Goodbye to photographer to the stars – Bob Willoughby
Bob Willoughby was a Portrait Photographer to the Stars. During his
distinguished career he took iconic photos of some of the biggest and best loved
names in Hollywood such as Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Marilyn Monroe, Doris
Day, Barbra Streisand, Frank Sinatra, Dustin Hoffman and Elizabeth Taylor.
He was born in Los Angeles (USA) on the 30 June 1927 and studied photography at
school. By 1954, his photographic exhibitions of jazz musicians and dancers led
to a contract with Globe Photos, followed by work at Harper’s Bazaar. His big
break though came when he was assigned to photograph Judy Garland during the
filming of her 1954 picture “A Star is Born”. After shooting Garland, one of his
close-up portrait shots of the singer in costume graced the cover of Life
magazine and Willoughby became the first photographer hired specifically by the
big movie studios to take on-set promotional stills.
Willoughby notably produced iconic shots of Doris Day with her co-star Rock
Hudson for their 1959 movie “Pillow
Talk” and was later hired by Columbia Records to photograph Ms. Day
for two long play records “Show
Time” and “Bright
Willoughby continued to photograph for the rest of his life. He passed away from
cancer aged 82 at his home in France on the 18 December 2009.
Willoughby’s images are represented by the Motion
Picture and Television Photo Archive and many can be viewed at www.mptvimages.com.