Thursday, September 8, 2011

Through the Lens: Children of Paradise

Steve McQueen and his wife, Neile, with children Chad and Terry, in 1962. Photo by Julian Wasser.

I stumbled upon this old gem-of-a-Vanity Fair article from March 2009, titled "Children of Paradise."  Writer Todd S. Purdum explores the lives of the children of Hollywood stars and what it was like for them growing up between World War II and the '60s.  It's a very interesting article and includes quotes from everyone from Tina Sinatra to Candice Bergen to Mia Farrow and Robert Wagner.

Actress Marlo Thomas recalls how different and idyllic Hollywood was back then:
“It was like a little neighborhood,” remembers Thomas, who grew up at the corner of Elm and Elevado, south of Sunset Boulevard, down the street from Elizabeth Taylor’s mother and across the alley from Louella Parsons, the fearsome Hearst gossip columnist. “It didn’t feel at all, well, like it does now. I mean, now it’s just a foreign—it could be Miami Beach or Las Vegas. I don’t even recognize it anymore. But what it was in those days was … we used to call it ‘the Village.’ Mother would say, ‘I’m going to the Village—who wants to come?,’ you know, and we’d jump in the car.”
Here are some great photographs that accompanied the article.  It's definitely worth the read.

Nancy Sinatra and Claudia Martin, 1962.

Robert Wagner shines his maroon 1947 Cadillac convertible.

High-school senior Candice Bergen, 1963, in California.

 Mia Farrow with her mother, actress Maureen O'Sullivan in the 1960s.

 Jane and Peter Fonda with their father Henry in the 1950s.

Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher in 1972.

A young Josh Brolin with his father James Brolin and mother Jane Cameron Agee, circa 1970.

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