In your formative years, they were the women on your wall. They caught your eye and dropped your jaw. Sure, the girl you took to the dance or stole your first kiss from was special, but these ladies became part of your dreams. They played characters you could relate to or fell in love with and sang songs you swore were about you. And they were drop-dead gorgeous, of course.
Was it love? Of course it was. It was the 1960s and these were the women you fell in love with.
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Raquel Welch got our attention in 1966 when she starred in Fantastic Voyage, but it was that doe-skin bikini in One Million Years B.C. that cemented herself as one of America’s most beloved sex symbols.
Three lines. One bikini. Millions of broken hearts.
<3 Raquel Welch forever <3
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Marianne Faithfull was the kind of girl you could take home to mom and dad. Except for the drugs. And Mick Jagger. Mom and dad hated Jagger.
OK, so you couldn’t take Marianne Faithfull home to the family, but she was the girl you wanted to escape with and live the swinging, care-free lifestyle you dreamed about.
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Heiress, socialite, actress, and fashion model. That was Edie Sedgwick. She was the “It Girl” we couldn’t get enough of. Except for Bob Dylan.
Ugh, damn you, Bob Dylan.
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Twiggy made androgyny sexy, crushing the standards we previously had for beauty. Paul McCartney also wrote two songs for her (“Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Gotta Sing, Gotta Dance”), intended for projects that never happened.
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Birkin’s provocative role in Blow-Up helped her become a cultural icon during the 1960s. Birkin put it all out there for everyone to see posing for erotic magazines and baring all on-screen.
Let’s be honest: it may have been Ike and Tina, but it was all Tina. Turner empowered herself with an attitude and voice that we couldn’t help but fall in love with.
Andress, Ursula Andress. The first, and possibly greatest, Bond girl. Andress walking out of the Caribbean Sea in a white bikini with a large knife on her hip will forever be burned into our memory.
Louise starred as the the movie star, Ginger Grant on Gilligan’s Island and sparked one of the greatest debates of all time.
Ginger or Mary Ann?
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The other half of the great Gilligan’s Island debate, Wells played Mary Ann, the farm girl next door.
Mary Ann or Ginger?
Diana Rigg was a beautiful bad ass. She played Emma Peel, a spy on The Avengers who was a certified genius and martial arts expert.
Who knew a 2,000-year-old genie could look so good. Eden starred as the title character on I Dream of Jeannie and made us all wish for a night home in front of the TV on Saturday night.
What’s the deal with women who possess some form of mystical powers? Montogomery starred as Samantha Stephens on Bewitched and had us all hoping for a spell that could position us as the only Darrin in her life.
Before she was 25, Wood had already received three Academy Award nominations, two of them for Splendor in the Grass (1961) and Love with the Proper Stranger (1963).
If anyone can challenge Andress as the greatest Bond girl of all time, it’s Blackman, playing Pussy Galore in Goldfinger.
Before IKEA made it’s way to our shores with absurd shopping rules and meatballs, their finest export was Ann-Margret. The 1960s were good to her (and us!), with starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), and The Cincinnati Kid (1965).
In a career that’s spanned more than 50 years, she has won five Golden Globe Awards while being nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and SIX Emmy Awards.
Known as “The Black Venus,” Falana’s popularity soared thanks to her roles in spaghetti Westerns. She also posed for Playboy.
Thomas was THAT GIRL. Literally and figuratively: she starred as Ann Marie on the show That Girl from 1966-1970, a character whose scatter-brain personality led her to some compromising positions. And Thomas looked great the entire time.
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The best part of The Beverly Hillbillies was Elly Mae, the Tomboy you played in the dirt with as a kid and eventually fell in love with when you got older.
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