Gene Spatz; POBA
Hollywood uncovered! A plethora of candid paparazzi photos of stars including Dolly Parton, Robin Williams, and more have been newly released to the public — and the snapshots are nothing short of amazing!
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Amy Lowen recently found a trove of images her late brother, photographer Gene Spatz, had taken of celebrities back in the 1970s and 1980s. She had no idea her sibling had photographed iconic actors including Sophia Loren, Brooke Shields, Lauren Bacall, and Robert Redford until years after Spatz's 2004 death at age 61.
Robin Williams. (Photo Credit: Gene Spatz; POBA)
"It was like I was having dessert — it was a great day, to say the least. These pictures still resonate with people. The collection is a historic document that I hope can live on," Lowen exclusively told Closer Weekly of unearthing the more than 13,000 pictures her brother stored in boxes.
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Now, the non-profit arts organization POBA — Where the Arts Live is helping Lowen and her family organize, preserve, and display the long-lost photographs. "I was really struck by the humanity in the pictures," POBA's Co-Managing Director Regan McCarthy told Closer. In one such image, singer Dolly Parton can be seen holding her jean jacket open as she poses. In 1977, Dolly — then just in her early 30s — was trying to break out of the country scene in Nashville and introduce her music to the rest of the world. "I don’t want to leave the country, I want to take the country with me," she once said of her budding career.
Lauren Bacall and Brooke Shields. (Photo Credit: Gene Spatz; POBA)
Another black-and-white photograph shows late Mork & Mindy actor Robin Williams laughing while holding what looks like a script in his hands. "[Robin was] not so much lucky as talented... he whips in and out of a multitude of comic characterizations," a 1979 Time magazine cover story described the star at the time. Spatz additionally captured a young Brooke Shields hanging out with Hollywood legend Lauren Bacall in 1979. "I'm having so much fun," Brooke once said at the beginning of her acting career. "I don't want any of it to go away."
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