40’s Beauty Icons

The 1940’s was home to some of the most beautiful women in Hollywood’s history. These women would grace the covers of fashion magazines, and become leading ladies in motion pictures. The world fell in love with them, and their beauty. Today, Lionesse would like to take a step back in time and revel in the beauty of some of the most iconic women of the 1940’s, bringing them to you in the article below.

Veronica Lake

Veronica Lake
The beautiful Veronica Lake was a noteworthy actress, singer, dancer and stage actress. Her beauty was incomparable, with her famous peek-a-boo hairstyle and beautiful facial features accented beautifully every time she would make an appearance. Her figure was thin and graceful, and her skin was fair and flawless. She would unfortunately lose her career to alcoholism and mental illness. She did try to revive her career, only for it to fail. Veronica passed away in 1973 at the age of 50, but her beauty will live on until the end of time.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall was known as something of a classy sex symbol in the 40s.  It was her distinctive voice and seductive look that set her apart from nearly every other actress in Hollywood. As an actress, she received numerous prestigious awards, and appeared in many movies. Her gorgeous hair, beautiful face and tall, slender body made her a beauty icon to be adored by women – and men – alike. Lauren would pass away in 2014 just short of her 90th birthday. Mentioned in Madonna’s ‘Vogue’, she was the last of the named celebrities in the song to pass away. Although gone in body, her beauty and fame lives on.

Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth was a beautiful, sexy woman known as a ‘vixen’. She became a pinup model aside from being a talented actress and dancer, and was featured in many men’s magazines during the 1940’s. Rita went on to appear in over 60 movies, winning many awards over the span of her career. Her hair styles were envied by women across America. Her daughter, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan, began taking care of her mother during the time when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Rita would pass away in 1986 at the age of 68 due to Alzheimer’s complications. Rita lives on through the many movies she starred in, and in many books written on her life. Even though she is gone, she could never be forgotten.

Ava Gardner

Ava Gardner
Ava Gardner was an American actress, signed with MGM Studios, and had appeared in many different movies throughout her acting career. Born in North Carolina, she was the sister to seven brothers and lived in a farming community. She knew hardship throughout her early life as her parents, both cotton and tobacco farmers, lost their home and everything they had, forcing them to relocate. Throughout Ava’s life, she had stayed humble no matter what – and that’s an admirable quality to tack onto her collection of other admirable qualities. She was a beautiful woman, known for her gorgeous face, pretty hair, and personality. She had a deep Southern drawl, and actually had to obtain a vocal coach to help her be more understandable to many. After getting an acting career by accident, she left school to pursue what was her new dream. The world was thankful to her for her contribution to the arts and movies. Ava passed away in London at the age of 67.

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