A group photograph of MGM’s stars and starlets under contract, taken for the studio’s 20th anniversary in 1943.

James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz; Louis B Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper, Henry O'Neill, Bob Crosby, Rags Ragland.

Irene Dunn reading on the set of Back Street, 1932.

John Boles appears as Saxel and Irene Dunne portrays Ray. Mr. Boles is handsome and Miss Dunne is attractive, but the dialogue in this film is a handicap to both of them, and John M. Stahl, who has directed some really good pictures, is scarcely at his best in dealing with this story.


Happy 87th Birthday, Audrey Kathleen Hepburn! ( May 4, 1929 - January 20, 1993 )

Gregory Peck: She was scintillating in that first film, and was never anything less in Sabrina, Charade, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, My Fair Lady – in all those films she made with those other fellows. I think of Audrey as a “spunky lady”, as funny as she is beautiful, one of a rare breed in the tradition of Irene Dunne, Katharine Hepburn, Myrna Loy, Carole Lombard and Jean Arthur. However, “regal” is the best one word description of Audrey on the screen. She is is, was and will always be the most regal of screen actresses. There will never be a sequel to Roman Holiday, but without a doubt, the Princess went on to become a Queen.