Who is the most beautiful woman on the planet for you? Some of you might say your girlfriend, your mother, or your crush… But when it comes to celebrities, there are several who you probably consider the epitome of beauty. These striking women have wowed all of us with their looks over the years!
Now, can you think of a better way to get on with the list than by talking about Marilyn Monroe? Even though she has passed away a long time ago, her influence in the show business remains evident to this day. She died at the young age of 36 around fifty years ago. She left us some great advice: “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”
When you have been under the limelight since you are a little girl, it will probably not faze you as an adult. This was what it was like for the Russian-American actress Natalie Wood. She became famous when she appeared in Miracle on 34th Street, but she was also notable in Rebel Without A Cause and West Side Story. At 43 years old, she died mysteriously when she was in Santa Catalina on a holiday. She was accompanied by her husband, her costar, and the captain of the yacht. Authorities reopened the case recently and named Robert Wagner, her husband, a person of interest.
We doubt that you have no idea who Elizabeth Taylor is! This British-American actress had been born in London, but the family changed traded it in for a California address before the Second World War began. She was so beautiful that her mother kept telling her she should be a movie star. Her unique looks were thanks in part to her genetic mutation that gave her double eyelashes. She got her start as a child star and later earned the status of a top Hollywood actress. She appeared in various movies, promoted AIDS awareness, and worked for Jewish advocacies.
Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the hottest celebrities during the ‘80s and ‘90s. We all know that she is gorgeous, but it would be a disservice to forget about her awesome acting skills. Once typecast as just another pretty face, she got to escape from the stereotype when she starred in Scarface. Thanks to this role, she was able to get more opportunities in the Hollywood industry. One Daily Telegraph said she possesses “the kind of beauty you find yourself involuntarily taking a moment to marvel at mid-conversation.” We definitely agree with that sentiment!
You might not think it but Julie Gibson is alive and well even though she is now 105 years old. Yup, she has outlived nearly all of her friends from the Golden Era. She achieved the peak of her incredible career back in the ‘40s, which means that she broke into the industry about eighty years ago. How incredible is that? We are glad she is still around.
Charlize Theron is living proof that beauty and talent go hand in hand. This South African beauty grew up on a farm, although her childhood had been difficult. When she was a teenager, her mother killed her alcoholic father because he was threatening to kill the two of them. She was trained in ballet, but she quit because she suffered an injury. Thanks to her natural beauty, she went into modeling. However, her true claim to fame would be her acting chops. She even has an Academy Award to her name!
Although Raquel Welch already debuted and worked on other films before One Million Years B.C., this was the film that gave her the status of a pop culture icon. That aside, she also starred in projects like Bedazzled, Legally Blonde, 100 Rifles, and Bandalero. In 2001, she received the “Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award”.
There are people who work in show business for their whole lives. That was what it was like for Rita Hayworth, who had been a child dancer in New York before her family moved to California. In the ‘30s, she appeared in different dancing movies. In the ‘40s, she had the opportunity to take on more serious parts. However, the following decade had not been kind to her in more ways than one. She died in 1987.
Do you know who the first Bond girl was? It was no one but Ursula Andress, who appeared in Dr. No with the OG Agent 007, Sean Connery. The crew had to dub over her voice because of her Swiss-German accent, however. She posed for Playboy magazine a number of times over the years. When asked why she did naked photoshoots, she just explained, “Because I’m beautiful.”
Catherine Deneuve is an actress who got her international big break when she starred in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg, an interesting movie that sang all the dialogue. This French star became even more popular when she worked on Repulsion. In 1985, she was presented with the chance to portray Marianne, who is the symbol of liberty in France. She recently made news when she expressed disapproval for the #MeToo movement.
Ann-Margret Olsonn made waves in Hollywood back in the ‘60s and ‘70s. The talented actress received her breakthrough when she was cast as a recording artist in Bye Bye Birdie. Aside from that, she also starred in other projects such as Law and Order: SVU, Ray Donovan, and Who’s Tommy>. Even though it has been about half a century since she became big, although Hollywood fans love her still.
