On the Set of The Graduate: Bob Willoughby

In 1954 Willoughby’s career changed course when Warner Brothers asked him to photograph Judy Garland on the set of A Star is Born (1954). LIFE magazine ran a feature with over a dozen of the photographs of Garland working on set, using a close-up photograph of her for the cover. This was the starting point for a long and illustrious career as the first ever stills photographer employed on Hollywood film sets. Willoughby went on to photograph a huge spectrum of acting elite – including this iconic scene showing Dustin Hoffman and Katherine Ross running from the church in The Graduate (1967). These moments of cinematic history were documented with the empathetic but photojournalistic eye for which Willoughby gained his reputation.

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