When picturing iconic celebrities, people often think of them looking overly glamorous and dolled up while walking on the red carpet. The public rarely sees images of stars letting loose and just being themselves, like Tina Turner drinking a cup of tea before going on stage.
Or how about a picture of Keith Richards without a guitar in his hands rocking out with the rest of the Rolling Stones? If you want to see some classic Hollywood stars as you’ve never seen them before, keep scrolling!
Tina Turner Getting A Caffeine Kick Before Going On Stage
Singer Tina Turner stepped on to the music scene as “Little Ann,” a featured singer for the Kings of Rhythm 1958 track “Boxtop.” Then, in 1960, she introduced her real name to the world in the 1960 song “A Fool in Love,” a hit single by herself and Ike Turner.
Tina later found astounding commercial success as a solo artist. There’s a reason she’s known as The Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Who Is Keith Richards Without A Guitar In His Hands?
Formed back in 1962, the Rolling Stones is still touring to this day. The first line-up of the British rock band was comprised of talented musicians and artists such as Keith Richards, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Ian Stewart, and Charlie Watts.
Of course, with a band that celebrated its 50th anniversary back in 2012, you can imagine their line-up has switched around quite a bit. It doesn’t seem to matter, though, since they’re still selling out stadiums.
Steve McQueen And Allie MacGraw Taking Cover From The Rain
While actress Ali MacGraw wasn’t in the 1974 film Papillon, she couldn’t help but visit set to support her then-husband, Steve McQueen. The prison drama starred McQueen as well as still-kind-of-new-to-Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman.
As the film as shot on location in both Spain and Jamaica, it was very expensive for the time, running a budget of $12 million. But because of the tropical weather of the latter location, this awesome photo of McQueen and MacGraw huddled under a blanket to ward off the rain exists!
Rebecca De Mornay And Tom Cruise Promoting Risky Business
In 1983, the world watched Tom Cruise slide across the floor wearing nothing but socks, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a button-down while singing Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock ‘n’ Roll,” in the film Risky Business. This is considered both Cruise’s and his co-star Rebecca De Mornay’s breakout film.
And while Cruise went on to have a very successful career in Hollywood, De Mornay’s resume is somewhat shorter. At least her first film wound up being a huge commercial success!
Freddie Mercury Dripping With Sweat After A Set In 1985
The world had no idea what they were in for when the rock band Queen formed in 1970. With Freddie Mercury as the frontman, anything seemed possible with the group. Throughout the original band’s career, they sold 170 million to 200 million records, making them one of the best-selling music artists in the world.
Obviously, with the stamina, power, and talent it takes to put on a performance like Queen did, it’s no wonder this backstage picture of Mercury at their Live Aid concert at Wembley shows him sweating through his tank top!
Sophia Loren Striking A Pose At The Venice Film Festival
Italian actress Sophia Loren is considered one of the greatest female stars of classical Hollywood cinema, a period of time in the film industry between 1910 and the 1960s. Beginning her acting career at the age of 16, it didn’t take long for major studios to notice the Italian beauty’s obvious talent.
She launched to international stardom after signing a five-year contract with Paramount Pictures. From there, it was all uphill for Loren. She became one of the most recognizable stars in Hollywood.
Underwater Shots Of The Infamous White Lotus Esprit S1
While the White Lotus Esprit S1 in The Spy Who Loved Me isn’t a “character,” where would 007 be without his trusty car?! The scene where James Bond dives into the sea and the car goes into “submarine mode,” was a bit ahead of its time.
To film this scene, a team traveled to Nassau, Bahamas. There, they used seven different models of the car, one for each of the transformations. One of the models was even a fully-equipped submarine!
Goofing Off On The Set Of The Outsiders
Based on the S.E. Hinton novel of the same name, in 1983, people flocked to theaters to witness the coming-of-age story The Outsiders on the silver screen. Starring a bunch of “up-and-coming stars from the ’80s, the Francis Ford Coppola movie was considered a success, earning $33.7 million at the box office.
Of course, the movie revolved around a bunch of teenagers, so of course, they’re going to fool around during their downtime on set! Here we see Patrick Swayze, Rob Lowe, and C. Thomas Howell stacked on one another’s shoulders!
Farrah Fawcett Coming Off A Plane Still Looking Gorgeous!
Actress Farrah Fawcett broke through the entertainment industry in 1976, securing the role of Jill Munroe in the highly popular ABC series Charlie’s Angeles. Even though she was part of the cast for one season, the show catapulted Fawcett to stardom.
Fawcett went on the appear in numerous other series as well as film and also on the stage, but nothing could really compare to her time as an Angel. Hey, at least she still looks gorgeous after flying to London all the way from Los Angeles.
