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Women from the classic era of Hollywood who NEVER had short hair?

Remember, no modern women...

by Anonymousreply 119December 7, 2022 3:07 AM

Katharine Hepburn?

by Anonymousreply 1November 12, 2022 12:51 AM

Veronica Lake

by Anonymousreply 2November 12, 2022 1:00 AM


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by Anonymousreply 3November 12, 2022 1:02 AM

Not too many

by Anonymousreply 4November 12, 2022 7:56 PM

Short hair seems high maintenance and not very versatile for women. I don't understand why it was so popular in the Golden age of Hollywood.

by Anonymousreply 5November 12, 2022 8:00 PM

Even Veronica had a short waved bob in SLATTERY"S HURRICANE (49). By the late 40s, long hair was unfash.

by Anonymousreply 6November 12, 2022 8:25 PM

Rita had a "Fifties Butch" cut in PAL JOEY (57).

by Anonymousreply 7November 12, 2022 8:30 PM

Why was short hair so in style for women during the golden age of Hollywood? Anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 8November 12, 2022 10:42 PM

What do you consider "short," OP?

IIRC, this is about as short as Bacall ever had.

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by Anonymousreply 9November 12, 2022 10:49 PM

R3, Rita in Lady From Shanghai.

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by Anonymousreply 10November 12, 2022 10:51 PM

You have to go niche…Maria Montez, Lupe Velez…maybe Dorothy Lamour, maybe Yvonne DeCarlo.

by Anonymousreply 11November 12, 2022 10:52 PM

R8, golden age actresses usually were stunningly beautiful. Shorter hair showcased their faces, and made them look more modern and dynamic.

by Anonymousreply 12November 12, 2022 10:57 PM

When did long hair on women first go out of style and when did short hair on women first become in style?

by Anonymousreply 13November 12, 2022 11:00 PM

More women back then had short hair, whether they were movie stars or not. Today, women want to look youthful so they stick with long Barbie doll hair

by Anonymousreply 14November 12, 2022 11:01 PM

R13, short hair was in vogue in the 20s and through most of the 30s. By the late 30s, long hair was in. By the 50s, short hair had come back in fashion

by Anonymousreply 15November 12, 2022 11:02 PM

I don't think Lauren Bacall ever even once in her entire life had short hair before.

by Anonymousreply 16November 12, 2022 11:29 PM

R16, she had Bob length hair for awhile

by Anonymousreply 17November 12, 2022 11:49 PM


by Anonymousreply 18November 12, 2022 11:52 PM

R17, when did she wear her hair like that? I want to see pics

by Anonymousreply 19November 13, 2022 1:08 AM

I feel like a lot of the classic Golden Age cuts looked shorter than they were because the fashion for curling so much and so massively drew up the length. If they'd all had pin-straight hair, many would have had it past the collarbone and shoulders.

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by Anonymousreply 21November 13, 2022 1:27 AM

I can't imagine Hedy Lamarr with short hair.

by Anonymousreply 22November 13, 2022 1:39 AM

Hedy in the courtroom...

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by Anonymousreply 23November 13, 2022 2:02 AM

Patricia Morison

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by Anonymousreply 24November 13, 2022 2:12 AM

Did Ann Miller ever have short hair?

by Anonymousreply 25November 13, 2022 3:58 PM

[quote]Katharine Hepburn?

Kate in "Sylvia Scarlett"; if anyone would go for this look, it would be her.

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by Anonymousreply 26November 13, 2022 10:52 PM

I think they had medium-length hair. Shorter than what is popular now, but not pixie cut or Dorothy Hamill short.

They didn’t have blowdryers and I’m not sure all women had the shower cap with flexible hot hair tube-style home dryers prior to the 1960’s. They would wash and set their hair once a week. Long hair would have been unworkable. Hollywood stars might have been able to manage it, but it would have been an oddity.

