Hollywood might be a prosperous industry right now, but it does not even hold a candle to what it used to be in the past: specifically, from the 30s to the 60s. This period in time was termed the Golden Age of Hollywood, owing to the massive flourishment seen in the industry: it was an era of growth and experimentation, and shot Hollywood into the skies of development, prosperity, and international recognition. This age also provided a platform to actors, especially actresses, who are still famed in history and regarded as the pinnacle of beauty, grace, talent, and sex appeal. Here’s a list of some of the actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Marilyn Monroe, despite her tragic life story and struggles inside the industry, is considered the emblem of the sexual revolution of her era. Born on 1st June 1926 as Norma Jeane Mortenson in Los Angeles California, she underwent many hardships throughout her life and her career, but achieved enormous success and got recognized industry-wide as a sex symbol. She is famous for movies like Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and How To Marry A Millionaire. She fell victim to depression and drug abuse due to the combined disappointment of being typecast in the industry as well as constant failed relationships and negligence from her loved once, and died of drug overuse on 4th August 1962, at the age of 36.
Born Audrey Kathleen Ruston on 4th May, 1929, Audrey Hepburn is widely celebrated in Hollywood as a legend in fields of both cinema and fashion. She was born in Brussels, Belgium, and was first introduced to the entertainment industry through Broadway, when she starred in the play Gigi. What made her rise to the heights of fame was the movie Roman Holiday in which she starred alongside Gregory Peck, for which she became the first actress to win an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award for a single performance. She also starred in the lead role in other blockbuster hit movies like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and My Fair Lady, for which she received critical acclaim as well as became a fan favorite. She was married to Mel Ferrer from 1954 to 1968, and then to Andrea Dotti from 1969 to 1982. She died of appendiceal cancer in Switzerland on 20th January, 1993, at the age of 63.
Rita Hayworth’s real name was Margarita Carmen Mansino, and she was an American actor slash dancer slash producer. She was born on 7th October, 1918, and she had a career as one of the most famous and successful actresses of the 40s. In her career of 37 years, she went on to star in more than 61 movies, and was titled “The Love Goddess” by the Press, owing to her enormous success as an onscreen glam icon. She is arguably best known for her portrayal of the femme fatale in Gilda, in which she worked opposite actor Glenn Ford. Other notable films of Hayworth include Only Angels Have Wings, You Were Never Lovelier, and Cover Girls. She was married several times in her life, and died on 4th May, 1987, as a result of Alzheimer’s disease.
Ava Lavinia Gardner, more popularly known as Ava Gardner, was an American actress and singer. Born the youngest of seven children on 24th December, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, she went on to have a career in the film industry that spanned for more than four decades, starring in many Blockbuster hit movies such as Show Boat, Pandora and the Flying Dutchman, On The Beach, Seven Days in May, and The Cassandra Crossing. She starred alongside many big names like Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas. She was married three times in her lifetime, but her most notable marriage was with American maestro Frank Sinatra. She died of pneumonia on 25th January 1990, four years after having retired from acting.
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