The Best Lessons Old Hollywood Stars Taught Us

Old Hollywood Stars—timeless, classic and chic. Before the days of social media and photoshop, these women navigated the male dominated world of Hollywood. These women showed society that female stars can’t be defined and wouldn’t be contained. There is no typical “mold” for beauty and fame. These women are intelligent, witty, demure, sweet, eccentric, bold and so much, much more. Not to mention full of bits of wisdom that are still relevant today.


 

Audrey Hepburn

Talk about iconic. Later in life, this actress dedicated all her time, energy and money to philanthropy. The glamorous starlet turned UNICEF ambassador has carried herself with a certain poise and grace every step of the way (and those eyebrows).  Trends and fads come and go, but there is one recipe for beauty that always wins…

 

“Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.” -Audrey Hepburn

 

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Lauren Bacall

The fair-haired, sassy beauty that we lost this year, never lost her wit, charm and grace in her final years. It is easy to feel pressure these days to reverse the aging process in all sorts of ways and deny your body reality. But Bacall has a thing or two to say about that…

 

“I think your whole life shows in your face, and you should be proud of that.” –Lauren Bacall 

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Marilyn Monroe

Monroe lived a tragic but fabulous life, and remains today one of the most highly quoted stars. Well-known for her love affairs, successful and failed, the blonde beauty has been around the block a couple of times and learned a thing or two.  Her biggest takeaway? Rid from your life that which doesn’t nourish your soul, or in other words

 

“It’s better to be unhappy and alone then unhappy with someone.” -Marilyn Monroe

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Ava Gardner

This star lived on heck of a life. A love affair with Frank Sinatra, weekend parties with Hemingway and a knack for hard liquor and bull fighting, Gardner lived fast and she lived hard. She is the epitome of the “living in the moment” mentality, and reminds us that those late nights on the town and 2 am pizza are always worth it…

 

“I’ve certainly never taken the care of myself that I should have. On the contrary, I’ve done a lot of late nights without enough sleep and all that. But I’ve had fun. Whatever wrinkles are there, I’ve enjoyed getting them.” -Ava Gardner

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 Katharine Hepburn

Known for her unique face, independent spirit and eccentric personality, the androgynous actress had a knack for doing what she pleased, even if it ruffled a few feathers. At the Lala, we are all about figuring out yourself and unapologetically doing your thing. So, meet the original trailblazer…

 

“If you always do what interests you, at least one person is pleased.” -Katharine Hepburn

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Paige Pope

Contributing Editor, Purdue University Major: Public Relations and Strategic Communications Her heart belongs to: Michael Scott Take her away to: Orvieto, Italy- endless gelato, Tuscan sun, late pasta dinners and siestas

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