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Who's Left of Hollywood's Golden Age

Updated on August 22, 2014
Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot | Source

Motion Picture Production Code

Talk about rules! Most of the stars on the list of Old Hollywood stars who are still living at to deal with the rules set by the Motion Picture Production Code. The Production Code was to regulate what could and could not be seen on screen to the public. Here are a few of their rules:

  • No kissing for longer than 3 seconds without a 3 second break
  • No insinuating adultery
  • No camera shots that clearly accentuated the female figure
  • No foul or malice language

Oh how the times have changed!

A Completely Different Time

The old Hollywood stars that remain alive are wonderful symbols and reminders of a much better time in Hollywood. The films had much better story lines and the actors had to give 100% in each role they had or their careers would fail. The stars of the era could not hide any faults in their performance behind flashy special effects or a million different camera angles.

We remember many of the stars for their presence on screen as well their unique characters. Stars like Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn are remembered for their class, elegance, and glamour. Stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield are known for their sexual appeal which at the time was quite outrageous however tame by today's standards.

The stars represent a completely different time both in our every day society and culture as well as Hollywood.

Stars Still With Us

Year of Birth
Known for
Olivia De Havilland
Gone With The Wind (1939)
Sophia Loren
Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Brigitte Bardot
And God Created Woman (1956)
Eva Marie Saint
North By Northwest (1959)
Kirk Douglas
Spartacus (1960)
Jerry Lewis
The Nutty Professor (1963)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Touch Of Evil (1958)
Mamie Van Doren
The Girl In The Black Stockings (1957)
Robert Wagner
Between Heaven and Hell (1956)
Kim Novak
Vertigo (1958)
Doris Day
Pillow Talk (1959)
Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Margaret O'Brien
Little Women (1949)
Shirley Maclaine
The Apartment (1960)
Joan Collins
Island In The Sun (1957)
Debbie Reynolds
Singin' In The Rain (1952)
Angie Dickinson
Rio Bravo (1959)
Mitzi Gaynor
South Pacific (1958)
Tab Hunter
Battle Cry (1955)
Leslie Caron
Gigi (1958)
Tippi Hedren
The Birds (1963)
Claire Bloom
Limelight (1952)
Joanne Woodward
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Jane Powell
Royal Wedding (1951)
Ann Blyth
Mildred Pierce (1945)
Sidney Poitier
The Defiant Ones (1958)
Angela Lansbury
Gaslight (1944)
Rhonda Fleming
Out of the Past (1947)
Maureen O'Hara
The Quiet Man (1952)
Don Murray
Bus Stop (1956)
Lizabeth Scott
Dead Reckoning (1947)
Luise Rainer
The Great Waltz (1938)
Rita Moreno
West Side Story (1961)
Vera Miles
Psycho (1960)
Honor Blackman
A Night To Remember (1958)
Dick Van Dyke
Mary Poppins (1964)
Warren Beatty
Splendor In The Grass (1961)
Anita Ekberg
Zarak (1956)
Raquel Welch
Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Betty Brosmer
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I may have missed a few stars, but I tried to make this because I haven't seen a extensive list like this before. Feel free to add more in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Sophia Loren (c.1950s)
Sophia Loren (c.1950s)

Fun Facts

Here are a few facts about a few of our living classic stars:

  • Olivia De Havilland is the last living star to have known actor Leslie Howard (who died in 1943)
  • Sophia Loren's marriage to Carlo Ponti was annulled in Italy in order to avoid charges of bigamy.
  • Brigitte Bardot refuses to allow a film about her life to be made until after she has passed away.
  • Ann Blyth made a full recovery after breaking her back in 1945.
  • Jerry Lewis refuses to wear a pair of socks more than once.
  • Robert Wagner has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; one for Motion Pictures, and one for Recording.

Olivia De Havilland as Melanie Hamilton reuniting with Ashley Wilkes in "Gone With The Wind" (1939)

Which of these stars do you know the most about?

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Stars We Recently Lost

Classic stars we lost in 2013 & 2014:

  • Esther Williams
  • Deanna Durbin
  • Annette Funicello
  • Julie Harris
  • James Garner
  • Mickey Rooney
  • Shirley Temple
  • Lauren Bacall

Eva Marie Saint pictured here with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North By Northwest".
Eva Marie Saint pictured here with Cary Grant in Alfred Hitchcock's 1959 film "North By Northwest".

Did you know?

When "Gone With The Wind" (1939) was finished shooting there were over 88 hours of footage.

Not surprisingly some characters were cut from the film, including the part of Scarlett's son.

Mitzi Gaynor (c.1950s)
Mitzi Gaynor (c.1950s)

Best Known Old Hollywood Stars

The stars that most of us think of when someone says old Hollywood are mostly stars that have since passed away.

Marilyn Monroe

James Dean

Cary Grant

Humphrey Bogart

Bette Davis

Audrey Hepburn

.......Those stars are all great however it is still important that we appreciate the stars we still have with us because nobody is going to be around forever.

Jerry Lewis (c.1950s)
Jerry Lewis (c.1950s) | Source

Yesterday we lost a true Old Hollywood legend, Lauren Bacall. It is in her memory that I dedicate this hub. I hope that the stars mentioned in this page live on to keep the memory of the Golden Age alive for many more years to come.

RIP Lauren Bacall (September 16th, 1924- August 12th, 2014)


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