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The Leading Ladies of Hollywood throughout the Decades


Marilyn Monroe

Give a girl the right pair of shoes and she'll conquer the world.

There weren't anyone during the 1950s who didn't idolize Marilyn Monroe. With award-winning performances in The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Prince and the Showgirl (1957) and Some Like It Hot (1959), it was no surprise why she was always the talk of the town during her time. Even today, her captivating performance and immortal beauty is a matter of much discussion. Despite the fact that the later years of her life are shrouded in controversy, in the list of the greatest actresses of history, this musical drama superstar ranks among the highest. 


Audrey Hepburn 

Nothing is impossible; the word itself says 'I'm possible'!

An iconic star from Hollywood's Golden Age, Audrey Hepburn had gained worldwide recognition through unparalleled elegance and charm. Even though her Oscar-winning performance in Roman Holiday (1953) was during the '50s, she had prominent reign over the silver screen during the '60s as well, with unforgettable roles in films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), The Children's Hour (1961), Charade (1963), My Fair Lady (1964), Wait Until Dark (1967), etc. Her accolades include various awards and nominations, and notably, contribution to UNICEF as a Goodwill Ambassador. 


Diane Keaton

A sense of freedom is something that, happily, comes with age and life experience.

From her silver screen debut in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970), Diane Keaton is a timeless performer who is active even today. She has won a plethora of awards, ranging from a variety of years, but it was in the '70s when she cemented her legacy as one of the hardest working actresses of all time. Her roles in The Godfather (1972), Play It Again, Sam (1972), Sleeper (1973), Annie Hall (1977) and Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) are well reputed to be among her best works. She has also directed and produced a good number of TV series, documentaries and movies. 


Meryl Streep

The great gift of human beings is that we have the power of empathy.

If quantity of awards is a measure of an actor's starpower, then Meryl Streep is definitely at the top. She had more nominations in Oscars than any other actor, and is also the actor with the highest number of Golden Globe Award wins and nominations. Her prominence remains strong even today, with a number of successful performances in the '90s and 2000s. During the '80s, her reign was arguably the strongest, with films such as The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981), Sophie's Choice (1982), Silkwood (1983), Out of Africa (1985), She-Devil (1989), etc. paving her path to eternal stardom. 


Nicole Kidman

When you relinquish the desire to control your future, you can have more happiness.

A much beloved megastar, Nicole Kidman is a name associated with success and beauty. Her Hollywood debut in Days of Thunder (1990) with her ex-husband Tom Cruise began her road to glory. Billy Bathgate (1991), Far and Away (1992) and Batman Forever (1995) were some of her most famous first films, but it was her award-winning performance in To Die For (1995) that showed the world what she is capable of. Even during the 2000s and 2010s she has remained active and is a household name in award ceremonies. 


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