History’s Biggest “It Girls” Throughout The Decades

History’s Biggest “It Girls” Throughout The Decades

History’s Biggest “It Girls” Throughout The Decades

Hollywood is full of “it” girls, both past and present. These actresses, singers, dancers, and comediennes have helped inspire generations of viewers, and, on this list, you’ll find some of Hollywood’s most popular starlets. They dazzled and entertained the world, becoming uber-famous and making their mark on the industry.

These women have all captivated audiences, remaining famous names, even though some haven’t been on-screen since the 1960s. From Marilyn Monroe to Elizabeth Montgomery, here are the wealthiest, most successful female icons of the Hollywood era.

1. Brigitte Bardot

Biggest era of popularity: 1950s/1960s
Famous for: Modeling, Acting
Est. Net Worth: $65 million*

Actress Brigitte Bardot, often nicknamed “BB” after her initials, is an animal rights activist and former sex-symbol-slash-actress. The starlet was a bit of a scandal when she appeared on big screens during the 1950s and 1960s, often appearing in hedonistic roles.

And God Created Woman, Contempt, The Truth, Don Juan, The Legend of Frenchie King, Shalako, and more were all films that drew big crowds to the box office. Bardot had an extraordinary life, according to her biography, full of ups, downs, and trailblazing.

2. Jane Fonda

Biggest era of popularity: 1960s/1970s
Famous for: Acting, Activism
Est. Net Worth: $200 million*


Eighty-five-year-old actress and activist Jane Fonda has a net worth of $200 million. She is one of Hollywood’s most decorated stars, having won two Oscars, two BAFTAs, seven Golden Globes, and many other accolades.With two million followers on Instagram, Fonda is still very popular, even though she’s decades outside of her Barbarella days. Her acting career is still going strong, with recent projects like Grace and Frankie and 80 For Brady drawing in the fans.

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3. Faye Dunaway

Biggest era of popularity: 1970s/1980s
Famous for: Acting
Est. Net Worth: $50 million*

Actress Faye Dunaway became a movie sensation after just three films, The Happening, Hurry Sundown, and, most notably, Bonnie and Clyde. After that, this ‘70s “it” girl was off to the races, as far as her career went.

She was on movie posters all over the world, scoring roles in blockbuster hits like Mommie Dearest, Chinatown, The Thomas Crown Affair, and more. Dunaway, who has a net worth of $50 million, is still acting, appearing in hit movies like The Bye Bye Man, a horror-thriller you can stream on Netflix.

4. Marilyn Monroe

Biggest era of popularity: 1950s/1960s
Famous for: Modeling, Acting
Est. Net Worth: $7 million* (Inflation-Adjusted)

We couldn’t have a list of “it” girls without including one of the most famous “it” girls of all time: Marilyn Monroe. The actress and model was a popular sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s, an emblem of a time when women were ditching the trappings of antiquated modesty.

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