Hollywood Beauty Through The Years

I just thought that I would make a post of how the idea of beauty in Hollywood had changed over time and by extension how societies idea of beauty had changed. Perhaps I am only doing this because I want to look at pictures of pretty girls (who doesn’t) or because I don’t understand how people can think that Angelina Jolie is the most beautiful woman in the world when she clearly isn’t. I guess that I wanted to see how she stacks up against the beauties of the past.

1920s

Louise Brooks

Louise Brooks was not very big in Hollywood and ended up in a few German films such as Pandora’s Box where she played Lulu. She is considered a style icon now, thanks to her hairstyle, but back then she wasn’t well-known and only became discovered after her career had finished.

Louise Brooks

Clara Bow

Clara Bow was the “It” girl and was the representative of the flapper age. Her career ended when the talkies arrived. Rumour has it she was quite friendly with the 1927 University of Southern California football team.

Clara Bow

Anna Mae Wong

Was the first Asian star of the cinema but was often consigned to playing the stereotypical ‘dragon lady’. Started in Hollywood when she was very young and earned the nickname ‘CCC’ or curious Chinese child. Featured in th first colour film in 1922 but was considered too Asian to even play an Asian, as producers preferred to cast white actresses in ‘yellow-face’ over Anna Mae. Has been rediscovered in recent years and is considered a gay-icon.

Anna Mae Wong

1930s

Greta Garbo

Greta Garbo’s career began in the silent age but her popularity grew in the 30s. She was one of the first Swedish actresses to hit Hollywood and was at times considered to be sexually ambiguous. Was the most famous star of the late 1920s and the 1930s.

Greta Garbo

Mae West

Mae West doesn’t really look all that sexy. She was almost 40 when she arrived in Hollywood. She was also short with big boobs, but she had a sexy attitude. She was the most controversial star of her day due to her outward sexuality. Famous for her double entendres.

Mae West

Marlene Dietrich

German actress who the American Film Institute named Dietrich the ninth greatest female star of all time. She was parodied so well by Madeline Kahn in Blazing Saddles.

Marlene Dietrich

Jean Harlow

The platinum blonde. Died at the age of 26 of kidney failure.

Jean Harlow

Josephine Baker

Was more famous in France than America but did make one ‘color’ film in the states. When Baker returned to America in the 60s she was a war hero and an icon. Famous for the banana dance and dancing nude, she was portrayed by Lynn Whitfield in the 1991 movie The Josephine Baker story.

Josephine Baker

Fay Wray

The scream queen from King Kong and lots of other 1930s thrillers.

Fay Wray

1940s

Ingrid Bergman

Another Swedish actress whois ranked as the fourth greatest female star of American cinema of all time by the American Film Institute. Appears in classics such as Casablanca, Notorious and Gaslight but ended up causing a scandal when she by having an affair with Roberto Rosselini, which stalled her career for many years.

Ingrid Bergman

Jane Russell

Her first movie was The Outlaw which was made by Howard Hughes. The release of that film was delayed while censors decided how best to minimize Ms. Russell’s ample cleavage.

Jane Russell

Ava Gardner

Another Hollywood starlet who had affairs with many of her leading men. Was married to Mickey Rooney and had a tumultuous affair with Frank Sinatra.

Ava Gardner

Lana Turner

Lana Turner

1950s

Brigitte Bardot

The Parisian bombshell and still regarded as a sex symbol today.

Brigitte Bardot

Sophia Loren

An Italian sex symbol who is still sexy now in her 70s.

Sophia Loren

Audrey Hepburn

An icon of class and sophistication.

Audrey Hepburn

Grace Kelly

One of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. Attracted the eye of Prince Rainier of Monaco whom she married. Died in an auto accident in 1982.

Grace Kelly

Marilyn Monroe

Another icon whose life was tragically short. Still the best known sex symbol.

Marilyn Monroe

Gina Lollobrigida

Another Italian actress with big boobs.

Gina Lollobrigida

Jayne Mansfield

One of many Marilyn clones. Life cut short in a car accident but her daughter is Mariska Hargitay of Law And Order: SVU.

Jayne Mansfield

1960s

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Raquel Welch

Raquel Welch

Catherine Deneuve

Catherine Deneuve

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

1970s

Farrah Fawcett

Farrah Fawcett

Pam Grier

Pam Grier

1980s

Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields

Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer

Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis

1990s

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman

2000s

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek

Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet

Lucy Liu

Lucy Liu

I also know that this post can be seen as somewhat sexist so I will be looking at the idea of masculinity in Hollywood throughout the years too, in a future post.

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