A lot occurred in the 1950s, there was global expansion, and a rise in population which lead to our now grandparents, the baby boomers. The 50s was a mixed batch of Easter eggs with disasters like the cold war, communism, and capitalism. Also, even some cool things happened like the space race had begun. But what is known to this day in pop culture is that it was the golden period of Hollywood.
When you think of the 50s, faces like Marilyn Monroe, Clark Gable, Audrey Hepburn, and Princess Grace Kelly come to mind. All of whom are long gone sadly but remain as the icons of the 50s.
Scroll down to find about what made them so legendary to this day.
The blond bombshell, her hourglass figure, iconic looks, and sweet and wispy voice stood apart from her acting skills. The way she captured audiences’ hearts and attention on the big screen was what lead to her movies being blockbusters. She was talented enough to play naive roles in Gentlemen Prefer Blonds (1953) and The Misfits (1961). While Some Like It Hot (1959) brought out a more mature and sophisticated version of who she wanted to be.
The undeniable “King of Hollywood”. Having a career span of nearly three decades. His most notable works were during the 50s where he stared alongside his counterpart blond Marilyn Monroe in The Misfits (1961). His gallant and dreamy persona in films such as Dance, Fools, Dance (1931) with heartthrob Joan Crawford. In Red Dust (1932) Opposite Jean Harlow, the reigning icon of the time was what really made him MGM’s best lead.
She was a lovable British icon of the 50s, who came from humble beginnings. Yet made her way to the top with her petite stature, adorable smile and girl-next-door personality. Her roles in Sabrina (1954) the young witch, the innocent girl from Funny Face (1957) defined her. The iconic rom-com Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) was not just a movie but a work of art, literally! As that made her a remarkable fashion icon. And she could sing too, quiet well actually as apparent from her role in My Fair Lady (1964).
Before she became the Princess of Monaco in 1956. She had won hearts across millions and even an Oscar for her role in The Country Girl (1954) and also appeared in three Alfred Hitchcock suspense classic thrillers, Dial M for Murder (1954), Rear Window (1954) and To Catch a Thief (1955) all within two years.