The names Marilyn Monroe, Freddie Mercury, and Joaquin Phoenix, among others, are synonymous with fame and fortune. They go beyond just being actors, singers, and performers, and live on as pop culture icons.

But due to their legendary status, publishers release countless articles on these people and the overexposure makes it quite hard to remember what your idol was up to and how they looked five, ten, or fifty years ago.

Luckily, the subreddit r/OldSchoolCelebs is here to remind us of that. With 111,000 members sharing vintage photos of the biggest stars to have ever appeared on screen and stage, you are bound to find someone you adore scrolling through. So let's do just that!

#1

Betty White 1948

Betty White 1948

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Kit Kat
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1 month ago

Definition of style icon. What a wonderful woman she was.

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#2

Sting Giving His Autograph To A Young Gwen Stefani, 1983

Sting Giving His Autograph To A Young Gwen Stefani, 1983

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Turt_Le
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1 month ago (edited)

He wrote: don't stand so close to me, I ain't no Hollaback girl

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It's easy to get lost in these pictures, thinking about how their subjects have changed over time, but we should also do that with ourselves.

As executive coach Jennifer Porter explained in Harvard Business Review, at its simplest, reflection is about careful thought, but the kind of reflection that is really valuable is more nuanced than that and requires conscious consideration and analysis of our beliefs and actions if we want to learn anything.

"Reflection gives the brain an opportunity to pause amidst the chaos, untangle and sort through observations and experiences, consider multiple possible interpretations, and create meaning," Porter wrote. "This meaning becomes learning, which can then inform future mindsets and actions."

#3

The Young Princess Diana With Her Guinea Pig, Peanut - 1972

The Young Princess Diana With Her Guinea Pig, Peanut - 1972

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Marette
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1 month ago

... and to think she would be married just 9 years later.

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#4

Jimi Hendrix Aged 15, With His First Electric Guitar

Jimi Hendrix Aged 15, With His First Electric Guitar

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Wang Zhuang
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1 month ago

A legend in the making

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#5

Freddie Mercury Talking To David Bowie. (Live Aid - 1985)

Freddie Mercury Talking To David Bowie. (Live Aid - 1985)

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Yoyo
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1 month ago

Is that a banana in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

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Research by Giada Di Stefano, Francesca Gino, Gary Pisano, and Bradley Staats in call centers demonstrated that employees who spent 15 minutes at the end of the day reflecting about the lessons they had learned performed 23% better after just 10 days than those who did not.

A study in the UK found a similar result when those who were prompted to use their commute to think about and plan for their day were happier, more productive, and less burned out than people who didn't.

#6

Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher (1961)

Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher (1961)

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Aw RIP.

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#7

Keanu Reeves And Carrie Anne Moss Celebrating The Release Of "The Matrix", 1999

Keanu Reeves And Carrie Anne Moss Celebrating The Release Of "The Matrix", 1999

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

God, he's so handsome.

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#8

A Young Dolly Parton With Her Husband Carl Dean, Married Since 1966.

A Young Dolly Parton With Her Husband Carl Dean, Married Since 1966.

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Jerry The Joker
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1 month ago

Carl Dean, the most mysterious man in America.

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#9

Marilyn Monroe, 1950s

Marilyn Monroe, 1950s

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Lesley Thomas
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1 month ago

Stunning

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If you want to become more reflective, Porter suggested a few tips:

Identify some important questions. They can be something along the lines of, 'What are you avoiding?' 'How are you helping your colleagues achieve their goals?' 'How are you not helping or even hindering their progress?' 'How might you be contributing to your least enjoyable relationship at work?' 'How could you have been more effective in a recent meeting?' But don't hurry to answer them. These things take time.

Select a reflection process that matches your preferences. Many people reflect through writing in a journal. But if that sounds terrible, consider talking with a colleague or a friend. As long as you're reflecting and not just chatting about the last concert you've been to, your approach is up to you.

#10

Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe And Matt Dillon, 'The Outsiders' - 1983

Tom Cruise, Emilio Estevez, C. Thomas Howell, Patrick Swayze, Ralph Macchio, Rob Lowe And Matt Dillon, 'The Outsiders' - 1983

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AnnaBanananna
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1 month ago

Rob Lowe has not aged

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#11

Sophia Loren Giving Younger Sister, Maria Villani Scicolone A Kiss, 1955

Sophia Loren Giving Younger Sister, Maria Villani Scicolone A Kiss, 1955

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Her sister is beautiful too!

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#12

The Original Sesame Street Cast, 1969

The Original Sesame Street Cast, 1969

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

You see the people holding the stand in models for half the Sesame Street cast? This is so they can get lighting levels right before filming. Obviously the real Bert and Ernie are off set somewhere, perhaps in make up.

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#13

Steve & Terri Irwin In 1992

Steve & Terri Irwin In 1992

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Bad Humor
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1 month ago

Crikey!

