Prettiest Actresses 2nd List

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1. Catherine Craig

Actress | Here Come the Waves

There was a time when Catherine Craig was known in Hollywood as a promising and talented "B"-level actress as opposed to being simply Mrs. Robert Preston. All in all, she handled it with grace, poise and wifely dedication.

Born Catherine Jewel Feltus on January 18, 1915, in Bloomington, Indiana, she...

2. Shirley Ross

Actress | Waikiki Wedding

Blonde, vivacious and obviously talented, Shirley Ross had the promisings of a big musical film star but her career remained strictly second-string throughout her fairly short career. Making a mark for herself proved difficult; in fact, she is best remembered through her pairing with an ...

3. Janis Paige

Actress | Silk Stockings

Joyous scene-stealer Janis Paige started out playing rather bland film ingénues, but never seemed to be comfortable in those roles--she had too much snap, crackle and pop to be confined in such a formulaic way.

Born Donna Mae Tjaden in 1922 in Tacoma, Washington, she was singing in public from age 5...

4. Virginia Grey

Actress | Airport

Born into a show-business family--her father was a director and her mother was a film cutter--Virginia Grey made her film debut at age 10 as Eva in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927). After a few more films as a child actress, she left the business to finish her schooling. Returning to films as an adult in ...

5. Patricia Medina

Actress | The Killing of Sister George

Patricia Paz Maria Medina was born on July 19, 1919 in Liverpool, England to a Spanish father and an English mother. She began acting as a teenager in the late 1930s and worked her way up to leading roles in the mid-1940s, where she left for Hollywood. Medina teamed up with British actor Louis ...

6. Dona Drake

Actress | Kansas City Confidential

In a situation that closely recalls the Fannie Hurst story "Imitation of Life" in which a girl strives to pass for white, beautiful light-skinned African-American actress/singer/dancer/bandleader Dona (pronounced "dough-nuh") Drake, for the sake of her career, denied her heritage and passed for ...

7. Helen Westcott

Actress | Adventures of Don Juan

Born January 1, 1928, to acting parents, Helen Westcott's show biz career began at the ripe old age of 4 when she performed on stage with her vaudevillian mother who played piano and drums. Her father was handsome Warner Bros. actor Gordon Westcott who appeared in second leads opposite a number of ...

8. Dorothy Hart

Actress | Tarzan's Savage Fury

A former model, the luminously beautiful Dorothy Hart was signed to a contract by Universal Pictures after having made only one film, Columbia's Gunfighters (1947). However, the studio system couldn't quite find a place for a woman with her carriage and elegance, and relegated her to westerns, ...

9. Mary Astor

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized ...

10. Helen Chandler

Actress | Dracula

Helen Chandler was born in Charleston, South Carolina on February 1, 1906. By the late 1920s she had become a hugely popular actress on the New York stage. That Hollywood should beckon was inevitable, but unfortunately whatever quality made Chandler a success on the stage did not survive the ...

11. Pauline Moore

Actress | The Three Musketeers

Pauline began as a model, appearing on the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan, McCall's and Ladies Home Journal. She was married to Jefferson Machamer, a cartoonist, from 1934 until his death in 1960. In 1962, she married minister Dodd Watkins, who died in 1972. She has three children: Wendy,...

12. Betty Lou Keim

Actress | Some Came Running

Betty Lou Keim was born, in 1938, in Malden, Massachusetts. She made her debut as Peggy Allison in the television series, My Son Jeep (1953). She later appeared on Repertory Theatre (1948) and The Alcoa Hour (1955). Two movie roles followed in 1956, those being These Wilder Years (1956) and Teenage...

13. Nancy Gates

Actress | World Without End

Nancy Gates was born February 1, 1926 in Dallas, Texas. She entered show business, at an early age, when she was signed to a contract with RKO Studios when she was 15. Her first production with that studio was in 1942's Hitler's Children (1943). Nancy was also in two more films that year, those ...

14. Jane Russell

Actress | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her father was a United States Army lieutenant and her mother had been a student of drama and an actress with a traveling troupe. Once Mr. Russell was mustered out of the service, the family took up residence in ...

15. Hedy Lamarr

Actress | Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from...

