There are many ladies out there who are drop-dead gorgeous. However, the ladies here are the cream of the crop! We hope you are ready to see the women who qualify for the title of the most beautiful woman ever. Your mileage may vary, but we doubt you will disagree with this list. Their beauty will leave you breathless!
It makes a lot of sense to see Marilyn Monroe here. While it has been a long time since her death, she is still the talk of the town. She died under mysterious circumstances when she was only 36. “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it’s better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring,” she once said.
Natalie Wood is an American actress of Russian descent. She got her big break when she brought Maureen O’Hara to life in Miracle on 34th Street. She was also in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause. At the age of 43, she died mysteriously during a boat trip with her husband Robert Wagner, actor Christopher Walken, and the captain. Authorities recently reopened the case… this time, Wagner was considered a person of interest!
Elizabeth Taylor is gorgeous! The actress was born in London but moved to California shortly before World War II broke out. She was beautiful even when she was little. Thanks to a genetic mutation, she had two rows of eyebrows and purple eyes. She became one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood history. On top of that, she fought for Jewish causes and AIDS awareness.
Michelle Pfeiffer was one of the most popular actresses during the ‘80s and ‘90s. She was gorgeous and had a lot of talent to boot. Even though she was typecast as a pretty girl, things changed after she worked on Scarface. The Daily Telegraph said she possesses “the kind of beauty you find yourself involuntarily taking a moment to marvel at mid-conversation.”
Mind you, Julie Gibson is still alive even though she is now at the advanced age of 105. She outlived other Golden Era stars despite being older than most of them. Can you believe that she got her big break over 80 years ago? Whoa. She experienced the peak of her career during the ‘40s and made a name for herself as a legend in the industry.
Actress Charlize Theron grew up on a South African farm. She had a traumatic childhood that involved her mother killing her father in self-defense. She trained to be a ballerina but had to quit after an injury. She had a modeling career, but she made it big as an actress. She even won an Oscar in the past!
Raquel Welch made waves when she appeared in One Million Years B.C. This fur bikini was simply too memorable! Aside from that, she was also in 100 Rifles, Bedazzled, Bandolero!, and Legally Blonde. In 2001, they gave her the “Imagen Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award” for promoting the Latin heritage.
Rita Hayworth was a true performer. She was a dancer ever since she was little. When her family moved to California, she had the chance to star in dancing movies during the ‘30s. In the ‘40s, she started taking on more mature roles. However, she suffered from personal problems like alcohol abuse and money issues. She had been suffering from symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease for decades until she died in 1987.
Ursula Andress was the first Bond girl! Yes, she played Honey Ryder in Dr. No. However, they needed to dub over her Swiss-German accent for the film. She posed for Playboy several times over the years. When she was asked why she did this, she said, “Because I’m beautiful.”
French actress Catherine Deneuve became famous when she starred in Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. After this, she went on to star in the Roman Polanski film, Repulsion. She had no problems getting jobs after that! In 1985, she became the face of Marianne, the personification of liberty in her home country. Recently, she made headlines by denouncing the #MeToo movement.
Ann-Margret Olsson is a Swedish-American star who made waves during the ‘60s and ‘70s. Her breakthrough came when she appeared in Bye Bye Birdie. She went on to appear in other projects such as Who’s Tommy, Ray Donovan, and Law and Order: SVU. Her legacy is still very prominent in the challenging world of Hollywood!
Vivien Leigh had to deal with the fact that her natural beauty had a tendency to overshadow her talents. In fact, one director even said she was a “consummate actress, hampered by beauty.” Best known for A Streetcar Named Desire and Gone with the Wind, her on-screen works do not hold a candle to her prolific stage career. She fought tuberculosis but ultimately died in 1967.
Ava Gardner came from South Carolina. This explains her accent! However, MGM found her to be incomprehensible when they took her on. Five years later, she finally got a breakthrough when she appeared in The Killers. She made a name for herself and spent fifty long years in show business. Her smoking habit eventually caught up to her. She suffered stroke and emphysema in 1986, ultimately dying of pneumonia in 1990.
