Continuing my Rule 5 salute to the beauties of the classic era of American film, let’s start off with…
Rita Hayworth. A dancer turned actress, who can forget her memorable performance in Gilda, from 1946? This photo is from several years earlier (Rowrr!).
Eleanor Parker was another of the disproportionate number of red-headed lovelies from the 1940’s and 1950’s (although she’s probably best remembered today for her role in 1965's The Sound of Music, as Baroness Elsa Schraeder). One of my favorites is Never Say Goodbye, a screwball comedy from 1946, co-starring Errol Flynn. Eleanor Parker is still with us, incidentally; she turns 86 this June.
Martha Vickers died relatively young (aged 46 in 1971), and her film credits are not among the best-known movies in Hollywood, but she gave an electrifying performance in the 1946 Humphrey Bogart noir classic, The Big Sleep. Based on the Raymond Chandler novel, Vickers played the wild, doped-up younger sister of Lauren Bacall, and she exuded a sense of erotic menace.
Update: Especially for new commenter, P. Frizzle, this short video clip of Martha Vickers in The Big Sleep.
Update II: And don't miss this front-line Israeli Rule 5 action from American Power.