Rita Hayworth. She could dance, And she could act.Like lots of people When you think of Rita You think of Gilda, But I realy liked her in "You Were Never Lovelier" with Gene kelly.
Norma Shearer, was fantastic.She was one of a very very few to go from the silents to the talkies with out a hitch.Even the power house Mary Pickford couldn't do that.
Lauren (lucky you being named after Ms Bacall) has already mentioned most of my favourites, but Jane Wyman, Paulette Goddard and Claudette Colbert come to mind, along with Margaret Lockwood who was wonderful in The Wicked Lady.
Yes she did. She was as natural to it as a fish is to water. Shame she couldn't move on to the talkies.
She tried ..but well she was already known for the "little girl" And her grown up voice just did not match up.But That's Hollywood for you.
Maria Montez, the queen of technicolor, defned an era. Her films were not always great (and many of them have shamefully not even been released on DVD) but she always compelling and absolutely stunning.