50 of the most beautiful actresses through time

What have I learned from this?

Actresses were more beautiful back in the day than they are now. ht/ HD

The way they put this video together is very clever.

41 Comments on 50 of the most beautiful actresses through time

  1. Beauty really is in the eye of the beer holder. Agree with most of his choices, with some exceptions. Now go to the website that compares actresses with and without makeup.

  2. have no looked yet but no such list is complete w/o hedy lamarr, brilliant tech inventor too

    yes, claudia an all time fantasy fave too

  3. Great video, agree the transitions are awesome. I don’t know that the actresses back in the day were more beautiful than those of today or if the combination of technology and studio dominance played the bigger part.

    I like shooting with cameras and lenses from the ’30’s and ’40’s, there is a hard to describe quality about the images made with these in medium and large format. While I only shoot 4×5 and smaller the images of these ladies pre WWII were mostly shot on 8×10 or larger in an era when lighting was a true art form.

    And the negative/print retouchers of that era were truly amazing. William Mortenson was producing images in the 1930’s that you’d swear were etchings or photoshop today.

    Now we get grab ass, low dynamic range digital shots of actresses wearing sweats at the grocery store, something the studios back in the day would never have let happen.

  4. Not only were actresses more beautiful back in the day, most of them actually had talent to go along with the beauty.

  5. I did recognize a few faces that have passed on since this tape was made: Joan Fontaine, Olivia de Havilland, Lauren Bacall.

    My dad was hot for Toby Wing. My mom was hot for Clark Gable.

    I’m not for anyone because the choices are so appalling now. Leonardo DiCaprio? Bleeeeeech……

  6. @greetingsfromyonkers – Olivia is still alive and turned 100 in July. Did you know she and Joan Fontaine were sisters? Beauty obviously runs in their family!

  7. Sketching actresses from vintage photos is something I do to kill time in airports and planes. Once I was “doing” Marilyn with my ear buds in rockin’ to Bach when the fellow next to me started literally hovering over my shoulder.

    When it was time to board and I unplugged he started a conversation about the sketch, his hobby was sculpting as he was a plastic surgeon by trade and had to do things in 3D (couldn’t draw). He always made his sculpted faces a little imperfect as his job was the opposite which I thought was interesting.

    He made one point that stuck with me looking and Ms Monroe, surprisingly women with square features, like hers, normally associated with masculinity, are often regarded as the most beautiful. Personal preference I guess because to me the very angular face of Audrey Hepburn is far more attractive.

    We all like different things I guess.

  8. Faye Dunaway and Anne Bancroft get it done for me. Also, Patty Duke when she was young. But then, all my girlfriends were better – at the time. 🙂

  9. Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, Anne Sheridan, Lucille Ball, Jean Harlow, Judy Holliday — all had incredible range. If you haven’t seen pre-code 30’s films, you’re missing out. Beauties, all.

  10. Amazing. Can you imagine Sophia Loren was told she wasn’t pretty enough to be an actress. My dad idolized her.

  11. Kate Hepburn’s face always reminded me of a skulls. Monroe never ever appealed to me and still cannot fathom why she is still held as a Hollywood beauty. Julia Roberts’ mouth creeps me out. Helen Hunt? Penelope Cruz reminds me of big bird with that rather prodigious beak. The hottest on that list are Gardner, Loren, Berry, and Theron. I actually met Loren in the mid 80’s up close and personal. She was 50-51 years old. Her legs were incredible. She was poised, sweet, and stunning. Joan Collins? Really?

  12. I’ve seen Farrah Fawcett in person and up close at a 7-11 store in Reseda, California in the 70s and can tell you with certainty that she does not belong on the list of most beautiful women.
    Without the makeup her face looks like the surface of the moon.

    I’d replace Farrah with Brittany Murphy. That girl had one of the most beautiful smiles I’ve ever seen. It’s a pity she died so young.

    Or Julie Newmar, I’ve seen her up close too — very beautiful and tall woman. She brought her Cadillac to our shop.

  13. @yonkers

    I believe Olivia de Havilland is still alive and 100 years old. She is the last from the Golden Age.

    Her younger sister Jane Fontaine died in 2013 at age 96.

  14. Donna Reed absolutely. And yes Joan Collins belongs, look at here through the years, a beauty. Notice almost all have OVAL head shapes which scientist claimed years ago in a study as most desirable. AND ALL have beautiful eyes. Cruz, Roberts, Berry have no place on this list.

  15. Only one lady between 1943 and 1957. Nobody between ’47 and ’57? Looks like the ladies of my age group got stiffed. And it wasn’t me that did it

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