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1. Jayne Mansfield

Actress | The Girl Can't Help It

One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, the only child of Vera J. (nee Palmer; later Peers) and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney ...

2. Julie London

Actress | Emergency!

Julie London was born Julie Peck on September 26, 1926 in Santa Rosa, California. She was an actress and sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s and 1950s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on Emergency!...

3. Tatyana Doronina

Actress | Tri topolya na Plyushchikhe

Considered one of the finest Soviet actresses of her generation, Tatyana Vasilyevna Doronina was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) and graduated from the Moscow Art Theater. While sticking mostly to theater, she has had some noteworthy roles on the silver screen. One of her most famous movie ...

4. Anastasiya Vertinskaya

Actress | Chelovek-Amfibiya

Anastasia Vertinskaya is a popular Russian actress and public figure best known for her roles as Assol in Alye parusa (1961) and Ophelia in Hamlet (1964).

She was born Anastasia Aleksandrovna Vertinskaya on December 19, 1944, in Moscow, Russia, Soviet Union (now Moscow, Russia). Her father, ...

5. Ayako Wakao

Actress | Seisaku no tsuma

Ayako Wakao was born on November 8, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for Seisaku's Wife (1965), A Wife Confesses (1961) and Nami kage (1965). She was previously married to Kisho Kurokawa.

6. Romy Schneider

Actress | L'important c'est d'aimer

Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi (1955). Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation ...

7. Dorothy Provine

Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Flashy, leggy, bouffant blonde Dorothy Provine was a solid screen representation of the Kennedyesque era when life seemed so full of fun, so innocent and so optimistic. This sparkling beauty also gave TV audiences a double dose blast to the past via her popular co-starring roles on late 50s/early ...

8. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

9. Mae West

Actress | I'm No Angel

Mae West was born 1892 in Queens, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including "SEX", for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role, at age 40, was a small part in Night After...

10. Rita Hayworth

Actress | Gilda

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's American mother, Volga Margaret (Hayworth), who was of mostly ...

11. Lana Turner

Actress | Imitation of Life

Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional ...

12. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

13. Silvana Mangano

Actress | Dune

Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film...

14. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time ...

15. Carroll Baker

Actress | Baby Doll

Carroll Baker was born on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman, William W. Baker. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love (1953), did TV ...

16. Lauren Bacall

Actress | To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She was the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a ...

17. Anna Demyanenko

Actress | Gospodin oformitel

Anna Demyanenko was born on April 17, 1970. She is an actress and assistant director, known for Mister Designer (1987), Diane, Jerry, and Friends (2015) and The Days of a Man (1990).

18. Anouk Aimée

Actress | Un homme et une femme

The daughter of actress Geneviève Sorya, in 1948 she played the part of Juliette in The Lovers of Verona (1949). During the 1950s and 1960s she made various films, including Montparnasse 19 (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960), but only Lola (1961) , Jacques Demy, and A Man and a Woman (1966) Claude ...

19. Nadiuska

Actress | Conan the Barbarian

Nadiuska was born on January 19, 1952 in Schierling, Bavaria, Germany as Roswicha Bertasha Smid Honczar. She is an actress, known for Conan the Barbarian (1982), La muerte ronda a Mónica (1976) and Black Commando (1982). She was previously married to Fernando Montalbán Sánchez.

20. Carmen Sevilla

Actress | La fierecilla domada

Born on October 6, 1930 in Seville, popular Spanish entertainer Carmen Sevilla is better regarded as a dancer and singer than for her output of films, most of them, especially her later ones, seldom testing her abilities. Starting very young, she made her movie debut in grand style with the musical...

21. Karin Schubert

Actress | Christina y la reconversión sexual

Karin Schubert was born on November 26, 1944 in Hamburg, Germany. She is an actress.

22. Juliette Mayniel

Actress | Kirmes

Juliette Mayniel was born on January 22, 1936 in Saint-Hippolyte, Aveyron, France. She is an actress, known for The Fair (1960), Eyes Without a Face (1960) and Island Fishermen (1959). She was previously married to Robert Auboyneau.

23. Bernadette Lafont

Actress | Paulette

Bernadette Lafont was born at the Protestant Health Home of Nîmes in Gard, the only child of a pharmacist and a housewife from the Cévennes. Her mother always wanted a boy to name Bernard and, once she gave birth to a girl, she enjoyed to hold this against all the catholics she knew as the proof ...

