Notorious and Luminous Beauties: Page 2
This page is dedicated to famous, notorious and luminous beauties of
the past and present.
Orson Welles said that Natalie Wood was so naturally talented, she was
"terrifying." She was nominated for three Oscars before turning 25. The daughter
of Russian immigrants, she started acting at age four, with her only training
having been to sit in her mother's lap watching movies. Her leading men included
James Dean ("Rebel Without A Cause"), Warren Beatty ("Splendor In The Grass"),
John Wayne ("The Searchers") and Robert Redford in three movies.
Audrey Hepburn [1929-1993]
"She had a quality no other actress had: a curious combination of lady
and pixie. She was a joy to work with; enormous talent and no ego."
— Sidney Sheldon
Annie Oakley was the first American female superstar, performing as a
world-famous sharpshooter for Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Sitting Bull, one
of her co-stars, nicknamed Annie "Little Sure Shot." She began trapping at age
eight and became so proficient that she paid off the mortgage on her mother's
farm in her early teens.
She continued to improve her skills into her sixties.
Lucille Ball began her career in show business as a model and chorus
girl. She branched out into comedy after getting parts in movies with the Three
Stooges and Marx Brothers. She was known as "the Queen of the B's" before
finally achieving major success as a TV comedian. Her "I Love Lucy" TV show was
so popular that she became the first female head of a studio, Desilu. And "I
Love Lucy" was a ground-breaking show that set several firsts, such as using
multiple cameras and filming before a live audience. Desilu went on to produce
other TV shows, such as "Star Trek," "The Avengers" and "Mission: Impossible."
Amy Johnson was a pioneering English aviator. She flew for the RAF
during WWII, transporting aircraft, and died in a wartime accident. According to
one account, she was shot down by friendly fire when she was unable to provide
the correct codeword.
Geraldine Hoff Doyle aka "Rosie the Riveter"
Ironically, Geraldine Hoff only worked as a "riveter" for a short time
because she was a cello player and was worried about injuring her hands. She
found safer work at a soda fountain. During her brief stint as a factory worker,
a UPI photographer took the iconic picture that helped create the legend of
"Rosie the Riveter." The original "Rosie" didn't have bulging biceps ... they
were the work of touch-up artists.
Jennifer Anniston is the quintessential sweet but seductive "girl next
door." Men's Health magazine voted her the "sexiest woman of all time."
She was also the first GQ "woman of the year" and People's
choice as the most beautiful person in 2004.
Sharon Tate was a model, cover girl and actress who was murdered by Charles Manson and his
cult of zombies. She is believed to be the model for the "Malibu Barbie" doll,
having played the part of Malibu, "queen of the surf" in the Tony Curtis movie
"Don't Make Waves."
Brigitte Bardot was a ballet dancer nicknamed "Little Doe" by her colleagues.
One of her classmates at ballet school was Leslie Caron. She later became a
model, then an actress after fortuitously babysitting for the movie director Roger Vadim,
whom she later married. She
was frequently cast as ingénue or siren, in varying states of undress.
Adeline Virginia Woolf was one of the leading early twentieth century modernists
and feminists. She was sexually abused by her half-brothers, had several nervous
breakdowns, and was institutionalized for a period of time, before finally
committing suicide by filling her pockets with stones and walking into the River
Ouse, where she drowned. She was bisexual or at least tentatively explored
lesbian sex with the writer Vita Sackville-West. In her novel Orlando
the titular hero shifts gender. She also denounced Christianity and at times
seemed to border on anti-Semitism in her writing despite being married to a "penniless Jew."
Dorothy Dandridge [1922-1965]
Alex Morgan [1989-], an Olympic gold medalist, as Nike, the
goddess of victory
Mary Anderson [1859-1940]
Mary Anderson was an accomplished Southern actress and the star of many a
Lillie Langtry [1853-1929]
Mrs. Lillie Langtry as Hester Grazebrook
by Oscar Wilde
It is only in the best Greek gems, on the silver coins of
Syracuse, or among the marble figures of the Parthenon frieze, that one can find
the ideal representation of the marvellous beauty of that face which laughed
through the leaves last night as Hester Grazebrook.
Pure Greek it is, with the grave low forehead, the exquisitely arched brow; the
noble chiselling of the mouth, shaped as if it were the mouthpiece of an
instrument of music; the supreme and splendid curve of the cheek; the augustly
pillared throat which bears it all: it is Greek, because the lines which compose
it are so definite and so strong, and yet so exquisitely harmonized that the
effect is one of simple loveliness purely ...
Cyd Charisse [1922-2008]
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