Three Circus Ballerinas, 1964 by Diane Arbus
Burlesque dancer Blaze Starr in Baltimore, Maryland, 1964. Photo by Diane Arbus.
By Diane Arbus, 1960’s
"At 90, Lillian Gish can’t seem to shake the habit of talking with her eyes. Some 75 years after making her silent film debut in D.W. Griffith’s An Unseen Enemy, her eyes can still swell with a purity of emotion beyond speech. As the light from the window of the Meridian Hotel coffee shop sifts across her delicate Victorian features, it’s almost possible to believe that the slightest sound would be a pointless intrusion." (source)
- Here’s to the end of winter!
Two ladies at the automat, N.Y.C 1966, by Diane Arbus
"On her 71st birthday Mae West feasted on a rhinestone-studded vanilla layer birthday cake. Nourished by her own legend, she has outlasted every lover and initiated a nation of boys into manhood. She has been called a Queen Bee whose favors are unforgettable, Some say she is the greatest female impersonator in the world. Others say that she has nine million dollars in the bank, and that her paternal grandmother possessed three well-formed breasts."
Mae West, by Diane Arbus, 1965