This vintage real photo postcard features film and television actress, Barbara Darrow (1931-2018). Geography and Genetics must have made it Darrow’s destiny to be an actress. Her father was a motion-picture landscape artist and her mother was a former silent film actress. In addition, she was born in Hollywood and graduated from Hollywood High School. Barbara was a model and that work led to her receiving film contract offers. In 1950, she signed a seven year contract with RKO studios. She made mainly B movies during the 1950’s decade. These movies included “The Monster that Challenged the World” and “Queen of Outer Space”. She also appeared in episodes of popular television shows of the 50’s. In 1956, she married Thomas David Tannenbaum. He was a talent agent at MGM, and later, became the founding president of Viacom. One of her children was married to Bobby Darrin’s son. Barbara’s sister was a model and married tennis great, Pancho Gonzalez. The IMDB credits Barbara with 27 television and movie appearances between 1950 and 1977. This postcard was published by Kores and is part of a series of 100 portraits published for Paramount Pictures in 1956.  SOLD


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The pretty young woman featured in this vintage real photo postcard is Michele Cortes de Leone y Fabianera. Her stage name is Francoise Fabian (1933- ). She is a French film actress and she has appeared in more than 80 French and International films since 1956. She began as a stage actress and performed at the Paris Conservatoire. She trained at the Algerian Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She is known for acting in “My Night at Maud’s” (1969), “Belle de Jour” (1967), and “Happy New Year” (1973). She acted in films by Eric Rohmer and Louis Malle. Fabian was born in Algiers, French Algeria. Her father was Spanish and her mother was Polish. She was married and widowed twice. Her first husband, Jacques Becker, was a French screenwriter and film director. Her second husband was French film actor, Marcel Bozzuffi. His roles included playing the brutal hit man in “The French Connection” (1971). The photographer of this portrait photo is Sam Levin (1904-1992). He was born in the Ukraine but emigrated to France when he was two years of age. He is famous for his stage photographs and his portraits of movie stars. His studio was in Paris. Levin was a film photographer for 75 films. He was arrested by the Nazis during World War II and was sent to a camp. His crime was, being Jewish. The fact that he was sent to a detention camp rather than a death camp, indicates there was a high ranking Nazi official acting as his guardian angel. He photographed nearly all the major French and European movie stars of the 1950’s and 1960’s. He is particularly celebrated for his photos of Brigitte Bardot. Levin did over 180 magazine covers in the United States. This postcard was published by Kores, a French company. The card is part of a series (#894). The series is comprised of 100 postcard portraits. This postcard is in good condition (see scans).                                     

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