The 1950s featured the rise of blonde bombshells, their beautiful brunette counterparts, method actors, and zany comedians. Musicals and romantic comedies were still wildly popular throughout the decade, but suspense thrillers and dark dramas were also bringing in money at the box office.
Who is the most popular movie star from the 1950s? James Stewart tops our list. In the 1950s, he starred in the Hitchcock classics' Rear Window and Vertigo. Known for acting with intensity and candor, Marlon Brando first gained a reputation for being a great actor in the 1950s. On the Waterfront and The Wild One still go down as two of his best films. James Dean, Jerry Lewis and William Holden also made great films in the 1950s.
Several famous actresses also thrived in the 1950s. With her iconic looks and wispy voice, Marilyn Monroe defined the classic Hollywood actress. She appeared in such 1950s films as Some Like It Hot, The Seven Year Itch and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Elizabeth Taylor started as a child actress in the 1940s, and by the 1950s, she was a bonafide movie star. A Place in the Sun and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are just a few of her films from the decade.Which 1950s 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)see more on James Stewart
Credits (Film): The Searchers, The Longest Day, Stagecoach, True Grit, Rio Bravo, + more
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 72 (1907-1979)see more on John Wayne
Credits (Film): The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, Superman, On the Waterfront, Superman Returns, + more
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 80 (1924-2004)see more on Marlon Brando
Credits (Film): Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits, The Seven Year Itch, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, + more
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Age: Dec. at 36 (1926-1962)see more on Marilyn Monroe