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Hollywood Icons Take Five

Catch the stars relaxing, rehearsing, and snacking on set.


There’s no such thing as working 9-5 in Hollywood. Shooting days can stretch to 18 hours — and often there’s more standing (and sitting) around than action. But as these photos demonstrate, stars take full advantage of their downtime when the cameras stop rolling. (Pictured: Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin hamming it up on a golf cart while filming 1965’s “Marriage on the Rocks.”)

Reckless HarlowVirgil Apger/Getty ImagesJean Harlow, 1934Who says actors don’t eat carbs? Harlow munches on a snack alongside “Reckless” director Victor Fleming and co-star William Powell.

Leigh And OlivierHulton Archive/Getty ImagesVivien Leigh and Laurence Olivier, 1940The soon-to-be power couple may not have starred in the film “Waterloo Bridge” together, but they still took time between her scenes to entertain millionaire Sir Victor Sassoon on the film’s set.

Bogart & Hepburn During 'African Queen' FilmingEliot Elisofon/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesHumphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn, 1951The two silver-screen legends stop for a smoke while filming “African Queen” in the Congo. Bogart would earn his one and only Oscar for playing boat captain Charlie Allnut in the John Huston film.

Sign LanguageKurt Hutton/Getty ImagesRicardo Montalban, Clark Gable, and John Hodiak, 1951The actors gather for a group sign language refresher in between scenes of their film “Across the Wide Missouri.”

Young And KellyJohn Pratt/Getty ImagesJimmy Young and Gene Kelly, 1952Young and Kelly go through the music one more time before rehearsing a number for “Invitation to the Dance.”

Monroe & Russell Ed Clark/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesMarilyn Monroe and Jane Russell, 1953Diet Coke break? The two “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” actresses drink up and touch up while taking five from shooting publicity stills for their film.

Grace KellyGene Lester/Getty ImagesGrace Kelly, 1953If anyone can one up “The Princess and the Pea,” it’s Grace Kelly. Before the American actress became Her Serene Highness Princess Grace Patricia of Monaco, she’s caught taking a quick a nap between takes on the film “Mogambo.” The film was no snooze at the box office, making over $4.5 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Rebellious YouthHulton Archive/Getty ImagesNatalie Wood, James Dean, and Corey Allen, 1955Rebels without a pause? Hardly! The stars of the iconic teen flick “Rebel Without a Cause” laugh and light up on set. Sadly, Dean would die in a car accident before the film was released and thrust him into matinee idol status.

Legend Of The LostSilver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesSophia Loren, 1957The action-packed “The Legend of the Lost” left leading lady Loren in need of a little break. The Italian-American film was shot near Tripoli, Libya, and also starred John Wayne.

Brigitte BardotLoomis Dean/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesBrigitte Bardot, 1957The French bombshell takes a seat while filming “The Female,” the third adaptation of Pierre Louÿs’ 1898 novel "La Femme et le pantin" ("The Woman and the Puppet"). It wasn’t exactly a critical darling, referred to by the New York Times as a “turgid Spanish romance.”

MacLaine On SetMGM Studios/Getty ImagesShirley MacLaine, 1958While on the set of “Sheepman,” MacLaine was a bit of a sheep woman herself, as she spent some quality time with some of her cutest co-stars.

Elizabeth TaylorPaul Schutzer/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty ImagesElizabeth Taylor and Daughter Liza Todd, 1962Queen of the Nile and working mother, Taylor gets a visit from daughter Liza on the set of the historical epic “Cleopatra.”

Audrey Hepburn And George Cukor In 'My Fair Lady'Archive Photos/Getty ImagesTony Curtis and Audrey Hepburn, 1964Hepburn takes a break in full Eliza Doolittle regalia, while “My Fair Lady” director George Cukor chats up a visiting Tony Curtis.

On the set of Bonnie and ClydeSunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImagesWarren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, 1967Even gangsters need a respite. The “Bonnie and Clyde” actors talk with director Arthur Penn in between takes.

Anwar Hussein CollectionAnwar Hussein/Getty ImagesSean Connery, 1971Connery’s off-the-clock James Bond lounges on the set of “Diamonds Are Forever.” The film marked Connery’s sixth and final time portraying the suave British spy.

Steve McQueen and Ali MacGrawSteve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty ImagesSteve McQueen and Ali MacGraw, circa 1972McQueen and girlfriend MacGraw escape the rain as he films his prison-escape thriller “Papillon”—French for “butterfly,” hence the tattoo on McQueen’s chest.

The StingSilver Screen Collection/Getty ImagesPaul Newman and Robert Redford, 1973The two actors joke around with director George Roy Hill while on a break from filming “The Sting.” The conman caper would go on to win seven Academy Awards.