They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so it is no wonder why people continue to debate who the most beautiful woman in history is. However, there are certain people who are nominated for the title more than others. Read on and decide for yourself who your top pick is among these lovely ladies!
Now, how can we possibly start with anyone other than the iconic Marilyn Monroe? It might have been a couple of decades since she passed away, but we can’t deny that she is a legend in the entertainment industry. More than 50 years ago, she died under suspicious circumstances when she was 36 years old. Here are some words of wisdom from her: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
Natalie Wood is a beautiful Russian-American actress who has been under the limelight from a very young age. However, she made her breakthrough when she brought Maureen O’Hara to life in Miracle on 34th Street. She also made appearances in Rebel Without a Cause and West Side Story. Sadly, she died in strange circumstances when she went on a vacation to Santa Catalina Island with her spouse Robert Wagner, colleague Christopher Walken and the yacht captain. She was only 43 years at the time of her passing. Authorities recently reopened the case and made Wagner a person of interest.
Did you know that the British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor was born in London and only moved to California when the Second World War broke out? Even when she was just a little girl, she was so beautiful that her mother would tell her again and again that she should become a movie star. One of her claims to fame was the genetic mutation that led to her dual rows of eyebrows, which lent her a different look. Initially a child star, she would become a big movie star. She was also passionate about AIDS awareness and Jewish causes.
During the ‘80s and ‘90s, Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the most popular actresses in the entertainment industry. This It-Girl was not just gorgeous, but she was great acting as well. In the beginning, she was cast in pretty girl roles, although she was able to change the course of her career when she landed a supporting role in Scarface during the ‘70s. We can perfectly understand why a contributor for the Daily Telegraph said that the star has “the kind of beauty you find yourself involuntarily taking a moment to marvel at mid-conversation.”
We think that it is amazing that Julie Gibson is still alive and kicking at the age of 105! In fact, she has outlived most of her Golden Era costars even though she had been one of the oldest in her circles. She is the only remaining star to have worked alongside The Three Stooges. Can you believe that she first started out over eight decades ago? Whoa. She reached the peak of her career during the ‘40s and later made a name for herself as a Hollywood legend. Here’s a fun fact for you: her real name is Gladys Camille Sorey!
We think that it is awesome that Charlize Theron grew up on a farm in South Africa. She had a tragic childhood, with her mother killing her alcoholic dad in self-defense after he threatened to kill her and their child. She used to train to become a professional ballet dancer, although she had to quit after she sustained an injury from training. Thanks to her natural beauty, modeling scouts came after her. However, her big break came when she began to go into acting. Mind you, there is more to her than just being a pretty face. Among other things, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress with her portrayal of Aileen Wuornos!
Although Raquel Welch did not become famous in her debut role, she rose to fame when she appeared in the 1966 movie called One Million Years B.C. Perhaps you are already familiar with her epic fur bikini, which is the stuff of legends. She also worked on Bedazzled, 100 Rifles, and Bandolero!. Did you know that she was in Legally Blonde as well? Thanks to her work on promoting her Latin heritage, the actress was given the “Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award” in 2001.
Rita Hayworth is an actress who had been in Hollywood nearly her whole life. She was a dancer in New York before her family decided to move to California when she was no more than 10 years old. This star appeared in a number of dancing films during the ‘30s and then branched into serious roles in the following decade. However, life proved to be hard for her during the ‘50s thanks to personal issues. She was losing parts to younger women when she began to have problems with finances and alcohol abuse. She also suffered from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for a long time before she died in 1987.
Ursula Andress received the honor of being the first Bond girl in history! Of course, she received this title when she starred in Dr. No opposite Sean Connery himself. Although they had to put voicework over her Swiss-German accent, the actress still earned a fair share of popularity. Of course, we expected nothing less because her character has such a legendary introduction! The star later posed for Playboy magazine more than once. When she was asked why she did not mind doing naked photoshoots, here was the only thing she had to say: “Because I’m beautiful.” What a woman!
French actress Catherine Deneuve got her big break in the international scene when she worked on Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. It is pretty impressive to star in a film where, like an opera, every bit of dialogue was sung instead of spoken! After this, she went on to star in the Roman Polanski work Repulsion, which only boosted her fame. She managed to get more impressive roles after this project. In 1985, she received the honor of becoming the official face of the French personification of liberty, Marianne. She recently became the talk of the town when she affixed her signature on an open letter that denounced the #MeToo movement, which she said was a witch hunt.
