Legendary Actresses and Their Favorite Fragrances including Bette Davis,Natalie Wood,Ann Margret and many more.
I decided to write this weeks blog post about some of the most beautiful women that ever appeared in the movies and the perfumes they loved to wear. While these actresses are from an era long ago their beauty is timeless and the mark they left on cinema is forever etched on the silver screen.
Elizabeth Taylor -The beautiful Elizabeth Taylor who won her first Oscar for BUttefield 8 (1961) and her second for Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1967) was a huge fan of Bal à Versailles by Jean Desprez. This very feminine perfume was launched in 1962 and is classified as a soft refined oriental fragrance. It is a collection of amazing notes that include rosemary, orange blossom, mandarin orange, cassia, jasmine, rose, bulgarian rose,sandalwood, patchouli, lilac,ylang-ylang and lily-of-the-valley. Miss Taylor wore this fragrance almost everyday.
Bette Davis- Miss Davis best known for her performance's in such movies as Dark Victory (1939),The Corn Is Green (1945) and All About Eve (1950) was a woman who had one particular favorite fragrance,Le De by Givenchy was her perfume of choice .
Marlene Dietrich- This German blond bombshell who starred in such films as The Blue Angel (1930) Golden Earrings (1947) and A Foreign Affair (1948) wore fragrances as sultry and as sexy as herself. These included Tabac Blond by Caron Bandit by Robert Piguet(It seems that this was indeed her favorite) and Anglique Encens by Creed which was created just for her.
Ingrid Bergman- Noted for her roles as Emilie Gallatin in the 1941 film Adam Had Four Sons,as Ilsa Lund opposite Humphrey Bogart in the 1942 film Casablanca and as Paula Alquist in the 1944 classic Gaslight. Mitsouko by Guerlain was Miss Bergmans must have perfume.
Audrey Hepburn- The star of the 1961 classic Breakfast at Tiffany's and How To Steal A Million (1966) loved to wear Spring Flower by Creed,L'Interdit by Givenchy and Chamade by Guerlain.
Ann Margret- The once brunette turned red head made quite a name for herself during the 1960's with roles in films such as Bye Bye Birdie (1963),Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Kitten With A Whip (1964). Her must have fragrances are Eau Du Sud by Annick Goutal and Venezia by Adrienne Vittadini.
Grace Kelly- The once Princess of Monaco was also a fine actress. She starred in several feature films including High Noon (1952),Rear Window (1953) and To Catch A Thief (1955). Her go to scents were Estee by Estee Lauder and Fleurissimo by Creed which was created especially for her.
Barbara Stanwyck- Long before she assumed the character Victoria Barkley in The Big Valley Barbara Stanwyck was lighting up the silver screen with her roles in such films as The Lady Eve (1941),The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946) and Sorry Wrong Number (1948). Her main fragrance was Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache.
Sophia Loren- This Italian knockout began her film career at the age of fifteen and would go on to star in such films as The Key (1958),It Started In Naples (1959) and Marriage Italian-Style (1964). Her favorite scents are Irisia by Creed and Diva perfume by Ungaro.
Lauren Bacall- She's probably best known for her starring and co-starring roles in movies opposite Humphrey Bogart such as To Have and Hane Not (1944), Dark Passage (1947) and Key Largo (1948),as well as their subsequent marriage. Miss Bacall was also a wonderful stage actress winning two Tony awards in 1970 and 1981. Her favorite perfumes were Calandre by Paco Rabanne and Diptyque fragrances.
Natalie Wood- The star of Rebel Without A Cause(1955) Splendor In The Grass(1961)and Sex and The Single Girl((1964) loved to wear Jungle Gardenia by Tuvache(1933). This fragrance was first given to her by longtime friend Barbara Stanwyck during the filming of The Bride Wore Boots(1946). A beautiful fragrance that is highlighted by notes of Gardenia,Tuberose and Jasmine.;
Ava Gardner- The highly publicized love interest of Frank Sinatra and star of such films as Mogambo(1953) On The Beach(1959) and The Night Of The Iguana(1964) was reportedly partial to the floral fragrance Fleurs de The Rose Bulgare by Creed(1890) which features Bulgarian Rose as its main note. Other fragrances she liked to wear included Mitsouko by Guerlain and Fracas by Robert Piguet. Supposedly after her and Sinatra would have one of their epic fights she would signal an end to it by spritzing the stairway with perfume as an allurement. Which perfume she would use is unknown,so use your imagination.
Rita Hayworth - The star of such great films as Gilda (1946) My Gal Sal (1943) and Salome (1953) loved to wear Shalimar by Guerlain and Arpege by Lanvin.
Updated January 4th,2019.