Top 20 movie actresses of the 1950's.

Top 20 movie actresses of the 1950's.
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1.
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...
“ Grace Kelly was the Best Actress of the 1950's. Her graceful, beauty, post WWII, added glamour to Hollywood. Her most famous movies were with Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window", (1954), with James Stewart, who thinks his neighbor, (Raymond Burr), is a killer; "Dial M for Murder", (1954), with Ray Milland;and "To Catch a Thief", (1955), with Cary Grant; also "High Noon", (1952), with Gary Cooper.

Kelly was born " Grace Patricia Kelly", on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She sadly died in an accident on September 14, 1982, but was made a Princess of Monaco, later in her life. ” - roberthelliger
 
2.
Jayne Mansfield
One of the leading sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, film actress Jayne Mansfield was born Vera Jayne Palmer on April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to Vera J. and Herbert W. Palmer. Her parents were well-to-do, with her father a successful attorney in Phillipburg, New Jersey, where Jayne began her girlhood...
“ Jayne Mansfield, (b. "Vera Jayne Palmer"), was one of the top actresses, who died young.

She made her name for herself as "Jayne Mansfield", and starred in: "Lux Video Theatre", (TV), "An Angel Went AWOL", (1954), Ep.; "Female Jungle", (1955); Pete Kelly's Blues, (1955); "Illegal", (1955); "Hell on Frisco Bay", (1955); "Sunday Spectacular: The Batchelor", (TV Movie); (1956); "The Girl Can't Help It", (1956); "Shower of Star", (TV), "Star Time", Ep.; "The Wayward Bus", (1957); "The Burglar", (1957); "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?", (1957); "Kiss Them for Me", (1957); "The Sheriff with the Fractured Jaw", (1958); and "After Hours", Ep. 2.13 (TV series), (1959)....
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This is all the movies and TV series Jayne Mansfield was in. (This excludes her work in the 1960's up to her death in 1968).

Jayne Mansfield also posed for "Playboy", like Marilyn Monroe did in 1953. ” - roberthelliger
 
3.
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...
“ Marilyn Monroe, (b. Norma Jean Mortensen, June 1, 1926-d. August 5, 1962), in Los Angeles, CA. She had a mentally ill Mother, who worked at RKO Studios. In 1928, she was almost killed; Monroe was almost raped aged six, 1932. By 1935, she was washing dishes aged 9. She gave nickels to her Church.
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Escaping her life, she changed her name to "Norma Jean", and made: "Ladies of the Chorus", (1948)-performer;"Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", "Anyone Can Tell I Love You", "The Ladies of the Chorus"); "Oh, What a Forward Young Man You Are", (uncredited); "A Ticket to Tomahawk", (1950)-performer. But she got a breakthrough in Roy Ward Baker's "Don't bother to Knock", (1952), with a young Richard Widmark; "Niagara", "Kiss", song; "The Jack Benny Program", (TV show): song: "Bye Bye Baby", Ep. "Honolulu Trip"; "Gentlemen Prefers Blondes", (1953),"When Love Goes Wrong" 1953, performer: "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" 1949 - uncredited, "Bye Bye Baby" 1949 - uncredited / "A Little Girl from Little Rock" 1949 - uncredited); "River of No Return", (1954), performer: "The River of No Return" - uncredited, "I'm Gonna File My Claim" - uncredited, "One Silver Dollar" - uncredited, "Down in the Meadow" - uncredited); "There's No Business Like Show Business"- (performer: "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It" - uncredited, "Heat Wave" - uncredited, "Lazy" - uncredited, "You'd Be Surprised" - uncredited, "A Man Chases a Girl Until She Catches Him" - uncredited), (1954); "The Seven Year Itch", (performer: "Chopsticks", (1955)), (uncredited): *This is a famous movie in which Marilyn wears a white dress that lifts up, cementing her sexy, iconic status); "Bus Stop", performer: "That Old Black Magic", (1956); "Some Like It Hot", performer: "Runnin' Wild", "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "I'm Through With Love".