The Swedish-American beauty Ann-Margret Olsson was among the biggest stars of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The incredibly versatile performer made it big when she appeared in Bye Bye Birdie at the time she was still working as a recording artist. Another one of her projects would be Who’s Tommy, in which she was cast as the mother of the title character. She also played a recurring character in both Law and Order: SVU and Ray Donovan. Around fifty years after the world got to know this actress, her legacy lives on in the competitive scene of Hollywood.
Like a number of celebrities mentioned on the list, Vivien Leigh had to work hard to show off her acting skills because most people liked to focus on her physical appearance instead. And indeed, one director described her as a “consummate actress, hampered by beauty.” Although she was most popular for her parts in Gone with the Wind and A Streetcar Named Desire, you should know that her most prolific work was for the stage and not the screen. She fought tuberculosis during the last few decades of her life, but she eventually succumbed to the disease in 1967.
Ava Gardner comes from South Carolina, which makes sense when you consider her accent. It is very interesting that MGM found her incomprehensible in those days. Nonetheless, she worked hard and they gave her a contract. After five years in the industry, she got a big break when she bagged a role in the noir film, The Killers. This launched her to stardom, which would give her half a century in the biz. Sadly, her smoking habit caught up to her in the ‘80s. She had to deal with stroke and emphysema in 1986, which rendered her paralyzed. She died of pneumonia 4 years later.
It certainly seems like Hedy Lamarr is one of the most interesting people you will find on our list. Did you know that she was the first person to portray female orgasm in film? There was more to her than that, however. After WW2 broke out, she started to work on “frequency hopping”, which is a technique people used to solve radio signal jamming issues, which intercepted with submarine torpedo control. She got it patented and, while unused for a long time, it helped inventors of civilian and military devices.
We have to say that it is tragic that Sharon Tate will always be associated with the disturbing and tragic murders associated with the Manson family back in 1969. This celebrity was complimented on her natural beauty since she was a little girl. She would eventually make a name for herself in film after she showed up as a talented newcomer who took on both comedic and dramatic roles. In 1968, she also married the The Fearless Vampire Killers director Roman Polanski. It gets sadder – she was eight months pregnant with his baby when she was murdered.
The Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman made her mark in the entertainment industry when she starred in Casablanca opposite the actor Humphrey Bogart. However, you should know that she was already working on Swedish and German films ever since the ‘30s. She had such great international appeal that one biographer has called her “arguably the most international star in the history of entertainment.” Anatole Litvak, a director she has worked with in the past, said that “through all her troubles she held to the conviction that she had been true to herself and it made her quite a person.” Unfortunately, she succumbed to breast cancer in 1982. We are sure she will never be forgotten.
The French actress Sophie Marceau first established herself in the industry when she was just a teen. It all started when she starred in a film called La Boum in the 1980. In the next 15 years, she starred in a number of European films before she made the move to Hollywood by starring in Braveheart. She also went on to appear in the James Bond film called The World Is Not Enough. Although she always makes it to lists like this one, she has admitted she did not get it. She even said this modest thing about herself: “I’ve never really been beautiful. I’m photogenic…”
Isn’t it cool that Isabella Rossellini is the daughter of one more woman who made it to the list? The daughter of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini, it makes perfect sense that she went on to star in films as well! Not only did she act, but she also worked as a model although she got into it later than other people in the industry. She was a spokesmodel for Lancome for 14 years! The actress has appeared on both the small and big screen. Her biggest work was probably for the David Lynch project, Blue Velvet. We love that she is passionate about activism and conservation as well.
The English actress Jacqueline Bisset appeared in a number of movies since the ‘60s. It was the same time that she starred in the Hollywood film Bullitt, among others. She eventually became a familiar face when she starred in the Francois Truffaut film Day for Night. In 177, she starred in the 1977 movie The Deep and became recognizable for the soaking white shirt scene! As a matter of fact, people say that this was where the idea of the wet T-shirt contest came from. This actress later worked primarily on television shows and movies after that.
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We do not think anyone would be truly surprised to see that Aishwarya Rai made it to our list! She is a common face in these “most beautiful woman in the world” lists, after all. She began to model when she was in college and later won Miss World. In the late ‘90s, she began starring in Bollywood projects. She has been described by Derek Elley of Variety to have a “delicately sensual presence and physical grace”. She gets a lot of media attention, but she has always been quiet when it comes to her personal life.
