Jan 8, 2011

Beauty Through the Decades: 1920's & 30's

    In 20's the situation has changed pretty much as the society reacted against the puritanical Victorian standarts of beauty. This era is also called the "Roaring Twendies" as you may know. Woman started wearing popular new short "bobbed", waved or shingled hairstyles which symbolized the growing freedom of women. The impact of cinema was felt for the first time, as women increasingly took their beauty cues from film stars such as Louise Brooks and Clara Bow. The heavy use of makeup also returned to fashion in this era. Generally, white women applied pale powder and cream rouge circles to the cheeks, plucked their eyebrows and penciled in thin arches, and painted their lips very red, emphasizing the cupid's bow of the upper lip.
In the 1920s and 1930s American fashion began to assert itself and soon gained world recognition.  Hollywood was instrumental in providing the world with the latest looks for concepts of dressing with feminine allure and glamour.  Women demanded the same exciting new fashions and beauty tricks and products as the film icons and stars wore and so costumers and beauty experts became important in their own right.
So here we go..beautiful & famous FEMMES of 20's and 30's.
 Fay Wray - famous Canadian-American actress.
 Anita Louise - American actress
 Barbara Stanwyck (American actress)
 Claudette Colbert (French born American stage and film actress) New York
 Dolores Del Rio (Mexican actress, who was a star of Hollywood films during Silent Era and in The Golden Age of Hollywood. Also she was the firls Latin American movie star to have international appeal.)
Marlene Dietric - Berlin 20s-(German actress and singer. In 1920s Berlin, she acted on the stage and in silent films. Her performance as Lola-Lola in The Blue Angel, directed by Josef von Sternberg, brought her international fame and a contract with Paramount Pictures in the US.)
 Ginger Rogers (an American actress, dancer, and singer who appeared in film, and on stage, radio, and television throughout much of the 20th century)
 Gretta Garbo ( Swedish actress primarily known for her work in the United States during Hollywood's silent film period and part of its subsequent Golden Age. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden, she moved to Los Angeles, California in 1925 to develop her film career.)
 Isadora Duncan (dancer, considered by many to be the creator of modern dance. Born in the United States, she lived in Europe and the Soviet Union from the age of 22 until her death at age 50. In the United States she was popular only in New York, and then only later in her life. She performed to acclaim throughout Europe.)
 Jean Harlow ( American Film actress, the icon of her era, a sex symbol of the 30s. Known as "Platinum Blonde" and the "Blonde Bombshell". She suddenly died of renal failure at the age of 26!!!)
Louise Brooks (American Silent Film actress, dancer, model, showgirl)
 Joan Crawford (American actress in film, television and theatre)
 Norma Sherer (Canadian-American actress)
Anna May Wong (was an American actress, the first Chinese American movie star, and the first Asian American to become an international star. Her long and varied career spanned both silent and sound film, television, stage, and radio.)
  Lilian Gish  was a prominent film star of the 1910s and 1920s, particularly associated with the films of director D.W. Griffith, including her leading role in Griffith's seminal Birth of a Nation (1915). Her sound-era film appearances were sporadic, but included memorable roles in the controversial western Duel in the Sun (1946) and the offbeat thriller Night of the Hunter (1955). She did considerable television work from the early 1950s into the 1980s, and closed her career playing, for the first time, opposite Bette Davis in the 1987 film, The Whales of August.
Jeanette MacDonald  was an American singer and actress best remembered for her musical films of the 1930s with Maurice Chevalier.
 Franciska Gaal was a Hungarian cabaret artist who had a brief career in films.
 Tamara Makarova was a Soviet actress. She appeared in 31 films between 1927 and 1984. She was married to the Soviet film director Sergei Gerasimov.
 Lyubov Orlova was the first recognized star of Soviet cinema, famous theatre actress and a gifted singer. She was born to a middle class family in Zvenigorod near Moscow and grew up in Yaroslavl. When she was seven, Fyodor Shalyapin predicted her future as a famous actress.
 Marina Ladynina was a famous soviet (Russian) stage and fild actress.
P.S. Dear Earthling, if i've forgot somebody beautiful and important of this time period - please do not keep silence! Leave Comments, telling me who should also be in the list. Merci.


  1. Found this with a random search, interesting blog thanks for sharing it. Thought I'd share some music you might like to add to your list

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  2. 1930's actresses are so pretty...thanks c;