20 Hollywood Starlets You Need To Know About

|We love Hollywood Starlets as much as the next girl boss, and our favourites include Joan Crawford, Bette Davis and Judy Garland.

After our article about the death of Zsa Zsa Gabor, we thought we would take a look back on all of our favourite starlets from the golden age of Hollywood.

Marlene Dietrich

Not only was she an acclaimed German actress, Dietrich also became one of the highest paid actresses of her era. She was noted for her humanitarian efforts during the second world war.

Lauren Bacall

The original husky voice of Hollywood Lauren was usually sought after for more femme fatale roles but it is her role in How to Marry a Millionaire that we remember her best for.

Ingrid Bergman

The Swedish actress stole our hearts in Casablanca. She went on to win three Oscars and star in a number of Hitchcock movies.

Joan Crawford

We couldn’t possibly have a Starlet list without including Joan Crawford. She became one of Hollywood’s most prominent movie stars and one of the highest paid women in the United States, we love her in Mildred Pierce.

Bette Davis

She was known as an actress that could play a variety of difficult and powerful roles, and because of this, she set a new standard for women on the big screen. Independent off-screen as well, her battles with studio bigwigs were legendary.

Doris Day

Best known for her role in Pillow Talk After retiring from acting in 1968, she began to get involved in animal welfare, starting numerous charities and contributing to a range of organisations to this day.

Greta Garbo

After retiring at the age of 35 Greta became increasingly recluse, eventually shunning the public eye completely.
"I never said, ‘I want to be alone.’ I only said, ‘I want to be left alone.’ There is all the difference."

Ava Gardner

Ava was catapulted to fame in The Killers, she played femme fatale Kitty Collins. Renowned for her love affairs the most notable being Frank Sinatra whom she married in 1951.

Judy Garland

Best known for her performance as Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. Judy had a tumultuous life in the movies, being forced to constantly diet & an addiction to pills that the studios reportedly gave her makes Judy’s life in the limelight a stark look at the lengths Hollywood was willing to go to to get what they wanted from their stars.

Jean Harlow

Noted for her roles along side Clark Gable she was nicknamed the Blonde Bombshell but it was her mothers nickname for her that stuck throughout her life – baby. The actress tragically died prematurely during the filming of Saratoga in 1937. She was 26.

Rita Hayworth

Her greatest success was in the musical Cover Girl, with Gene Kelly. Rita was also an unsurpassed beauty and became one of the top pin-up girl for troops during World War II. The press started calling her "love goddess". She died of Alzheimers at 68, this contributed to a surge in funding for the disease from both the public & private sectors.

Marilyn Monroe

Famous for playing comic "dumb blonde" characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. We loved her in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Monroe’s troubled private life received much unwanted attention. She struggled with substance abuse, depression, and anxiety and met an untimely death in 1962. Upon her death French artist Jean Cocteau commented that it "should serve as a terrible lesson to all those, whose chief occupation consists of spying on and tormenting film stars".

Grace Kelly

Before she was Princess Grace of Monaco Grace Kelly was a Academy Award winning Actress. Best known for her role in Mogambo but it was in Hitchcock’s To catch a Thief that we love her best.

Audrey Hepburn

Best known for Roman Holiday and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Audrey is a house hold name. We loved her best in "How to steal a Million". After her acting career ended she dedicated the remainder of her life to helping impoverished children in the poorest nations. Hepburn’s travels were made easier by her wide knowledge of languages; besides being bilingual in English and Dutch, she also was fluent in French, Italian, Spanish, and German. She was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.

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Veronica Lake

Best known for her bombshell wave hair Veronica had a long career on stage and screen with some very big up’s and downs. Our Favourite fact about Ms Lake? She supposedly bought one of her husbands a plane and when they separated she flew it from LA to NYC alone!

Vivien Leigh

Best known as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and her work in a streetcar named desire. She had a long career but struggled with depression from a young age. She made such an impact in the theatrical world that on the public announcement of her death on 8 July 1967, the lights of every theatre in central London were extinguished for an hour.

Ginger Rogers

Partnered with Fred Astaire Ginger, made 10 movies with him before moving on. And a good thing she did! Her performance in Kitty Foyle won her the Academy Award for Best Actress. Ginger has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Elizabeth Taylor

Another tale of a starlets life being run by the movie industry. Elizabeth was cast in her first starring role at the age of 12 and in later years claimed from then she had "no real childhood" and that MGM controlled every aspect of her life. Even going so far as to describe MGM studio as a "big extended factory". We loved her in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof & Cleopatra. Taylor was one of the first celebrities to participate in HIV/AIDS activism, helping to raise more than $270 million for the cause during her lifetime. She began her charity work in 1984, after becoming frustrated with the disease being widely discussed, but "nobody was doing anything about it".

Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple was the ultimate child star. Beginning her career at the mere age of three. She found fame in Bright Eyes in 1934 and went onto have a successful career as a child actress. However the success waned as she reached adolescence. Later on in her life, she became a political diplomat

Mae West

One of the more controversial movie stars of her day, West encountered many problems, especially censorship. She bucked the system, making comedy out of prudish morals and this made the media nervous. This even resulted in Jail time – Her first starring role on Broadway was in a 1926 play entitled Sex, which received complaints from religious groups. She was subsequently arrested and prosecuted on morals charges and on April 19, 1927, was sentenced to 10 days for "corrupting the morals of youth".

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