Past loves are inspirations

Past loves are still within the heart, hardly needing activation. No wonder western culture always placed the highest value on appearance, and Hollywood and the glamour community always welcomed it. The way 'she' looked could impact both plot perception and spectator catharsis. In a nutshell, beauty is hardly a subtle art, but subtlety enhances it farther.
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1.
Marie Windsor
A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, double-crossing...
“ most attractive as Jan Bolton, in Hurricane Island. Date of Birth
11 December 1919, Marysvale, Utah, USA Date of Death 10 December 2000, Beverly Hills, California, USA (congestive heart failure) Birth Name - Emily Marie Bertelsen
Height 1.75 m
A product of Marysvale, Utah, Marie Windsor attended Brigham Young University and trained for the stage under Maria Ouspenskaya before she began playing leading roles in B pictures in the late 1940s. Her best work was in the "film noir" category, most notably her role as the manipulative, double-crossing wife of Elisha Cook Jr. in O Grande Golpe (1956) (which earned her "Look" magazine's Best Supporting Actress award). Her favorites among her own films, in addition to "The Killing", are Rumo ao Inferno (1952) and Hellfire (1949).

IMDb Mini Biography By: Tom Weaver

She served as a director of the Screen Actors Guild for 25-years.
Died the day before her 81st birthday.
Measurements: 37 1/2-25-39 1/4 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine)
Claims she had a nose job in 1959 because she felt her nose was "too prominent." She later questioned this decision, wondering if she would have gotten more sympathetic roles if her nose were less aquiline.
She was one of the 500 stars nominated to become one of the 50 greatest American screen legends as part of the American Film Institutes 100 years... 100 stars event. AFI revealed the list on a three-hour CBS television special June 15, 1999.
Often cast as an adulterous wife, slutty girlfriend, female gang leader or gun moll, she proved so convincing in those roles that she often received Bibles in the mail with passages underlined that covered the "sins" she had committed onscreen, warning her that she would go to hell if she didn't reform. Several of those types of letters dwelt so much on her "immorality" and "evil ways" that, unnerved, she turned them over to the police.
First child of Etta and Lane Bertelsen, she was christened Emily Marie. She was 11 when brother Jerry was born and 17 when her sister Louise arrived, by which time, Emily Marie was already in her first year at Brigham Young University. ” - jgcorrea
 
2.
Kim Novak
Actress, Vertigo
Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers...
“ Over the top attractive as Madeleine Elster in Vertigo. Marilyn Pauline Novak, nicknamed The Lavender Girl, 1.68 m high, was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers. She even admitted that she didn't like being told what to do and when to do it. Her first job, after high school, was modeling teen fashions for a local department store. Kim, later, won a scholarship in a modeling school and continued to model part time. Kim later worked odd jobs as an elevator operator, sales clerk, and a dental assistant. The jobs never seemed to work out so she fell back on modeling, the one job she did well. After a stint on the road as a spokesperson for an appliance company, Kim decided to go to Los Angeles and try her luck at modeling there. Ultimately, her modeling landed her an uncredited role in the RKO production of The French Line (1953). The role encompassed nothing more than being seen on a set of stairs. Later a talent agent arranged for a screen test with Columbia Pictures and won a small six month contract. In truth, some of the studio hierarchy thought that Kim was Columbia's answer to Marilyn Monroe. Kim, who was still going by her own name of Marilyn, was originally going to be called "Kit Marlowe". She wanted to at least keep her family name of Novak, so the young actress and studio personnel settled on Kim Novak. After taking some acting lessons, which the studio declined to pay for, Kim appeared in her first film opposite Fred MacMurray in Pushover (1954). Though her role as "Lona McLane" wasn't exactly a great one, it was her classic beauty that seemed to capture the eyes of the critics. Later that year, Kim appeared in the film, Abaixo o Divórcio (1954) with Jack Lemmon and Judy Holliday. Now more and more fans were eager to see this bright new star. These two films set the tone for her career with a lot of fan mail coming her way. Her next film was as "Kay Greylek" in 5 Against the House (1955). The film was well-received, but it was her next one for that year that was her best to date. The film was Férias de Amor (1955). Although Kim did a superb job of acting in the film as did her costars, the film did win two Oscars for editing and set decoration. Kim's next film was with United Artists on a loan out in the controversial Otto Preminger film O Homem do Braço de Ouro (1955). Her performance was flawless, but it was was Kim's beauty that carried the day. The film was a big hit. In 1957, Kim played "Linda English" in the hit movie Meus Dois Carinhos (1957) with Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. The film did very well at the box-office, but was condemned by the critics. Kim really didn't seem that interested in the role. She even said she couldn't stand people such as her character. That same year, Novak risked her career when she embarked upon an affair with singer/actor Sammy Davis Jr.. The interracial affair alarmed studio executives, most notably Harry Cohn, and they ended the relationship in January of the following year. In 1958, Kim appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's, now classic, Um Corpo Que Cai (1958) with Jimmy Stewart. This film's plot was one that thoroughly entertained the theater patrons wherever it played. The film was one in which Stewart's character, a detective, is hired to tail a suicidal blonde half his age (Kim). He later finds out that Kim is actually a brunette shopgirl who set him up as part of a murder scheme. Her next film was Bell Book and Candle (1958) which was only a modest success.

