Today we watch the red carpet for the Brads and Angelinas of Hollywood, but who were the A-Listers of the past? We go back in time to the vaults of our archives and dig out the big names of time gone by.

1. Edith Head was one of the most successful costume designers of all time winning a total of eight Academy Awards, a record that has not been broken since.

2. Sidney Poitier was the first African American to win the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in ‘Lillies of the Field.’

3. Shirley Temple was one of the world’s first and most well-known child stars. She was the first to receive the Juvenile Academy Award, a mark of recognition which stopped in 1961.

4. Julie Andrews won this, her only Academy Award for her film debut in ‘Mary Poppins.’ She went on to win a BAFTA, five Golden Globes, three Grammys, two Emmys throughout her career.

5. Jayne Mansfield (right) pictured with fellow actor Cleo Moore, was one of the first playmates and was a major sex symbol in Hollywood during the 1950s and 60s.

6. Animator Walt Disney won more Academy Awards and nominations than any other person in history notching up four honorary Academy Awards, winning 22 and being nominated a total of 59 times.

7. Grace Kelly was one of the most famous actors of her time, winning an Oscar for her role in ‘The Country Girl.‘ She retired aged just 26 to become Princess of Monaco.

8. Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart met as co-stars of the movie ‘To Have and Have Not‘ and Bacall became Bogart’s fourth marriage. They were married until Bogart’s death in 1957.

9. Hattie McDaniel was the first ever black person to win an Academy Award, this was for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in ‘Gone With The Wind.’


10. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner married twice and were still married when Wood died in 1981 by a death which is still declared “undetermined.”

11. Marlon Brando, most well known for his role as Don Corleone in ‘The Godfather,’ is known as an American cultural icon.


12. Elizabeth Taylor was part of Hollywood’s Golden Age and started out as a child star with MGM. She is also well known for having eight marriages during her lifetime.

13. The movie ‘From Here to Eternity‘ starring Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed is considered a Hollywood classic and won eight Academy Awards out of 13 nominations.

14. Audrey Hepburn is one of film and fashion’s best known icons. She won two Academy Awards in her lifetime – one a Best Actress for ‘Roman Holiday‘ and another honorary award for her humanitarian work.

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