Sexiest Women in Movie History
April 9, 2012
You simply can not begin a list of sexiest film stars without putting Marilyn at the top. Even if you personally do not think she is sexy, or not the sexiest, she belongs at the top just on staying power.
Marilyn was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California.
For years, she was typecast as the dumb blond which parlayed into a dozen films that carried her to stardom. In 1957, she co-starred with Lawrence Olivier in The Prince and the Showgirl which she produced. She received a much deserved Golden Globe award for her performance in Some Like it Hot in 1959. Her final film matched her with Clark Gable and Montgomery Clift in The Misfits. Her husband at the time, Arthur Miller wrote the screenplay.
Marilyn passed away from an overdose of barbiturates on August 5, 1962 in Los Angeles.
Carroll was born on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She will always be remembered for her role in Baby Doll in 1956 which brought her instant fame and a nomination for the Academy Award. She brought a southern drawl to the screen and her timid, though sexual attributes to the role of a teenage wife of a middle-aged man in Mississippi.
Her next big hit was as a Jean Harlow type movie star in the Carpetbaggers in 1964. Again, she renewed her sexy ways of Baby Doll with a more sophisticated style. The movie was a huge success and supposedly a new beginning for Carroll after dismal reviews of recent films. However, her next few films were not as they promised to be and she faded once again.
She stayed active in films and television for 50 years. She is now 80 and living in Cathedral City, California.
Jean was born on October 15, 1926 in Canton, Ohio. While attending Ohio State University, Jean entered the Miss Ohio State Pageant and won the title which sent her to Hollywood for a screen test.
Her first film was the female lead opposite Tyrone Power in Captain From Castile in 1947 which was a huge success. The studios tried to make her a sex symbol with early roles like Pickup on South Street in 1953, but Jean was against the path they had her on and turned to roles of women that were more every day, unglamourous types.
Her first real success was portraying a female pirate captain in Anne of the Indies in 1951. The following year, she joined Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn in Viva Zapata as a common peasant Mexican woman. Brando and Quinn were phenominal in this film.
Her earlier film, Pickup on South Street had Jean beating out Marilyn Monroe for the part. Now, in 1953 they would share a film together, Niagara with Joseph Cotton, only this time Marilyn had the bigger part.
In 1954, two films would rekindle the flame of Jean's success, Apache and Broken Lance. She would receive critical acclaim for her role in Apache. The following year she married Howard Hughes, the mysterious, self-made millionaire who dabled in producing Hollywood films. She had finished her final film, A Man Called Peter in 1955.
She did return for several television series in her 50's and 60's. She eventually retired to Carlsbad, California where died of Leukemia on October 13, 2000.
Suzy was born Cecilia Ann Renee on October 28, 1932 in San Antonio, Texas. She began her modeling career in her early teens and continued to do so into her late 30's. She became one of the top models in the world and was the first to make $100,000 per year. Her sister, Dorian was one of the very first Super Models and introduced her baby sister to the modeling business. At just 15, Suzy would appear in Life Magazine.
Her first film role was with Cary Grant in Kiss Them for Me in 1957. In my favorite of her films, she played opposite a much older Gary Cooper as his love interest in Ten North Frederick in 1958. She was really hot in this film.
Suzy spent the last five years of her life going through problems with kidneys and ulcers. She personally ended dialysis treatments and went home to die with her family. She would pass away on May 3, 2003.
Rita was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career as a dancer following in her father's footsteps. She merged into acting in her teens and made dozens of films without much acknowledgement until she got a part in Only Angels Have Wings starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. By then, she had changed her hair color to red and her name to Hayworth.
She began getting roles in more prominent films with many of the bigger stars and was usually the other woman in the film opposite the likes of Linda Darnell and Olivia de Havilland. In the film, Blood and Sand in 1941 with Tyrone Power and Darnell, she had her first role as a siren. The film was a big hit and further enhanced her already blooming career.