Although Brigitte Bardot was initially a dancer, she made up her mind to try out acting back in the ‘50s. She starred in the controversial Robert Vadim film called And God Create Women. It gave her a lot of success when it came out in 1956. One American critic said the actress is “undeniably a creation of superlative craftsmanship.” When she entered the international scene during such a conservative time, she got loads of attention and Simone de Beauvoir even wrote a feminist essay with the title Brigitte Bardot and The Lolita Syndrome. She has been active in the animal rights activism scene, although she was also fined for racial hatred incitement a total of five times.
Are you familiar with Barbara Eden? If you said yes, it is probably because she was the lead star of a ‘60s sitcom, I Dream of Jeannie. Can you believe that the show creators initially preferred a brunette for this role? The reason for this was they wanted to be different from Bewitched, yet another fantasy show that had a blonde lead. However, they were so charmed by the actress that they eventually forsake their plans to get her aboard. We bet they were glad they did this!
Elizabeth Hurley got her first taste of fame when she began going out with Hugh Grant, who made name for himself when he starred in the popular 1994 film, Four Weddings and a Funeral. When the film premiered, she wore an eye-popping black Versace number that was only secured by a number of gold safety pins. If you ask us, this probably helped both her and the fashion house reach their household name statuses. The year after that, she became the spokesmodel for Estee Lauder even though she did not have modeling experience to back it up. She also went into acting – her biggest roles were in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery and Bedazzled.
The Swedish-born Anita Ekberg was an actress who was cast in a number of American and European films over the course of her career. She was mainly based in Italy, however, which explains how she landed her role in La Dolce Vita. Even when she was young, she was already beautiful. She even modeled in her teens! In 1950, she went on to join the Miss Malmo contest and then the Miss Sweden one. In 1951, she joined the Miss Universe pageant even though she did not speak English well.
Lauren Bacall is an American actress best known for her seductive looks and distinctive voice. She was even dubbed the 20th greatest female actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She was later given an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” Although she had an incredible acting career, you should know that she launched her career by doing modeling work. She even appeared on the cover of Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and other magazines. This was the way someone recently described her: “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair, and blue-green eyes”.
The lovely Kim Basinger established herself in the entertainment industry back in the ‘70s. Initially a model, she later moved to Los Angeles and pursued acting there. She starred in a number of made-for-television films, but she made her debut in the drama called Hard Country. She was yet another Bond girl, this time for Never Say Never Again. She was a poster girl until the ‘90s too. She also starred in a bunch of other projects and remains active in Hollywood even until now!
The talented actress and businesswoman Jaclyn Smith made a name for herself when she portrayed Kelly Garrett in the small screen adaptation of Charlie’s Angels. She and her costars were shot into fame thanks to the show In 2003, the reprised the character for the movie Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She also starred in other film, television shows, and miniseries. Another fun fact about her is that this actress has been married four times in her life! Pretty shocking if you ask us!
Barbara Parkins is a Canadian-American star who made the decision to relocate to Los Angeles to pursue a career when she was only 16 years old. In those days, she started out working as a backup singer and dancer to huge stars in different nightclubs around town. In 1961, she made her on-screen debut by starring in the low-budget crime movie, 20,000 Eyes. When it comes to her big projects, she was also in Valley of the Dolls. Let us not forget about her small-screen work – she even received an Emmy Award nomination for one of her television projects!
Julie Ege was just 15 years of age when she began to do some modeling work. She also entered the Miss Norway pageant and placed second when she was only 18 years old. She later participated in Miss Universe before she relocated to England, where she became an au pair to learn speaking English. In the late ‘60s, the beauty queen was already doing small parts. Of course, none of this hold a candle to her role in the 1971 film, Up Pompeii. At some point, she was called a glamour actress. She merely shrugged off the label since she did not mind it as long as it paid her bills!
Sophia Loren became famous when she went into acting. Considering her charm and beauty, it is no wonder that she went on to be one of the most beloved stars in Italy! Even more amazing, she was just 14 years old when she launched her career. She still acts to this day! Some of her acting credits are for The Pride and the Passion, Grumpier Old Men, and A Countess from Hong Kong. One of the most fascinating things about this beauty is that she has never cared what anyone thought about the fact that she did not shave her armpits. She is a character – we love her.
