favorite actresses I grew up with

Alice Fay,I will try to bring up her picture. She was my 1st blond bombshell. She was almost always the slinky blond band singer. My favorite was Alexander's ragtime band...fighting over her were Don Amechi and the handsome Tyrone Power.
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Betty Hutton
Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to Detroit to find work in the numerous auto factories there...
“ Wild,exciting, visual entertainer she made you feel as though you could do what she did. There was only one like her. Loved all her movies from the time she started as a band singer to Annie get your gun. A great performer effortless talent... ” - theartist43
 
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Rita Hayworth
Actress, Gilda
Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps...
“ Born a brunet but became a sexy redhead. Started out as a dancer with her father. And became Fred Astair's favorite dance partner ...she danced with Fred and gene Kelly two of my favorite dancers...then came Gilda wow! She knocked everyone right off our feet...sexy, sultry slinky Rita.. ” - theartist43
 
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Betty Grable
Elizabeth Ruth Grable was born on December 18, 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to Lillian Rose (Hofmann) and John Charles Grable, a stockbroker. She had German, English, Irish, and Dutch ancestry. Her mother was a stubborn and materialistic woman who was determined to make her daughter a star. Elizabeth...
“ She was beautiful, I dreamt she was my mom, she did look like a blond version of my mother. Soft yet sensual...she was a triple treat. She could sing, dance and act. Her and Dan Dailey in my blue heaven and mother wore tights, just wonderful. I think my favorite movie of hers was Three for the Show with Jack lemon and Marge and Gower Champion....I must have sat through that one everyday for a week twice on Sundays. ” - theartist43
 
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Carmen Miranda
Soundtrack, Radio Days
Carmen Miranda was born Maria do Carmo Miranda da Cunha on February 9, 1909, near Porto, Portugal, in the town of Marco de Canavezes. Not long after her birth her family moved to Brazil, where her father was involved in the produce business. The family settled in the then-capital city of Rio de Janeiro...
“ Conventional beauty isn't what always attracted me to an actress... Talent, great inspiring talent. Carmen came from Brazil with a style all her own...platform shoes and high outrageous hats...she was a charmer..when she was on the screen you couldn't turn away or go for popcorn...she was a ball of fire..she often acted as Alice Fay's sidekick. ” - theartist43
 
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Lana Turner
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...
“ This blond was the original sweater girl...but grew into being the queen of the tear jerker movies...she could pull on your heart muscles. If you went to her movies you could often see the most beautiful gown created for the silver screen...she looked great in everything from a simple pair of whit shorts in the postmen always rings twice to Adrian's beautiful gowns...my favorite movies were Madame X and Imitation of life. ” - theartist43
 
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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...
“ A sumptuous brunet up until now there were blonds that is undeniable . But Hedy could just stand still and fill up the screen and that was enough for me. She was exquisite to look at, breathing to behold . I walked around my house pretending her accent, her walk..you know kinda slinky. My favorite spy with Bob Hope was fun....yup...I wanted to be Hedy. ” - theartist43
 
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Rosalind Russell
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...
“ My girl Friday, she was my girl everyday what wasn't she good in...she was funny, often outrageous, inspiring...tall and could wear clothes beautifully but most of all I never missed one of her movies. Even now on TCM I watch those fabulous old movies....I would call Rosalind joyful. ” - theartist43
 
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Cyd Charisse
Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, Something to Shout About...
“ I guess I should back to what made me love the movies. It was the musicals undeniably that I love. I became a singer dancer because of them and Cyd was one I aspired to be like of course I came off quite short of that mark. When I 1st noticed her dance on film I could feel her pull you toward her even if it was but a flash of o moment. Her poise and grace was undeniable ..sure enough she became a star. One that shines oh so bright in the heavens. That's our Cyd....silk stockings my favorite. ” - theartist43
 
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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...
“ So you want to put on a show....where?.....the garage? The barn? Carnige hall...Judy and Micky movies, never missed one....some I only saw on TV but what counts is I did see them and they taught me, anything was possible. As Judy grew up the acting became more and more serious. But magic happened, undeniable Magic...when Judy opened her mouth to sing.....I died and went to heaven. My favorite is A Star is Born then running a close second is Meet me in St. Louis. ” - theartist43
 
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Esther Williams
Esther Jane Williams was born on August 8, 1921 in Inglewood, California. Her youth was spent as a teenage swimming champion and she won three United States National championships. She eventually was spotted by a MGM talent scout while working in a Los Angeles department store. She made her film debut with MGM in an "Andy Hardy" picture called Andy Hardy's Double Life...
“ When I was very young I saw a miracle in water..you guessed right...it was Esther Williams.....she was a winning swimmer turned actress and the water was her dance floor. When she got into the water she became a goddess. I learned how to swim because of Esther....elegance was her middle name.... ” - theartist43
 
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Sonja Henie
The daughter of a fur wholesaler in Norway, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. At 14 she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15 she would win the Olympic gold medal in Skating, a feat she would repeat in 1932 and 1936. In 1936 she would turn professional and tour with her own ice show...
“ Here is the girl that inspired me to skate ... Not a good actress but fun to watch. ” - theartist43
 
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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...
“ I guess you could say Elizabeth Taylor was my all time favorite actress. From the first time I saw her in national velvet or was it Jane a Eyre ( that five second role) I was in love. She won everyone's heart with those beautiful eyes, that dainty English accent, that very famine way about her. As she grew so did her acting prowess. She won two oscars, married eight times and was a great humanitarian. Always a friend to those in need. Yes indeed my favorite ” - theartist43
 
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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...
“ My first glimpse came with the movie State Fair, she didn't have a great singing voice but she had sweet innocence, long bouncy hair, a shy sort of smile and I was hooked. I don't think I ever missed a Jean Crain movie weather black & white or color, musical or drama. I was I fan. ” - theartist43
 
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Greer Garson
Actress, Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress...
“ I must admit as a young movie goer I did not pay much attention to Greer. I saw all the movies on the big screen because to tell the truth I went to the movies about three times a week. Know matter the movie or who was in it. I discovered this fabulous actress from watching her movies on television. Wow! How did I miss loving her? She was dynamic, irrepressible, funny, sincere, beguiling and Beautiful. Since my discovery I never miss a chance to watch any and everything she is in. ” - theartist43
 
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Gene Tierney
Actress, Laura
Gene Tierney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1920, to well-to-do parents. Her father was a very successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York...
“ She was Laura, she was Mrs. Muir and she was the mean girl in Leave Her to Heaven....many more captivating roles. Beauty and charm in Razors Edge...wow! She was a great actress. Up for academy recognition many times ” - theartist43
 
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Jennifer Jones
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
 
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Doris Day
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff 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...
 
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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...
“ She was a underestimated actress I I copied her walk and whispered voice. ” - theartist43
 
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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...
 
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Marilyn Monroe
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
 
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Katharine Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
 
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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)...
 
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Gina Lollobrigida
Gina Lollobrigida was born on July 4, 1927 in Subiaco, Italy. Destined to be called "The Most Beautiful Woman in the World", Gina possibly had St. Brigid as part of her surname. She was the daughter of a furniture manufacturer, and grew up in the pictorial mountain village. The young Gina did some modeling and...
 
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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...
 
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Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...