20. Brigette Bardot
Brigitte Bardot was discovered on a magazine cover at 15, making her film debut in 1952. Directors crafted her ‘sex kitten’ image for early films such as And God Created Woman and The Night Heaven Fell, which made her an international star. She displayed her acting ability in such films as The Truth, Contempt, and Viva Maria! As of the mid-1990s, Bardot had been married four times.
19. Marilyn Monroe
Actress Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in Los Angeles, California. During her all-too-brief life, Marilyn Monroe overcame a difficult childhood to become of the world's biggest and most enduring sex symbols. During her career, Monroe's films grossed more than $200 million. At only 36 years old, Marilyn Monroe died of a drug overdose on August 5, 1962.
18. Sharon Stone
Actress Sharon Stone started off as a print and television model. She branched out into acting in the 1980s. Her breakthrough film role came with the action thriller Total Recall. In 1992, she landed the unforgettable role of a bisexual murder suspect in the erotic blockbuster Basic Instinct. In recent years, she has starred in independent films,
17. Christie Brinkley
Christie Brinkley was born February 2, 1954, in Malibu, California. In the 1980s Brinkley was featured on over 200 magazine covers. She adorned three consecutive Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition covers and endorsed a number of products including Cover Girl cosmetics. Her major projects in the 1990s included a short-lived talk show on CNN. Now in her fifties, Brinkley continues to model.
16. Victoria Silvstedt
Victoria Silvstedt at nearly six feet tall, with platinum blonde hair and icy blue eyes, her supermodel status and physical beauty is celebrated all over the world. She was the 2002 Maxim Woman of the Year, MISS SWEDEN, Playmate of the Year, former Guess? Model, and has appeared on the cover of hundreds of magazines around the world. Silvstedt recently starred in Artisan Entertainment’s star-studded comedy, BOAT TRIP, opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., Roger Moore and Vivica Fox. Silvstedt also starred in the hilarious teenage comedy OUT COLD, and has expanded her talents to television, where she has hosted numerous TV specials around the world.
15. Suzanne Somers
Suzanne Somers is an American actress, author and businesswoman. Her biggest career breakthrough came in 1977 as one of the stars of the hit sitcom Three’s Company. On the show, she played the bubbly Chrissy Snow, one of television’s quintessential dumb blondes. In the 1980s, she started marketing a small piece of exercise equipment called the ThighMaster. Somers has written numerous diet books.
14. Shannon Tweed
Shannon Tweed is an Canadian actress, well known as a Playboy magazine playmate. Building off her modeling success, she landed a number of TV and films roles. Tweed found steady work during the 1980s and 90s acting in a series of "B" movies, as well as on the soap opera Days of our Lives. In 2006, she and her family starred in their own reality television show,
13. Anna Nicole Smith
Born Vickie Lynn Hogan on November 28, 1967 in Mexia, Texas, Anna Nicole Smith overcame a difficult childhood rising to fame as a model for Guess jeans, Playboy magazine and controversial marriage to 89 year old oil tycoon J. Howard Marshall II. Having experienced great joy and tragedy in her personal life, Smith died of an accidental drug overdose in 2007.
12. Pamela Anderson
Born on July 1, 1967, in British Columbia, Canada, Pamela Anderson began her career modeling in Labatt beer ads and then in the pages of Playboy. She transitioned to acting on TV's Home Improvement, but real fame came with Baywatch, making her a household name and instant sex symbol. A long-time supporter of animal rights, Anderson continues to act in smaller roles.
11. Bo Derek
An aspiring model, 16-year-old Mary Catherine Collins met Hollywood’s John Derek in 1971, and he molded her into a superstar, married her, and Bo Derek was born. Her second film, the comedy 10, had Derek bouncing along the beach in slow motion and became the stuff of legend. She followed this success with two adventure films directed by her husband: Tarzan the Ape Man (1981) and Bolero (1984).
10. Jenna Jameson
The most successful adult actress in history, Jenna Marie Massoli was born on April 9, 1974, Jameson took her stage name from the Irish whiskey brand. At 16, she left home, used pliers to remove her braces, and became an exotic dancer. Jameson was discovered by a scout from the magazine Penthouse.
9. Jenny McCarthy
A buxom blonde with a wicked jaw and a goofball bearing, Jenny McCarthy was briefly hyped in the 1990s as a Lucille Ball-Marilyn Monroe hybrid. She got her start posing nude for Playboy magazine in 1993, and ended up becoming that year's Playmate of the Year. McCarthy parlayed that fame into a breakthrough role hosting the MTV dating show Singled Out. That led to her own sketch comedy show on MTV, The Jenny McCarthy Show and an NBC sitcom Jenny (1997), as well as film roles. Her movie credits include BASEketball (1998), Scream 3 (2000) , Scary Movie 3 (2003) and John Tucker Must Die (2006). She began dating comedian Jim Carrey in late 2005, together they founded Generation Rescue, a resource for parents of autistic children. Carrey and McCarthy split up in 2010.
8. Jayne Mansfield
Born Vera Jayne Palmer in 1933, Jayne Mansfield was one of the leading symbols of the 1950s. She worked on Broadway and Hollywood, always emphasizing her hourglass figure and platinum-blond hair. Although her career was short lived, she had several box-office hits, was married three times and divorced twice, the mother of five and a Playboy playmate. She died in a car accident at the age of 34.
7. Linda Evans
Actress Linda Evans has personified beauty and grace to American television viewers for over five decades, from her role as Audra Barkley, a daughter of the Old West on The Big Valley (1965-1969 on ABC) to the glamorous Krystle Carrington on Dynasty (1981-1989 on ABC) to Hell's Kitchen, the British competitive cooking reality show she won in 2009.
6. Kate Upton
Kate Upton (born June 10, 1992 in St. Joseph, Michigan as Katherine Elizabeth Upton ) is an American model known for her "Rookie of the Year" appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Although Kate was born in St. Joseph, Michigan, she was raised in Melbourne, Florida. She has three siblings. Her uncle Fred Upton is the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 6th congressional district.
5. Grace Kelly
Born in Philadelphia in 1929, Grace Kelly became a popular actress in the 1950s starring in movies such as Dial M for Murder, To Catch a Thief and The Swan. She married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, with whom she had three children, in 1956.
4. Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz was born August 30, 1972, in San Diego, California. She began modeling at age 16 and worked in ad campaigns for Calvin Klein and Coca-Cola. Cameron Diaz is a former model turned actress known for her comedic roles and girl-next-door charisma.
3. Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron is an award-winning South African actress, film producer and former model. She grew up on her parents' farm. In 1991, her mother shot her father dead as an act if self defense. At age 16, Theron traveled to Milan to model; she soon moved to L.A. and was cast in a B grade film. She is perhaps best known for portraying the serial killer Aileen Wuornos in the 2003 film Monster.
2. Scarlett Johansson
actress and singer Scarlett Johansson is the daughter of a Danish architect and the granddaughter of a film director. Her first noted appearance was in The Horse Whisperer, followed by a major role in Lost in Translation (2003). Her first album Anywhere I Lay My Head was released in 2008, the same year she married actor Ryan Reynolds.
1. Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett was an American actress (b.February 2, 1947 in Corpus Christi). She rose to international fame when she appeared in the first season of the TV series Charlie's Angels. Fawcett later appeared in critically acclaimed television movies. She was a sex symbol whose iconic poster broke sales records. Her hairstyle was emulated by millions of young women in the 70s and 80s.