Look Closer... Vintage Photos That Were Never Edited

By Sophia Maddox | January 11, 2024

"National Lampoon's Vacation," 1983. 

Few things are as satisfying as a trip down memory lane -- and it's even better when you find something you didn't notice before. Because as Ferris Bueller said -- life moves pretty fast. Here are dozens of pictures of celebrities and remarkable people of yesteryear in all their beautiful, vintage glory. The glamour, the fashions, the hair -- whether classically elegant, effortlessly cool, or interestingly tacky, we shall not see their like again. Here's to the movie stars who were larger than life, here's to the rock stars who lived on the edge, here's to the comedians who still make us smile, here's to the bit players who had those moments of glory that changed their lives forever. It's all good, it's all groovy, and the rest is history.

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National Lampoon's Vacation was the movie that gave us line after line of memorable dialogue -- but it was more than a bunch of jokes. It was a commentary on the dreams and disappointments of the modern married dad and family man. No, really -- for all his buffonery (and dads are often buffoons IRL, aren't they?) Clark W. Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, wanted to do something wonderful for his family. He wanted a special and memorable family trip -- he wanted them to see America at ground-level, on a drive west from Chicago to a fun-for-all amusement park in California called Walley World. But before the Griswolds even set off, things begin going wrong. With every bum steer and bad break, Clark doubles down on his foiled quest for family fun, alienating himself from the family with his increasingly erratic behavior. It happens in life -- we mean to do well, but we end up naked in a pool with swimsuit model Christie Brinkley. It's nothing to be proud of, Russ.

Dr. Frank N. Furter with Columbia and Magenta. (1975) 

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There are cult films, and there are cult films. The cultiest of all cult films has to be The Rocky Horror Picture Show, in which Tim Curry (center) played Frank N. Furter -- a  self-described "sweet transvestite from Transsexual Transylvania." This bizarre gender-bending musical (the film version of the successful stage production The Rocky Horror Show) went virtually unnoticed when it opened in 1975, and might have vanished, just another weird movie that flopped. But an executive at 20th Century Fox noted that offbeat "midnight movies" were becoming a thing, and arranged to have the film screened at theaters looking to make a little money on the late-night crowd. It proved to be the right movie for the right audience -- fans, often in costume, came back week after week to watch, sing along, and shout retorts at characters on the screen. The movie's addictive, ritualistic appeal has kept it in theaters to the present day, making it the longest-running theatrical release of all time.