During the Golden Age of Movies, from the thirties to the fifties, all-out glamour was the trend, and every woman who went to the cinema wanted to look like her favourite movie star. Marilyn Munroe with her platinum blonde hair or Rita Hayworth made a redhead very popular.
Accomplishing the shape of this era, the hour-glass curve, could not have been easy but movie stars like Grace Kelly and Lauren Bacall managed to make it look that way so that women would not go out without their girdles, to ensure a small waist and petticoats to make their skirts seem fuller.
During the late fifties, things did relax a bit and whilst actresses such as Honor Blackman, Natalie Wood and Joan Collins were not allowed to be seen without a full face of makeup, they were allowed to wear jeans and jumpers when they were not working.
Compare this with the actresses of today. Most are extremely beautiful in a more natural way. Many are stick thin and prefer not to wear too much makeup and have hairstyles that everyone can manage, although there are the exceptions. Dita Von Teese still goes for the all-out glamour look at all times and the big movie star look ‘comes out in full on the red carpet or for award evenings.
Male film stars have not changed quite so dramatically through the years. For example, men’s hairstyles did not change that much from the 20’s through to the 50’s. They continued to go short, often slicking the hair back with oil and later brycream. Many distributed moustaches but they were now well trimmed, a la Errol Flynn and Clark Gable. Later on, stars became clean cut in the way of Gary Cooper and Rock Hudson.
The ‘Big Action’ movie star has not changed that much over the years. Again Errol Flynn and Gary Cooper spring to mind along with Burt Reynolds, Steve McQueen and John Wayne. These days’ stars like Daniel Craig, Pierce Brosnan and Tom Cruise are all famous for carrying out their own stunts. The difference now is that if film stars are not happy or physically unable to do their own stunts, they can be created by the special effects department.
Many people like to collect film star autographs to give as gifts and to decorate their homes.