Wowsa! These Sexy Valentine Vixens -- movie stars, pin-up girls, and other goddesses of the past -- are gorgeous! These accomplished women of stage and screen broke the mold, emerging as icons of sex appeal and strength. And the Valentines are fun, too!
First up is the incomparable, devastatingly sensual, sex symbol that has inspired songwriters, artists, screenwriters, and just about everyone else you can think of: MARYILYN MONROE. Her many films include Some Like It Hot! (1959), The Seven Year Itch! (1955), Gentleman Prefer Blondes (1953), and many more.
YVONNE DE CARLO was one of the sexiest women of the big screen in the 1940s and 1950s. An international movie stare, this Canadian-American vixen was a triple threat: actress, dancer, and singer -- taking Hollywood by storm with her dark tresses and gorgeous blue-grey eyes. And doesn't every girl want that outfit? De Carlo was in the epic film, The Ten Commandments (1956) with Charlton Heston, as well as several television shows, including The Girl from U.N.C.L.E., Bonanza, The Virginian, Murder, She Wrote, and Fantasy Island, but may be best remembered by today's audience for the role of Lillian Munster in The Munsters (1964-1966)
It's BETTY GRABLE, the gal with the great gams! Sexy Pin-Up of the 1930s and 40s, Betty was loved and adored by many men in the U.S. military, who pinned her picture to the inside of their lockers. (Hence the pin-up designation!) This amazing American actress -- another triple threat and model -- was one of the top grossing box office stars during her time. She co-starred with Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall in the classic film How to Marry a Millionaire (1953) and many others, including The Farmer Takes a Wife (1953) and The Dolly Sisters (1945).
Lovely SYD CHARISSE was a woman of great talent and strength. After contracting polio as a child, she studied ballet and became known as a professional dancer and actress in the 1950s. She danced in films with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, most memorably in Singin' in the Rain (1952), The Band Wagon (1953) and one of my favorites, Brigadoon. I remember after first seeing Brigadoon, she inspired me to dance through the house, pretending to be caught in that magical land.