Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stars Endorsing Cigarettes

Hard to believe today but smoking was not only considered glamorous back in the day but also healthy.  Yes, that's right.  Inhaling carbon dioxide was at one time promoted by the cigarette companies (imagine that) to improve your dental health, your mental and emotional well-being, your sex quotient and for weight loss.

All of these were definitely motives for the celebrities; looking elegant and charming while collecting a paycheck were bonuses.

Here are a gallery of stars that lent their faces to the cigarette companies.  You'll note that some of the stars did double duty, promoting more than one cigarette brand.

Amelia Earhart, 1929

Ann Sheridan, 1947

Betty Compson, 1929

Billie Burke

Bing Crosby

Claudette Colbert, 1931

Claudette Colbert

Constance Talmadge, 1929

David Brian, 1951

Delores Del Rio

Marlene Dietrich, 1950

Eva Gabor

Gary Cooper, 1947

Gary Cooper, 1947

George Gershwin

Glenn Ford

Betty Grable

Hazel Bowfinger, 1931

Jack Webb

Jane Greer, 1953

Janet Gaynor, 1937

Joan Crawford, 1951

John Gilbert

Kirk Douglas, 1950

Lucille Ball, 1953

Carole Lombard, 1937

Loretta Young, 1948

Myrna Loy, 1938

Lucille Ball

Lucille Norman

Maurice Evans, 1950

Myrna Darby, 1929

Ronald Reagan, 1949

Rhonda Fleming, 1950

Robert Taylor

Rosalind Russell

Frank Sinatra, 1950

Barbara Stanwyck, 1938

Barbara Stanwyck, 1954

Tyrone Power

Zachary Scott