Bob Hope. 1943

Artist BORIS CHALIAPIN (1904-1979) had his portraits  on the cover of Time Magazine an incredible 400 times from the 1940s and 1970.

Amongst the famous people on the Time cover over the years, Hollywood was well represented.


Greer Garson. 1943 Madame Curie.


Ingrid Bergman. 1943. FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS.

”Whatever Hollywood bell tolled for, she rang it.”




Jean Simmons. 1948. HAMLET


Olivia de Havilland. 1948. THE SNAKE PIT


Deborah Kerr. 1947


Gregory Peck. 1948


Kim Novak, Susan Strasberg, William Holden. PICNIC.


Katharine Hepburn. 1952. PAT AND MIKE.


Rosalind Russell. 1953. Broadway’s WONDERFUL TOWN.


Marlon Brando 1954. DESIREE


Marlyn Monroe 1956


Many of Boris Chaliapin’s paintings are held at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Museum – http://www.npg.si.edu

I found this beautiful study of Marlene Dietrich on the website.

Marlene Dietrich.

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    • Wasn’t Henry Koerner also a prolific Time Magazine portrait artist? He lived here in Pittsburgh and that – being the magazine cover artist was his claim to fame.

      • He was, doing Time covers from 1955 to 1967, though I couldn’t find any classic era film stars. Public figures who sat for him included John F. Kennedy and Maria Callas.

  1. He was quite good with Greer Garson and Deborah Kerr in her pre-makeover days, but otherwise I thought he was much better with the men than the women.

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