Beauty is subjective, which is the reason we all have different opinions on the most beautiful people that the world has ever seen. Even so, there are lots of women who rose to fame thanks to their good looks. We are sure that you can’t deny that they are gorgeous! Let us see who made it to the list…
Michelle Pfeiffer was among the biggest stars on the silver screen back in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The actress rose to fame thanks to her acting skills and dazzling good looks. She was able to break free of the pretty girl stereotype during the late ‘70s thanks to her part in Scarface. After this project, she no longer had any issues getting serious roles. She has “the kind of beauty you find yourself involuntarily taking a moment to marvel at mid-conversation,” said a Daily Telegraph contributor.
After winning the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” pageant, Claudia Cardinale was able to launch a successful career. The Italian-Tunisian beauty won a trip to Italy, although she had trouble speaking the language since her parents spoke Sicilian. Her good looks played a part in the modeling and acting gigs she landed. However, they had to dub over her voice in her early days because she had a French accent and a raspy voice. She is now a women’s rights supporter and even became a UNESCO goodwill ambassador in 2000.
The life of Sharon Tate ended on a tragic note. This promising actress is most remembered for her tragic yet senseless death. Before Quentin Tarantino made Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as a reimagination of how things could have been, she was an up-and-coming newcomer. People praised her acting chops in both dramatic and comedic parts. In 1968, she tied the knot to Roman Polanski. He was her The Fearless Vampire Killers co-star and director. What made things even worse was the fact that she had been eight months into her pregnancy with his child when she was murdered.
Now a businessman, Jaclyn Smith is an actress best known for playing the part of Kelly Garrett in the TV adaptation of Charlie’s Angels. This show gave her the breakthrough that she needed to make it big in Hollywood. In 2003, she reprised the same role for a film called Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. Aside from this, she has also appeared in many TV films and miniseries. Aside from her acting credentials, it is fascinating to hear that she has been married a total of four times.
Kim Basinger was one of the most sought-after models of the ‘70s. At one point, she decided that it was time to move to Los Angeles and pursue acting. She eventually appeared in a number of TV films, but Hard Country had been her debut project. The actress became a Bond girl in Never Say Never Again, as well as a poster girl until the ‘90s. She has since starred in more films and continues to act to this day!
The public first got to know Elizabeth Hurley as the girlfriend of Hugh Grant, the actor who starred in Four Weddings and a Funeral. During the premiere of the movie in 1994, she donned a black Versace ensemble that was secured by gold safety pins. Many people believe that this helped the Italian fashion house get as big as it now is. It also made Hurley famous. The year after that, Estee Lauder hired her to be a spokesmodel even though she had no modeling experience. Her most famous acting roles were in Bedazzled and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
It was inevitable that Audrey Hepburn was going to be an amazing star with her charms, good looks, and talents. She made her debut in Roman Holiday and won a BAFTA, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award for her performance. Much later on, she focused on philanthropy and was honored for the humanitarian work she performed over the course of her life. In 1993, the actress passed away after a fight with abdominal cancer. It has been decades since she passed away, but her legacy still lives on!
Who would have suspected that Charlize Theron was raised on a South African farm before making it big in Hollywood? When she was young, she wanted to be a ballet dancer. However, the training ended up taking a big toll on her body. It was a good thing that modeling scouts sought her out for her beauty. After a while, she started to act and has never looked back. She is not just a pretty face but also a great actress! As a matter of fact, she won an Academy Award for her performance in Monster.
There is no way that we can make a list like this one without mentioning Marilyn Monroe. She was easily one of the most famous celebrities on the planet. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,” the actress said. What wise words!
If you ask us, Hedy Lamarr must be the most intriguing person we have ever heard of. Did you know that she was the actress to perform the first female orgasm on the screen? However, this was not her only achievement in life. After the Second World War erupted, she worked on the invention of “frequency hopping” so that enemy vessels would not jam the radio signals used by submarines to control torpedoes. Even though the patent was not used for years, it eventually served as the basis for various military and civilian applications. What a woman!
