Madonna pays tribute to all the faces from Hollywood's Golden Age, from Greta Garbo to Bette Davis in the dance floor tune, and now, 24 years after the song was originally released, we have said goodbye to every last one of them.
Of course, many of them had already passed by the time the song came out, but more than half of them were still alive when the Material Girl sang about their "style," "grace" and "good face." The single hit the airwaves in March of 1990, and just one month later, Greta Garbo passed away.
Upon news of Lauren Bacall's death, my friend Beth informed me, "Everyone name-dropped in Madonna's 'Vogue' is now gone." Holy shit.
As first noticed by Marci Robin on Twitter, the great Lauren Bacall was the last one from the song we lost. So if "Vogue" is the anthem for the lost glamour of Old Hollywood, it officially has a whole new meaning.
Here are all the stars that get a nod in "Vogue," along with their date of death, in order of their appearance in the song:
Greta Garbo: April 15, 1990 Marilyn Monroe: August 5 1962 Marlene Dietrich: May 6, 1992 Joe DiMaggio: March 8, 1999 Marlon Brando: July 1, 2004 James Dean: September 30, 1955 Grace Kelly: September 14, 1982 Jean Harlow, June 7, 1937 Gene Kelly: February 2, 1996 Fred Astaire: June 2, 1987 Ginger Rogers: April 25, 1995 Rita Hayworth: May 14, 1987 Lauren Bacall: August 12, 2014 Katharine Hepburn: June 29, 2003 Lana Turner: June 29, 1995 Bette Davis: October 6, 1989
Farewell, ladies with an attitude and fellows that were in the mood.