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.

Also Known As: Ruth Elizabeth Davis
Birthday: 05 April 1908
Born In: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died On: 06 October 1989

Two-time Academy Award-winner Bette Davis, a prominent figure from the Golden Age of Hollywood, was known for playing unlikeable characters and her addiction to cigarettes both off and on screen. Fans loved her in All About Eve and Human Bondage. Bette was also the first female AFI Lifetime Achievement Award-winner.

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.

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

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.

Also Known As: Lucille Fay LeSueur
Birthday: 23 March 1904
Born In: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died On: 10 May 1977
Oscar-winning actor Joan Crawford’s journey from being a dancer and chorus girl to being named AFI’s tenth-greatest female Classic Hollywood stars is inspirational. She mostly played the quintessential “damsel in distress” who finds love, in her movies. She had five adopted kids and became a recluse in her later years.

Also Known As: Katharine Houghton Hepburn
Birthday: 12 May 1907
Born In: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died On: 29 June 2003
Education: Bryn Mawr College

Katharine Hepburn served as the leading American actress for over six decades. She is regarded as an influential cultural figure and was included in the popular book Women Who Changed The World. Katharine Hepburn is also named in lists like 300 Women Who Changed the World, 100 Icons of the Century, and 200 Greatest Pop Culture Icons of All Time.