Leading Ladies hardly seem to exist anymore. I don't mean that there aren't a lot of great actresses starring in movies right now, it's just that they're different. They're not the same as the leading ladies you used to see in films, women with poise and elegance, wit and intelligence, and beauty that didn't rely on special effects, outrageous styling choices, nudity, or certain … assets. Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude. I actually don't think there's anything wrong with actresses making the choice to do any of those things, and I think that women like Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, and many others would be leading ladies if they had the chance to star in the kinds of films that used to be made. These days it seems like it's all about movie stars though, do you know what I mean? So let's take a trip together in the Way Back Machine, and check out some stunning leading ladies
through the ages.
1. Audrey Hepburn
You had to know she'd be at the top of my list of leading ladies, right? Audrey epitomized poise, elegance, grace, wit, and beauty. She said more with her eyes than most people can say in a ten minute speech. From her diction to her gestures to the way she moved, she was beautiful inside and out, and so immensely talented. Whether she was singing in My Fair Lady, playing the phony fashionista in Breakfast at Tiffany's, breaking hearts as the ingenue in Sabrina, or showing her bitter, dramatic side in Two for the Road, she knew how to do it all.