Top 18 Sex Symbols Of The 60′s – Twenty Century Photos
Do the names Claudia Cardinale, Catherine Deneuve, Natalie Wood, Elizabeth Taylor mean anything to you? Nowadays it’s hard to even imagine the power of the world fame that these divas, who are known even to the young generations experienced. It’s hard to say which one is more famous, more beautiful, even which one is better actress (but they all deserve to be in 18 sex symbols list). A cluster of female characters related to the sixties of the last century (even so last millennium!) was breathtaking, they were tempting smiles and tears, inciting passion among all generations. Cuddly or solid as a rock, they left behind a number of roles for which they will be remembered by the next generations. And how much do we really know about them?
Famous Batgirl was born May 16, 1937, in Taylorville, Illinois. She started her career as a ballerina, but she became known to the world thanks to many movie and TV show roles. Craig is in the twilight of her acting career, but continues to work animating the grandmother character in the animated children’s show “Olivia“.
Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born July 20,1938, in South Yorkshire, England. She spent her early childhood in India, so she speaks Hindu fluently. However, she wanted to build her career in England. Many roles in movies and TV shows brought her a world fame. Roles, such as Emma Peel in The Avengers, Tracy Di Vicenzo in James Bond movie “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” or Evil Queen in “Snow White“, surely will be remembered, as well as the roles she played in her later years – Grandmamma in “Heidi” or Huma Rojo in adapted performance of Almodovar’s movie “All About My Mother“.
Julia Chalene Newmeyer was born August 16, 1933, Los Angeles, California. Actress, dancer, singer, business women, writer – this could be a way to present this successful diva. Whether she appeared in low-budget series like “The Rookie” or in TV series “Batman” as the Catwoman, she attracted a great attention of the audience. Her very versatile and energetic personality, in addition to many roles she made, and after all accreditation for two U.S. patents-special nylon stockings and a bra in a special style of Marilyn Monroe, made her unforgettable. Several times she found herself on the cover of the Playboy magazine.
American model Dianna Lynn Batts was born November 30, 1944 in Jacksonville, North Carolina. For many years she worked as a Barker’s Beauty model on the U.S. television show “The Price Is Right“. Several times she was a Miss, and her photographs were included in the pages of the Playboy magazine.
American actress Elizabeth Victoria Montgomery (April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995), was born in Los Angeles, California, in a family of actors. Her television debut was in her father’s series “Robert Montgomery Presents” and her film debut was “The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell“. As credit for work in many roles of different genres she was assigned to prestigious awards, and the most important are five “Emmy” awards and four “Golden Globe” awards. It is difficult to single out her greatest roles, but films such as “Who’s Been Sleeping in My Bed?“, “The Untouchables“, “A Case of Rape“, “The Legend of Lizzie Borden” and the TV series “Bewitched” definitely deserve every attention. In addition to films and television series she also worked as a narrator in documentaries and was filming commercials. She was a mother of three children and a great benefactor.
American actress and singer Barbara Jean Morehead (Huffman) was born August 23, 1934, in Tucson, Arizona. Her rich career began with the role in “Back from Eternity“, back in 1956. From then until the present day there have been many roles in movies and TV series, in which she appeared along with many world famous names – in “Flaming Star” (1960) with Elvis Presley, in “The Stepford Children” with Don Murray, or in her, perhaps, greatest achievement for which she was twice nominated for the “Golden Globe” TV series “I Dream of Jeannie” with Larry Hagman. Dedicated to her work, as indicated by numerous titles such as “Burke’s Law“, “I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later“, the character Lee Ann de la Vega in the TV series “Dallas“… Her last TV movie “Always and Forever“, was recorded in 2009. Her memoir, “Jinnee Out of the Bottle” was released in 2011.
Tina Louise Blacker was born February 11, 1934 in New York City. As she was a daughter of a model, the logic beginning of Tina’s career was the same. As a teenager she worked as a model, but she was also acting, dancing and singing. Appearing in pin-up magazines such as “Adam, Sir!” and “Modern Man“, and later in “Playboy” opened doors for her further success. This was followed by Broadway plays, TV dramas, while her debut in Hollywood film “God’s Little Acre” was in 1958. Because of her love for Broadway, she refused some movie roles, but she recorded several music albums instead. Numerous roles marked Tina’s long acting career, like Carmel in movie “The Good Guys and the Bad Guys” (1969), Charmaine Wimperis in the movie “The Stepford Wives” (1975), Mrs. Fontaine in “Johnny Suede” and appearing in numerous TV series like “Dallas“, “All My Children“, “Santa Barbara“, “Fantasy Island“… Tina is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a lifetime member of the Actors Studio. Her role today is to help young people to assert themselves as actors and progress in their skills. She has published two books for children in which, in a humorous way, she encourages them to believe they can become and do what they want to.
