Top Actresses of the 1930s

The Golden Age of Hollywood, which lasted from 1913 to 1969, peaked during the 1930s. The decade produced numerous stars as well as some of the greatest actresses of all time. Among them were stars and Academy Award winners like Katharine Hepburn, Vivien Leigh, and Bette Davis. While Leigh and Davis won two Oscars each, Katharine Hepburn won a record four Oscars for Best Actress. Check out the list below to know about the top actresses of 1930s.
Barbara Stanwyck
Also Known As: Ruby Catherine Stevens
Birthday: 16 July 1907
Born In: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died On: 20 January 1990

Barbara Stanwyck went on to become one of the greatest actresses of Classical Hollywood cinema after being orphaned at age four. One of the favorite actresses of directors like Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara had become the highest-paid actress in America by 1944. Known for her realistic screen presence, Barbara won several prestigious honorary lifetime awards for her contribution to cinema.

Ginger Rogers
Also Known As: Virginia Katherine McMath
Birthday: 16 July 1911
Born In: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died On: 25 April 1995

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, singer, and dancer. Often regarded as an American icon, Rogers played an important role in popularizing the Golden Age of Hollywood. After winning the Academy Award for portraying the title character in Kitty Foyle, Rogers became one of the highest-paid actresses during the 1940s. Her life inspired a musical titled Backwards in High Heels.

Vivien Leigh
Also Known As: Vivian Mary Hartley, Lady Olivier
Birthday: 05 November 1913
Born In: Darjeeling, India
Died On: 08 July 1967
Education: Royal Academy Of Dramatic Art, Convent Of The Sacred Heart

British actress Vivien Leigh gained popularity with her award winning performance in films Gone with the Wind and A Street Car named Desire and her Musical Broadway Tovarich. The beautiful actress, who went on to feature in films like That Hamilton Woman and Ship of Fools, had a troubled personal life and suffered from physical and mental health issues.

4. Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy
Also Known As: Myrna Adele Williams
Birthday: 02 August 1905
Born In: Helena, Montana, United States
Died On: 14 December 1993

Myrna Loy was an American actress best remembered for playing femme fatale roles. Loy was able to break her stereotypical femme fatale on-screen image by playing Nora Charles in the 1934 comedy-mystery film The Thin Man. Although she never received an Academy Award nomination, Myrna Loy was awarded an Honorary Academy Award in 1991 for her contribution to cinema.

Irene Dunne
Also Known As: Irene Marie Dunn
Nickname: The Iron Maiden, The First lady of Hollywood
Birthday: 20 December 1898
Born In: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died On: 04 September 1990
Education: Chicago Musical College, University Of Indianapolis

Irene Dunne was a prominent actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She is best known for her comedy roles and was nominated for the Academy Award five times. Some of her best-known films were Theodora Goes Wild and I Remember Mama. A devout Catholic, she received the papal knighthood.