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Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits - NPG

Marlene Dietrich by George Hurrell, 1937.

Exhibition preview

AN EXHIBITION entitled Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery from July 7 to October 23, 2011.

Glamour of the Gods is a celebration of Hollywood portraiture from the industry’s ‘Golden Age’, the period from 1920 to 1960.

From Greta Garbo and Clark Gable to Audrey Hepburn, James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, it is these portraits that transformed actors and actresses into international style icons. In many cases these are the career-defining images of Hollywood’s greatest names and help to illustrate their enduring appeal.

Featuring over 70 photographs, most of which are exquisite vintage prints displayed for the first time, the exhibition is drawn from the extraordinary archive of the John Kobal Foundation and demonstrate photography’s decisive role in creating and marketing the stars central to the Hollywood mystique.

The exhibition is organised by the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

For more information and to view exhibits visit

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE