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Who was the most beautiful star in the 1930s?

My vote goes to Joan. She's transcendent in Possessed, Grand Hotel, and Letty Lynton.

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by Anonymousreply 80June 28, 2022 9:23 AM

I think you mean who had the best photographer or knew how to light themselves the best. Each one of these women was known for their knowledge of lighting and camera angles.

by Anonymousreply 1June 23, 2022 12:07 AM

Betty Bacall

by Anonymousreply 2June 23, 2022 12:08 AM

Norma Shearer.

by Anonymousreply 3June 23, 2022 12:11 AM

OP, your choices have been over done. How about Hedy Lamarr?

by Anonymousreply 4June 23, 2022 12:15 AM

Gene Tierney?

by Anonymousreply 5June 23, 2022 12:18 AM

It’s Hedley!

by Anonymousreply 6June 23, 2022 12:19 AM

Crawford was attractive, but she didn't have the charisma Garbo & Dietrich did. Granted, we're talking about physical appearance, but charisma goes a long way where that's concerned.

by Anonymousreply 7June 23, 2022 12:22 AM

Bacall was a schoolgirl in the '30s, R2?.

The most naturally beautiful of those three was Greta Garbo. All three photographed extraordinarily well, and went to great lengths to make the most of their looks (Crawford supposedly extracted some teeth to make her cheekbones sharper). But I think Garbo was the one with the most classically beautiful face.

by Anonymousreply 8June 23, 2022 12:23 AM

Joan Crawford for me. Her silents/early 30s look before she overdid her eyebrows...wow!

by Anonymousreply 9June 23, 2022 12:24 AM

And of course I got a bit too excited with the link

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by Anonymousreply 10June 23, 2022 12:24 AM

Barbara Stanwyck

by Anonymousreply 11June 23, 2022 12:27 AM

R5, Gene Tierney didn't make her movie debut until 1940.

Vivien Leogh, however, was making films since the mid-30s.

by Anonymousreply 12June 23, 2022 12:29 AM

Marie Dressler

by Anonymousreply 13June 23, 2022 12:30 AM

R13 I know you're being sarcastic but I loved Marie Dressler!

by Anonymousreply 14June 23, 2022 12:48 AM

Lauren Bacall and Gene Tierney did not make film debuts until the 1940s (although Gene was supposed to debut earlier than 1940 but there were no suitable film projects for her). Bacall in particular would have been a child in the 1930s.

by Anonymousreply 15June 23, 2022 12:51 AM

I wouldn't call them necessarily beautiful, but Carole Lombard and Joan Blondell are certainly adorable. Barbara Stanwyck could be beautiful when made up correctly, but wasn't naturally pretty. Kay Francis was certainly the most glamorous. Merle Oberon exotically beautiful. Myrna Loy a sophisticated beauty. Of the three, Crawford (up until about 1937) was the most beautiful. "The Bride Wore Red" shows her at her best. Garbo, Dietrich, Tallulah, all beauties as well. Judith Anderson was only in one film ("Blood Money"), but stills from that and pictures of her in her early 30's Broadway plays have her surprisingly more attractive then I imagined her to be.

by Anonymousreply 16June 23, 2022 12:53 AM

I know she isn't very popular here but Loretta Young was really gorgeous, especially in the early 1930s.

by Anonymousreply 17June 23, 2022 1:00 AM

Kay Fwancis.

by Anonymousreply 18June 23, 2022 1:05 AM

Heady Lamarr and Vivian Leigh

by Anonymousreply 19June 23, 2022 1:07 AM

[quote] Merle Oberon exotically beautiful.

How fascinating that a girl from Tasmania could become exotically beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 20June 23, 2022 1:10 AM

Greta Garbo was breathtakingly beautiful and may been the most beautiful female star of all time - but considering that she lived and made films so long ago, and judging by today's standards many people may not be able to see her true beauty.

by Anonymousreply 21June 23, 2022 1:10 AM

Constance Bennett

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by Anonymousreply 22June 23, 2022 2:09 AM

Lillian Gish

by Anonymousreply 23June 23, 2022 2:10 AM

[quote] Heady Lamarr

Ugh. Do I have to repeat myself?

by Anonymousreply 24June 23, 2022 2:11 AM

[quote] Lillian Gish

The discussion is about the 1930s not the 1830s.

by Anonymousreply 25June 23, 2022 2:12 AM

Sorry, but I will never understand the fuss about Garbo. She was attractive but also kind of a plain Jane. Crawford had those big soulful eyes.

by Anonymousreply 26June 23, 2022 2:13 AM

Angela Lansbury

by Anonymousreply 27June 23, 2022 2:14 AM

R16, Carole Lombard was, indeed, beautiful.

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by Anonymousreply 28June 23, 2022 2:19 AM

Dear, dear gentlemen,

It's not a competition - they were all beautiful in their own way.

Some men just don't care for that big dykey Swedish look - it's all just a matter of personal preference.


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by Anonymousreply 29June 23, 2022 2:34 AM

I see that OP is a Garbologist, just like me.

by Anonymousreply 30June 23, 2022 2:49 AM

Marie Dressler--Dinner at Eight! The priceless double take she does when, as they're going into dinner, Kitty Packard (Jean Harlow) says, "I was reading a book the other day..." And Jean Harlow, speaking of beauties. But to me the great 30s beauty was Carole Lombard.

by Anonymousreply 31June 23, 2022 2:57 AM

For you, R31.

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by Anonymousreply 32June 23, 2022 3:02 AM

Oh please Garbo was beyond mannish , a total transvestite.

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by Anonymousreply 33June 23, 2022 3:02 AM

R31 If beautiful is meant to mean spirited, then I do call Marie Dressler beautiful. How a woman her size and age allowed herself to get into so many pratfalls that could have truly injured her shows her indomitable spirit, referring to her face as the jawbone of an ass in "Tugboat Annie" and ending up in some flying contraption in "Emma".

She's great in the comedy "Reducing" where she tells a train conductor after he tells her that she has to go by Buffalo that she says no I want to go by train. Nobody could kill someone with a line like her. She truly is beautiful. She has another great exchange in "Dinner at Eight", indignant over the fact that Elizabeth Patterson claims to have seen her on stage when she was a little girl.

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by Anonymousreply 35June 23, 2022 3:11 AM

Connie Bennett had pretty features but her head was cube-shaped.

by Anonymousreply 36June 23, 2022 3:12 AM

R32 Thank you!

by Anonymousreply 37June 23, 2022 3:15 AM

Errol Flynn

by Anonymousreply 38June 23, 2022 3:17 AM

Garbo- no contest.

by Anonymousreply 39June 23, 2022 3:19 AM

Did you ever meet or see her, Charlie?

by Anonymousreply 40June 23, 2022 3:28 AM


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by Anonymousreply 41June 23, 2022 3:38 AM

R27 Angela Lansbury's first film was "Gaslight" in 1944.

by Anonymousreply 42June 23, 2022 3:41 AM

Kay Francis was gorgeous and sexy. Trouble in Paradise is a great movie.

by Anonymousreply 43June 23, 2022 4:52 AM

Dietrich thought Dolores del Rio was the mot beautiful woman in Hollywood.

Dolores del Rio is completely forgotten today.

by Anonymousreply 44June 23, 2022 4:55 AM

Ma(n)e West

by Anonymousreply 45June 23, 2022 4:58 AM

R44, Dolores del Río was labeled box office poison along with Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Katharine Hepburn, Marlene Dietrich, Mae West, Kay Francis, etc., and returned to her native Mexico to become a beloved star of Mexican cinema. George Bernard Shaw once commented "the two most beautiful things in the world are the Taj Mahal and Dolores del Río."

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by Anonymousreply 46June 23, 2022 5:27 AM

I know I be ridiculed for suggesting it here - but she's my choice. He's not bad either.

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by Anonymousreply 47June 23, 2022 5:45 AM

[quote] Crawford supposedly extracted some teeth to make her cheekbones sharper.

That's been debunked. I don't know why Ryan Murphy further perpetuated that myth in Feud.

by Anonymousreply 48June 23, 2022 6:01 AM

It was Dietrich who supposedly had her back molars removed to emphasize the hollows of her cheeks.

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by Anonymousreply 49June 23, 2022 6:34 AM

R49 It wasn’t for vanity purposes. More like time management needs. She could suck three times as much cock in half as much time. The bitch was always trying to squeeze more into her day and orifices than the average person.

by Anonymousreply 50June 23, 2022 6:43 AM

Joan and Marlene have the look. But they are not beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 51June 23, 2022 7:22 AM

[quote]I wouldn't call them necessarily beautiful, but Carole Lombard and Joan Blondell are certainly adorable.

R10 I'd put Ann Sothern in that group, too. She was a cutey.

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by Anonymousreply 53June 23, 2022 7:53 AM

R11 You are a comedian.

by Anonymousreply 54June 23, 2022 7:54 AM

How much plastic surgery did this boy get? His plastic surgeon and makeup artist was the real talent.