After the 1950's, Marilyn's work was sporadic. She did: "Let's Make Love", (1960); and "Happy birthday to You", (for President JFK, a TV movie special), until her death in 1962. But her best work was in the 1950's, her Playboy spread in 1953, and remains and sex icon of America, in her dramatic and musical movies. ” - roberthelliger
 
4.
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...
“ Kim Novak, (b. Marilyn Pauline Novak), (February 13, 1933-), (Chicago, Illinois), hated her school teachers. She acted in:
"The French Line", (1953)-(uncredited); "Pushover", (1954); the strangely titled: "Phffft", (1954); "Son of Sinbad", (1955), (uncredited); "5 Against the House", (1955); "The Man with the Golden Arm", (1955)*Not to be confused with "The Man with the Golden Arm", (James Bond, 1974); "The Eddy Duchin Story", (1956); "Jeanne Eagles", (title role), (1957); the little seen "Pal Joey", (1957); and her most famous role in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo", (1958), with James Stewart-one of the most talked about crime noir thrillers of the late 1950's; "Bell, Book, and Candle", (1959); and "Middle of the Night", (1959).
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Kim Novak continued acting until from the 1960's-till 1991, (her retirement). ” - roberthelliger
 
5.
Dorothy Dandridge
Actress, Carmen Jones
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in black Baptist churches throughout the country...
“ With the growing African-American Civil Rights movement growing, singer/actress Dorothy (Jean) Dandridge, (November 9, 1922 – September 8, 1965), was the first black Actress nominated for "Best Actress" Academy Awards...After bit parts in the late 1930's, and small roles in the 1940's, and in "Tarzan's Peril", (1951), with Lex Baxter, (a notoriously volatile actor); and the ground breaking "Bright Road", (with all all black cast), released by MGM; "Carmen Jones", (1954); Dandrige won an Academy Award and BAFTA in England; and was a Golden Globe Nominee, (Musical and Comedy), for "Porgy and Bess", (1959).

She was a singer for Nathan Featherstone, at the famous Apollo Theatre.

She married Harold Lloyd Nicholas, (March 27, 1921 – July 3, 2000), (1942-51), and had a daughter, Harolyn Suzanne; then Jack Denison.


Her final movie "Malaga", (1960).
She died from a drug overdose, (accidental), in 1965.
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She was the subject of a HBO special "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", (1999), starring a then, unknown model/actress, named Halle Berry in the title role. ” - roberthelliger
 
6.
“ Ruby Dee, (b. Ruby Anne Wallace), Cleveland, Ohio, (October 27, 1924-), is an acclaimed writer/actress/and activist for African American rights, and is a member of: NAACP; CORE; Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee; and Southern Christian Leadership Council, which all promote better ways to help black youths in America, (boys and girls), and educate them for better futures.
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Her movies and TV work are too numerous: but here's a selection of her work in the 1950's:

"The Jackie Robinson Story", (1950); "No Way Out", (1950), (uncredited); "Frontiers of Faith", (1950) TV series: Ep. "The Bitter Cup"; "The Tall Target", (1951); "Go, Man, Go!", (1954); "The Great American Pastime", (1954); "Edge of the City", (1957); "St. Louis Blues", (1958); "Virgin Island", (1959); and "Take a Giant Step", (1959). ” - roberthelliger
 
7.
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Natalie Wood, (b. Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko), (Natasha Gurdin), (real name), (Wednesday, July 20th, 1938-November 29, 1981), (after a accident), aged 43.

Wood was a child actor in various movies in the 1940's, including "Miracle on 34th Street", (1946), and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir", (1947). But it was her work in the 1950's to the early 1980's, "Brainstorm", (1983)-(filmed in 1981), (her last movie), that made her famous, that included, Robert Wise's "West Side Story", (1961); and "Splendor in the Grass", (1961).

Here's a selection of her 1950's movies and TV series: "No Sad Songs for me", (1950); "Our Very Own", (1950); "Never a Dull Moment", (1950); "The Jackpot", (1950); "Dear Brat", (1951); "The Blue Veil", (1951); "The Rose Bowl Story", (1952); "Just For You", (1952); "The Star", (1952); "Mayor of the Town", (TV series): June / Mayor's Niece
– Junior Voters (1954) … June
– Mayor of the Town (1954) … Mayor's Niece
– Papa Dear (1954) … June
– The Old Triangle (1954) … June;

"The Pride and the Family", (1953-5):

Ann Morrison
– Albie and the New Catherine (1954) … Ann Morrison
– Income Tax Collector (1953) … Ann Morrison
– Albie's Dishwasher (1953) … Ann Morrison
– Portrait Story (1953) … Ann Morrison
– Pilot (1953) … Ann Morrison;

"The Public Defender", (1954):
Renee Marchand
– Return of the Dead (1954) … Renee Marchand;

Studio 57, (1954), TV
Sheila Mason
– The Plot Against Miss Pomeroy (1954) … Sheila Mason

"The Silver Chalice", (1955); Four Star Playhouse (TV series)
Louise
– The Wild Bunch (1955) … Louise; Studio One (TV series)
Jen Potter
– Miracle at Potter's Farm (1955) … Jen Potter; Kings Row (TV series)
Renee Gyllinson
– Carnival (1956) … Renee Gyllinson
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The Searchers, (1956), her breakthrough movie directed by John Ford, with John Wayne, as Debbie Edwards-aged 15; A Cry in the Night Elizabeth, (1956).