Hedy Lamarr might just be one of the most interesting women on the list. She was not the only person to show the female orgasm on the big screen, but she also devised the technique called “frequency hopping”. They used this to fix radio signal jamming, an issue that made it difficult for subs to control torpedoes. She patented it, and it was eventually used for the invention of various useful devices!
It is sad that the lovely Sharon Tate will always be remembered for the Manson family murders of 1969. She has always been a sight for sore eyes even when she was young. She eventually starred in big screen projects. As a promising newcomer, she starred in comedic and dramatic projects. In 1968, she married her The Fearless Vampire Killers director and costar Roman Polanski. At the time of her death, she was eight months pregnant!
The Swedish actress Ingrid Bergman made waves when she starred in Casablanca opposite Humphrey Bogart. Before she got to Hollywood, she was already starring in Swedish and German films. A biographer said she was “arguably the most international star in the history of entertainment.” Meanwhile, director 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 actress died of breast cancer.
French actress Sophie Marceau took the world by storm as a teenager. She starred in a 1980 film called La Boum back then. She kept working on European films before she got her first job in Hollywood with Braveheart. She was also in The World Is Not Enough. It is hard to believe that she once said, “I’ve never really been beautiful. I’m photogenic…”
We think that it is amazing that she is the daughter of a different woman on this list! Isabella Rossellini is the child of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini. Apart from acting, she became a model. She was even a Lancome spokesmodel for 14 years! She was in a number of film and TV projects, although the biggest role she had was in Blue Velvet. She is passionate about conservation as well!
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Aishwarya Rai was going to be on this list no matter what. She began to model when she was in college. In 1994, she even won Miss World! She worked on Bollywood films in the next decade. Derek Elley said she has a “delicately sensual presence and physical grace”. She keeps quiet about her personal affairs.
Brigitte Bardot was initially a dancer. However, things changed for her when she tried her hand at acting in the ‘50s. She starred in the Robert Vadim film called And God Created Women. One critic said the performer is “undeniably a creation of superlative craftsmanship.” She made such a huge impact when she entered the international stage that even Simone de Beauvoir wrote a feminist essay with the title Brigitte Bardot and the Lolita Syndrome. She is an animal rights activist now!
Barbara Eden was the star who took on the lead role in the TV show I Dream of Jeannie. Initially, the creators wanted to cast a brunette in the role, but she managed to charm them enough to snag the part. Honestly, we think this was a great choice that benefited everyone involved.
Elizabeth Hurley first because famous for her relationship with Hugh Grant. The two of them attended the premiere of Four Weddings and a Funeral together. She caught the attention of everyone by wearing a revealing black dress from Versace. In fact, some say that this was the big break she and the brand both needed! She became a spokesmodel for Estee Lauder the year after that. She was also in Bedazzled and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Swedish-born Anita Ekberg starred in a number of American and European films over the years. She was primarily based in Italy and made a name for herself with La Dolce Vita. The lovely actress started to model when she was a teenager. In 1950, she entered the Miss Malmo and Miss Sweden pageants. The following year, she even joined Miss Universe!
Best known for her seductive looks and distinctive voice, Lauren Bacall is a stunning beauty. She was even called the 20th greatest female actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She later received an Academy Honorary Award “in recognition of her central place in the Golden Age of motion pictures.” She also modeled in the past, thanks to her “cat-like grace, tawny blonde hair, and blue-green eyes”.
Kim Basinger made waves as a model during the ‘70s. However, her life changed when she moved to Los Angeles and started acting. She starred in television films, but she got her big break in Hard Country. She was also in Never Say Never Again and was a poster girl until the ‘90s came. She appeared in many other projects and still do in this day and age. She looks amazing!
