Pictured above:  Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953), Marilyn Monroe as Lorelei


Beauty can be a blessing or a curse. How do some of Hollywood’s most beautiful starlets, past to present, weigh in with their opinions?  Quotes that may just say it all…

“I don’t mind being burdened with being glamorous and sexual. Beauty and femininity are ageless and can’t be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.” – Marilyn Monroe  (June 1, 1926 – August 5, 1962)


“Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.-Mae West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980)


“I would rather lose a good earring than be caught without make-up.” – Lana Turner (February 8, 1921 – June 29, 1995)


ava Gardner

“What’s the point? My face, shall we say, looks lived in.” – Ava Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990)


“I live by a man’s code, designed to fit a man’s world, yet at the same time, I never forget that a woman’s first job is to choose the right shade of lipstick.” – Carole Lombard  (October 6, 1908 – January 16, 1942)

carole Lombard


“You can’t stop the aging process. There’s only so much oil you can put on your body. I’ve always just tried to go with my age. If the part requires somebody a little younger or older, I can probably get away with that.” – Angie Dickinson (September 30, 1931)



“Hollywood always wanted me to be pretty, but I fought for realism.” – Bette Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989)


Judy garland

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” – Judy Garland (June 10, 1922 – June 22, 1969)

“I think your whole life shows in your face and you should be proud of that.” –Lauren Bacall (September 16, 1924 – August 12, 2014)


“I think that the most important thing a woman can have – next to talent, of course – is her hairdresser.” – Joan Crawford (March 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977)

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.” – Sophia Loren (March 23, 1904 – May 10, 1977)


Vivien Leigh

“People think that if you look fairly reasonable, you can’t possibly act, and as I only care about acting, I think beauty can be a great handicap.” – Vivien Leigh (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967)

“I want women to be liberated and still be able to have a nice ass and shake it.” –Shirley MacLaine (April 24, 1934)

“Any girl can look glamorous… just stand there and look stupid.” – Doris Day (April 3, 1922 or 1924)


Doris day

“I don’t want to dress up a picture with just my face.” – Grace Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982)

“I have got two reasons for success and I’m standing on both of them.” – Betty Grable (December 18, 1916 – July 2, 1973)

“Darling, the legs aren’t so beautiful, I just know what to do with them.” – Marlene Dietrich (December 27, 1901 – May 6, 1992)

“Underwear makes me uncomfortable and besides my parts have to breathe.” – Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937)

“I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.” – Lena Horne (June 30, 1917 – May 9, 2010)

“For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his or her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. The beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries or the way she combs her hair. The beauty of a woman must be seen from in her eyes because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides. The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.” – Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 – January 20, 1993)

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