MGM Stars, 1943

Katharine Hepburn, 1943

Can you find your favorite red head? Yep she’s seated to the left of MGM’s Louis B. Mayer. This publicity shot was taken for MGM’s 20th anniversay in 1943.

Since it was a bit difficult to see Ms. Hepburn I isolated her for you.

These were the days of the star system, where actors were under contract to churn out the movies.

Look at the stars gathered in this room and look at the size of that cake in the forefront. Remember if you click on this picture it will grow in size for better viewing.

So you can see exactly who was present and accounted for, here is the seating chart.

Photograph of Louis B Mayer & 64 MGM stars for the Studio’s 20th birthday 1943.
Left to right

Front Row:
James Stewart, Margaret Sullavan, Lucille Ball, Hedy Lamarr, Katharine Hepburn, Louis B Mayer, Greer Garson, Irene Dunne, Susan Peters, Ginny Simms, Lionel Barrymore

Second Row:
Harry James, Brian Donlevy, Red Skelton, Mickey Rooney, William Powell, Wallace Beery, Spencer Tracy, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Taylor, Pierre Aumont, Lewis Stone, Gene Kelly, Jackie Jenkins

Third Row:
Tommy Dorsey, George Murphy, Jean Rogers, James Craig, Donna Reed, Van Johnson, Fay Bainter, Marsha Hunt, Ruth Hussey, Marjorie Main, Robert Benchley

Fourth Row:
Dame May Whitty, Reginald Owen, Keenan Wynn, Diana Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Esther Williams, Ann Richards, Marta Linden, Lee Bowman, Richard Carlson, Mary Astor

Fifth Row:
Blanche Ring, Sara Haden, Fay Holden, Bert Lahr, Frances Gifford, June Allyson, Richard Whorf, Frances Rafferty, Spring Byington, Connie Gilchrist, Gladys Cooper

Sixth Row:
Ben Blue, Chill Wills, Keye Luke, Barry Nelson, Desi Arnaz, Henry O’Neill, Bob Crosby Rags Ragland

See you at “The Kate.”
Ann Nyberg, Trustee, KHCAC

3 Responses to “Katharine Hepburn Among the MGM Stars”
  1. john sugust smith says:

    I am curious, in the MGM picture there is a woman identified as MARTHA LINDEN. Why was she in this picture of the stars? Did she ever appear in a MGM film? She is not in Wickipedia as an actress! Thank you for your reply. I am a lifetime(70years) moviegoer.

  2. Ann says:

    Mr. Smith just pointed out a misspelling to a little known actress in the photo it should be “MARTA” Linden. Since mr. Smith brought it up this is who she is for those of you who may also be wondering who she is:

    Marta Linden More at IMDb Pro »

    Date of Birth:24 October 1903, New York City, New York, USA
    Date of Death:13 December 1990, New York, New York, USA


    “Woman with a Past” (1954) TV series

    “The Philco Television Playhouse” (1 episode, 1949)
    … aka Arena Theatre (USA: new title)
    … aka Repertory Theatre (USA: new title)
    … aka The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse (USA: new title)
    – Pretty Little Parlor (1949) TV episode
    Adventure (1945) (uncredited) …. Woman with Gus in bar
    Keep Your Powder Dry (1945) …. Capt. Sanders
    Maisie Goes to Reno (1944) …. Winifred ‘Wini’ Ashbourne
    … aka You Can’t Do That to Me (UK)
    Andy Hardy’s Blonde Trouble (1944) …. Mrs. Townsend
    See Here, Private Hargrove (1944) …. Mrs. Holliday
    Three Smart Guys (1943) …. Schoolmarm
    Thousands Cheer (1943) (uncredited) …. First Nurse in Frank Morgan Skit
    Swing Shift Maisie (1943) …. Emmy Lou Grogan
    … aka The Girl in Overalls (UK)
    Three Hearts for Julia (1943) …. May Elton
    The Youngest Profession (1943) …. Edith Lyons
    Stand by for Action (1942) …. Mary Collins
    … aka Cargo of Innocents (UK)
    Random Harvest (1942) …. Jill
    A Yank at Eton (1942) …. Winifred Dennis Carlton

  3. Patricia Souders says:

    Ann, thank you for including the seating chart for the 1943 MGM photo. I could only identify about half on my own. MGM should re-print posters and photographs like this for sale. They’re sitting on a gold mine. I had to print my own out from the internet onto photo paper. Not nearly as clear as one I’d like to purchase. Thanks Again !

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