Pregnancy in Black & White
August 15, 2015
From the recent article on nymag.com, we have the most striking images of pregnant women from recent decades, all in black and white.
Lucille Ball, I Love Lucy, 1952
When Lucille Ball wrote her real-life pregnancy into the plotline of I Love Lucy, she not only challenged cultural norms, but also TV standards: According to Time, clergymen were “brought in to oversee the writing of the seven episodes that mentioned Ball’s pregnancy, while the word ‘pregnancy’ itself was banned from the script in favor of ‘expecting.’” Nevertheless, the birth episode brought in unprecedented ratings, sowing the seeds for all pregnancy-related TV shows thereafter.
Grace Kelly, 1956
Kelly became pregnant within a week after her marriage to Prince Ranier III of Monaco (the baby, Princess Caroline, was born nine months and four days after their lavish wedding), and her tummy quickly became a topic of international gossip. When she was photographed covering her growing midsection with a large Hermès purse, originally called the Constance bag, the brand renamed it the Kelly bag; it remains one of their most iconic products to this day.
Elizabeth Taylor, 1957
Taylor’s third husband, Mike Todd, refuted rumors of their marital troubles by boasting to reporters about his wife’s “glamorous pregnancy.” Here she is in a pink silk maternity dress, returning home from Europe on the ocean liner Liberte in July 1957.
Jackie Kennedy, 1960
The first lady had five pregnancies in total, but only two of her children survived (she had one miscarriage, one stillbirth, and one infant that died when he was only two days old). Her youngest child, known as John-John, was born just three weeks after her husband, John F. Kennedy, won the 1960 presidential election. Due to her history of difficult pregnancies, she was advised to stay home in Georgetown during the campaign; in addition to the rare personal appearance, she participated in her husband’s cause by giving televised and printed interviews, writing letters and publishing a syndicated weekly newspaper column called Campaign Wife.
Audrey Hepburn, 1970
Hepburn had two miscarriages (and one son, Sean) with her first husband, Mel Ferrer, whom she divorced in 1968. At age 41, she had a second son, Luca, just a year after she married her second husband, Andrea Dotti. Given her history of troubled pregnancies, she kept a low profile while with child, and this is a rare image of her in public.
Jane Birkin, 1971
Birkin’s turbulent thirteen-year relationship with Serge Gainsbourg resulted in one child, Charlotte Gainsbourg, born in 1971. Gainsbourg and Birkin often argued furiously in public – she once threw a pie at him in a restaurant after he dumped the contents of her handbag on the floor – but photographs of her pregnancy show them looking happy and stylish.
Catherine Deneuve, 1972
Deneuve had her first child at age 19 with director Roger Vadim, who was eli lilly france cialis 16 years her senior. In 1972 – the same year http://www.cialisgeneriquefr24.com/eli-lilly-france-cialis/ that she signed a document known as the “Manifesto of the 343 Sluts,” in which she and her cohorts publicly admitted to have gotten illegal abortions – she gave birth to her second and last child, Chiara Mastroianni, with actor Marcello Mastroianni.