The 20 Most Beautiful Actresses Ever

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While their screen careers may sometimes be separated by decades, these women all definitely have two things in common: undeniable talent; and an almost magical gorgeousness that makes them stand out and shine. Get ready to worship, then, the 20 most beautiful actresses of all time.

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20. Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale is perhaps as known for being gorgeous as she is for her work on screen. But luckily for the 41-year-old Londoner, even without her acting chops she’s beautiful enough to have built a career on her looks alone – and there’s no denying that she looks good in Underworld’s skin-tight rubber suit, either.

19. Christina Hendricks

Watching red-headed beauty Christina Hendricks sashay down office corridors is one of the undeniable highlights of AMC’s Mad Men. The 40-year-old’s logic-defying, Jessica Rabbit-esque curves and classic pin-up looks are enough to make any ad guy hot under the collar.

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18. Zoe Saldana

Given that she’s one of the world’s most beautiful actresses, it’s somewhat strange that two of Zoe Saldana’s most famous roles include her playing blue and green aliens – in Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy, respectively. However, there’s no denying that the 37-year-old looks good in any color.

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17. Jessica Alba

Even when playing a stripper in 2005 neo-noir thriller Sin City, Jessica Alba radiates class – not to mention stunning beauty. The 34-year-old Californian shot to fame playing Max Guevera in James Cameron’s action series Dark Angel, and fans have been smitten ever since.

16. Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis is breathtakingly beautiful – it’s all in the eyes. It’s totally understandable, then, that in 2010 her on-screen romp with Black Swan co-star Natalie Portman sent fans into overdrive. What’s more of a head-scratcher, though, is how the 31-year-old was cast to voice Family Guy ugly duckling Meg Griffin – even if Kunis’ good looks make it a neat irony.

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15. Diahann Carroll

In 1968 trailblazer Diahann Carroll opened doors for women of color on the small screen, becoming the first African-American woman to play the lead role in her own TV show when she landed the title role on Fox sitcom Julia. And even though Carroll is now in her ninth decade on the planet, her beauty has stood the test of time as well.

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14. Elizabeth Taylor

Born in London in 1932, the inimitable Elizabeth Taylor rose to become the first actress to command a $1 million fee – for 1963 drama Cleopatra. And while the late actress is also famous for her scandalous love affairs and her fixation with jewelry, she was also a notable beauty, with flirty violet eyes and dark, luxurious lashes.

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13. Michelle Pfeiffer

With her piercing blue eyes and sun-kissed blonde hair, Michelle Pfeiffer is the ultimate California girl, even at the age of 57. Pfeiffer rose to prominence playing sexy Elvira Hancock in 1983 cult classic Scarface, but she arguably reached icon status in that Catwoman suit for 1992’s Batman Returns – an item of clothing that was so tight, it was literally hard for her to breathe in it.

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12. Monica Bellucci

In 2015 50-year-old Italian actress Monica Bellucci became the oldest Bond girl – or, rather, “Bond woman” – in the franchise’s history when she was cast opposite Daniel Craig in Spectre. And when you see her, you instantly get why the decision was made.

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11. Penélope Cruz

When she moved to Hollywood, Spanish star Penélope Cruz only knew how to say two English sentences – and one of them was “I want to work with Johnny Depp.” Since then, the smouldering 41-year-old has worked with Depp twice and won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, the latter for her turn in 2008’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

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10. Ursula Andress

Forget the cars and martinis; Ursula Andress emerging from the sea in a white bikini in 1962 Bond classic Dr. No is one of the defining moments of the series. In fact, the 79-year-old Swiss-born actress was so memorable as Bond girl Honey Ryder that she won a Golden Globe for New Star of the Year.

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9. Charlize Theron

Audiences first fell for Charlize Theron in 1996 when she starred in thriller 2 Days In the Valley – thanks, in part, to her steamy catfight with co-star Teri Hatcher. In 2003, though, the 39-year-old South African showed that she’s willing to play down her good looks for her art by taking on the role of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in gritty biopic Monster.

8. Halle Berry

Even though she made Catwoman look more like Minnie Mouse, 48-year-old Halle Berry is still one of the sexiest actresses working today. In 2001 Warner Bros. famously paid her an extra $500,000 to flash her breasts in schlocky action flick Swordfish – for some moviegoers, perhaps money well spent.

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7. Salma Hayek

Everything you need to know about dazzling Mexican star Salma Hayek’s most-beautiful-actress credentials can be seen in Robert Rodriguez’s 1996 horror From Dusk Till Dawn – where it’s hard to breathe watching her hypnotic snake dance. And the fiery 48-year-old just seems to get better-looking with age.

6. Raquel Welch

Now 74, Raquel Welch is one of Hollywood’s timeless beauties; she even made prehistory look hot in 1966 adventure One Million Years B.C.. Welch only had three lines in that movie, but her curvy cavegirl pose on its poster nevertheless spoke loud and clear, spawning in the process one of the most iconic movie promo pics of all time.

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5. Brigitte Bardot

Born in Paris in 1934, Brigitte Bardot shot to international sex symbol superstardom in French director Roger Vadim’s aptly titled 1956 film And God Created Woman. And while the former model, singer and actress retired from the limelight in 1973, she is still an icon today for her screen work and the smouldering good looks of her youth.

4. Grace Kelly

In 1956 Grace Kelly swapped fame for royal duties when she married Prince Rainier III of Monaco and quit acting. Incredibly, she was only 26 at the time and one of the world’s biggest stars. Of course, things ended tragically when Kelly didn’t survive a 1982 car crash – but she will always be remembered for her impeccable style and seemingly effortless elegance.

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3. Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson’s curves and pouty sultriness make her look more like a classic Hollywood beauty than a lot of her more waif-like and ultimately forgettable contemporaries. Fittingly, the 30-year-old is the only woman to have been named Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alive” twice.

2. Marilyn Monroe

Thanks to a bellowing subway grate and a willing white dress, Marilyn Monroe will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic Hollywood film stars of all time. Born Norma Jeane Mortensen in 1926, Monroe was the ultimate blonde bombshell by which all others are now measured.

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1. Audrey Hepburn

Even now, it’s hard to think of a woman more gorgeously gamine than Audrey Hepburn. Born in Belgium in 1929, the iconic star is best remembered for playing Holly Golightly in 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s – and for being one of the most stylish and beautiful actresses to ever walk the Earth.

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