16. Dorothy Mackaill

Actress | Bulldog Drummond at Bay

Dorothy Mackaill was 11 when her parents separated; she then lived with her father. A rebellious teenager, Dorothy -- who had long wanted a career in the theater -- ran away to London and finally persuaded her father to pay for her board and lessons. Her first job was in the chorus; she then ...

17. Linda Darnell

Actress | No Way Out

Linda Darnell, one of five children of a postal clerk, grew up fast. At 11, she was modeling clothes, giving her age as 16. At 13, she was appearing on the stage with little theater groups. Her mother encouraged her to audition when Hollywood talent scouts came to Dallas. She went to California and...

18. Joan Blackman

Actress | Blue Hawaii

Joan Blackman was born on May 17, 1938 in San Francisco, California, USA as Joan May Blackman. She is an actress, known for Blue Hawaii (1961), Visit to a Small Planet (1960) and Kid Galahad (1962). She was previously married to Rockne Tarkington and Joby Baker.

19. Audrey Totter

Actress | Lady in the Lake

One is certainly hard-pressed to think of another true "bad girl" representative so closely identifiable with film noir than hard-looking blonde actress Audrey Totter. While she remained a "B"-tier actress for most her career, she was an "A" quality actress and one of filmdom's most intriguing ...

20. Joan Caulfield

Actress | Dear Ruth

Blond, blue-eyed Joan Caulfield was born on June 1 1922 in Orange, New Jersey, one of three daughters to Henry R. Caulfield, an aircraft company administrator based in Manhattan. She received a private education and enrolled in Columbia University in late 1940. Her early forays into acting with the...

21. Queenie Smith

Actress | Show Boat

Queenie Smith was born in New York City in 1898. She is described as 5 feet 1 inch with blue eyes and blonde hair and weighing 108 pounds. Her father was English and mother, German. She was educated at public schools, including the Horace Mann School, and matriculated at age 13 with the Ballet ...

22. Roxanne Arlen

Actress | Gypsy

A former "Miss Detroit" and WAMPAS Baby Star of 1956, pouty Roxanne Arlen popped up on 1950's and 60's screens as sexy second leads in B-movies and TV episodes. She was tagged "The Wiggle" for a trademark walk she claimed to have developed at grade school, and, curiously, found herself unable to '...

23. Lilian Bond

Actress | The Old Dark House

An attractive, wavy-haired brunette Londoner, Lilian Bond graduated from Brompton Oratory School and began her show business career in pantomimes and revues as a teenager. She travelled to America in 1926 to appear on Broadway in the 'Ziegfeld Follies' and for Earl Carroll's 'Vanities', as well as ...

24. Isabel Jewell

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Isabel Jewell, like other actresses in Hollywood in the 1930s, suffered from chronic typecasting. The diminutive, platinum-haired daughter of a doctor and medical researcher seemed to be forever playing hard-boiled, tough-talking broads: gangster's molls, dumb blondes, prostitutes and, of course, ...

25. Constance Smith

Actress | Man in the Attic

Strikingly attractive, but troubled Irish leading lady of the 1950's, born to a struggling family in Limerick. Constance's is, perhaps, one of the more lurid and tragic tales of a promising career ending up on the skids. It began with her winning a 1946 look-alike competition in a Dublin movie ...

26. Hillary Brooke

Actress | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Hillary Brooke's image as the epitome of glacial, regal, upper-class British gentility is muted somewhat by the fact that she was born Beatrice Peterson to a middle-class American family in Long Island, NY (she was the sister of Arthur Peterson, best-known as the demented "Major" in the soap-opera ...

27. Kristine Miller

Actress | Too Late for Tears

Kristine Miller was born Jacqueline Olivia Eskesen, the daughter of Johannes Eskesen, vice-president of Standard Oil of Argentina, headquartered in Buenos Aires, where Miller was born. Miller's mother, Myrtle Bennett Witham, was an Orpheum Circuit singer from Fresno, California. After a decade in ...

28. Virginia Huston

Actress | Out of the Past

Virginia Huston was born on April 24, 1925 in Wisner, Nebraska, USA. She was an actress, known for Out of the Past (1947), Tarzan's Peril (1951) and Flamingo Road (1949). She was married to Manus Paul Clinton II. She died on February 28, 1981 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

29. Myrna Dell

Actress | The Lost Tribe

Marilyn Adele Dunlap was born on March 5, 1924 (for her stage name she took her nickname, Myrna, and shortened her middle name, Adele, to "Dell", which she used as her last name). She started her career as a showgirl in the famous Earl Carroll Revue in New York, and made her film debut in A Night ...