In 1946, she made the film that people still remember today. It was Gilda co-starring Glenn Ford with Rita in the title role as a very sensuous female, married to an older club owner and garnishing attention from other men like Glenn. Her near-striptease dance in the film made her an icon and bombs were being painted with the name "Gilda" on their noses which angered Rita to no end.
Rita Hayworth died from Alzheimer's disease on May 14, 1987 in New York, New York.
Paulette was born Marion Pauline Levy on June 3, 1910 in Queens, New York. She began her entertainment career as a Ziegfeld Girl before becoming a film star in the 1940s. Before stardom, she paid her dues in dozens of films while at the same time living with silent film great, Charlie Chaplin.
Her breakout role was in Chaplin's film, Modern Times in 1936. She was cast in 1939 in The Women with Norma Shearer, Joan Crawford and Rosalind Russell where she received good reviews. David O. Selznick became interested in Goddard for the role of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. She was actually the front runner all along until he saw Vivien Leigh's tests. She made another hit film with Chaplin, The Great Dictator in 1940 and they soon after went their separate ways.
She received an Academy Award nomination in 1943 for Best Supporting Actress in So Proudly We Hail. The film most remembered is Kitty in 1945. Her last film was in a supporting role in Time of Indifference in 1964.
Paulette Goddard died from emphysema on April 23, 1990 in Ronco Sopra Ascona, Ticino, Switzerland.
Natalie was born Natalia Nikolaevna Zacharenko on July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, California. She is remembered as a child star, teen star and leading lady in films. Her most famous role as a child was Miracle on 34th Street as a nine year old daughter of Maureen O'Hara in this Christmas story that is still shown every year at Christmas time.
As a teen, her role opposite James Dean and Sal Mineo in Rebel Without a Cause in 1955 would be a precursor to the future real life drama that these three would face. All three would have tragic deaths early in their lives.
As an adult, Natalie is remembered for West Side Story in 1961, Splendor in the Grass in 1961 and Love With the Proper Stranger in 1963.
She received three Academy Award nominations before age 25 and had a film career that began at age five and lasted until her death in 1981.
She was one of the most beautiful women to ever grace the screen and died tragically at a very early age. Natalie drowned in Santa Catalina Island, California on November 29, 1981. She was just 43 years young.
Linda was born Monetta Eloyse Darnell on October 16, 1923 in my birthplace, Dallas, Texas. She went to Sunset High School in Dallas and my father claims to have danced with her while he was a student at rival Dallas Crozier Technical High School. It's a fun story to tell regardless if it were true, or not.
She was offered a contract after being discovered by a visiting talent scout and at age 15 moved to Hollywood and moved into an apartment all alone. I find this very strange on her mother's part. Still, she starred in her first film, Hotel for Women in 1939, still age fifteen and drew a lot of press as Hollywood's newest star.
Still 15, she costarred with Tyrone Power in Day-Time Wife in 1939 and received rave reviews for her beauty and acting skills. The next year, she again appeared with Power in Brigham Young and suddenly she was a highly paid star. Her third appearance with Tyrone was one of my favorites of Linda, The Mark of Zorro in 1940. I still can not believe that she was only sixteen in that role. Life Magazine labeled her "the most physically perfect girl in Hollywood".
While staying with friends in Glenview, Illinois preparing for a stage role, Linda was burned to death when the home caught fire. She died on April 10, 1965.
Lee was born on December 14, 1935 in Quincy, Massachusetts. She made her "sexy" contribution to films in Anatomy of a Murder with James Stewart in 1959 as the young alluring wife of an army sergeant on trial for murder.
Another film which displayed her sensuality was Wild River in 1960 with Montgomery Clift. That same year, she starred opposite Jack Lemon in Days of Wine and Roses, a role that would earn her an Academy Award nomination.
Lee was not one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, nor the best built, but still had that alluring quality about her to draw the attention of men.
Lee died on July 2, 1991 in Los Angeles of kidney and liver cancer.
