The most famous actresses who became legends in their own time become movie goddesses, their immense talent and show-stopping beauty making them Hollywood royalty.

Certain women throughout the history of cinema have become symbols of their era, legends on and off screen and for some, simply recognisable in just one word… Marilyn, Garbo, Beyoncé.

But to become a siren of the screen you need a tad more than a pretty face. To be a real goddess, you need to have that certain something that makes us mere mortals weak at the knees, we must be captured by your spellbinding performances, entranced by your looks, air-punching along to your powerful interviews… but most of all, we need to believe everything you ever say rolls out like a movie script.

Perfect one-liners and perfect lipstick – movie goddesses ooze glamour, and are the kind of women we can spend an afternoon on the sofa with, simply getting lost in her magic.

We’ve also included women who have moved us off screen, too, whether through powerful speeches at awards ceremonies, captivating interviews, or empowering social media posts. Take Academy Award-winner Viola Davis. A clip of the actress calling out the ethnicity pay gap in Hollywood recently went viral, in which she says: “I have a career that’s probably comparable to Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore, Sigourney Weaver… They had the same path as me, and yet I am nowhere near them… But I have to get on that phone and people say: “You’re a Black Meryl Streep… There is no one like you.” Okay, then if there’s no one like me, you think I’m that, you pay me what I’m worth. You give me what I’m worth.”

Can we get an amen?!

So, let’s celebrate those iconic women whose talent, charisma and beauty have set screens alight over the last century. Here’s to remarkable women.

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