Before They Were Stars, They Were Students

Glamor belongs to Hollywood’s Golden Age. But we all had our awkward phase, right? We’ll let you be the judge with this sampler of pre-fame photos from the Ancestry U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 collection.

 

 

Gregory Peck spent only a year at San Diego State before moving on the Berkeley, where he developed a taste and talent for acting. He was still going by his first name, Eldred, back then, too.

 

 

A few years earlier, on the opposite coast, James Maitland Stewart was hitting the books at Princeton. With a little track, glee club, dramatics, and “declamation” on the side.

 

 

 

What do you want to bet everybody who attended remembers this prom held on the Paramount sound stage—especially Bob Precht, who snagged a dance with Elizabeth Taylor?

 

 

 

Speaking of dance partners, you could have done worse at the University of Pittsburgh than taking a turn with student Gene Kelly. (In fact, you probably couldn’t have done much better.)

 

 

“May your dreams of an actress overflow to the brim.” We wish we had whoever wrote that about Betty Bacal picking stocks for our 401ks.

 

 

 

She was neither blonde nor Marilyn when Norma Baker appeared as a sophomore in the University High School yearbook in 1942.

 

 

Marion Morrison was a double threat as a junior at Glendale High School in 1923: a class vice president and athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

No pants yet for Katherine Hepburn in 1928. Maybe they were against the dress code at Bryn Mawr.