Are you aware that Jane Birkin is not actually French but English? It’s true – it just so happened that she became incredibly famous in French cinema. One of the things that made her such a big star would be her popular long-term relationship with Serge Gainsbourg. Although they later split up, she still enjoyed a very successful acting and singing career. She worked on projects like Red Fox and A Soldier’s Daughter Never Dies. Of course, let us not forget that the very popular Hermes bag was named after this talented woman because she once said that she could not find a leather weekend bag!
Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress and singer who got to work on a number of films back in the ‘60s. In this decade and the next, she starred in different projects such as The Night They Raided Minsky’s and Get Carter. She became a Bond girl herself when she starred in the 1974 film called The Man with the Golden Gun. In 1964, she became even more popular when she got romantically involved with Peter Sellers, an actor who asked for her hand in marriage after seeing her in the newspaper! In the ‘70s, she was one of the most photographed celebs in the world.
Loretta Young has such a long and interesting career. First of all, she has been in the industry since she was just two or three years old. She was active in Hollywood from 1917 to 1953. This actress was also nominated for an Academy Award for her performances in The Farmer’s Daughter and Come to the Stable. She and Grant Withers were married from 1930 until 1931, but she had a public affair with Spencer Tracy as well. She was only eight years old when she started to smoke, although she decided to quit the habit in the ‘80s to pack on 10 pounds.
Can you believe the Grace Kelly had only been in Hollywood for five years before she went on to become the bride of Prince Rainier III of Monaco? Although this is not a long time at all, her beauty and elegance still made her one of the biggest names in Hollywood back then. She quit acting after her wedding, although this gave her the chance to work in philanthropy and art promotion. Sadly, she died after suffering a stroke as she drove home and got into a tragic car crash. We are glad that, if anything, her daughter managed to survive the accident. The actress is best remembered for her incredible sophistication and class both in front of the camera and behind the scenes.
We are sure you will agree with us when we say that Audrey Hepburn has such lovely and unique looks. She got her first taste of fame when she starred in the classic romance film Roman Holiday opposite Gregory Peck. She got a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Oscar for this role! Color us impressed. She eventually decided to focus on humanitarian and philanthropy work, for which she was later honored. In 1993, the actress suffered from and died of a rare kind of abdominal cancer. We all now that she is still an incredibly popular figure in the world of Hollywood – she is clearly iconic!
Are you aware that Columbia Pictures first recruited Kim Novak in the hopes that she will replace Rita Hayworth, one of the biggest stars of the ‘40s who saw a decline in her popularity in the following decade? They also hoped that she would be able to compete with the 20th Century Fox star Marilyn Monroe. Novak made a name for herself when she starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo. She has only ever acted sporadically since the ‘60s, however. In the early ‘90s, she decided to go into retirement. In 2010, she announced her breast cancer ordeal but later won over the illness.
The Italian-Tunisian Claudia Cardinale is an actress who got to start her career after she ended up winning a competition called the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia”. Her prize was none other than a trip to Italy! She did not have an easy time there since she only knew Sicilian from her parents. Even so, her beauty made it easy to snag a number of acting and modeling jobs over the years. In the early days, they dubbed over her voice because she had a raspy voice and French accent. She continues to be outspoken when it comes to women’s rights. In 2000, she became a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
There is no way that you do not know who Beyonce Knowles is! The Queen of Pop is a very successful actress, songwriter, and singer. A former member of the R&B music group Destiny’s Child, she is also married to her fellow musician Jay-Z. However, she truly made it big when she released a debut album with the title Dangerously in Love. It went on to score 5 Grammy Awards and sell over 11 million copies!
Jean Shrimpton is an English actress and model who happens to be one of the first supermodels the world has ever seen. It was only a matter of time before we brought her up! Now 76 years old, she has graced the covers of various magazines over the years. She has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, Vanity Fair, Time, and Vogue over the years. Time also called her one of the most influential fashion models of all time!
Kate Moss is yet another English model. This famous celebrity was only 14 years old when she got discovered by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Management, at JFK airport during the mid-‘90s, the talented star became famous when the heroin chic style was in. Apart from that, she worked as a British Vogue contributing fashion editor and businesswoman. She is so talented!
