Digitizing The Hollywood Archive is a process that requires careful and very selective editing. But finding the right images and scanning them at reproduction quality is only the first step. Restoration of the image so that it remains faithful to the original is of equal and utmost importance to us. Our scanning experts have a background in black and white, fine art darkroom printing with many years as Master Printers producing stunning Gallery and Exhibition prints. Our digital files benefit immensely from their darkroom expertise. See the next page for an extreme example, from our Historical files, of digital restoration undertaken by our specialized personnel.
In working with images from the Library of Congress, you never know what to expect in terms of condition of the original. This particular photograph is from the Brady National Photographic Art Gallery / Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The photograph depicts a solemn-looking Major General Ulysses S. Grant, taken between 1860 and 1865. Because of the fragile nature of the original glass plates used as negatives, "state of the art" during that time period, these types of Historical images are very susceptible to damage as exhibited by the original version on the left side of the following page page. With a meticulous approach and great attention to detail, the image has been partially restored to a close approximation of how it looked when the shutter was snapped 150 years ago.
Fans gathered on Hollywood Boulevard Wednesday morning to mourn the passing of one of the world's most beloved Hollywood Icons, Elizabeth Taylor, and making her star on the Walk of Fame a makeshift shrine to the Actress.
The child actor who became a Hollywood icon, known for her radiant beauty and turbulent off-screen personal life and star of such films as 'Giant,' 'Cleopatra,' 'Butterfield 8' and 'Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Wednesday morning March 30, 2011 from congestive heart failure. She had been plagued by ill-health for many years and had been in the hospital recently with heart problems - she was 79.
Taylor lived almost her entire life in the glare of the media spotlight, not only for her Hollywood stardom but also for her soap opera personal life which overshadowed her great acting career from age 50 on. Nevertheless, she managed to overcome even the tabloids by becoming the torch bearer and high profile activist for AIDS research as friends like Rock Hudson and Roddy McDowall succumbed to the disease.
The two-time Oscar winner married eight times, twice to the Welsh actor Richard Burton, and for many years battled with substance abuse. One of the original Hollywood couples, Taylor once said Richard Burton was the only man she would ever marry. "If Richard and I divorce, I swear I will never marry anyone again. I love him insanely." Though she did marry again the pair remained close until Burton’s death in 1984.
Speaking on Wednesday, her son Michael Wilding, said his mother lived life to the fullest and her legacy would never fade. Taylor had four children: Michael and Christopher Wilding (whose father was Taylor's second husband, actor Michael Wilding), Liza Todd (daughter of Taylor and third husband, the showman Mike Todd) and Maria Burton (adopted by Taylor and actor Richard Burton, husband number five and six).
Elizabeth Taylor, who converted to Judaism for her marriages to Mike Todd and Eddie Fisher, followed the dictates of the religion by being buried soon after her death Wednesday. She was laid to rest on Thursday (March 24) at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, Calif. According to USA Today, she was buried in the Great Mausoleum beneath a "soaring marble Michelangelo" and that while she is not buried right next to longtime friend Micheal Jackson, he's close by.
Taylor a colorful life. Here are a few highlights according to the Daily Mail.
1932: Born Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor to American parents in London.
1939: The Taylors move back to America with young Elizabeth at the onset of World War II.
1942: 9-year-old Taylor makes her screen debut in "There's One Born Every Minute."
1944: Taylor gets her first big break, starring alongside Mickey Rooney in "National Velvet."
1950: Taylor marries hotel magnate Conrad Hilton Jr., the first of her eight marriages. The two divorced less than eight months later.
1951: Transitions from child star to member of Hollywood's elite for her role in "A Place in the Sun" co-starring Montgomery Clift.
1952: Marries actor Michael Wilding. The couple has two children together.
1957: Taylor is nominated for her first Academy Award for her supporting role in "Raintree County," but does not win the Oscar.
1958: Stars in "Cat on a Hot Tine Roof" with Paul Newman.
1961: Taylor wins her first Oscar for her role in "Butterfield 8" co-starring her then-husband, Eddie Fisher.
1963: Becomes Hollywood's best paid actress, signing a $1 million contract for the lead role in "Cleopatra."
1964: Marries "Cleopatra" co-star Richard Burton.
1966: Stars in one of her most famous films, "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" with husband Richard Burton, who she divorced and re-married ten years later.
1976: Marries John Warner, a Republican elected senator of Virginia in 1979.
1981: Makes her Broadway debut in "The Little Foxes."
1983: Checks into the Betty Ford Clinic to recover from alcoholism and an addiction to painkillers.
1985: Close friend Rock Hudson dies of AIDS. Taylor becomes co-founder of the American Foundation for AIDS Research,
1987: Releases her first perfume, "Passion."
1991: Marries Larry Fortensky at Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch.
1999: Queen Elizabeth II names Taylor a Dame of the British Empire.
2003: Announces her retirement from acting to focus on AIDS advocacy.
2004: Diagnosed with congestive heart failure, which leads to her death at the age of 79.
TheHollywoodArchive.com: We would like to wish a happy 57th birthday to Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Chaka Khan. Best known for such hit songs as "I'm Every Woman", "Ain't Nobody", "I Feel for You" and "Through the Fire", Khan was a also featured vocalist in the funk band Rufus with hit songs, "Tell Me Something Good", "You Got The Love","Once You Get Started", 'Sweet Thing", "Everlasting Love" and "Stay", before launching her solo career.