60 Vintage Photos of Beautiful Famous Women

Over the decades our TVs, big screens and magazines have been filled with images of glamorous, iconic and beautiful woman. Before the days of airbrushing and photo manipulation. What you saw is what you got, naturally beautiful women no filter needed.

We’ve put together a collection of the best vintage photos of beautiful famous women for your viewing pleasure.

60.) Marilyn Monroe Hollywood Superstar

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Marilyn Monroe is probably the most recognizable face of Hollywood and still continues to be a major popular icon today.

Even now, her incredible beauty is admired and recreated even today by her adoring fans.

59.) Sally Fields, 1966

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Girl next door Sally Field was known for starring in sitcoms such as ‘The Flying Nun’, ‘Gidget’, and ‘The Girl with Something Extra’.

After that Sally soon become one of the most sought-after actresses of her time.

58.) Jamie Lee Curtis In Perfect

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Jamie Lee Curtis starred in the 1985 movie Perfect as an aerobics teacher. Filled with sexy dance inspiration and bodysuits and leg warmer galore.

Do don’t get more 80s than this!

57.) Cher Vogue

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This photograph was taken by Richard Avedon for Vogue in 1966.

Well, Cher has a look of Cleopatra in this photo, accessories and all!

56.) Debbie Harry

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Blonde bombshell Debbie Harry was not only one of the first female lead singers of a mainstream band but also the first woman to rock the cover of Rolling Stones magazine.

Debbie looks edgy and fierce in this vintage photo.

55.) Farrah Fawcett Playing Tennis

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Four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee Farrah Fawcett looks divine in this tennis outfit.

Also hair goals!

54.) Raquel Welch

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Raquel Welch is truly a beauty of her time. Raquel first came to fame for her role in 1966 movie ‘Fantastic Voyage’.

An icon of the 1960s and 1970s, Raquel paved the way for strong female leads in the film industry.

53.) Diana Ross

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Taken by Harry Langdon Jr. in the 1980s this vintage photo of Diana Ross is overflowing with sophistication.

However, this Motown diva knows how to work a camera.

52.) Marilyn Monroe at The Beach

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From her darker hair days, this beautiful photo of Marilyn Monroe was taken in 1949.

What a stunning smile and cute retro swimsuit to match.

51.) Jane Birkin and Brigette Bardot

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Great friends Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot starred together in the movie ‘If Don Juan Were a Woman.’

This beautiful vintage photo captures the woman looking graceful and alluring as they walk together.

50.) Cher

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Looking effortless and flawless in this vintage photo Cher’s career has spanned decades.

Now in her 70s the singer and the actress shows no sign of stopping.

49.) Aretha Franklin

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A gifted singer and pianist, Franklin went on to release several popular singles, many of which are now considered classics. In 1987, she became the first female artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

In 2008, she won her 18th Grammy Award, making her one of the most honored artists in Grammy history.

48.) Goldie Hawn

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Goldie Hawn’s early film career started back in the 1960s with her debut role in the comedy ‘Cactus Flower’ in 1969.

After a 15-year hiatus, Goldie returned to the big screen in ‘Snatched’ in which she starred with Amy Schumer.

 

47.) Meryl Streep

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Versatile actress Meryl Streep has been nominated for a record 21 Academy Awards and has won 3.  Meryl has also received 31 Golden Globe nomination and won eight.

Her career has spanned 5 decades and is still growing strong.

46.) Billie Holiday

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Considered one of the best jazz vocalists of all time, Holiday had a thriving career as a jazz singer for many years. Also known as Lady Day, her autobiography was made into the 1972 film Lady Sings the Blues.

In 2000, Billie Holiday was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

45.) Betty Brosmer

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1950s Pin-up girl and commercial model Betty Brosmer was one of the first female bodybuilders.

Betty posed for many photos during her time as a fitness expert and you can see why the camera loves her!

44.) Audrey Hepburn

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By photographer Bob Willoughby this adorable photo of Audrey Hepburn taken in Los Angeles.

Golden Age Hollywood would not be what it is today without the iconic Audrey.

43.) Annette Storyberg Sunbathing

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Annette Storyberg was a cover girl for many advertising and magazine publications.

Even lounging in the sun doing nothing Annette oozes beauty.

42.) Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher is a much-loved actress best known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars.

Later in life Carrie spoke publicly about her experience with drug addiction and living with bipolar disorder.

41.) Kim Cattrall

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Another photo by Harry Langdon Jr. Kim Cattrall has never looked so 80s in this glittery number.

