The Unfiltered Past: Exploring the Authenticity of Vintage Photographs

By Sophia Maddox | April 4, 2024

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

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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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.

Suzanne Pleshette, 1970s

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Suzanne Pleshette's most famous TV role was that of Emily Hartley, the wife of Bob Newhart's character Robert Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show, from 1972-78. As such, she was involved in one of the most famous and controversial moments in sitcom history. See, Bob Newhart went on to do another sitcom, Newhart, which ran from 1982-90. Viewers of the series finale of Newhart were shocked by the last scene, in which the famous comedian wakes up in bed with Pleshette and describes an outrageous dream -- indicating that the full 8-year run of Newhart was simply a dream Robert Hartley of The Bob Newhart Show had one night. Pleshette's brief appearance completed the most outrageous prank any TV show has ever played on its viewers. Her photo shoot with Harry Langdon in 1979 was much less meta.