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Schedule your reflection time and then commit to keeping it. If you find yourself trying to skip it or avoid it, reflect on that!

Start small. If an hour of reflection seems like too much, try 10 minutes. Teresa Amabile and her colleagues found that the most significant driver of positive emotions and motivation at work was making progress on the tasks at hand. Set yourself up to make progress, even if it feels small.

#14

Carrie Fisher And A 13 Year Old Warwick Davis Behind The Scenes Of Return Of The Jedi In 1983

Carrie Fisher And A 13 Year Old Warwick Davis Behind The Scenes Of Return Of The Jedi In 1983

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Marette
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1 month ago

Willow!

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#15

Whitney Houston, 1982

Whitney Houston, 1982

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Wang Zhuang
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1 month ago

To me, Whitney had the greatest singing voice of any female artist I've ever heard. RIP

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#16

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Calling Their Moms After Winning The Oscar For Good Will Hunting, 1997

Ben Affleck And Matt Damon Calling Their Moms After Winning The Oscar For Good Will Hunting, 1997

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Marette
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1 month ago

Is that Mike Myers in the background?

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#17

Marilyn Monroe On A New York City Subway, At Grand Central Station In 1955

Marilyn Monroe On A New York City Subway, At Grand Central Station In 1955

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mulk
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1 month ago

Stunning!

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Do it. Go back to your list of questions and explore them. Be still. Think. Consider multiple perspectives. Look at the opposite of what you initially believe. Brainstorm. You don't have to like or agree with all of your thoughts — just think and examine your thinking.

Ask for help. A lack of desire, time, experience, or skill can get in the way of reflection. Consider working with a colleague, therapist, or coach to help you make the time, listen carefully, be a thought partner, and hold yourself accountable.

#18

Harrison Ford, 1978

Harrison Ford, 1978

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Lis Daglish
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1 month ago

**swoon**

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#19

Elton John And Cher (1975)

Elton John And Cher (1975)

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Cher was fantastically and amazingly stunning back in the day.

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#20

Meryl Streep During Her Cheerleader Days At Bernards High School, Bernardsville, Nj, 1966

Meryl Streep During Her Cheerleader Days At Bernards High School, Bernardsville, Nj, 1966

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Vinita Talaulikar
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1 month ago

Very pretty

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#21

Singer Jimmie Rodgers And His Wife Colleen On Their Wedding Day In Camas, Wa In 1957. Four Months Later He Would Be Discovered And Record His First Of Many Million Selling Songs (Honeycomb). These Are My Parents.

Singer Jimmie Rodgers And His Wife Colleen On Their Wedding Day In Camas, Wa In 1957. Four Months Later He Would Be Discovered And Record His First Of Many Million Selling Songs (Honeycomb). These Are My Parents.

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MacKenzie Moore
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1 month ago

they both look so good!

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But before you sit down on a park bench to think about yourself, Allen R. McConnell, Ph.D., who is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Miami University, wants you to know that you shouldn't be too critical.

"There is a happy medium in how much negativity we experience in order for change to take place," McConnell pointed out in Psychology Today. "That is, if we are overwhelmed or become paralyzed by the magnitude of our shortcomings, we can shut down and tune out rather than double down and persevere. Thus, the morbidly obese person should not adopt the goal of becoming 'a size 4' if she is 'a size 22' because such a huge discrepancy might overwhelm her rather than motivate her. However, by picking smaller, more manageable goals, progress rather than paralysis can result."

#22

Debbie Harry In London For Vogue In 1994

Debbie Harry In London For Vogue In 1994

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MacKenzie Moore
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1 month ago

beautiful 😍

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#23

Joaquin Phoenix. 1996

Joaquin Phoenix. 1996

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Rachel Ratty
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1 month ago

what a wonderful picture - he is such a talent - have you seen The Joker! I mean come on - fabulous!

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#24

Janis Joplin In London, 1969

Janis Joplin In London, 1969

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Pernille Dyre
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1 month ago

Short life, big voice and impression...

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#25

The Beatles Waiting To Cross Abbey Road, 1969

The Beatles Waiting To Cross Abbey Road, 1969

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

Nice to see Oasis back in the day, happy and smiling before the arguments and tension broke them up.

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But at the end of the day, the effort is worth it. No wonder so many traditions spanning thousands of years emphasize the same things we see in contemporary psychological literature.

"Whether it's Buddhists engaging in meditation, alcoholics at AA meetings, or philosophers of the Enlightenment studying the texts of Immanuel Kant, being aware of ourselves is an essential step in self-improvement," McConnell added.