Bananarama Playing Cricket Against Frances Morrell In 1985
British girl group Bananarama formed in 1981 and quickly made a name for themselves in the pop scene. Their success in both the pop and dance charts led them to World Record status as an all-female group with the highest number of chart entries.
Here, we see the trio playing a game of cricket against British Labour Party politician Frances Morrell. The goal of the four ladies was to launch a gender equality campaign for schools throughout London.
David Bowie Channeling His Inner Hamlet
Known as one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, David Bowie is praised for his innovative work during the ’70s. As a leading figure in the music industry during his career, Bowie is critically acclaimed by music reviewers and fellow musicians alike.
In the UK, he was awarded eight silver albums, eleven gold, and ten platinum. He even released 11 number-one albums during his career! Following his death in 2016, Rolling Stone magazine dubbed Bowie “The Greatest Rock Star Ever.”
Dan Aykroyd And Steve Martin Backstage At SNL
The Festrunk Brothers, better known as “two wild and crazy guys,” first appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1977. Teaming up the comedic genius of Steve Martin and Dan Aykroyd, the sketch aired twice more during the third season of the show, and again in the fourth.
Here, we see the two wild guys backstage before their sketch. Funnily enough, Martin has said that even years later, he is still called “a wild and crazy guy” whenever he makes headlines!
Stevie Nicks Closing Her Eyes And Feeling The Music
Stevie Nicks was one of the queens of the ’70s music scene. She was a frontwoman for Fleetwood Mac who could rock a tambourine like no other, all while twirling around with the most elaborate of shawls.
From the start of their career as a rock band in 1967, Fleetwood went on to sell over 120 albums, making them one of the best-selling bands in the entire world. Their 1977 album, Rumors, even won the Grammy for Album of the Year!
The Aftermath Of A Rolling Stones Pie Fight
Ever hear the phrase “party like a rockstar?” Well, the Rolling Stones seemed to take that phrase and run with it at the Kensington Gore Hotel in 1968. There, they staged a mock-medieval dinner party to launch their new album, Beggars Banquet.
As you can see, the rock group wound up having a nice food fight in the middle of the banquet, with drummer Charlie Watts and frontman Mick Jagger covered in what looks like whipped cream from a pie!
The Who’s Pete Townshend Going For A Float Down The River
Formed in London in 1064, The Who became wildly known for their destructive behavior on stage, particularly destroying drum kits and smashing guitars. Consisting of Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Pete Townshend, and Keith Moon, The Who went on to make the use of a synthesizer, large PA systems, and the Marshall stack commonplace.
OF course, you can’t be a rock ‘n’ roll legend 24-7. So, here we see vocalist and guitarist Pete Townshend lounging in a boat on the River Thames, looking very relaxed and in his element.
Sandahl Bergman Coming Out Of Wardrobe
Actress Sandahl Bergman is best known for her role as Valerie in the epic film Conan The Barbarian, where she starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger. For her performance, Bergman won a Golden Globe for Best Actress as well as Saturn Award.
Conan went on to gross between $68.9 million and $79.1 million at the box office around the world, just falling short of reaching blockbuster status. But, who really cares, when you get to see Bergman doing her own stunts in this amazing Viking outfit?
Warren Beatty And Carrie Fisher Taking A Much-Needed Break
After filming for hours on end, it’s no wonder actors Warren Beatty and Carrie Fisher decided to goof off and take a much-needed break from their scenes in the 1975 movie Shampoo! Set on Election Day in 1968, the movie follows Beverly Hills hairdresser George Roundy and his day-to-day drama.
At the age of 17, the film was actually Fisher’s film debut, leading her into a long career in the industry.
Mark Hamill And David Prowse Practicing In Their “Downtime”
While most Star Wars fans know what the finished product of an epic lightsaber battle between Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader looks like, here’s a behind-the-scenes photo of the two stars. Mark Hamill and David Prowse, who play Luke and Vader, respectively, decided to do a little practicing on their “downtime,” perfecting their saber movements.
This particular photo is from the set of The Empire Strikes Back, Episode V of the original trilogy. The film was a huge success, earning $557.8 million at the box office.
Melissa Gilbert Getting Prepped For Battle Of The Network Stars
From 1974 to 1984, Melissa Gilbert was better known as Laura Ingalls Wilder, the second oldest daughter of Charles Ingalls, in the hit NBC series Little House on the Prairie. While she has had a steady acting career appearing in numerous television movies, today, she is probably best known for her voice work as Barbara Gordon/Batgirl on Batman: The Animated Series.
But well before she became part of the DC family, Gilbert was getting her hair braided behind-the-scenes of Battle of the Network Stars, a gameshow between ABC, NBC, and CBS.
