Women have always been surrounded by scrutiny when it comes to the media. No one wants to be judged for their looks, body, or lifestyle choices. It’s true that it’s hard to find women in the history books that will be remembered for their contributions. However, there are numerous women in history who were loved and adored in their lifetimes and today are often taught about in schools because of how far-reaching they were in society.
Table of Contents
- 1. June Wilkinson
- 2. Catherine Bach
- 3. Tina Turner
- 4. Cybill Shepherd
- 5. Julia Roberts
- 6. Kathleen Turner
- 7. Linda Ronstadt
- 8. Dolly Parton
- 9. Barbara Eden
- 10. Phoebe Cates
- 11. Dorothy Dandridge
- 12. Grace Kelly
- 13. Sasha Grey
- 14. Loni Anderson
- 15. Lili St. Cyr
- 16. Audrey Hepburn
- 17. Clara Bow
- 18. Elle MacPherson
- 19. Kim Novak
- 20. Jane Seymour
- 21. Kelly LeBrock
- 22. Anita Ekberg
- 23. Brigitte Bardot
- 24. Demi Moore
- 25. Jane Russell
- 26. Suzanne Somers
- 27. Cheryl Tiegs
- 28. Nastassja Kinski
- 29. Elizabeth Taylor
- 30. Jean Harlow
1. June Wilkinson
June Wilkinson was a famous English model that became a millionaire after she appeared in a very popular advertisement for Kayser’s Cocoa. She made her money modeling for numerous other ads as well as posing for pictures with celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot. In 1957, Wilkinson was rated the second most beautiful woman in the world after movie star Sophia Loren. In fact, it is said that many of the studio shots of Hepburn were actually taken by Wilkinson instead.
2. Catherine Bach
Catherine Bach, known for her role on The Dukes of Hazzard was involved in an on-screen relationship for five seasons with the character Waylon Jennings. That’s not the only time she’s had a high profile relationship. Catherine Bach’s husband, George Santo Pietro, also known as Marion ‘The Duke’ Ross, and she were speculated to be dating and according to People speculated that they married in secret.
3. Tina Turner
Tina Turner was born in Nutbush. She is often called the “First Lady of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and has received multiple awards including seven Grammy Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor for her work with UNICEF. There is no single fact that makes her stand out as one of the top five most successful women in history but it’s her outrageous personality that defines her as a powerful force who was not afraid to stand up to bullies and enter into uncharted territory.
4. Cybill Shepherd
Cybill Shepherd was one of my favorite actresses growing up. She was known for being an actress with a loud voice, who played fiery characters. I have always looked up to her because she gave me the courage to be myself. While many women today are afraid to be different, she was able to live her life authentically. I also admire that there are women who do not conform and still manage to succeed in the competitive world of Hollywood and the entertainment industry.
5. Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts‘ mother was a first-generation American from Canada, and her father was from Mexico. Roberts got her start as a model in her father’s marketing firm. “I always knew from a very young age that I wanted to be an actress,” she later said. “Every day I’d wear my mom’s clothes and play with different wigs.” At age five, Julia learned about acting and jumped at the chance to do it for real.
6. Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner is a great example of a woman who was very famous and well-known in her time, but has also been relevant for many years past that. She has had roles in movies such as Serial Mom (1994), Crimes of Passion (1984), The War of the Roses (1989) and The Accidental Tourist (1988). Her smile alone makes you smile.
7. Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt was more than just a singer, she was more than just an accomplished songwriter. She was known for her use of the banjo and being a pioneer in music. Linda wrote “Blue Bayou,”and it’s been recorded by many other artists over the years. She also wrote “You’re No Good,” which is another track that has been used by many artists.
8. Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is possibly one of the most famous names around today. The country star can easily be found on any T.V. show, movie, or advertisement. Parton has had worldwide success with her albums, tours, and even has her own Dixie Stampede for her birthday every year. Her career has spanned over forty years and she’s still going strong on top of all that! As if she’s not already talented enough, Parton is also an avid activist for numerous causes like the environment and animal rights.
9. Barbara Eden
Barbara Eden was a native of Chicago. She was born on May 6, 1931. She began working in radio at the age of 11. Barbara didn’t get into acting until she was 18. For this, she won the “Miss Chicago” title in 1949. Soon after this, she was offered a part in an Broadway play called “Alive and Kicking”.
10. Phoebe Cates
One of the most famous actresses in Hollywood history, Phoebe Cates was born into a wealthy family. She began her career at 17 years-old and was one of the best-known actresses from 1970’s to the early 2000’s. However, it wasn’t until later in life did she make a name for herself. As a child actress she appeared in several movies and even landed a role on The Brady Bunch before going on to become an Oscar-winning actress.
11. Dorothy Dandridge
She was born on May 18, 1922 and died on March 5, 1965. She was an American film and stage actress. She is most famous for her performance as Nettie Fowler in the 1955 musical “Carmen Jones.” The role of Nettie was initially intended for Esther Rolle, who at the time was considered the first black actress to be nominated for an Oscar. Dandridge won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical and also nominated as Best Actress in a Play.
12. Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly was an American actress and princess. She won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in Comedy or Musical in 1955 and also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress that year. She became world famous when she starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s film Rear Window (1954).
13. Sasha Grey
This young lady is on top of the mountains of social media sites because of her popularity with adult films. Sasha Grey currently has over 2.4 million followers on Instagram and over 3 million on Twitter. She was born in California in 1988 and has starred in over 275 films since 2006.