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by Anonymousreply 55June 23, 2022 8:05 AM

I can't stand Joan, but at least she was attractive. Marlene doesn't belong on a list of beauties. Look at many pics of her face. NOT a pretty, cute or pleasing face. Paint that pickle and it'll still be just an lumpy plain pickle.

Garbo was beautiful. Jean Harlow was very cute, with a sweet, baby face. Lombarde was too thin and her nose stood out too much, imho. Lauren Bacall was NOT acting in the thirties. Loretta Young was beautiful. Katherine Hepburn, too. Vivian Leigh was gorgeously beautiful. Bette Davis was prettier than Dietrich ever was.

by Anonymousreply 56June 23, 2022 9:34 AM

What about me?

by Anonymousreply 57June 23, 2022 10:00 AM

R19, R56

[quote] Vivian Leigh

Vivien Leigh

by Anonymousreply 58June 23, 2022 10:01 AM

1. Garbo 2. Crawford 3. Dietrich

Garbo was smart to hid herself away from the 1940's onwards;

Crawford grew more masculine as she became older;

Dietrich looked great for years and wisely hid herself away in the last couple of decades of her life.

by Anonymousreply 59June 23, 2022 10:02 AM

Dolores del Rio was beautiful but I wouldn't rank her in even the top ten. I wonder if her physical allure was more obvious in person than these b&w photos? Hedy Lamarr, a similar type, was much more beautiful.

by Anonymousreply 60June 23, 2022 1:24 PM

R56 I agree, Dietrich was not beautiful. She always looked old.

by Anonymousreply 61June 23, 2022 2:34 PM

I posted a lengthy list of a few actresses that I thought were beautiful, and for some reason, I forgot to add Joan Bennett. She had several different looks throughout the 30s, but looked best in dark hair, and had a great speaking voice. By the time she got around to playing mother's and matriarchs rather than femme fatales, she was quite stunning. Perfect casting to play Elizabeth Taylor's mother, and even in her gloomy gowns on "Dark Shadows", they couldn't hide how beautiful Elizabeth Collins Stoddard would have been as a young woman.

by Anonymousreply 62June 23, 2022 2:39 PM

Loretta Young.

by Anonymousreply 63June 23, 2022 2:41 PM

Excuse me? There is only one!

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by Anonymousreply 64June 23, 2022 2:44 PM

Harpo Marx

by Anonymousreply 65June 23, 2022 2:52 PM

R64 Tallulah Bankhead was unique in more ways than one but she wasn't beautiful. In fact, she appeared in very few movies.

by Anonymousreply 66June 23, 2022 2:53 PM

R65 Harpo Marx was actually quite handsome back in the day. A cutie!!

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by Anonymousreply 67June 23, 2022 2:56 PM

Harpo's hair styles were always way ahead of the curve.

by Anonymousreply 68June 23, 2022 4:35 PM

R48 I read that she deliberately had her jaw broken. In any case, if it's true that she didn't have some kind procedure, why does she look so different after her very young period? Her whole facial structure is different.

by Anonymousreply 69June 23, 2022 9:19 PM

Lucille le Seur simply lost her baby fat in becoming Joan Crawford. All that Charlestoning.

by Anonymousreply 70June 23, 2022 9:25 PM

R70 And a lot of sex.

by Anonymousreply 71June 23, 2022 9:39 PM

Merle Oberon and Carole Lombard. In different ways.

by Anonymousreply 72June 23, 2022 11:22 PM

Hattie McDaniel

by Anonymousreply 73June 24, 2022 12:04 AM

Franklin Pangborn

by Anonymousreply 74June 26, 2022 10:30 AM

My vote is for Garbo, but since I don't think anyone has mentioned them: Madeleine Carroll, Frances Farmer, Frances Dee, Virginia Bruce, Gloria Stuart, Alice Faye, Myrna Loy, and Tarzan's mate Maureen O'Sullivan.

by Anonymousreply 75June 26, 2022 10:53 AM

R75 Frances Farmer could be pretty/beautiful when they really made her up.

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by Anonymousreply 76June 27, 2022 5:24 AM

She was prettier (a little younger) without much makeup.

by Anonymousreply 77June 28, 2022 1:07 AM

Frances Farmer was definitely a beauty, but there are some photographs where she looks like a wholesome milk maiden (i.e. pretty but bland).

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by Anonymousreply 78June 28, 2022 1:31 AM

Frances Farmer, Hollywood. Frances Farmer after Hollywood. Yikes!!!

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by Anonymousreply 79June 28, 2022 4:29 AM

[quote] Madeleine Carroll

She frequently looked too masculine for her leading man.

by Anonymousreply 80June 28, 2022 9:23 AM
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