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Ranking the old Hollywood glamour actresses

Based on star-power and who was consistently "A-list" throughout.

Pre-60s, black-and-white actresses.

I know in any top 10, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Katharine Hepburn would be at the top. Who else? Vivien Leigh? Olivia de Havilland? Who else completes the top 10?

by Anonymousreply 3912/22/2014

Ginger Rogers

Claudette Colbert

Rosalind Russell (not really glamour, maybe)

Irene Dunne

Betty Grable

by Anonymousreply 110/28/2013

My faves: Barbara stanwyck and Linda darnell

by Anonymousreply 210/28/2013

I know Hepburn was considered box office poison at one point in her career, possibly Crawford and Davis were as well.

Greer Garson, Gene Tierney, Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Hedy Lamarr (that's HEDLEY) - all gorgeous and glamorous black and white goddesses.

Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly and Vivien Leigh all started out in black and white.

by Anonymousreply 310/28/2013

Norma Shearer.

She had the good sense to go out on top, quitting when she turned 40.

by Anonymousreply 410/28/2013

R3, FYI: "Box Office Poison" was the title of an infamous article that appeared in The Independent Journal in 1938, listing ten (formerly) popular and expensive-to-hire stars who could no longer attract moviegoers to the theaters. The ten were:

Greta Garbo

Mae West

Fred Astaire

Joan Crawford

Kay Francis

James Cagney

Marlene Dietrich

Norma Shearer

Dolores del Rio

Katharine Hepburn

Of these, Garbo, Crawford, Dietrich, and perhaps Hepburn rightfully belong in the glamour actress pantheon. Shearer, Francis, and del Rio were certainly glamour queens back in their day, but so many later stars (Hayworth, Gardner, Taylor, Kelly, etc.) have surpassed their legacy over time.

by Anonymousreply 510/28/2013

TOP TEN (my first 8 are solid but last 2 are disputable choices):

Bette Davis

Katharine Hepburn

Greta Garbo

Marilyn Monroe

Elizabeth Taylor

Joan Crawford

Barbara Stanwyck

Judy Garland

Vivien Leigh or Ginger Rogers

Ingrid Bergman or Grace Kelly

by Anonymousreply 610/29/2013

Ingrid Bergman is one of the great cinematic beauties as well as a great actress. She tops any list of glamourous women.

by Anonymousreply 710/29/2013

No Olivia de Havilland (or Joan Fontaine) love?

by Anonymousreply 810/29/2013

Ava Gardner started in small roles in 1941. She's definitely a glamour girl, one of the most glam.

I don't know if she was always A-list, once she started getting leading and second lead roles.

by Anonymousreply 910/29/2013

Nearly forgotten beauties: Constance Bennett; Lizabeth Scott; Frances Farmer; Tallulah Bankhead; Carole Landis; Clara Bow; Rhonda Fleming; Maureen O'Hara; Ida Lupino; Veronica Lake; Lupe Velez; Loretta Young; Valli

by Anonymousreply 1010/29/2013

The two most reliably A-list actresses of the studio era were Shirley Temple and Betty Grable. Both are unwatchable today, but in the thirties and forties both were insanely popular and queens of the box office.

They were far more popular than any of the interesting actresses on OP's list.

by Anonymousreply 1110/29/2013

I have replaced both Vivien Leigh and Ginger Rogers with Marlene Dietrich.

And Ingrid Bergman, not Grace Kelly.

That's a perfect 10.

by Anonymousreply 1210/29/2013

What about me?

by Anonymousreply 1310/29/2013

Not to go against OPs premise, but..Which actresses are most remembered today, and which of them have the most movies that are still popular today? I don't think Marlene Dietrich is as well known today by younger people, mostly because she wasn't in any huge hits (that are still widely known today). Betty Grable may have been huge then, but you don't hear much about her now.

With that in mind, I'd say the top 10 from that era, in terms of popularity and name recognition today are:

Marilyn Monroe

Katherine Hepburn

Joan Crawford

Bette Davis

Elizabeth Taylor

Rita Hayworth

Rosalind Russell

Vivien Leigh

Greta Garbo

Grace Kelly

by Anonymousreply 1410/29/2013

Glamour? including Irene Dunne is applying an interesting definition (although I love her). And was Bette Davis glamorous, ever? Mae West was too comedic and stagy to be glamorous. But that's just my opinion.