Scarlett Johansson was not only a singer and actress, but she is also a model. She has appeared in a number of films, although we think her most famous works have to be Match Point, Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, and Manny & Lo. She has received four Golden Globe Award nominations as well. In 2003, she took home a British Academy Film Award for Best Actress for her performance in Lost in Translation. She deserved it!
Megan Fox started to act in 2001, which was when she started taking on small roles in film and TV. One of these parts was her recurring role in the sitcom called Hope & Faith. In 2004, she made her film debut by starring in the film Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. Of course, what truly made her become a star was her appearance in Transformers opposite Shia LaBeouf.
Kate Upton received the title “Rookie of the Year” after she was featured in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue. After enjoying this success, the model graced the cover of the magazine once more in the two years that followed. The 27-year-old actress and model was also in the Vanity Fair cover for the magazine’s 100th anniversary edition.
Halle Berry is a prominent role model to African-Americans who want to make it big in the film industry. She took home an Academy Award for her wonderful performance in Monster’s Ball. Aside from that, she also showed off her acting chops in Die Another Day, Gothika, Swordfish, and the X-Men movies.
We doubt that anyone is surprised to find this Brazilian supermodel model on the list! The Victoria Secret’s Angel has held the coveted title since 2000. She also served as the Maybelline cosmetics spokesperson from 2003 until 2009. Did you know that she launched her modeling career at the tender age of 15? At the moment, she has a net worth amounting to an impressive $85 million. Whoa.
Zoe Saldana got into acting when she was with Faces, a theater group. In 1999, she made the jump to onscreen works when she appeared in an episode of Law & Order. She only got a big role the following year when she snagged a huge part in Center Stage, where she portrayed a struggling ballerina. Among her biggest roles would be the 2009 hit film Avatar. Recently, she appeared in the 2019 superhero film Avengers: Endgame.
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model who has been making waves as of late. She worked as an Israeli Defense Forces combat instructor, took up law and international relations studies while modeling at the same time, and took home the Miss Israel title in 2004. However, she made it big in the international scene when she portrayed Wonder Woman in 2017. This brunette beauty is married to a businessman by the name of Yaron Varsano, and they have two kids between them.
On that note, there is another lady on our list who got the honor to portray Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter portrayed the superheroine from 1975 to 1979! The American beauty queen, actress, model, songwriter, and singer is now 67 years of age. She is a big LGBT rights activist who always attends Pride Parades. As a matter of fact, she served as the Grand Marshal during the 2011 Phoenix Pride Parade as well as the 2011 New York Pride Parades.
Nicole Scherzinger launched her music career when she was with the Days of the New music group. After this, she joined Eden’s Crush and then The Pussycat Dolls. She was in the latter from 2003 until 2010. This talented beauty is also an actress, TV personality, and dancer! Since 2004, she has been sitting on the panel of judges of The X Factor USA.
Cindy Crawford wowed everyone when she took the modeling world by storm. On top of her modeling skills, she is also known for her mole above her lip. She used to be with Storm Model Agency, the same company Kate Moss worked for. When she was only 10 years old, her little brother Jeff passed away after suffering from leukemia. Since then, she has been passionate about raising awareness about it.
Child model Brooke Shields was only 12 years old when she broke into the film industry when she starred in Pretty Baby. It was a controversial Louis Malle film where she had to play a child prostitute on the streets of New Orleans. This beauty was once married to the legendary tennis player Andre Agassi. At the moment, she is happily married to Chris Hency, the father of her two kids.
Elisabeth Shue starred in The Karate Kid, one of the most popular action films of all time. She began to appear in a number of films, although she is best remembered for her work in Cocktail as well as the second and third installments of the Back to the Future film series. It is also pretty impressive that she has received nominations for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Academy Award. She currently stars in an Amazon series called The Boys.
Pamela Anderson is a popular actress and model. Of course, she was the person to bring C.J. Parker of Baywatch to life as well! A big star during the ‘90s, this 51-year-old Playboy model never got married, even though she and Tommy Lee have two kids together. She is also passionate about animal rights. As a matter of fact, she has been a PETA member for a long time now!
Did you watch JAG before? If so, you probably already know who Catherine Bell is. However, you might remember her better as Lt. Colonel Sarah “Mac” Mackenzie. After starring on the show, she went on to appear in yet another military-themed show called Army Wives, this time in the role of Denise Sherwood. Nowadays, she portrays Cassandra Nightingale in The Good Witch.
