The Femme Fatales of Film Noir

Anne Francis in Girl of the Night (1960)

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Cyd Charisse. Her legs were insured for a million dollars. Lota money in the late 50’s.

Ava Gardner.

“Listen, honey, I was never really an actress. None of us kids who came from M-G-M were.
We were just good to look at."– Ava

Linda Darnell–called The Girl with the Perfect Face


Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler

Lizabeth Scott

Gene Eliza Tierney (November 19, 1920 – November 6, 1991)
Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944)

Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones (28 April 1930 – 3 August 1983)

Nita Talbot

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Joan Collins (May 23, 1933), Turn the Key Softly, ‘53 and The Good Die Young, ‘54.

Veronica Lake

Barbara Stanwyck (born Ruby Catherine Stevens; July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990)

Julie London in Delmer Daves’ The Red House (1947)

Jane Russell

Jayne Mansfield

Female Jungle (1955), Illegal (1955), Hell on Frisco Bay (1955), The Burglar (1957)

Allison Hayes

Double Jeopardy (1955), Chicago Syndicate (1955), The Steel Jungle (1956), Hong Kong Confidential (1958), Pier 5, Havana (1959), Counterplot (1959)

Joan Bennett

Besides acting on the stage, Bennett appeared in more than 70 motion pictures from the era of silent movies well into the sound era. She is possibly best remembered for her film noir femme fatale roles in director Fritz Lang’s movies including Man Hunt (1941) The Woman in the Window (1944) and Scarlet Street (1945).

Italian actress Gina Lollobrigida in noir “Where the Hot Wind Blows” aka “The Law” (1959)

Susan Hayward in Smash Up (1947)

Faith Domergue

Faith Domergue in Where Danger Lives (1950)