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Ike and Tina Turner photographed by Tony Frank, 1971.

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Ike and Tina Turner photographed by Norman Seeff, 1975.

Norman Seeff’s shoot with husband-and-wife R&B duo Ike and Tina Turner was among the most memorable of his career. As his first filmed session, the footage was riveting. “They performed an amazing version of ‘Nutbush City Limits’ right there in my studio. There was incredible energy and vitality between them.” He recalls that the couple’s contrasting personalities made their interactions all the more compelling. “Tina was a whirlwind of freedom and spontaneity,” he says. “She was teasing Ike, trying to get him to loosen up, but there was an edge about it. It was as if she was challenging him just a bit. It felt almost dangerous but at the same time ecstatically creative.” Ike on the other hand was reserved and controlled. “He was very charismatic. He had a regal, majestic quality about him, and a tremendous sense of who he was.”

Ike & Tina Turner in London (1968)

Ike & Tina Turner in London (1968)

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Blanche

& Buck Barrow of the Bonnie

& Clyde Barrow Gang, 1931-1933 

Blanche met Marvin “Buck” Barrow, brother of the infamous Clyde Barrow in 1929 in Dallas County while hiding from her husband;

a result of an arranged marriage at 17. Days after meeting Blanche, Buck was shot and captured following a burglary. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 5 years in prison. On March 8, 1930 Buck escaped from Ferguson Prison Farm and hid with Blanche. They married

July 3, 1931

in Oklahoma and honeymooned in Florida. Months later Blanche convinced him to turn himself in so they could live an honest life. She tried to make Buck go straight and leave the life of crime behind, but after his release in 1933 Clyde convinced him to rejoin him. Devoted to her partner like Bonnie, Blanche loved Buck too much to leave him so she tagged along and they joined Bonnie and Clyde in Joplin, Missouri. After the infamous Joplin shootout with the police, Buck got severely injured in a shootout at the Red Crown Tourist Court in Platte City, Missouri. Blanche also injured her eye yet they all escaped. Shortly after, the gang was in another shootout in Dexter, Iowa. Bonnie, Clyde and W.D. Jones were all injured but managed to escape; Blanche and wounded Buck were captured. Buck died a few days later

on July 29, 1933. Blanche spent over 5 years

(Sept. 1933 – Mar. 1939)

in prison for her association with the Barrow gang. She remarried in 1940 and had no kids. Blanche died December 24, 1988.

Blanche who lived to see the 1967 Arthur Penn film Bonnie and Clyde didn’t like the film. Though Estelle Parsons won an Oscar for her portrayal of Blanche;

She said the movie made her

“look like a screaming horse’s ass.”

 

Wallace Beery and Gloria Swanson (1916)  On …

Wallace Beery and Gloria Swanson (1916)  

On March 27, 1916, 30-year-old Wallace Beery married Gloria Swanson on her 17th birthday with her mother’s consent. The marriage was a disaster from the start. On their wedding night, Wallace got drunk and raped Gloria. After she became pregnant he tricked her into swallowing an abortifacient. 

In her 1980 autobiography Swanson on Swanson, Gloria describes the incident:

I was brushing my hair when he came into the room. He gave me a look that made me turn away, but he didn’t say anything. Then he turned out the light and in the darkness pulled me to him. I gave a coquettish little command to stop that I thought would make him laugh. Still he said nothing. He turned me and pushed me backward until I fell on the bed. He fell beside me, and there was nothing romantic about the way he began to repeat that I was driving him crazy.

He was raking his hands over me and pulling at my nightie until I heard it rip. I pleaded with him to stop, to wait, to turn on the light. His beard was scraping my skin and his breath smelled. He kept repeating obscene things and making advances with his hand and tongue while he turned his body this way and that and awkwardly undid his buttons and squirmed out of his clothes.

Then he forced my body into position and began hurting me, hurting me terribly. I couldn’t stand it. I begged him to stop, to listen to me, and finally when I couldn’t stand it any longer, I screamed. He told me to be quiet, not to wake the whole hotel, and he said it in a voice of quiet, filthy conspiracy. The pain became so great that I thought I must be dying. I couldn’t move for the pain. When he finally rolled away, I could feel blood everywhere.

Gloria’s mother Addie, in the room next door did not come to her aide and they never spoke about that night. Gloria discovered that she was pregnant a few months later. One morning she had asked

Wallace

to buy her something from the pharmacy to relieve her severe cramps. He bought her bottle of medication which she took without asking any questions. She became nauseous and passed out. When she woke up a nurse told her that she had lost her baby. She later discovered that

Wallace

had given her poison to abort their baby. She left him soon after this incident. 

Ike & Tina Turner circa 1973

Ike & Tina Turner circa 1973

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Bonnie and Clyde (1934) 

In the first picture Bonnie is holding a bunny named Sonny Boy, he was a gift she got for her mother soon before they were ambushed.

Sonny & Cher photographed Bob Willoughby…

Sonny & Cher photographed Bob Willoughby

for Vogue (1967)

Ike and Tina Turner (1966)

Ike and Tina Turner (1966)

Richard Pryor and Pam Grier circa 1977

Richard Pryor and Pam Grier circa 1977