30. Betty Compson

Actress | Street Girl

A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on ...

31. Joan Shawlee

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Zany, extrovert, sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, sometimes red-haired character comedienne Joan Shawlee began her performing career as a fourteen-year old Powers model. At sixteen, she sang in New York night spots and was proclaimed one of "the six most beautiful girls in Manhattan". ...

32. Joyce Jameson

Actress | The Outlaw Josey Wales

Well-endowed, attractive Joyce Jameson was typecast as 'broads', 'dames' and dizzy blondes - somewhat in the vein of Barbara Nichols. In real life, she was said to have been the antithesis of her screen personae, a graduate in theatre arts from UCLA, highly intelligent and well-read. Joyce began ...

33. Dorothy Revier

Actress | Call of the West

Silent screen vamp Dorothy Revier (nee Velegra) was born in San Francisco, California on April 18, 1904, the daughter of a musician. As a result, Dorothy found herself leaning towards a career in music, finding work as a chorine and nightclub dancer in her teens. She broke into films at age 17 with ...

34. Jean Heather

Actress | Double Indemnity

Jean Heather was born on February 21, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Jeanne Ellen Hetherington. She was an actress, known for Double Indemnity (1944), Going My Way (1944) and National Barn Dance (1944). She was married to Arthur Ferdinand Meier (John Stockton). She died on October 29, 1995 in Los ...

35. Ruth Warrick

Actress | Citizen Kane

Reedy and regal actress Ruth Warrick will be remembered for two names and two names alone. In films, she will indelibly be referred to as the castoff first "Mrs. Citizen Kane," and on TV she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the obnoxiously wealthy, ...

36. Doris Hill

Actress | Men Are Like That

Doris Hill was born on March 21, 1905 in Roswell, New Mexico, USA as Roberta M. Hill. She was an actress, known for Men Are Like That (1930), Spirit of the West (1932) and Code of Honor (1930). She was married to Monte Brice and George L. Derrick. She died on March 3, 1976 in Kingman, Arizona, USA.

37. Gwen Lee

Actress | Laugh, Clown, Laugh

She was one of the archetypal flappers of the Jazz Age. Blonde, blue-eyed and impeccably coiffured, we recall Gwen Lee as tall, blonde flibbertigibbets and gold-digging vamps in films of the late 1920's and early 30's. Gwen was born in Nebraska and attended school in Omaha. Having suitably ...

38. Sally Blane

Actress | Forbidden Company

Although this lovely, light brown-haired leading lady would wind up better known as one of Loretta Young's three acting sisters, Sally Blane nevertheless enjoyed a lively albeit modest "B" film career during the late '20s and '30s. The resemblance to her "A"-level sister was very strong--the same ...

39. Georgiana Young

Actress | The Story of Alexander Graham Bell

Georgiana Young was born on September 30, 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Georgiana Belzer. She was an actress, known for The Story of Alexander Graham Bell (1939) and This Is Your Life (1971). She was married to Ricardo Montalban. She died on November 13, 2007 in Los Angeles.

40. Eve Arden

Actress | Our Miss Brooks

Eve Arden was born Eunice Mary Quedens in Mill Valley, California (near San Francisco), and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice ...

41. Dorothea Kent

Actress | It Started with Eve

Dorothea Kent was born on June 6, 1916 in St. Joseph, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for It Started with Eve (1941), The Last Express (1938) and It Happened on Fifth Avenue (1947). She died on December 10, 1990 in Burbank, California, USA.

42. Tamara

Actress | No, No, Nanette

Tamara [Drasin], a native of Sorochintzy, in the Ukraine. Attended elementary school and Hunter College in New York City. After appearing in a 1927 revue called "The New Yorkers" (not the Cole Porter show) she played many Russian Restaurants in Manhattan, notably the Gypsy Tavern and the Kretchma. ...

