young couple embraces on the beach on a summer night at Coney Island.