The ‘Sex and the City’ star now in her 60s is still looking beautiful and turning heads.

 

40.) Donna Summer

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Known as the “Queen of Disco,” Summer will be remembered as perhaps the greatest singer in disco history.

But she was so much more: a vocalist of incredible range and power whose voice was equally at home in German-language show tunes, racy disco dance tracks and powerful gospel ballads.

39.) Sharon Tate

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Sharon Tate was pregnant with film director Roman Polanski’s child in this photo. An actress and model, appearing in movies and featuring in fashion magazines Sharon was hailed as one of Hollywood’s most promising newcomers.

In 1969 Sharon Tate and 4 others were murdered by members of the Manson Family in the home she shared with Roman Polanski.

38.) Lucille Ball

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Lucille Ball got her start as a singer, model and film star in Hollywood.

In 1951, she became one of America’s top comedic actresses with the 1950s TV show I Love Lucy.

37.) Ella Fitzgerald

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Ella Fitzgerald turned to singing after a troubled childhood and debuted at the Apollo Theater in 1934.

Discovered in an amateur contest, she went on to become the top female jazz singer for decades.

36.) Grace Kelly

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The American actress, Grace Kelly, rose to fame as a leading Hollywood actress following her prominent role in High Noon.

In 1956, Kelly left Hollywood behind after marrying Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

35.) Jean Harlow

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The “blonde bombshell” actress, Jean Harlow, rose to fame as a sex symbol and starred in several films with Clark Gable in the 1930s,

In 1937, she passed away at age 26.

34.) Elizabeth Taylor

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One of the most well-known actresses of the1950s Elizabeth Taylor was known for her antics on and off the big screen.

Elizabeth looks glamorous as ever in this red embroidered dress.

 

33.) Eartha Kitt

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First, Eartha Kitt became popular in Paris as a nightclub singer, then returned to the U.S. to appear in films and on Broadway.

Her 1953 recording of “Santa Baby” is still a favorite today.

32.) Carol Kane

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Carol Kane is an American stage, screen and television actress and comedian. She became known in the 1970s in films such as Hester Street and Annie Hall.

In recent years, some of you may know her from the Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

31.) Raquel Welch – That Famous Photos

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That right it’ that famous photo from ‘One Million Years B.C’. in 1966. Despite only having 3 lines in the entire movie, the image of Raquel in this doe-skin bikini turned her into a celebrity sex symbol.

Definitely one of the sexiest stars of the Twentieth Century.

30.) Dionne Warwick

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Dionne Warwick sang in a gospel trio before recording her first hit songs, including Walk on By and I Say a Little Prayer.

In 2012, Warwick celebrated her 50th anniversary in the music business with the album Now.

 

29.) Michelle Pfeiffer

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A winner of the Miss Orange County beauty pageant, Michelle Pfeiffer landed her breakthrough role in Scarface in 1983.

Pfeiffer earned an Oscar nomination for the film The Fabulous Baker Boys.

28.) Dame Shirley Bassey

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The Welsh singer, Dame Shirley Bassey, began her career in the mid-1950s. She is best known both for her powerful voice and for recording the theme songs to the James Bond films.

In 2000, Bassey was made a Dame for services to the performing arts.

27.) Angela Lansbury

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The ‘Murder She Wrote’ star has entertained us for since the 1940s in theatre, television and film.

Also, Angela also did voice work and you may recognize her as Mrs Potts in Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’.

26.) Ava Gardner

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Ava Gardner signed a contract to be an actress with MGM in 1941. Unfortunately, she didn’t appear until 1946’s The Killers.

Gardner’s off-screen life was often as dramatic as the roles she played, with marriages to Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw and Frank Sinatra.

25.) Dorothy Dandridge

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Dorothy Dandridge found early success in show business by performing with her sister, leading to her first appearances in film.

She was an actress and singer that was the first African American to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress.

24.) Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds is an actress, singer, humanitarian and natural beauty.

Debbie died in December 2016 1 day after the loss of her daughter CarrieFisher.

23.) Lauren Bacall

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This American actress, Lauren Bacall was known for her distinctive voice and sultry looks.

The American Film Institute named her the 20th greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema.

22.) Lena Horne

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Actress and singer, Lena Horne, signed with MGM studios and became known as one of the top African-American performers of her time.

Also, she was known for her work with civil rights groups and refused to play roles that stereotype African-American women.

21.) Brigette Bardot

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French-born Brigitte Bardot was a singer, dancer, actress and fashion model.

