Since I always hated the "Most beautiful/sexy women" lists since their authors never add the essential "... for me" at the end, here's my personal biggest crushes on screen.
The ultimate lethal weapons, for me ? Charm and intelligence, the smile, eyes and voice.
Beauty will alway be in the eye of the beholder and that's very good this way !
Some people are blessed enough to get charm AND beauty, but I will always fall for charm beyond anything else. So don't be surprised to not find any of those so-called beauty queens in my favorites ;-)
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Ah, Kate, my deepest and longest crush and admiration, I'm a forever admirer since Heavenly Creatures, such a long time ago... and however this unbelievably multi-talented charmer is just at her beginning ! I wish you, dearest Kate, the longest and must succesfull and versatile career ever. ” - Ariane67
Jennifer Beals was born in December 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard
in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature...
“ The most irresistible and million-watts smile, deep eyes to die for, such a sexy voice and a natural class, who could ask for anything more ? Well, she did : the epithome of inside and outside beauty, a lightening intelligence, a magnificent life philosophy, that's Jen.
In addition, do you know many women who achieved to be more beautiful and sexy at her forties than they ever were before ? Miraculous.
Wow, what a woman... *sigh* ” - Ariane67
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley
, wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys
. But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the period from 1927 until 1964...
“ To someone who said to me, noticing with surprise my huge admiration and attraction to 'Missy', that "she isn't even beautiful" (meaning "... next to legendaries beauties like Ava Gardner or Rita Hayworth"), I calmly answered : "No, she isn't the most beautiful woman, she's much more than that !"
So true. Charm is the ultimate lethal weapon in seduction, for me. And the one and only Ms Stanwyck has everything, in my book : this irresistible mix of witness and intelligence on the face, a smile to die for and the sexiest voice ever...
Put her in the middle of all the official must beautiful women then or now and I would always only have eyes for Barbara... ” - Ariane67
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
Before Arlette-Leonie Bathiat went to the movies she was a secretary and had posed several times as a model for different painters and photographers. In 1920 she debuted on stage at a theatre. She only began to work in movies after 1930. After World War II she was condemned to prison for having been the lover of a German official during the ocupation of France...
“ The Queen of French cinema, legendary 'Garance' in Children of Paradise, able to be as classy as witty with her incredible voice and unique nature, the great Arletty is simply a miracle. And what a killer smile... ” - Ariane67
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...
“ Well yes, an author ! The fascinating author of novels like The Cry of the Owl, Strangers on a train, The Price of Salt (aka Carol) or the 'Ripley' serie.
... and the woman was as complexe and fascinating than her work !
Forget the aged Highsmith, physically devastated by booze and mal-être, and discover the young and then much mature Patricia : what a charm, something mysterious between smiles and dark look, and this brillant intelligence and creativity... ” - Ariane67
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh...
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson
's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures
, achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet
) spirals dangerously out of control...
“ Ah, my first big crush at my prime teenage years, watching her 'Claudine' TV miniserie (from Colette's celebrated novels).
One of the most seductive smile I ever saw !
Alas, nobody seems to know what happened to her since the seventies, after her awful depressive period... ” - Ariane67
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater...
“ By far my favorite Desperate Housewives, the only one for which I have a crush - now isn't that a huge compliment ?
I cannot wait to discover her new TV serie... ” - Ariane67
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson
, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law
, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson
, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire
. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson
was one of her...
Evangeline Lilly, born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta in 1979, was discovered on the streets of Kelowna, British Columbia by the famous Ford modeling agency. Although she initially decided to pass on a modeling career, she went ahead and signed with Ford anyway, to help pay for her University of British Columbia tuition and expenses.
“ I discovered Lost... and I immediately get lost in Evangeline's eyes and smile ! I would have adore this serie anyway but, well, she became a huge reason to became a huge fan ! ” - Ariane67
Lisa Edelstein began her professional acting career while studying theater at N.Y.U.'s Tisch School of the Arts. After performing in a wide range of productions off and on Broadway, authored and performed the AIDS-related musical "Positive Me" at Ellen Stuart's La Mama, in Manhattan. It was one one of the earliest AIDS-related theater productions...
“ How many times could I have slap Gregory House ! Each time he's so rude or irritating with his so patient and sexy hospital director Cuddy, I'm yelling at him ;-) He definitly didn't deserved such a woman. ” - Ariane67
“ Now, who could watch Desert Hearts without feeling a growning crush for her Vivian ? This smile, my goodness... ” - Ariane67
Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, to Connie (Temo), who owned a candy company, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is of Greek descent. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon
and Chita Rivera
, inspired her as a child. She began performing...