Marilyn Monroe Looking Glamorous While Reading A Newspaper
Marilyn Monroe was arguably one of the most sought after women of the ’50s and ’60s. She was a symbol of the era’s changing attitude regarding the female body, not to mention a face that graced the silver screen a time or two!
Considering the circles she ran in and her icon status back in the day, (and still today, if we’re honest), it’s hard to imagine her here, relaxing in a hotel and doing something as mundane as reading Motion Picture Daily. Yet, here she is!
Ozzy Osbourne Just Doing His Thing In 1975
Ozzy Osbourne made a name for himself during the ’70s when he was the lead singer of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. After being fired from the band, Osbourne went on to have a very successful solo career.
During his solo act, Osbourne released 12 studio albums, seven of which earned multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Due to his longevity, the “Prince of Darkness” was later dubbed the “Grandfather of Metal.”
Joan Jett Posing In Her Family Home
The Runaways was a teenage all-female rock band that gained prominence during the latter half of the ’70s. Ironically, the group didn’t exactly rise to fame in their native country, America, but gained an international following, particularly in Japan where their song “Cherry Bomb” was a huge hit.
After The Runaways disbanded, guitarist Joan Jett went on to form Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, a group that earned her three Platinum and Gold albums. She is one woman who can say she’s been a feminist icon throughout her entire career.
Meryl Streep Hailing A Cab Outside A Public Theater
Ironically, Meryl Streep had no desire to be a film actor when she got into the entertainment industry. She was more of a stage performer, as critics soon realized as her award nominations and wins started piling up.
It wasn’t until Streep watched the 1976 film Taxi Driver with Robert De Niro that she decided to give a career in film a chance. Rumor has it she said, “that’s the kind of actor I want to be when I grow up.”
Robert De Niro Taking On The ’70s Hair In Full-Force
Actor Robert De Niro has a career that spans decades, landing his first major on-screen role in 1968 with Greetings. However, stardom didn’t really come for the young actor until his part in The Godfather Part II, where he played a young Vito Corleone.
From there, De Niro climbed the ladder straight to the top, earning Academy Awards for Best Actor in back-to-back films. One was for the 1976 film Taxi Driver and the other for his portrayal of a Vietnam War soldier in The Deer Hunter.
Jack Nicholson Posing For The Paparazzi In 1985
Known for playing the role of the eternal outsider in a majority of his films, Jack Nicholson is one of those actors who seems to have been in the industry forever. He has had a career spanning over decades, starting in the ’50s with his first film, The Cry Baby Killer.
Of course, he grew from those low-budget productions. Today, he is one of three male actors ever to win three Academy Awards: Best Actor for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and As Good as It Gets, as well as a Best Supporting Actor for Terms of Endearment.
Led Zeppelin Surrounded By Fans In Japan
Formed in 1968, Led Zeppelin quickly became one of the biggest bands in the entire world. Drawing from different genres of music, fans from every side of the globe couldn’t get enough of the Englishmen and their interesting sound.
With their popularity growing, in 1971, the group found themselves in Tokyo, Japan for a tour. Guitarist Jimmy Page recalled his time there, saying, “It was a city with such a new vision towards the future. The technology boom was really going on, even then.”
Dorothy Dandridge Signing Autographs In 1959
Dorothy Dandridge made history when she became the first African-American actress to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. The honor was given for her outstanding performance as the title character in the 1954 musical Carmen Jones.
But Jones isn’t why she is signing autographs in this photo. These fans are surrounding Dandridge due to her role as Bess in Porgy and Bess, a performance which earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress.
Apparently, John Candy’s Hair Wasn’t Real In The ’80s
Starting his career in Canada, John Candy eventually made his way to Hollywood, starring in multiple comedies and dramas throughout the ’80s and ’90s. Some of his more popular films include Cool Runnings, Uncle Buck, Spaceballs, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, where he plays an overly talkative salesman.
With all of the comedies under his belt, it should come as no surprise to see Candy smiling as a makeup artist touches up what looks like a hairpiece!
The Moment Jane Seymour Became Bond’s Love Interest
The James Bond film Live and Let Die released in theaters in 1973. It went on to become wildly popular, earning $161.8 million at the box office off of a $7 million budget. And, signing her contract in the picture above is known other than Jane Seymour, the actress who plays Solitaire, aka Bond’s love interest.
As all Bond movies tend to go, Seymour’s character can’t help but fall for the suave M12 agent, leaving behind her corrupt boss to be with him.
Candice Bergen At A Masquerade Ball
Actress Candice Bergen made her silver screen debut in the 1966 film The Group. With the success of the movie, Bergen left school to focus on her acting career. As it turns out, it was the correct move for the aspiring actress as she began landing role after role. Eventually, she signed a contract with Fox.