Catherine Deneuve is a French actress who made it to the international stage after starring in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. It is an interesting French film because all lines of dialogue were sung like an opera. After that, she starred in Repulsion and became even more famous. She has since starred in a plethora of roles. In 1985, she was given the important role of representing Marianne, who is the personification of liberty in France. Not that long ago, she hit the headlines when she denounced that #MeToo movement by saying that it was nothing more than a witch hunt.
It is interesting to hear that physical beauty is not always a good thing. For Vivien Leigh, it was a barrier to her career at one point. As a matter of fact, a director said that she was a “consummate actress, hampered by beauty.” Best known for A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone with the Wind, her theater career is more prolific than her screen one. In the later stages of her life, she suffered from tuberculosis. In 1967, the actress succumbed to the respiratory. Rest in peace, Vivien!
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai is a common face in those “most beautiful woman in the world” lists. We are not shocked to see her on the list. She started modeling as a college student and won the Miss World crown in 1994. Later on, she started to appear in Bollywood projects. Derek Elley from Variety said that her performances have a “delicately sensual presence and physical grace.” Even though this gorgeous woman is constantly hounded by the media, she prefers to keep her personal affairs on the down-low.
In the ‘60s, Barbara Eden made a name for herself when she starred in I Dream of Jeannie. At first, the creators of the show wanted to cast a brunette for the role. After all, they did not want the show to be mistaken for Bewitched, which had a blonde lead. Despite this, they decided to forget this clause because they were so charmed by the actress. We are glad that they made the right call in the end!
Ann-Margret Olsson had been one of the most gorgeous stars of the ‘60s and the ‘70s. She is talented in more ways than one! Her acting career took flight after she starred in Bye Bye Birdie, but she had a successful career as a recording artist already by then. She also played the mother in Who’s Tommy? She also had recurring roles in Ray Donovan and Law and Order: SVU. It has been a long time since she made her debut, but this star continues to leave her mark on Hollywood!
Anita Ekberg is a Swedish-born actress who has starred in a number of European and American films in the past. She had been based in Italy and had a big part in La Dolce Vita. Thanks to her looks, she used to be a fashion model as well. In the ‘50s, she joined the Miss Malmö pageant that then led to her Miss Sweden win! Her beauty went further than that as she also got to compete in the Miss Universe pageant in 1951. It was pretty brave of her since she did not speak much English back then.
Dubbed the 20th greatest actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Lauren Ball was famous for her seductive voice and looks. Later in life, she was given an honorary Oscar “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” Best known for her acting career, she used to be a model who once graced the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. Even up until now, she is distinctively recognizable for her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair, and blue-green eyes.”
Barbara Parkins had been 16 years old when she decided to try her luck in Los Angeles. She got her start by being a backup dancer and singer for major stars at nightclubs. She was able to get her onscreen debut through a low-budget crime film called 20,000 Eyes. One of her biggest projects was the movie adaptation of Valley of the Dolls. She was also in a show called Peyton Place, for which she got an Emmy Award nomination for the Best Actress in a Lead Role category.
At the age of 15, Julie Ege started to work as a model. Three years later, she won second place during the Miss Norway competition. She later vied for the Miss Universe crown as well. We think that it is fascinating that she moved to England to improve her English and work as an au pair. During the late ‘60s, she started to take on bit parts. Her biggest project has to be Up Pompeii, however. While she was called a glamour actress, she did not really care as long as it helped her pay the bills.
Sophia Loren became a big star thanks to her good looks, seductive charms, and acting skills. She is one of the most adored stars in Italy! Her career started when she was 14 years old, and it is still going strong. She has been in many movies such as Grumpier Old Men, The Pride and the Passion, and A Countess From Hong Kong. She is already a great woman in her own right, but we love the fact that she does not shave her pits! This only makes her even more intriguing.
Even though this English actress became a household name in French and British cinema, she first made it big through her relationship with singer Serge Gainsbourg. However, she was able to keep her success going even when they decided to lead separate lives. She appeared in many independent films including A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries and Red Fox. If her name sounds familiar to you, it might be because Hermes named a bag after her! They did so when she said that she could not find a leather weekend bag that suited her.
