Hollywood Stars Who Started as WAMPAS Babies
Ever wonder how some of the greatest actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Era, like Joan Crawford, Clara Bow, and Janet Gaynor, got started in show business? They got their start as WAMPAS Baby Stars. No, this wasn’t the 1920s version of the Mickey Mouse Club. It was a Hollywood gimmick with a twofold purpose – to discover the next big star and to provide an opportunity for studio publicity.
As these colorized photos show, the WAMPAS Baby Stars were not babies, but young girls and women on the cusp of stardom. Let’s look at the WAMPAS Baby Stars program and some of its famous alumni.