Actresses of the 50s and 60s

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Kim Novak with a tiger

In 1933, American on August 15, 2017 at 11:08 am

Kim Novak (born 1933) was the top box office star three years running in the ‘50s. Still, she is not usually mentioned in the same breath with the other major actresses of the period — Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Ava Gardner. She was not earthy like Gardner or icy like Kelly or Rubensesque like Monroe or raunchy like Jane Russell or perky like Doris Day. She was something that has gone out of fashion and even become suspect in an era of feminist strictures: she was the object of a voyeuristic male gaze. NY Times.

Elsa Martinelli 1935 – 2017

In 1935, Italian on July 28, 2017 at 12:55 pm

July 10, 2017 | ROME — Italian actress Elsa Martinelli, who starred opposite Kirk Douglas in the 1955 Western “The Indian Fighter” and went on to gain international recognition working with such directors as Mario Monicelli, Roger Vadim, Orson Welles, Howard Hawks, and Elio Petri, died Saturday in Rome. She was 82.

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Sharon Tate in LIFE magazine

In 1943, American on July 27, 2017 at 10:08 am

Sharon Tate: born 24 Jan 1943, Dallas Texas; died 9 August 1969 Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles California.

Yvette Mimieux in LIFE magazine, 1960

In 1942, American on July 23, 2017 at 1:44 am

Yvette Carmen Mimieux, born 8 January 1942, Hollywood California. Retired from acting at age 49, final screen credit: a supporting role in the Jackie Collins’ TV movie Lady Boss (1992). First three film credits: Platinum High School (13-May-1960) Lorinda Nibley; The Time Machine (17-Aug-1960) Weena; Where the Boys Are (28-Dec-1960) Melanie Tolman. Read more on Beach Party Movies WordPress and Tumblr.

Jayne Mansfield reading in LIFE magazine

In 1933, American on July 22, 2017 at 5:55 am

Jayne Mansfield: American violinist, singer and actress, born Vera Jayne Palmer 1933, died 1967 in an automobile accident.

Brigitte Bardot reading LIFE magazine

In 1934, French on July 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

Brigitte Bardot: French actress, born 1934, in movies until 1973.

Sheree North in 1955

In 1932, American on April 2, 2017 at 1:04 am

Sheree North: born Dawn Shirley Crang Bethel, signed by 20th Century Fox to rival Marilyn Monroe.

Candice Bergen activist actress

In 1946, American on February 11, 2017 at 1:25 am


Candice Bergen: born 1946, on the cover of LIFE July 24, 1970

Brigitte Bardot in pigtails

In 1934, French on January 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm


Actress Brigitte Bardot on location during filming of movie Viva Maria, photographed by Ralph Crane for LIFE magazine.

Barrie Chase dances for LIFE magazine

In 1933, American on August 27, 2016 at 12:55 pm


Barrie Chase: in Hollywood as a dancer, from Scaramouche (1951) to Flight of the Phoenix (1965).