Also, short hair after 40 was a thing. Women were sort of expected to go short after a certain age.

by Anonymousreply 27November 14, 2022 12:06 AM

Jane Russell

by Anonymousreply 28November 14, 2022 6:43 PM

Grace Kelly

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by Anonymousreply 30November 15, 2022 6:39 AM

Pier Angeli

Debbie Reynolds

by Anonymousreply 31November 15, 2022 4:31 PM

Ann Miller's hair would've been down to her behind without all the hairspray.

by Anonymousreply 32November 15, 2022 4:35 PM

If any of you are familiar with I Love Lucy, the short Italian haircut became very popular in the 1950s after the poodle cut. This unfortunate style continued for a while... too long IMO.

Extremely soft and beautiful women like Elizabeth Taylor and Audrey could get away with it, but harsher / more severe features, like Joan Crawford post 50s plastic surgery, couldn't. (I am a huge JC fan but still, this one was not good for her, nor was the poodle)

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by Anonymousreply 33November 15, 2022 4:40 PM

I wish Elizabeth Taylor was in a movie in 1957. The way she looked in early 1957 was stunning. Probably her best look ever. What a waste of a great look.

Anyone know why she didn't make a movie that year?

by Anonymousreply 34November 16, 2022 12:38 AM

R34 too busy looking at her reflection in the mirror, Rose.

by Anonymousreply 35November 16, 2022 3:20 AM

Jane Russell first got a "Fifties Butch" cut for FOXFIRE (55). When she left Howard Hughes's control, the hair came off.

by Anonymousreply 36November 16, 2022 1:19 PM

They put it up in a bun

by Anonymousreply 37November 16, 2022 1:20 PM

Hepburn and Hayworth both had brief periods where they sported short hair - Hepburn in the thirties when she made SYLVIA SCARLETT and Hayworth when she made THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI with her then husband Orson Welles.

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by Anonymousreply 39November 16, 2022 10:34 PM

Julie Newmar

by Anonymousreply 40November 18, 2022 2:02 AM

Yvonne Decarlo always had long hair

by Anonymousreply 41November 18, 2022 2:48 AM

Did Shirley Maclaine ever have long hair?

by Anonymousreply 42November 18, 2022 5:56 PM

If you look closely at Ginger Rogers' hair in Tight Spot you'll see it's actually not short but very carefully tied up. She refused to cut it and caused a huge headache for the hair mistress on that film. It's been discussed on Datalounge before.

Short hair was 'in' in the '30s and '50s so the best guess would probably be someone who only worked in the interim. Lake would seem like the obvious choice, then you remember that her long hair was SO famous that she was made to cut it.

by Anonymousreply 43November 18, 2022 9:51 PM

R43, by interim, do you mean the ones who only worked in the 1940's never had short hair?

by Anonymousreply 44November 18, 2022 10:35 PM

Yes, short hair was very dominant in the '30s and '50s. The best chance of finding an actress who fit would be one who didn't have much career beyond that one decade.

by Anonymousreply 45November 18, 2022 10:38 PM

I wonder why short hair on women was so popular in the 1930's and 1950's.

I am genuinely curious to know.

Anyone know?!

by Anonymousreply 46November 18, 2022 10:51 PM

In the '30s it was a hangover from the '20s when the style seemed genuinely fresh.

I have no idea what brought it on in the '50s. It was harsh and suited very few women. For every elvin Hepburn there were ten butch looking Ja_ne Russells.

by Anonymousreply 47November 18, 2022 10:55 PM

R46, I assume that the female audience liked it. Long hair=old-fashioned, submissive, virgin-until-marriage. Short hair=modern, independent, fun. Short hair also might have looked more “expensive” since the styles of those decades looked like they required serious maintenance.

by Anonymousreply 48November 18, 2022 11:06 PM

In the opening scene of Thoroughly Modern Millie you get a sense of how fun! short hair must've seemed at first. Then it probably hung around due to ease.

by Anonymousreply 49November 18, 2022 11:08 PM

By the mid-50s Miss Yvonne DeCarlo (nee Peggy Middleton) was mostly appearing in Westerns, so she sported short, but fluffy, bobs in flicks like PASSION (54), and then even shorter hair in FLAME OF THE INDIES (56).

