6 Classic female stars you should know

Nov 24, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. ET
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Inspiring. Intelligent. Inviting.

Old Hollywood's leading ladies were all of these things. Unstoppable female forces, they were much more than their on-screen identities. See who they were behind the camera, and find out which star is your soul’s kindred counterpart.

Lauren Bacall

Lauren Bacall
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Are you wise beyond your years with a sultry vibe and witty charm? Lauren Bacall was the 1940s beauty with a strong sense of self who spoke her mind and was always taken seriously. Not afraid to take on a challenge, she worked hard well into her later years, proving age is only a number.

Film suggestions: To Have and Have Not(1944), The Big Sleep(1946), How to Marry a Millionaire(1953)

Doris Day

Doris Day
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Do people judge you by your image? On-screen, Doris Day was Hollywood's girl next door with the perfect life. Off-screen, she was a resilient woman who persevered through it all— abuse, deceit and loss — and did it with a smile. Her zest for life and compassion for animals can light up a room.

Film suggestions: Young at Heart(1954), Lover Come Back(1961), Move Over, Darling (1963)

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe
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Are you more than meets the eye? Stereotyped as the dumb blonde, Marilyn Monroe was the bubbly bombshell with beauty and brains. Marilyn knew how to use what she had to get where she wanted to be. Coming from a rough upbringing, she showed that you can achieve your dreams with enough determination.

Film suggestions: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes(1953), Bus Stop(1956), Some Like It Hot(1959)

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn
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Would your friends describe you as a sophisticated lady? Audrey Hepburn was the soft-spoken sweetheart with an eye for style and a humanitarian spirit. A little woman with a big heart, she spent her later years volunteering with children in Third World countries as the Goodwill Ambassador of UNICEF.

Film suggestions: Roman Holiday(1953), Sabrina(1954), Funny Face(1957)

Katharine Hepburn

Katherine Hepburn
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Do you defy convention and walk to the beat of your own drum? Katharine Hepburn was the silver screen’s fast-talking intellect who pushed the social status quo aside. A fierce symbol of female strength, she gave women a voice on and off the screen, empowering them to live life exactly how they wanted.

Film suggestions: Bringing Up Baby (1938), Woman of the Year (1942), Guess Who's Coming to Dinner(1967)

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor
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Do you enjoy being the life of the party? Elizabeth Taylor was the talk of the town in her day, with a presence that demanded attention. More than just an exquisite beauty, she was a savvy businesswoman whose glamorous style influenced the masses and still does today.

Film suggestions: A Place in the Sun(1951), Giant(1956), Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(1958)

Whichever A-list lovely is your personality twin, you're in good company. They're all legends for more than their movies.

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