When you think of glamor, elegance, and grace, the leading ladies of the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s instantly come to mind. They had their unique charms while remaining some of the most entertaining and charming creatures in the business. The roles they played are now classics and they will always have a fond place in our memories. Read on to reminisce about the best leading ladies of all time.
15) Hedy Lamarr
Often remembered as one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the silver screen, Hedy Lamarr’s films, like Ziegfeld Girl and Samson and Delilah are wonderful films that remind us every time we see them of her immense talent. And she was an inventor as well!
14) Joan Crawford
Who could ever forget her performances in Rain or in Mildred Pierce? Her strong personality made sure she got the part, whatever it was!
13) Dorothy Dandridge
From Porgy and Bess to Carmen Jones, this multi-talented actress had a voice that was simply unstoppable. Her short life surely would have held more wonderful performances had she not been taken so young.
12) Lauren Bacall
Sophistication and sass made Lauren Bacall one heck of an actress. Her films with Bogart were some of the best films ever made. Key Largo is always a favorite! There’s never been an actress quite like her since.
11) Sophia Loren
She won an Academy Award for her lead in Two Women, but her other Italian films are also quite wonderful! And her one-of-a-kind look is still classic all these years later.
10) Bette Davis
Known for her passionate performances in her later films like All About Eve and What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, but we particularly love her performances from the ’40s like Now, Voyager. She was a real talent – there’s no question about it!
9) Vivien Leigh
One of the most iconic American films of all time, Gone With the Wind might not have been the film it was without Vivien Leigh. Incidentally, you can view the very long list of women who were screen tested for the part of Scarlett O’hara here.
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