The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (TV series)
Kathy Jo
– Carnival (1956) … Kathy Jo
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The Girl He Left Behind
Susan Daniels, (1956); "Bombers B-52", (1957); Marjorie Morningstar
Marjorie Morgenstern, (1958); and Kings Go Forth
Monique Blair, (1958).

Natalie Wood's work is immense at this time. With her stardom on the rise, her death in late 1981, was a tragedy. ” - roberthelliger
 
8.
Eva Marie Saint
Played one of most famous female leads in movie history, opposite Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront. She certainly brought "real acting" in a time when melodrama still ran rampant in the industry. Who can forget her memorable argument scene with Brando when she says, "I didn't say I don't love you...
“ Eva Marie Saint, (July 4, 1924-), in Newark, New Jersey, USA, got her break in Elia Kazan's "On the Waterfront", (1954), with Marlon Brando. She was one of the best actresses, that had star power like Grace Kelly, and Kim Novak.

Her other movies of the 1950's, were:

That Certain Feeling
Dunreath Henry, (1956); A Hatful of Rain
Celia Pope, (1956);
Raintree County
Nell Gaither, (1957);
And her most famous movie: Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest", (1959), with Cary Grant, Sir James Mason, and a young Martin Landau. ” - roberthelliger
 
9.
Thelma Ritter
Actress, Rear Window
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street. In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded...
“ Thelma Ritter was born February 14, 1905, Brooklyn, New York, died: February 5, 1960. Was nominated for 6 Academy Awards.

Ritter made her name on radio in the 1940's, (during WWII). After the War, she made her name in movies, including "Miracle on 34th Street", (as Peter's Mother), (1947).

Here's a list:

"Perfect Strangers", (1950)-Lena Fassler; "I'll Get By", (1950)-Miss Murphy; "All About Eve", (1950)-Birdie; "The Mating Season", (1951)-Ellen McNulty; "As Young As You Feel", (1951)-Della Hodges; "The Model and The Marriage Broker", (1951)-Mae Swasey; "With a Song in my Heart", (1952)-Clancy; "Titanic", (1953)-Maude Young; Pickup on South Street, (1953)-Moe Williams; "The Farmer Takes A Wife", (1953)-(no not the reality TV show!)-Lucy Cashdollar; and her most famous role, Sir Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window", (1954), as Stella; "Daddy Long Legs", (1955)-Alicia Pritchard; "Lucy Gallant", (1955)-Molly Basserman; "A Hole in the Head", (1959), as Sophie Manetta; and "Pillow Talk", (1959), as Alma.

Thelma Ritter also re-teamed with Hitchocock, in Sir Alfred Hitchcock's Presents: episode "The Babysitter" TV show as Lottie Slocum. ” - roberthelliger
 
10.
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...
“ Doris Day, born Doris Mary Ann Von Kappelhoff, (April 2, 1924-), made her name with albums...then movies.

This is a selected 1950's movies:

1959 Pillow Talk
Jan Morrow
1959 It Happened to Jane
Jane Osgood
1958 The Tunnel of Love
Isolde Poole
1958 Teacher's Pet
Erica Stone
1957 The Pajama Game
Katherine 'Babe' Williams
1956 Julie
Julie Benton
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Josephine Conway McKenna
1955 Love Me or Leave Me
Ruth Etting
1954 Young at Heart
Laurie Tuttle
1954 Lucky Me
Candy Williams
1953 Calamity Jane
Calamity Jane
1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon
Marjorie Winfield
1952 April in Paris
Ethel S. 'Dynamite' Jackson
1952 The Winning Team
Aimee Alexander
1951 I'll See You in My Dreams
Grace LeBoy Kahn
1951 On Moonlight Bay
Marjorie 'Marjie' Winfield
1951 Lullaby of Broadway
Melinda Howard
1951 Storm Warning
Lucy Rice
1950 The West Point Story
Jan Wilson
1950 Tea for Two
Nanette Carter
1950 Young Man with a Trumpet
Jo Jordan.