24. Edwige Feuillère

Actress | Olivia

Edwige Feuillère was born on October 29, 1907 in Vesoul, Haute-Saône, Franche-Comté, France as Edwige Louise Caroline Cunati. She was an actress and writer, known for Olivia (1951), Wicked Duchess (1942) and Sarajevo (1940). She was married to Pierre Feuillère. She died on November 13, 1998 in ...

25. Soledad Miranda

Actress | Ursus

Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. ...

26. Marisa Mell

Actress | Diabolik

Marisa Mell was born on February 24, 1939 in Graz, Austria as Marlies Theres Moitzi. She was an actress, known for Danger: Diabolik (1968), Secret Agent Super Dragon (1966) and Objective 500 Million (1966). She was married to Henri Tucci. She died on May 16, 1992 in Vienna, Austria.

27. Nieves Navarro

Actress | La morte accarezza a mezzanotte

Nieves Navarro was born on November 10, 1938 in Almería, Andalucía, Spain as Nieves Navarro García. She is an actress, known for Death Walks at Midnight (1972), Death Walks on High Heels (1971) and The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (1970). She was previously married to Luciano Ercoli.

28. Jo Collins

Actress | How to Stuff a Wild Bikini

Lovely and sultry brunette Jo Collins was born Janet Canoy on August 5, 1945 in Lebanon, Oregon. She's of half Spanish and half Norwegian descent. Jo graduated from North Eugene High School in Eugene, Oregon. Collins was discovered by "Playboy" while working as a page for the TV game show "Queen ...

29. Olga Mashnaya

Actress | Kin-dza-dza!

Olga Mashnaya was born on June 29, 1964 in Leningrad, RSFSR, USSR as Olga Vladimirovna Mashnaya. She is an actress, known for Kin-dza-dza! (1986), Vsyo naoborot (1982) and Odinokiy igrok (1995).

30. Tatyana Samoylova

Actress | Letyat zhuravli

Tatiana Samoilova (Tatyana Samojlova) is a Russian film actress known for the leading roles in The Cranes Are Flying (1957) and Anna Karenina (1967).

She was born Tatiana Evgenievna Samoilova on May 4, 1934, in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. Her father, Evgeniy Samoylov, was a notable Russian ...

31. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Ging chaat goo si

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Police Story (1985), Chungking Express (1994) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

32. Brigitte Bardot

Actress | Le mépris

Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was ...

33. Jane Fonda

Actress | Barbarella

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...

34. Carla Marlier

Actress | Je t'aime, je t'aime

Carla Marlier was born in 1937 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Je t'aime, je t'aime (1968), Zazie dans le Métro (1960) and The Four Musketeers (1963).

35. Carla Del Poggio

Actress | C'è sempre un ma!

At 15, while she was studying foreign languages and modern dance, she started attending the Italian school for performing arts, Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia of Rome. The director Vittorio De Sica chose her for her debut role in "Maddalena, zero in condotta". At 19, she met her future ...

36. Anita Pallenberg

Actress | Barbarella

Anita Pallenberg is probably best known for her romantic links to three of the original Rolling Stones. She was born in Italy in 1942. She became a model and appeared on covers of magazines such as Vogue. In 1965, she began dating Brian Jones. Subsequently, she left him for Keith Richards in 1967. ...

37. Michèle Morgan

Actress | La symphonie pastorale

A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the ...

38. Joan Crawford

Actress | What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1906, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; ...

39. Jan Sterling

Actress | Ace in the Hole

One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn't quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy.

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40. Coleen Gray

Actress | The Killing

Coleen Gray was born in Staplehurst, Nebraska, in 1922. After graduating from high school she studied dramatics at Hamline University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then decided to see America and traveled to California, stopping off at La Jolla where she worked as a waitress. ...

41. Diane McBain

Actress | Spinout

Signed on as a Warner Brothers starlet, bouncy, blonde-coiffed Diane McBain would develop a burgeoning career as lively 60s "bad girl" and "spoiled rich girl" types on film and TV. Born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 18, 1941, the family moved to California while still young and she started things off ...

42. Angie Dickinson

Actress | Rio Bravo

Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, in 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December of 1946, when she was a senior at ...

43. Karen Steele

Actress | Star Trek

Karen Steele was born on March 20, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former cover girl and model, she was one of the most strikingly beautiful actresses to ever work in film and television. She went to the University of Hawaii and to Rollins College in Florida before gracing our film screens with her ...

44. Tuesday Weld

Actress | Once Upon a Time in America

Susan Ker Weld was born on August 27, 1943 (Friday), in New York City. When her father, Lathrop Motley Weld, died three years later at the age of 49, the cute little girl, whose name by then had somehow been transmogrified into "Tuesday", took over the role of the family breadwinner, which included...