Jean was born on November 13, 1938 in Marshaltown, Iowa. She won the role of Joan in Saint Joan in 1957 at age 18. She made several French films which gained notoriety especially for her beauty.
She returned to the states to make Lilith in 1964 with Warren Beatty and did Paint Your Wagon in 1969 with Clint Eastwood. She became less interested in the roles being offered and became more interested in taking part in political issues of the day.
She was found in the back seat of her car in Paris, France dead of suicide on August 30, 1979. To me, one of the three or four most beautiful women ever on screen.
Carol was born Carole Ann Jones on February 13, 1942 in New York, New York. She is best known for the leading role of Allison in 1961's Return to Peyton Place. She also played the title role in Harlow in 1965 as did her contemporary, Caroll Baker the same year. They were very similar in appearance.
In the March, 1965 issue of Playboy Magazine, Carol posed nude. Carol is still active in her career at age 70.
Gina was born Luigina Lollobrigida on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, Italy. She became a sex symbol in America even though she was making movies in Europe. She finally came to America and made Beat the Devil with Humphrey Bogart and Jennifer Jones in 1953.
My favorite, Never So Few with Frank Sinatra and introducing Steve McQueen in a terrific role as Sinatra's sidekick brought her more fame in the states. She continued to make American films with the biggest names of the day.
Gina is retired from acting and living in Europe.
Sophia was born Sofia Villani Scicolone on September 20, 1934 in Pozzuoli, Italy. Sophia made film history by becoming the first actress to win the Oscar in a non-English role when she starred in Italy's Two Women in 1962.
Her most popular American films were Boy on a Dolphin, Legend of the Lost with John Wayne and The Pride and the Passion with Cary Grant and Frank Sinatra in 1957.
Sophia was a highly awarded film star internationally and still known today for her beauty and figure. She is still active and resides in Naples, Italy and Geneva, Switzerland.
Angelina was born Angelina Jolie Voight on June 4, 1975 in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Oscar winner, Jon Voight and is an Academy Award winner herself.
She first received attention in Lara Craft: Tomb Raider in 2001 and was brought to the forefront even more with the film, Mr. & Mrs. Smith in 2005. Her Oscar role was in Girl Interrupted in 1999.
She is known world-wide for her beauty, her companion, Brad Pitt and her crusades to save the children of the world.
Angelina is still active in films today and lives with Brad and their six children.
Ann was born Clara Lou Sheridan on February 21, 1915 in Denton, Texas. She is one of my very favorite actresses, not because she and I went to the same college (North Texas State University) in Denton, Texas, (It was called North Texas State Teachers College when Ann attended) but because I simply loved her style of acting and always thought of her as very beautiful and sexy.
She was called the "Oomph Girl" in the 40's while still in her teens in Hollywood. Her prominence in films began with a starring role in Angels With Dirty Faces in 1938 with James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart. Other prominent roles were in Dodge City in 1938 with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, They Drive by Night in 1940 with George Raft and Bogart and in Ronald Reagan's finest film, Kings Row in 1942.
Ann died of cancer in 1967 in Los Angeles.
Elizabeth was born on February 27, 1932 in Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, England.
Liz became a star at a very young age in National Velvet in 1944 with Mickey Rooney. Her late teens were the beginning of her sex symbol image with films like A Place in the Sun in 1951 with Montgomery Clift when their kisses were sensational to say the least.
In 1956, she gave an adult performance as the wife of Big Bick Benedict, jr.(Rock Hudson) in Giant with James Dean. Then, her real tempestuous performance in Butterfield 8 that won her an Academy Award for a role as a call girl, one that Liz hated to play. Maybe her distaste for the role gave her an edge on playing it the way she did.
She has long been thought of as the most beautiful woman in the world during her younger years on screen. It was hard at first to think of her as sexy after watching her grow up in films. But, with Butterfield 8, it was much easier to do so.
Elizabeth passed away on March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles, California from congestive heart failure.