You must have been living under a rock if you do not know who Olivia Newton-John is! The English-Australian singer and songwriter is an actress, entrepreneur, and activist as well. She has earned 4 Grammys, 2 top Billboard 200 albums, and 5 top Billboard Hot 100 singles. When you got it, you got it.
Rihanna hails from the Barbados and is known as one of the most talented singers we have ever seen. She has dabbled in various musical styles over the years and changed her image several times over the years. She currently holds the seventh best-selling music artist spot in the world with her 250 million copies. Her two greatest songs are Diamonds and Umbrella. She has a net worth of $600 million!
The English actress Caroline Munro has appeared in a number of films, although she seems to like horror, science fiction, and action best. Now 70 years old, she has appeared in movies such as The Spy Who Loved Me, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and Starcrash.
Can you believe that Lisa Bonet is now 50 years old? She is best known as Denise Huxtable in The Cosby Show as well as the spinoff A Different World. Her last film credit was for Ray Donovan in 2016. She has been in a relationship with Jason Momoa ever since 2005.
There is no way we would ever forget that Loretta Swit played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the TV show M.A.S.H.. She has certainly made a name for herself back then. When the show was done, she only took on a few acting jobs. She now runs a jewelry line and raises funds for animal rights.
Jeanne Tripplehorn made her acting debut with Basic Instinct. Since then, she has starred in a number of big projects, which includes Waterworld. To this day, she continues to act in the long-running criminal procedural Criminal Minds.
Lindsay Wagner made a name for herself when she played Jaime Sommers, also known as The Bionic Woman. She also got an Emmy for her work in the show! Aside from that, she played Alex’s mom in the medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
Catherine Bach became famous when she brought Daisy Duke of The Dukes of Hazzard to life. Did you know that she is the person credit for popularizing the “daisy duke look”? She currently stars on the long-running soap opera called The Young and the Restless.
Phoebe Cates became famous during the ’80s, which was when she took on a lot of work in the entertainment industry. Some of her works from those days are for Gremlin and Fast Times at Ridgemont High. In 1991, she decided to quit acting. In 2001, she starred in The Anniversary Party, but only to help out her best friend.
Ali MacGraw has appeared in a bunch of projects over the years, although she is most famous for the 1970 romance film called Love Story. We daresay that it was one of the best movies the genre has ever seen and still remains relevant to this day. Aside from this list, she has also appeared in the 50 Most Beautiful People list by People. If you ask us, she is simply gorgeous at any age!
At the age of 16, Kelly LeBrock began to model. She appeared on various fashion spreads and magazine covers back day. In the ‘80s, she was considered to be the “fantasy” or “perfect” woman on the big screen. In 2013, she made her comeback to the industry.
Kelly McGillis is most popular for her performance in various ‘80s films. She starred opposite Harrison Ford in Witness. She also appeared in Top Gun and The Accused together with other big stars. At the moment, she plays the lead role in Mother of All Secrets. Make sure to check it out!
Man, how is it that Lisa Whelchel looks like she has not aged a single day? She is most popular for her work in The Facts of Life and The Mickey Mouse Club. We bet you already knew that. She now works as a motivational speaker.
In the ‘80s, Claudia Wells shot into stardom when she played Jennifer in the popular Back to the Future movies. However, she had to drop out of the next two installments after her mother got diagnosed with breast cancer. She quit acting and only returned in 2011.
Julia Roberts is now 50 years old! This actress and director got her start in 1987. Three years later, she managed to charm all of us when she appeared in Pretty Woman. She has three Golden Globe Awards as well as four Academy Awards. She is still as beautiful as ever.
Academy Awards (she won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich).
You should know that Victoria Principal is very involved in various charity organizations. She is popular for appearing the soap opera called Dallas. She is now a busy entrepreneur as well.
When Nicole Eggert was only eight years old, she bagged a part in the 1980 movie Rich and Famous. After that, she went on to star in projects like Baywatch and Charles in Charge. She has also appeared in a number of Christmas movies for Lifetime.
Kylie Minogue is known as simply Kylie. The Australian actress, singer, dancer, philanthropist, and songwriter first made a name for herself when she appeared on the soap opera Neighbours in her home country. This recording artist has been called the “Princess of Pop” as well as the “Goddess of Pop”. Have you checked out the album that she recently released? You should!