14. Loni Anderson
Actress Loni Anderson was a busy woman in the 70s and 80s starring in numerous movies and TV shows. She starred in the series WKRP In Cincinnati from 1978 to 1982, and was a big reason for its success. She also had a syndicated talk show called People Are Talking for a few years. The gorgeous actress is 81 today, and has been married twice, including a six-year union with Burt Reynolds from 1988 to 1994.
15. Lili St. Cyr
One of the first burlesque stars in America, Lili St. Cyr was known for her beauty. She appeared on many magazine covers and even starred in a movie where she played a mermaid. The film was a hit, and she became a famous personality for young women everywhere to emulate. While it wasn’t discussed much, her show was quite risqué back then for it’s time.
16. Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn is one of the most famous women on the planet. She’s known for her beautiful and graceful on-screen talents as well as her on-location charm and beauty. She was nominated for five Academy Awards and won the first (for Best Actress in a Leading Role) three times (for “Funny Face” in 1957, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” in 1961, and “Wait Until Dark” in 1967). She was also an honorary member of the American Film Institute.
17. Clara Bow
Clara was a silent film actress during the 1920s, who became a sensation overnight after her first film. She was also known as a style icon of the time. According to America’s History for Kids, “She discovered she could combine sex appeal with stardom by wearing low-cut gowns.” Her legacy is still being felt today, as her skintight dresses have been emulated by many designers today. Bow didn’t just dress sexy, though.
18. Elle MacPherson
Elle MacPherson was born in British Colombia, Canada in 1968. Since her birth, she’s been a famous fashion model. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine for the first time in 1986. Since then, she has appeared on several other covers for fashion magazines like Vogue and Elle. She also became the face of Nivea products which are sold all over the world.
19. Kim Novak
One of the most famous impressionable women to come out of the 1940’s is Kim Novak. She has had a successful career, which was ignited first by her marriage with director Alfred Hitchcock. She rose through the ranks to become one of Hollywood’s first leading ladies. Her success included being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Vertigo, but she is most remembered for her role in 1954’s The Bellboy and the Women, which was directed by Hitchcock himself.
20. Jane Seymour
The Late Medieval Englishwoman Who Conquered France. In 1418, England’s King Henry V made a marriage agreement with the French King Charles VI. The marriage agreement was a betrothal because the French king needed an alliance with England against the French and Spanish enemies. He later married her in 1423 after she was crowned Queen of France. She did not have a noteworthy life in England but her reign over France was extremely influential. Jane Seymour is best known for being the first person to have been called king consort.
21. Kelly LeBrock
Kelly LeBrock was no stranger to the spotlight, working alongside Steven Spielberg on the movie “Weird Science.” She would soon go on to be noticed in Hollywood for her roles in “The Woman in Red” and “The Hard Way.” But what made Kelly famous wasn’t just her acting skill. The actress was celebrated for developing a workout regimen called Shape Up. Kelly LeBrock even contributed a series of seven videos called Shape Up For Life! The videos were sold around the world and have been shown on television ever since.
22. Anita Ekberg
The name Anita Ekberg is kind of a familiar one. In the late 1940s and ’50s she was the “It Girl” of Sweden. Her name was associated with skimpy swimsuits and being cool in a bikini. It’s not hard to see why she was famous during that time period as she also had a lot of talent as an actress, model, and singer.
23. Brigitte Bardot
Brigitte Bardot is known for her roles in movies like And God Created Woman, Babette’s Feast, and Modesty Blaise. She was also known for her stunning good looks, which is why the French magazine called her one of the most beautiful women of all time.
24. Demi Moore
Demi Moore is one of the hottest women in history. She’s been on the cover of countless magazines and has graced the big screen with big names like Jack Nicholson, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her film roles are what she’ll be most remembered for in her lifetime, but she is also known for her good looks.
25. Jane Russell
Russell once said “I make other women want to be me, I make men want to be with me.” Raised in her hometown of Bemidji, Minnesota, Jane was already an attractive young girl by the time she became a teenager. She worked in vaudeville, singing and dancing around the nation. This led her to modeling. At just 18 years old she became a starlet for Howard Hughes’ newly created RKO Pictures. Russell quickly became one of Hollywood’s most desired leading ladies.
26. Suzanne Somers
The media has made a lot of people know much about the famous women in history. But it would have been foolish to think that no one would have known about Suzanne Somers before 1967, when she appeared in the film “Barbarella” with Jane Fonda. This was when did she burst into fame. She is well known for her appearance on “Three’s Company”, which starred John Ritter and Joyce DeWitt.
27. Cheryl Tiegs
Supermodel, Cheryl Tiegs is one of the most recognisable models of all time. She is most known for her high cheekbones and blue eyes. Cheryl Tiegs was one of the first women to make a million dollars per year in the 1970s. She is often noted for being “the face that launched a thousand ships.”
28. Nastassja Kinski
Nastassja Kinski was an Austrian actress who was only 16 when she left her mother behind because of her love for the world of acting. She was discovered doing a play in Vienna aged 16 and instantly became an overnight sensation. Her acting career took off after she starred in the film “The Ninth Gate” which was released in 1999. The film is said to be based on the novel “The Ninth Gate”.
29. Elizabeth Taylor
Although she was a complete and total “toxic” fever dream, we can’t deny that we wouldn’t mind getting a glimpse of Elizabeth Taylor. She was the epitome of beauty and elegance in her time and inspired many other women to become everything they could be. It’s hard to believe that she knew what she wanted and demanded it from those around her.
30. Jean Harlow
Jean Harlow was much more than a pretty face. The bombshell actress paved the way for many other actresses in Hollywood. She was known for her blonde hair, big eyes, and voluptuous figure. During the height of her popularity in the early 1930s, Harlow received five offers to play Delilah in “Samson and Delilah”, which became one of her most iconic roles.