A picture may be worth a thousand words, but when it comes to the photos from LIFE magazine, they often left you speechless. While it’s nearly impossible to give them the proper credit for creating the images that changed the world, here are two words we can say: Happy Anniversary!
Today, Nov. 23, marks LIFE‘s 75th year in print. In honor of the momentous date, LIFE.com has put up galleries featuring some of their most notable photographs. There is The 75 Best LIFE Photos gallery, which serves as a beautiful and important reminders, if not a sometimes difficult-to-stomach, history of the world; to the understated (at least, by today’s standards) sexiness of their Sexiest Photos of All-Time. (Fair warning, both slideshows have some NSFW images.)
Of course, we at EW can’t help but be fascinated by the celebrity photos. Living legends like Sophia Loren, Mia Farrow, Jerry Lewis and Julie Newmar reflect on what it was like being featured on the LIFE cover (or simply in the pages) in the Stars Look Back gallery. (As Newmar recalled, she was supposed to be on the cover of her issue, but as she reminded TIME.com, “The pope died!”)
There’s also the stunning (a non-va-va-voom Marilyn Monroe reading a book on her couch), uniquely personal (Frank Sinatra having a quiet moment alone in his kitchen), and candid images of stars in their homes, as well as glamorous behind-the scenes shots. (Seriously, does it get more glamorous than Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly at the Oscars?)
So which images from LIFE rank as your favorites, PopWatchers? Which ones stick with you the most? Share in the comments section below, a thousand words or otherwise.