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Famous, Notorious and Luminous Beauties

These pages are dedicated to famous, notorious and luminous beauties of the past and present. Here you will find the otherworldly beauty of Veronica Lake; the ethereal grace of Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers and Gene Tierney; the sultry, smoldering sensuality of Gypsy Rose Lee; and the irony of Eva Braun Hitler, who looked like an angel consorting with a demon. And at the bottom of each page, you will see the woman we have nominated as the most luminous beauty of all time ...

The Immortals: Ava Gardner, Ginger Rogers, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner, Ingrid Bergman, Veronica Lake, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Audrey Hepburn, Iman, Brooke Shields
Unknown Beauties: Ione Bright, Maude Fealy, Doris Eaton Travis, Lillie Langtry, Anna Held, Lillian Russell, Maude Adams, Evelyn Nesbit, Lily Elsie, Dame Gladys Cooper, Mary Nolan
The Bombshells: Marilyn Monroe, Mae West, Brigitte Bardot, Rita Hayworth, Jayne Mansfield, Jane Russell, Raquel Welch, Lynda Carter, Scarlett Johansson, Christina Hendricks
The Exotics: Gypsy Rose Lee, Claudia Cardinale, Vivien Leigh, Sophia Loren, Gloria Vanderbilt, Gina Lollobrigida, Cyd Charisse, Lillian Gish, Kelly LeBrock, Bianca Jagger, Nour
The Ethereal Blondes: Kim Novak, Kim Basinger, Jan Sterling, Cybill Shepherd, Bar Rafaeli, Daria Zhemkova, Uma Thurman, Eva Marie Saint, Anita Eckberg, Carole Lombard
Ravishing Redheads: Isla Fisher, Ann Margaret, Amy Adams, Nicole Kidman, Alyson Hannigan, Alicia Witt, Stephanie Seymour, Debra Messing, Gillian Anderson, Emma Stone
Le Mystères: Mata Hari, Maude Gonne, Greta Garbo, Isadora Duncan, Lauren Bacall, Lillian Russell, Dorothy Dandridge, Katherine Hepburn, Angelina Jolie, Cléo de Mérode
The Sirens: Madonna, Cher, Katy Perry, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Adele, Shakira, Dido, Rihanna, Christina Aguilera, Sade, Stevie Nicks, Pink, Toni Braxton, Enya, Faith Hill
The Olympians: Katarina Witt, Hope Solo, Candace Parker, Leyrn Franco, Sara Galimberti, Ellen Hoog, Alex Morgan, Maria Sharpova, Esther Williams, Kim Yuna, Danica Patrick
Warriors & Explorers: Boudicca (Queen of the Celts), Hippolyta (Queen of the Amazons), Joan of Arc, Pocahontas, Sacagawea, Queen Elizabeth I, Bloody Mary, Queen Victoria
The Girls Next Door: Jennifer Aniston, Katherine McPhee, Olivia Newton-John, Drew Barrymore, Christina Applegate, Phoebe Cates, Kirstie Alley, Jessica Alba, Lucille Ball
The Waifs: Twiggy, Jean Shrimpton, Jerry Hall, Kate Moss, Jodie Kidd, Jamie King, Kristin McMenamy, Fiona Apple, Calista Flockhart, Lindsay Lohan, Mischa Barton
The Royals: Queen Noor, Princess Grace Kelly, Princess Diana Spencer, Princess Caroline, Princess Stephanie, Princess Kate Middleton, Queen Rania, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Related pages: The Most Beautiful Women of All Time, Famous Full-Figured Women, Best Marilyn Monroe Pictures, Marilyn Monroe Rare & Unusual Pictures, Famous Courtesans, Famous Hustlers, Famous Ingénues, Famous Rogues, Famous Heretics, Famous Pool Sharks, Famous Forgers and Frauds, Famous Beauties, Famous Last Words, Famous Insults, Famous Morons, The Dumbest Things Ever Said, Famous Flops

Ava Gardner [1922-1990]

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The picture of Ava Gardner on a beach in a white bikini, standing on her tiptoes, is one of my favorite pictures of all time. She looks like Venus, the goddess of love. I also love the picture of her reading in a deck chair, and pausing to smile for the camera. I believe both beach pictures are from 1945. She was born on Christmas Eve, 1922, so she was around 23 at the time. A talented actress, she was nominated for an Oscar for her lead role in Mogambo (1953). She auditioned for the lead in The Graduate, but insisted that "I strip for no one" and the part was given to Anne Bancroft instead.

