What better way to start the week than with a swinging 60’s Leonard?
I bought this beautiful candid photo on eBay. Leonard is wearing a groovy deep red Nehru jacket as he visits back stage at a performance of Macbeth. This was taken almost 50 years ago on January 12, 1969!
I loved the picture and that gentle smile so much, I made a black and white copy too, to see more detail. Leonard was one cool, cultured dude!
This week I’m featuring a rare head shot of Leonard that I bought from Historic Images. I’ve seen a similar version from this session where he has a full smile, but in this one the smile is a little less broad. These head shots were often used for reference in AP articles. Historic Images also send a newspaper clipping of this practice in action; in this case, a celebrity horoscope from 1972. ( btw, the image of Nimoy was taken in 1969!)
I show first the original, which was quite grubby as it was probably stored in the bottom of a filing case for reference. It had a lot of yellowing and a bit filmy. (looks like someone scratched his name into the film!) I’m including both here so you can see the restoration I applied. Enjoy!
Original glossy: The full caption probably reads: (ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS OF OCT, 4. STORY…(NY5-Sept.30) –CHANGE IN STARS IN ‘MISSION IMPOSSIBLE’ Leonard Nimoy steps into role this television season of Martin Landau’s character in ‘Mission: Impossible”. (AP Wirephoto) …1969
Here’s the little clipping attached to the back of the glossy; if features a celebrity horoscope suggesting that Aries Leonard will become enamored of physic phenomena this week! (hmm.. precursor to “In Search Of?”)
My cleaned up restoration. 🙂