"Calamity Jane", (1953); "Pillow Talk", (1959), with Rock Hudson, are her most famous 1950's movies.

"Wonderful Day" (CD-Boxset "Wonderful Day" / "With A Smile And A Song", (Bonus Tracks 2003), (1962); "Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)", (1956), from Sir Alfred Hitchcock's re-make of "The Man Who Knew Too Much", (that was used in Michael Lehmann's 1988 movie "Heathers", with Winona Ryder); and "My Heart", (2011), made her famous, (a collection of unrelased songs from the 1980's), made the UK music charts at #9, aged 87!

Ms. Day's legend grows in the 21st century, like they did in her heyday in the 1950's, and 1960's. ” - roberthelliger
 
11.
Diana Dors
Actress, Blonde Sinner
Diana Dors was born Diana Mary Fluck on October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England. She and her mother both nearly died from the traumatic birth. Because of the trauma, her mother lavished on Diana anything and everything she wanted--clothes, toys and dance lessons were the order of the day. Diana's love of films began when her mother took her to the local movies theaters...
“ Diana Dors, (Diana Mary Fluck)
October 23, 1931 in Swindon, Wiltshire, England, UK
Died:May 4, 1984 (age 52) in Windsor, Berkshire, England, UK, described as "The UK Marilyn Monroe", also died young.

Dors, a sexy, beautiful actress in her day, was in:

1958 Passport to Shame
Vicki
1958 Tread Softly Stranger
Calico
1958 La ragazza del palio
Diana Dixon
1958 I Married a Woman
Janice Blake Briggs/Miss Luxembourg
1957 The Long Haul
Lynn
1957 The Unholy Wife
Phyllis Hochen
1956 Yield to the Night
Mary Price Hilton
1955 An Alligator Named Daisy
Vanessa Colebrook
1955 Value for Money
Ruthine West
1955 Miss Tulip Stays the Night
Kate Dax
1955 A Kid for Two Farthings
Sonia
1955 As Long as They're Happy
Pearl Delaney
1954 Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents (TV series)
Angie
– The Lovely Place (1954) … Angie

1954 The Weak and the Wicked
Betty Brown
1953 It's a Grand Life
Cpl. Paula Clements
1953 The Saint's Return
The Blonde in Lennar's Apartment
1953 Is Your Honeymoon Really Necessary?
Candy Markham
1953 The Great Game
Lulu Smith
1952 My Wife's Lodger
Eunice Higginbotham
1952 The Last Page
Ruby Bruce
1949 How Do You View? (TV series)
Cuddles (1951)
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again
Dolores August
1951 Worm's Eye View
Thelma
1951 Face to Face (TV movie)
Angel
1950 Dance Hall
Carole

*Selected 1950's movies*. ” - roberthelliger
 
12.
Jane Russell
Jane's first interest was in dress designing but on leaving high school she enrolled for a term at Max Reinhardt's Theatrical Workshop which changed her mind about being a dress designer. Later she signed for 6 months with Madame Ouspenskaya (an actress and coach) who fired her dramatic ambition. Although...
“ Jane Russell, (b. Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell), (June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota-). Her father was in the US Military; her Mother was in entertainment.

In the 1940's, she was a femme fatale noir and western movies. By the 1950's, she was in:

1957 The Fuzzy Pink Nightgown
Laurel Stevens
1956 The Revolt of Mamie Stover
Mamie Stover
1956 Hot Blood
Annie Caldash
1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
Bonnie Jones/Mimi Jones
1955 The Tall Men
Nella Turner
1955 Foxfire
Amanda
1955 Underwater!
Theresa Gray
1953 The French Line
Mary 'Mame' Carson
1953 Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Dorothy Shaw
1952 Road to Bali
Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
1952 Montana Belle
Belle Starr
1952 Son of Paleface
Mike 'The Torch' Delroy
1952 Macao
Julie Benson
1952 The Las Vegas Story
Linda Rollins
1951 Double Dynamite
Mildred 'Mibs' Goodhue
1951 His Kind of Woman
Lenore Brent ” - roberthelliger
 
13.
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...
“ Shirley MacLaine, (b. Shirley MacLean Beaty
April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia, USA), is the oldest sister to Warren Beatty.

