The 20 Greatest Stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood

In my opinion these twenty people are the most beautiful and certainly the most talented stars of Hollywood's Golden Age.
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Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson at the Los Angeles County Hospital on June 1, 1926. Her mother Gladys Pearl Baker was a film-cutter at Consolidated Film Industries. Marilyn's father's identity was never known. Because Gladys was mentally and financially unable to care for young Marilyn...
“ A true goddess of the silver screen she sizzled in and stole every scene, as well as our hearts. THE sex symbol of the twentieth century and beyond, ” - wwrebecca
Donald O'Connor
Born into a vaudeville family, O'Connor was the youthful figure cutting a rug in several Universal musicals of the 1940s. His best-known musical work is probably Singin' in the Rain, in which he did an impressive dance that culminated in a series of backflips off the wall. O'Connor was also effective in comedic lead roles, particularly as the companion to Francis the Talking Mule in that film series.
“ An amazing actor, dancer, singer and comedian with seemingly never ending energy, he made every film he was in just that little bit better. ” - wwrebecca
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ A supreme actress and with the angelic looks to match those 'big magic eyes' are still leaving audiences today in awe of her on-screen presence. ” - wwrebecca
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. Starting out as a saloon singer in musty little dives (he carried his own P.A...
“ The true king of cool and the voice of the twentieth century he shocked fans worldwide when he proved not only could he talk the talk, he could walk the walk too. ” - wwrebecca
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ The unforgettable, unmistakable voice of this stage and screen icon still resonates with cinema goers all over the world, it's hard not to love Miss Garland. ” - wwrebecca
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
“ This abundantly talented young star left us far too soon, but not before he graced us with his screen presence three glorious and oh so rebellious times during the mid-fifties. ” - wwrebecca
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
“ Named after Shirley Temple this fabulous actress was destined for stardom from birth, and boy did she fulfill her destiny, Oscar nominated in 4 different decades, wow seems like a suitable word. ” - wwrebecca
Fred Astaire
Actor, Top Hat
Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. Signed to RKO...
“ This dancer extraordinaire blew audiences away each of the many times he floated through the intricate dance routines of his movies. He tapped, waltzed and soft shoed his way into the hearts of movie goers worldwide. ” - wwrebecca
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ The word that best describes this screen diva would have to be 'legend', and she truly is. A gloriously undying legend of Hollywood's golden age of film-making. ” - wwrebecca
Bing Crosby
Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in playing the drums and singing with a local band...
“ Known for his legendary cool, on screen and off. He is one of the best selling singers of the twentieth century and many of his films remain firm favorites with viewers worldwide. ” - wwrebecca
Rita Hayworth
Actress, Gilda
Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno...
“ One of the biggest sex symbols of the 1940's this stunning woman matched her looks with her undeniable talent. ” - wwrebecca
William Holden
William Holden was born William Franklin Beedle, Jr. in O'Fallon, Illinois, to Mary Blanche (Ball), a schoolteacher, and William Franklin Beedle, Sr., an industrial chemist. He came from a wealthy family (the Beedles) that moved to Pasadena, California, when he was three. In 1937, while studying chemistry at Pasadena Junior College...
“ Known for his rugged good looks, the best decade of his career was undoubtedly the 1950's when he matched his supreme dramatic roles with light heartedly brilliant comedies fixed him in Hollywood history. ” - wwrebecca
Doris Day
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older...
“ Hollywood's golden girl smiled and sang her way through a career that truly glowed from musicals to comedies to Hitchcock thrillers. ” - wwrebecca
Clark Gable
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
“ The original king of Hollywood never ran away from a thoroughly romantic role, he never had to. His hunky masculinity always prevails cementing his status as a sex symbol and a male icon. ” - wwrebecca
Mitzi Gaynor
A leading lady of light musicals, the bright-eyed Gaynor is best remembered for "South Pacific". She also hosted a string of successful annual musical TV specials in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“ Known for her wonderfully light hearted roles in Hollywood musicals, she sang, danced and acted her way into the heart of anyone who witnessed her talent soaring across the silver screen. ” - wwrebecca
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ An on screen tough guy who became the ultimate hero and leading man. Women wanted him and men wanted to be him. 'Here's lookin' at you kid'. ” - wwrebecca
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a phys ed instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly. She was of half Irish and half German descent...
“ This remarkable actress who simply oozed Hollywood glamour had her glittering career cut short upon her marriage to a prince no less. But not before she made 31 splendid movies. ” - wwrebecca
Danny Kaye
Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,"...
“ An actor, singer, comedian and dancer, this all round entertainer stars in some of the most beloved films of all time and to this day he still shines as brightly as ever. ” - wwrebecca
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ Known for playing the wise cracking leading lady this sublime actress hone in every film she made whether it was an intense drama or a light hearted musical. ” - wwrebecca
Gregory Peck
Eldred Gregory Peck was born in La Jolla, California, to Bernice Mary (Ayres) and Gregory Pearl Peck, a chemist and druggist in San Diego. He had Irish (from his paternal grandmother), English, and some German, ancestry. His parents divorced when he was five years old. An only child, he was sent to live with his grandmother...
“ One of the best looking and most talented leading men that ever came out of Hollywood. He comes onto the screen and hearts everywhere melt. ” - wwrebecca