The World's Prettiest Women

Celebrating Beautiful Women of Today and Yesterday

Esther Williams June 7, 2013

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esther williamsEsther Jane Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) was an American competitive swimmer and MGM movie actress.

Williams set multiple national and regional swimming records in her late teens as part of the Los Angeles Athletic Clubswim team. Unable to compete in the 1940 Summer Olympics because of the outbreak of World War II, she joined Billy Rose’s Aquacade, where she took on the role vacated by Eleanor Holm after the show’s move from New York City toSan Francisco. While in the city, she spent five months swimming alongside Olympic gold medal winner and Tarzanstar, Johnny Weissmuller. It was at the Aquacade that Williams caught the attention of MGM scouts. After appearing in several small roles, alongside Mickey Rooney in an Andy Hardy film, and future five time co-star Van Johnson in A Guy Named Joe, Williams made a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as “aquamusicals,” which featured elaborate performances with synchronized swimming and diving.

From 1945 to 1949, Williams had at least one film listed among the 20 highest grossing films of the year. In 1952, Williams appeared in her only biographical role, as Australian swimming star Annette Kellerman in Million Dollar Mermaid, which would go on to become her nickname while at MGM. Williams left MGM in 1956 and appeared in a handful of unsuccessful feature films, followed by several extremely popular water-themed television specials, including one from Cypress Gardens, Florida. Following her retirement from film in the 1960s, Williams became a businesswoman, and lent her name to a line of swimming pools and retro swimwear, instructional swimming videos for children, and serving as a commentator for synchronized swimming at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Wikipedia)

 

Elizabeth Taylor March 23, 2011

elizabeth-taylor-16915Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor, DBE (born 27 February 1932), also known as Liz Taylor, is an English-born British-American actress. Known for her acting skills and beauty, as well as her Hollywood lifestyle, including many marriages. Taylor is considered one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s golden years, as well as a larger-than-life celebrity.

The American Film Institute named Taylor seventh on its Female Legends list.

Ms. Taylor died on March 21, 2011.

In a world of flickering images, Elizabeth Taylor was a constant star. First appearing onscreen at age 9, she grew up there, never passing through an awkward age. It was one quick leap from “National Velvet” to “A Place in the Sun” and from there to “Cleopatra” as she was indelibly transformed from a vulnerable child actress into a voluptuous film queen.

In a career of more than 70 years and more than 50 films, she won two Academy Awards as best actress, for her performances as a call girl in “Butterfield 8” (in 1960) and as the acid-tongued Martha in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” (in 1966). Mike Nichols, who directed her in “Virginia Woolf,” said he considered her “one of the greatest cinema actresses.”

 

Raquel Welch April 6, 2010

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raquel welchRaquel Welch.

Take a look at this woman; how old would you say she is? 45, 50?

How about 69?

No, I’m not kidding.

Welch was born Jo Raquel Tejada in Chicago, Illinois, the oldest of 3 children and the daughter of Josephine Sarah and Armando Carlos Tejada Urquizo.

Welch became one of the leading sex symbols of the 1960s and 1970s. Her most memorable publicity still for One Million Years B.C. became a bestselling poster. Playboy called her the “Most Desired Woman” of the 1970s.

Her body has more curves than a ram’s horn! Still hot to this day – yoga and decent eating being the secret.

 

Ava Gardner April 21, 2009

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ava-gardnerClassic Beauty

Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was an Academy Award-nominated American actress. She is listed as one of the American Film Institute’s greatest stars of all time.

She was married to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra.

(1922-12-24)Born December 24, 1922 in Brogden, North Carolina, U.S.

Died January 25, 1990 (aged 67) in London, England.

 

Grace Kelly November 11, 2008

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691385Timeless beauty.

Grace Kelly was born in Philadelphia into a remarkable family of Irish Catholics from the wrong side of the tracks. Her grandfather was an immigrant bricklayer, her father a successful house-builder (and also, like her brother, a gold-medal winning Olympic oarsman). Her uncle George Kelly was a successful playwright, while her cousin John Lehman Jr. became a US Secretary of the Navy.
In 1947, after high school graduation, Grace went to New York and became a model. She made her debut on Broadway in 1949 and began to get work in television. She next moved to Los Angeles, in 1951 appearing in her first film. Her movie career was crowned with an Oscar for Best Actress for The Country Girl (1954). High Society (1956) turned out to be Grace’s last appearance as an actress, as she had met and married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, a tiny Mediterranean principality famous chiefly as an international gambling centre. For the rest of her life, she was in the spotlight in her new role as Princess Grace. On September 14, 1982, she was killed in an accident on a cliff road in Monaco. She left behind three children, Caroline, Stephanie, and Albert, one of whom (Stephanie) had survived the fatal road accident. Grace Kelly’s final resting place is in St Nicholas’s Cathedral, Monte Carlo, where she lies under an inscription in Latin. source.

 

Vivian Leigh November 9, 2008

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Vivian Leigh in a publicity shot from "Gone With The Wind"

Vivian Leigh in a publicity shot from

Watch the movie. Beauty in fluid motion. Vivian Leigh, who played Scarlett O’Hara in the classic movie, Gone With The Wind.

Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (5 November 1913 – 8 July 1967), was an English actress. She won two Academy Awards for playing “southern belles“: Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London‘s West End.

She was a prolific stage performer, frequently in collaboration with her husband, Laurence Olivier, who directed her in several of her roles. During her thirty-year stage career, she played parts that ranged from the heroines of Noël Coward and George Bernard Shaw comedies to classic Shakespearean characters such as Ophelia, Cleopatra, Juliet and Lady Macbeth.

Lauded for her beauty, Leigh felt that it sometimes prevented her from being taken seriously as an actress, but ill health proved to be her greatest obstacle. Affected by bipolar disorder for most of her adult life[1], she gained a reputation for being a difficult person to work with, and her career went through periods of decline. She was further weakened by recurrent bouts of chronic tuberculosis, with which she was first diagnosed in the mid-1940s. She and Olivier divorced in 1960, and Leigh worked sporadically in film and theatre until her death from tuberculosis, in 1967. Source