We already made a video of some of the hottest female stars of the 1960s, but our comments suggested that there were some notable names that we left out. From Barbara Eden to Stella Stevens. Join Facts Verse as we take a look at more of the hottest women of the 60s fans will never forget.
While television of the 1950s had been relatively prudish, things were allowed to get slightly more risqué on the medium by the 1960s. There were plenty of sexy television stars that were allowed to strut their stuff on television during the decade, with one of the best examples being Barbara Eden. When you think of sexy television images from the 1960s, the image of Barbara in her costume as the titular character on the hit sitcom I Dream of Jeannie will likely be one of the first things that come to mind. That show came on the air in 1965 and made Barbara a superstar. And there are still plenty today who can’t help but do a double take when they see the star performing in her sexy costume.
Before Barbara Eden became a superstar thanks to her titular turn on I Dream of Jeannie, she had been a somewhat notable film actress. Her most notable film role was arguably the one that she performed alongside Elvis Presley in the 1960 film Flaming Star. However, she also appeared in such other notable features as 1961’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Despite the fact that she was the King of Rock and Roll’s leading lady years prior. It wasn’t until 1965’s I Dream of Jeannie that Barbara truly caught the attention of the audience. And much of that attention was for her looks!
Following I Dream of Jeannie, Barbara Eden has continued acting sporadically and is still around today! While she has performed in plenty of works since her hit 1960s sitcom came to an end. Barbara is more passionate nowadays about charitable work than she is about acting. Some of the many charities that Barbara has done work for include the American Cancer Society and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Anita Ekberg started out in the entertainment industry as a beauty queen before being swept up by film mogul Howard Hughes and brought to Hollywood. Howard had told Anita that he was going to make her a star. But it turned out that what the film mogul actually wanted was to marry her! Anita refused Howard’s advances, and nothing much came of their professional relationship once Howard became aware that there was nothing in it for him. Still, Anita went on to find work elsewhere in Hollywood and became a fairly big star!
While Anita continued working in Hollywood after breaking off her professional relationship with Howard Hughes. It was through her work in the Italian film industry that the actress would end up becoming a major film star. Anita’s breakthrough performance came in the 1960 feature La Dolce Vita. And which a major international hit thanks to the actress’s decidedly sexy appearance! The film was mildly controversial due to Anita’s scantily clad appearance in certain scenes. Though this controversy only added to both her and the film’s eventual success. Sadly, Anita’s appearance in La Dolce Vita ended up being the peak of her career. Still, she continued acting until 2002. In 2015, she passed away at the age of 83 after suffering from an illness. Join Facts Verse as we take a look at more of the hottest women of the 60s fans will never forget.
Gina Lollobrigida is another notable 60s starlet that brought into Hollywood by a horny Howard Hughes. Like Anita, Gina didn’t have much luck with the film mogul but ended up finding work elsewhere in the industry. Gina’s big break came in 1953, when she appeared in John Huston’s Beat the Devil. A few years later, she became a star thanks to her sensationally sexy turn in the film Beautiful But Dangerous. In 1961, she received critical acclaim for her role alongside Rock Hudson in the feature film Come September.
Into the 1970s, Gina took a step back from acting and became more passionate about photography. She made a name for herself photographing celebrities but also continued acting sporadically until her official retirement from the entertainment industry in 1997. A few years later, she attempted to run for European Parliament. Gina is still around today, though she mainly keeps to herself.
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Elizabeth Taylor may be best known to the public as an Old Hollywood sex symbol nowadays. But she actually started out in the entertainment industry as a child star. Elizabeth’s screen debut came via 1942’s There’s One Born Every Minute. But it would be her subsequent appearance alongside Mickey Rooney in 1944’s National Velvet that would make her one of the most popular child stars in Hollywood. Unlike many other child stars both before and since. Elizabeth maintained her star power and then some as she transitioned into adulthood. Elizabeth grew into a beautiful woman. And audiences were more anxious to see her than ever by the time that she had come of age.
As an adult, Elizabeth showed the audience that she was a sexy and capable performer via her roles in such classic films as 1956’s Giant and 1958’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The former feature saw Elizabeth acting alongside James Dean in one of the latter’s few film roles before his tragic and untimely death. Elizabeth turned in another sexy performance when she played a call girl in the 1960 film BUtterfield 8. But it would be her appearance in 1963’s Cleopatra that would solidify her status as a sex symbol.
