Category: 1940s fashion

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Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten

at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

The

Nat King Cole Quartet photographed by Herman Leonard in New York, 1949.   

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Dolores Del Rio photographed by Laszlo Willinger, 1940.

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Joe Louis and Lena Horne photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

Lena Horne was visiting boxer Joe Louis while he trained. The book Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne, details their romance. Both were married to other people, and Louis had even become a father in February 1943. But the world champion of heavyweight boxing kept visiting the Stormy Weather set to see Horne, whom he’d reportedly met at the

New York City nightclub

Café Society. 

Joe spoke openly of their on-again, off-again affair to his friend Alice Key; Horne flaunted a mink coat he’d given to her. On November 12, 1942, Billy Rowe had reported the widespread rumor that Louis, then an army sergeant would divorce his wife to marry Horne. Both he and Horne issued vague denials. “I think that Lena is a grand person, on and off the screen, but that doesn’t mean I want to marry her or vice versa,” said the boxer. Added Horne, Sergeant Louis and I have been friends for several years and to me, like fifty million others, he’s a symbol of greatness. I can certainly admire him and be in his company without hopping off to the alter.”

Ethel Waters photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1940.

She was the first black performer to have her own TV show, The Ethel Waters Show, which aired on NBC in 1939.

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Marilyn Monroe photographed by Arthur Weegee, 1949.

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Anna May Wong photographed by Carl Van Vechten on April 25, 1939.    

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Ella Fitzgerald photographed by Carl Van Vechten on January 19, 1940.

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Heavyweight champion Joe Louis photographed by Carl Van Vechten at Greenwood Lake on September 15, 1941.

Marilyn Monroe (then known as Norma Jeane Mortenson) photographed by Richard C. Miller, 1946.