Photography

Willoughby, Bob (1927 - 2009)

A portraitist, Bob Willoughby changed the way celebrities and films sets were documented by bringing photojournalism to Hollywood. When the American photographer was commissioned, in 1954, to photograph Judy Garland on the set of A Star is Born, he turned into a renowned photographer, requested by studios to produce images for the press. Yet, the most precious encounter had happened a year earlier when Bob Willoughby was asked to depict a new actress on her first visit to Hollywood. After meeting Audrey Hepburn, he considered she ‘took my hand like... well, a princess, and dazzled me with that smile that God designed to melt mortal men's hearts’. It marked the beginning of a lifelong association made of striking personal images of the actress preparing herself for a role or napping at home with her pet fawn. Bob Willoughby captured actors at their most vulnerable and intimate or their most theatrical exuberance, giving a candid and spontaneous insight into the « behind-the-scenes » where, until then, things had been highly staged and controlled.

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Bob Willoughby,  Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of "Klute" directed by Alan J. Pakula, 1970
Bob Willoughby, Jason Robards on set of
Bob Willoughby, Jason Robards on set of "Tender is the Night" directed by Henry King, 1961
Bob Willoughby, Johnny Mathis, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Johnny Mathis, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland on the set of "I could go on singing" directed by Ronald Neame, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Julie Christie on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Julie Christie on the set of "Petulia" directed by Richard Lester, San Francisco, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in rehearsal for
Bob Willoughby, Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in rehearsal for "The Graduate" directed by Mike Nichols, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak on the set of "The Notorious Landlady" directed by Richard Quine, 1961
Bob Willoughby, Lee Marvin, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Lee Marvin, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Marlon Brando practices with his singing coach for
Bob Willoughby, Marlon Brando practices with his singing coach for "Guys and Dolls" directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1955
Bob Willoughby, Michael Caine on set for
Bob Willoughby, Michael Caine on set for "Gambit" directed by Ronald Neame, 1965
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of "Klute" directed by Alan J. Pakula, 1970
Bob Willoughby, Mike Nichols on set of
Bob Willoughby, Mike Nichols on set of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols, 1965
Bob Willoughby, Miles Davis, 1950
Bob Willoughby, Miles Davis, 1950
Bob Willoughby, Paul Scofield, 1966
Bob Willoughby, Paul Scofield, 1966
Bob Willoughby, Richard Attenborough sleeping on Disney Ranch location for
Bob Willoughby, Richard Attenborough sleeping on Disney Ranch location for "Doctor Dolittle" directed by Richard Fleischer, 1966
Bob Willoughby, Richard Burton, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Richard Burton, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Robert and Ethel Kennedy at The Factory in L.A. charity bash, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Robert and Ethel Kennedy at The Factory in L.A. charity bash, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Rock Hudson, 1957
Bob Willoughby, Rock Hudson, 1957
Bob Willoughby, Roman Polanski with Mia Farrow on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Roman Polanski with Mia Farrow on the set of "Rosemary's Baby", 1967
Bob Willoughby, Sean Connery on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Sean Connery on the set of "Marnie" directed by Alfred Hitchcock, 1964
Bob Willoughby, Sophia Loren in the Paramount studios wardrobe department, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Sophia Loren in the Paramount studios wardrobe department, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Tony Curtis, 1964
Bob Willoughby, Tony Curtis, 1964
Bob Willoughby, Vincent Price, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Vincent Price, 1958
Bob Willoughby, William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962
Bob Willoughby, William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Oliver Reed, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Oliver Reed, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Mike Nichols on set of
Bob Willoughby, Mike Nichols on set of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols, 1965
Bob Willoughby, Lauren Bacall with daughter Leslie Bogart at home, Beverly Hills, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Lauren Bacall with daughter Leslie Bogart at home, Beverly Hills, 1958
Bob Willoughby,  Mike Nichols on set of
Bob Willoughby, Mike Nichols on set of "The Graduate", with cinematographer Robert Surtees, Dustin Hoffman and Katharine Ross, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Peter O’Toole, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Peter O’Toole, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Barbra Streisand at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Bob Willoughby, Barbra Streisand at the Beverly Hills Hotel, 1963
Bob Willoughby, Frank Sinatra, Otto Preminger, and Kim Novak on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Frank Sinatra, Otto Preminger, and Kim Novak on the set of "The Man with the Golden Arm", 1955
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak and Jack Lemmon on the set of "The Notorious Landlady" directed by Richard Quine, 1961
Bob Willoughby, Katharine Hepburn on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Katharine Hepburn on the set of "Lion in Winter" directed by Anthony Harvey, Ireland, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of "They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?" directed by Sydney Pollack, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Montgomery Clift on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Montgomery Clift on the set of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli on the set of "A Star is Born" directed by George Cukor, 1954
Bob Willoughby, Mia Farrow on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Mia Farrow on the set of "Rosemary's Baby" directed by Roman Polanski, 1968
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in make-up room of
