Golden nights from a golden age: Old Hollywood glamour reigns supreme as iconic movie stars dazzle at bygone Oscars

By LOUISE BOYLE

The great and the glamorous are currently sweeping into Hollywood as the biggest event in the movie industry calendar looms tomorrow night.
But for all the star quality brought to the red carpet by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet, Rooney Mara and Halle Berry, it is the enduring icons of the golden age that still show the A-listers how it should be done.
The stunning pictures capture the sophistication and allure of stars on awards nights more than half a century ago. In one, Audrey Hepburn grins and sports an elfin haircut while clutching her Oscar in 1953, for her breakout role in Roman Holiday alongside Gregory Peck.

Better than box from Tiffany's: Audrey Hepburn beams and clutches her Oscar for best actress at the ceremony in Hollywood, 1953 after her performance in Roman Holiday

The best is yet to come: Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed (pictured right) hold their best supporting Oscars while posing with presenter Mercedes McCambridge (centre) for the movie From Here to Eternity at the 26th Annual Academy Awards Ceremony

Frank Sinatra's career was on the wane when he won the Best Supporting Actor award in the same year for the wartime drama From Here To Eternity.
After Marlon Brando won the Academy Award for On The Waterfront it was stolen, finally turning up in a London auction house who contacted the actor and informed him that they had it. Before that the two-time Best Actor winner had been using it to help hold his front door open.

A star is born: Elizabeth Taylor and Oscar enjoy champagne after she was named Best Actress for her role in Butterfield 8 in 1960. She won again for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966

A teenage Natalie Wood glances excitedly in the mirror as she is primped and preened in preparation for the Oscars in a Warner Brothers studio dressing room - the night she won a Best Supporting Actress Award for her role in the 1955 film Rebel Without A Cause.
Kirk Douglas is seen charming the crowd in 1954 as he enters the Academy Awards ceremony. He was nominated three times for Best Actor but never won. He received a Honorary award in 1996 for '50 years as a moral and creative force in the motion picture community'.

Princess in waiting: Award presenters Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly (right) loiter backstage during the Annual Academy Awards

The 84th Academy Awards will be hosted by Billy Crystal at the Kodak theatre tomorrow night. It is televised live across the U.S. and is watched by around 40million Americans.

The wild one: Marlon Brando catches the photographer's eye as he cradles his Oscar for Best Actor for On The Waterfront in 1955

The golden age: Clark Gable arrives with Grace Kelly at the 26th annual Academy presentation at the RKO Pantages theater, Hollywood

Romantic leads: Humphrey Bogart and wife Lauren Bacall arrived at the 27th Academy Awards. They met on the set of To Have And Have Not in 1944 when Bacall was 19 and Bogart 45

Picture perfect: Natalie Wood has her hair done in a dressing room at Warner Brothers ahead of the awards where she was nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Rebel Without A Cause

Dancing with the real stars: Ginger Rogers and George Murphy take a spin holding the Oscar which they presented at the 22nd awards ceremony in 1950

Hollywood royalty: Kirk Douglas looks dapper as he arrives in his tuxedo to celebrate Oscars night - he was nominated three times but never won. He was finally given honorary Academy Award in 1996 for his contribution to the movie industry

source: dailymail

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