By the early 1960s, the 20-something Novak's star was beginning to fade. Although she was still young, she was being overpowered by the rise of new stars or stars that were remodeling their status within the film community. With a few more nondescript films between 1960 and 1964, she landed the role of "Mildred Rogers" in the remake of Servidão Humana (1964). The film debuted to good reviews. While filming The Amorous Adventures of Moll Flanders (1965), she had a romance with co-star Richard Johnson, whom she married, but the marriage failed the following year, although they remain friends. Kim stepped away from the cameras for a while, returning in 1968 to star in The Legend of Lylah Clare (1968). It was a resounding flop, perhaps the worst of her career. However, after that, Kim, basically, was able to pick what projects she wanted. After The Great Bank Robbery (1969) in 1969, Kim was away for another four years until returning in 1973. That year she starred in the British horror film Testemunha da Loucura (1973) with Joan Collins and was seen in a television movie called The Third Girl from the Left (1973) (TV), playing a veteran Las Vegas showgirl experiencing a midlife crisis. Again she took another hiatus before appearing in The White Buffalo (1977). She followed this up with the flop "Just a Gigolo" (Schöner Gigolo, armer Gigolo (1978), where she starred opposite David Bowie). However she did gain some attention in the mystery/thriller A Maldição do Espelho (1980), co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Tony Curtis, Rock Hudson and Angela Lansbury. Five years later, she appeared in her third television movie, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Pilot (#1.0)" (1985).

From 1986 to 1987, Kim played, of all people, "Kit Marlowe", in the fourth season of the TV series "Falcon Crest" (1981). She played the lead in the little-seen movie The Children (1990), where she starred opposite Ben Kingsley and fellow Hitchcock actress Karen Black. Kim's last film, on the silver screen to date, was Liebestraum - Atração Proibida (1991), in which she played a terminally ill woman with a past. Since then, she has rejected many offers to appear in films and on TV.

However, unlike many of her Hollywood peers, Kim has maintained stability in her personal life. Since 1976, she has been married to Dr. Robert Malloy, who coincidentally went to medical school with Martin Dinnes, the husband of Kim's friend, Tippi Hedren. She now lives on a ranch in Oregon and is an accomplished artist who expresses herself in oil paintings and sculptures. Kim and her husband now raise lamas and horses, and frequently ski and go canoeing.

Kim began writing an autobiography in 2000, but it was lost when her house caught on fire, destroying the computer that contained her only draft. In a 2007 interview, the still-stunning Novak said she would consider returning to acting "if the right thing came along".

IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson ” - jgcorrea
 
3.
Jean Peters
Actress, Viva Zapata!
Green-eyed beauty Jean Elizabeth Peters flashed across the screen as a bright star during her relatively brief tenure in Hollywood. After just seven years under contract to 20th Century-Fox (1947-54), she joined in the reclusive lifestyle of her eccentric billionaire husband, Howard Hughes, and all but vanished from public view...
“ most attractive as Polly Cutler, in Niagara. Date of Birth 15 October 1926, Canton, Ohio, USA Date of Death 13 October 2000, Carlsbad, California, USA (leukemia) Birth Name - Elizabeth Jean Peters
Height 1.66 m - Measurements: 35-23-35 1/2 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
Jean won a trip to Hollywood in 1946 as a prize for taking the title of Miss Ohio State. In 1947, she made her screen debut with Tyrone Power in Captain from Castile (1947).
Got the role of Polly Cutler after Anne Baxter withdrew.
Is from Welsh heritage.
Her life with Howard Hughes was and shall remain a matter on which she NEVER commented. No further comments. ” - jgcorrea
 
4.
Joan Bennett
Actress, Dark Shadows
Eighteen-year-old Joan Bennett had intended to avoid the Bennett tradition of acting but, divorced and with a child to support, had little choice; she accepted a role in her father's play "Jarnegan", then her first leading film role in Bulldog Drummond. Her popularity growing, she made 14 films under a Fox contract...
“ definitive femme fatale playing the role of Katharine Kitty Marsh, in Scarlet Street.
Date of Birth 27 February 1910, Palisades, New Jersey, USA Date of Death 7 December 1990, Scarsdale, New York, USA (heart attack)
Birth Name - Joan Geraldine Bennett Nickname - Joanie
Height 1.63 m
Mini Biography
Eighteen-year-old Joan Bennett had intended to avoid the Bennett tradition of acting but, divorced and with a child to support, had little choice; she accepted a role in her father's play "Jarnegan", then her first leading film role in Bulldog Drummond (1929). Her popularity growing, she made 14 films under a Fox contract, mostly as vapid blonde ingenues; the best of these, Me and My Gal (1932), as a wisecracking waitress. Leaving Fox to appear in Little Women (1933), she then signed a personal contract with independent producer Walter Wanger, who managed her career from then on. When Wanger and director Tay Garnett made her a brunette for Trade Winds (1938), the seemingly trivial change drastically altered her screen image from insipid ingenue to smoldering temptress. Dark-haired for the rest of her career, she made her finest films in the 1940s with director Fritz Lang: Man Hunt (1941), _Woman in the Window, The (1945)_ and Almas Perversas (1945), becoming the queen of film-noir femme fatales. In December 1951, Wanger (by then her husband of 11 years) shot her agent in a jealous rage; the resulting scandal virtually ended Joan's film career. Aside from TV-movies, she made six more theatrical films. From 1950 through the1970s she worked steadily in theatre and TV, starring for five years in "Sombras da Noite" (1966). A 1967 interviewer found her happy and contented. She last appeared in a 1986 TV documentary on Spencer Tracy. ” - jgcorrea
 
5.
Ann-Margret
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ the irresistible Rusty Martin of Viva Las Vegas! ” - jgcorrea
 
6.
Yvonne De Carlo
Actress, The Munsters
Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of Hollywood's elite...
“ she did play with fire as Anna, femme fatale par excellence, in Criss-cross ” - jgcorrea
 
7.
Susan Clark
Actress, Webster
Award-winning Canadian actress Susan Clark, born on March 8, 1940, took up acting at an early age (12) in her hometown of Sarnia, Ontario. Her family moved to Toronto around that period of time and she joined the Toronto Children's Players Theatre. Her first professional curtain call took place on the...
“ in Coogan's Bluff, playing the role of Julie, she almost succeeded in calling the latter and catching the former! ” - jgcorrea
 
8.
Evelyn Keyes
No shrinking violet this one, but despite her talent, vivacity and sheer drive, lovely and alluring blonde Evelyn Keyes would remain for the most part typed as a "B" girl on the silver screen. In spite of her ripe contributions to such superior pictures as Here Comes Mr. Jordan, The Jolson Story, Mrs. Mike...
“ she played The Genie (or "Genie of the Lamp") in "One Thousand and One Nights." When Aladdin is trapped in the Cave of Wonders, he finds a golden lamp. He rubs it to wipe off the dust, and out of it comes the Genie. The Genie quickly befriends Aladdin, and because she is a genie, she is bound to give Aladdin three wishes, excepting killing anyone directly, making someone fall in love with someone else, or resurrecting the dead. If I were Aladdin, I'd simply discard the lamp and keep Ms Keyes! ” - jgcorrea
 
