The final scene from Sleeping Beauty (1959). This film was in active production from 1951 until the end of 1958, setting a record for being the Disney animated film with the longest production schedule. Walt Disney worried about the constant comparisons to Snow White and Cinderella, so he worked hard to come up with the ‘stylised and angular’ Sleeping Beauty look, which was very painstaking and time consuming. “That’s why it took us seven years and $6,000,000 to make Sleeping Beauty. But to us, it was worth it.” Walt once said. Another reason it took so long to bring Sleeping Beauty to life was because Walt was sidetracked with another project at the time: Disneyland. The castle there was originally supposed to be named after the original Disney princess, Snow White, but in order to promote the film, it was changed to the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
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An 18 year old James Dean in a photo booth at Terminal Arcade in Indianapolis, 1949. During this year, he was studying at Fairmount High School. He played on the baseball and varsity basketball teams, studied drama, and competed in public speaking. After graduating in May, he moved to California and enrolled in Santa Monica College, majoring in pre-law. Over a year later he transferred to UCLA for one semester and changed his major to drama. In January 1951, he dropped out to pursue a career as an actor.
Hedy Lamarr photographed by Alfred Eisenstaedt at her home in Hollywood for LIFE magazine, 1938. These were taken not long after her move to America, as she fled her home country of Austria and her controlling Nazi husband, Friedrich Mandl.
In her autobiography, Hedy wrote that she disguised herself as her maid and fled to Paris, but by other accounts, she persuaded Friedrich to let her wear all of her jewelry for a dinner party, then disappeared afterward.
After arriving in London in 1937, Hedy met Louis B. Mayer, head of MGM, who was scouting for talent in Europe. She initially turned down the offer he made her of $125 a week, but then booked herself onto the same New York bound liner as him, and managed to impress him enough to secure a $500 a week contract. Mayer brought Hedy to Hollywood in 1938 and began promoting her as the ‘world's most beautiful woman’.
Hedy’s first Hollywood film was Algiers (1938), which also starred Charles Boyer. She was billed as an unknown but well-publicized Austrian actress, which created anticipation in audiences. Louis B. Mayer hoped she would become another Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich. According to one viewer, when her face first appeared on the screen, "everyone gasped ... Lamarr's beauty literally took one's breath away."