45. Susan Oliver

Actress | Star Trek

A fascinating aura of mystery seemed to surround the characters portrayed by blue-eyed blonde actress Susan Oliver, whose trademark high cheekbones, rosebud lips and heart-shaped face kept audiences intrigued for nearly three decades. She left a fine legacy of work on stage, film and TV.

Born ...

46. Connie Stevens

Actress | Hawaiian Eye

Connie Stevens was born Concetta Rosalie Ann Ingoglia in Brooklyn, New York City, the daughter of Eleanor McGinley, a singer, and Teddy Stevens (born Peter Ingoglia), a musician. Her father was of Italian/Sicilian descent and her mother was of half Irish and half Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry. Connie ...

47. Bette Davis

Actress | All About Eve

Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but...

48. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

49. Betty Grable

Actress | How to Marry a Millionaire

Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth, who ...

50. Cyd Charisse

Actress | Silk Stockings

Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, ...

51. Anna Gaël

Actress | Nana

Anna Gaël was born on September 27, 1943 in Budapest, Hungary as Anna Abigail Gyarmarthy. She is an actress, known for Take Me, Love Me (1970), The Love Factor (1969) and Via Macau (1966). She has been married to Alexander Thynne since May 9, 1969. They have two children.

52. Sylvia Kristel

Actress | The Concorde... Airport '79

Sylvia Kristel was born on September 28, 1952 in Utrecht, Netherlands. She first came to international attention in the early 1970s with Emmanuelle (1974) for director Just Jaeckin. Then two more sequels followed in which she also starred. Included in her credits are a long list of European films ...

53. Raquel Welch

Actress | The Three Musketeers

A new reigning 1960s international sex symbol took to the cinematic throne as soon as Raquel Welch emerged from the sea in her purposely depleted, furry prehistoric bikini. Tantalizingly wet with her garb clinging to all the right amazonian places, One Million Years B.C. (1966), if nothing else, ...

54. Nancy Sinatra

Soundtrack | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Nancy Sandra Sinatra was born the first child of Frank Sinatra and Nancy Barbato Sinatra on June 8, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey. Her first television appearance was with her father and Elvis Presley in 1959. She first appeared as a film actress in For Those Who Think Young (1964) and Get ...

55. Sandra Dee

Actress | Gidget

Sandra Dee was born Alexandria Zuck on April 23, 1942 in Bayonne, New Jersey, to Mary (Cymboliak) and John Zuck. She was of Carpatho-Rusyn descent. Her mother envisioned a show business career for her daughter and would often lie about her age in order to get Sandy where she wanted to go. For ...

56. Carol Lynley

Actress | The Poseidon Adventure

Blond, blue-eyed and with an attractively feline appeal, Carol Lynley began her professional career as Carolyn Lee. She learned ballet at the age of seven, became a successful child model at the age of ten (eventually working for the Sears & Roebuck department store in New York) and got her face ...

57. Sylva Koscina

Actress | Le fatiche di Ercole

Sylva Koscina was born on August 22, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. She was an actress, known for Hercules (1958), Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Judex (1963). She was married to Raimondo Castelli. She died on December 26, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

58. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Zudilov and Nikolai Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens. When she was...

59. Erika Blanc

Actress | Cuore sacro

Erika Blanc was born on July 23, 1942 in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy as Enrica Bianchi Colombatto. She is an actress, known for Sacred Heart (2005), Espionage in Lisbon (1965) and A Man for Emmanuelle (1969). She was previously married to Bruno Gaburro.

60. Ornella Muti

Actress | Flash Gordon

Ornella Muti was born on March 9, 1955 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Francesca Romana Rivelli. She is an actress, known for Flash Gordon (1980), The Most Beautiful Wife (1970) and Oscar (1991). She was previously married to Federico Fachinetti and Alessio Orano.

61. Pearl Bailey

Soundtrack | The Fox and the Hound

Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where ...

62. Veronica Lake

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her ...

63. Marianne Faithfull

Actress | Marie Antoinette

Daughter of Eva, the Baroness Erisso, and Major Glynn Faithfull, a WWII British spy. Recorded the first song written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, "As Tears Go By" (1964). Involved in a major drug scandal with Jagger, Richards and others, which ultimately turned public opinion favorably ...

64. Catherine Schell

Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

Born in Budapest, Hungary, her true name is Katherina Freiin Schell von Bauschlott, the scion of a once wealthy German patrician family. Her father, the Baron Paul Schell von Bauschlott, was a well-respected diplomat until the Nazis confiscated their estates during WWII, while her mother was ...

