The second part of our blog looking at famous female screen legends turns to more movie start of the big screen that audiences have adored through the ages. In part one we looked at sultry Lauren Bacall, the legendary Vivien Leigh and the beautiful Ava Gardner.
In this episode we will find out about fashion icon Audrey Hepburn and one of the most enigmatic Hollywood stars there has ever been, Marilyn Monroe.
Audrey Hepburn had a way about her that would light up a room, she was very much a fashion icon, but she wore fashions that she liked and perhaps not too much in vogue by the mainstream fashion houses. Unlike many stars. she looked comfortable in her clothes and suited them perfectly.
Hepburn starred alongside some Hollywood giants and was featured in a host of much loved Hollywood movies. Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady and Funny Face to name just five. Her acting was almost whimsical in style and her fans loved it. Later in life, she championed many humanitarian causes and this was recognized in 1992 when she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her tireless work as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF.
Norma Jean Mortenson was born in 1926 and was destined to be a world-famous figure ever since. She was more famous off screen for her private life, rather than her on-screen performances, but a great deal of that fame was damaging and not positive.
Remembered for her beauty and sexuality, Monroe was sought after by film directors and American Presidents, but her acting ability stands up with the best, making some fabulous films: The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot and How to Marry a Millionaire. Her Golden Globe award came after Some Like it Hot when she was given the Best Actress in Comedy Award in 1960. Sadly, Norma Jean died at only thirty-six from a drug overdose.
One of Hollywood greatest ever screen goddesses, Taylor was an iconic figure that was a true Hollywood Diva. Married eight times but only to seven different me (Richard Burton twice), she was a celebrity the media loved to follow.
She could be cast in many different roles, but, generally, she was best at epic historical roles, such as the film that is still the most expensive to have ever been made, Cleopatra. She was never far away from accolades and won two Oscars for her films, Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf.
Garbo was one of the few actors that successfully made the transition from silent movies to talkies. Unlike Elizabeth Taylor, Greta Garbo was almost reclusive and rarely did media interviews. Her famous comment I want to be alone became her signature as she detested the limelight.
Her career was prolific as she made nearly thirty films, many of them highly acclaimed. True to her solitude doctrine, she never married or had children. These great actresses lit up the big screen and gave joy and happiness to so many fans around the world. In part three we carry on delving into the private lives of great female stars of Hollywood and the big screen.