Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood graces London

The National Portrait Gallery of London pays homage to the iconic actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age [1920-1960] with their latest exhibition, Glamour of the Gods.  Borrowed from the John Kobal Foundation, many of the images on display– ranging from publicity shots to film stills– have never before been seen in public.  Everyone from Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich to Marlon Brando and James Dean vamp it up for the camera in portraits that established careers, and contributed infinitely to their enduring legacies.

Running through 23 October 2011, Glamour of the Gods also includes a concurrent schedule of special events, ranging from exhibition tours and lectures to screenings of classic Hollywood films.

Greta Garbo and John Gilbert for Flesh and The Devil, by Bert Longworth, 1926

Clark Gable and Joan Crawford for Dancing Lady, by George Hurrell, 1933

Marilyn Monroe by Ernest Bachrach, 1952

Rita Hayworth for Gilda, by Robert Coburn, 1946

Marlene Dietrich by George Hurrell, 1937

Marlon Brando for A Streetcar Named Desire by John Engstead, 1950

Press room at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, by anonymous photographer

Clarence Sinclair Bull photographing Clarke Gable and Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind, 1939, photo by Fred Parrish

Ronald Colman and Vilma Bánky, scene-still for The Magic Flame, photo by Kenneth Alexander, 1927

Know what’s next. Become a WGSN member today to benefit from our daily trend intelligence, retail analytics, consumer insights and bespoke consultancy services.