Brigitte was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Maybe, one of the most famous sex symbols ever, she gave new meaning to sex in cinema with her role in And God Created Woman in 1956.
She made dozens of films early on with nude, or partially nude scenes in most. Her reputation was wide spread and in America the audiences wanted to see more of her. However, her interest in doing American films was almost nil. The only American star that she performed with was Kirk Douglas in 1954's Act of Love.
She retired early at age 39 to live quietly in the South of France with her animals.
Kimila was born on December 8, 1953 in Athens, Georgia. Her sex appeal began with her role as a Bond Girl in Never Say Never Again in 1983 with Sean Connery and again with the female lead in Batman in 1989.
I remember her mostly for her sensual role in L.A. Confidential with Russell Crowe in 1997 and her over the top sex scenes in 9 1/2 Weeks in 1986 with Mickey Rourke. As others had done before her, she posed nude for Playboy to promote her Bond role.
Kim is still active in films and with animal rights programs.
Jayne was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Jayne was Playmate of the Month in Playboy and pushed by 20th Century Fox to be the next Marilyn Monroe. It didn't happen.
Jayne was never a good actress. She simply had her physical attributes and they could only carry her so far. She had two really good films, one being The Girl Can't Help It in 1956 and the other, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter in 1957.
Tragedy came to Jayne on the road in Slidell, Louisianna when her car ran under a truck in front of her and crushed her skull. Rumors of her being decapitated are false. Soon after the accident, all tractor-trailer trucks were required to have a steel bar mounted on the rear to prevent cars from going under them. It is called the Mansfield bar.
Jayne died on June 29, 1967.
Veronica was born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman on November 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York. She made her first really important impact on screen in Sullivan's Travels co-starring my favorite actor, Joel McCrea.
Her hairstyle was the envy of women everywhere and soon they were copying her over-the-eye look. She made several movies with Alan Ladd in seductive roles in what are referred to as film noir movies of the 40's.
Her career declined quickly and she had bouts with alcoholism and depression that eventually found her living in low-rent hotels and even working behind the bar in a hotel in Manhattan, New York.
Veronica died from hepatitus and alcoholism on July 7, 1973 in Burlington, Vermont.
Kim was born Marilyn Pauline Novak on February 13, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. I can still see her slow, exotic walk down those stairs at the picnic barge in 1955's Picnic with William Holden. Wow! She did not need to do anything else, except walk and it was over for Holden.
Kim had a kind of timid, unassuming sexuality that needed nothing more than her entering a room, or just giving that quirky smile she had to turn on the man in the scene as well as the men in the viewing audience.
Some of her credible roles were in The Man With the Golden Arm and Pal Joey, both with Frank Sinatra and Hitchcock's Vertigo with Jimmy Stewart in 1958.
Kim retired in 1991 and lives on her ranch in Eagle Point, Oregon.
Salma was born Salma Valgarma Hayek Jimenez de Pinault on September 2, 1966 in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. She started in films in Mexico and moved to Los Angeles in 1991. Her first starring role was in 1995's Desperado with Antonio Banderas. She followed with a very porn-like role in From Dusk Till Dawn. Her physical attributes are plainly visible in the photo to your right.
I absolutely loved her with Matthew Perry in 1997's Fools Rush In. It was such a delightful film and she was refreshingly beautiful and funny and sexy all at the same time. I am so disappointed that she did not continue to make those kinds of films. It reminds me of Julia Roberts departing from the films that made her so successful early on.
Salma is still actively acting, directing and producing films.
Grace was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After a couple of films in which she was virtually unnoticed, including one of the great westerns of all time, High Noon, she made Mogambo with Clark Gable in 1953 which made her a force to be reckoned with. She followed with Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder in '53 and gave a provocative performance alongside Ray Milland and Robert Cummings.
Her sexual prowess was sharpened in Rear Window with James Stewart although it was very subtle. Then came her Oscar winning role in Country Girl with Bing Crosby and William Holden which would fully define her as a bona fide actress. However, in 1955's To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant she returned to the sophisticated sexuality that defined her in films. Her scene at the door of her hotel room in which she kissed Cary goodnight was very profound.
