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Stunning Portraits of Classic Hollywood Actress by Kenneth Alexander from the 1920s and 1930s

Kenneth Alexander was born in London in 1887. In 1914, he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, where he established a freelance studio and became renowned for celebrity portraiture. He worked for United Artists, 20th Century Studios, Samuel Goldwyn Productions and many others.

During World War I, Alexander served in the United States Navy’s aero-photo service, taking close-ups and panoramas from warships. In New York, he established himself as a photographer with the slogan, “Photographer of Women Exclusively”, a gender reversal of Pirie MacDonald’s. He gained particular acclaim with United Artists during his time in New York, assisting them and other film companies with offices in the city.

Alexander moved to Los Angeles after New York at the request of Lillian Gish, who wanted him to photograph her film La Bohème. After leaving his native town, he found work at Sam Goldwyn Productions in Hollywood during the 1930s. Alexander died in 1975 at the age of 87.

#1 Lillian Gish, 1920

Lillian Gish, 1920

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#2 Vilma Bánky, 1920s

Vilma Bánky, 1920s

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#3 Vilma Bánky, 1920s

Vilma Bánky, 1920s

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#4 Lillian Gish, 1921

Lillian Gish, 1921

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#5 Lillian Gish, 1922

Lillian Gish, 1922

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#6 Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

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#7 Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

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#8 Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

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#9 Lillian Gish, 1923

Lillian Gish, 1923

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#10 Greta Nissen, 1925

Greta Nissen, 1925

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#11 Greta Nissen, 1925

Greta Nissen, 1925

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#12 Norma Shearer, 1925

Norma Shearer, 1925

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#13 Vilma Bánky, 1926

Vilma Bánky, 1926

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#14 Joan Crawford, 1927

Joan Crawford, 1927

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#15 Lili Damita, 1928

Lili Damita, 1928

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#16 Carole Lombard, 1929

Carole Lombard, 1929

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#17 Constance Bennett, 1929

Constance Bennett, 1929

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#18 Ann Harding, 1930

Ann Harding, 1930

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#19 Joan Bennett, 1930

Joan Bennett, 1930

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#20 Kay Francis, 1930

Kay Francis, 1930

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#21 Lillian Gish, 1930

Lillian Gish, 1930

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#22 Lillian Gish, 1930

Lillian Gish, 1930

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#23 Lillian Gish, 1930

Lillian Gish, 1930

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#24 Sylvia Sidney, 1931

Sylvia Sidney, 1931

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#25 Sylvia Sidney, 1931

Sylvia Sidney, 1931

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#26 Constance Cummings, 1933

Constance Cummings, 1933

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#27 Loretta Young, 1936

Loretta Young, 1936

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#28 Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

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#29 Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

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#30 Marlene Dietrich, 1936

Marlene Dietrich, 1936

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#31 Clare Dodd, 1930s

Clare Dodd, 1930s

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#32 Myrna Loy, 1930s

Myrna Loy, 1930s

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