Photos become priceless as time goes by, especially when celebrities are caught in important moments of their lifes or when there are significant events in the evolution of society. Elvis Presley, Sophia Loren, Max Factor, Walt Disney, Coco Chanel, Elton John, Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra, Robert De Niro or The Beatles are all in the selection of pictures presented here.
In February 1958, for example, the King of Rock’n’Roll, Elvis Presley, met for the first time the beautiful actress Sophia Loren. It happened at Paramount Studios, where he was filming “King Creole”. Photographer Bob Willoughby happened to be there and took some memorable shots of Sophia and the King. According to Bob Willoughby, Loren spotted 23-year-old Presley eating lunch in the Paramount commissary and decided to go over and introduce herself. She promptly sat in his lap and gave him a kiss. He didn’t mind. ”I bet you wish they would stop screaming” said the beautiful Italian actress. ”Never” answered Elvis.
Another legendary meeting was in 1945 between the Spanish painter Salvador Dali and Walt Disney the famous director and producer of film and animation. The two wanted to collaborate on the animated short film “Destino”. But even if the production originally began in 1945, its eventual completion was finished 58 years later, by the Walt Disney Company in 2003.
Modern cosmetics industry has seen its first steps in 1935, when the famed beautician Max Factor (1872 -1938), the founder of cosmetics giant Max Factor &Company developed the beauty micrometer: a device designed to help in the identification of the areas of a person’s face which need to have their appearance reduced or enhanced by make-up. The Polish businessman also popularised the term make-up.
As Walter Yeo, he was the first man to benefit from advanced plastic surgery for skin transplant. Walter Ernest O’Neil Yeo (1890-1960) was a sailor in World War I.
And if you had the impression that “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” is just a character, you will find that she really existed. Alice Lindell (1852 – 1934) is the one who inspired Lewis Carroll to write the book when she asked him to tell her a story on a boating trip in Oxford (England).
Besides these there are many other photos with great celebrities as Elton John, Robert Redford, Frank Sinatra, the famous fashion icon Coco Chanel, the legendary Beatles or the remarkable Robert De Niro.