These Holiday Photos of Classic Hollywood Stars Are Charming and Bizarre

These photos are something else
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Historians Mary Mallory and Karie Bible have invited all their favorite old movie stars over to celebrate Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July in their new book Hollywood Celebrates the Holidays.

 

The picture-packed volume has more than 200 images of old-time celebs ranging from forgotten silent-era actresses like Mae Busch to go go era stars Sally Field and Barbara Eden celebrating Independence Day with beach balls and firecrackers. Mallory is a freelance researcher and Bible leads tours of Hollywood Forever Cemetery and they have unearthed some real oddities. Back in the days when studios had actors under contract they could make all kinds of weird demands. Who knows how many hours poor Joan Crawford had to balance on top of that snow-covered chimney wearing a fur bathing suit and clutching a baby doll and a shotgun? The photos were originally sent out to fan magazines to humanize the stars and stoke interest in them as personalities. Bible and Mallory spent years hunting private collections, movie collectible stores, and paper shows for the best of the faux festivities.

Here’s a peek at the star-spangled holidays.

Nancy Carroll sits atop a champagne bubble to help ring in 1930. Her effervescent, bubbly personality matched the heady, dizzying spirit of the 1920s.
Nancy Carroll sits atop a champagne bubble to help ring in 1930. Her effervescent, bubbly personality matched the heady, dizzying spirit of the 1920s.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Comedian W.C. Fields dresses as Santa Claus and rings in 1938 in the company of some beautiful Paramount starlets.
Comedian W.C. Fields dresses as Santa Claus and rings in 1938 in the company of some beautiful Paramount starlets.

Photograph courtesy Marc Wanamaker/ Bison Archives

 

Perky, petite, 1960s American Sweetheart, Annette Funicello, bundles up for a romantic holiday season.
Perky, petite, 1960s American Sweetheart, Annette Funicello, bundles up for a romantic holiday season.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Claudette Colbert admires her oversized portrait lining Vine Street in Hollywood for the 1932 Santa Claus Lane shopping season.
Claudette Colbert admires her oversized portrait lining Vine Street in Hollywood for the 1932 Santa Claus Lane shopping season.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Sultry Jane Greer drafts her Christmas want list.
Sultry Jane Greer drafts her Christmas want list.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Here comes Santa Claus in the guise of Joan Crawford, bringing presents for all good boys and girls.
Here comes Santa Claus in the guise of Joan Crawford, bringing presents for all good boys and girls.

Photograph from author's collection

 

A vicious Peter Lorre prepares to ring in the holidays by swinging at Sydney Greenstreet’s gentle Santa Claus.
A vicious Peter Lorre prepares to ring in the holidays by swinging at Sydney Greenstreet’s gentle Santa Claus.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Slaphappy Santas the Three Stooges (Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard) watch to see who’s been naughty or nice for Christmas.
Slaphappy Santas the Three Stooges (Curly Howard, Larry Fine, Moe Howard) watch to see who’s been naughty or nice for Christmas.

Photograph from author's collection

 

Debbie Reynolds sits atop a star to welcome the New Year of 1953
Debbie Reynolds sits atop a star to welcome the New Year of 1953

Photograph courtesy Marc Wanamaker/Bison Archives

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