With the advent of sound in motion pictures and the apex of the studio system, Classic Hollywood cinema came into being. Its peak occurred between the late 1930s and 1960s. A number of masterpieces were produced during this era of filmmaking because of the number of films being made. This high volume of production allowed studios every once in a while to take a risk on making a movie that had only a modest budget, favourable script and unknown cast. These wagers would sometimes change filmmaking forever as was the case with Orson Wells' Citizen Kane.
The class of this era of entertainment came from a variety of filmmaking sources and that definitely includes the actresses that appeared on the big screens during this time. Such names as Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Judy Garland, Janet Leigh, Dorothy Lamour and Ginger Rogers are synonymous with adjectives like elegant, sophisticated and influential. One female star of this era was the mother of a science fiction princess and another retired from acting to become a real-life princess. To find out who these two actresses are and to reminisce about other stars of this era, watch the video above.