Historical Glimpses: Unpublished Photos Reveal Untold Stories

By Sophia Maddox | May 12, 2024

Peter Mayhew and Carrie Fisher having fun during the filming of "The Empire Strikes Back" (1980)

Pop culture fans rejoice! This collection of groovy-era photos you've never seen before will not only make you miss the old days of skateboards, boomboxes, and Happy Days re-runs, but will give you some behind-the-scenes tidbits and facts you never knew about your favorite movie and television stars, the biggest films, the coolest trends, and the hottest singers. You might learn a few things you never knew before about the sixties, seventies, and eighties. 

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The British actor who played the role of Chewbacca in the Star Wars films was Peter Mayhew, shown here goofing around with his co-star Carrie Fisher. Mayhew was a natural to play the giant, hairy, space alien sidekick to Han Solo. At 7 feet, 3 inches in height, Mayhew towered over Fisher and his other Star Wars co-stars, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill. That’s because he suffered from gigantism. He was diagnosed with the disease as a child. It caused his unusual growth, but also created mobility issues for him later in life. During the filming of The Force Awakens, Mayhew relied on a wheelchair most of the time. 

"Young Hollywood in the Fifties" photo with Jayne Mansfield, Lance Fuller, John Smith, Natalie Wood and Bob Fuller. (1955)

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This is where the cool kids hang out. And in 1955 when this photo was taken, there were none who were cooler. This was the year that blonde bombshell Jayne Mansfield first appeared as the Playmate of the Month in Playboy magazine. It was also the year that teenage actress Natalie Wood earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Rebel Without a Cause. Actor Lance Fuller had just finished up filming Apache Woman with Lloyd Bridges, actor John Smith appeared as one of the Earp brothers in the western Wichita, and Bob Fuller, who had appeared in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe two years earlier, had just returned from service in Korea.