Anna May Wong, Clara Bows, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, etc., here is our list of 30 classic beauties from the 1930s with the most beautiful eyes.
1. Tallulah Bankhead.
|Tallulah Bankhead, 1930s|
Born 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama, American actress Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was known for her husky voice, outrageous personality, and devastating wit. Originating some of the 20th century theater’s preeminent roles in comedy and melodrama, she gained acclaim as an actress on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bankhead became an icon of the tempestuous, flamboyant actress, and her unique voice and mannerisms are often subject to imitation and parody.
Bankhead died in St. Luke’s Hospital in Manhattan in 1968, aged 66.
2. Thelma Todd.
|Thelma Todd by Max Munn Autrey, 1934|
Born 1906 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, American actress Thelma Todd appeared in about 120 pictures between 1926 and 1935. She is best remembered for her comedic roles in films such as Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business, Horse Feathers, and a number of Charley Chase’s short comedies and co-starring with Buster Keaton and Jimmy Durante in Speak Easily.
Todd also had roles in Wheeler and Woolsey farces and several Laurel and Hardy films, the last of which (The Bohemian Girl) featured her in a part that was truncated by her suspicious death in 1935, at the age of 29.
3. Toby Wing.
|Toby Wing, circa 1933|
Born 1915 as Martha Virginia Wing in Amelia Court House, Virginia, American actress and showgirl Toby Wing began working onscreen at age 9. In 1931, she became one of the first Goldwyn Girls, and in 1932, she was seen in Mack Sennett-produced comedies made by Paramount, one starring Bing Crosby. Wing made an impression with producers and moviegoers, but she seldom broke through to leading roles.
Wing died in 2001, aged 86.
4. Vivien Leigh.
|Vivien Leigh, 1935|
Born 1913 as Vivian Mary Hartley in in British India on the campus of St. Paul’s School, Darjeeling, English stage and film actress Vivien Leigh won two Academy Awards for Best Actress, for her iconic performances as Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and Blanche DuBois in the film version of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), a role she had also played on stage in London’s West End in 1949. She also won a Tony Award for her work in the Broadway musical version of Tovarich (1963).
Leigh died in 1967, at the age 54, cause of tuberculosis. She was considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses of her day, and her directors emphasised this in most of her films.
5. Alice White.
|Alice White, circa 1930s|
Born 1904 as Alva White in Paterson, New Jersey, American film actress Alice White had her career spanned late silent films and early sound films.
White left films in 1931 to improve her acting abilities, returning in 1933 only to have her career hurt by a scandal that erupted over her involvement with boyfriend actor Jack Warburton and future husband Sy Bartlett. Although she later married Bartlett, her reputation was tarnished and she appeared only in supporting roles after this. By 1937 and 1938, her name was at the bottom of the cast lists. She made her final film appearance in Flamingo Road (1949) and eventually resumed working as a secretary.
White died of complications from a stroke in 1983, aged 78.