From Elizabeth Taylor bathing her Cocker Spaniel to Grace Kelly playing with her Weimaraner, these stunning images of some of Hollywood's most iconic stars and their beloved dogs are the possibly the best thing we've ever seen.
Elizabeth Taylor at MGM in 1950
Throughout her life Elizabeth Taylor was devoted to her dogs, and is seen here attempting to bath her Cocker Spaniel, Amy.
Grace Kelly at MGM in 1956
Grace Kelly and her Weimaraner, a wedding present from her brother Jack, and given to her before she left America to marry Prince Ranier of Monaco in 1956.
Audrey Hepbun at Paramount Pictures in 1956
In a rare example of a Hollywood star’s dog appearing in a film, Hepburn’s Yorkshire Terrier Mr Famous had a brief cameo role with her in Funny Face.
Photograph by Richard Avedon
Brigitte Bardot, Lutetia Films in 1955
Brigitte Bardot and a black spaniel take an invigorating stroll on the French Riviera. She owned many dogs, and since retiring from public life she has become a vociferous and passionate advocate for animal rights.
Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis at Universal in 1953
Curtis had trained as an acrobat before going into films, and is here training his Poodle to balance in imitation of a circus act.
Ann Sheridan, Warner Brothers, 1943
On the lawn of her Encino ranch home with her Boxer, Butcher.
Anita Ekberg, Paramount Pictures, 1955
The former Miss Sweden (1950) is seen here in a typical ‘cheesecake’ pose with a Poodle, to be used for promotional publicity shots. Her screen career was largely unremarkable until she was used by Fellini in his 1960 film La Dolce Vita, getting soaked in the Trevi fountain in Rome.
Barbara Stanwyck and Lassie in 1944
Lassie, the adorable collie who debuted in 1943, will forever have a place in our hearts.
Stan Laurel, Hal Roach Studios, 1928
Taking a breather with his dog, Lady, in between takes on The Finishing Touch. Stan made the dog sit in his car most of the time as she was so disruptive on the set.
Randolph Scott. Paramount Pictures, 1933
Between takes on Go West Young Man, Scott is photographed with his two Great Danes.He appeared in almost one hundred films, approximately half of which were Westerns.
Roy Rogers, Republic Pictures, 1951
The German Shepherd Bullet and his owner Roy Rogers on the set of The Roy Rogers Show. Bullet was never quite as famous as Roy Rogers’ horse Trigger, but was an integral part of the many films, television shows, books and comics that were produced.
Hollywood Dogs: Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation is published by ACC Editions (£25.00).