We all think that being beautiful is a blessing, although you should keep in mind that it can be a curse as well. Vivien Leigh first had to overcome her beauty because it normally overshadowed her talents. A director even described her this way: “consummate actress, hampered by beauty.” The star of A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone with the Wind passed away in 1967.
We all know that Ava Gardner has a southern accent, but did you know that MGM considered here incomprehensible back then? Even so, this did not stop them from hiring the talented actress. She worked for five years until she finally got noticed for her work in The Killers. She got to enjoy half a century in Hollywood but suffered health issues. She passed away after a bout with pneumonia.
There is no way you can deny that Hedy Lamarr is an awesome lady. This woman did not only depict the first female orgasm for the big screen, but she also helped create something useful. When World War Two broke out, she worked on something known as “frequency hopping”, which is very useful when it comes to keeping torpedos under control when there is signal jamming. She is certainly one iconic lady.
There is nothing short of tragic in the fact that Sharon Tate will always be associated with the senseless Manson murders. She had always been a beautiful girl. She entered the film industry and became a favorite for comedy and drama roles. The actress later married director Roman Polanski in 1968, and she was expecting a child with him at the time of her death.
If you have ever watched Casablanca before, you probably adore Ingrid Bergman. The actress had been acting in Swedish and German films before this, although the film launched her into international superstardom. As a matter of fact, she is “arguably the most international star in the history of entertainment”, according to a biographer. Anatole Livak also said of her: “through all her troubles she held to the conviction that she had been true to herself and it made her quite a person.”
French star Sophie Marceau was only a teen when she appeared in La Boum and became famous. She then worked on various European films before she was cast in Braveheart. She also appeared in a Bond film called The World is Not Enough at one point. Apparently, however, she is very modest when it comes to her own appeal. She even said, “I’ve never really been beautiful. I’m photogenic…”
Isabella Rossellini is the child of Roberto Rossellini and Ingrid Bergman, so there is no doubt she deserves a spot in our list. When it comes to modeling she worked as a Lancome spokesmodel for an impressive 14 years! She has also acted in the past and is most famous for starring in Blue Velvet.
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Aishwarya Rai is yet another person who will not surprise anyone with her presence in our list. This beautiful lady was still in college when she started modeling. In 1994, she took home the Miss World crown. She eventually found her way to Bollywood. According to Derek Elley, she has a “delicately sensual presence and physical grace”.
Brigitte Bardot eventually became famous as an actress, although she had been a dancer before that. She became famous after she starred in a controversial film called And God Create Women. She has been called “undeniably a creation of superlative craftsmanship” by an American critic.
If you know who Barbara Eden is, it is probably because she was the lead star in I Dream of Jeannie! In the beginning, the creators wanted to cast a brunette in the role, but they decided to change their plans when they were charmed off their feet by this talented actress. Good call.
Elizabeth Hurley attracted international media attention when she showed up to the premiere of her beau Hugh Grant’s film in a gorgeous but rather controversial Versace dress. It ended up launching the beautiful woman into the global stage. She also started acting and modeling, even becoming an Estee Lauder spokesmodel.
Anita Ekberg was an actress who worked on a number of American and European films over the years. She was mainly based in Italy, however, and was best known for starring in La Dolce Vita. She had always been a lovely girl who boasted a good track record when it comes to beauty pageants. In 1951, she joined the Miss Universe competition even though she spoke little English.
Lauren Bacall has acting chops, seductive looks, and a unique voice. She made a killing during the era of classic Hollywood. In fact, she was even given an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” She modelled as well, which is not surprising when you consider her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair, and blue-green eyes”.
During the ‘70s, Kim Basinger made waves as a model. However, things became even better when she went into acting after moving to LA. She appeared in many TV movies and became a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again. Can you believe that she continues to act to this day?
Jaclyn Smith is an actress and businesswoman who made it big when she played Kelly Garrett in Charlie’s Angels. In 2003, she portrayed the character again in Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She later starred in a number of miniseries, films, and television shows.
Barbara Parkins, at the age of 16, moved to Los Angeles in the hopes of launching a career in Hollywood. Although she initially worked as a backup singer and dancer, things changed after she debuted in 20,000 Eyes. She also starred in Valley of the Dolls and received an Emmy nomination.
