When you think of some of the most iconic images of the greatest personalities of the twentieth century, ones of powerful politicians, charming actors and actresses, artists, and so on, you’d be surprised that they were taken by a select few photographers. One of those select few was Philippe Halsman, a Latvian-born photographer who was considered to be one of the best portraitists in the entire world. And as you’ll learn, he’s the author of many well-known portraits, some of which the celebrities are remembered by, like his portrait of John. F. Kennedy, Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock, Audrey Hepburn, and many, many more. Let’s not waste our breath any more and let’s jump to the pictures, which might leave you breathless.

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#1 Barbara Streisand

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#2 Audrey Hepburn

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#3 Marilyn Monroe

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#4 Alfred Hitchcock

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#5 Sharon Tate

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#6 Alfred Hitchcock

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#7 Sharon Tate

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#8 Grace Kelly

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#9 John Steinbeck

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#10 Bobby Fischer

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#11 Marc Chagall

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#12 Humphrey Bogart

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#13 Angela Davis

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#14 Alfred Hitchcock And Tipi Hedren

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#15 Audrey Hepburn

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#16 Albert Einstein

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#17 Mia Farrow

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#18 Salvador Dali

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#19 Salvador Dali

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#20 Marlon Brando

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#21 John F. Kennedy

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#22 Muhammad Ali

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#23 Marilyn Monroe

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#24 Louis Armstrong

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#25 Andy Warhol

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#26 Elizabeth Taylor

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#27 Richard Nixon

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#28 Salvador Dali

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#29 Salvador Dali

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#30 Sammy Davis Jr.

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#31 Lizabeth Scott

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#32 Jean Cocteau

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#33 Eva Gabor

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#34 Aldous Huxley

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#35 Andy Warhol

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#36 Grace Kelly

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#37 Eva-Marie Saint

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#38 Dean Martin And Jerry Lewis

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#39 Tipi Hedren (From The Birds)

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#40 Giorgio De Chirico With His Wife

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