#26

Princess Diana Dozing Off While Watching A Museum Performance In 1981

Princess Diana Dozing Off While Watching A Museum Performance In 1981

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Maxi
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1 month ago

Sleeping Beauty

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#27

Rose Byrne And Heath Ledger, 1999

Rose Byrne And Heath Ledger, 1999

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R Z
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1 month ago (edited)

Without the caption I would’ve thought this was two random teenagers in the 70s

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#28

Audrey Hepburn Photographed By Philippe Halsman In Rome (1954)

Audrey Hepburn Photographed By Philippe Halsman In Rome (1954)

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Ragnarsson Vbba
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1 month ago

She was the most beautiful woman of the World!

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#29

John Travolta And Princess Diana Dancing At The White House, 1985

John Travolta And Princess Diana Dancing At The White House, 1985

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Eastendbird
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1 month ago

How on earth does this count as a "rarely seen pic"? It's one of the most famous pictures of her!

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#30

Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Michael Hall And Uma Thurman, 1987

Robert Downey Jr, Anthony Michael Hall And Uma Thurman, 1987

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Christoph
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1 month ago

RDjr - so pretty!

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#31

Susan Sarandon, 1964

Susan Sarandon, 1964

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

Those big, beautiful eyes! WOW

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#32

Ava Gardner At 19 Year Old Photographed For Her Mgm Employment Questionnaire, 1942

Ava Gardner At 19 Year Old Photographed For Her Mgm Employment Questionnaire, 1942

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Sue From Michigan
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1 month ago

She was so beautiful.

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#33

Sean Connery Eating Pashta, Nineteen Shickshty Three (1963)

Sean Connery Eating Pashta, Nineteen Shickshty Three (1963)

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LeighAnne Brown-Pedersen
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1 month ago

I shee what you did there.

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#34

Carrie Fisher On Location In Norway During Production Of 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)

Carrie Fisher On Location In Norway During Production Of 'The Empire Strikes Back' (1980)

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MacKenzie Moore
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1 month ago

she is stunning, even while she sleeps!

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#35

Brittany Murphy, 1999

Brittany Murphy, 1999

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Wang Zhuang
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1 month ago

So sad that she died so young :-(

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#36

Danny Devito At Oratory Preparatory School, Summit, Nj, 1961

Danny Devito At Oratory Preparatory School, Summit, Nj, 1961

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Synsepalum
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1 month ago

Frank!

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#37

Shakira, 1990

Shakira, 1990

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Beth S
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1 month ago (edited)

Shakira is stunning with black hair! (edited to change "brunette" to "black")

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#38

Winona Ryder For Rolling Stone, 1991

Winona Ryder For Rolling Stone, 1991

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Vinita Talaulikar
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1 month ago

So very pretty... lovely eyes..

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#39

When Jimi Hendrix Rented Ringo Starr’s Apartment, London, 1966

When Jimi Hendrix Rented Ringo Starr’s Apartment, London, 1966

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AnnaBanananna
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1 month ago

I can taste that kettle water

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#40

Jack Nicholson In 1972

Jack Nicholson In 1972

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

The swagger! The charm!

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#41

Mel Gibson And Sigourney Weaver In 1983

Mel Gibson And Sigourney Weaver In 1983

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago

The Year of Living Dangerously???? Brilliant film, also with Linda Hunt.

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#42

Sofia Vergara Pre-Fame At Miami Beach, Early 1990s

Sofia Vergara Pre-Fame At Miami Beach, Early 1990s

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mulk
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1 month ago

Wow...

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#43

Stevie Nicks, 1980

Stevie Nicks, 1980

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Turt_Le
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1 month ago

She was the biggest highlight in that witch season of AHS

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#44

Benicio Del Toro & Parker Posey - 1995

Benicio Del Toro & Parker Posey - 1995

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Beth S
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1 month ago

I too have that reaction to food.... LOL

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#45

Mark Hamill And His Wife Marilou In 1978

Mark Hamill And His Wife Marilou In 1978

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Fish Boden
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1 month ago

I Looove her dress. They are adorable.

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#46

Rick Astley Meeting Princess Diana, 1988

Rick Astley Meeting Princess Diana, 1988

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Nathaniel
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1 month ago

I wonder if Diana knew she was meeting up with Rick? Or if she was.....Rickrolled?

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#47

Barbara Eden In Her 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, 1970

Barbara Eden In Her 428 Cobra Jet Mustang, 1970

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Beth S
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1 month ago

Hard for me to decide which is more beautiful, the car or the woman... LOL

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#48

Teenage Bob Saget With His Parents, Circa 1969 Or 1970

Teenage Bob Saget With His Parents, Circa 1969 Or 1970

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Beth S
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1 month ago

He looks like he is so over this shot. LOL

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#49

Jodie Foster And Robert De Niro On The Set Of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, 1976

Jodie Foster And Robert De Niro On The Set Of Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver, 1976

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MacKenzie Moore
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1 month ago

the outfits! I love them!

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#50

Prince And His Band, 1980

Prince And His Band, 1980

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Jerry The Joker
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1 month ago

Party over, oops, out of time.

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