To me the key elements of glamour are mystery, beauty and aloofness/an untouchable allure. So I'd say number one is Garbo.

Greta Garbo (No one approaches her in the ranking. She is it.)

Hedy Lamarr

Grace Kelly

Rita Hayworth

Ava Gardner

Marilyn Monroe (A ringer in the group - her glamour wasn't high-tone, and her "mystery" was unlike any of the others.)

Elizabeth Taylor (If we're talking pre-1960, she just about makes the cut.)

Audrey Hepburn

Gene Tierney

Vivien Leigh

Merle Oberon (Can't stand her, but I think she fits the profile.)

by Anonymousreply 1510/29/2013

How often was Bette Davis a glamour girl? Don't ask her Mildred in of Human Bondage.

by Anonymousreply 1610/29/2013

Yes, [15] your top 5 are definitely the goddesses. Breathtaking beauties all.

by Anonymousreply 1710/29/2013

If we're talking GLAMOUR girls and it's the 1930s, the Top Ten are indisputably:

Greta Garbo

Joan Crawford

Norma Shearer

Marlene Dietrich

Carole Lombard

Loretta Young

Mae West

Ginger Rogers

Alice Faye

Sonja Henie

I'm not talking about who is best remembered or who is best known by children today.

These are the women who IN THEIR DECADE were considered the most glamorous by world-wide audiences.

by Anonymousreply 1810/29/2013

Rare color footage of 1952 Academy Awards red carpet arrivals.

Ginger Rogers' escort was smoking hot.

Gloria Grahame appeared a bit disheveled.

Joan Fontaine wore a gown that could be worn today.

Ronnie, Nancy and Jane Wyman at the same event!

by Anonymousreply 1912/20/2014

Susan Hayward

by Anonymousreply 2012/20/2014

I'm watching "Her Highness and the Bellboy" right now on TCM. Hedy Lamarr was really incredibly beautiful.

If she had possessed a bit more talent...

by Anonymousreply 2112/20/2014

Ditto, r20.

Also: Rita Hayworth.

by Anonymousreply 2212/20/2014

Lulu Roman

by Anonymousreply 2312/20/2014

[quote]Ginger Rogers' escort was smoking hot.

That's her husband, Jacques Bergerac. He was also married to Dorothy Malone. He's probably best remembered as Eva Gabor's skating instructor in "Gigi" and as the hypnotist in the weird B-film "The Hypnotic Eye."

by Anonymousreply 2412/20/2014

Shirley Booth

by Anonymousreply 2512/20/2014

[quote]Pre-60s, black-and-white actresses.

Fuck you, round-eyes!

by Anonymousreply 2612/20/2014

Baby Snooks

by Anonymousreply 2712/20/2014

cuddles Sakal

by Anonymousreply 2812/20/2014

Marie Dressler

by Anonymousreply 2912/20/2014

Irene Ryan

by Anonymousreply 3012/20/2014

Jean Harlow had " IT " -- star power

by Anonymousreply 3112/20/2014

Margaret Dumont

Theda Bara

Gloria Swanson

by Anonymousreply 3212/20/2014

Vilma Banky

by Anonymousreply 3312/20/2014

Bette Davis was NEVER a glamor star. Never.

by Anonymousreply 3412/20/2014

Shelly Winters

by Anonymousreply 3512/20/2014

As much as I disliked her as an actress, I have to admit that Jeanne Crain looked exquisite on the 1952 Oscar arrivals clip.

All dead, except for Nancy Reagan and Zsa Zsa.

by Anonymousreply 3612/20/2014

Ba-rump-a-bump-bump . . .

by Anonymousreply 3712/22/2014

Glamour? What do u mean, exactly? Many of the actresses mentioned here are more known for their talent than glamour. Of course the were all attractive but do you mean the way they dressed, their onscreen persona or what?

by Anonymousreply 3812/22/2014

Yes to Fred Astaire R5!

by Anonymousreply 3912/22/2014
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