Swedish model, actress and sex symbol Anita Marianne Ekberg (oldest in Sex Symbols Of The 60′s) was born September 29, 1931 in Malmö, Skåne, Sweden. She started her career as a model, a Miss of Malmö and than a Miss of Sweden, what brought her to the Miss of the Universe competition. Though she didn’t win it, there were lots of people in movie and music industry interested in this young and good-looking girl. Dizzying popularity and many rumors in magazines, especially about her private life, brought her a pin-up girl status. Beautiful Anita wasn’t unfamiliar with romance. Many men sighed after her. But, what made Anita remembered are her roles. The character of Venusian Guard in “Abbott and Costello Go to Mars“, a musical comedy with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis “Artists and Models“, then Helena in great “War and Peace” movie in 1956, where she played along with famous Audry Hepburn and Henry Fonda. Still, her lifetime achievement is the role of Sylvia in Federico Fellini’s comedy “La Dolce Vita“, where she played with great Marcello Mastroianni. As romantic as she looked to Trevi Fountin on the movie, that was what Anita Ekberg’s life was really like.
Claude Joséphine Rose Cardinale was born April 15, 1938 in La Goulette, Tunisia. As her parents were Sicilians, Claudia spoke French, Sicilian and Arabian languages, while she learned Italian much later, when making movies. Her first role in movie was a side role of a servant. In this french-tunisian movie “Goha” a major lead was given to Omar Sharif, but beautiful Claudia managed to draw attention of the Italian filming industry even with that side role. A very long list of titles as well as many awards tell about her high acting quality. Her deep and hoarse voice, especially for a woman, was very recognizable. It was just that what helped her to remain very observed. The famous ‘spaghetti western’ movie – “Once Upon a Time in the West” from Sergio Leone won the audience over the world, as well as the “8” from Federico Fellini and “Cartouche” from Philip de Broca where, beside Claudia you could see famous Jean-Paul Belmondo, and the italian movie with the strange plot – “Vaghe Stelle dell’Orsa” from Luchino Visconti, in 1965… As you can see – great movies, great names, both actors’ and directors’, and very significant Claudia’s roles in them.
French actress Catherine Fabienne Dorléac was born October 22, 1943 in occupied Paris in a family of actors. Her acting career she had started in movie “Les Collégiennes” when she was only 11! Her charm paved her way forward. Except being an actress, Catherine was the elegant symbol of “Chanel No. 5” perfume and “L’Oréal Paris” cosmetics, as well as an inspiration and muse for great, famous designer Yves Saint Lauren and fashion company “Louis Vuitton“. Catherine is very active, beside many movies and advertisments she made, her life is full of various hobbies: gardening, painting, photography, music, fashion, movies, antiques and decoration… But, she also had many public activities – she was the UNESCO ambassador, “The Climate Project” donor and involved in several projects for help to children from Africa, she is still active in fight against cluster bombs, AIDS and cancer diseases, and many, many other things. This hardworking and capable woman became famous for her roles in “Le Vice et la Vertu“, “Les Parapluies de Cherbourg“, horror movie from Polansky “Refusal“, a romantic comedy “The April Fools“, “Le Dernier Metro” – her partner in this movie was the great Gerard Depardieu, she also found a place in “Indochine” movie that was awarded with Oscar in best foreign movie category, and Catherine won an Oscar for best actress. Lots of work, investings and many great awards – that could be a description of beautiful Catherine Deneuve’s life.
Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko was born July 20, 1938 in San Francisco, in a family of Russian emigrants. As a child she started playing in movies. When she was 5, she had a debut in the movie “Happy Land“, and till the age of 12 she already was a great movie star. Her rich acting career was formalized with many prestigious awards – several Oscars, several Golden Laurels, several Golden Globes… A great actress in great movies like “Rebel Without a Cause“, “Gypsy“, “Love with a Proper Stranger“, “Inside the Clover Dais“, “This Property Is Condemned“… Generations will remember a great role of Natalie Wood in “Splendor in the Grass“. These legendary movies are followed by generations of film-lovers, that consider them very important in world filming industry. She died November 29, 1981.
Swedish-American actress, singer and dancer Ann-Margret Olsson was born April 28, 1941 in Stockholm. She showed up in public for the first time in 1961, and just in 1962 she was nominated for Grammy award for the best new performer. There was a movie after movie, various television shows, theatral productions, music albums, but also very, very valuable awards in her life. Her role in “Carnal Knowledge” movie brought her an Oscar nomination, and she won the Golden Laurel for her major role in the movie “Viva Las Vegas” along with Elvis Presley. A role of Blanche in “A Street Car Named Desire“, inspired by the same-named drama played in Broadway brought her a nomination for Emmy award, and her participation in “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit” brought her an Emmy in 2010, for exrtaordinary guest actress.
American actress, author of the book “Raquel: Beyond the Cleavage” and sex symbol Jo Raquel Tejada was born September 5, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois. She wanted to become a ballerina, but as her dream didn’t come true, she devoted herself to acting. First time on the movie for her it was “A House Is Not a Home” in 1964 and in the movie “A Swingin’ Summer” she both acted and sang songs from the movie, but the poster for “One Million Years B.C.” brought her a reputation of a sex symbol because of an improvised furry bikini she had.