43. Peggy Maley

Actress | The Wild One

Peggy Maley was born on June 8, 1923 in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, USA as Margaret June Maley. She was an actress, known for The Wild One (1953), Climax! (1954) and Human Desire (1954). She was married to Donald Schonbrun and Ricky Rayfield. She died on October 1, 2007 in Hatfield, Montgomery ...

44. Lenore Lonergan

Actress | The Whistle at Eaton Falls

Lenore Leslie Lonergan was the daughter of actor, 'Lester Lonergan, Jr (1893-1958)' and opera singer, Julia Mary (Juliet) McIntyre-Lonergan (1889-1942). Her brother, Lester Lonergan III (1924-1968) was also an actor. Her paternal grandfather was Irish born actor, Lester Lonergan (1869-1931). She ...

45. 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 ...

46. Moira Orfei

Actress | Zorro contro Maciste

Her parents were Riccardo Orfei - the clown Bigolon - and Violetta Arata - a Circus star, so Miranda Orfei's entire life was lived in a circus. A simple, yet charismatic girl, full of energy, she started working in one herself: horse rider, trapeze artist, and acrobat. Since 1962, she started her ...

47. 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 Loved One (1965) and The Badlanders (1958). She was married to Robert Murphy, Robert Kenaston, Perry Lopez and George DeWitt. She died on July 1, 1998 ...

48. Linda Harrison

Actress | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

A native of Berlin, Maryland, Linda Harrison was Miss Berlin at 16, then a model in New York's Garment Center. Homesickness brought her back to Maryland, where she entered and won the state beauty pageant. During the finals in the Miss International contest (held in Long Beach, California), she was...

49. Chanin Hale

Actress | Synanon

Chanin Hale was born on September 3, 1938 in Dayton, Ohio, USA as Marilyn Victoria Chanine Hale. She is an actress, known for Synanon (1965), Hey, Landlord (1966) and The Wild Wild West (1965).

50. Lona Andre

Actress | Death in the Air

An attractive actress whose major feature was her cute dimples, Lona Andre played leads in minor films and supporting roles in major films for most of her career. Her four-day marriage to actor Edward Norris must have set some kind of record. After her screen career was over, she became a ...

51. Dorothy Gulliver

Actress | Troopers Three

As an avid movie fan, Dorothy got her chance to go to Hollywood when she won a Salt Lake City beauty contest sponsored by Universal Pictures. Signed by Universal after her successful screen test, Dorothy became one of the many contract actors working in small bit parts. She became well known due to...

52. Dolores Moran

Actress | To Have and Have Not

Better known for her scandalous private life than for her mild film input, the story goes that blonde, extremely well-endowed Dolores Moran was checked out at an annual Sacramento Elks Lodge picnic in 1941 by a Warner Brothers talent scout in the early 40s and a starlet was born.

Born in Stockton, ...

53. Joan Leslie

Actress | Yankee Doodle Dandy

She was born of Irish ancestry as Joan Agnes Theresa Brodel, the daughter of an accountant and a pianist. She was educated at Catholic schools in Toronto, Montreal and Detroit. There were three sisters, her older siblings being Mary and Betty. Together, they made up a successful vaudeville act, the...

54. Andrea King

Actress | The Very Thought of You

Andrea King was born Georgette André Barry in Paris, France, however she lived there only two months before her mother, Belle Hart, brought her back to the United States. Belle was an ambulance driver on the front lines during World War I, as well as a dancer with the renowned Isadora Duncan. ...

55. Rochelle Hudson

Actress | Imitation of Life

Rochelle Hudson was born on March 6, 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for Imitation of Life (1934), Harold Teen (1934) and Born Reckless (1937). She was married to Robert L. Mindell, Dick Irving Hyland, Harold E. Thompson and Charles Brust. She died on January 17, ...

56. Arletta Duncan

Actress | Back Street

Arletta Duncan was born on December 31, 1914 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. She was an actress, known for Back Street (1932), Fast Companions (1932) and Mile a Minute Love (1937). She died on October 28, 1985 in Santa Ana, California, USA.

57. Priscilla Lane

Actress | Arsenic and Old Lace

Priscilla Lane attended the Eagin School of Dramatic Arts in New York before she began touring with her sisters in the Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians Dance Band. She was a popular singer with her sisters and, after 5 years, she was signed to a Hollywood contract with Warner Brothers in 1937. ...

