James Abbe

​Abbe (1883–1973) began his career in New York, moving to Paris in the 1920s. He produced many iconic images from the world of entertainment, making portraits in his studio and on location for key movies and stage productions featuring Lillian Gish, Dorothy Gish and Fred and Adele Astaire.

All images are copyright of the James Abbe Archive

Gilda Gray
Gilda Gray

Gray (1901-59), posed for many photographs by Abbe in Paris and Deauville, c.1925 © James Abbe Archive

Dolores, 1918
Dolores, 1918

© James Abbe Archive

Margaret Lawrence by James Abbe
Margaret Lawrence by James Abbe

© James Abbe Archive

Peggy Wood
Peggy Wood

© James Abbe Archive

Colleen Moore
Colleen Moore

© James Abbe Archive

Charlie Chaplin in ‘The Pilgrim’
Charlie Chaplin in ‘The Pilgrim’

Charlie Chaplin in ‘The Pilgrim’, 1923 © James Abbe Archive

Anna Pavlova
Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova at Ivy House © James Abbe Archive

Gertrude Lawrence
Gertrude Lawrence

Gertrude Lawrence as Parisian Pierrot in 'London Calling'. Dressed in acid yellow and green satin pantaloons, designed by Edward Molyneux, 1923 © James Abbe Archive

Pauline Chase
Pauline Chase

© James Abbe Archive

Peggy Wood
Peggy Wood

Peggy Wood in ‘Buddies’, 1919 © James Abbe Archive

Katherine Cornell
Katherine Cornell

© James Abbe Archive

Pauline Leland
Pauline Leland

Pauline Leland in ‘Song Scenes Revue' © James Abbe Archive

Reginald Denny and Evelyn Greely in
Reginald Denny and Evelyn Greely in

Reginald Denny and Evelyn Greely in 'Bringing up Betty', 1919 © James Abbe Archive

The Dolly Sisters
The Dolly Sisters

Rosie (1892–1970) and Jenny (1892–1941) © James Abbe Archive

Valentino
Valentino

Rudolph Valentino, 1924 © James Abbe Archive

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Dolores (1893-1975), (born Kathleen Mary Rose) wearing a peacock dress © James Abbe Archive