Weird History
117.4k readers

Here's What 'Hollywood Royalty' Looked Like In Every Decade Of The 20th Century

Updated January 2, 2019 117.4k views10 items

Hollywood celebrities emerged as a new type of public figure in 20th-century America. The biggest movie stars by decade ranged from silent film ingénues in the 1910s and 1920s to action heroes in the 1980s and 1990s. Though different celebrities became popular during various decades, Hollywood royalty always embodied the beauty standards of their time.

During Hollywood's infancy, films gave no credits to actors; audiences had no way of naming their preferred performers - but this soon changed: by the 1910s, Hollywood was in the business of creating stars, men and women alike, whom audiences admired and adored. The biggest stars usually commanded the largest salaries. Typically, the highest-paid actors and actresses could attract huge audiences to movie theaters. Much like the film industry, Hollywood glamour and fashion endured many shifts from its beginnings to the modern day.

From swanky starlets to clean-cut matinée idols, the styles of Hollywood have changed with America between 1900 and 2000.