24 Famous Actresses of the 1930s

As a distraction from the stock market crash and the rise of the Great Depression, Americans began turning their attention to movies and television. The 1930s were part of the Golden Age of Hollywood, when actors were movie stars and films were genre-based masterpieces. This era contains some of the best actresses of all time, many of whom are Academy Award winners, as well as classic film stars.

Who is the most famous actress of the 1930s? Katharine Hepburn tops our list. Hepburn was one of Hollywood's most beloved actresses for over 60 years, but she got her start in the 1930s. She is one of the 1930s starlets you are bound to recognize.

Vivien Leigh starred in one of the most popular films of the 1930s - and beyond -when she appeared alongside Clark Gable in the 1939 Oscar-winner Gone with the Wind. Claudette Colbert appeared in some of the most memorable films of the 1930s including It Happened One Night and Drums Along the Mohawk. She skipped the 1935 Oscars because she didn't think she would win against Bette Davis. 

Scroll on below to learn a little more about these 1930s female movie stars.