Look Closer... Vintage Photos That Were Never Edited

By Sophia Maddox | February 8, 2024

James Dean looking cool and cooler needing ice in the 1950s. 

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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James Dean was the coolest guy in Hollywood during his brief career, but even he needed to pick up some ice to keep his food and drink cold. Here he's doing just that at the West Texas Ice Co., an ice house that may have been in or near Marfa, the Texas town where the 1956 film Giant was filmed. Giant turned out to be Dean's last movie, and he did not live to see its release, as he died September 30, 1955, in a car accident. On that fateful day, Dean was driving his 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder west on route 466 near Cholame, California, when he suffered a head-on collision with an eastbound vehicle; he was taken by ambulance to the Paso Robles War Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. James Dean appeared as leading actor in just three films -- Rebel Without a Cause (1955), East of Eden (1955), and Giant -- but his legacy as one of Hollywood's coolest dudes looms large.

Bill Murray in his 1968 high school graduation photo. 

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Local caddy graduates! In 1968, Bill Murray received his diploma from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois, and headed west to study pre-med at Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Pre-med? Really, Bill? That plan didn't last long, and he soon dropped out and returned to the Chicago area, where he eventually joined his brother Brian Doyle Murray in the Second City comedy troupe. Two other Murray boys, John and Joel, became actors; it's said that the acting bug tended to bite these Murrays because, as kids, they were constantly competing with each other to elicit laughter from their father, Edward Murray. The brothers also worked as golf caddies at Indian Hill Golf Club, an experience that led Brian to co-write a movie about the unsung heroes of the links -- it was Caddyshack, of course, in which Bill played deranged groundsman Carl Spackler.