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    Incendiary, luscious, brazen, Sophia Loren, now 80, has long reigned as a screen goddess, playing opposite leading men from Marlon Brando to Daniel Day-Lewis. But as the actress's memoir, Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (Atria), details, her life hasn't been all sex and spumoni.

    Dolores Costello (1903 – 1979). She was nicknamed "The Goddess of the Silent Screen." She was the mother of John Drew Barrymore and the grandmother of Drew Barrymore.

    Alice Ernestine Prin aka Kiki de Montparnasse - 1920's - French artists' model, nightclub singer, actress and painter - One of the century's first truly independent women

    Carmel Myers was a popular silent film actress who reached the height of her celebrity playing the evil Egyptian seductress Iras in Ben Hur (1925).

    Faith Bacon - 1920's. Faith Bacon (1909/10-1956), "the most beautiful woman in the world" (according to Florenz Ziegfeld), pin up model, strip tease artist, vaudville and screen actress and the supposed inventor of the fan dance, Faith Bacon. She began her career in Maurice Chevalier's Paris revue and died in a tragic suicide, jumping out of a window in downtown Chicago.

    Myrna Loy in “A Connecticut Yankee” 1931

    Mary Astor May 4, 1906-Sept 25, 1987. Mary Astor in publicity photo for The Wise Guy (1926).

    American stage and film actress Maude Fealy, ca.1900 (via Reddit)

    Coco Chanel

    Basquiat. Style influence. This guy had a strange personality type.

    Lana Del Rey

    Clark Gable (Gone With the Wind)

    Amanda Seyfried

    Young Modigliani, around 1904: mydaguerreotypebo...

    Daniel Day Lewis

    Maude Fealy. She lived between 1883 and 1971. She started as an actress in silent films, and then later performed on stage and in talking movies.

    Aiding in the abolition of slavery is Harriett Beecher Stowe's, Uncle Tom's Cabin. According to legend, Abraham Lincoln greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe in 1862 by saying "So you're the little woman who wrote the book that started this great [Civil] war." Truly one of history's finest depiction of American slavery.

    Born on May 9, 1843 into a Virginia family with strong Southern loyalties, the celebrated beauty Isabelle “Belle” Boyd became one of the Confederacy’s most notorious spies after a skirmish with a drunk Union soldier in July 1861. The man invaded her home, tore down a Confederate flag and spoke offensively to her mother; enraged, 17-year-old Belle shot and killed him. Acquitted of the crime but closely watched by Union troops, she beguiled her enemies into revealing military secret

    "Lucy Stone- determined that men were reading the Bible in a way to suppress women, she worked her way through school to learn Greek and Latin to prove them wrong. Kept her last name, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands. Considered a true radical for her time, she spoke in public frequently and headed multiple prominent womens organizations."

    marilyn monroe

    Mercedes de Acosta (March 1 1893 – May 9 1968) - was an American Poet, playwright, costume designer and socialite, famous for her numerous lesbian affairs.

    Anna May Wong 1929.

    Young Mother Teresa in Albania, her country of birth. On October 17, 1979, Mother Teresa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite having reservations, the Mother accepted it on behalf of the "poorest of the poor".

    Camille Claudel was born on December 8, 1864. A brilliant sculptor in her own right, no other woman had such an intellectual, artistic and erotic impact on Auguste Rodin's life like Camille Claudel.

    Salvador Dali photographed by Anna Riwkin in Paris, 1933.