American actress and singer Vera Jayne Palmer was born April 19, 1933 in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Jayne was a mother of 5 children; as a singer she had many albums, some of them with Jimi Hendrix, and did a lot of ‘movie’ singing in German and English. She was the author of the book “Jayne Mansfield Wild, Wild World” and she worked in Hollywood, Broadway, movies, television… She was the winner of many awards, such as Golden Laurel, Golden Globe, Theatre World Award, as she was a luxuriant blonde many people compared with Merilyn Monroe. Some would say she was a perfect woman. Unfortunately, she died too soon. Jayne died in the car accident when she was 34. She will be remembered for her roles in “The Girl Can’t Help It”, “The Wayward Bus”, “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?”, “Promises! Promises!” and her last movies “Single Room Furnished” that she made in 1968.
This Swiss actress and sex symbol was born March 19, 1936 in Ostermundigen, Canton of Bern, Switzerland. Her most famous role of Honey Rider brought her a nickname “Bond Girl” and a Golden Globe. She acted in numerous movies with great names, such as “Fun in Acapulco” with Elvis Presley, “The 10th Victim” with Machello Mastroianni, “4 for Texas” with Frank Sinatra, “Clash of the Titans” with Laurence Olivier, etc. She was elected for one of the sexiest women in the world.
Franch actress Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot was born September 28, 1934. She started a career as a ballerina, but life took her to acting career. She played in many movies, recorded several music albums as a singer, she also worked as a model, published 5 books, was active in Animal Protection Society, but nevertheless she was a very charismatic person who preoccupied the public with her attitude and dressing. She popularized bikini costumes in “Woman without a Veil” what was generally accepted, firstly in higher society, as well as her hairstyling “Beehive” and “the Bardot neckline” with a great slit around neck, so that shoulders could be seen, also were. After the “Et Dieu Crea la Femme” (And God Created Woman) movie, she got a sex symbol status. She was nominated for the best actress in the movie “Viva Maria!”, and she was a winner of several “David di Donatello” awards for movies “La Ciociara” (Two Women), “Ieri, Oggi, Domani” (Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow), “Matrimonio alli’Italiana” (Marriage Italian-Style), “Le Streghe”, “I Girasoli” (Sunflower), “Il Viaggio” (Voyage), “Una Particolare round” (A Special Day)… In 1985 she was awarded with the order of “Legion of Honor”, but she refused to accept it.
British-American actress Dame Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor was born February 27, 1932 in the London suburbia. Her parents were Americans, but lived in England for some time. Her first movie “There’s One Born Every Minute”, Elizabeth made when she was only 10 years old. After that came movies like “Lessie Come Home”, “Jane Eyre”, “The White Cliffs of Dover” and others. This beautiful actress with purple eyes worked hard, sometimes playing in couple of movies in one year. Her popularity was enormous, so it isn’t so strange that she won two Oscar awards, several times nominated for it, and a winner of many important acting-related awards, but also those ‘non-acting’ – in the 1987 she got a French order of “Legion of Honor”, in 1997 she got Award for Lifetime Achievement and in 2000 she got a title of Dame of the British Empire. However, her greatest award were her four children and a grandchild when she was 39. She was agonizing for both humans and animals. She was helping to the ill and gained special orders for humanity. Her cult movies are many, like “Cleopatra”, “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof”, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf?”, “Elephant Walk”, “Quo Vadis”, etc. She died March 11, 2003. Her heart, that was opened for all the people with a good will, stopped in her 79th year.
Norma Jeane Mortenson Baker was born in June 1, 1926 in Brentwood, Los Angeles. She started a career as a model, but very soon after that she signed a movie contract for “The Shocking Miss Pilgrim”. On the movie she was improving as a singer and dancer, so that today we have a whole specter of her world-class movies – “Monkey Business”, “Don’t Bother to Knock”, “Some Like It Hot”, “Let’s Make Love”, “The misfits” – her last movie with Clark Gable in 1961, “The Prince and the Snowgirl”, “Bus Stop”… She tested her acting in many genres, but as a cute and dullish blonde in movies like “How to Marry a Millionaraire”, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” or in “Seven Year Itch” she definitely won may hearts. She died in August 5, 1962, but she is still mentioned as a pop culture icon and one of the biggest stars and sex symbols.
As you could see, my idea was to show these beauties in their best. Many things haven’t been mentioned here. Their private life, ups and downs I left aside, because being a sex symbol of the time, an epoch, doesn’t mean sharing all your private (good and bad) things with public. They knew how to manage with the gift of God, the gift of nature that was given to them, to use it, to be devoted to their jobs and themselves at the same time, to improve themselves… Frequently these sexy ladies were generously helping other, that makes them even bigger stars.