9.
Sarah Brightman
Soundtrack, Wanted
Sarah Brightman's soprano voice has sold millions of records and been heard in arenas, cathedrals, and Olympic stadiums around the world. Brightman is the winner of more than 180 gold and platinum awards in 40 countries, and is a concert artist who has performed before millions of fans on every continent...
“ gorgeous in La Luna, Live in Concert ” - jgcorrea
 
10.
Debra Paget
An acting career was always in the cards for Debra Paget (nee Debralee Griffin) and her siblings, coming from a show biz family and being the offspring of a "stage mother" anxious to get her kids into the movies. Paget's sister Teala Loring got her movie breaks in the 1940s, Lisa Gaye was a film and TV star in the 50s and 60s...
“ she was only 26 when she played ultra-sexy Seetha in her 27th movie (already a veteran, mind you!), The Tiger of Ishnapur ” - jgcorrea
 
11.
Nina Mae McKinney
Actress, Hallelujah
Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah, the first all-black, all-sound musical. Even though she was acknowledged as a great actress, singer and dancer by audiences in the U.S. and Europe, today she is mostly forgotten. She certainly had the looks, enthusiasm, and acting talent to succeed...
“ Nicknamed The Black Garbo, 5' 3" (1.60 m) tall, Nina Mae McKinney is known as the seductress "Chick" from Hallelujah! (1929), the first all-black, all-sound musical.
Little is known about Nina Mae McKinney life, even though she was a great actress, singer, and dancer she is mostly forgotten. She certainly had the looks, the body and talent to succeed but as she learned and other women learned, there wasn't much work for a black woman except playing a maid, there wasn't much choice of roles. Hollywood was scared to take a chance on a black woman, scared to make her into a glamorous sex symbol like a white actress. No one would see a glamorous black sex symbol until Lena Horne's arrival in 1942, and Nina Mae McKinney learned like other black actresses that there wasn't much success after one success.
'Hallelujah' has a crude power. Although signed by MGM to a five year contract, Nina Mae was only in two films, Safe in Hell (1931) and Reckless (1935) in which she didn't even appear on the screen. Her voice was dubbed for Jean Harlow's songs. Hollywood could accept black character actresses like 'Hattie McDaniels' and Butterfly McQueen appearing with white cast members but didn't know what to do with a beautiful black actress.
However, her first film gave Nina Mae McKinney the opportunity to appear in a number of all-Black cast members, including "Sanders of the River" "Dark Waters" and "Pinky". In "Sanders of the River" her costar was Paul Robeson. In spite of limited exposure to the general public, Nina Mae McKinney was always on stage, it didn't attract big crowds, or sell-outs but she was always a show-stopper. At the Apollo Theater, Harlem's only all-black theater, Nina Mae played Jeane Eagel's role in "Rain". Nina Mae McKinney could have become one of America's enduring performers. She had the talent and the beauty. Realizing that the doors to true stardom were barred in Hollywood, McKinney took her great talent abroad to Paris, London, Dublin and Budapest, where she became known as the "Black Garbo." When war broke out in Europe Nina Mae returned to New York, where she married a jazz musician, Jimmy Monroe, put together a band and toured the country. In the 1950s and 1960s she lived in Athens, Greece where she was known as the "Queen of Night Life." In the late 1960s, she came back to New York, but did not perform. She died a few years later, no one paid attention to her death or funeral, by the 60s she was forgotten and didn't make a comeback such as Lena Horne, Josephine Baker, or like Billie Holiday did.
Her death and funeral went unknown, Jet, Ebony, and Variety didn't even print an obituary. McKinney died at New York Metropolitan Hospital of a heart attack, funeral services were in the little white church around the corner. ” - jgcorrea
 
12.
Margaret Lockwood
Karachi-born Margaret Lockwood, daughter of a British colonial railway clerk, was educated in London and studied to be an actress at the Italia Conti Drama School. Her first moment on stage came at the age of 12, when she played a fairy in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" in 1928. She had a bit part in the Drury Lane production of "Cavalcade" in 1932...
“ The Wicked Lady is now a badly dated movie, but the role of Barbara Worth did suit her... perversely ” - jgcorrea
 
