Looked Back at How Hollywood Glamorous Celebrities Welcoming Christmas in Their Time

The biggest names from the golden age of Hollywood get in the Christmas spirit

By Elizabeth Stamp


Old Hollywood was known for glitz and glamour, and the holidays were no exception. The era’s biggest names, from Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to Joan Crawford and Nat King Cole, celebrated in style, with piles of presents, glittering Christmas trees, and stockings hung along the mantel. These archival photos offer a glimpse of holidays past and show these legends getting in the spirit of the season, whether it’s Audrey Hepburn posing in Rome or Shirley Temple unwrapping gifts under the tree. Click through to see how these Old Hollywood stars put the tinsel in Tinseltown.

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Elizabeth Taylor is surrounded by Christmas presents in this shot from the 1950s.

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Silent film star Dolores del Río carries presents in a circa-1925 photo.


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Actress Sandra Dee (Gidget) finds plenty of presents under the tree in 1959.


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Marilyn Monroe poses in a nylon Christmas stocking in 1951.


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A photo from the 1950s shows Audrey Hepburn celebrating the season in Rome.


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Actor Alan Ladd (Shane, The Blue Dahlia) preps gifts in this circa-1955 photo.


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Joan Crawford carves a holiday turkey in a publicity shot from the 1930s.


Nat King Cole and daughter Natalie study sheet music together in the 1960s.

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