From the separate beds for married couples and full coverage bedclothes of the 1950s emerged full-out vamp in the 1960s. These leading ladies: Elizabeth Taylor, Anne Bancroft, and Sophia Loren were huge stars at the time.
With her dark, wavy tresses and unusual violet eyes, ELIZABETH TAYLOR has always been a stunner. Here we see her portrayer a call girl (oh, scandal!) in BUtterfield 8. She didn't really like the role, but it won her an Academy Award for Best Actress.
Liz Taylor was so much more than a pretty face. Born in England to a prominent American family, they immigrated to the U.S. in 1939. She began her film career as a child, and was a teen star in National Velvet in 1944. By 1950, we was taking on more mature roles as she continued her career into the 1960s. In 1999, the American Film Institute honored her as one of the greatest female screen legend of all time. Her beauty is legendary. She married 8 times -- twice to the same man.
Peter Bradshaw, a film critic, referred to Taylor as "an actress of such sexiness it was an incitement to riot -- sultry and queenly at the same time." Feminist academic Camille Paglia refers to Taylor as a a woman who "wields the sexual power that feminism cannot explain and has tried to destroy." Our sexual prowess, you see is part of feminine power -- not an enemy of it. No one will ever think of Elizabeth Taylor as weak or inconsequential.
After retiring from the film industry, Liz Taylor became one of the first activists who spoke out for AIDS/HIV education and prevention, for which she received many philanthropic awards. She also created the highly profitable fragrances Passion (1987) and White Diamonds (1991).
Ms. Taylor left us in 2011 due to congestive heart failure. As to her funeral, she requested that it start 15 minutes late, because she was always 15 minutes late for everything during her life!
Beautiful, intelligent, and talented, Liz Taylor kept her sense of humor to the end.
Sexy ANNE BANCROFT starred as Mrs. Robinson in the 1967 film, The Graduate. How about that leopard bra and panty set? Rahr! The film also starred Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock, a college graduate who is seduced by and has a passionate affair with Mrs. Robinson. True to Hollywood, he of course falls in love with her daughter Elaine, played by Katherine Ross. The Graduate was the highest grossing film in the world in 1967, and ranks as the 23rd-highest grossing film in history, winning Best Picture and Best Director at the 40th Academy Awards.
In addition to steaming up the Silver Screen in this classic film, Bancroft was known as a versatile, accomplished actress, with additional accomplishments as a director, screenwriter, and singer. During her career, she received numerous awards, including an Oscar, two Golden Globes, three BAFTA Awards, two Tony Awards, and two Emmys.
Bancroft made her film debut in 1952 with Don't Bother to Knock (starring Marilyn Monroe) and her Broadway debut in the original cast of Two for the Seesaw, which brought her a Tony. The next year she added another Tony for playing Anne Sullivan in the Broadway production of The Miracle Worker. When the play was made into a film in 1962, she racked up an Academy Award for Best Actress. From there, her career really took off, and she starred in many films and plays as her career continued through 1999. She was married to the famous writer/director/comedian Mel Brooks, known as the creator of film farces and comedic parodies that include Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein.
Ms. Bancroft left us in 2005 at age 73, but her legacy of great film continues to be enjoyed today.
Wowza! I don't think SOPHIA LOREN would have gotten that outfit past the American censors, even in 1964! Sex goddess Loren was adored and worshipped by men around the world and both loved and envied by women. She never apologized for her sexuality, and it opened many doors during her film career. More than just a sex symbol, she went on to win top awards for her acting.
Sophia began her climb to fame as a contestant in the 1950 Miss Italia beauty pageant, for which we won the title of "Miss Cinema". Little did they know that she would become a sensational star of Italian and Hollywood film! After the pageant, she enrolled in film school and was cast as an extra in her first film at age 16, followed by bit parts in several other films. In 1953, she landed her first starring role in Aida, for which she received critical acclaim. This led to several films where she co-starred with the great Italian movie star, Marcello Mastroianni.
In 1960 she signed with Paramount Pictures where she co-starred with Anthony Perkins in Desire Under the Elms (based on the Eugene O'Neill play), Houseboat with heartthrob Cary Grant, and many other films. In 1960, her appearance in Two Women, the gut-wrenching story of a mother protecting her 12-year-old daughter during wartime, won Loren several awards, including Best Performance at the Cannes Film Festival, an Oscar for best actress, the first time a non-English speaking film won the award, and an additional 22 awards from around the world. Sophia continued to deliver incredible performances over the next six decades -- as beautiful as ever -- with her latest film, Ponti's The Life Ahead, in 2020. The film is the story of a Holocaust survivor (Loren) who runs a daycare and forms an unlikely alliance with a young thief. You can catch her performance on Netflix.
Fortunately, this incredibly talented, sexy movie star goddess is still with us, and we look forward to more to come!