13.
Marg Helgenberger
Marg Helgenberger is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing. Her work has been noted on stage, film and TV. Most of her career has been spent in dramatic roles on television, but she has also had a noteworthy presence in feature films. Helgenberger earned a degree in drama at Northwestern University...
“ She is an established dramatic actress whose prominence has been steadily increasing.
She has appeared in Tootsie (1982), Steven Spielberg's Além da Eternidade (1989), A Experiência (1995) and Em Boa Companhia (2004).
Her greatest claim to fame on the silver screen may be when she played opposite Julia Roberts as a chemical exposure victim in the popular movie Erin Brockovich - Uma Mulher de Talento (2000).
She is most known for her TV role as a crime scene investigator in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000). She shared in CSI's 2005 Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series.
In her personal life, Helgenberger is the daughter of a cancer survivor and is very active in supporting research for breast cancer.
(ty Roger Burns) ” - jgcorrea
 
14.
“ most attractive as Sakin, in Bijo to touzoko (Beauty and the thieves)
Date of Birth 25 March 1924, Osaka, Japan Birth Name Yano Motoko
Height 1.59 m
Was a dancer at the OSSK (Shouchiku, Shoujo Kageki of Osaka) before joining the DAIEI film company in 1949.
Personal Quotes
[ On Marlon Brando, her co-star in The Teahouse of the August Moon ]: (Glenn) Ford and Brando are most different, Ford is quiet, very yawarakai (tender), Brando is like a small boy, but once he gets on the set he is all they say he is. He radiates, always joking. I watched him very closely throughout the picture and he has a delicate touch.
[ On acting in an American film ]: This has been my first experience in American films (The Teahouse of the August Moon) and I am feeling rather in love with the work. Imagine! When I do well the director kisses me, shakes my hand. ” - jgcorrea
 
15.
“ gorgeous as Susanne, in Eva. Date of Birth 8 March 1920, Saltsjö-Duvnäs, Stockholms län, Sweden - Date of Death
8 February 2008, Hässelby, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden (infection and Alzheimer's disease)
Started writing in the 1960s, publishing several novels and poems in Sweden.
Was awarded the Eugene O'Neill Award, one of Sweden's most important theater awards in 1961.
Attended the Dramatens elevskola, the Royal Dramatic Theater's drama school, from 1941 to 1944.
Graduated from high school in 1939.
Survivors include two sons, David and Tomas Lampell.
Left the movie industry in 1964 (apart from occasional filmings) to become a writer. ” - jgcorrea
 
16.
Edna Purviance
Actress, The Kid
Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charles Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's His Night Out. Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and First National...
“ DOB 21 October 1895, Paradise, Nevada, USA Date of Death 11 January 1958, Hollywood, California, USA (throat cancer)
Birth Name Olga Edna Purviance
Height 1.57 m
Edna Purviance began working as a stenographer in San Francisco. Charlie Chaplin invited her to join him at Essanay Studio in 1915, the year of her film debut in Chaplin's "His Night Out". Over the next seven years she appeared as his leading lady in over 20 Chaplin films made by Essanay, Mutual, and First National, including such classics as "The Tramp", "The Immigrant", "Easy Street", "The Kid", and "The Idle Class". As a repayment for years of work with him, Chaplin intended real stardom for her with "A Woman of Paris" (1923). The movie was a commercial failure though it advanced the career of Adolph Menjou. She remained on Chaplin's payroll until her death, her last two appearances being non-speaking extra parts in his "Monsieur Verdoux" and "Limelight".

IMDb Mini Biography By: Ed Stephan

After Edna's retirement in 1926, Chaplin continued to keep her on his payroll for decades, showing her much more concern and consideration than he did to any of his former wives.

Her relationship with Chaplin became, at one point, romantic as well as professional (1915-1917). However, it was abruptly over after he was forced into a shotgun wedding with teenager Mildred Harris. Nevertheless, she continued to be his leading lady. Her sweet, girlish counterbalance to his rambunctious antics, had become a marketable commodity.

