21 Stunning Actresses from the 50's, 60's and 70's
Staring in her first film, The Last Picture, in 1971 the lovely Cybill Shepherd cemented herself as one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood. She also modeled before making her debut on the silver screen, in 1966 she was named "Miss Teenage Memphis". Just two years later she graced the cover of every major magazine as the model of the year.
Farrah Fawcett is arguably one of the most iconic and beautiful women in the history of Hollywood. Not only was she a brilliant actress, but she was incredibly smart in regards to show business. She was one of the first women to create herself as a brand; there were Farrah Faucet dolls, posters and many other things and she had a hand in it all. It also helped that she was the definition of the girl next door with that natural beauty. She even created her own hairstyle called the "Farrah Flip" that could be seen on pretty much every woman in the 1970's.
Now this could be one you might not have hear of, I know I hadn't. But one look at those beautiful eyes and I knew she had to be on the list, plus she played the very first Bond girl, Honey Ryder in the 1962 release of Dr. No. Interestingly, just five years later she appeared in the Bond-parody film, Casino Royale. She would work up into the late 90's but since has fallen out of the spotlight. But she will always get to hold that title of the first Bond girl.
Faye Dunaway started her career on Broadway in the early 1960's before making her on screen debut in the 1967 film The Happening. Later that year, Dunaway appeared in the gangster film Bonnie and Clyde. Dunaway has one of the most incredible smiles in Hollywood and she wasn't afraid to use it. She has starred in more than 100 roles in either TV or films over her long, illustrious career.
At the young age of 15, French actress Brigitte Bardot made her modeling debut as she landed the cover of the uber-popular French magazine, Elle. Her long blonde hair and trademark smile helped her move into movies. in 1953 she was featured in the film Act of Love with Kirk Douglass. She retired in 1973 after starring in more than 47 films!
Making her film debut in 1965, Jacqueline Bisset and her sparkling green eyes made a serious impression on studio executives all over Hollywood. Just two years later, she appeared in the James Bond film, Casino Royale, and the following year Bisset made an appearance in the hit movie Bullit with Steve McQueen.
To be considered one of the most beautiful and iconic women of the golden age of Hollywood is quite the honor, and if anyone qualifies for that title it has got to be Audrey Hepburn. Starting as a ballet dancer she got a role in the Broadway play, Gigi. Two years later, she solidified her place in Hollywood history by winning an Academy Award, Golden Globe and BAFTA award all for her role in the 1953 film Roman Holiday. Hepburn is the only actress in history to win all three for a single performance.
Who could forget the lovely brunette that co-starred in the famous film Smokey and The Bandit with the legendary Burt Reynolds. Sally Field started as a TV actress in the early 60's, appearing in the famous Gidget series. With her big, radiant smile, Field didn't hesitate to show her range as an actress going from comedic roles to very serious dramatic roles. Her natural beauty earned her a spot on many, many reputable lists of Hollywood's most beautiful leading ladies.
Once referred to as the female version of Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret took Hollywood by storm in the 1960's. Both a singer and an actress, her beauty and talent was unmatched as her career spanned more than five decades. She starred in famous films such as Bye Bye Birdie, Tommy, and later in 1993 the hilariously funny Grumpy Old Men as the love interest Jack Lemon an Walter Mathau fought over. It was reported that she just finished shooting a movie Going In Style that is scheduled to air in 2017.
Jessica Lange made her Hollywood debut as the blonde beauty along with her big hairy beast of a co-star in the 1976 remake of King Kong. She was a former model that went on to become an award-winning actress. Lange also co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in the critically acclaimed film Tootsie.
One of the few people that have ever achieved the "Triple Crown" of acting, Helen Mirren, also happens to be one of the most beautiful women of the 60's and 70's. The triple crown is winning an Oscar, Emmy and Tony all in the acting categories which can't be an easy thing to achieve. Making her film debut in the late 60's, Mirren would go on to have an extremely successful career that is still going strong today. Her role as the Queen in the self titled 2006 film won her all kinds of awards, including the Academy away for best actress.
Miss Sophia Loren began her career at the young age of 15 in Italy where her natural beauty was immediately recognized at a beauty pageant. Her first international film, The Pride and Passion, was released in 1956 by Paramount. Her thick Italian accent only added to her appeal and before long she had a list of achievements a mile long, including an Academy Award, five Golden Globes and a Grammy.
Like many women on our list, Lauren Bacall started as a model before making her move to the big screen. It was 1944 when she would make her film debut with Humphrey Bogart in, To Have and Have Not. Bacall had a very distinctive voice and that with stunning good looks made her quite the force to be reckoned with.
There wasn't a teenage boy growing up in the 60's and 70's that didn't have a poster of the incredible Raquel Welch from the movie One Million Years B.C., which was released in 1966. Many believe her to be one of the most beautiful women of all-time, and even still to this day Welch is still actively working in Hollywood.
Hollywood director, producer, screen writer and breathtakingly gorgeous actress, Diane Keaton had her major film debut in 1972 when she played the wife of Michael Corleone in the famous Godfather Trilogy. Keaton had the girl next door look that America and the rest of the world fell in love with. She went on to star in more than 65 combined films and TV series, even playing the voice role of "Jenny" in the recent Disney Pixar film Finding Dory. Keaton is currently filming a movie scheduled to release in 2017
Shirley MacLaine was one of the most sought after actresses in Hollywood in the 1950's. MacLaine made her film debut in the Alfred Hitchcock film The Trouble With Harry in 1955. She immediately put herself on the map winning a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year. From that point on, she would be cast in major films up to and including time of this writing, according to reports, has just finished filming a new Little Mermaid film.
Many people feel that Meryl Streep might be the best actress of her generation, which would really be saying something considering the competition out there. She first started on stage at Broadway before making her film debut in the late 70's and by 1979 she had already won an Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role Kramer vs Kramer. She has more than 19 nominations from the Academy, more than any other actor or actress in history.
Jane Seymour was best known in the early part of her career for her role in the 1973 James Bond film, Live and Let Die. She is another woman that has a film and TV career that has lasted more than four decades. Seymour just finished shooting the movie Mistrust, which is scheduled to debut in 2017.
This may come as a shock to some that didn't grow up in this era, but long before Martha Stewart was showing the world how to bake the perfect cake, she was actually a model! When Stewart was a child, she had the lucky job of occasionally babysitting Major League Baseball star Mickey Mantel's children. In college, she had a modeling job that paid more than $50/hr., which at the time was a significant amount of money.