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The Celebrity Archaeology Podcast

Apr 29, 2018

How Photography Makes Celebrity So Irresistible

In 1954, Photoplay, the doyen of fan magazines -- it had been around since 1911 publishing feel-good stories written by publicity agents -- printed an article about the early love lives of Jeff Chandler and Susan Hayward, who were childhood friends. The article was flattering, but Chandler, the magazine said, thought it invaded his privacy. So Photoplay polled its readers. The question (accompanied by another full-page glossy of Chandler, beaming) was: Is it proper to write about a star's private life?