At the age of 15, Julie Ege was already modeling! Aside from that, she dabbled in beauty pageants as well who participated in contests like Miss Norway and Miss Universe. By the ‘60s, she had been acting in small parts. However, she is most recognizable for starring in Up Pompeii.
Sophia Loren was shot into stardom when she began to act. She ended up becoming one of the most loved stars in Italy! She kicked off her career when she was 14 years old and remains active now. She has worked on projects like Grumpier Old Men, A Countess from Hong Kong, and The Pride and the Passion.
Are you surprised to hear that Jane Birkin is not French but English? It’s true, although she became famous the relationship between her and Serge Gainsbourg. The two of them split up later on, but this did not deter her success in acting and singing. Don’t forget that Hermes named a famous bag after her!
Britt Ekland had a great career during the ‘60s, which was the time she worked on projects such as Get Carter and The Night They Raided Minsky’s. She also appeared in a Bond film called The Man with the Golden Gun. Her relationship with Peter Sellers only made her even more famous.
Loretta Young is an actress with a long career under her belt After all, she started working in the biz when she was a toddler! Along the way, she was nominated for Academy awards for Come to the Stable and The Farmers Daughter. She used to be married to Grant Withers and was linked to Spencer Tracy as well.
Jacqueline Bisset has been acting since the ‘60s. The actress appeared in Bullitt and the like before she moved onto more serious projects like Day for Night. However, she became famous for her work in The Deep, which was what sparked the popular we T-shirt contests.
It is interesting to hear that Grace Kelly only acted for five years before she became a princess and quit acting. Nonetheless, it did not stop the elegant and charming woman from becoming an icon. After marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco, she focused on philanthropy and art promotion instead. Sadly, she passed away much too soon after suffering a stroke while driving and fatally crashing the car.
There is no way that you do not know who this actress is. Audrey Hepburn was a newcomer when she took on the lead role in Roman Holiday, but this did not stop her from winning a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Academy Award for the role. She later starred in other projects and worked on different causes over the years. We are still sad that she died of abdominal cancer in 1993. RIP.
Kim Novak was recruited by Columbia Pictures to compete with 20th Century Fox’s Marilyn Monroe and replace Rita Hayworth. She made waves when she starred in Vertigo, although she only acted every now and then since the ‘60s. She retired in the ‘90s and survived breast cancer recently.
Claudia Cardinale started her career after winning the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” contest. As her prize, she was shipped off to Italy. Although she was not familiar with the language, she still bagged acting and modeling gigs left and right. Among other things, she is also a women’s rights activist.
Unless you have been living under a rock, there is no way you do not know about Beyonce Knowles. She is a very successful songwriter, singer, and actress. The Queen of Pop began as a Destiny’s Child member, although her solo career was more fruitful. It’s no surprise that she has received many awards!
Jean Shrimpton is one of the first supermodels the world has ever seen. The 76-year-old beauty has appeared in a number of magazines ever since she made her debut. She has graced the pages of Vanity Fair, Time, Vogue, and Harper’s Bazaar.
Can you believe that Kate Moss was only 14 years old when Sarah Doukas of Storm Model Management scouted her at the JFK airport? Aside from making waves in the modeling stage, she has also worked as a fashion editor and businesswoman.
Scarlett Johansson made her mark as an actress, but she is a singer and model as well! She has starred in films like Match Point, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and Lost in Translation in the past. With four nominations for a Golden Globe to her name, it is only a matter of time before she takes one home.
Megan Fox started acting in the year 2001, although she mostly landed small roles. Some of the projects she starred in were Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and Hope & Faith. However, her claim to fame would be her part in Transformers.
Kate Upton became “Rookie of the Year” when she posed in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition in 2011. She would go on to pose for the magazine in the next two years. She also made it to 100th year anniversary edition of Vanity Fair.
Halle Berry is one of the most successful African-American actresses to have graced this tough industry. Over the years, the Academy Award winner has worked on films including X-Men, Gothika, Monster Ball, Die Another Day, and Swordfish.
It makes perfect sense that Adriana is on the list! The incredibly talented Brazilian supermodel has worked as a Maybelline cosmetics spokesmodel for several years. She has also been a Victoria’s Secret Angel for a long time now. With her beauty, talent, and charms, she has raked in $85 million!
