By Rebecca Pikus

From the age of 11, Tony Rizzo started shooting his first stars in the streets of New York, and began selling his photos to movie magazines at the age of 14.  In 1968, he moved to Hollywood to pursue a career in photography, covering the Hollywood night scene as one of the first 10 “Hollywood Paparazzi” that film and TV networks would utilize to get their stars into major publications of the day.  His photos have appeared in publications from People, Time, and Newsweek to The London Sunday Mirror, as well as most foreign publications.

He was Sr. Contributing Editor and West Coast Rep. for Soap Opera Digest for 10 years before creating his own soap magazine, The Soap Set. As an actor he appeared in the classic Sci/fi series “The Night Stalker” and in films such as “Day of the Locust” (by Oscar winning Dir. John Schlesinger); “Pushing up Daisies” and “The Rebel Jesus” as well as commercials for Del Monte and Alka-Seltzer.

Tony will be exhibiting a collection of never-before-seen classic photos of stars, music legends, and politicians of the Golden era at Rebecca Fine Art Gallery. He is currently preparing an autobiographical book which will focus on “The Last Movie Stars” and contain unseen photos of the greatest stars of the silver screen.  Tony believes there are only two “Living Legends” from the days of the old Studio system and who have won Academy Awards:  Sophia Loren & Jane Fonda!


On exhibit at the gallery is a never-before printed or publicly-shown Photographic Portrait of a young Elvis Presley valued and priced at $50,000!  Other celebrity portraits – framed, matted and signed are more affordably-priced starting at $1500.  Celebrity photos include Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Elvis, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, Barbara Stanwyck, Cher, Elton John, Ginger Rogers, John Travolta, Dean Martin, Dinah Shore, Gene Kelly, Gene Autry, George Burns, Jayne Mansfield, Mick Jagger, Bob Hope, Gavin McCloud, Greer Garson, Jack Benny, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Kirk Douglas, Marlena Dietrich, Michael Jackson, and a luscious Marilyn Monroe!

Tony Rizzo – Photography Art Exhibit – through January 30, 2016 – Rebecca Fine Art Gallery – 68895 Perez Rd, Suite 7, Cathedral City, Ca  (760) 534-5888 –, – Gallery Hours:  Thurs.-Sun. 11am-6pm.