Ingrid Bergman [1915-1982]

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Ingrid Bergman won three Oscars, two Tony awards, and an Emmy. Generally considered to be one of the very best female actors, she is best known for her roles in Casablanca, Anastasia, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Gaslight and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious and Spellbound.

Gene Tierney [1920-1991]

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Ginger Rogers [1911-1995]

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Lana Turner [1921-1995]

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Gypsy Rose Lee [1911-1970]

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Gypsy Rose Lee

Gypsy Rose Lee was a famous burlesque performer known far and wide for her stripteases. But she was also a dancer, actress, producer, author, and playwright whose 1957 memoir was made into the stage musical and film Gypsy. She also wrote a mystery novel called The G-String Murders and co-produced a musical revue called Star and Garter. It is said that her first striptease was accidental, occurring when the strap of her gown broke, causing it to fall to the floor during one of her acts. She went on to develop a more casual style of striptease, emphasizing the "tease" and incorporating humor. She was frequently arrested during police raids on her performances, which would be considered to be quite tame and in good taste today.

Veronica Lake [1919-1973]

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Veronica Lake was breathtakingly beautiful. As a teenager, she was expelled from an all-girls Catholic boarding school, so she may have been a bit naughty in her youth (but who wasn't?). As an adult she was arrested for public drunkenness more than once. With art perhaps imitating life, she became known for playing notorious femme fatales in film noirs. Born Constance Frances Marie Ockelman, she took the last name "Lake" because Paramount producer Arthur Hornblow thought it matched her blue eyes, and the first name "Veronica" because he admired her classic beauty. Her best-known movies include The Blue Dahlia(1946), This Gun for Hire(1942), I Married a Witch(1942), Sullivan's Travels(1941) and So Proudly We Hail(1943). She was also a popular pin-up model. Her famous "peek-a-boo" bangs became so imitated that during World War II the U.S. government asked her to pin her hair back, out of fear that female factory workers would have accidents!

Omer Goldman Granot



Omer Goldman Granot is the daughter of Naftali Granot, a former deputy head of Mossad, an Israeli intelligence service similar to the CIA. In addition to her arresting supermodel-like looks, she is a member of the Shministim, a group of young Israeli conscientious objectors or “refuseniks” who refuse to serve in Israel's army after they graduate from high school. Goldman opposes Israel’s military occupation of Palestine and its brutal repression of the Palestinian people. She says, by way of explanation: "In Israel, after you finish high school, you have to join the army immediately ... When it was my time to join the Israeli army, I refused, because I am against the fact that the Israeli army is occupying the Palestinian territories and the Palestinian people. I won't take part in a system that commits war crimes and crimes against humanity ... Anyone who uses violence is wrong. But our country, which claims to be democratic, and the IDF, which is supposed to be human, act exactly like Hamas, a terrorist organization. The IDF bombs innocent people; it's a terrorist organization, but no one calls it that. We are hurting innocent people; we are acting like a terrorist organization."

Bar Rafaeli

Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli doesn't just look like a supermodel ... she is a supermodel. Like Omer Goldman Granot, she refused to serve in the IDF, but for a more pragmatic reason. She married a family friend in 2004, then divorced him soon afterward in order to avoid serving in the Israeli military. In a compromise to avoid potential boycotts of companies Refaeli works with, she agreed to visit injured IDF soldiers on visits to Israel and, ironically, to encourage enlistment in the IDF!

