16 Classic Photos from Oscars After-Parties
What’s just as exciting as the Academy Awards? The after-parties.
For nearly the last century, the Academy Awards has been a place where Hollywood stars can mix, mingle, and be honored for their work. Although the Oscars are always fun to watch (the red carpet, the presenters, the outfits!), something that is just as exciting is the after-parties. These parties, which are often held in glitzy restaurants and glamorous venues, are spaces where celebrities can eat, drink, and celebrate their wins. Here are some amazing vintage photos from the Oscars after-parties of yesteryear.
Frank Sinatra & Donna Reed (1954)
Although “singer” may be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name “Frank Sinatra,” the New Jersey crooner was also an award-winning actor. Here, he stands next to actress Donna Reed. The two had just won Oscars for their roles in the war drama film From Here to Eternity.
Donald O'Connor (1957)
Donald O’Connor, who starred in Singin’ in the Rain, There’s No Business Like Show Business, and more is pictured here with actress Joanne Gilbert during a dinner that followed the awards ceremony in 1957.
Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd (1957)
Elizabeth Taylor, pictured here wearing a jeweled tiara, arrives at an Academy Awards after-party with her husband, actor Mike Todd. That year Todd won an Oscar for Around the World in 80 Days. The actor would tragically die in a plane crash just one year later.
Shelley Winters (1962)
Shelley Winters sings while holding her shoes as musician Donnie Brooks performs out of frame.
Elizabeth Taylor (1961)
The inimitable Elizabeth Taylor is pictured here holding an Oscar she won for her role in Butterfield 8. The star had just recently recovered from a bad bout of bronchial pneumonia while overseas in London.
Sophia Loren (1962)
In 1962, Sophia Loren won the Best Actress award for her role in Two Women. Although the actress attended the Oscar after-parties that year, she famously did not participate in the ceremony. In a 2014 interview with Larry King, Loren explained that she was afraid she would “faint from the pleasure” if she won, so she decided to stay home.
Gregory Peck and his wife, Veronique (1963)
Gregory Peck celebrates alongside his wife, Veronique, after winning the Best Actor award for his performance in To Kill A Mockingbird. The talented performer would go on to star in many more films.
George Hamilton (1967)
George Hamilton, known for his sophisticated style, is pictured here dancing.
Faye Dunaway & Jerry Schatzberg (1968)
Bonnie and Clyde actress Faye Dunaway smiles with film director Jerry Schatzberg after the 40th Annual Academy Awards. That year, the young actress filmed The Thomas Crown Affair, where she starred opposite Steve McQueen. The movie was an incredible success.
Joan Collins (1969)
A chic Joan Collins poses for a photo at an after-party at The Bistro in Beverly Hills. The restaurant was a glamorous spot where celebrities would come to eat, drink, and network—big names like Audrey Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Groucho Marx, and Liza Minelli have all been photographed there.
Rosemarie & Robert Stack (1969)
Model Rosemarie Stack and her husband, actor Robert Stack (you may also recognize him as the host of the true-crime series Unsolved Mysteries), are pictured here at The Bistro.
Jack Nicholson, Dennis Hopper, and Michelle Phillips (1970)
Actors Jack Nicholson and Dennis Hopper laugh with Mamas and Papas singer Michelle Phillips while attending an Oscars after-party in Los Angeles. That year, Nicholson was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award but did not win.
Ali MacGraw & Robert Evans (1970)
Actress Ali MacGraw and Hollywood producer Robert Evans were snapped dancing while at an Oscars after-party in 1970. The two were married for three years before calling it quits after MacGraw began a public affair with Steve McQueen.
Joel Grey (1970)
In 1973, actor Joel Grey won an Oscar for his role in the film version of Cabaret. That year the highly successful musical won a whopping eight Academy Awards.
Sally Field, Meryl Streep, & Jessica Lange (1986)
Actresses Sally Field, Meryl Streep, and Jessica Lange are pictured here at an after-party held at Spago, Wolfgang Puck’s trendy Los Angeles restaurant. The beloved establishment was a favorite among Hollywood stars like Michael Caine, Dolly Parton, and Barbra Streisand.
Farrah Fawcett (1986)
Farah Fawcett chats on the phone while at Hollywood agent Irving Lazar’s buzzy Oscars after-party.
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