Britt Ekland is a Swedish actress-singer who worked on many films during the ‘60s and the ‘70s. She is best known for starring in Get Carter and The Night They Raided Minsky’s. Aside from that, she was also cast to be a Bond girl in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun. She became even more famous when she and Peter Sellers were linked to each other. He proposed to the performer after stumbling upon a photo of her in the papers! With her good looks, we totally get it.
In 1917, Loretta Young kicked off her career at the tender age of two or three. She kept acting up until 1953. Over the years, she was nominated for an Oscar for her work in Come to the Stable and The Farmer’s Daughter. She and actor Grant Withers exchanged vows in 1930, but she embarked on a well-publicized affair with her co-star, Spencer Tracy. When she was only eight years old or so, she started to smoke cigarettes. In the mid-‘80s, she ditched the bad habit and gained 10 pounds.
Considering how popular she is, you might be surprised to learn that she was only active in Hollywood for five years! Grace Kelly stopped acting after getting married to Prince Rainier III of Monaco. She is the epitome of grace and elegance! After she became the princess of Monaco, she focused on philanthropy causes and arts promotion. We still can’t get over her tragic accident. She died in a car crash after suffering a stroke at the wheel while driving her child. The good news was that her daughter survived. We doubt that the world will ever forget this classy and gorgeous woman.
We have mentioned a number of Bond girls already, but Ursula Andress is the original one! She starred in Dr. No opposite Sean Connery in 1962. This served as her big break, even though they had to dub over her face to conceal her Swiss-German accent. We can’t think of a more iconic introduction of a female character! A few years after that, she posed for Playboy. When asked about her decision to pose naked for the magazine, she just said, “Because I’m beautiful.” What a legend.
Come on, how could we possibly compile a list of the most beautiful woman without talking about Julie Andrews? She has aged very gracefully over the years and continues to be active in Hollywood now that she is in her 80s. The actress has appeared in some of the most iconic movies in history. No one else could have played Mary Poppins and played the lead role in The Sound of Music! We admire her so much for the entertainment she has given us over the years.
Jane Fonda has always been one to watch out when the awards season rolls in. She is still starring in films to this day! The child of Henry Fonda, she is a member of a very prolific Hollywood clan. Even so, she has made a name for herself thanks to her good looks, dazzling charisma, and acting skills. She has done well in projects for the stage, the small screen, and the big screen. Is there anything that she can’t do?
The Wizard of Oz has to be one of the most iconic movies in history! Considered her biggest role, Judy Garland eventually fell victim to the world of glitz and glamor Hollywood had to offer. Aside from that, she was also nominated for her performances in these projects: A Star is Born and Nuremberg. She had the entire world in her hands before she died tragically. We are glad that she left a legacy in the form of her daughter, Liza Minnelli. In 2019, Renee Zellweger played the actress in a 2019 biopic.
Even though she refused the pressures of publicity in the industry, Katherine Hepburn kept mesmerizing fans and colleagues alike. This said, she and Spencer Tracy had a well-publicized relationship and even starred in nine films together. This is barely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her relationships, however. She has been nominated four times for the Academy Award for Best Actress category. There has never been any doubt that she was a true star back then and even until now!
It feels like actress Jessica Lange has lived two separate lives when it comes to her acting career. During the ‘80s and ‘90s, she was nominated six times in the Academy Awards. After this, her career went through a lull as she started to get pickier with her roles. In the previous decade, she made her comeback. We are sure that you remember her if you watched American Horror Story. Aside from that, she also played Joan Crawford in a miniseries called Feud: Bette and Joan.
It seems that many people forget that this actress was not even from the United States! Greta Garbo was a Swedish actress who was able to transition to Hollywood seamlessly. It did not take long before she became a critical and commercial hit. Over the course of her career, she received three Academy Award nominations. In 1954, she got an Honorary Academy Award thanks to her mesmerizing film performances. In reality, she had only starred in 28 projects for the big screen when she retired at 35.
Faye Dunaway is the star of hit films like Bonnie and Clyde, Chinatown, and The Thomas Crown Affair. She has achieved many things over the course of her successful career. It is pretty impressive that she has not yet retired now that she is nearing her 80s. She enjoyed a great stage career and has starred in many productions over the years. When it comes to her personal life, she had a number of relationships with men like Peter Wolf, Terry O’Neill, and Jerry Schatzberg.