Brigitte retired from the entertainment industry in 1973 and then established herself as an animal rights activist.

20.) Cybill Shepherd

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This vintage photograph of Cybill Shepherd was taken in 1972 around the time of one of her better-known roles ‘TheHeartbreak Kid’.

Cybill’s 70s outfit is so darling!

19.) Chaka Khan

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Known for her powerful voice, Chaka Khan great volume of curly hair and her charismatic stage presence, Khan first exploded onto the music scene in the 1970s.

She formed her first group, the Crystalettes, with her sister Yvonne when she was only 11 years old.

18.) Jane Fonda Playing Cards

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Now in her 80s but still as lovely as in her heyday Jane Fonda has legs to die for in this vintage photo.

Describing herself as a feminist and political activist Jane now serves on the board of Woman’s Media Center.

17.) Diane Keaton

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Actress, director and producer Diane Keaton began her career on stage.

In addition to her acting, Diane is also a photographer, real estate developer and author.

16.) Barbra Streisand

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The highest-selling female recording artist of all time, Barbra Streisand, has also won awards and acclaim for her work in film, television and theater. After high school, her Broadway debut led to a recording contract and a long series of gold records.

Over her career she has mastered nearly every entertainment medium available and won numerous awards.

15.) Sophia Loren

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Sophia Loren an Italian singer and actress that shot to fame in the 1950s and 1960s.

However, this Italian beauty is well deserved on a list of beautiful women.

14.) Dolly Parton

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Dolly Parton is a beloved cultural icon whose powerful voice, songwriting and personality have won the hearts of country and pop music fans for decades.

She has also appeared in an array of screen projects.

13.) Nina Mae McKinney

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Nina Mae McKinney has been described as Hollywood’s first Black movie star, and yet her name is often missing from film histories and encyclopedias.

As an early teen, McKinney performed in Harlem’s nightclubs and eventually on Broadway in the Lew Leslie musical review, Blackbirds of 1928.

12.) Jane Seymour

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Jane Seymour is an English Actress best known for her role in the James Bond ‘Live and Let Die’.

Jane became a naturalized citizen of the United States back in 2005.

11.) Ellen Burstyn

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Ellen Burstyn is an American actress best known for her roles in films of the 1970s.

She won an Academy Award.

10.) Doris Day

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Doris Day was a singer and actress most popular in the 1950s and early-1960s. She sang with several big bands before going solo in 1947. In the 1950s, she made a series of popular film musicals.

Day is an advocate for animal welfare. In the past, she Day founded several organizations devoted to the cause.

9.) Hazel Scott

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Hazel Scott was one of the most prominent African Americans of the 1930s, 40s and 50s. One of the premier pianists of her time, she traveled the world playing classical and jazz music.

She earned the distinction of becoming the first Black woman to host her own television show, The Hazel Scott Show, which aired in 1950.

8.) Vanessa Redgrave

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In the late 1960s and early ’70s, Redgrave showed her mastery of both classical and commercial fare, winning an Oscar and getting nominated for two more, and more followed.

Later a controversial figure because of her political views, Redgrave was called “the greatest actress of our time” by Tennessee Williams.

7.) Maureen O’Hara

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Maureen O’Hara was an Irish-born actress who was billed alongside Hollywood’s leading men in a slew of swashbuckling features in the 1940s.

O’Hara went on to further fame starring in the Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street, Our Man in Havana, and The Parent Trap.

6.) Lana Turner

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Lana Turner was a film actress and sex symbol who was “discovered” while drinking soda at a diner counter.

In her career, she made over 50 films.

5.) Ruby Dee

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Ruby Dee was an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, activist, poet and journalist, perhaps best known for starring in the 1961 film, A Raisin in the Sun.

Her and her husband, Ossie Davis were civic workers.

4.) Jayne Mansfield

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Jayne Mansfield was an American actress best known for her bombshell curves and film roles during the 1950s and 1960s.

Mariska Hargitay is her daughter and is a well-known and respected television actress.


3.) Vivien Leigh

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Vivien Leigh was a British actress who achieved film immortality.

She played two of American literature’s most celebrated Southern belles, Scarlett O’Hara and Blanche DuBois.

2.) Katharine Hepburn

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For over fifty years, Katharine Hepburn was a successful actress on the stage and on the screen.

She delighted audiences with her energy, her grace, and her determination.

1.) Joan Bennett

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Joan Bennett was an American stage, film and television actress.

Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies, well into the sound era.

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