Ann Blyth posed as the Statue of Liberty certainly fits the theme of America's Independence Day celebrations this week.
We've recently looked at candid publicity photos taken by her home studio, Universal, showing Ann at home, but this photo above represents another part of the publicity chore: innumerable photo sessions in the studio with the actor or actress posed in any number of whimsical scenarios. One of the most popular, or notorious, were the holiday-themed shots.
Teresa Wright, as we mentioned at my Another Old Movie Blog, famously put in her contract that she refused to do any silly photos with Easter bunnies, Thanksgiving Turkeys, or 4th of July rockets. While Ann Blyth was cooperative with her studio, she, for her part, declined to do "cheesecake" photos, which seemed to be enormously popular with the studio photographers. Ray Jones was head of the stills department at Universal. From my book Ann Blyth: Actress. Singer. Star.:
Indeed, we might note of the photo above that Ann's picture as Lady Liberty is certainly not cheesecake, but more interestingly, beyond holding the famous position of the statue, she appears to be deeply focused in the moment of the representation. She's not just posing; she's acting.
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