58. Leila Hyams

Actress | Freaks

Leila Hyams was one of the top leading ladies of the early talkie pre-code years. She was a likable, pleasing actress with a charming presence. She had much spark, personality and charisma, and a touch of down-to-earthiness and naturalness that won over movie fans; they could relate to her. A ...

59. Kathleen Burke

Actress | The Last Outpost

Kathleen Burke was born on September 5, 1913 in Hammond, Indiana, USA. She was an actress, known for The Last Outpost (1935), Island of Lost Souls (1932) and The Lion Man (1936). She was married to Jos Fernandez, Glen A. Rardin and Forrest Smith. She died on April 9, 1980 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

60. Fritzi Ridgeway

Actress | Ruggles of Red Gap

Fritzi Ridgeway was born on April 8, 1898 in Missoula, Montana, USA. She was an actress, known for Ruggles of Red Gap (1923), Face Value (1927) and The Fire Flingers (1919). She was married to C. Bakaleinikoff. She died on March 29, 1961 in Lancaster, California, USA.

61. Linden Travers

Actress | The Lady Vanishes

Linden Travers was born on May 27, 1913 in Houghton-le-Spring, Durham, England as Florence Linden-Travers. She was an actress, known for The Lady Vanishes (1938), Christopher Columbus (1949) and Bank Holiday (1938). She was married to James Frederick Holman and Ewart Guy Leon. She died on October ...

62. Yvonne Romain

Actress | The Last of Sheila

Yvonne Romain was born on February 17, 1938 in London, England as Yvonne Adelaide Warren. She is an actress, known for The Last of Sheila (1973), Corridors of Blood (1958) and The Swinger (1966). She has been married to Leslie Bricusse since October 18, 1958. They have one child.

63. Michele Carey

Actress | El Dorado

Michele Carey was born on February 26, 1943 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA as Michele Henson. She was an actress, known for El Dorado (1967), The Wild Wild West (1965) and Live a Little, Love a Little (1968). She was married to Fred G. Strebel. She died on November 21, 2018 in Newport Beach, ...

64. 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 ...

65. Claudia Martin

Actress | For Those Who Think Young

Claudia Martin was the daughter of Dean Martin and his first wife, Betty MacDonald. One of seven children, she was born in Ridley Park, PA, but spent her childhood in southern California. She did follow her father into show business, appearing on such television programs as The Donna Reed Show (...

66. Sheila Bromley

Actress | The Prescott Kid

Sheila Bromley was born on October 31, 1911 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was an actress, known for The Prescott Kid (1934), Torchy Blane.. Playing with Dynamite (1939) and Death Goes North (1939). She was married to Jairus Bellamy. She died on July 23, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

67. Vivienne Osborne

Actress | Dragonwyck

Vivienne Osborne was born on December 10, 1896 in Des Moines, Iowa, USA as Vera Vivienne Spragg. She was an actress, known for Dragonwyck (1946), Two Seconds (1932) and Tomorrow at Seven (1933). She was married to Francis Worthington Hine. She died on June 10, 1961 in Malibu, California, USA.

68. Juliette Compton

Actress | The Triumph of the Scarlet Pimpernel

Juliette Compton was born on May 3, 1899 in Columbus, Georgia, USA. She was an actress, known for The Scarlet Daredevil (1928), Berkeley Square (1933) and Nell Gwyn (1926). She was married to James Bartram. She died on March 19, 1989 in Pasadena, California, USA.

69. June Lang

Actress | Chandu the Magician

This approachable blue-eyed blonde with a striking, open-faced beauty had a very encouraging career going for her in 30s Hollywood but extenuating circumstances hurt her chances in the long run. In less than a decade and a half June Lang was out of pictures altogether (after appearing in over 30) ...

70. Elyse Knox

Actress | A Wave, a WAC and a Marine

Elyse Knox, the actress best known for starring in The Mummy's Tomb (1942) and for being Heisman Award-winner Tom Harmon s wife and actor Mark Harmon's mother, was born Elsie Lillian Kornbrath on December 14, 1917 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Austrian parents Hermine Sophie (Muck) and Frederick ...