65. Marie Devereux

Actress | The Naked Kiss

Beautiful Marie Devereux was photographed partially nude when she was still a teenager. During the 1950s she became a regular nude model in magazines, but she also had a brief career in films, usually playing sexy girls in comedies, dramas and horror films, a few of which were directed by ...

66. Marla Landi

Actress | The Pirates of Blood River

Marla Landi was born on April 16, 1933 in Torino, Italy as Marcella Teresa Maria Scarafia. She is an actress, known for The Pirates of Blood River (1962), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959) and Danger Man (1960).

67. Joan Collins

Actress | Dynasty

Joan Collins was born on May 23, 1933 in Paddington, London, England as Joan Henrietta Collins. She is an actress and producer, known for Dynasty (1981), Empire of the Ants (1977) and Esther and the King (1960). She has been married to Percy Gibson since February 17, 2002. She was previously ...

68. Nancy Kwan

Actress | Wonder Women

At just 18, Nancy Kwan was studying dance with England's Royal Ballet School, when she was spotted by producer Ray Stark, who tested her and gave her the starring role of a free-spirited Hong Kong prostitute who captivates artist William Holden in The World of Suzie Wong (1960). She followed it the...

69. Sharon Tate

Actress | Valley of the Dolls

Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...

70. Sophia Loren

Actress | Una giornata particolare

Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and ...

71. Gloria Swanson

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket (1915). From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in...

72. Norma Talmadge

Actress | The Probation Wife

Norma Talmadge was born on May 26, 1895, in Jersey City, New Jersey. The daughter of an unemployed alcoholic and his wife, Norma did not have the idyllic childhood that most of us yearn for. Her father left the family on Christmas Day and his wife and three daughters had to fend for themselves. Her...

73. Anita Berber

Actress | Dida Ibsens Geschichte

Anita Berber was born on June 10, 1899 in Dresden, Germany. She was an actress, known for The Story of Dida Ibsen (1918), Around the World in 80 Days (1919) and Eerie Tales (1919). She was married to Henri Châtin Hofmann, Sebastian Droste and Eberhard von Nathusius. She died on November 10, 1928 in...

74. Mae Murray

Actress | Peacock Alley

Dubbed "The Girl with the Bee Stung Lips", silent-era screen star Mae Murray began her career on stage partnered with ballroom dancing extraordinaire Vernon Castle in the 1906 Broadway show "About Town." Born the daughter of émigrés, she began studying dance at a young age. Two years later she ...

75. Lillian Gish

Actress | The Night of the Hunter

Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893, in Springfield, Ohio. Her father, James Lee Gish, was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother, Mary Gish ...

76. Jessica Harper

Actress | Suspiria

American actress-author-composer Jessica Harper was born on October 10, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, to Eleanor (Emery), a writer, and Paul Church Harper, Jr., a painter who was chairman of the Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency in NY. Jessica launched her professional acting career soon ...

77. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

78. Betty Weider

Betty Weider was born Betty Brosmer and attained fame as a leading pin-up and fashion Model in the 1950's . She appeared frequently in print in such magazines as Photoplay, TV Guide, & Modern Man and appeared on the television programs of Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen and Milton Berle. She married ...

79. Vikki Dougan

Actress | The Tunnel of Love

Vikki Dougan was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Edith Tooker. She is an actress, known for The Tunnel of Love (1958), Sea Hunt (1958) and The Great Man (1956).

80. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

81. Lyn Thomas

Actress | Big Timber

Indiana-born, Lyn Thomas acted on stage before she came to Hollywood in the late 40s, working under contract to Eagle Lion, Hal Wallis Productions and 20th Century-Fox and yet never catching the proverbial brass ring. Throughout the 1950s, she appeared in many B movies and TV series (including The ...

82. Leslie Parrish

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

She started as a model, and in 1955 became an actress. She acted under her birth name, Marjorie Hellen, until 1959. Afterwards she was known as Leslie Parrish. She appeared in more than 100 TV shows. She is known as one of the first women producers. She's always had a passion for music. She was ...

83. Joy Page

Actress | Casablanca

Actress Joy Page (nee Joy C. Paige) received her exotic good looks from her father, actor Don Alvarado (real name Jose Paige), who played dashing Latin-lover types in silent films. Her mother was actress Ann Boyar (1908 - 1990). Following her parents' divorce, Joy's mother married Warner Bros. ...

84. Merle Oberon

Actress | Wuthering Heights

Estelle Merle O'Brien Thompson was born in India on February 19, 1911. She was educated in that country until the age of 17, when she left for London. Merle began her career in British films with mostly forgettable roles or bit parts. She appeared in an uncredited role in Alf's Button (1930), a ...