Princess Grace died in an automobile accident on September 14, 1982 in Monaco.
Halle was born on August 14, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio. Oddly enough, Halle played the role of Dorothy Dandridge, the first black woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge in 1999 and then she herself would actually become the first and only black woman to win that prestigious award for her role in Monster's Ball. Are you ready for this? They were born in the same town, same hospital.
Her roles were often very steamy and nudity was not infrequent in her films. She had been a beauty pageant contestant winner as Miss Teen All-America, Miss Ohio USA and runner up in Miss USA in 1986. Her beauty and body would carry over into films.
Halle continues to win awards for her film work and continues to look very sexy.
Rachel was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada. I had never heard of Rachel until I was told to go see The Notebook filmed in 2004. I was overwhelmed with her sensuality as well as her acting ability. She took me to depths I could not have imagined during this film with her performance as a teen, love-torn and fighting her own emotions between two young men. I still have this film saved on DVD, so that I can watch it from time to time.
Rachel may not have the body of some of the others listed above, but sexuality does not always reflect only physical attraction, although she is extremely attractive to me.
Rachel came out with The Vow this year, another romantic themed film that I am eager to see. I am hoping for the film to show her vulnerability that she carried in Notebook.
Jennifer was born on February 11, 1969 in Sherman Oaks, California. We all knew Jennifer as Rachel on Friends, the television series. She has always been the girl next door.
Then, she started showing us another side of Jennifer Aniston in films, a side that appeared to enjoy showing her sexy side and often a little nudity. Her audiences grew and Jennifer is now an iconic figure in Hollywood enjoying the fame of acting, directing and producing.
Jennifer can look just as sexy as any of the big bosomed starlets.
J. Lo was born on July 24, 1969 in Castle Hill, The Bronx, New York. What can you say about this dynamic entertainer. Singer, dancer, actress, commercial phenom, producer, talent judge and businesswoman should fit nicely.
Jenifer is known for her perfect posterior and for her sexual moves in her choreography. She has been very good in a few of her films. I especially enjoyed her in Maid in Manhattan in 2002. There is just no end to what this extremely talented lady can do.
She was recently voted the Most Beautiful Woman in the World. Jenifer, at 42 just released a video which demonstrates her beauty and dancing abilities equal to those of much younger ages.
Ava was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina. Her beauty brought her to Hollywood in 1941 and she got a push into stardom with her marriage to the world's number one entertainer, Mickey Rooney. She became a bona fide star after her role in The Killers with Burt Lancaster in 1946.
She was later nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 1953's Mogambo opposite Clark Gable and Grace Kelly and followed with dozens of quality films. Probably one of her finest was The Night of the Iguana in 1964 opposite Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr.
Ava was known for her hard drinking and expletive laden vocabulary. Her lifetime of smoking caught up with her and she died of emphysema and pneumonia on January 25, 1990 in Westminster, London, England much to the sadness of Frank Sinatra who loved her throughout her adult life.
Ava was considered the most beautiful woman in films at one time.
Hedy was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler on November 9, 1913 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary. She started in films in Czechoslovak where she made a very provocative film titled, Ecstasy in 1933. In the movie, she showed full frontal nudity while running through the forest and did a scene where the director showed closeups of her evidently having an orgasm.
The notoriety brought her to the states where she soon became a huge success, usually as a beautiful and seductive co-star of most of the leading men of Hollywood including Clark Gable, John Garfield and Spencer Tracy.
The film that we all remember, however is Samson and Delilah with Victor Mature in Cecil B. DeMille's masterful production in 1949. Never before had such sexuality been used for such an extraordinary purpose as when Delilah lured Samson into cutting off his hair that gave him the strength of lions.
After 28 years, she retired from films and died in Orlando, Florida on January 19, 2000.