She wore her long again in THE MUNSTERS, of course, later in the 60s.

by Anonymousreply 50November 19, 2022 1:06 PM

Miss Crystal Gayle

by Anonymousreply 51November 19, 2022 2:03 PM

"I wonder why short hair on women was so popular in the 1930's and 1950's."

The 1930s short styles were a carryover from the fashion revolution of the 1920s, when women cut off their hair, threw away their long skirts, and ripped up their corsets, and danced the Charleston. Very short styles were still obligatory in the early 1930s, but women's styles crept down to towards shoulders towards the late 1930s, like Hedy Lamarr in "Algiers" or Joan Fontaine in "Rebecca". By the 1940s, shoulder-length hair was the height of fashion.

As for the 1950s, well, most women's fashion of that decade was ludicrously prim and proper, as women were told to forget about being Rosie the Riveter and get back to the kitchen. I guess the prim-and-proper look just wasn't complete without a matronly hairstyle, although there was a bit of long hair in the 1950s. Lots of girls had pony tails, and some nonconformists like Beatnik girls or Betty Page grew their hair out.

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by Anonymousreply 52November 20, 2022 6:28 AM

Were the 1920's the first time that short hair was popular on women?

by Anonymousreply 53November 20, 2022 6:53 PM

Think short hair was last popular in the 1820s, 1830s. I'm no expert though. Before the 1920s it seemed to be the exception not the rule.

by Anonymousreply 54November 20, 2022 6:58 PM

Ingrid Bergman in FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

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by Anonymousreply 55November 20, 2022 7:18 PM

Lauren Bacall, ca.1950.

This style is somewhat shorter than she usually wore.

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by Anonymousreply 56November 20, 2022 7:21 PM

Ava was a beauty, but I think short hair made her look older, harder, and more mannish.

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by Anonymousreply 57November 20, 2022 7:22 PM

Last one: I love Liz.

But not in this look.

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by Anonymousreply 58November 20, 2022 7:26 PM

R1 Katharine Hepburn had short hair in Adam's Rib (1949) ...and looked good with it, too.

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by Anonymousreply 59November 20, 2022 7:36 PM

Bacall had short hair in Young Man With A Horn (1950). Veronica Lake wore her hair relatively short in Slattery's Hurricane (1949) - see next post.

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by Anonymousreply 60November 20, 2022 7:41 PM

Veronica with Richard Widmark:

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by Anonymousreply 61November 20, 2022 7:42 PM

La Lake looked great with short hair actually. One of the few women, alongside Hepburn, who could really pull it off.

by Anonymousreply 62November 20, 2022 8:14 PM

Does anyone know why Elizabeth Taylor liked wearing her hair short at certain points in her life?

by Anonymousreply 63November 20, 2022 10:10 PM

Vivien Leigh

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by Anonymousreply 64November 20, 2022 10:15 PM

↑↑ Never mind

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by Anonymousreply 65November 20, 2022 10:17 PM

Young Viv, 1940s.

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by Anonymousreply 66November 20, 2022 10:22 PM

Leigh had short hair (wig, probably) in Ship Of Fools.

I think Ann Harding was one of the few who really never had short hair. She wore her long hair in a chignon, usually. Maybe when she was older she may have had short hair but I don't think so.

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by Anonymousreply 67November 21, 2022 12:46 AM

Greta Garbo

by Anonymousreply 68November 21, 2022 4:21 PM

Marlene Dietrich

by Anonymousreply 69November 21, 2022 10:05 PM

Vivien tried a short short bob . It wasn't very flattering

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by Anonymousreply 70November 21, 2022 10:10 PM

Elizabeth Taylor

by Anonymousreply 71November 22, 2022 5:32 PM

Garbo had short hair, at times. Especially after her movie career, but even during it once in a while.

