Listen to to Fred Astaire’s glamorous effortlessness, while reading this article.
Georges Hurrell, the glamour photographer or Hollywood in 1930s and 1940s worked for a time at MGM studios and fashion magazines and advertisements.A beautiful reading on his portraits (with a laugh during the first meeting between Hurrell and Garbo, p.59)
Clarence Sinclair Bull, known as Garbo’s personal photographe, worked for movie studios during the Hollywood Golden Age, . Bull was an expert in the technical aspects of photography, including lighting, retouching, and printing.
They both used a very high number of incandescent lights (boom lights) for every shape of face. Look reflections in the eyes.
Multiple lights create a multidirectional light and soft shadows.
The softer the light is, the more flattering the picture is.