Today Hollywood is full of vast talent, it is undeniable. But, it cannot be denied that is somewhat lacks the scandal and glamour of classic Hollywood. We are looking back at some of the talented and glamorous women who rose through Hollywood to become some of the greatest stars in history. To me there is something so effortlessly classy and charming about the actresses from the classic Hollywood era, so what better way to see than through photographs?
Born in 1929, Hepburn became renowned for her performances in films such as; Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961), My Fair Lady (1964), Funny Face (1957), and Sabrina (1954). Hepburn is one of 14 entertainers to have won an Emmy, Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award. She later became an ambassador for UNICEF. Hepburn sadly died in 1993 from colon cancer.
Born in 1932, Taylor became known for her performances in films such as; Cleopatra (1963), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), BUtterfield 8 (1960), and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (1965). Taylor is famously known for her iconic violet eyes and scandalous love life. In total, Taylor was married 8 times. Taylor sadly died in 2011 from heart problems.
Born in 1913, Leigh found notable success with her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone With The Wind (1939) and Blanche Du Bois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951). Leigh later went on to marry acting legend Sir Laurence Olivier. Leigh struggled with mental health throughout her life. Sadly, Leigh died from tuberculosis in 1967 at the age of 53.
Born in 1922, Garland became renowned for her performance as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz (1939). Garland found herself having drug problems after years of pressure on her appearance. She eventually had a reputation for being unreliable. Sadly in 1969, Garland died aged 47 of an accidental drug overdose.
Born in 1938, Wood became known for her roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and West Side Story (1961). Wood would also become renowned for her suspicious death. Wood dated Elvis Presley and would go on to marry Robert Wagner. Like many actors and actresses, Wood struggled mentally during her career. Sadly, Wood died from an alleged boating accident in 1981.
Born in 1932, Reynolds became recognised for her performances in films such as; Singing in the Rain (1952), The Tender Trap (1955), and Tammy and The Bachelor (1957). Reynolds would go on to marry Eddie Fisher and have famed daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynold’s marriage broke down after Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor. Sadly, Reynolds died in 2016 from a possible stroke, the day after Carrie’s death.
Born in 1917, Fontaine became known for her performances in films such as; Rebecca (1940), Jane Eyre (1943), and Suspicion (1941). Fontaine would have an ongoing rivalry with her sister Olivia de Havilland where they would often to contending for the same award. Fontaine would go on to have four marriages and two children. Sadly, in 2013 Fontaine died in her sleep aged 96 from natural causes.
Born in 1908, Davis became known for appearing in a vast range of film genres. Her performances include; Jezebel (1938), What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962), All About Eve (1950) and Dark Victory (1939). Davis is considered one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history for her 60 year career span, appearing in nearly 100 films. Davis was married four times and had three children. Sadly in 1987, Davis died from breast cancer at the age of 81.
Born in 1918, Hayworth became known for her charisma and for being dubbed ‘The Love Goddess’ by the press for becoming the most glamorous star in the 1940’s. She is known for films such as; Gilda (1946), The Strawberry Blonde (1940), Cover Girl (1944), and Affair in Trinidad (1952). Hayworth would go on to have 5 marriages and 2 children. Sadly in 1987, Hayworth died aged 68 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.
Born in 1929, Kelly became known for her appearances in films such as; Mogambo (1953), The Country Girl (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954), and To Catch A Thief (1955). Kelly would go on to marry Prince Rainier III of Monaco and become princess. Kelly tragically died in 1982 following a car accident.
Born in 1922, Gardner became well-known for playing femme fatale roles. Gardner is known for her roles in films such as; The Killers (1946), Mogambo (1953), The Barefoot Contessa (1954), and Showboat (1951). Gardner would go on to have 3 marriages, including to Frank Sinatra. Sadly in 1990, Gardner died aged 67 from pneumonia.
Born in 1913, Lamarr became known for her film career and co-inventing radio systems to prevent interference. She is known for films such as; Samson and Delilah (1949), Algiers (1938), Ecstasy (1933), and Lady of the Tropics (1939). Lamarr’s invention was not used by the US Navy until later on, but similar technology can be seen in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth systems today. Lamarr would be married 6 times and have 3 children. Sadly in 2000, Lamarr died from heart disease.
For Marilyn Monroe, my dedicated blog post is here: https://hollyghammond.com/2019/08/05/57-years-since-the-death-of-marilyn-monroe/
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