This actress from Dublin headlined Hollywood blockbusters beginning in the 50s opposite western legend John Wayne in ‘ Rio Grande .’ The co-stars’ chemistry was so authentic she starred as Wayne’s leading lady in several films.
A decade earlier she would get her foot in the door with ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame .’ The stunning redhead came to life in technicolor but looked just as captivating in vintage black and white films. Her look was so striking she was nicknamed Queen of Technicolor.
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland starred in 'Gone With the Wind' (1939), a true old-time cinematic classic. She played Scarlett O’Hara’s sister-in-law and confidant. Her career spanned five decades comprising 49 feature films. She won two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes. The beautiful de Havilland was one of the few surviving golden age legends until her death in 2020 at the age of 104.
The cultured actress, born in Tokyo to British parents, grew up in California. Havilland’s career began in earnest the day Warner Bros. signed her. She inked a seven-year contract and her name billed three films that same year!
Rita Moreno has a triple crown in the acting profession. Winning an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony makes her an EGOT too. The brunette bombshell starred in gilded age cinema opposite Elvis Presley, James Garner, and Marlon Brando, the latter of whom she had a long affair.
Moreno landed the big screen with ' Singing in the Rain .'Later, the actress's musical talents would shine in ' West Side Story,' for which she won a Best Actress Academy Award. On Broadway, Moreno performed musicals, 'The Ritz' and 'The Odd Couple .' She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom 2015.
Jocelyn “Jackie” Lane
Austrian-born television, film actress, and model Jackie Lane was the gorgeous girl in 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' and played Elvis Presley’s love interest in ' Tickle Me .' Lane’s allure was compared to Brigitte Bardot. She was featured in Playboy in 1966.
Her days of playing heartthrob female leads came to a close in 1973 when she married her prince. Quite literally, Lane wedded a Spanish prince named Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg.
Greta Garbo’s movie career commenced in the 1920s silent era with ' A Woman of Affairs .' She became MGM’s most profitable actress. Named the fifth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema by the American Film Institute, she was famous for her noir style and tragic roles. Garbo thought she was too young to play such sophisticated types.
But the persona became the Garbo image. The Swedish enchantress was perfectly suited to silent films since she did not yet speak English. Her first speaking role as Anna in Anna Christie was a wild success. “Garbo speaks!” was MGM’s legendary ad line.