Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stars & Their Hobbies ~ Artists

Many actors and actresses from the golden age of Hollywood found solace in painting, sculpting, drawing and other art forms. It was away to express themselves creatively but in a much more private space than in front of a camera.

So far in the series I've devoted each post to one hobby and one star. In this instance, I felt I couldn't pick just one star so I decided to include as many as I could.
Frank Sinatra's art studio
Frank Sinatra at his art studio

Frank Sinatra painting

Art by Celebrities Sponsored by the Urban League [Linda Darnell with her painting.]
Linda Darnell and her painting, circa 1948 - Source

Linda Darnell and her sculpture - Source 

Kim Novak in front of one of her paintings
Dirk Bogarde - Source
Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers painting - Source

Tony Curtis - Source
Lionel Barrymore's etching of himself in the Grand Hotel
Claire Trevor

Claire Trevor's painting of Tyrone Power circa 1958

Mae Marsh Painting, circa 1932 - Source

Thank you to Kate Gabrielle of Scathingly Brilliant, Laura of Laura's Miscellaneous Musings, Sebina and Neil for the tips. And thanks to Kate who gave me the photos for Frank Sinatra and Kim Novak!

Note: This post is a work in progress. I'll be adding more stars and their artwork so stay tuned!

My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries.


  1. Don't forget the first Academy Award winner Janet Gaynor! she painted, too!

  2. I love writing about Hobbies of the Stars on my blog too. Some stars that paint which I have written about include:
    Henry Fonda
    Beatrice Lillie
    Charlton Heston and Nathanial Benchley
    Lee Grant and Tamara Geva
    You are welcome to include them in your series.

  3. Holy moly, this is by far my favourite of your series posts on stars and their hobbies! I had no idea so many classic film stars were so talented! Mind blown. Well done, Raquel x


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