Last Friday I talked about actors who lit up the screen with their over-the-top handsomeness in specific movie roles. Today is all about the insanely lovely ladies of cinema.
This was nearly an impossible task for me to choose just four, but I stand by my picks. I’ll preempt the backlash by giving you a sampling of beautiful actresses who didn’t make this list. Charlize, Scarlett, Julia, Penelope, Marilyn, Raquel, Ingrid, Sophia and countless others deserve to be here but didn’t make the cut. Here’s who did.
Keira Knightley in Love Actually. I could completely identify with Mark (Andrew Lincoln’s character) in this Christmas classic, as he was obsessed with his best friend’s bride Juliet (Knightley.) When those church doors open and she walks down the aisle, blonde tendrils framing her angelic face, I was left breathless. Later in the film, Mark declares his undying love for her via a series of poster board sentiments, one of which read: “To me, you are perfect.” I couldn’t agree more.
Halle Berry in The Last Boy Scout. My “who IS this woman?” champion in the lady’s division is, without a doubt, Halle Berry in The Last Boy Scout. I saw the movie on the big screen in 1991 (don’t judge.) I can’t remember a thing about the plot and couldn’t even tell you what character Berry played — was she a stripper with a heart of gold? All I remember is being completely transfixed by her screen presence, her stunning beauty. This was pre-IMDB, so figuring out who she was no easy task at the time. Sure, she’d go on to win an Oscar for Monster’s Ball and a People’s Choice Award for X-Men, but I’ll never forget catching that first glimpse of her in The Last Boy Scout.
Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to old Hollywood glamour, it’s all about Grace Kelly. Although I considered choosing Rear Window as the film that best captured her dazzling beauty, I have to go with To Catch a Thief in all of its Technicolor splendor. What red-blooded American male wasn’t titillated with this exchange of dialog between Kelly and her costar Cary Grant? Kelly: Do you want a leg or a breast? Grant: You make the choice. They were talking about the fried chicken picnic lunch she had prepared for them. Or were they?
Michelle Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys. As Susie Diamond in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Pfeiffer showed us how far she’d come since Grease 2. Her beauty is almost freakish… that perfect face, those golden tresses, that rocket bod in the slinky red dress. I mean, come on! She’d lose the Oscar that year to Jessica Tandy for Driving Miss Daisy. Fair enough. But I’ll take Pfeiffer singing crooning “Makin’ Whoopee” on top of a piano over Tandy in the back seat of a 1951 Hudson any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
And there you have it, my picks for the most beautiful women ever to be captured on the silver screen. Voice your choice in today’s poll and let us know which one is your favorite?
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