Maya Wind



Maya Yechieli Wind is a third Israeli refusenik, and a beautiful angel of peace. She grew up in Jerusalem during the second Intifada. Her first experience with conflict resolution was at age fifteen! Later she became involved in various co-existence initiatives in the West Bank. She joined the Shministim in December 2008, refusing to serve in the IDF. As a result, she spent several weeks in detention, then forty days in a military prison. Today she works for Rabbis for Human Rights, the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions and New Profile, a feminist peace movement.

Lillian Gish [1893-1993] as Lilith

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Lillian Gish has been called "The First Lady of American Cinema." She once remarked with pride, "I played a lewd Ophelia." But she also said, "Young man, if God had wanted you to see me that way, he would have put your eyes in your bellybutton."

Lillian Russell [1860-1922]

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Lillian Russell was one of the first American female celebrities. She was an actress and singer known for her stage presence. She was married four times, but her longest relationship was with Diamond Jim Brady, a man known for his enormous appetites, which included gambling, food and (as his nickname suggests) expensive jewels. Her mother was a noted feminist who became the first woman to run for mayor of New York City. In her later years Russell became an advocate of women's suffrage and was a popular lecturer and newspaper columnist.

Katherine Hepburn [1907-2003] as Mary Magdalene

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Greta Garbo



"There are many things in your heart you can never tell to another person. They are you, your private joys and sorrows, and you can never tell them. You cheapen yourself, the inside of yourself, when you tell them." — Greta Garbo

Scarlett Johansson as Joan of Arc

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Joan of Arc by Howard David Johnson (above)



Bette Davis [1908-1989]

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"She's got Bette Davis eyes ..."

Daria Zhemkova



Rihanna



Cher as Cleopatra

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Brooke Shields

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Elizabeth Taylor [1932-2011]

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Ann Savage [1921-2008]

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Ann Savage and I share the same birthday, February the 19th. The day I discovered her, I received a message out of the blue, Glamour, that made me think of the word's ancient connotation of a magical spell. Then, I swear, the two pictures above were the only ones I could get to paste into this page, as if she was selecting them herself! Ann Savage is best known today for her role as the cigarette-dangling, "vicious and predatory, very sexually aggressive" femme fatale Vera in the surreal film noir Detour. She has also been called "the perfect vixen."

Christina Applegate, from Kelly Bundy to international activist, ambassador and philanthropist



Eva Braun Hitler [1912-1945] as Hel, Queen of Neifelheim, the Norse underworld

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Bettie Page [1923-2008]

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Bettie Page was one of the first Playboy "playmates" and she was so notorious for doing bondage stills and films that the movie made about her life was titled The Notorious Bettie Page. In 1958, she retired to become a Christian evangelist, after which she returned to live in her Bible belt hometown, Nashville, and went on to do full-time work with Billy Graham. Ironically, after her conversion she had a nervous breakdown and was institutionalized as insane for eight years.

Katy Perry as the second coming of Bettie Page



Norma Jeane Baker [1926-1962], better known as Marilyn Monroe

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"Goodbye Norma Jeane, we never knew you at all ..."

Princess Diana Spencer [1961-1997], Her Radiant Highness



Grace Kelly [1929-1982], also known as Princess Grace of Monaco

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Princess Caroline of Monaco, the daughter of Princess Grace



Candy Darling



Candy Darling certainly qualifies as a notorious beauty, since she was a favorite of Andy Warhol and the songs "Lola" by the Kinks and Lou Reed's "Candy Says" and "Take a Walk on the Wild Side" were allegedly written with her in mind. Oh, and she was a he, born James Lawrence Slattery.

Rita Hayworth [1918-1987]

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"Rita Hayworth gave good face ..."

Raquel Welch

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Beyoncé Knowles as Boudicca

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Lynda Carter as Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons

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Christina Aguilera



Angelina Jolie



Jeanette Lee, the "Black Widow"



Anastasia Luppova







Famous Pool Sharks

Kelly LeBrock



Myriam Fares ... is the Lebanese siren known as the "Queen of the Stage" the most luminous beauty of all time? To be sure, you can check out our pictures of her at the bottom of every page in this series. In any case, she certainly proves that Middle Eastern women don't have to be blushing violets.





