Hollywood still photographers had a battery of standard poses for their iconic star photography. One of the most durable was the mirror portrait. Almost every female star was, at one time or another, captured studying her reflection in a mirror.
Most of the time the shots were carefully lit and composed. At other times, the stars were caught in an unguarded moment as they prepared their faces to meet the unblinking eye of the camera.
A great actress, an Oscar winner, once said me: “The camera is my enemy. It documents my mortality. I hate that damned monster.”
Let’s take a look at a few stars—and their reflections.
What are they thinking as they study the landscape of their faces?
Lillian Gish prepares for a scene in Hearts of the World, 1918.
The tragic Mary Nolan. Her beauty was ravaged by abusive
men and heroin.
Jean Harlow, a casual and earthy woman, with a portable
The perfect reflection for Carole Lombard, an actress with a
great sense of humor.
Marilyn Monroe did not see beauty. Just a vast architecture
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