Orkin’s candid photographs of actors and directors include Woody Allen, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Doris Day, Kirk Douglas, Lana Turner, Spencer Tracy, Orson Welles, and many others. While she was on assignment shooting Marlon Brando on the set of Julius Caesar, she wandered over to the set of I Confess and captured Montgomery Clift and Alfred Hitchcock. In 1950, Orkin was hired by Life Magazine to shoot the opening night of the play “Member of the Wedding,” and at the party she immortalized Julie Harris, Ethel Waters, and Carson McCullers.

Marion Davies Party, Hollywood, 1950 


Streetcar Named Desire – Broadway Production 

List of Series featuring Celebrities

Orkin photographed most of the celebrities, film and television sets listed below during the 1940’s and ’50s, with the exception of the final list (“Other celebrities”), which were all taken in the 1960’s and ’70s.

Projects Featuring Celebrities Orkin Photographed

“Member of the Wedding” opening night
“Streetcar Named Desire” (on the set)
“I Love Lucy” (on the set)
“Howdee Doody” (on the set)
Arthur Rubinstein and family
Jackie Robinson and family
Marion Davies’ Hollywood party
“On the Town” rehearsals
Albert Einstein at Princeton University


Actresses Photographed by Orkin

Lauren Bacall
Lucille Ball
Eva Bartok
Anne Baxter
Shirley Booth
Leslie Caron
Katherine Cornell
Marion Davis
Doris Day
Irene Dunne
Nanette Fabray
Gracie Fields
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Joan Fontaine
Ava Gardner
Barbara Bell Geddes
Bonita Granville
Julie Harris
Dorothy McGuire
Debbie Reynolds
Marjorie Steel
Gene Tierney
Lana Turner
Ethel Waters
Teresa Wright

Actors Photographed by Orkin

Fred Allen
Woody Allen
Humphrey Bogart
Marlon Brando
Montgomery Clift
Wally Cox
Gary Grant
Rex Harrison
Ronald Howard
Van Johnson
Danny Kaye
Burt Lancaster
Peter Lawford
Fred MacMurray
Fredric March
Robert Montgomery
David Niven
Donald O’Connor
Gerald O’Loughlin
Basil Rathbone
Red Skelton
Robert Taylor
Spencer Tracy
Orson Welles

Writers Photographed by Orkin

W.H. Auden
Ludwig Bemmelmans
John Canada
Carson McCullers
Tennessee Williams

Other Celebrities Photographed by Orkin (1960’s-’70s)

Woody Allen
Jimmy Breslin
President Jimmy Carter
Carol Channing
Judy Collins
Kirk Douglas
Jane Jacobs
Paul O’Dwyer
Carly Simon