Saturday, July 14, 2012

The Ten Most Romantic Actresses

Brigitte Bardot à un cocktail en 1968
Brigitte Bardot à un cocktail en 1968 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By Sara Billups

10 Ingrid Bergman

The Swedish-born "Casablanca" actress helped set the tone for 1940s style. She is known for wearing smart suits, pencil skirts, and luxurious gowns. Bergman added her own personality to her looks, donning everything from polka dots to tailored pants.

9 Grace Kelly

In the 1950s, all eyes were on Grace Kelly. Wearing pearls, stylish coats, and stunning dresses, the "Dial M for Murder" and "Rear Window" star defined 1950s elegance and poise. The world became swept up in her fairy tale marriage to the Prince of Monaco. In 2010, the Victoria and Albert Museum presented an exhibit featuring clothes and accessories spanning Kelly's early life in Philadelphia to her princesshood.

8 Elizabeth Taylor

The "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf?" actress with sparkling violet eyes defined glamour, appearing in diamonds, tiaras, and sheaths in the 1950s. Always a trendsetter, she was photographed in turbans and capes in the 1960s.

7 Vivien Leigh

Best known for her role as Blanche DuBois in "A Streetcar Named Desire," Vivian Leigh embraced accessories. From the 1930s on, her romantic looks were highlighted by pearls, gloves, brooches, and elegant hats.

6 Natalie Wood

The "Miracle on 34th Street," "Splendor in the Grass," and "Rebel Without a Cause" actress dressed impeccably throughout the 1950s. She easily transitioned to 1960s style, often seen in colorful prints.

5 Rita Hayworth

A leading lady remembered for "Gilda" and "The Strawberry Blonde," Rita Hayworth is a picture of 1940s glamour. With a curvy figure and unforgettable red hair, Hayworth's pin-up girl style included sumptuous gowns in gold, black, and fiery red.

4 Marilyn Monroe

Permanently defining the halter dress as sexy, the iconic Marilyn Monroe gave women permission to embrace curves. The "Some Like It Hot" and "Seven Year Itch" beauty confidently wore pencil skirts and cashmere sweaters while sporting bright red lipstick and a beauty mark.

3 Brigitte Bardot

A French model, singer, and actress, Brigitte Bardot was a flirty, romantic style leader in the 1960s. While she turned from the public eye to activism in the 1970s, Bardot gave us permission to sport gingham bikinis and chic swooped necklines.

2 Twiggy

With her exaggerated lashes and wispy frame, the wildly popular British model, singer, and actress Twiggy became the face of the Swinging Sixties. The "W" and "Blues Brothers" starlet became famous for her short boy cut and colorful, androgynous style.

1 Audrey Hepburn

Graceful, elegant, and utterly chic, Audrey Hepburn is the ultimate romantic movie icon, giving us the little black dress as seen in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" and "Sabrina." Hepburn complimented her fitted, tailored suits and dresses with dark sunglasses and long gloves.

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