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Let's be honest; January is a gloomy, mildly depressing month. So if, like us, you're in need of an injection of glamour to brighten your weekend, then we prescribe staying in and watching Shooting The Hollywood Stars (8pm, BBC 2), which sees fashion and celebrity photographer Rankin recreating some of the world’s most iconic celebrity images.

From Chaplin to Garbo, Brando to Monroe, Rankin revisits legendary Hollywood images and looks at the vital role they play in our love affair with movie stars. Some famous faces pop up to offer their views along his journey, such as Terry O’Neill, Michael Sheen, Selma Blair, Leslie Mann and Matthew Rhys.

To get you in the mood for a healthy dose of glamour, we’ve delved into the archives to compile our own gallery of all-time Hollywood icons. Time to dig our the red lipstick? We think so.

Picture credits: Rex Features, Getty Images & Rankin Photography

  • Greta Garbo

    A notoriously reluctant star, Garbo's shunning of the limelight only added to her mysterious allure.

  • Marlene Dietrich

    German actress and singer Marlene Dietrich became not only a screen icon but a fashion icon too, thanks to her brand of sensual androgyny. She once infamously said of her dress sense, "I dress for the image. Not for myself, not for the public, not for fashion, not for men."

  • Clark Gable

    An original heartthrob, Gone With The Wind actor Clark Gable is the epitome of old school gentlemen, slicked back hair and all.

  • Audrey Hepburn

    This iconic image of Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's adorns walls the world over. The actress is celebrated this month with a retrospective of her film career at the BFI Southbank.

    See more of Audrey Hepburn's best-loved roles here.

  • Marlon Brando

    With his distinctive dictation style and classic good looks, A Streetcar Named Desire' star Brando remains one of Hollywood's most legendary leading men.

  • Marilyn Monroe

    Monroe was the absolute epitome of classic Hollywood glamour - all coiffed blonde hair, rouged lips and volumtuous curves.

  • James Dean

    Although he wasn't with us for long, James Dean's brooding good looks and iconic imagery have made his a legend.

  • Charlie Chaplin

    Photographer Rankin directing his shot recreating Charlie Chaplin's instantly-recognisable look

    Shooting the Hollywood Stars airs on Saturday 8th January at 8pm on BBC 2

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