Polaroid Portraits Signed By The Stars

The sexy sixties, swinging seventies and dissipated eighties brought the glamorous superstars of Hollywood and Vine to Babylon by the Hudson. I interviewed and photographed these icons throughout an era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. As assistant and ghostwriter to fabled New York Post gossip columnist Earl Wilson, I covered the glitterati at film premieres, Broadway openings and a sophisticated nightclub landscape that is now history.

I was on the scene equipped with a notebook and two cameras. With my Nikon I photographed the major showbiz names, whose pictures were published in Time, Newsweek, People, Life, and books and magazines around the globe. I captured Mafioso Joe Gallo cutting his wedding cake, a world exclusive shot that appeared on the front page of The New York Times, New York Post and Daily News—on the same day!

With my Polaroid I created instant candids of these personalities. And all readily signed their one-of-a-kind portraits.

Among the more than 200 autographed photographs in this unique collection are such extraordinary legends as Andy Warhol, Jacqueline Onassis, Elizabeth Taylor, Truman Capote, Leonard Bernstein, Gloria Swanson, Sammy Davis Jr., Telly Savalas, George Burns, Gig Young, Henny Youngman, Mamie Van Doren, Ginger Rogers, Richard Boone, Richard Burton, Yitzhak Rabin, Martha Graham, Bob Hope, Pearl Bailey, Otto Preminger, Cliff Robertson, Gregory Peck and Arthur Miller.

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