71. Paula Stone

Actress | Hop-a-Long Cassidy

Paula Stone was born on January 20, 1912 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Hop-a-Long Cassidy (1935), Atlantic Flight (1937) and Treachery Rides the Range (1936). She was married to Duke Daly and Michael Sloan. She died on December 23, 1997 in Sherman Oaks, California, ...

72. Shirley Deane

Actress | Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe

Vivacious, sunny, blue-eyed Shirley Deane first trained as a dancer from the age of seven and learned to play the piano. She began her professional career on stage in San Francisco and arrived in Hollywood via winning a dancing beauty contest. Signed by 20th Century Fox primarily on the strength of...

73. Cara Williams

Actress | The Defiant Ones

This perky, talented, blue-eyed redhead had acting aspirations from the get-go. She was born in Brooklyn on June 29, 1925, as Bernice Kamiat, to an Austrian Jewish father and a Russian Jewish mother. Cara began performing as a child and continued into her teens. After her parents' divorce, she ...

74. Constance Moore

Actress | Buck Rogers

Blonde singer/actress Constance Moore was a stylish, glamorous lead in many "B" war-era musicals. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, on January 18, 1920, she was raised in Dallas, Texas, and nurtured ambitions to be a singer. The one-time brunette with the rich contralto started out as a band vocalist prior...

75. Dorothy Burgess

Actress | Taxi

Dorothy Burgess was born on March 4, 1905 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Taxi (1932), Black Moon (1934) and Hold Your Man (1933). She died on August 20, 1961 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles.

76. Josephine Hutchinson

Actress | North by Northwest

As a child she studied at Seattle's Cornish School. Still in her early twenties, after several years of stock work in New York, she joined Eva Le Gallienne's Civic Repertory Theater where she won critical praise for her title role in "Alice in Wonderland." She came to Hollywood in 1934 under ...

77. Lori Nelson

Actress | Ma and Pa Kettle at the Fair

Lori Nelson began her show biz career at the age of two-and-a-half, dancing in a show in her native Santa Fe, New Mexico. She was voted Santa Fe's most talented and beautiful child, and toured the state billed as "Santa Fe's Shirley Temple." At age four, Nelson moved to Hollywood with her parents ...

78. Mari Aldon

Actress | Distant Drums

A former ballet dancer, graceful Mari Aldon married Hollywood director Tay Garnett, who encouraged her to become an actress. She did, but did not leave a deep imprint on film history, with one exception, the role of Judy Beckett, a prisoner of the Seminoles and Gary Cooper's charming romantic ...

79. Louise Henry

Actress | The Gaunt Stranger

Louise Henry was born as Jessouise Heiman to Dr. Jesse Heiman and his wife, Louise Henry Heiman, who was a vaudeville star. Louise Henry Sr. as she was known, contracted tuberculosis while performing in vaudeville and was sent to a sanitarium in Saranac Lake, NY. While there she was treated by Dr. ...

80. Inez Courtney

Actress | The Song of the Flame

Redhead Inez Courtney was the quintessential coquettish soubrette of Broadway musical comedy in the 1920's. Having left school, she abandoned plans to become a milliner and instead embarked on a career as a 'specialty dancer' in vaudeville (where she acquired the nickname 'Mosquito'),serving a ...

81. Ilona Massey

Actress | Invisible Agent

Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning ...

82. Dina Merrill

Actress | The Player

It would have been pretty darn difficult for actress Dina Merrill to have ever pulled off playing a commoner on stage, film or TV. She just had too much class. The epitome of poise and glamour, the New York-born socialite and celebrity was born in 1923, the daughter of E.F. Hutton, the financier ...

83. Jocelyn Lane

Actress | Incident at Phantom Hill

Jocelyn Lane is one of the most stunningly beautiful, and overlooked, actresses to grace the screen. Born Jocelyn Bolton in Austria to British parents in 1937, she was the younger sister of Mara Lane, who was considered one of the most beautiful models in the UK during the early 1950s. Either ...

84. Helen Kane

Actress | Dangerous Nan McGrew

Lively childish leading lady on stage and films during the transition to sound. She began on stage at seventeen and went on to films in 1929. She made several early talkies at Paramount but her popularity soon waned.