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by Anonymousreply 72November 22, 2022 10:25 PM

R72, Garbo's hair looks like she cut it herself!

She would have, too.

by Anonymousreply 73November 23, 2022 12:58 AM

Another shot of Leigh and Gable in 1950.

Practically every female star tried or had short hair around that time, it went with the New Look.

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by Anonymousreply 74November 23, 2022 1:33 AM

What about Linda Darnell?

by Anonymousreply 75November 23, 2022 1:35 AM

Garbo looks super dykey in that pic

by Anonymousreply 76November 23, 2022 1:36 AM

Gosh, you'd have to go back as far as Rapunzel or Lady Godiva!

by Anonymousreply 77November 23, 2022 1:40 AM

Elizabeth had short hair for a long stretch in the 50s. Easier to wash the cum out.

by Anonymousreply 78November 23, 2022 1:45 AM

You guys need to do some Googling...

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by Anonymousreply 79November 23, 2022 1:46 AM

Bernice bobs her hair.

by Anonymousreply 80November 23, 2022 4:43 AM

Marilyn Monroe

by Anonymousreply 81November 23, 2022 5:54 PM

Veronica Lake's career evaporated when she cut her hair short at the behest of the war department. Female factory workers who'd copied her trademark long 'do were having accidents with power tools, and the war department asked Lake to do the patriotic thing and get her hair cut. Well, with short hair Lake was nothing special, and her career swiftly declined.

Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth were married for a little while, and as the marriage was falling apart they made "Lady from Shanghai" Welles had his wife cut off her trademark auburn mane and go blonde, in what has been widely regarded as an act of spite and foolishness.

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by Anonymousreply 82November 24, 2022 12:35 AM

Marilyn only had long hair at the beginning of her career. On the advice of Dick Powell , iirc, she cut it much shorter and she had a similar hairstyle to June Allyson, actually.

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by Anonymousreply 83November 24, 2022 1:14 AM

R83, what all did Dick Powell say to convince her?

by Anonymousreply 84November 24, 2022 1:36 AM

When exactly did Marilyn first get short hair?

by Anonymousreply 85November 24, 2022 8:43 PM

In what years in the 1950's was long hair popular?

Anyone know?

by Anonymousreply 86November 25, 2022 12:28 AM


by Anonymousreply 87November 25, 2022 9:48 PM

I don't understand the hair obsession. Is it part of the frau invasion of this board? Most of these women looked great with short hair!

by Anonymousreply 88November 25, 2022 9:56 PM

Marilyn had long hair in Ladies Of The Chorus (1948)

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by Anonymousreply 89November 26, 2022 12:37 AM

In Right Cross (1950) with Dick Powell

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by Anonymousreply 90November 26, 2022 12:38 AM

Did Grace Kelly ever have short hair?

by Anonymousreply 91November 26, 2022 10:40 PM

Nineteen-year-old Grace in 1949. I think this is as short as she ever wore it, at least as an adult.

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by Anonymousreply 92November 27, 2022 3:40 AM

I'm one of the few women that actually like to do pin curls and wet sets (I'm a fan of 40s hair in particular). First, these kinds of styles will immediately shorten the hair about 2" on account of the curls, so their hair was likely collarbone length at a minimum. Second, it's very difficult to roll long hair into these "sets", and back then not having curled hair in public simply wasn't an option. That said, I'll still never cut mine shorter than my shoulders. Rita's hair is the ultimate goal. There was a period of ultra short curls in the 50s which were abominable. The 20s/30s did shorter styles better.

by Anonymousreply 93November 27, 2022 4:20 AM

I'm impressed, R93, sincerely.

