Brigitte Bardot (top); Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge! (bottom)
The photo exhibition "Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland," opens today in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills. Admission is free.
"Freeze Frame" features more than 125 color and black-and-white images of old and new motion picture celebrities, including Anne Bancroft, Antonio Banderas, Brigitte Bardot, Drew Barrymore, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio, Gene Hackman, Salma Hayek, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Kevin Kline, Sophia Loren, and Baz Luhrmann.
Also, Shirley MacLaine, Ewan McGregor, Jeanne Moreau, Paul Newman, Jack Nicholson, Sidney Poitier, Susan Sarandon, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Peter Sellers (right, as a paparazzi going after Britt Ekland), Meryl Streep, Barbra Streisand, Donald Sutherland, John Wayne, Owen Wilson, Kate Winslet, and Renée Zellweger.
According to the Academy's press release, the Toronto-born (in 1934) Douglas Kirkland "spent much of his early professional life working in New York before relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s. At the age 24 he landed a staff position at Look Magazine, where he worked primarily on fashion assignments. It was on his way back from one of those assignments that he was asked to accompany a writer going to interview Elizabeth Taylor, even though the actress had already refused to be photographed. Kirkland managed to convince Taylor to become his first celebrity subject, and his career swiftly moved in a new direction."
Additionally, Kirkland has worked as a photographer on the sets of more than 100 motion pictures, including The Sound of Music, Out of Africa, and Titanic (above, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet).
"Freeze Frame: 5 Decades of Photographs by Douglas Kirkland" will be on display through Sunday, April 20. The Academy's galleries, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, are open Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends, noon to 6 p.m. For more information call (310) 247-3600.
Photos: © A.M.P.A.S.