If there is a decade in Hollywood history one could point to as the Golden Age of Hollywood it would have to be the 1940’s. And this could also be said for the actresses of this iconic decade. Style, elegance, magic; enveloped in the haunting aura of black and white photography. This is the place where dreams are made.

1.)    Lana Turner (1921–1995)

“I planned on having one husband and seven children, but it turned out the other way around.”

Born: February 8, 1921 in Wallace, Idaho

Known For: The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), Peyton Place (1957)

Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)

2.)    Ingrid Bergman (1915–1982)

“I’ve gone from saint to whore and back to saint again, all in one lifetime.”

Born: August 29, 1915 in Stockholm, Sweden

Known For: Casablanca (1942), Notorious (1946)

Height: 5′ 9″ (1.75 m)

3.)    Vivien Leigh (1913–1967)

“Comedy is much more difficult than tragedy – and a much better training, I think. It’s much easier to make people cry than to make them laugh.”

Born: Darjeeling, Bengal Presidency, British India (now West Bengal, India)

Known For: Gone With The Wind (1939), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Height: 5′ 3½” (1.61 m)

4.)    Lauren Bacall (1924–2014)

“We live in an age of mediocrity. Stars today are not the same stature as Bogie, James Cagney, Spencer Tracy, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart.”

Born: September 16, 1924 in The Bronx, New York City

Known For: To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946)

Height: 5′ 8½” (1.74 m)

5.)    Greer Garson (1904–1996)

“All I know about getting something that you want is that there are three essential things: wanting, trying and getting the opportunity, the breaks.”

Born: September 29, 1904 in London, England

Known For: (Mrs. Miniver (1942), Random Harvest (1942)

Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)

6.)    Bette Davis (1908–1989)

“Until you’re known in my profession as a monster, you’re not a star.”

Born: April 5, 1908 in Lowell, Massachusetts

Known For: All About Eve (1950), What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962)

Height: 5′ 3″ (1.6 m)

7.)    Veronica Lake (1922–1973)

“You could put all the talent I had into your left eye and still not suffer from impaired vision.”

Born: November 14, 1922 in Brooklyn, New York City

Known For: This Gun For Hire (1942), The Blue Dahlia (1946)

Height: 4′ 11½” (1.51 m)

8.)    Jennifer Jones (1919–2009)

“If you could choose one characteristic that would get you through life, choose a sense of humor.”

Born: March 2, 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma

Known For: The Song of Bernadette (1943), Portrait of Jennie (1948)

Height: 5′ 6½” (1.69 m)

9.)    Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000)

“I win because I learned years ago that scared money always loses. I never care, so I win.”

Born: November 9, 1914 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary (now Austria)

Known For: Ziegfeld Girl (1941), Samson and Delilah (1949)

Height: 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)

10.)    Barbara Stanwyck (1907–1990)

“I’m a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I’m ninety and they won’t need to paste my face with make-up.”

Born: July 16, 1907 in Brooklyn, New York City

Known For: The Lady Eve (1941), Double Indemnity (1944)

Height: 5′ 5″ (1.65 m)

11.)    Joan Crawford (1906–1977)

“I need sex for a clear complexion, but I’d rather do it for love.”

Born: March 23, 1906 in San Antonio, Texas

Known For: Mildred Pierce (1945), What Ever Happened To Baby Jane (1962)

Height: 5′ 3″ (1.6 m)

12.)    Rita Hayworth (1918–1987)

“Basically, I am a good, gentle person, but I’m attracted to mean personalities.”

Born: October 17, 1918 in Brooklyn, New York City

Known For: Gilda (1946), The Lady from Shanghai (1947)

Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)

13.)    Katharine Hepburn (1907–2003)

“I often wonder whether men and women really suit each other. Perhaps they should live next door and just visit now and then.”

Born: May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut

Known For: The Philadelphia Story (1940), The African Queen (1951)

Height: 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)

14.)    Gene Tierney (1920–1991)

“It was the fashion of the time, still is, to feel that all actors are neurotic, or they would not be actors.”

Born: November 19, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City

Known For: Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

Height: 5′ 7″ (1.7 m)

15.)    Anne Baxter (1923–1985)

“Nefretiri ruled the glamor arena some 3,200 years ago, and it’s surprising how much the ladies of that day knew about the art of stalking a man.”

Born: May 7, 1923 in Michigan City, Indiana

Known For: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Razor’s Edge (1946)

Height: 5′ 3¾” (1.62 m)

16.)    Judy Garland (1922–1969)

“How strange when an illusion dies. It’s as though you’ve lost a child.”

Born: June 10, 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Known For: The Wizard of Oz (1939), Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Height: 4′ 11½” (1.51 m)

17.)    Maureen O’Hara (1920–2015)

“To the people throughout the world, John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor–John Wayne is the United States of America.”

Born: August 17, 1920 in Ranelagh, County Dublin, Ireland

Known For: Miracle on 34th Street (1947), The Quiet Man (1952)

Height: 5′ 7½” (1.71 m)

18.)    Rosalind Russell (1907–1976)

“Flops are part of a life’s menu and I’ve never been a girl to miss out on any of the courses.”

Born: June 4, 1907 in Waterbury, Connecticut

Known For: The Women (1939), His Girl Friday (1940)

Height: 5′ 8″ (1.73 m)

19.)    Olivia de Havilland (1916 – Present)

“Famous people feel that they must perpetually be on the crest of the wave, not realizing that it is against all the rules of life.”

Born: July 1, 1916 in Tokyo, Japan

Known For: The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), The Heiress (1949)

Height: 5′ 4″ (1.63 m)

20.)    Ava Gardner (1922–1990)

“What I’d really like to say about stardom is that it gave me everything I never wanted.”

Born: December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina

Known For: Mogambo (1953), The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Height: 5′ 6″ (1.68 m)