For some reason, it feels strange to think that this actress died almost half a century in the past. The actress is best known for playing femme fatales. Her career reached its peak during the ‘40s. It started to go downhill for Veronica Lake with the decline of her personal life. She had several failed relationships and an alcohol problem. In the end, the bad habit led to her passing in 1973. The last acting credit on her filmography would be a low-budget 1970 horror flick called Flesh Feast.
It is pretty impressive when you had a high-profile celebrity partner. Mia Farrow had two of them! The actress had been married to Frank Sinatra and Woody Allen in the past. However, it would be a disservice not to acknowledge that she was a big star as well. If you look at that photo, you will know why we have chosen to add her to this list. Her biggest role has to be the title character in the 1968 classic, Rosemary’s Baby.
Gene Tierney might not be as popular as the other ladies on the list, but we can’t deny that she had a huge impact on Hollywood. She is best known for starring in Laura. She also received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1945 film Leave Her to Heaven. Her last acting role was for a 1964 film called The Pleasure Seekers. In the decades that followed, she appeared in several TV shows before her death in 1971.
Carrie Fisher is an inspiration to many women all over the globe. She did something that film history had never seen before. By playing Princess Leia in Star Wars, she subverted the very popular “damsel in distress” trope. She did this by playing an independent woman who did not only help her supposed knights but also escaped the Death Star. Her acting career had been dominated by this role, which she reprised for the sequels made by Disney. She died a tragic death not that long ago, but she still appeared in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker posthumously.
Even though Burt Reynolds received plenty of praise for Smokey and the Bandit, do not forget that Sally Field also contributed to its success. Did you know that the two of them were romantically linked at one point? Anyway, the actress starred in more great movies over the years. Among other things, she was in Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump, and Steel Magnolias. You might also recognize her as Aunt May in The Amazing Spider-Man. She received a Best Actress nomination for her performance in Lincoln as well.
Kim Novak started her career when Columbia Pictures recruited her to replace Rita Hayworth, who was one of the most popular actresses in the ‘40s. On top of that, she was brought in to compete with Marilyn Monroe of the 20th Century Fox. She became a household name after starring in an Alfred Hitchcock film called Vertigo. From the mid-‘60s onward, she has only worked in the industry sporadically. During the early ‘90s, she decided to retire. In 2010, the actress announced that she was struggling with breast cancer. We are glad that she was able to recover!
The career of Goldie Hawn reached its peak during the ‘70s. She won an Academy Award for her great performance in Cactus Flower. After that, she starred in hits like Shampoo and Private Benjamin. Her children Kate and Oliver Hudson have followed in her footsteps and launched show business careers of their own. She is now in a relationship with actor Kurt Russell. Just so you know, she is still going strong to this day! In 2017, the actress even appeared in an Amy Schumer comedy called Snatched.
Pam Grier has been dubbed the queen of Blaxploitation movies. She enjoyed plenty of success back in the ‘70s by starring in this subgenre of film. Among other things, she starred in movies such as The Big Bird Cage, Foxy Brown, and Coffy. It looks like Quentin Tarantino helped her career progress by casting her as the title character in his hit 1997 film, Jackie Brown. The actress has appeared in small screen projects as well. She starred in a Showtime series called The L Word.
We are sure that you know very well who Julia Roberts is. She was one of the biggest stars in recent memory. Now in her 50s, she became a household name when she starred in Pretty Woman opposite Richard Gere. Mind you, the actress was not a one-hit wonder. She has since appeared in more critical and commercial hits such as My Best Friend’s Wedding, Runaway Bride, Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven, and Notting Hill. More recently, she appeared in a 2017 movie called Wonder.
Before Brigette Bardot broke into the acting scene in the ‘50s, she had been a dancer. She got her big break when she appeared in a Robert Vadim film called And God Created Women in 1956. An American critic said that she was “undeniably a creation of superlative craftsmanship.” Her entrance on the Hollywood stage had been such a big deal that Simone de Beauvoir even wrote an essay with the title Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome. She has since become an animal rights activist. However, the actress has been fined for inciting racial hatred not just once but five times.
