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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Hollywood glamour at the National Portrait Gallery

4th July 2011

A brand new exhibition is coming to the National Portrait Gallery this month and guests staying at central London hotels should book now to avoid disappointment.

Glamour of the Gods opens in July 7th until October 23rd and celebrates Hollywood's golden age with a series of iconic photographs.

Stars such as Greta Garbo, Marilyn Munroe, Clark Gable and Audrey Hepburn are the focus of the exhibition.

Many of the portraits on show helped to transform the subjects from actors and actresses into international style icons.

"These are the career-defining images of Hollywood's greatest named and help to illustrate their enduring appeal," the gallery stated.

Visitors will be able to see more than 70 vintage prints, most of which are being showcased publicly for the first time.

The exhibition features images from the period between 1920 and 1960s, with work from photographers such as George Hurrell and Clarence Sinclair Bull.

Works have been drawn from the archive of the John Kobel Foundation, which consists of 22,000 original black and white negatives.

The National Portrait Gallery is located close to Trafalgar Square, near Leicester Square and Charing Cross Underground stations, just a short Tube journey from The Montcalm hotel at Marble Arch.

Other exhibitions at the gallery this summer include the BP Portrait Award, until September 18th, Camden Town and Beyond, until August 31st and Only Connect, until November 27th.

For those visiting London in the autumn, there is the First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons exhibition, opening on October 20th.

This display will explore the controversial relationship between art, gender and theatre in the 18th century and will feature works by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds and John Hoppner.

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