Hollywood stars and their classical pals

Hollywood stars and their classical pals


norman lebrecht

August 10, 2015

Meloclassic have come up with this wonderful picture of James Dean…. with the austere German pianist Walter Gieseking. The date is uncertain, either 1951 or 1954.

james dean walter gieseking

So, who else have we got?

2 Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Chaplin

schoenberg chaplin

3 Marilyn Monroe & Irving Berlin

marilyn monroe irving berlin

4 Mickey Mouse and Stokowski

mickey mouse stokowski

5…. add your own


  • Jon H says:

    Nancy Kovack and Zubin Mehta
    Mia Farrow and Andre Previn
    and more recently…
    Chiara Muti and David Fray

  • Van T says:

    Clara Haskil and Charlie Chaplin

  • James of Thames says:

    Leopold Stokowski and Greta Garbo

  • PaulD says:

    Arthur Rubinstein and Bette Davis (under copyright, so link only)


  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    I have one with Zsa Zsa Gabor. During one of our visits at her home, she introduced me to a Hungarian lady who took care of her in Hungary when the Gabors were quite young. This was in 1988. The lady was a piano pupil of Ernst von Dohnanyi and knew her music.

  • Vocalise says:

    Pinchas Zukerman and Tuesday Weld.

  • M2N2K says:

    The term “classical” has always been difficult to define, but including Irving Berlin in that category stretches it to nearly meaningless extreme.

  • Jeffrey Biegel says:

    1988. Zsa Zsa with a young crazy pianist-me-perhaps one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the planet.


  • John says:

    George Gershwin and any number of stars from his era.

  • Christy says:

    From 2015…

    Renee Fleming, Meryl Streep and Christine Baranski (I don’t know where the photo is but I’ve seen it)…..

    Oh.. and Fleming with Patrick Stewart

    There must be other current ones with other classical musicians. I’m sure Domingo, especially….

  • Pianofortissimo says:

    Stravinsky and Charlie Chaplin.

    Stravinsky and Edward G. Robins.

  • Tim says:

    No pic, but interesting anecdote about Groucho Marx and the time that he lured Segovia to his house to play guitar duets. http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/The-Surprisingly-Serious-Tale.aspx

  • Pirkko says:

    Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil.

  • W. Stahl says:

    Probably no picture, but Hector Berlioz & Harriet Smithson