Beautiful, talented, flashy – these actresses of the old Hollywood became legends even during their lifetime. They were worshiped like goddesses, some even became trendsetters, easily smashing the contemporary concepts of beauty. To this day the fans remember how gorgeous the actresses of the Golden Age of Hollywood looked, and how talented they were. It was truly the era of real movie superstars.
1. Grace Kelly
In the short 4 years of her career (1952 to 1956), Grace Kelly gathered two nominations for Oscar, and even won one – for her role in the film “The Country Girl”. Due to her hubby, Grand Prince of Monaco Rainier III, she gave up her acting career after starring in two Alfred Hitchcock movies simultaneously – “Dial M for Murder” and “Rear Window”.
2. Natalie Wood
Better known as the “Queen of Hollywood” Natalie Wood was a daughter of Russian emigrants. Natalie began her acting career at the age of four, quickly gaining popularity points among child actors. She’s starred in over 60 movies, the most famous of which are “Tomorrow is Forever”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and “West Side Story”.
3. Lana Turner
Lana was the most sensual and glamorous actress of the old Hollywood. She got into the world of cinema mainly due to incredibly good luck, her angelic face, and a stunning body. She was known to change men like gloves, and was married 7 times. Lana had a stunning career, starring in around 50 iconic movies like “Imitation of Life”, “Rich Man, Poor Girl”, and “The Postman Always Rings Twice”.
4. Vivien Leigh
You can’t mention Vivien Leigh without the image of Scarlett O’Hara from “Gone with the Wind” popping in your mind. Aside from her stunning looks, the actress was famous for her temper and manic depression. Despite this, many filmmakers dreamed of casting Vivien in their movies. She didn’t star in a whole load of movies but it’s not about the quantity. “Gone with the Wind”, “Anna Karenina”, “Lady Hamilton”, and “Deep Blue Sea” are just a tiny part of her legendary legacy.
5. Audrey Hepburn
At one point in time, Audrey was one of the most sought after and beautiful stars in Hollywood. She was called the best actress in the history of American cinema, and men would do anything for a chance to see her. Among Audrey’s biggest roles are movies like “Roman Holidays”, “Breakfast at Tiffany”, and “My Fair Lady”.
6. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn is definitely the most beautiful actresses of old Hollywood. She had a difficult childhood, but it only made her stronger and more purposeful. Movies starring this goddess are loved and remembered to this day. Hits like “Let’s Do It Legally”, “The Stitch in the Night”, “How to Marry a Millionaire”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, and “Some Like It Hot” all became instant classics.
7. Ava Gardner
Ava grew up in a poor family, but at the age of 16 she decided it was high time to change things up. She packed up her things and left home to start an independent life. Her career had a rocky start, as it usually happens, but eventually Ava became one of the biggest actresses in Hollywood. Among the 49 film titles you can find classics like “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”, “Mogambo”, “The Angel Wore Red” and “The Blue Bird”.
8. Marlene Dietrich
Marlene was truly a unique actress, who gave the world countless amazing characters, as well as being a great influence on the cinema, fashion, and female identity. She was simultaneously alluring and unapproachable, vicious and innocent, beautiful and terrifying, attractive and repulsive. Combining the opposites, Marlene Dietrich starred in 54 movies, including “Blue Angel”, “Shanghai Express”, “The Devil Is a Woman”, “Seven Sinners”, and “Around the World in 80 Days”.