Jaclyn Smith is a lovely actress and businesswoman who made a name for herself by playing Kelly Garrett in Charlie’s Angels. In 2003, she reprised her old role for the film Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle. She starred in other miniseries, TV shows, and films over the years.
Barbara Parkins is a Canadian- American actress who moved to LA when she was only 16 years old. She was initially a backup dancer in different nightclubs. She made her on-screen debut in 20,000 Eyes in 1961. One big project she worked on was Valley of the Dolls.
Julie Ege began modeling when she was just 15 years old. She also placed second when she entered the Miss Norway contest 3 years later. She joined Miss Universe and then moved to England in her quest to improve her English. She then took on small roles by the late ‘60s. However, her biggest role was for the 1971 film Up Pompeii. She did not mind getting called a glamour actress if it paid her bills!
Sophia Loren has become one of the most admired actresses in Italy. At the age of 14, she launched her acting career and continues up to this day. Among other things, she has appeared in The Pride and the Passion, A Countess from Hong Kong, and Grumpier Old Men! We also love the fact that she does not get rid of her armpit hair. She is truly one of a kind.
Jane Birkin might be the epitome of French chic, but she is actually English. Her fame reached new heights when she and Serge Gainsbourg started going out. After their breakup, she continued to be a successful actress and singer. She was in A Soldier’s Daughter Never Cries and Red Fox. She was also the inspiration for the popular Hermes bag!
Britt Ekland is a Swedish star who appeared in many films back in the ‘60s. Over the years, she appeared in Get Carter, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, and The Man with the Golden Gun. In 1964, she and Peter Sellers started a relationship together. By the following decade, she was one of the most photographed and famous celebrities in the world!
Can you believe that Loretta Young got into acting when she was only two or three years old? Whoa. Her acting career went on from 1917 to 1953. She received Oscar nominations for her performances in Come to the Stable and The Farmer’s Daughter. She and Grant Withers were married from 1930 to 1931, but she and Spencer Tracy were also romantically involved.
English actress Jacqueline Bisset has been active in the biz since the ‘60s. Maybe you recognize her from Day for Night and The Deep. The latter was important to her career! It had the wet T-shirt scene that spawned wet T-shirt contests. She mostly did small screen projects after this.
Grace Kelly had only been active in the industry for five years before she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco! Even though this was not a long time at all, she continues to be popular in the entertainment industry. After the wedding, she started working on philanthropy and art promotion instead. Sadly, she passed away after suffering a stroke while driving home. Luckily, her daughter survived this accident.
Audrey Hepburn is so gorgeous! We are not at all surprised to hear how famous she was. She made her on-screen debut by starring in Roman Holiday opposite Gregory Peck. It fetched her an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. She decided to focus on humanitarian and philanthropy work after this. In 1993, she died after fighting a rare type of abdominal cancer.
Kim Novak was initially hired by Columbia Pictures to take the place of Rita Hayworth. Aside from that, she also had to compete with the 20th Century Fox star, Marilyn Monroe. She became famous when she starred in Vertigo. However, she has not starred consistently since the ‘60s. She decided to go into retirement in the ’90s. She had to battle breast cancer and lived to tell the tale!
Italian-Tunisian beauty Claudia Cardinale ended up winning the “Most Beautiful Italian Girl in Tunisia” contest. Her prize was the opportunity to go to Italy. However, her parents knew Sicilian, which was not the same as Italian. Despite this, she landed many acting and modeling gigs in the past. They had to dub her voice in the early days because she had a raspy voice and a French accent. She is passionate about women’s rights. In 2000, she was chosen to be a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador.
Do not pretend to be shocked that Beyonce Knowles is on the list. The singer, actress, and songwriter used to be a member of Destiny’s Child. However, she reached new levels of fame when she went solo. She is now married to Jay-Z. Dangerously in Love sold more than 11 million copies and won 5 Grammys.
Jean Shrimpton is an English actress and model thought to be one of the first supermodels the world has ever seen. She has appeared in many magazines when she was younger: Vogue, Vanity Fair, Harper’s Bazaar, and Time. She was an influential fashion icon too!
