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Extraordinary Women of Style, Substance, Passion, Vision, Talent . . .

Today and from the past. This board began simply as ladies of style, but I couldn't resist expanding to women who seemed to have a veracious need for independence and the desire to go beyond limits!

Barbara Stanwyck, great actress always stylish.

Madame Gres -- uber fashion designer of the early 20th century.

Artist/bohemian Beatrice Wood. Interesting biography, her most productive years were from age 80 until her death at 105."

Oh Louise! Didn't realize how sexy she was until I saw this photo—

Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun, recognized as the most famous woman painter of the 18th century

The great actress Vanessa Redgrave as Isadora Duncan, from the film "Isadora."

Dorothy Dell, vamping in a hat!

Evan Burrows Fontaine, with hair as fashion statement.

Linda McCarthy with Paul. Although she grew up rich, she left a legacy of progressive causes including vegetarianism and kindness to animals. So sad that she died so young. Thankfully, her daughter Stella follows in her footsteps.

Vanessa Redgrave again: I adored her in Julia, but my favorite role of hers was as Ruth Wilcox in Howards End.

A "Gibson Girl", Evelyn Nesbit, chorus girl, artists model and style icon of the early 20th century.

The Real Gibson Girls | Glamourdaze

Ruth St Denis, famous dancer, with Ted Shawn in the early 1900s

The Ultimate Redhead, and one of the greatest comedienes ever—Lucille Ball, 1950

Uschi Obermaier -- smart, hippie, actress, model, lover of Mic and Kieth -- you can watch the movie about her -- Eight Mile High-- on Netflix

"Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people," Eleonor Roosevelt

BYU Women's Services and Resources: Eleanor Roosevelt

Simone de Beauvoir in Paris, 1957. Author of The Second Sex, she was one of the first "feminists."

Bette Davis--oh those eyes . . . and a tough cookie who knew what she wanted--