There is a magical feeling I get when someone speaks of Old Hollywood. If I was to time-travel it would be to that glitzy era stretching between the 30’s to early 60’s.
From time to time you will see actresses inspire that era in their red carpet outfits and overall appearance but nothing can compare to the beauties that created that golden age.
Some of them died young, some burned out more recently, some are making appearances on tv from time to time, and some are enjoying their retirement out of the spotlight. These next 40 starlets I am about to show you are as glamorous as glam gets so grab a martini and sit back while we take a moment to salute these Old Hollywood Stars.
#1. Rita Hayworth – Gilda
At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo’s stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante’s Inferno (1935).
#2. Grace Kelly – Rear Window
Grace Kelly was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s.
#3. Ava Gardner – The Killers
At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law’s New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM, leading quickly to Hollywood and a film contract based strictly on her beauty.
#4. Marilyn Monroe – Some Like it Hot
In 1948, Columbia gave her a six-month contract, turned her over to coach Natasha Lytess and featured her in the B movie Ladies of the Chorus (1948) in which she sang three numbers : “Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy”, “Anyone Can Tell I Love You” and “The Ladies of the Chorus” with Adele Jergens (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and others. Joseph L. Mankiewicz saw her in a small part in The Asphalt Jungle (1950) and put her in All About Eve (1950), resulting in 20th Century re-signing her to a seven-year contract. Niagara (1953) and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) launched her as a sex symbol superstar.
#5. Brigitte Bardot – Contempt
Brigitte’s mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career, and found herself in the French magazine “Elle”. Her incredible beauty readily apparent, Brigitte next tried films. In 1952, she appeared on screen for the first time as Javotte Lemoine in Crazy for Love(1952) and many more followed after that.