Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Cannes See You; the Stars Have Been Shining for 70 Years at the Cannes Film Festival. MARION MCMULLEN Looks Back at the Movie Legends Who Have Stolen the Limelight

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Cannes See You; the Stars Have Been Shining for 70 Years at the Cannes Film Festival. MARION MCMULLEN Looks Back at the Movie Legends Who Have Stolen the Limelight

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Byline: MARION MCMULLEN

THE sun-drenched beaches of Cannes are filled with celebrities and photographers eager to snap them at this time of year. The famous film festival has long been one of the highlights of the celebrity calendar and Hollywood's biggest stars have been flocking there for decades.

South Pacific star Mitzi Gaynor was mobbed by fans when she stepped out of her hotel during the 1958 festival... and she was even given a cheeky kiss by a French sailor.

Fred Astaire's dancing partner Ginger Rogers and Vertigo actress Kim Novak were also kept busy giving autographs in 1956. Ginger once quipped: "There's nothing a man can do, that I can't do better and in heels."

Elizabeth Taylor brought out the diamonds for the opening night of the 1957 festival when she and her husband, film producer Mike Todd, arrived to promote new film Around The World In 80 Days starring David Niven.

The movie was the first to feature multiple movie cameos with Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich, John Gielgud, Buster Keaton, John Mills and George Raft among those making an appearance. Ronald Colman also came out of a five year retirement to be in the movie.

Gone With The Wind star Olivia de Havilland headed to the beach in 1953 to play in the sand and Doris Day and Grace Kelly both kept it low key at the festival in 1955.

Italian star Sophia Loren was the most photographed star that same year and was still creating a stir in 1958 and once declared: "Sex appeal is 50% what you've got and 50% what people think you've got."

Britain's Diana Dors was the beach beauty at the festival in 1956 when she attended to promote her film Yield Of Night about a woman unlucky in love. Diana once pointed out: "I was the first home-grown sex symbol, rather like Britain's naughty seaside postcards. …

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