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in make-up room of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kim Novak on the set of "The Man with the Golden Arm" directed by Otto Preminger, 1955
Bob Willoughby, John Wayne, 1972
Bob Willoughby, John Wayne, 1972
Bob Willoughby, Barbra Streisand with Elliot Gould, 1963
Bob Willoughby, Barbra Streisand with Elliot Gould, 1963
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Jean Seberg, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Jean Seberg, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Susannah York and Bruce Dern on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Susannah York and Bruce Dern on the set of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" directed by Sydney Pollack, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Rock Hudson, 1954
Bob Willoughby, Rock Hudson, 1954
Bob Willoughby, Peter O’Toole, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Peter O’Toole, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland on the set of "A Star is Born" directed by George Cukor, 1954
Bob Willoughby, William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962
Bob Willoughby, William S. Burroughs in his Paris apartment, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn and Edith Head, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Marilyn Monroe at a party held in her honor by 20th Century Fox, 1952
Bob Willoughby, Marilyn Monroe at a party held in her honor by 20th Century Fox, 1952
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on the set of "Raintree County" directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1956
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on set of
Bob Willoughby, Elizabeth Taylor on set of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" directed by Mike Nichols, 1965
Bob Willoughby, Mia Farrow on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Mia Farrow on the set of "Rosemary's Baby" directed by Roman Polanski, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Dirk Bogarde musing to himself on set of
Bob Willoughby, Dirk Bogarde musing to himself on set of "I Could Go on Singing" directed by Ronald Neame, Shepperton Studios, UK, 1962
Bob Willoughby, Anthony Perkins on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Anthony Perkins on the set of "This Angry Age" directed by René Clément, 1957
Bob Willoughby, Anthony Perkins and Audrey Hepburn on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Anthony Perkins and Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Green Mansions" directed by Mel Ferrer, 1959
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of "They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?" directed by Sydney Pollackw, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Donald Sutherland on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Donald Sutherland on the set of "Klute" directed by Alan J. Pakula, 1970
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland dressed as a tramp for the Lose That Long Face sequence in
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland dressed as a tramp for the Lose That Long Face sequence in "A Star Is Born" directed by George Cukor, 1953
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Jane Fonda on the set of "They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?" directed by Sydney Pollack, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland dressed as a tramp for the Lose That Long Face sequence in
Bob Willoughby, Judy Garland dressed as a tramp for the Lose That Long Face sequence in "A Star Is Born" directed by George Cukor, 1953
Bob Willoughby, James Dean sitting in the shadows on the set of
Bob Willoughby, James Dean sitting in the shadows on the set of "Rebel Without a Cause" directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Bob Willoughby, Kirk Douglas by Bob Willoughby on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kirk Douglas by Bob Willoughby on the set of "The Juggler" directed by Edward Dmytryck, 1952
Bob Willoughby, Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Anne Bancroft and Dustin Hoffman, 1967
Bob Willoughby, Kevin Kline sleeping on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kevin Kline sleeping on the set of "The Pirates of Penzance" directed by Wilford Leach, 1982
Bob Willoughby, Susannah York on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Susannah York on the set of "A Man for All Seasons" directed by Fred Zinnemann, 1966
Bob Willoughby, Gene Hackman on location in
Bob Willoughby, Gene Hackman on location in "Big Sur for Zandy's Bride" directed by Jan Troell, 1973
Bob Willoughby, Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kirk Douglas and Pier Angeli on the set of "The Story of Three Loves", 1953
Bob Willoughby, Humphrey Bogart at Liza Minnelli's 6th birthday party, 1952
Bob Willoughby, Humphrey Bogart at Liza Minnelli's 6th birthday party, 1952
Bob Willoughby, Richard Burton teaches his daughter Kate to fish on location in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1965
Bob Willoughby, Richard Burton teaches his daughter Kate to fish on location in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1965
Bob Willoughby, James Dean on the set of
Bob Willoughby, James Dean on the set of "Rebel Without a Cause" directed by Nicholas Ray, 1955
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn at home with her pet deer, Ip, and her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous, Beverly Hills, California, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Audrey Hepburn at home with her pet deer, Ip, and her Yorkshire Terrier, Mr. Famous, Beverly Hills, California, 1958
Bob Willoughby, Rutger Hauer on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Rutger Hauer on the set of "The Nighthawks" directed by Bruce Malmuth and Gary Nelson, 1981
Bob Willoughby, Kevin Kline sleeping on the set of
Bob Willoughby, Kevin Kline sleeping on the set of "The Pirates of Penzance" directed by Wilford Leach,1982
Bob Willoughby, David Lean on location in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, for Ryan's Daughter, 1969
Bob Willoughby, David Lean on location in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland, for Ryan's Daughter, 1969
Bob Willoughby, Billy Wilder in his office at Sam Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, 1964
Bob Willoughby, Billy Wilder in his office at Sam Goldwyn Studios, Hollywood, 1964
Bob Willoughby, Sydney Pollack on. set of
Bob Willoughby, Sydney Pollack on. set of "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", 1969
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