Bergen went on to showcase her range, appearing in both dramas and comedies throughout her career. She’s probably best known for playing the title character in Murphy Brown as well as Margaret Bourke-White in Gandhi.
Tommy Steele Was Considered Britain’s First Teen Idol
Sir Thomas Hicks, aka Tommy Steele, is an English rock star who is wildly considered one of Britain’s first teen idols. An all-around entertainer, Steele is probably best known for his 1957 song “Singing the Blues.”
It was his first number one song. That year, he was voted the seventh-most-popular box office star in Britain, having moved from music over to film and stage musicals, such as Half a Sixpence, Finian’s Rainbow, ad The Happiest Millionaire.
Mia Farrow Looking Beautiful As The Paparazzi Snap A Photo
Throughout her career, Mia Farrow did more than model. She also appeared in over 50 films, including Guns at Batasi, Rosemary’s Baby, and John and Mary. Her performances on the silver screen earned Farrow more than one prestigious award and nomination.
Farrow has been the recipient of a Golden Globe, not to mention six Golden Globe nominations, a Laurel Award, a National Board of Review award, and a San Sebastián International Film Festival award, to name a few.
Olga Georges-Picot Looking Glamorous In A Fur Coat
French actress Olga Georges-Picot was the great-niece of French diplomat François Georges-Picot. Even so, she went a different direction with her career, deciding to become an actress instead of a politician.
Some of her more notable projects include The Day of the Jackal, Woody Allen’s production Love and Death, The Man Who Haunted Himself, and Je t’aime, je t’aime. And while Georges-Picot didn’t appear in a litany of projects, the ones she did, she looked gorgeous.
Elvis Taking A Break From The Stage To Feed A Whale
As it turns out, The King, Elvis Presley, could do more than swing his hips and play a mean guitar, he could also take the time out of his day to feed some hungry whales! That being said, people arguably remember the musician for his stage presence and not his humanitarian work.
“The King of Rock and Roll” was a revolutionary in the music industry, releasing songs and dancing on stage in a way that can only be considered controversial at the time.
Liza Minnelli Walking Through The Airport
Only someone like Liza Minnelli could get away wearing this lavish coat through an airport and look completely normal doing so. The singer and actress has always been extravagant, so why stop just because she’s hopping on a plane?
The Academy Award-winning actress is known for multiple performances, most notably Cabaret, The Sterile Cuckoo, and Arthur, to name a few. Through the years, she’s also been a prominent presence on Broadway and Off-Broadway.
Duke Ellington Making His Way Through The Airport
Jazz musician Duke Ellington made a career spanning over six decades. Starting in the mid-1920s, Ellington gained nationwide recognition from his jazz orchestra, most notably playing at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York.
He is often considered one of the main figures in shaping jazz music in the United States. In 1999, he even received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize Special Award for his contributions to music and the industry.
A Young Michael Caine Sighting And His Wife
This picture shows a young Michael Caine when he was first starting in Hollywood in the 1960s. Fast-forward over 60 years, and he’s won two Academy Awards, three Golden Globes, a British Academy Film Award, and has appeared in numerous high-profile projects.
Some of his more prolific silver screen appearances include his Oscar-winning performance in Hannah and Her Sisters, Educating Rita, Miss Congeniality, and Alfred in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Elizabeth Taylor Showing Off Her $1,050,000 Necklace
Actress Elizabeth Taylor wasn’t above showing off her trinkets, especially at the 40th birthday celebration for Princess Grace. In this photo, she’s seen wearing the $1,050,000 diamond necklace her then-husband, Richard Burton, purchased for her.
The diamond was a solid 69.4-carat gem and was complemented by a double-strand chain made up of smaller diamonds. No wonder there is such a huge smile on the actress’s face! Anyone would be smiling with that small fortune hanging around their neck!
Bette Davis Waving To The Crowd
Bette Davis had a career in the entertainment industry spanning 50 years. With more than 100 film credits on her resume, it might come as a little surprise to learn that she earned her fair share of award nominations.
In fact, Davis became the first actress to secure ten Academy Award nominations, eventually making that number 11. Out of all of those nominations, she won two, one for Best Actress in Jezebel and the other for Best Actress in Dark Victory.
Woody Allen In The 60s
In the 1960s, Woody Allen was first breaking into Hollywood as a director. Now, his career spans over 50 years. His portfolio of work includes many Academy Award-winning films, including four for Annie Hall, three for Hannah and her Sisters, and one for Bullets over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Midnight in Paris, and Blue Jasmine.
But Allen is a man of many talents. Throughout his career, he’s also acted, written a few books, and has done stand-up comedy.