Actresses of the 50s and 60s

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Linda Christian ~ The Anatomical Bomb

In Mexican on September 18, 2017 at 7:45 am

Blanca Rose Welter (Linda Christian), actress: born Tampico, Mexico 13 November 1923; married 1949 Tyrone Power (divorced 1956; two daughters), 1962 Edmund Purdom (divorced 1963); died Palm Springs, California 22 July 2011. The Independent.

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Linda Christian 1923 – 2011

In Mexican on September 18, 2017 at 7:41 am

Linda Christian was a minor film actress whose best role was arguably in Tarzan and the Mermaids (1947), but she found fame and notoriety through her marriage to superstar Tyrone Power and her string of highly publicised affairs. The red-haired beauty was playing small parts when she married Power, and her other lovers included actor Edmund Purdom, whom she briefly married, a racing driver, a bull-fighter and various financiers, politicians and playboys. Life magazine dubbed her “The Anatomical Bomb” and in 1959 her fame had become sufficient to earn her a place among the select group profiled in the encyclopaedic Celebrity Register, which stated, “With a sixth sense for publicity, she has parlayed a small talent for acting into an international reputation as a femme fatale.” The Independent.

Natalie Wood and Dennis Hopper before Vivien Leigh

In 1938, American, Uncategorized on September 18, 2017 at 5:33 am

ACTRESS AT PRACTICE (continued) Studying at a sjowing of Streetcar Named Desire, Natalie Leans towards Hopper to discuss something new she has noticed in the acting of Vivien Leigh. Natalie can privately see almost any movie at her studio, Warner Bros. She has seen Streetcar some 20 times, and Miss Leigh rates as her favorite actress.

Elsa Martinelli in LIFE

In 1935, Italian on September 15, 2017 at 2:00 am

Elsa Martinelli (1935 – 2017): played the title role and sang the title song (“No Time for Love”) in the spaghetti western “The Belle Star Story” (1968), previous roles include a sensual native in “The Indian Fighter” (1956), a lesbian vampiress in “Blood and Roses” (1960) a wildlife photographer in “Hatari!” (1962), a big-game shooter in “Rampage” (1963) and an assassin in “The 10th Victim” (1965).

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.