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.
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.
“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
Barbara Bell Geddes
President Jimmy Carter