85. Anita Ekberg

Actress | La dolce vita

Kerstin Anita Marianne Ekberg was born on September 29, 1931 in Malmo, Sweden. Growing up with seven brothers and sisters was not an adventure, but Anita's adventure began when she was elected Miss Sweden in 1950. She did not win the Miss Universe contest but she got a modeling contract in the ...

86. Gia Scala

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

This tall, dazzling, yet reserved and sensitive foreign import was born Giovanna Scoglio in Liverpool, England but moved to Sicily with her aristocratic Sicilian father and Irish mother at three months of age. She migrated to New York at age 14 and attended Bayside (Queens) High School, graduating ...

87. Claire Kelly

Actress | Party Girl

Claire Kelly was born on March 15, 1934 in San Francisco, California, USA as Claire Ann Green. She was an actress, known for Party Girl (1958), The Badlanders (1958) and The Loved One (1965). She was married to Robert Murphy, Robert Kenaston, Perry Lopez and George DeWitt. She died on July 1, 1998 ...

88. Anna Maria Alberghetti

Actress | Cinderfella

The dark, delicate and demure beauty of an Anna Maria Alberghetti is what one envisions a princess to look like and, indeed, she did have a chance to play a couple in her lifetime. Reminding one instantly of the equally enchanting Pier Angeli, Anna Maria's Cinderella story did not take on a tragic ...

89. Eva Bartok

Actress | The Crimson Pirate

Eva Bartok was both a beautiful lady and a talented actor whose roots were in classical theater. Her first and only film in Hungary, Mezei próféta (1947) ("Prophet of the Fields"), was banned by communist censorship. Actually her life up to that point had been marked by confusion and ...

90. Lisa Gaye

Actress | Ten Thousand Bedrooms

Lisa Gaye was born on March 6, 1935 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Leslie Gaye Griffin. She was an actress, known for Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and Zorro (1957). She was married to Bently Clyde Ware. She died on July 14, 2016 in Houston, Texas, USA.

91. Regina Gleason

Actress | Perry Mason

Regina Gleason was born in June 1929 in Oregon, USA. She is an actress, known for Perry Mason (1957), Everglades (1961) and Walk the Dark Street (1956).

92. Kathie Browne

Actress | Star Trek

Kathie Browne was born Jacqueline Katherine Browne in San Luis Obispo, California on September 19, 1930. She got her break in TV after appearing in a Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams's play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), making her debut in 1957 in the Western TV series, The Gray Ghost...

93. Simone Signoret

Actress | Les diaboliques

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship ...

94. Katharine Ross

Actress | The Graduate

Katharine Juliet Ross was born on January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California, to Katharine W. (Hall) and Dudley T. Ross. Her father, who also worked for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and ...

95. Carmen Phillips

Actress | Easy Rider

Carmen Phillips was born on January 10, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Easy Rider (1969), It Started with a Kiss (1959) and One Step Beyond (1959). She was married to David Morin. She died on September 22, 2002 in Hollywood, California, USA.

96. Anne Francis

Actress | Forbidden Planet

Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip Francis, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Albertson. A natural little beauty, she became a John Robert Powers ...

97. Laura Devon

Actress | The Richard Boone Show

Gorgeous, well-endowed singer/actress Laura Devon arrived in Tinseltown during the early 1960s, but gave notice less than a decade later and retired permanently after her fourth marriage. She made only five films. Laura was categorized as one of those beautiful bouffant blondes of film and TV who ...

98. Martha Hyer

Actress | The Sons of Katie Elder

Martha Hyer was born on August 10, 1924 in Fort Worth, Texas. Once she finished her formal schooling, Martha played a bit role in 1946's The Locket (1946). Slowly, Martha began picking up roles with more and more substance. The best years for the beautiful actress began in 1954 when she played in ...

99. Lynn Loring

Actress | Burke's Law

Lynn Loring made an unlikely, but impressive, transition from child actress to actress to president of a major TV studio.

At age 6, she appeared in CBS' anthology series Studio One in Hollywood (1948); at 7, she began doing TV commercials (and was dubbed "The Junior Set's Betty Furness"); and from 6...

100. Jean Hale

Actress | In Like Flint

Fetching, glossy-lipped, blue-eyed, white-hot blonde Jean Hale showed major promise playing superficial glamour girls, a la Carroll Baker and Virna Lisi, throughout the 1960s. Born to Mormon parents in Salt Lake City, Utah, she was raised in Darien, Connecticut and expressed an early interest in ...



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