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Cannes: a history of glamour

As the glitterati descend on the south of France for the opening of the Cannes Film Festival this week, we take a look back at an event - and location - that has become synonymous with the chic, glamorous side of the film industry.

Since it began in 1946, Cannes has been attracting more iconic movie stars then you could shake a diamond-encrusted stick at, making it a buzzword for wealth, sophistication and pure, unadulterated glamour. Over the years, actresses such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren and Jane Birkin (and a few famous gents, too) have flocked to the Mediterranean film mecca, bringing joie de vivre with them.

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    Sophia Loren in 1959.

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    Elizabeth Taylor in 1957.

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    Jeanne Moreau in 1958.

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    Brigitte Bardot in 1953.

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    Jayne Mansfield in 1957.

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    Jerry Hall in 1983.

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    Sophia Loren in 1955.

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    Grace Kelly in 1955.

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    Catherine Deneuve in 1983.

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    Brigitte Bardot in 1953.

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    Cary Grant and Kim Novak in 1959.

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    Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin in 1969.

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    Vanessa Redgrave in 1967.

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    Ingrid Bergman in 1956.

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    Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in 1963.

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    Joan Collins in 1979.

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    Brigitte Bardot in 1953.

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    Jayne Mansfield in 1958.

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    Gene Kelly in 1952.

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    Jane Fonda in 1979.

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    Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti in 1959.

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    Racquel Welch in 1966.

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    Sean Connery in the 1960s.

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    Brigitte Bardot in 1953.

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    Sophia Loren in 1954.

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    Jerry Hall in 1983.

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1959.

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    Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1987.

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    Sophia Loren in 1959.

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    Anna Karina and Jean-Luc Godard in 1962.

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    Vera Clouzot and Pablo Picasso in 1953.

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    Brigitte Bardot in 1953.

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor and her fiance Hal Hayes in 1959.

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    Sir Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney in 1980.

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    Zsa Zsa Gabor in 1959.