Top 25 Beautiful Celebrity Brunettes
The brunette, in history, has always been seen as the temptress, the siren; from Lilith of Hebrew mythology to Shakespeareās ādark lady of the sonnets,ā the brunette has been the woman who gives men pause even while we desire her, as though we sense thereās a dangerous cleverness in her that will destroy us. No matter what we do, we canāt help ignoring our cautionā¦ and so we fall into her trap. If, in terms of popular motif, the blonde is traditionally āangelicā (and/or bubble-headed) and the redhead āfieryā (and troublesome) the brunette isā¦ something dark and deeply intense. Sheās alluring and alarming, all at once.
Comments on the criteria I used: For the most part I wanted a list of beautiful women who had something to offer besides good looks. Whether thatās intelligence, talent or simply poise and class, a great voice, a sense of humorā¦ or a combination of all these. I also wanted a list of women who fit this vague, personal and indefinable visual image I have of the āperfect brunette.ā Donāt ask me what that is, I canāt say. I only know that Iāve found it several times in my lifeā¦ and, ahā¦ memories.
Also, a rule that I tried to stick to: Some women frequently change their hair color. So I decided that this list had to be limited to those who have faithfully (or at least mostly) stuck to their raven-tressed roots.
I also apologize for the lack of Asian and African women. I had some in mind, but none really could make it high enough on the list for me. Tyra Banks would be my #26, weāll say. I do feel guilty about this. But PC be damned, I gotta be me.
And some other conspicuous absentees I want to mention: Annette Funicello, Bettie Page, Eliza Dushku, Teri Hatcher, Rachel Weisz, Victoria Principal, Anne Curry, Fran Drescher and Stacey London (I donāt know why, but she does something for me) and a dozen othersā¦ It pained me to omit themā¦ but the list had to be pared down.
Beautiful, smart and a good actress. Sheās got the classic looks of Old Hollywood, combined with an exotic Euro-cool.
The question might leap to some minds: why Joan Collins but no Elizabeth Taylor? I donāt know. I can only say that it seemed to me somehow that Joan always took herself a tad less seriously than Liz. And it also has always seemed to me that, while Liz had the body and the looks, she was lacking all else. Neither womanās a good actressā¦ but for some reason I had to include Joan. Perhaps only for the reason that sheās always been a dirty girl, and Iām all for that.
A dancerās body combined with winning charm and Gallic grace. I fell for her when I was a kid and saw her in āGigiā on TV one day. The Scotch dress, the straw hatā¦ and those eyes and lips.
Back in the day, when she was with 10,000 Maniacs, we all knew there was something alluring and very exotic about Natalie Merchant. The cadence of her voice, the folksy latter-day flower child look about herā¦ and a kind of subtle, challenging beauty.
Okay, another bimbo-ish chick, but WOW. She gets major points for being a whacky dirty girl, and for her otherwordly body. But above itās that face. Fantastic. Sometimes appears as a redhead, but her real color is darker.
Needing no comment, probablyāthe ultimate Italian bombshell. Known for her seductive stripteases and glove-tight lingerie in classic films of the late 50s and 60s. Cary Grant fell hard for her during the filming of āHouseboat.ā She rejected him. THAT is feminine self-assurance.
The pinnacle of Latin hotties. Out of this world body, out of this world looks, the kind of woman every guy drools over. At least I do.
Surely the classiest woman on this list. Lithe, slim, graceful and sleekly beautiful like the ballerina she was.
Hubba hubba, as we say. Back in the 80s there were sex symbols like Madonna and the likeā¦ but we college boys always had a thing for Susanna Hoffs, the Bangles hottie who made their videos steamy. She also redeemed an otherwise crap movie (The Allnighter) by appearing in a bikini and, better still, in one scene posing in front of a mirror in a tiny top and panties. Bless you Susanna. And sheās still gorgeous today as she belts out duets with former alterna-rocker and current fattie Matthew Sweet.
The greatest of all child stars (and the daughter of Russian immigrants) this goddess grew up to be one of the most strikingly beautiful women in Hollywood. A marriage, divorce, then remarriage to the oily-charmy Robert Wagner (he later redeemed his image somewhat by co-starring as āNumber 2ā in the Austin Powers films) showed she didnāt have the best judgement—and she died tragically, still young, in a drowning accident.
Stunningly exotic, Ava fits the bill despite her green eyes (I prefer my brunettes to have brown). Devastatingly witty, Ava was a woman who challenged men and kept them thinking. Even Frank Sinatra.
Nothing special as an actress (some film noir, some TV westerns, etc.) and known primarily as A) a lover of Howard Hughes (who wasnāt? Ava Gardner was too—Howard had good taste) and B) the star of the 50s sci-fi cheese classics āThis Island Earthā and āIt Came From Beneath the Seaā ā Faith makes the list because of those ultra-seductive and sultry eyes and pouty look, which makes her nearly a template for my idea of the perfect brunette.
