The Unfiltered Past: Exploring the Authenticity of Vintage Photographs

By Sophia Maddox | February 29, 2024

Bill Murray in his 1968 high school graduation photo. 

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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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.

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.