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The 40 Most Beautiful Actresses Pre-1960 (my preferences)

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Published on Jul 13, 2011

COPYRIGHT DISCLAIMER: I do not own any of the material used in this video. All material belongs to their respective owners. Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use", including non-profit, educational or personal. This is purely a fan video. No copyright infringement intended.

This list is based on the actresses whom I think are the most beautiful. Other attributes like elegance, glamour, personality, iconic status, and talent were not considered. It's all about the face for this video. This is my preference only. Constructive criticism is welcome - insults and rudeness are not.

The music is 'The End/ Play-off' from Lawrence of Arabia, composed by Maurice Jarre.

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Unga Bunga
That Vivian Leigh's one-eyebrow raising was her ultimate weapon.
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youandwhosearmy?
Gene Tierney turned all the heads in her day. She is amazing.
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Mike Tomlins
Audrey Hepburn is just so beautiful to me! I love her in Roman holiday, my favourite Hepburn film
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Phunk Phil
Audrey Hepburn & Sophia Loren, both number 1s for me
Pigs Trotters
I've absolutely no idea why she is placed at Number 13
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coolsdon
To all the people bitching about this lovely video,remember...it's a piece of fun.It's one persons take on female beauty,that all.It's not about colours and numbers,whether someone is black or white or anything else for that matter.If you disagree with the choices,compile your own video..it's both easy and free.Just take your silly comments elsewhere and give credit to the uploader here for making something that is enjoyable to look at. Well done MonroeSmile,take a bow...love it (esp your choice of no.1)..
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Jamie FM
5. Sofia Loren and Audrey Hepburn are so poised it can be detractive. It's like a veneer that hides their true beauty so you rarely even see it. 4. Ava Gardner, Hedy Lamar, and Rita Hayworth are about equal in my opinion. 3. Loretta Young and Vivienne Leigh who I think were more cute than beautiful but better actresses. 2. Brigitte Bardot and Claudia Cardinale. I think they are more attractive because they have a natural, earthy, more realistic style. I might also include Grace Kelly. 1. Gene Tierney. Probably the best looking. To me a lot of them are not much better looking than current tv actresses or pop stars, such as Marilyn Monroe or Dorothy Laramor. Great video.
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cance7984
Absolute feminine beauty at its finest! Gentlemen, it doesn't get any better than this!
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Roger Ruhland
You are so correct; and not an ugly distracting tattoo on any of them.
john wills
bob bryan yo
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Dale Hunt
When she was a young actress, Lucille Ball, was a very pretty girl.  A real looker.  
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MrVidaeverdade
Toni, Lucille Ball's beauty was not overlooked. Like Ruby Daugherty wrote, she was known mostly for her beauty before she became Lucy Ricardo and started prancing around as "Queen of the Gypsies," getting tossed around in a vat of grapes, having pies and chocolate thrown at her, and utilizing her rubber face for comic effect. Her looks were the reason she was first brought to Hollywood. She had been a New York model, then was turned into a Hollywood showgirl. Then as her roles expanded, she was constantly being cast as every man's dream girl, or as the woman all the other women were jealous of and hated because she was so beautiful and was stealing their men from them. Watch her old movies and you'll see what I mean. Look at the 1943 film "Best Foot Forward" where she plays herself, Lucille Ball, and you'll get a good idea of the image of Lucille Ball at that time, which was so far removed from the Lucy Ricardo image. Read an old article about her from the 30s and 40s, and what is mentioned first and foremost is her glamour and beauty. In the '30s and '40s, it would have been difficult for a Lucille Ball fan to imagine that beautiful face doing some of the things she did on the "Lucy" shows years later. But she worked very hard and tirelessly to re-identify herself as a comedienne, learning from masters like Buster Keaton and Jack Benny: She was the queen of reinvention long before Madonna came along. Just when she was aging out of those glamor girl movie roles, "I Love Lucy" came along in 1951 and elevated her from star to superstar. The impact of that show was so great and so widespread it completely overshadowed her earlier career and identify.
Toni Hickey
+Jeffrey, I think that you are probably correct. Lucy was indeed very beautiful in the years of her movie career. I have recently been watching old reruns of the "I Love Lucy" show, and I think that she was still a very pretty woman in those TV shows, even with all of her zaniness! But shortly after that show, and her divorce from Desi Arnaz, I noticed how her looks did seem to fade. I do believe that she and Desi really did love one another (at least she really did love him), so the stress from their divorce could have played a big part in her decline in looks, also.
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William Willberforce
beauty= Grace Kelly class= Audrey Hepburn exotic looks= Lena Horne
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mresstell
Bette Davies, yes her eyes are her undisputed asset be it on the screen or off not to mention her legendary and phenomenal acting but I don't think she has great beauty.
Just Looking
Don't forget those Bette Davis eyes!
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Victoria Odegaard
I love Audrey so much! Maybe you won't agree with me on this but I think that Lucille Ball should have been on there. She was very beautiful and to me, her comedy made her even more so.
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babtist58
Have to say, I was surprised she wasn't on there - but it was the author's personal choice.
Gina Decker
I think the same;  Lucille was a gorgeous woman.
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Theoriginal thinker
I was shocked not to see Linda Darnell, and my all-time favorite beauty, Gail Russell.
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Just Looking
Linda Darnell was indeed, a very beautiful woman.
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pierusofpella
Grace Kelly should have been in the top five.
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youandwhosearmy?
You just called the winner right! Totally agree. Amazing woman.
pedro ayres
pierusofpella 1 - Gene Tierney 2 - Rita Hayworth 3 - Grace Kelly
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michael mcbride
Marilyn and Sophia aren't higher than Audrey Hepburn. Sorry, I must take issue with your listing. Thanks.
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bezwick
Marilyn didn't even need make-up. She was more beautiful without it.
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