Did you know that Zoe Saldana kicked off her career by doing theater work? The actress debuted in 1999, although she only made it big in Center Stage. She has since worked on popular films like Avengers: Endgame and Avatar.
The gorgeous Gal Gadot is an Israeli model, actress, beauty queen, and combat instructor. This brunette beauty became famous on an international level when she was cast in the lead role in Wonder Woman. Isn’t she beautiful?
How can we forget about Lynda Carter when we are talking about Wonder Woman? Now 67 years old, Lynda Carter is a beauty queen, singer, actress, and activist. This beauty is passionate about LGBT rights.
Nicole Scherzinger has been a member of this musical acts: Days of the New, Eden’s Crush, and The Pussycat Dolls. To some people, she is most popular for being in the panel of judges on The X Factor USA.
The lovely Cindy Crawford is well-known for her distinct looks and mole above her lip. She has worked with Storm Model Agency in the past. Aside from modeling, she is also passionate about leukemia awareness.
We can understand the controversy that surrounded Pretty Baby – Brooke Shields was only 12 years old when she starred in it! In the past, this talented model and actress had been married to Andre Agassi of tennis fame. She is currently in a happy marriage with Chris Henchy.
While Elisabeth Shue is most recognizable for her work on The Karate Kid, it would be a disservice to forget that she also starred in the Back to the Future sequels and Cocktail. She has been nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA in the past.
Pamela Anderson is a Playboy model and actress who made it big when she brought C.J. Parker of Baywatch to life during the ‘90s. Did you know that she is also an animal rights activist?
Did you watch JAG in the past? If so, surely you are already familiar with Catherine Bell AKA Lt. Col. Sarah Mackenzie! The actress also worked on Army Wives and The Good Witch in the past.
You are way too young if you have no idea who Olivia Newton-John is! This actress is also an activist, entrepreneur, and singer-songwriter with a lot of accolades to her name. Brains, beauty, and talent is a rare combination, but she has all three.
Rihanna is one of the most successful music artists in history. Coming from the Barbados, she has gone into various music styles and launched numerous businesses too. She is definitely a legend in our books!
Caroline Munro is an actress who has worked on various horror, sci-fi, and action films in the past. Now 70 years old, we bet you remember her for Starcrash and The Spy Who Loved Me.
Lisa Bonet might be 50 years old now, but she still looks like she is in her 20s! She brought Denise Huxtable to life in The Cosby Show and A Different World. She is married to Jason Momoa of Game of Thrones fame.
We are sure you have not forgotten about Loretta Swit, who played Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in M.A.S.H. When the show ended, she did not really act much. She is now a businesswoman and animal rights activist.
Jeanne Tripplehorn got to start her career when she appeared in Basic Instinct. Since then, she has starred in movies such as Waterwolrd. She continues to act tot his day! Maybe you even recognize her from Criminal Minds.
Lindsay Wagner is best known for playing Jaime Sommers or The Bionic Woman. This was the point in her life when she became very famous. She has also received an Emmy award for her work!
The daisy duke look has become pretty common, but we bet you didn’t know that this actress deserves credit for it. The look became popular when she played Daisy Duke in The Dukes of Hazzard.
Phoebe Cates made it big when she worked on a bunch of films during the ’80s. Sadly, she retired from acting in 1991 and broke her fans’ hearts. However, she did star in The Anniversary Party.
Ali MacGraw has a lot of acting credits to her name, although we daresay that she is best known for starring in Love Story. Don’t you think she is still as beautiful as ever? We certainly do.
Kelly LeBrock went into modeling when she was 16 years old. Since then, the model posed for numerous spreads and covers. During the ‘80s, she was typically cast as the “perfect” woman in different films.
Kerry McGillis made a name for herself when she worked on a bunch of ‘80s films. Some of the projects she was involved in were Witness, The Accused, and Top Gun! She stars in Mother of All Secrets.
Whoa, we are impressed by how beautiful Lisa Whelchel still is! This actress is most famous for her work on The Facts of Life as well as The Mickey Mouse Club. She is also a motivational speaker now.