Lola Falana is a singer, actress, and dancer who has enjoyed a great career from 1964 to 1997. Even though she managed to have a lot of success despite it, she has had to struggle with multiple sclerosis for most of her life. She turned to faith and religion to help her get through it. These days, she does not perform anymore and focuses on delivering messages of spirituality and hope instead.
Although Melania Griffith kicked off her great career in 1969, she only got her big break in 1984. That was the time she was cast in Body Double. Since then, she has appeared in a number of television shows and films. In 2017, she appeared in Dabka.
Alyssa Milano is an activist, actress, singer, and producer. She is best known for working on projects like Melrose Place, My Name is Earl, Charmed, and Who’s the Boss?. What makes all of these things even cooler is that she launched her career at the age of 7!
Demi Moore is so famous that we doubt we will tell you anything that you do not already know. She has been slaying it in the entertainment industry since the year 1981. She has not once slowed down!
Lea Thompson is now 56 years old. The actress is best known for bringing Lorraine Baines of the Back to the Future trilogy to life. She also played the lead role in Caroline in the City. Aside from acting, she is also a television producer and director! She played Kathryn Kennish in Switched at Birth from 2011 to 2017.
Diane Lane is a New York-born and raised actress who kicked off her career in 1971. She is best known for starring in A Perfect Storm, The Outsiders, Unfaithful, and Under the Tuscan Sun. You will also find Man of Steel, Justice League, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice under her belt!
In 1989, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was hailed the “Model of the Year” by Cover Girl. The talented model later landed her onscreen debut when she snagged the role of Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell. Since those days, she has appeared in a number of television and film projects. In 2015, she also got to host a Cooking Channel program called Dinner at Tiffani’s.
How could we possibly make this list without listing Jessie Spano from Saved By The Bell? Elizabeth Berkley is still going strong. She has appeared in Melissa & Joey, New Girl, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Dancing with the Stars.
Lori Singer is most popular for appearing in the film Footloose as well as the TV show Fame. Before she went into acting, she was first a cellist who went to the prestigious Juilliard! She continues to play and act to this day. She served as the executive producer for Mea Maxima Culpa Silence in the House of God.
The wonderful Bo Derek made her breakthrough with the 1979 movie 10. It had a famous poster of her in a swimsuit, which is how she turned into a sex symbol back in the ‘80s. She still makes appearances in television, documentary, and film projects every now and then.
Christina Applegate brought Kelly Bundy of Married… with Children from 1987 to 1997. After that, she managed to enjoy a great career in both film and television. You should also know that she won an Emmy over the course of her career! She was also nominated for a Golden Globe and Tony.
Barbara Hershey went into acting when she was only 17 years old in 1965. However, she only found a lot of fame in the ‘80s. She later earned a Golden Globe when she starred in The Last Temptation of Christ. If you want to see more of her, you can go watch the new The X-Files.
Did you know that Sigourney Weaver’s real name is actually Susan Alexandra Weaver? Now 68 years old, she first became famous when she landed a minor role in Annie Hall. She was later cast in Alien. The rest is history! She has lots of accolades under her belt and even appeared on the Broadway stage. She has also served as a producer for films.
Barbi Benton was only 16 years old when she began to model. When she was 18 years old, she has already appeared on the cover of Playboy. We will never forget her appearance in the country variety show Hee Haw as well as her albums!
Let us not forget about Playboy Playmate Erika Eleniak. This former actress and model will always be remembered for playing Shauni McClain in Baywatch. She continues to act on the small and big screen. She was last seen in Desperate Housewives.
Winona Ryder was easily the queen of the ‘80s and ‘90s! The talented actress was very successful in those days. How can we possibly forget her performances in Beetlejuice, The Age of Innocence, Heathers, Edward Scissorhands, Little Women, and Mermaids? She currently stars on the Netflix hit show Stranger Things. We are still such big fans of this amazing and beautiful woman!
Kathleen Turner is popular for being a talented actress as well as for her raspy voice. She made her mark in Hollywood with her knockout performance in Body Heat. It even earned her two Golden Globe wins! She has since decided to focus on voice acting and theater works.
