Find Out Who the Hollywood "It Girl" Was the Year You Were Born

Let her beauty astound you and talent impress you.

it girls through the years

We take a look back at some of the most talented breakout stars throughout the years.

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Ginger Rogers
1934: Ginger Rogers

Rogers' onscreen footwork, alongside Fred Astaire, made her a true icon of the early 1930s.

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Bette Davis
1935: Bette Davis

The Academy Award that Davis won for her performance in this year's film Dangerous would set the tone for her immensely successful career in the years to come.

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Greta Garbo
1936: Greta Garbo

After acting in a number of earlier silent films, Garbo continued to steal the show in films with sound. Her 1936 film, Camille, earned Garbo her third Oscar nom — and, of course, the "It Girl" title.

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Katharine Hepburn
1937: Katharine Hepburn

Long before another It Girl with the same last name took to the silver screen, this Hepburn won over viewers with a number of iconic 1930s performances.

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Ella Fitzgerald
1938: Ella Fitzgerald

The "First Lady of Song" put out her first No. 1 hit, "A-Tisket, A-Tasket," this year.

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Judy Garland 1939
1939: Judy Garland

Garland brought her singing and acting skills together as Dorothy in 1939's forever-beloved film version of The Wizard of Oz.

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Joan Fontaine 1940
1940: Joan Fontaine

Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film Rebecca was what really rocketed this It Girl into the spotlight.

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vivien leigh 1941
1941: Vivien Leigh

Two years prior, Leigh played Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind. Need we say more?

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Hedy Lamarr 1942
1942: Hedy Lamarr

Aside from being one of the most iconic actresses of her time, Lamarr was also an inventor: She and friend George Antheil patented a radio signaling device, meant to keep war enemies from decoding messages, this year. You go, girl!

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Betty Grable 1943
1943: Betty Grable

Grable's superstar power reached far beyond her widely acclaimed "Million Dollar Legs" — she was voted the No. 1 box office draw by American movie exhibitors this year.

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Rita Hayworth 1944
1944: Rita Hayworth

Dubbed "The Great American Love Goddess" by LIFE magazine, Hayworth was one of the most popular movie actresses of the 1940s.

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Joan Crawford 1945
1945: Joan Crawford

Crawford showed us the power of a comeback when she stunned us with (and earned an Academy Award for!) her title role in Mildred Pierce.

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Ava Gardner 1946
1946: Ava Gardner

Gardner became a star after her 1946 role in the movie version of Ernest Hemingway's The Killers.

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Doris Day 1948
1947: Doris Day

A true legend, Day added "actress" to her resume in the late 1940s. (Fun fact: She was already the highest-paid vocalist in the world by the end of 1946.)

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Dinah Shore 1948
1948: Dinah Shore

Shore's hit track "Buttons and Bows" was the No. 1 most popular song for 10 weeks this year.

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Sarah Vaughan 1949
1949: Sarah Vaughan

An American jazz legend, Vaughan — a.k.a. "The Divine One" — achieved chart-topping success in 1949 with her hit, "Black Coffee."

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Debbie Reynolds 1950
1950: Debbie Reynolds

Reynolds has held many an iconic role over the years (think Kathy in Singin' in the Rain and, more recently, Bobbi on Will & Grace), but her career really began with her 1950 breakout role in Three Little Words.

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Lucille Ball 1951
1951: Lucille Ball

This It Girl might just also be our favorite funny girl of all time. It was this year that the iconic I Love Lucy made its debut.

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Grace Kelly 1952
1952: Grace Kelly

Before becoming the Princess Consort of Monaco, Kelly began her path to stardom with a role in the Western film High Noon.

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Marilyn Monroe 1953
1953: Marilyn Monroe

This year's It Girl needs no introduction … but we will remind you that, in 1953, she became one of Hollywood's most profitable stars thanks to her roles in Niagara, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and How to Make a Millionaire.

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Dorothy Dandridge 1954
1954: Dorothy Dandridge

Dandridge's stunning performance as the title character in this year's Carmen Jones led her to become the first African-American actress to win an Academy Award.

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Natalie Wood 1955
1955: Natalie Wood

Wood was only 16 when she starred alongside James Dean in 1955's Rebel Without a Cause.

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Brigitte Bardot
1956: Brigitte Bardot

French model and actress Bardot starred in this year's daringly sensual film And God Created Woman, earning her place as an international icon.

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Sophia Loren
1957: Sophia Loren

Italian actress Loren — and her iconic eyebrows — stole the hearts of many through the 1950s and beyond. (She was even the first to win a Best Lead Actress Oscar for a foreign-language film!)

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Shirley Maclaine 1958
1958: Shirley MacLaine

Still a beloved actress today (we loved catching her in Downton Abbey), MacLaine earned her first Oscar nom for 1958's Some Came Running.

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ruby dee 1959
1959: Ruby Dee

Dee acted as an iconic and poignant Ruth Younger in the Broadway production of A Raisin in the Sun before she went on to play the same role in the movie version two years later.

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janet leigh
1960: Janet Leigh

Fans were surely scared to take showers after seeing her .

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audrey hepburn
1961: Audrey Hepburn

What's more glamorous than Hepburn in this black dress, cigarette holder placed elegantly in hand, jewelry dripping from her neck as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's? She can look put-together yet convey loneliness so perfectly.

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rita-moreno
1962: Rita Moreno

Moreno won the Oscar for her breathtaking portrayal of Anita in West Side Story.

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elizabeth taylor
1963: Elizabeth Taylor

She proved her worth as the lead in Cleopatra, whose $1 million budget made it the most expensive movie of its time.

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