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80 years ago this week in the April 24, 1939 THEATER feature:

80 years ago this week in the April 24, 1939 THEATER feature: "KATHARINE HEPBURN IN FRILLY CLOTHES TRIUMPHS IN NEW PLAY." According to LIFE, "Several weeks ago when the curtain rang down on the first New York performance of Philip Barry's 'Philadelphia Story,' Katharine Hepburn heard for the first time the intoxicating music of approving applause from a first-night Broadway audience." This image was featured in the story: she is in character as Tracy Lord, wearing a country-luncheon dress by Valentina. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #LIFElegends #VintageGlamour ...

Audience members enjoying Alan Freed's Easter show at Brooklyn Paramount Theater, 1955. Happy Easter! (Walter Sanders—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #Easter #Brooklyn.

Audience members enjoying Alan Freed's Easter show at Brooklyn Paramount Theater, 1955. Happy Easter! (Walter Sanders—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #Easter #Brooklyn ...

A young Parisian woman looking at a painting by LIFE legend Joan Miro on display at the Salon Du Jazz, a festival for jazz fans showing everything related to jazz music, Paris, France, 1952. The great Spanish artist Joan Miro was born 126 years ago on this day, April 20, 1893. (Nat Farbman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegend #Paris #Miro.

A young Parisian woman looking at a painting by LIFE legend Joan Miro on display at the Salon Du Jazz, a festival for jazz fans showing everything related to jazz music, Paris, France, 1952. The great Spanish artist Joan Miro was born 126 years ago on this day, April 20, 1893. (Nat Farbman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegend #Paris #Miro ...

From the April 19, 1948 FASHION feature:

From the April 19, 1948 FASHION feature: "MME. JACQUES FATH—Designer's wife is touring U.S. with a $12,000 Paris wardrobe." Published in LIFE: "Genevieve Fath, wife of Jacques Fath a top Paris clothes designer, is husband's favorite model. Currently touring the U.S., Fath has brought Genevieve along as a walking show window for his handiwork. For their five-week stay Fath designed a $12,000 wardrobe for his wife." $12,000 in 1948 is approximately $127,000 in 2019. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #fashionfriday #1940s #vintagefashion ...

People resting by the TWA rocket at Disneyland in Anaheim, California - 1955. (Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #Disney #Disneyland #TBT.

People resting by the TWA rocket at Disneyland in Anaheim, California - 1955. (Loomis Dean—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #Disney #Disneyland #TBT ...

An adorable kitten emerging from a bucket of milk - by the great Nina Leen, 1940. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #wildLIFEwednesday #kitten #catsofinstagram.

An adorable kitten emerging from a bucket of milk - by the great Nina Leen, 1940. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #wildLIFEwednesday #kitten #catsofinstagram ...

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American financier, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant Bernard Baruch popularized the term “Cold War” on this day, April 16, in 1947.  These portraits were made in 1944 for Life magazine.  #coldwar #vintageblackandwhitephotos #philanthropy #yousufkarsh #karsh #bernardbaruch #ussr @life.

#Repost @yousuf_karsh_official with @get_repost ・・・ American financier, philanthropist, statesman, and political consultant Bernard Baruch popularized the term “Cold War” on this day, April 16, in 1947. These portraits were made in 1944 for Life magazine. #coldwar #vintageblackandwhitephotos #philanthropy #yousufkarsh #karsh #bernardbaruch #ussr @life ...

A series of images of the Notre Dame in Paris made by the great LIFE photographer Bill Ray in 1970. (Bill Ray—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #NotreDame #Paris.

A series of images of the Notre Dame in Paris made by the great LIFE photographer Bill Ray in 1970. (Bill Ray—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #NotreDame #Paris ...

LIFE legend Charlie Chaplin was born 130 years ago today on April 16, 1889 in England. He is pictured here looking into mirror putting on makeup for his role as an animal trainer in his 81st film Limelight in 1952. (W. Eugene Smith—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegend #CharlieChaplin.

LIFE legend Charlie Chaplin was born 130 years ago today on April 16, 1889 in England. He is pictured here looking into mirror putting on makeup for his role as an animal trainer in his 81st film Limelight in 1952. (W. Eugene Smith—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegend #CharlieChaplin ...

LIFE legend Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this day in 1947. The baseball great is pictured here in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform during filming of The Jackie Robinson Story. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #LIFElegend #JackieRobinson.

LIFE legend Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color line when he debuted for the Brooklyn Dodgers on this day in 1947. The baseball great is pictured here in his Brooklyn Dodgers uniform during filming of The Jackie Robinson Story. (Nina Leen—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #thisweekinLIFE #LIFElegend #JackieRobinson ...

LIFE legend Julie Christie is celebrating her 79th birthday today. She was born on April 14, 1940 in Chabua Assam, British India. She won an Academy Award for best Actress in 1965. She is pictured here in 1966 while filming the Francois Trauffaut film Fahrenheit 451. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegnds #JulieChristie.

LIFE legend Julie Christie is celebrating her 79th birthday today. She was born on April 14, 1940 in Chabua Assam, British India. She won an Academy Award for best Actress in 1965. She is pictured here in 1966 while filming the Francois Trauffaut film Fahrenheit 451. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegnds #JulieChristie ...

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded 149 years ago on this day, April 13, 1870. Pictured here is a little boy staring up at medieval suit of armor in 1939 at The Met. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #MetropolitanMuseum #TheMet.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art was founded 149 years ago on this day, April 13, 1870. Pictured here is a little boy staring up at medieval suit of armor in 1939 at The Met. (Alfred Eisenstaedt—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #MetropolitanMuseum #TheMet ...

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