All things, bright and beautiful


Time Life has partnered with Google, allowing you to search their photo archive database. It’s a goldmine of iconic images, including this one:

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Gloria Swanson At Roxy Theater
Actress Gloria Swanson, in Jean Louis sheath & $170,000 worth of jewels, standing amidst ruins, lamenting loss of Roxy motion picture theater. 50th St. and 7th Ave.

Location: New York, NY, US
Date taken: October 1960
Photographer: Eliot Elisofon

Apparently this photo inspired Sondheim and Hal Prince to create Follies. And therefore, it’s The Most Important Photo Ever.

3 thoughts on “All things, bright and beautiful

  1. “Apparently this photo inspired Sondheim and Hal Prince to create Follies. And therefore, it’s The Most Important Photo Ever. ” – – Amen to that!!

    FOLLIES is my favorite Sondheim score. Truly brilliant, scathing, heart breaking. Amazing work.

    Have you read EVERYTHING WAS POSSIBLE? If you haven’t, I HIGHLY recommend it!

  2. I have read it, and it’s wonderful! Follies is just a favorite of mine. However, so hard to do right. I have a soundboard from the LA tryout of the show, with the original cast. What a sensation.

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