85. Ann Sothern

Actress | The Whales of August

Ann Sothern's film career started as an extra in 1927. Originally a redhead, she began to bleach her hair blonde for comedy roles. After working at MGM and on Broadway, Ann was signed by Columbia Pictures for Let's Fall in Love (1933). The next year she would work with Eddie Cantor in his hit Kid ...

86. Frances Mercer

Actress | The Mad Miss Manton

Frances Mercer was born on October 21, 1915 in New Rochelle, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Mad Miss Manton (1938), Vivacious Lady (1938) and The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939). She was married to G. Robert Fleming. She died on November 12, 2000 in Los Angeles, California...

87. Paulette Goddard

Actress | Modern Times

Paulette Goddard was a child model who debuted in "The Ziegfeld Follies" at the age of 13. She gained fame with the show as the girl on the crescent moon, and was married to a wealthy man by the time she was 16. After her divorce she went to Hollywood in 1931, where she appeared in small roles in ...

88. Marilyn Maxwell

Actress | Champion

The less famous, but still undeniably talented, of the "Marilyn" sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s was born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell in Clarinda, Iowa on August 3, 1921 (she later began using her middle name professionally at the suggestion of Louis B. Mayer). As a teenager, she worked as an usher ...

89. Sally Rand

Actress | Sunset Murder Case

She's considered an American icon in the world of entertainment although most contemporaries have no idea who she is until her legendary risqué "fan dance" is brought up. Then they put two and two together. Burlesque star Sally Rand was born in the Ozark region (Missouri) in 1904, her father a ...

90. Hélène Chanel

Actress | Un dollaro di fifa

Hélène Chanel was born on June 12, 1941 in Deauville, Calvados, France. She is an actress, known for Un dollaro di fifa (1960), Samson and the 7 Miracles of the World (1961) and The Conqueror of Atlantis (1965).

91. Mary Beth Hughes

Actress | Inner Sanctum

Mary Beth Hughes' parents separated while she was still a baby. She was brought up by a grandmother whose dearest wish was to make her an actress. As a result, she started her career at an early age while still a high school student. She starred in the stage version of "Alice in Wonderland" then ...

92. Margaret Lockwood

Actress | The Lady Vanishes

Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in ...

93. Joan Lorring

Actress | The Corn Is Green

Joan Lorring was born Madeline Ellis on April 17, 1926, in Hong Kong. She and her mother, Ania Fred, a Russian Jewish immigrant, left Hong Kong after the outbreak of WWII to pursue an acting career, settling in California in the late 1930s. After finding radio work in Los Angeles, Lorring worked her...

94. Ella Raines

Actress | Phantom Lady

Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by ...

95. Ruth Ford

Actress | Musical Comedy Time

Her parents, Mr. & Mrs. C. N. Ford, managed the Tennessee Hotel in Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1943. At that time, she reported to the local newspaper in Clarksville that she had a daughter named Shelley, age 2. Also, Orson Welles is her godfather. Prior to her Hollywood experience, she was in Orson...

96. Janet Shaw

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

Janet Shaw was born on January 23, 1919 in Beatrice, Nebraska, USA as Ellen Martha Clancy. She was an actress, known for Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Night Monster (1942) and The Old Maid (1939). She was married to David Ashford Stuart and Willard Garcia Ilefeldt. She died on October 15, 2001 in ...

97. Hermine Sterler

Actress | Kleine Mutti

Hermine Sterler was born on March 20, 1894 in Bad Cannstatt, Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She was an actress, known for Little Mother (1935), Rasputin, Demon with Women (1932) and Les saltimbanques (1930). She died on May 25, 1982 in Stuttgart.

98. Binnie Barnes

Actress | The Time of Their Lives

British-born actress who appeared in both British and American films, but who found her greatest success in Hollywood second leads. After a variety of jobs, including nurse, chorus girl and milkmaid, Barnes entered vaudeville. She appeared in more than a score of short comedies with comedian ...

99. Jane Carr

Actress | The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes

Jane Carr (b. Dorothy Henrietta "Rita" Brunstrom) was a star of stage, screen and radio. Jane's first husband was James Bickley, a civil engineer, whom she married on 14 September 1931 at the Register Office, Marylebone, London. A London Times article dated 2 December 1936 mentioned that at this ...

100. Anne Baxter

Actress | All About Eve

Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...



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