While filming Cleopatra, Elizabeth fell in love with costar Richard Burton and the two would enter into a tabloid-fodder marriage that would grow to eclipse both of their Hollywood careers. Elizabeth would end up marrying Richard twice throughout her lifetime. Though Richard was far from being the only husband that she had. A few of Elizabeth’s other husbands include a United States senator. As well as a man that Elizabeth met in rehab during the 1980s. Sadly, Elizabeth is no longer with us, having passed away in 2011. Join Facts Verse as we take a look at more of the hottest women of the 60s fans will never forget.
Julie Newmar could be seen in an episode of The Twilight Zone before taking on the sexy role that would go on to make her a television icon. That role, of course, would be the role of Catwoman in 1966’s Batman. Julie Newmar originated the role, which Eartha Kitt would eventually replace her in. Both Julie and Eartha remain beloved by fans, though most agree that Julie is the sexier of the two.
Following Julie’s turn as Catwoman on Batman, the actress never quite found another role to match her talents. Julie is still around today and still works sporadically, though the majority of her appearances nowadays are relegated to fan conventions. Still, even though she’s been at it for decades, the actress looks as great now as she did during her prime.
Jill St. John
It stands to reason that we’d have to include at least one Bond girl on this list, and we’re going with Jill St. John. Although Jill didn’t make her iconic appearance in a Bond film until 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. She was able to receive her role in the film as a result of her rising to prominence as a notable sex symbol during the 1960s.
Jill made her debut on the big screen at the age of 16, starring alongside John Saxon in 1957’s Summer Love. The actress went on to appear in several notable films over the course of the 1960s, including a pair of films with Frank Sinatra! Jill and Frank were apparently close. Jill is still around today, though only acts occasionally in her old age.
Joey Heatherton is better remembered as a singer than an actress. But she was still hot enough to light up the screen! Before deciding to focus predominantly on her singing career. Joey could be seen in such early-1960s features as Twilight of Honor alongside Richard Chamberlain and Where Love Has Gone alongside Betty Davis. When her film career dried up, Joey continued performing as a singer, though substance abuse problems and an eating disorder made it hard for her to find the success she desired. Joey is still alive today, though she isn’t very active. One of her last notable appearances was in the 1990 cult film Cry-Baby.
Yvette Mimieux was a notable 1960s starlet that rose to prominence thanks to her turn in The Time Machine at the start of the decade. The film was a massive success, thanks in no small part to the audience adoring Yvette’s presence. That role arguably remains Yvette’s most iconic, as she ventured out into other areas of business in her later years.
She was another 1960s television actress that audiences couldn’t get enough of. Joy made a name for herself playing the character of Gladys Flatt on The Beverly Hillbillies, though she wasn’t able to find much traction in the entertainment industry after the show came to an end. Joy ended up passing away in 1972, at the age of only 43.
A third 1960s television starlet who deserves a place in this video is Dawn Wells, best known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on Gilligan’s Island. Fans still debate about whether or not Dawn Wells was the most beautiful woman on the program. And with some believing that the designation belongs to costar Tina Louise. Still, most people seem to agree that Dawn Wells gets the slight edge. Sadly, Dawn passed away in 2020 as a result of complications related to COVID-19.
Finally, let’s give a quick shout out to actress Stella Stevens! Stella made her film debut in the late 1950s. And then went on to appear in a Playboy issue that quickly became one of the fastest selling issues in the publication’s then-short history. Following this, Stella appeared in a wide number of sexy roles throughout the 1960s, including her appearance alongside Elvis Presley in Girls! Girls! Girls! and her appearance alongside Jerry Lewis in The Nutty Professor. Stella is still around, and still continues to act occasionally.
These beautiful stars represent some of the hottest women of the 1960s. Now it’s time to hear from you: did you know that both Anita Ekberg and Gina Lollobrigida were trafficked into Hollywood by film mogul Howard Hughes under decidedly false pretenses. And that Elizabeth Taylor was a popular child star before becoming a sex symbol? As always, like this video to show your support, and subscribe and hit the notification bell if you’d like to be among the first to know when more Facts Verse videos are on their way!