A look at some of the sexiest people from history
According to various descriptions, beauty can be described as “the phenomenon of the experience of pleasure, through the perception of balance and proportion of stimulus. It involves the cognition of a balanced form and structure that elicits attraction and appeal towards a person, animal, inanimate object, scene, music, and idea.”
We live in a superficial world, whether we want to or not. Beautiful woman and handsome men decorate everything from television screens to magazine covers to the walls of teen boys and girls to clothing ads. Most of us, whether we admit it or not, are drawn to the look of someone first. We’re human. A certain eye color. A firm bum, high cheekbones, a special smile are all things that may, initially, physically attract us to someone. However, as the old saying goes, there is more to someone than what is on the outside. Hopefully we all know this by now.
Let’s toss that old saying to the side for a moment. Below is a list of actors, singers, writers and models from the past that I feel make up some of the most beautiful people in history. Some were known sex symbols, while others were not. It’s all personal taste here.
Please feel free to comment and add to the list. Please keep the list focused on those who are no longer alive. I will be posting another version of living people in the next week or so. If you notice any errors or mistakes in the small bios included, let me know so I can fix it.
Actor born on February 8th, 1931. While driving his Porsche 550 Spyder near Cholame, California, Dean was killed in September 1955, when he collided with another car. He is best known for his roles the films Rebel Without A Cause and East of Eden.
Actress born on August 2nd, 1905. She is most famous for her role in The Thin Man. Loy was known for her charm, elegance and grace. In 1936, she was the title of “Queen of Hollywood” and was considered the epitome of glamour and class. Loy died during cancer surgery in New York City in December 1993.
Often called the greatest actor of the 20th century. His film credits include A Streetcar Named Desire, The Godfather, Guys and Dolls, Last Tango and Paris, Apocalypse Now, and The Score, and many others. Brando died at the age of 80 in July 2004.
Ava Gardner was born December 24th, 1922 and was an actress and sex symbol of the 20th century, known for her roles in The Killers, Mogambo and Night of the Iguana. Her list of husbands includes: Mickey Rooney, Artie Shaw, and Frank Sinatra. She died in London, in 1989.
French writer and philospher, born November 7th, 1913. Camus won the Noble Prize for Literature in 1957 for his work The Fall (1956). His works include: The Stranger (1942), The Plague (1947), The Myth of Sisyphus (1942) and The Rebel (1951). Camus died in 1960 in a car accident in France.
An American photographer made famous for her photographs of fashion and war victims. She was a member of the Surrealist movement and was the muse of fellow photographer and American, Man Ray.
Actor and biggest box-office star of the early sound film era, born in February, 1901. His films include Gone With the Wind, It Happened One Night and The Misfits, in which he starred with Marilyn Monroe, in her last ever screen performance. Gable died in 1960 from a heart attack.
American actress born August 1943. Starred in her first movie at the age of 12, Hitchcock’s The Wrong Man. Weld was often described as the poster girl for self-destruction, and began using drugs and alcohol at an early age. She starred opposite Elvis Presley in 1961 in the film Wild in the Country.
The King of Rock ‘N’ Roll. Often referred to as the most influential entertainer in music history. Elvis had over 100 top 40 hits and 18 number one songs.
A French writer who became famous for her published diaries. Critics hailed Nin as one of the finest female writers of erotica. Her circle of friends included Henry Miller, Gore Vidal, Lawrence Durrell and Otto Rank. Her passionate love affair with Henry Miller has made her well known to many Miller fans, and deeply influenced Nin herself as a writer and as a woman. Nin died in 1977 from a battle with cancer. Her works, not including her diaries, include: D.H. Lawrence: An Unprofessional Study, Winter of Artifice, Delta of Venus, Little Birds, Incest and Fire.
Born as River Jude Bottom in August 1970, he was one of the most promising young actors of his generation. River died of a drug overdose at the age of 23 outside a Hollywood nightclub. River didn’t like being as just a sex symbol and would rarely smile for photographs. His last film was Silent Tongue but is most known for his role as Chris Chambers in the 1986 film Stand By Me.
American poet and writer born in November 1928. Anne suffered from depression most of her life. After numerous breakdowns, she attended her first writing workshop, where she reached quick success with her poetry and had poems accepted by Harper’s, The New Yorker and Saturday Review. For a brief period, she modeled for Boston’s Hart Agency. In 1967, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her collection, Live or Die. She committed suicide in 1974.
Film actress, model and granddaughter of American writer, Ernest Hemingway, she appeared in six films, including Lipstick and Killer Fish and appeared in a May 1990 issue of Playboy. In 1996, on the anniversary of her grandfather’s suicide, Margaux committed suicide in California by OD’ing on sedatives.
Honorable mentions (or People I’m Adding Because I Will End Up Being Yelled At If I Don’t Add Them):
– Marilyn Monroe
– Humphrey Bogart
– Bo Derek
– Joan Crawford
– Lana Turner
– John F. Kennedy JR
I’m definitely forgetting some very important people in this. Be sure to contribute your thoughts!Powered by Sidelines