The 1940s was a great decade for film. Alfred Hitchcock was really coming into his own as the master of suspense and Frank Capra gave movie-goers a holiday film that would be loved even decades after its initial release. The actresses of the 1940s were often great beauties with endless talents that were able to thrive in the captivating roles of the day.
Who was the most popular actress of the 1940s? Gene Tierney tops our list. She made her feature film debut in 1940 and quickly became one of the era's greatest actresses. She was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1945 film Leave Her to Heaven. Ingrid Bergman starred in one of the most popular films of the 1940s and beyond when she appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca in 1942. Later, she appeared in Hitchcock's movies Notorious and Spellbound.
Ava Gardner stole hearts in the 1946 film The Killers, which propelled her into super-stardom. She was under contract with MGM from 1941-1958. Greer Garson was by far one of the most popular actresses of the 1940s. During that decade she was nominated for an Oscar a record-setting five years in a row. She took home a statue for her performance in the 1942 film Mrs. Miniver.Which 1940s actress is your favorite? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Credits (Film): Laura, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Night and the City, Leave Her to Heaven, The Razor's Edge, + more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 71 (1920-1991)
Credits (Film): West Side Story, The Searchers, Rebel Without a Cause, Miracle on 34th Street, Splendor in the Grass, + more
Birthplace: California, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 43 (1938-1981)
Credits (Film): Misery, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express, The Shootist, To Have and Have Not, + more
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Age: Dec. at 90 (1924-2014)
Credits (Film): Cleopatra, National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, The Flintstones, Giant, + more
Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom
Age: Dec. at 79 (1932-2011)