Category: american

Michael Jackson with the Boy Scouts of Ameri…

Michael Jackson with the Boy Scouts of America (1990)

In September 1990 Michael was given the Michael Jackson Good Scout Humanitarian Award, named in his honor. “Michael Jackson is a good example to youth, helping us keep kids off the streets by supporting Scouting,” said Ray Martin, chairman of the board of Los Angeles Area Council Boy Scouts of America.

Anna May Wong wearing a dress by Edith Head …

Anna May Wong wearing a dress by Edith Head in a publicity photos for “Dangerous to Know” (1938)

Anna May Wong wearing a Travis Banton dress…

Anna May Wong wearing a

Travis Banton

dress with a dragon motif in publicity photos for “Limehouse Blues” (1934)

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens in the 1930′s J…

Joe Louis and Jesse Owens in the 1930′s

Joe Louis

(May 13, 1914 – April 12, 1981) and Jesse Owens

(September 12, 1913 – March 31, 1980) were both born in Alabama. They were the grandsons of slaves and the sons of sharecroppers. They both stammered as kids before their families migrated north in the 1920’s, where they began their athletic careers; Owens as a runner in Cleveland and Louis as a boxer in Detroit. 

Both Owens and Louis became heroic figures at a time when baseball, basketball and football were still segregated. Owens defied Hitler and Brundage; Louis defeated Schmeling and fought his way to victory in the 1930’s and 40’s.  

After the 1936 Olympics, the US track and field team was scheduled to compete in Sweden. Owens opted to return to the U.S., thinking he would get lucrative endorsement offers. The US Olympic Committee was furious that he returned home to capitalize on his success. They stripped him of his amateur status and banned him from further competitions.

Unlike Owens, who had been banished so young, Louis fought for years. He held the world heavyweight title from 1937 to 1949 and made 25 successful championship defenses.Owens and Louis remained friends for 45 years, and both died at the age of 66.

Anna May Wong photographed by Edward Steiche…

Anna May Wong photographed by Edward Steichen for Vanity Fair, 1931.

Marilyn Monroe at the French Consulate i…

Marilyn Monroe

at the French Consulate in New York to receive the “French Crystal Star” for Best Foreign Actress for her role in “The Prince And The Showgirl” (1959)

Photo by Paul Slade

Hayden PanettierePhotographed by Gavin Bond, 2…

Hayden Panettiere
Photographed by Gavin Bond, 2007

Raquel Welch photographed by Terry O’Neill…

Raquel Welch

photographed by Terry O’Neill, 1970. 

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in their London…

Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate in their London home, 1968. 

(Photos by Bill Ray/The LIFE Picture Collection)

Raquel Welch photographed by Terry O’Neill f…

Raquel Welch photographed by Terry O’Neill

for Paris Match, circa 1970..