Published on September 8th, 2012 | by P OHara
Sexy Women of the 1940′s
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Vintage beauty of the 1940′s is immortalized by the women of the era. Veronica Lake, Maria Montez, Virginia Mayo, and other sexy ladies of the era listed here were the dreams of many young men at the time. I want to do an era posting of every decade from the 1940′s up through our current time to show how our perception of beauty, and fashion has changed. I thought this would be a great post both men, and women would appreciate for very different reasons.
I personally love the classic look of women. I mean who didn’t think Jessica Rabbit was hot? Well she was said to be modeled after the 1940′s classic beauty Veronica Lake, which we are capturing here. So enjoy the photos of these ladies of yesterday, and leave us some comments of your favorites below.
TOP FIVE SEXIEST WOMEN OF THE 1940′s
Born in Brooklyn with the name “Constance Frances Marie Ockelman” and raised in Florida, Veronica Lake was sexy all the way around. She is probably one of the biggest sex symbols of the era, and is said to be the inspiration of the popular Jessica Rabbit from the 1980′s film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit”. during the 1940′s she starred in films such as Duffy’s Tavern, Saigon, This Gun for Hire, and many more. Veronica wasn’t just flying on screen either she was an accomplished aviatrix who flew from Los Angeles to New York in 1948. SO HOT: Id let her captain my ship any day!
Another born in New York beauty who only stumbled into her life of fame. She originally intended to be a secretary, before doing some modeling, and being whisked to Hollywood where she would find her fame. Susan Hayward made a huge splash in films like Smash Up: The Story of a Woman, Jack London, and Deadline at Dawn. Although you cant tell from the picture Susan was a fiery red head, with enough beauty on camera to light up the entire cinema. SO HOT: Bill Clinton couldn’t handle this would have been secretary.
Closer to my heart than most of the actresses from the 40′s mainly because of her starring role in Gone with the Wind as Scarlett O’Hara who I happen to share the same last name. Vivien Leigh was born in India, and schooled in London. A different upbringing than most of her counterparts in Hollywood, especially for the time. Vivien Leigh was cultured, exotic, and showed every bit of it in front of the camera. You can check out Ms. Leigh starring in some of the 1940′s most popular films like Gone with the Wind, 21 Days Together, and Waterloo Bridge. Probably one of the most recognized dames from the era. HOT AS: Classy ladies in a cigar shop.
Nicknamed the Carribean Cyclone, Maria de Santo Silas as she was born would grow up to be a rare latin face in Hollywood for the time. Also cultured to a high degree, she was the daughter of a diplomat, educated in the Canary Islands. She would first attempt to make her name known in the stage shows of Euorpe, but in 1941 while working in New York as a model her film career would take off. With her tan exotic skin, and sexy accent the film world would grow to love her in adventure films like Arabian Nights, and the Invisible Woman. There is no doubt that Maria Montez was one of a kind in Hollywood for her time, despite her acting critics disapproval, the public begged for more of Ms. Montez. HOT AS: Well she made the caribean beach fantasy real for many so….
All American Michigan born native Martha Vickers was able to relate to her audience, because she came from the same beginnings as most of us did. The raving redhead was known for her fictional parts in Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Captive Wild Woman, The Mummy’s Ghost, and many other films of the same genre. I think many people recognize Martha Vickers when they see her on the screen, but it isn’t until you see her up close in her still photography that you realize how amazingly beautiful she really was. Very much a part of the Hollywood dating scene Martha Vickers would show up to events with some of the 1940′s Hollywood biggest names. She would finally marry A.C. Lyles in 1948, crushing the hopes of many many men from there on out. SO HOT: We would go chasing in a tomb of mummies after her to, hell I would have chased her anywhere.
So there you have it! 5 of the most beautiful women from the 1940′s era. I would like to know what you guys think. How do you think its different from then till now. Who were you favorite actresses from this time and era?. Also stay tuned because I am planning to do every decade up until now, just to see how our perception has changed through the years. Please look up these lovely ladies for more classic photography from the era.