Claudia Wells established herself in the entertainment industry during the ‘80s. While she was praised for playing Jennifer in Back to the Future, she dropped out of the sequels upon finding out that her mom had cancer.
Julia Roberts is now 50 years old but still as stunning as ever! She made her debut in 1987, although she only made it big when she starred in Pretty Woman. She has won a lot of awards since then.
Victoria Principal is beautiful, but let us not forget that she is also very charitable. She made waves when she starred in Dallas in the past. She is now spending her days as an entrepreneur.
At the age of eight, Nicole Eggert landed a part in the flick Rich and Famous. She later starred in Charles in Charge as well as Baywatch. You probably remember her from her work in Lifetime Christmas movies.
Kylie Minogue is known to most as simply Kylie. She is a dancer, actress, singer, and philanthropist. She has been hailed the “Princess of Pop” and the “Goddess of Pop”, titles that she definitely deserves!
Lola Falana is a dancer, singer, and actress who impressed all her viewers from 1964 to 1997. While she has incredible talent, her multiple sclerosis made life hard. We’re glad her faith made things easier.
Melanie Griffith debuted in 1969, but she did not make it big until 1984. This was the year that she starred in the movie Body Double. She has starred in various films and TV shows since then.
There is no way you do not know the talented Alyssa Milano! She is a producer, activist, actress, and singer who has appeared in Charmed, Melrose Place, and Who’s The Boss over the course of her career.
Demi Moore is such a popular actress that we find it hard to think of anything you might not know about her already. She has been in the entertainment industry since 1981. We doubt she’ll slow down soon.
Can you believe that Lea Thompson or Lorraine Baines from Back to the Future is now 56 years old? The actress also worked on Caroline in the City and Switched at Birth in the past.
Diane Lane is the actress who brought Martha Kent to life in a number of superhero films. The actress has also appeared in The Outsiders, Unfaithful, Under the Tuscan Sun, and A Perfect Storm. She is now 53 years old.
Tiffani-Amber Thiessen got her start as a model. Her true claim to fame would be her debut role: Kelly Kapowski in Saved by the Bell. She has starred in a bunch of other movies and TV shows since then.
The list would not be complete if we forgot about Elizabeth Berkley, who brought Jessie Spano to life in Saved By The Bell. Don’t worry, she continues to act even now so you can see more of her!
Lori Singer is most recognizable for starring in Fame and Footlose in the past. Are you aware that the talented woman also played the cello and trained at Juilliard? She was also the executive producer for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.
The lovely Bo Derek first made it big when she starred in a 1979 film called 10. Back in the ‘80s, she was a big sex symbol. She still works on shows, films, and documentaries every now and then.
Christina Applegate brought Kelly Bundy to life on Married… with Children from 1987 to 1997. She has since gotten to enjoy an awesome career in both television and film since then. She certainly deserves it!
Barbara Hershey was just 17 years old when she made her debut in 1965. However, she only hit the jackpot in the ‘80s. She has starred in The Last Temptation of Christ and The X-Files.
We find it fascinating that Sigourney Weaver’s real name is Susan Alexandra Weaver. She made her debut by snagging a small role in Annie Hall, but she only reached global fame when she starred in Alien. She is now 68 years old.
Barbi Benton started modelling at the young age of 16 and went on the cover of Playboy when she was 18. She has gone into acting and music as well! Perhaps you remember her from Hee Haw.
Erika Eleniak is an actress and model who made her mark in history by playing Shauni McClain in Baywatch. She continues to act in this day and age. She was last seen in Desperate Housewives.
If you were alive in the ‘80s and ‘90s, you probably adored Winona Ryder. This actress is best known for starring in Heathers, Little Women, Beetlejuice, and Edward Scissorhands. She has since returned to the industry by starring in Stranger Things.
Kathleen Turner is known for her incredible beauty and distinctive voice. She became famous when she worked on Body Heat. Aside from that, she won 2 Golden Globe Awards and worked in voice acting and theater as well.
Actress Suzanne Somers is the actress who brought Chrissy Snow to life in Three’s Company and Carol Foster Lambert in Step by Step. She has also penned a number of self-help books over the years!