Is portrayed by Penelope Ann Miller in Chaplin (1992) ” - jgcorrea
 
17.
Paula Patton
Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a fan of films from her earliest years...
“ thrice precious, e.g.
1. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (the 1999 TV Series)
2. Preciosa (2009) (as the lesbian teacher)
3. Déjà Vu (2006) ” - jgcorrea
 
18.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ She was born in Italy and raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado.
She landed her first major role in Prenda-me Se For Capaz (2002) playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for.
Eventually Adams appeared in the major production Jogos do Poder (2007) and went on to act in the independent film Trabalho Sujo (2008). Her recent role as Sister James in Dúvida (2008/I) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appears as Amelia Earhart in Uma Noite no Museu 2 (2009)and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). She is a very sought-after actress with a bright future.
(By: Brian Greenhalgh) ” - jgcorrea
 
19.
Silvana Mangano
Actress, Dune
Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film...
“ Date of Birth 21 April 1930, Rome, Latium, Italy Date of Death
16 December 1989, Madrid, Spain (lung cancer)
Heigh 1.68 m)
In 1947 she was one of the girls in the Miss Italia contest. Lucia Bose' became "The Queen", and nearby, on the stage of Stresa, were some other future stars of Italian cinema: Gina Lollobrigida Silvana Mangano, Eleonora Rossi Drago and Gianna Maria Canale. Wow! This was THE perfect Royal Straight Flush as far as beauty should be concerned. ” - jgcorrea
 
20.
Elissa Landi
Elissa Landi was born in Venice, Italy, on December 6, 1904. From childhood she was fascinated with the stage. As many little girls did at the time, Elissa wanted nothing more than to be a big star on the great stages of Europe. Her acting career started out at local theater companies, eventually leading her to the hallowed stages of London...
“ She is believed by some people to have been the secret granddaughter of Sissi (Empress Elizabeth), the beautiful consort of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria.

Wrote 6 novels.

Elizabeth Marie Christine Kühnelt ( 1.65 m tall) was born in Venice, Italy, on December 6, 1904. From childhood she was fascinated with the stage. As many little girls did at the time, Elissa wanted nothing more than to be a big star on the great stages of Europe. Her acting career started out at local theater companies, eventually leading her to the hallowed stages of London, where she made her debut in Ostrov's "The Storm." The play lasted for five months and she received rave reviews for her performances. European film producers took notice of the photogenic beauty and Elissa starred in eight movies over the next two years. She arrived in New York in 1931 to star in the stage version of "A Farewell to Arms." Although the play made no huge impression, Hollywood sat up and took notice, and she soon appeared in Body and Soul (1931/I) opposite Charles Farrell. However, it wasn't until Cecil B. DeMille's biblical epic The Sign of the Cross (1932) that many moviegoers got their first glimpse of Elissa, and they were enthralled, even though she was among such heavyweight stars as Claudette Colbert, Fredric March, Charles Laughton and Vivian Tobin. Completed in less than eight weeks, the film was a smash hit. In 1934 Elissa co-starred with Robert Donat in the classic The Count of Monte Cristo (1934). Eventually Elissa left films behind and concentrated on writing, producing six novels and books of poetry. succumbed to cancer on October 21, 1948. She was just 43 years old. ” - jgcorrea
 
21.
Hedy Lamarr
Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler was born in Vienna, Austria, to a banker and his wife. Hedwig, who obviously became Hedy, had a rather calm childhood, but it was cinema that fascinated her. By the time she was a teenager she decided to drop out of school and seek fame as an actress. Her first role was a bit part in the German film Geld auf der Straße (aka "Money on the Street") in 1930...
“ Perhaps the most beautiful of them all, especially in:
1. Ekstase (1933)
2. Argélia (1938)
3. Sansão E Dalila (1949)
4. O Vale da Ambição (1950)
5. My Favorite Spy (1951) ” - jgcorrea
 
22.
Paulette Goddard
Actress, Modern Times
Paulette Goddard was a child model who debuted in "The Ziegfeld Follies" at the age of 13. She gained fame with the show as the girl on the crescent moon, and was married to a wealthy man by the time she was 16. After her divorce she went to Hollywood in 1931, where she appeared in small roles in pictures for a number of studios...