Beautiful Actresses – My Top 50 (Pt 2)


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On the 29th I posted the first 20 of my 50 most beautiful actresses of all time. It is now the 31st January, time for part two – numbers 30 down to 11.

#30  Stefanie Powers

Former star of TV’s Hart to Hart

#29  Loretta Young

Known in Hollywood as ‘Attila the Nun’.

#28  Lizabeth Scott

Queen of the film noirs

# 27  Gene Tierney

In a still from Leave Her To Heaven.

# 26  Joan Collins

The ultimate English beauty.

# 25  Ann-Margret

Starred opposite Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas.

# 24  Michelle Pfeiffer

Still one of moviedom’s exquisite beauties.

# 23  Elsa Martinelli

Starred opposite John Wayne in Hatari!

# 22  Kim Novak

Starred opposite James Stewart in Vertigo.

# 21  Gina Lollobrigida

She still says she is Italy’s #1 screen beauty.

# 20  Angelina Jolie

Before she became anorexic.

# 19  Zsa Zsa Gabor

Couldn’t act, but she sure looked incredible.

# 18  Hedy Lamarr

Many consider her the most beautiful actress ever.

# 17  Charlize Theron

South Africa’s finest.

# 16  Maureen O’Hara

Ireland’s finest, the Queen of Technicolor

# 15  Kate Beckinsale

Starred opposite Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor

# 14  Audrey Hepburn

A still from the Cary Grant thriller Charade.

# 13  Catherine Zeta-Jones

Looking fabulous in a still from The Mask of Zorro.

# 12 Jacqueline Bisset

Starred opposite Nick Nolte in The Deep.

# 11  Julie Christie

In the role of her life as Lara in Doctor Zhivago.

There you have the second batch of twenty. On February 2 I shall post the top 10, two photographs of each actress, hopefully one in color and one in black and white. If you try this yourself, you will soon find how difficult it is to arrive at a Top 10. At one time or another I had about four of the above in the final ten, but as I started checking photographs I discovered that not every actress photographs as well as the next, so in the end I rearranged a few. I will say one thing – the top 10 consists of 7 Americans and 3 Europeans. Maybe you can guess who they are.












  1. Hedy Lamarr again. I might have read article in N.Y Times, Sunday
    book review John Adams 12/15/2011 Hedy Lamarr World War 11 Adventure.
    Not finding anything re. scientific subject, New Yorker.

    • Her first husband was a German munitions manufacturer, and she attended lots of meetings where he and scientists discussed all kinds of technological ideas. She learned a lot at these meetings. I think she was pretty clever. An inventor.

  2. Hedy Lamarr, an Austrian born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, along with co-inventor George Anthiel, developed what is now called “spread spectrum technology”; receiving a patent in 1941. It manipulated radio frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception, which formed an unbreakable code. However, they had to wait until the Cuban Missile Crisis where it was employed on US naval ships.

    In 1997, Hedy Lamarr and George Anthiel were honoured with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) Pioneer Award. Other awards followed.


    • Thanks, Butch. Evidently, her first marriage to an Austrian munitions manufacturer saw her attending business meetings involving scientists that got her interested in applied science. She must have been pretty smart just the same. That ‘spread spectrum technology’ is an integral part of Bluetooth and WI-FI, so I am told.

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