Her career spans 60 years and is one of the best actresses post WWII.

She won Best Actress for "Terms of Endearment", (1983), and has made a lot of movies.

Here's a selection of her 1950's movies:


1959 Career
Sharon Kensington
1959 Ask Any Girl
Meg Wheeler
1958 Some Came Running
Ginnie Moorehead
1958 The Sid Caesar Show (TV movie)

1958 The Matchmaker
Irene Molloy
1958 Hot Spell
Virginia Duval
1958 The Sheepman
Dell Payton
1956 Around the World in Eighty Days
Princess Aouda
1955 Artists and Models
Bessie Sparrowbrush
1955 The Trouble with Harry
Jennifer Rogers, (Sir Alfred Hitchcock-her debut).

It wasn't until Billy Wilder's "The Apartment", (1960), as Jack Lemmon's girlfriend, with Fred MacMurray, that she was an "A" list Actress. ” - roberthelliger
 
14.
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Dame Elizabeth Taylor, (b. Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, London, England, on February 27, 1932-d. March 23, 2011), was one of the last "Golden Age" Hollywood actresses. Married 8 times, (twice to Sir Richard Burton), whom they made "Cleopatra", (1963), won Best Actress for "Butterfield 8", (1960); and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", (1966).

She was the first Actress to be paid $1 million US dollars as "Cleopatra".

Later on, she was a supporter of pop star Michael Jackson, (1958-2010), and AIDS charities.

Here's a selection of her 1950's movies:

The Real Sally Kennedy (uncredited)
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer
Catherine Holly
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Maggie Pollitt
1957 Raintree County
Susanna Drake Shawnessy
1956 Giant
Leslie Benedict
1954 The Last Time I Saw Paris
Helen Ellswirth
1954 Beau Brummell
Lady Patricia
1954 Elephant Walk
Ruth Wiley
1954 Rhapsody
Louise Durant
1953 The Girl Who Had Everything
Jean Latimer
1952 Ivanhoe
Rebecca
1952 Love Is Better Than Ever
Anastacia (Stacie) Macaboy
1951 Quo Vadis
Christian Prisoner in Arena (uncredited)
1951 A Place in the Sun
Angela Vickers
1951 Father's Little Dividend
Kay Dunstan
1950 Father of the Bride
Katherine 'Kay' Banks
1950 The Big Hangover
Mary Belney ” - roberthelliger
 
15.
Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
“ Brigitte Bardot, (September 28, 1934-), Paris, France, is an Animal Activist and France's greatest Actress, apart from Catherine Denueve, and a sex symbol in Europe, Hollywood, and The UK, (and Australia/Asia), and around the World.

Like Jane Fonda, she made her name in movies for Roger Vadim, like "Contempt", (1963).

Both women made their name in the 1950's-60's. Bardot retring in 1973.

Here's a selection of her 1950's movies:

1959 Voulez-vous danser avec moi?
Virginie Dandieu
1959 Babette s'en va-t-en guerre
Babette
1959 La femme et le pantin
Eva Marchand
1958 En cas de malheur
Yvette Maudet
1958 Les bijoutiers du clair de lune
Ursula
1957 Une parisienne
Brigitte Laurier
1956 And God Created Woman
Juliete Hardy
1956 La mariée est trop belle
Chouchou
1956 En effeuillant la marguerite
Agnès Dumont
1956 Mio figlio Nerone
Poppea
1956 Cette sacrée gamine
Brigitte Latour
1956 Helen of Troy
Andraste
1955 La lumière d'en face
Olivia Marceau
1955 Les grandes manoeuvres
Lucie
1955 Doctor at Sea
Hélène Colbert
1955 Futures vedettes
Sophie Dimater
1955 The Long Teeth
La femme du témoin au mariage/Marriage Witness (uncredited)
1955 Le fils de Caroline chérie
Pilar d'Aranda
1954 Tradita
Anna
1954 Si Versailles m'était conté
Mademoiselle de Rozille (uncredited)
1953 Un acte d'amour
Mimi
1953 His Father's Portrait
Domino
1952 Manina, la fille sans voiles
Manina
1952 Le trou normand
Javotte Lemoine. ” - roberthelliger
 
16.
Sophia Loren
Actress, Two Women
Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone)...
“ Sophia Loren, (b. Sofia Villani Scicolone
September 20, 1934-), Rome, Lazio, Italy, is Europe's, and Italy's Greatest Ever Actress.