Ingrid Bergman is a Swedish actress who became famous when she starred in Casablanca opposite Humphrey Bogart. However, she got her start by appearing in German and Swedish films in the mid-‘30s. She had such a wide international appeal that a biographer even said she was “arguably the most international star in the history of entertainment.” A director called Anatole Litvak said, “Through all her troubles she held to the conviction that she had been true to herself and it made her quite a person.” In 1982, the talented star passed away after fighting breast cancer.
After appearing in a 1980 movie called La Boum, this French star earned recognition. Sophie Marceau starred in a number of European films in the next 15 years and got her big break in Hollywood with Braveheart. She went on to play a Bond girl in The World Is Not Enough. Her name often comes up in lists like this one, but it seems that she does not understand her own appeal. She even said, “I’ve never really been beautiful. I’m photogenic…” At any rate, it was clear that she was modest.
How cool is it that we have Isabella Rossellini and her mother Ingrid Bergman on the list? She is the daughter of the actress with Roberto Rossellini. Aside from acting, she has done modeling gigs in the past even though she was already older than most people in the industry. She later got the spokesmodel position for Lancôme and held onto this title for 14 years. She has appeared in a number of film and TV projects such as Blue Velvet. She is an activist who is especially passionate about conservation.
Natalie Wood is a Russian-American actress who kickstarted her career when she was very young. Her debut role was Maureen O’Hara in Miracle on 34th Street. She also starred in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause. Her death continues to be a mystery. She passed away while she was on a yacht to Santa Catalina Island with her husband, her co-star, and the captain. She had only been 43 years old at the time of her death. Recently, the investigation was relaunched. Her husband Robert Wagner was then made a person of interest.
Up next, we have Rita Hayworth. She had been performing since she was young. She danced in various venues in New York before the family moved to California at the age of 10. She starred in many dancing movies during the ‘30s but took on more serious parts during the ‘40s. The decade after that was challenging for her thanks to her personal problems. Women younger than her became more famous as she suffered from financial issues and alcoholism. For many years, she suffered various symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease until her death in 1987.
Jacqueline Bisset is an English actress who started working in Hollywood during the ‘60s. She appeared in blockbuster hits like Bullitt. After some time, she was recognized as a serious actress and got more serious projects such as Day for Night. In 1977, she starred in The Deep. She has been credited for the rise of wet T-shirt competitions! People say that it became a phenomenon thanks to the scene in which she emerged from the water. Aside from the aforementioned projects, the actress primarily appeared in TV shows and made-for-TV films.
Actress Julie Gibson lived for 106 incredible years. She had outlived many of her co-workers from the Golden Era of Hollywood even though she was older than most of them. Among other things, she got to work with the Three Stooges! She first started to appear on our screens more than 80 years ago. However, she only made it big during the ‘40s. At any rate, she definitely left her mark on such a challenging industry. Not a lot of people know that she was actually born Gladys Camille Sorey.
Even though it was not her debut role, this actress became a big star after appearing in a 1966 film called One Million Years B.C. How can you possibly forget her fur bikini? She went on to star in other projects such as Bandolero!, 100 Rifles, and Bedazzled. Raquel Welch has continued to appear in more films and shows over the course of her career. If you watched Legally Blond, you probably recognize her! In 2001, the actress was given the “Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award” for the promotion of her Latin heritage.
Hailing from South Carolina, Ava Gardner had such a thick accent that MGM execs thought that she was incomprehensible. It was a good thing that she succeeded at charming them anyway. She spent five years in the industry before finally making it big with The Killers, the movie that sent her to stardom. She was a leading actress for fifty years until her smoking habit finally caught up with her during the mid-‘80s. She was rendered paralyzed after suffering from emphysema and two strokes. In 1990, she died of pneumonia.
Born to American parents in England, Elizabeth Taylor and her family moved to California prior to the start of the Second World War. When she was still young, her looks were striking enough that her mother kept telling her that she should be in movies. She had a genetic mutation that gave her two rows of eyebrows that made her eyes so unique. The actress got her start as a child star and later became one of the most famous actresses in the industry. She starred in a lot of movies before choosing to focus on important things such as AIDS awareness and Jewish causes.