What Hollywood icon list would be complete without Marilyn Monroe? While she may not have won any major awards, she was the highest paid actress for a decade, her films averaging $200 million in sales (2 billion in 2019). Marilyn was more than just a pretty face, and fought to renew her contract with FOX so that she would be able to start her own production company. Unfortunately, her untimely death at just 36 prevented her dreams from fully coming to fruition.
Women's History Month: Hollywood's Most Iconic Women
Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most famous actresses during Hollywood's classic era. She played the lead in the historical epic film Cleopatra, which was the most expensive film up to that point. She was included in the American Film Institute as the top 10 greatest female screen legends. After her acting career, she also was the first celebrity to create her own fragrance line, and founded a jewelry line, House of Taylor.