Younger women in my life tell me that no one does permanent waves anymore. But wouldn't a permanent give you at least some of the look you're trying to achieve?

by Anonymousreply 94November 27, 2022 4:24 AM

OMG, R92, you've proved that it WAS possible to take a bad picture of Grace Kelly!

I had assumed she was 100% photogenic.

by Anonymousreply 95November 27, 2022 5:49 AM

Grace had a weak jaw

by Anonymousreply 96November 27, 2022 8:14 PM

R94 I’ve never heard of it, is that different from a perm? The waves have to be positioned a very specific way for the vintage aesthetic (I wear vintage clothes for the full look , so it must be accurate).

by Anonymousreply 97November 28, 2022 1:15 AM

What does everyone think of Elizabeth Taylor's hair?

by Anonymousreply 98November 29, 2022 10:08 PM

R98 I liked her hair short. I thought she looked awful with her hair all sprayed up or whatever. Or long . Because she was a small woman with a big head. And big hair just made her head look enormous - and it didn't suit her, anyway. Any knid of obvious hair "do" just distracted from her face.

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by Anonymousreply 100November 30, 2022 12:50 AM

Tallulah Bankhead

by Anonymousreply 101December 1, 2022 2:19 PM

This might be more of a PR myth, but didn't Bergman end up with her role in For Whom the Bell Tolls, because the first choice, who I think was a really a dancer, could not pull of the shorter haircut. I think Hemingway really wanted Bergman all along, who was then given a pretty flattering short haircut.

by Anonymousreply 102December 1, 2022 2:46 PM

R102 She was ballet dancer/movie actress Vera Zorina (who was married to George Balanchine). I didn't know it was her hair, I thought she was replaced for other reasons.

In those days there were few hair products. Bergman said her Maria haircut had to be curled and re-set every day. Women who got the cut thinking it would look like Bergman's hairstyle found that it didn't, after a short time.

Here are two shots of Zorina in a publicity photo and on set with Gary Cooper.

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by Anonymousreply 103December 2, 2022 3:35 AM

My short hair looks great!

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by Anonymousreply 104December 2, 2022 3:38 AM

Did Barbra Streisand and Cher ever have short hair?

by Anonymousreply 105December 3, 2022 12:58 AM

Barbra had short hair several different times. In the 60s, 70s, and even when she was older. (And, I guess, in Yentl). Just Google "Barbra Streisand short hair".

by Anonymousreply 106December 3, 2022 1:06 AM

Joni Mitchell

by Anonymousreply 107December 3, 2022 9:51 PM

Do people know what "the classic era of Hollywood" means?

by Anonymousreply 108December 3, 2022 10:29 PM

Bette Davis

by Anonymousreply 109December 4, 2022 4:33 PM

Bette did have short hair in June Bride and Payment On Demand.

by Anonymousreply 110December 4, 2022 4:55 PM

Did Pier Angeli ever have short hair even once?

by Anonymousreply 111December 4, 2022 5:21 PM

R111 That's a good one. I don't think so!

by Anonymousreply 112December 4, 2022 5:32 PM

Anita Ekberg

by Anonymousreply 113December 6, 2022 6:36 AM

Sharon Tate

by Anonymousreply 114December 6, 2022 7:14 PM

R114 wrong

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by Anonymousreply 115December 7, 2022 1:14 AM

Technically, you're correct. But I believe that's a wig. ^

by Anonymousreply 116December 7, 2022 1:57 AM

[quote]Well, with short hair Lake was nothing special, and her career swiftly declined.

I have to agree. Veronica Lake had an otherworldly, doll-like prettiness with her trademark long hair. She was just not as pretty or special without it.

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by Anonymousreply 117December 7, 2022 2:01 AM
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by Anonymousreply 118December 7, 2022 2:03 AM

R116 Yeah I really don't know, it does look like a wig, though. I thought maybe Jay Sebring gave her a short haircut. What about this?

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by Anonymousreply 119December 7, 2022 3:07 AM
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