Lights, camera, action! These famous movie stars were the very definition of glitz and glamour in in the 1930s. Despite the recent stock market crash and the start of the Great Depression, 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 actors actresses of all time, many of whom are Academy Award winners, as well as classic film stars.
Who is the most popular movie star of the 1930s? James Stewart tops our list. Known for playing everyday men with real-life problems, James Stewart appeared in some of the most popular films of all-time in his over 50-year career. In the 1930s, he starred in such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and Destry Rides Again. Other great actors from the 1930s include Carey Grant, Humphrey Bogart and Henry Fonda.
Many great actresses thrived in the 1930s as well. Bette Davis, known for her bewitching eyes and cynical characters, started her career by appearing in the 1931 film, The Bad Sister. She went on to win two Academy Awards in her over 50-year career. Joan Crawford was a working actress for over 40 years, but she became a bonafide movie star in the 1930s. She was signed to MGM, and became one of the highest paid women in film of the decade.Which 1930s movie star is your favorite? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.
Credits (Film): It's a Wonderful Life, Vertigo, Rear Window, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Philadelphia Story, + more
Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)
Credits (Film): North by Northwest, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday, The Philadelphia Story, Arsenic and Old Lace, + more
Birthplace: Horfield, United Kingdom
Age: Dec. at 82 (1904-1986)
Credits (Film): Once Upon a Time in the West, 12 Angry Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Longest Day, How the West Was Won, + more
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)
Credits (Film): Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, On Golden Pond, + more
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 96 (1907-2003)