Pass the Cheescake: Thanksgiving Pinups!

Have a great Thanksgiving, and enjoy these promotional photos of starlets in Turkey Day poses.

P.S. That is, of course, Barbara Eden (b. 1931) as our kickoff photo.

(And who knew that "girl riding turkey" was such a popular theme?)

Ann Sheridan (1915-1967)

Anne Shirley (1918-1993)

Ann Blyth (b. 1928)

Shirley Temple (1928-2014)

June Haver (1926-2005)

Marsha Hunt (b. 1917)

Mary Philbin (1902-1993)

Susan Dey (b. 1952)

Carole Landis (1919-1948)

Judy Garland (1922-1969) & Mickey Rooney (1920-2014)

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962)

Olga San Juan (1927-2009)

Mary Doran (1910-1995)

Esther Williams (1921-2013)

Fay Webb (1907-1936)

Doris Day (b. 1922)

Leila Hyams (1905-1977)

Barbara Nichols (1928-1976)

Vera-Ellen (1921-1981)

Virginia Gibson (1925-2013)

Virginia Dale (1917-1994)

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

Jean Arthur (1900-1991) & Lillian Roth (1910-1980)

Ann Miller (1923-2004)

P.S. Fay Webb is not a name with which most are familiar, so here is some trivia: Ms. Webb was an actress (I can find no credits) who married singer Rudy Vallée (1901-1986) on July 6, 1931. They had a spectacularly contentious divorce, during which she accused him of having a foul temper and using horrid language toward her ... not to mention the three ladies she said he bedded during their time together. The judge rejected her claims but granted a divorce on May 20, 1936, the month after her mother died. In November of that same year she underwent an operation but developed peritonitis and slipped into a coma. Her ex-husband was quoted as saying he'd be happy to board a train to be by her side — if it would help. Instead, she died, as was announced November 19, 1936.

RIP, Mrs. Vallée (Images via

3 Responses

  1. Would you tell me more about Faye Webb? I can’t seem to find anything. She died so young, there must be a story there.

    • Matthew Rettenmund

      Hi! What I know is that Fay was Rudy Vallée’s wife and they had just gotten through a very contentious divorce when she died of peritonitis in 1936 following an operation and not long after her mother had died. When she slipped into a coma, Vallée was quoted as saying he would rush to her side “if there is anything I can do to help,” but she was a goner and passed away.

      • Sad and fascinating story. Thank you so much!

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