Scandalous love affairs, parties, hidden love, hopes and dreams- we’ve been fascinated by celebrities for years, as tabloids and television attest. The past was not so different, as you can see in an exhibit at Trajan´s Market in Rome which displays salacious photographs of movie stars and celebrities from the 50s attracting the public eye.
In 1949 the international press covered the Linda Christian and Tyrone Power’s wedding in Rome with the same attention lavished on celebrity weddings today. In the ´50s Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer filmed Quo Vadis Cinecittà and also opened Café Society which became, very quickly, a swinging hotspot for movie stars.
In the ´50s in Italy there were two different realities: one part of the population was trying to survive the disasters and aftermath of the Second World War. Hunger, poverty and illiteracy were common. On the other hand, there was also a large part of the society that was more affluent, and ate up celebrity based popular culture with zest.
Brigitte Bardot, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn, Clark Gable, Charlton Heston, Ernie Banks, Grace Kelly, Prince Rainier of Monaco, Ingrid Bergman, Roberto Rossellini, Maria Callas and Aristotle Onassis all spent time in Rome, and helped establish its reputation in the media as a cosmopolitan jet-set capital where Coca-Cola was the protagonist and rock & roll and jive were everywhere.
In this exhibit you can see shots from this magical era that established Rome in the hearts and minds of many as glamorous, star-studded capital. Rent apartments in Rome to see the lives of famous people of the 50´s, when glamour was still alive, and relish in the loves, scandals and parties they attended.
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Markets of Trajan in the Eternal City: 00187 Roma Via 4 November