Suzanne Somers is best known for playing Chrissy Snow in Three’s Company. She was also Carol Foster Lambert in Step by Step. Did you know that she has also released a number of best-selling self-help books over the years?
We doubt that you have never heard of Betty White before. It is not a well-known fact that she first started out in the radio scene during the ‘40s. We cannot believe that the higher-ups did not think she was pretty enough for onscreen projects in the beginning! Regardless of what they thought, she went on to have the longest-running career of any female entertainer, which is no small feat whatsoever. The good news is that she does not seem to be interested in slowing down soon either.
Carol Channing got the attention of the world with her fantastic singing voice. In fact, she would not have snagged parts in musical productions such as Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and Hello Dolly! without it. She sure looks great even though she is nearing the centenarian mark already. We bet that it has something to do with eating a healthy diet. If you want to look as great as she does, it’s time to eat your veggies!
Did you know that Diahann Carroll is known for becoming the first non-white star on television? It is not surprising to learn that she is considered to be a role model among African-American women. She landed the incredible part of the lead star in Julia and delivered a wonderful performance. It is no wonder she received a lot of nominations and awards over the course of her career. She also had to deal with breast cancer and survived to tell the tale. The actress has retired and was last active in show business in 2014. Her legacy will forever be remembered, without a doubt.
Well, no one would be surprised to hear that Cicely Tyson had been working as a model before her acting career took off. She has since worked on both stage and onscreen projects. Maybe you even remember her spectacular performance in the critically-acclaimed film called The Help. She is now in her nineties, but she still remains active in the entertainment industry.
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint has been active in the industry for a long time now. What makes it even more impressive is when you consider that she made her industry debut in the ‘40s. Her best-known work is her performance in On The Waterfront with Marlon Brando. She was so good in it that she won the Best Supporting Actress
Doris Day started out as a singer, although she also went into acting during the ‘50s and ‘60s. She has appeared in big-name projects such as Pillow Talk, Calamity Jane, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. She boasts of a net worth of about $200 million. We hope that her retirement had been a welcome respite after everything she had to go through in life.
Nancy Sinatra is the daughter of the man, the myth, the legend: Frank Sinatra. When you consider such a lineage, it almost seems impossible that she would end up successful. In the ‘60s, she started to record her own albums. Her most recent one was released in 2013.
At the tender age of 17, Cassandra Peterson established herself in the industry as the youngest showgirl in the history of Las Vegas. Upon the advice of Elvis Presley, she went to Europe to pursue an acting and singing career. She later returned to the United States and starred in a musical comedy of her own, Mama’s Boys. The performer is best known for the TV series Movie Macabre, which was the beginning of the cultural phenomenon that revolved around her character, Elvira. It has since become a highly successful brand. Moreover, the 67-year-old activist-actress is not retiring soon!
Joanne Woodward is an actress, philanthropist, and producer. She is best known for her work in The Three Faces of Eve, for which she took home both a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award for the Best Actress category. She and Paul Newman, actor and race car driver extraordinaire, got married in 1958 and remained happily together until he passed away in 2008.
Erin Murphy is best known for her role on Bewitched as Tabitha. Little Tabitha didn’t appear in many other works after her big stint other than in Lassie and numerous commercials. Erin Murphy also works as a motivation speaker, fashion stylist, casting director, acting coach, and swimsuit model.
The lovely Ann Blyth has appeared in various theater and film productions in the past. We daresay that she is best known for her portrayal of Veda Pierce Forrester in Mildred Pierce, however. She has since retired and now lives out her days at home.
Rhonda Fleming has worked on around forty films over the course of her career. She got her big break when she appeared in Spellbound. She was nicknamed “The Queen of Technicolor” for her bright red hair and pale white skin. When she stopped acting, she started to put her attention on charity work.
Julie Andrews might be 83 years old, but her beauty and grace have never faded even once. She is definitely a prime example of beautiful aging. We are sure you remember her iconic performances in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.
This stunning actress boasts of a great musical resume. In the past, she has also done some acting and modeling. The lead vocalist of Blondie deserves a lot of credit for the smash hits Heart of Glass, Rapture, and Call Me.
Can you believe that Sally Field has six decades in the biz to her name? She began to act when she was only 19 years old. She has starred in a number of film and television projects since then. She has won two Academy Awards for her performances in Norma Rae and Places in the Heart. While she is no longer in her prime, she continues to act in plays, shows, and films!