Sunday, 15 September 2013

Ten Old Time Screen Sirens

1. Audrey Hepburn
Delicate, elfin and facially the cataclysmic clash of a child with a kitten, Audrey's accessible adorable beauty epitomised woman-child sultriness. Despite remarking that she never could perceive nor understand her own popularity and idealised beauty, Audrey is still a prevalent modern day icon, epitomising easy, subtle style, endearing elegance and quirky femininity.

Quote: I never thought I'd land in pictures with a face like mine.
Quick Fact: Her Yorkshire terrier was named 'Mr Famous'

2. Ava Gardner
 
'A-vuh Gaaardner' had an exquisite womanly beauty. Widely heralded as one of the most beautiful women of her day, she was eye catching enough to draw the attention of crooner Frank Sinatra. Her unique chin dimple was emphasised with make-up to draw out the chiselled perfection of her facial structure.
 
Quote: When I lose my temper, honey, you can't find it any place.
Quick Fact: Frank Sinatra adorned her with the pseudonym 'Angel'
 
 


3. Doris Day
 
With a name that reflected her nature, Doris was an effervescent sunbeam of enthusiasm, cheer and joy. Happiness personified, she had a wholesome, innocent, Aryan beauty with her bright blue eyes, butter blonde hair and wide smile.
 
Quote: Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.
Quick Fact: Turned down the role of Mrs Robinson in 'The Graduate'
 
 
4. Judy Garland
 
Judy was a troubled child actress with an elfin, childish beauty catapulted to fame as Dorothy in 'The Wizard of Oz'. Her delightful, rich voice and wide-eyed innocence dripped with cynicism provided her with an intelligent, endearing reach to audiences.
 
Quote: I wanted to believe and I tried my damndest to believe in the rainbow that I tried to get over and couldn't. So what? Lots of people can't...
Quick Fact: On the day of her death, a tornado blew through Kansas.
 


5. Marilyn Monroe
 
Possibly the most potent yester-year icon celebrated by today's world, Marilyn was a glamorous, powerful sexual symbol with a voluptuous, curvaceous, bodacious beauty. Halfway between a Botticelli angel and a lioness, Marilyn embodied a playful, unabashed sexuality and initiated the wave of blonde bombshells.
 
Quote: Sex is a part of nature. I go along with nature.
Quick Fact: Marilyn suffered with a stutter.
 
6. Rita Hayworth

 
The most famous of the red heads, bestowed with Bambi brown eyes, Rita was born to a family of dancers and became renowned for her marvellous hair flick in 'Gilda'. Her exotic appearance was a departure from the gothic brunettes and sunshine blondes that abounded in cinema.
 
Quote: No one can be Gilda 24 hours a day.
Quick Fact: Her natural hair colour was not red but black.
 
 

7. Grace Kelly
 
Before she went on to become a Princess, gorgeous, swan-like Grace, with her delicate sensuality, was already living somewhat of a real life fairy tale as a movie star. Her poised, reserved demeanour belied hidden, mysterious depths that created an immense and engaging presence.
 
Quote: Hollywood amuses me. Holier-than-thou for the public and unholier-than-the-devil in reality.
Quick Fact: Her movies were banned in Monaco by her husband.
 
 
8. Greta Garbo
 
Swedish Garbo was known as 'the Face' before Elle Macpherson was 'the Body'. The quote 'I want to be alone' was misattributed to her, actually Greta did not want to be pestered by the ravenous media who hounded her.
 
Quote: I don't want to be a silly temptress. I cannot see any sense in getting dressed up and doing nothing but tempting men in pictures.
Quick Fact: She was the preferred actress of Adolf Hitler.
 
9. Lauren Bacall
 
 
With her full features and obvious sexuality, Lauren could definitely work the look that would launch a thousand ships. Her sly, aware eyes and slight smile made her a clear smouldering sensuality.
 
Quote: I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.
Quick Fact: Is half Romanian ethnically.
 
10. Jean Harlow
 
 
An ice blonde nicknamed baby, Jean had a cut-glass quality and was known for her fast mouth and witty wise cracks.
 
Quote: Men like me because I don't wear a brassiere. Women like me because I don't look like a girl who would steal a husband. At least not for long.
Quick Fact: Supposedly slept nude.