The Golden Age of Hollywood was a glorious era when every new movie was original and fresh, but good actors were always hard to find. The success of each movie was built around the Big Eight film studios and their iconic actors and actresses, who were basically regular employees, bound by very strict contracts.

They were considered the etalons of beauty back in the day, and you can clearly see why.

1. Grace Kelly

It took Kelly only four years in the biz to reach crazy fame, most of which she owes to Alfred Hitchcock. He was the genius who saw her talent and made her the star of his best thrillers. In 1956 she finished her acting career and became the wife of Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

2. Audrey Hepburn

Beautiful, smart, sophisticated, and considered by many to be the best actress in history — that’s how the world remembers Audrey. Her first major role put her in the spotlight of the Oscar nominees, followed by many more awards and nominations. The American Film Art Institute ranked her as the third best actress ever.

3. Marilyn Monroe

It says a lot about an actress when people idolize her beauty decades after her glory days. Marilyn Monroe still lives rent-free in the minds of millions of fans. And even despite her early death, she will always be remembered as the woman who made blondes sexy again.

4. Ava Gardner

One of the sparkliest stars in the sky of the 40-50s era. The start of her career was not easy; Ava had to sit through dozens of supporting roles until Robert Siodmak invited her to come forward. Since then, Gardner has played in 49 more famous movies.

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