A Hollywood red head, considered one of the world’s most beautiful women, (pictured above) was Maureen O’Hara, born Maureen FitzSimons (August 17, 1920 – October 24, 2015) Born in Ranelagh Dublin, Maureen changed her surname to O’Hara upon the advice of her acting peers. It was suggested that this name conversion would contribute toward advancing her career while creating a more appealing and marketable persona. The name change seemed to have helped. On January 25, 1946, Maureen became an American citizen, though she was able to retain her Irish citizenship. This action was reported as the first time in history that the United States had granted an Irish citizen dual citizenship. Maureen, an accomplished actress in over sixty films, is remembered for her roles with iconic actor, John Wayne. The perennial and popular Christmas classic, “Miracle on 34th Street” is perhaps her best remembered film.
Pictured above: Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth…what a red headed heat seeking missile!
Rita was born on October 17, 1918 as Margarita Carmen Cansino in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of a Spanish flamenco dancer and a Ziegfeld girl. What a career combination for this top box office movie sensation who appeared in over 61 films and rose to the top of her game, despite all odds!
Though she unbelievably never received an Academy Award, she is listed as one of the American Film Institute‘s Greatest Stars of All Time.
All beauty, brains and talent, Hayworth was also known as the ‘Love Goddess’ and her image was adored by millions of servicemen during World War II. She was one of the top pin ups of the era, the other being a la Betty Grable.
Rita, with the title of cover girl added to her long list of credits, also posed for a now iconic pin-up picture featured in Life Magazine, which revealed her in a ‘come hither’ pose, lounging comfortably on a bed in a sultry, appealing negligee. The picture was a sensation which kept the crowds roaring in applause or for calls of censorship.
Her most memorable and salty role, of over 61 films, may well have been the film noir role in ‘Gilda’, made in 1946 with Glenn Ford.
She was irresistible to men, married 5 times and divorced five times, and was quoted as saying “Men fell in love with Gilda, but they wake up with me.” After a most remarkable life, Rita Hayworth died on May 14, 1987 in her Manhattan apartment at the age of 68. The woman who had given the world so many beautiful moments and memories had succumbed to Alzheimer’s disease.
Pictured above: Jane Russell
Actress, singer and shining star, Jane Russell (June 21, 1921 – February 28, 2011) was forn in Bemidji, Minnesota. Some say she hitched a ride to stardom generated by the publicity surrounding a risque movie poster from the 1941 film she appeared in, ‘The Outlaw.’ The poster in question featured Russell in an intriguing and revealing pose with a gun in her hands. The film was Russell’s first.
Jane Russell starred in 1948’s ‘The Paleface’ opposite Bob Hope and 1953’s Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with legendary Marilyn Monroe. By the 1960s, Russells’ acting career was gently put behind her and she turned to singing and stage performances.
She was a spokesperson for Playtex‘s line of bras for the full-figured women. Russells’ own enviable and voluptuous figure made her intimately appropriate for the position.
This deeply religious woman, dedicated to many causes, founded the World Adoption International Fund. Russell, married three times, had herself been childless and was an outspoken advocate for adoption.
After what certainly appears a fulfilling life, the actress and legend died at age 89 on Feb. 28, 2011 at her home in Santa Maria, CA.
Pictured above: Ann Sheridan
What can one say that hasn’t already been said about a star who was dubbed the glamorous ‘Ooomph Girl’ by Warner Brothers’ Publicity?
Ann Sheridan was born Clara Lou Sheridan on February 21, 1915, in Denton, Texas. She was the American Dream come true and it all began with Paramount Studios‘ “Search for Beauty” contest. Ann Sheridan, one of few chosen winners, was sent a round-trip ticket to Hollywood, and earned a small part in Paramount’s film ‘Search for Beauty’ with Buster Crabbe in 1934. In the end, after Paramount’s million-dollar film and promotion was completed, Sheridan secured a contract with Paramount and appeared in more than a dozen films during 1934 and 1935.
By 1936, Sheridan had signed with Warner Brothers, her name changed to Ann Sheridan.
Throughout her career, Sheridan played opposite some of the greatest legends in Hollywood to include ‘The Great O’Malley’ in 1937 with Humphrey Bogart, ‘Dodge City’ in 1939 with Errol Flynn, Ronald Reagan in the 1942 film ‘Kings Row’ and ‘I Was a Male War Bride’ in 1949 with Carey Grant.
During her last filming of a Western-themed comedy entitled ‘Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats’, the lovely Ann Sheridan succumbed to cancer. The date of her tragically early death, at the age of 51, was January 21, 1967.
Pictured above: Greer Garson
Greer Garson’s true place of birth was cloaked in mystery until after her death when her uncovered birth certificate was found. The certificate revealed Garson was English born on September 29, 1908 as Eileen Evelyn Garson. Whatever the case, Garson was the most popular and successful of MGM‘s leading ladies during the 1940s.
This sincerely talented actress and woman, entered into acting at a reported late age of 35. She won her first Best Actress nomination in 1939. Between 1941 and 1945, she received five nominations. By the end of her acting career, she won a seventh. Greer also acted in six Best Picture-nominated films.
After an incredible life, Greer died of heart failure on April 6, 1996 at the age of 91.
Pictured above: Katherine Hepburn
Pictured above: Lucille Ball
Pictured above: Rhonda Fleming