Poodles became the most popular dog in the 1950s, when poodle skirts made their debut. Doris Day appeared on the cover of Collier’s 1952 magazine to promote her new film “April in Paris” along with 6 dyed poodles. Perhaps this was the beginning of the extreme dog grooming movement!
Top 10 Vintage Celebrities with Poodles
In the fifties, every glamorous movie star had a poodle – or was photographed with one.
Joan Collins - Film star Joan Collins relaxes with her pink poodleon her pink bed. Artist: Slim Aarons, 1955.
Zsa Zsa Gabor - with her poodle Farouk. Besides her film and television appearances, Zsa Zsa Gabor is best known for having nine husbands, including hotel magnate Conrad Hilton and actor George Sanders. She once stated, “Men have always liked me and I have always liked men. But I like a mannish man, a man who knows how to talk to and treat a woman – not just a man with muscles.”
Anita Ekberg, 1955 - Swedish actress, model, and cult sex symbol pin up, best known for her film La Dolce Vita among others.
Grace Kelly - American film actress and Princess of Monaco as the wife of Prince Rainier III, known for her role in 1955′s To Catch a Thief. In addition to her poodle named Oliver, and a Great Dane, she received a Weimaraner as a wedding gift from her brother Jack.
Lauren Bacall - is an American film and stage actress and model, known for her distinctive husky voice and sultry looks. She is first cousin to Shimon Peres, current President and former Prime Minister of Israel.
Lana Turner - 1947, with her black toy poodle. She was an American actress popular during the 1940s and ’50s. She is known as one of the first Hollywood scream queens thanks to her role in the 1941 horror film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and her reputation as a glamorous femme fatale was enhanced by her performance in the film noir The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946).
Elizabeth Taylor - Taylor has been called the “greatest movie star of all.” A child-star at the age of 12, she was soon after launched into public awareness by MGM and a string of successful films, many of which are today considered “classics.” Her resulting celebrity made her into a Hollywood icon, as she set the “gold standard” for Hollywood fame, and “created the model for stardom.” She also had two adorable poodles!
Natalie Wood - The poodle pup, a present from Natalie’s newlywed husband, Bob Wagner,was named Morningstar. Natalie played the title role in Warner Bros.’ movie Marjorie Morningstar.
Betty Grable – Dancer, singer, and actress. Her bathing suit photo made her the number-one pin-up girl of the World War II era. What a glamour puss with her mini Poodle here!
Oodles of Poodles and Vintage Celebrities!