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The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

Ava Gardner (#1)
Ingrid Bergman
Elizabeth Taylor
Brooke Shields
Ione Bright
Grace Kelly
Audrey Hepburn
Marilyn Monroe
Dorothy Dandridge
Gypsy Rose Lee
Vivien Leigh
Gene Tierney
Lana Turner and Veronica Lake (tie)
Iman
Brigitte Bardot
Rita Hayworth
Kate Moss and Phobe Cates (tie)
Ginger Rogers
Claudia Cardinale
Sophia Loren and Raquel Welch (tie)
Kim Novak and Kim Basinger (tie)
Lauren Bacall
Cybill Shepherd
Princess Diana Spencer

The Most Beautiful Women Today

Jennifer Lawrence (#1)
Aishwarya Rai
Jessica Alba
Kendall Jenner
Beyoncé Knowles
Amber Heard
Olga Kurylenko and Liv Tyler (tie)
Anne Hathaway
Gigi Hadid and Bella Hadid (tie)
Monica Bellucci
Laetitia Casta
Bianca Balti
Nicole Scherzinger
Adriana Lima
Olivia Wilde
Milla Jovovich
Hanaa Ben Abdesslem
Meryem Uzerli
Taylor Swift
Bar Rafaeli
Daria Zhemkova
Uma Thurman
Scarlett Johansson
Sophie Marceau
Jennifer Lopez
Charlize Theron

The Most Beautiful Girls Next Door

Marilyn Monroe (#1)
Dawn Wells (esp. as Mary Ann in Gilligan's Island)
Jennifer Anniston (esp. in Friends)
Christina Applegate (esp. in Married With Children)
Laura Prepon (esp. in That 70s Show)
Olivia Newton-John (esp. in Grease)
Phoebe Cates (esp. in Fast Times At Ridgemont High)
Kirstie Alley (esp. in Cheers)
Christina Ricci
Faith Hill
Katherine McPhee
Drew Barrymore
Jessica Alba
Lucille Ball

The Most Beautiful Bad Girls of all Time

Gypsy Rose Lee (#1)
Bettie Page and Katy Perry (tie)
Candy Darling (James Lawrence Slattery)
Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons
Boudicca, Queen of the Celts who defeated the vaunted Roman legions after her daughters were raped by Romans
Madonna
Linda Lovelace
Sasha Grey
Ann-Margaret
Brigitte Bardot
Catherine Deneuve
Drew Barrymore
Jamie Lee Curtis
Janice Dickinson
Jerry Hall
Calamity Jane
Bonnie Parker
Eva Braun (Mrs. Adolph Hitler)
Madame du Barry
Nell Gwynn
Cora Pearl
Belle Starr
Tempest Storm

The Most Beautiful Angels of Peace

Rachel Corrie
Omer Goldman
Maya Wind
Anna Baltzer
Greta Berlin
Florence Nightingale
Mother Teresa
Mary Seacole
Harriett Tubman
Sojourner Truth

The Most Beautiful Historical/Mythical Women

Eve
Lilith
Pandora
Jezebel
Nefertiti
Bathsheba
Helen of Troy
Sappho
Cleopatra
Mary Magdalene
Salome
Guinevere
Lady Godiva
Joan of Arc
Eleanor of Aquitaine
Catherine of Aragon
Anne Boleyn
Jane Seymour
Queen Elizabeth I
Bloody Mary
Catherine de Medici
Catherine the Great
Marie Antoinette
Josephine
Queen Victoria
Pocahontas
Sacagawea

Related pages: Visions of Beauty, Best Marilyn Monroe Pictures, Marilyn Monroe Rare & Unusual Pictures, Famous Beauties, Famous Historical Beauties, Famous Courtesans, Famous Ingénues, Famous Hustlers, Famous Pool Sharks, Famous Rogues, Famous Heretics, Famous Hypocrites, Famous Forgers and Frauds, Famous Flops and Flubs, Famous Morons, The Dumbest Things Ever Said, Famous Last Words, Famous Insults, Famous Falsettos, Unmentionables, Visible Panty Lines

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