“ No wonder I always prefer to watch CSI Manhattan instead of CSI Las Vegas - even when I like these series the same way !
I would gladly play the dead body in any of her murder enquiries...
The smile is the ultimate seduction weapon, for me, and I definitly have a special sweet spot for intelligent brunettes ;-) ” - Ariane67
“ My, my, I try very hard to hate Laurel Holloman for having been sooo unbelievably lucky to get two magnificent and sexy brunettes - Jennifer and Rachel - with her playing Tina Kennard... But since it's impossible not to like Laurel, I forgive her each time ! ;-) ” - Ariane67
“ French actress Karin Viard is such an irresistible mix of fun and charm, it's simply irresisitible !
Ah yes, the power of charm... ” - Ariane67
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ When I said that I always fall for intelligence and charm, Jodie is such a perfect exemple... ” - Ariane67
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
Holland Taylor was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third-born (and last) daughter of her mother, Virginia (Davis), a painter, and the only child of her father, C. Tracy Taylor, an attorney. She spent her teen years in nearby Allentown, PA, where Holland got the nickname, "Penny Taylor" because of her coppery hair color...
“ Who cares about age when you're in front of such a wonderfully ironic and witty woman ? Her authoritative character of Peggy Peabody in The L Word was a delight... ” - Ariane67
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
“ Following Dr Quinn with enthusiasm, I came to see the lovely Jane Seymour... and then, to my big surprise, I became addicted to Barbara Babcock's character ! Something a bit ironical in her smile, a je-ne-sais-quoi that makes her dangerously charming. ” - Ariane67
Growing up in a Beverly Hills mansion, well-fed, well-educated and well-traveled - what could be more perfect? But absentee father Eddie Fisher
, an alcoholic and self-confessed drug addict, and sexpot mother Connie Stevens
, introducing a succession of men into her life, made growing up very complicated...
“ Now, how to resist to such a funny actress ? I adored her in Ellen, she made me laugh so much ! What a weapon, a fun charm... ” - Ariane67
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
For Michèle Mercier, the role of Angélique, "the Marquise of the Angels", was both a blessing and a curse. It catapulted her to almost instant stardom, rivalling Brigitte Bardot in her celebrity and popularity, but ruined her acting career. The character of Angélique made to forget the other aspects of the career of Mercier...
“ Unforgettable 'Angélique' for all a generation...
For me, simply the most beautiful french actress ever. ” - Ariane67
The middle of seven children, she was named after the S.S. Rosalind at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer. After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, having convinced her mother that she intended to teach acting. In 1934...
“ Funny, witty, what a charmer ! ” - Ariane67
Rene Russo was born in Burbank, California, to Shirley (Balocca), a barmaid and factory laborer, and Nino Russo. She grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Her father, a sculptor and mechanic, left the family when Rene was just two, and thus her mother raised Rene and her sister, Toni, as a single mom...
British actress Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in "Medea", both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Rigg made her professional stage debut in 1957 in the Caucasian Chalk Circle...
Hallelujah for Sela. Everyone's favorite "Sister" was born Sela Ann Ward, on July 11, 1956, in Meridian, Mississippi. Sela's parents were Annie Kate (Boswell) and Granberry Holland Ward, Jr., an electrical engineer; the three younger children in the family are Jenna (1957), Berry (1959) and Brock (1961)...
“ So, not only this awful Greg House don't deserve Cuddy but he definitly didn't deserve such a charming and classy woman neither ! ;-) ” - Ariane67
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock
in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress...
Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory Company 1939-40...
“ Deborah Kerr or the epithome of class... ” - Ariane67
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...
“ Ah, one of my prime teenage years' big crushes, when I saw her as Messaline in The Gladiators... Those souvenirs never die... ” - Ariane67
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer
and Lori Pfeiffer
, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish-born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than half a century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo
or Ingrid Bergman
. She appeared with Ronald Reagan
in her first Hollywood film...
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr.
, originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis
(née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice
). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional accomplishments. Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace...
Natascha McElhone was born in Walton on Thames, London. She attended several schools, Camden School for Girls being the last. Natascha McElhone established herself as a talented leading actress when she left drama school in 1993 to play the lead in her first film, Merchant Ivory's Surviving Picasso, opposite Anthony Hopkins...
Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1926 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...