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What 14 Old Hollywood Icons Looked Like in Their First and Last Big Screen Roles

The stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood are mostly remembered for the big roles they played when they were already mature and professional actors who were well-known in the industry. At the same time, the first steps they took in their career tended to fade with time. We got excited to find out what our favorite Hollywood icons looked like in their very first and very last big screen roles. To make the comparisons more vivid, we placed these photos side by side — here are the collages we came up with.

1. Lauren Bacall: To Have and Have Not, 1944 and The Forger, 2012

Warner Bros/Collection Christophel/East News, © The Forger/Experience Media Studios and co-producer

2. Elizabeth Taylor: There’s One Born Every Minute, 1942 and The Flintstones, 1994

Universal Pictures/Collection Christophel/East News, EAST NEWS

3. Katharine Hepburn: A Bill of Divorcement, 1932 and Love Affair, 1994

Courtesy Everett Collection/East News, Trimark Pictures/Courtesy Everett Collection/East News

4. Judy Garland: Pigskin Parade, 1936 and I Could Go on Singing, 1963

Everett Collection/Everett Collection/East News, Courtesy Everett Collection/Everett Collection/East News

5. Marlon Brando: The Men, 1950 and The Score, 2001

6. Bette Davis: Bad Sister, 1931 and Wicked Stepmother, 1989

Courtesy Everett Collection/East News, MGM/Courtesy Everett Collection/East News

7. Marilyn Monroe: Dangerous Years, 1947 and The Misfits, 1961

Twentieth century Fox/Collection Christophel/East News, Screen Prod / Photononstop/East News

8. Audrey Hepburn: Dutch in Seven Lessons, 1948 and Always, 1989

Hal Wallis Productions/Collection Christophel/East News, © Meurtres à l'Empire State Building / ARTE and co-producers

10. Greta Garbo: Peter the Tramp, 1922 and Two-Faced Woman, 1941

Courtesy Everett Collection/East News, Courtesy Everett Collection/East News

11. Grace Kelly: Fourteen Hours, 1951 and High Society, 1956

Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation / Globe Enterprises/Collection Christophel/East News, Mary Evans/AF Archive/East News

12. Cary Grant: This Is the Night, 1932 and Walk Don’t Run, 1966

13. Gregory Peck: Days of Glory, 1944 and Cape Fear, 1991

© Unknown author/Wikimedia Commons, MCA/Courtesy Everett Collection/East News

14. Vivien Leigh: The Village Squire, 1935 and Ship of Fools, 1965

Everett Collection/Everett Collection/East News, Mary Evans/AF Archive/East News

Which stars from the era of Old Hollywood are your favorite and why?

Preview photo credit Twentieth century Fox/Collection Christophel/East News, Screen Prod / Photononstop/East News
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