Over a long career, she has made ground breaking movies, like "Two Women", (1960); "Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow", (1963); "Marriage Italian Style", (1965).

Recently she was in Robert Altman's "Pret-A-Porter", (1994); "Grumpier Old Men", (1995); and "Nine", (2009).

Here's a selection of her 1950's movies:

1959 That Kind of Woman
Kay
1958 Houseboat
Cinzia Zaccardi
1958 The Black Orchid
Rose Bianco
1958 The Key
Stella
1958 Desire Under the Elms
Anna Cabot
1957 Legend of the Lost
Dita
1957 The Pride and the Passion
Juana
1957 Boy on a Dolphin
Phaedra
1957 Ci troviamo in galleria
Marisa
1955 La fortuna di essere donna
Antonietta Fallari
1955 Pane, amore e...
Donna Sofia, a Smargiassa
1955 La bella mugnaia
Carmela
1955 Il segno di Venere
Agnese Tirabassi
1954 La donna del fiume
Nives Mongolini
1954 Peccato che sia una canaglia
Lina Stroppiani
1954 Attila
Honoria
1954 L'oro di Napoli
Sofia (segment "Pizze a credito")
1954 Carosello napoletano
Sisina
1954 Poverty and Nobility
Gemma
1954 Tempi nostri
La ragazza
1954 The Country of the Campanelli
Bonbon
1953 Aida
Aida
1953 La favorita
Leonora (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1953 Africa sotto i mari
Barbara Lama
1953 Un giorno in pretura
Anna
1953 La domenica della buona gente
Ines
1953 Pellegrini d'amore

1953 Due notti con Cleopatra
Cleopatra / Nisca
1952 Le sei mogli di Barbablù
Ragazza rapita (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1952 La tratta delle bianche
Elvira (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1952 Il sogno di Zorro
Conchita (as Sofia Scicolone)
1952 The Piano Tuner Has Arrived
Amica di Giulietta (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1951 Anna
L'assistente de Vittorio al nightclub (uncredited)
1951 Il padrone del vapore
Una ballerinetta (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1951 Era lui... sì! sì!
Odalisca (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1951 Il mago per forza
La Sposa (as Sofia Scicolone)
1951 Quo Vadis
Lygia's Slave (uncredited)
1951 Milano miliardaria
Una commessa del bar (as Sofia Scicolone)
1951 Io sono il capataz
Segretaria del Dittatore (as Sofia Scicolone)
1951 Lebbra bianca
A girl in the boardinghouse (as Sofia Lazzaro)
1950 Cuori sul mare
Extra (uncredited)
1950 Totò Tarzan
Una tarzanide
1950 Il voto
Un popolana alla festa di Piedigrotta (as Sofia Scicolone) ” - roberthelliger
 
17.
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ Lucille Désirée Ball
August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York, USA
Died:April 26, 1989 (age 77) in Beverly Hills, California, USA, was a redheaded, commedienne and actress, as well as a Production Manager, and TV star.

Here's a selection of her movies in the 1950's.

1956 I Love Lucy Christmas Show (TV movie)
Lucy Ricardo
1956 Forever, Darling
Susan Vega
1953 The Long, Long Trailer
Tacy Bolton - Collini
1953 I Love Lucy
Lucy Ricardo / Herself
1951 The Magic Carpet
Princess Narah
1950 The Fuller Brush Girl
Sally Elliot
1950 Fancy Pants
Agatha Floud.

The 1956 "I Love Lucy" TV movie was done for TV in the 1960's, and made her famous. ” - roberthelliger
 
18.
“ Joan Collins, (b. Joan Henrietta Collins
May 23, 1933-), in Paddington, London, England, UK , made her name in B-horror movies in the early 1970s, before playing Alexis, in the 1980's soap "Dallas".

Her sister Jackie is a famous author.

Here's a selected 1950's list of her movies.