Kate Moss is a popular English model. She was only 14 years old when she got discovered by Sarah Doukas at the JFK airport. The older woman was actually the founder of Storm Model Management. Moss gave rise to the heroin chic trend. She is now a businesswoman and fashion editor!
Scarlett Johansson is a singer, actress, and model. She has starred in films such as Girl with a Pearl Earring, Lost in Translation, Manny & Lo, and Match Point. Did you know that she has received four Golden Globe nominations?
Megan Fox kicked off her acting career in 2001. She was in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Hope & Faith, and Transformers. Without a doubt, she was easily one of the most stunning women in recent memory.
In 2011, Kate Upton was featured in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and earned the “Rookie of the Year” title. She appeared in the same cover in 2012 and 2013 as well. The actress was also part of the 100th-anniversary edition of Vanity Fair. She is so gorgeous!
Halle Berry is a gorgeous African-American actress. The actress won an Oscar for her great performance in Monster’s Ball. She was in Die Another Day, Swordfish, Gothika, and the X-Men franchise as well! She sure is talented.
Since Adriana Lima is a Brazilian supermodel, we doubt that seeing her on this list comes as a surprise. In 2000, she became a Victoria’s Secret Angel. She also worked as a Maybelline spokesperson from 2003 to 2009. She launched her modeling career when she was only 15 years old!
Zoe Saldana began acting on the stage with Faces, a theater group. In 1999, she made her on-screen debut in Law & Order. She finally got her big break in Center Stage. Aside from these, she was also in Avatar and Avengers: Endgame.
Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot has become very popular recently. Did you know that she also worked as a combat instructor and studied law and international relations? In 2004, she won the Miss Israel contest. Her big break came when she played Wonder Woman.
Lynda Carter is the original Wonder Woman, of course. She played the superheroine from 1975 to 1979. This American singer, actress, model, beauty queen, and songwriter is now in her sixties. She is an LGBT rights activist who often attends pride parades! What a legend.
The talented Nicole Scherzinger began her music career with theDays of the New. She also joined Eden’s Crush before she became a part of The Pussycat Dolls. She is an actress and TV personality as well! She joined the panel of judges in The X Factor USA in 2004.
Cindy Crawford is a supermodel who is best known for the mole right above her lip! She signed with Storm Model Agency, which meant she and Kate Moss had the same agency. Her brother Jeff died when she was only 10 years old, which is why she spends her time and efforts on childhood leukemia charities.
Child model Brooke Shields was only 12 years old when she was offered to star in Pretty Baby. She played a child prostitute in New Orleans in the controversial movie! There was a time when she was married to Andre Agassi. These days, she is happily married to Chris Henchy.
Elisabeth Shue was in The Karate Kid, Cocktail, Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future Part III, and The Boys. She is so talented that she has received nominations for a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, and an Academy Award!
Pamela Anderson is a popular actress and model. She played C.J. Parker in the hit ‘90s show, Baywatch. She has never gotten married, but she does have two kids with Tommy Lee. She is a passionate animal rights activist who has been a PETA member for a long time now.
Did you watch JAG? If so, you already know that Catherine Bell brought Lt. Col. Sarah Mackenzie to life! Aside from that military TV show, she was also in Army Wives and The Good Witch.
Olivia Newton-John is an English-Australian actress, activist, singer-songwriter, and entrepreneur. She has 4 Grammys, 2 Billboard 200 top solo albums, and 5 Billboard Hot 100 top singles. She is definitely a legend in the industry! We love her.
Rihanna comes from the Caribbean. In particular, she hails from Barbados. She is one of the most influential people in the entertainment industry. She has worked on a number of musical styles and changes her image on the regular. She is the 7th best-selling music artist in the world!
Caroline Munro is an English star who appeared in lots of films. She is especially fond of sci-fi, horror, and action projects. Maybe you remember her from The Spy Who Loved Me, Starcrash, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.