Maker of soft-jazz for the approaching-middle-age crowd, itās perhaps altogether easy to dismiss Norah as an artist. But one has to admit sheās talentedā¦ and, wellā¦ just look at her. A beautiful combination of all the best that Anglo-American and Indian looks have to offer.
Lulu of Pandoraās Box, and the title character in Diary of a Lost Girl, Louise was one of the sexiest/classiest/smartest women of silent film. Light years better than the bimbo-esque Clara Bow or the overrated Gish sisters, Louise later became a cult figure recognized for her beauty and skill as an actress.
Scream Queen Barbara starred in the classic Mario Bava film Black Sunday, and then found herself stuck in a career of B-horror flicks filmed mostly in Italy. A pity, because her icy qualities and exotic looks could have made her a far bigger star.
Lara edges out Courtney Cox and Teri Hatcher for this position on the list. Why? Because goddamit, I wrote this list, and Lara, despite her too-slim frame, does something for me that those two donāt. Orā¦ donāt do as much. I canāt say what it is, but I know itās legit when I look at her.
So freakinā hotter-than-hell that I donāt care if sheās a crap actress from soap opera world. Or that sheās married to Harry Hamlin. Or that sheās a ditz. At least sheās a great dancer. A really sexy dancer. Makes it on the list for that reason as well as for her otherwordly lips.
For some reason she knocks Catherine Zeta-Jones and Rachel Weisz off the list. Again, I donāt know what it isā¦ somehow Elizabeth is sexier, even if Catherineās a better actress. But Liz also has that bodyā¦ and those legsā¦ and that freakinā cute nose.
I know there are other more deserving women, and I know sheās just a brunette bimboā¦ a lingerie-bikini modelā¦ but I canāt help it. Brooke Burke makes my heart race. When I see a picture of her, I fall into a trance and it requires cold water splashedā¦ in placesā¦ to get me out of it.
Surely this is an obvious choice. Amongst all the Hollywood elite these days, Angelina is consistently referred to as the most beautiful. Whether you agree or not, you gotta admit sheās got it, whatever it is. Lots of it. And she has those lipsā¦
One of the most beautiful women in 40s Hollywood, star of Laura, one of the greatest (and oddest) crime melodramas everā¦ Gene Tierney had that legendary overbite that everyone talked about. Iāll leave the reader to determine for himself/herself what that meant.
A fantastic actress (some say the equal of Katherine Hepburn) whose career spanned five decades, she stands out for her role as Nora, wife of Nick Charles in The Thin Man, which established her sharp-as-a-tack witty persona. She turned somewhat matronly in her later roles, but was still easy on the eyes. In the silent era and the early thirties, she was considered a strangely exotic beauty in alluringly erotic roles (check her out as the gypsy temptress in The Squall, for instance) including a one-time run as treacherous offspring to Boris Karloffās Fu Manchu.
The thinking manās sex symbol, Tina places on the list for being A) goddamned beautiful, even in glasses (Iām one of those who finds women in glasses to be extremely sexy) and B) for being so goddamned funny. Thereās the old saw that says women arenāt funny. Doesnāt apply to Tina. Head writer for Saturday Night Live for years (as well as anchorwoman for Weekend Update) before leaving to create her own (very funny) show, 30 Rock, Tina is one smart and white-hot-witty babe. Sample quote: A Harvard Medical School study has determined that rectal thermometers are still the best way to tell a baby’s temperature. Plus, it really teaches the baby who’s boss.
Okayā¦ Diana is actually more auburn-hairedā¦ but I donāt care. (Actually, her real hair color is dark enough that you canāt tell). She is the original, for meā¦ the template. The star of The Avengers, that classic 60s surreal spy showā¦ as high-kicking Mrs. Peel. In her skin-tight, often leather outfits, she was the sexiest character in Sixties television. Also the first woman I fell for as a boy. Diana Rigg is still one of the most iconic figures of the 60s, and one of the most beautiful, classiest and talented women that have ever graced our world.
My feeling is that Winona is the most beautiful woman on earth (my personal taste is that Nicole Kidman is secondābut Nicole, of course, is a redhead). Not really a very good actress, but it hardly matters when a woman looks that intensely beautiful. Clearly kinda whacky (she grew up on a commune after all) with some skeletons in her bourdoir, Winona has weathered various storms to remain a highly popular, if not award-winning, actress. Also a gorgeous model, where (in fashion shoots) her beauty shines out.
I include her on the list as a nod to the youngsters, and because when I first saw her I was floored. She reminded me strongly of a college girlfriend with whom I was hugely enamored. And, despite her revolting association with the hated Disney corporation, she had the good taste to do some nude photographyāapparently for a boyfriend. Why? Because beautiful brunettes know they got it, and unlike bimbo California blondes whoāll strip for food, a striking brunette will play the coquette and then surprise you by giving her all for a manās pleasure. Theyāre the greatest. God bless the brunette.