1958 Rally 'Round the Flag, Boys!
Angela Hoffa
1958 The Bravados
Josefa Velarde
1957 Stopover Tokyo
Tina Llewellyn
1957 Sea Wife
Sea Wife
1957 Island in the Sun
Jocelyn Fleury
1957 The Wayward Bus
Alice Chicoy
1956 The Opposite Sex
Crystal
1956 Afternoon Film Festival (TV series)

– Turn the Key Softly (1956)

1955 The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing
Evelyn Nesbit Thaw
1955 The Virgin Queen
Beth Throgmorton
1955 Land of the Pharaohs
Princess Nellifer
1954 The Good Die Young
Mary Halsey
1953 Our Girl Friday
Sadie Patch
1953 The Square Ring
Frankie
1953 Turn the Key Softly
Stella Jarvis
1953 Cosh Boy
Rene Collins
1953 Decameron Nights
Pampinea/Maria
1952 I Believe in You
Norma Hart
1952 Judgment Deferred
Lil Carter
1952 The Woman's Angle
Marina
1951 Lady Godiva Rides Again
Beauty Queen Contestant (uncredited)
1951 Facts and Fancies (short) ” - roberthelliger
 
19.
Jeanne Crain
Actress, State Fair
Jeanne Crain was born in Barstow, California, on May 25, 1925. The daughter of a high school English teacher and his wife, Jeanne was moved to Los Angeles not long after her birth after her father got another teaching position in that city. While in junior high school, Jeanne played the lead in a school production which set her on the path to acting...
“ Jeanne Crain made the list of the 1940's. But her career spanned the 1950's, to 1970's.

Here's a list of her TV shows and early 1950's movies.
1959 Riverboat (TV series)
Laura Sutton
– Escape to Memphis (1959) … Laura Sutton

1959 Goodyear Theatre (TV series)
Lila Babrek Barnes
– Wait Till Spring (1959) … Lila Babrek Barnes

1959 Meet Me in St. Louis (TV movie)
Rose Smith
1958 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (TV series)
Ruth Elliot
– The Trouble with Ruth (1958) … Ruth Elliot

1958 Playhouse 90 (TV series)
Daisy Buchanan
– The Great Gatsby (1958) … Daisy Buchanan

1957 The Joker Is Wild
Letty Page
1957 The Tattered Dress
Diane Blane
1956 The Fastest Gun Alive
Dora Temple
1956 The Ford Television Theatre (TV series)
Joyce Randall
– Airborne Honeymoon (1956) … Joyce Randall

1955 Star Stage (TV series)
Nancy
– The Girl Who Wasn't Wanted (1955) … Nancy

1955 The Second Greatest Sex
Liza McClure
1955 Gentlemen Marry Brunettes
Connie Jones/Mitzi Jones
1955 Man Without a Star
Reed Bowman
1954 Duel in the Jungle
Marian Taylor
1953 City of Bad Men
Linda Culligan
1953 Vicki
Jill Lynn
1953 Dangerous Crossing
Ruth Stanton Bowman
1952/I Full House
Della (segment "The Gift of the Magi")
1952 Belles on Their Toes
Ann Gilbreth
1951 The Model and the Marriage Broker
Kitty Bennett
1951 People Will Talk
Deborah Higgins
1951 Take Care of My Little Girl
Liz Erickson
1950 Cheaper by the Dozen
Ann Gilbreth ” - roberthelliger
 
20.
Susan Hayward
The youngest of three children, Edythe Marrenner was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. Her father and mother, who were of Irish and Swedish descent respectively, endowed her with the milky complexion and ruby mane that would become her trademark. She grew up in poverty in the shadow of her older sister Florence who was her mother's favorite...
“ Edythe Marrenner
June 30, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died:March 14, 1975 (age 57) in Hollywood, California, USA, changed her name to "Susan Hayward".

She came from a family that struggled with poverty. She became an actress to find fame.

With her good looks, and talent, Susan was one of the most beautiful, and underrated Actress in her day.

Here's a selected 1950's films:

1959 Woman Obsessed
Mary Sharron
1959 Thunder in the Sun
Gabrielle Dauphin
1958 I Want to Live!
Barbara Graham
1957 Top Secret Affair
Dorothy 'Dottie' Peale
1956 The Conqueror
Bortai
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow
Lillian Roth
1955 Soldier of Fortune
Mrs. Jane Hoyt
1955 Untamed
Katie O'Neill(Kildare)(Van Riebeck)
1954 Garden of Evil
Leah Fuller
1954 Demetrius and the Gladiators
Messalina
1953 White Witch Doctor
Ellen Burton
1953 The President's Lady
Rachel Donaldson
1952 The Lusty Men
Louise Merritt
1952 The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Helen
1952 With a Song in My Heart
Jane Froman
1951 David and Bathsheba
Bathsheba
1951 I Can Get It for You Wholesale
Harriet Boyd
1951 Rawhide
Vinnie Holt
1951. ” - roberthelliger