From Marilyn Monroe to Audrey Hepburn — The Things They Loved Might Surprise You!

As I read the biographies of the most iconic classic film stars, I am always struck by some of the details that come out that completely humanize them to me. Audrey Hepburn’s homemade spaghetti, Marilyn Monroe’s personal reading library, Grace Kelly’s love of knitting.

I wanted to combine those things in one place. So on this page, you will find a curated collection of classic movie actresses favorite things. Each has its own "Classic Hollywood" story. Some are steeped in history, some are made of a bit of legend and fairydust, some are even a bit spooky (after all, who doesn’t like a good ghost story such as this one about Lucille Ball).

I promise you won't be disappointed! 

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A FEW OF HER FAVORITE THINGS

Featuring the favorite fragrances, books, movies, designers — you name it — of actresses from the Golden Age of Hollywood. And, why they loved them. 

MARILYN MONROE favorite things

Marilyn Monroe (June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962) was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. Famous for playing comic "blonde bombshell" characters, she is the greatest sex symbols of all time. She famously said, “Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.”

And she definitely lived up to her own words, in the best way.

Audrey Hepburn’s Favorite Things

Audrey Hepburn (May 4, 1929 - January 20, 1993), the iconic Belgian-born actress known for her girlish beauty and style, her sophistication, and her humanitarian work. Only a select few entertainers have earned all of the most competitive awards (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) and she is one of them.

Grace Kelly's favorite things

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982), was an American film actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. Known for her starring role in some of Hitchcock’s most famous films, she famously gave up her Hollywood career to marry Rainier III and become the Princess of Monaco.

lucille ball's favorite things

Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989), was the star and co-creator of the beloved sitcom, I Love Lucy. She will always be remembered as the zany, accident-prone, lovable redhead Lucy Ricardo.

AVA GARDNER'S FAVORITE THINGS

Ava Lavinia Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990), was one of the most notable actresses of the 1950s. With alluring green eyes and sensual lips, she was the definition of femme fatale. She first burst on the Hollywood scene with her captivating performance in the acclaimed film noir, The Killers.

bette davis' favorite things

Ruth Elizabeth "Bette" Davis (April 5, 1908 – October 6, 1989), as a renowned American actress, well regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history. Noted for her willingness to play unsympathetic and even unattractive characters, she was highly regarded for her quality performances in a range of film genres; from contemporary crime melodramas to historical and period films and occasional comedies, though her greatest successes were romantic dramas.

Doris Day’s Favorite Things

Doris Day (April 3, 1922 – May 13, 2019). Growing up, Pillow Talk was one of my all-time favorite classic films — but in recent years, I have gotten to know other Doris Day films, and my love for her has just grown and grown. From Hitchcock’s thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much to the light-hearted Please Don’t Eat the Daisies she just NEVER failed to charm. I am forever grateful for her talent. RIP, Doris Day.

MAE WEST’S FAVORITE THINGS

Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol. A sex symbol whose frank sensuality, languid postures, and blasé wisecracking became her signature, she gave one of the most iconic lines in all of movie history: “When I’m good I’m bad, but when I’m bad I’m better.


FRAGRANCES WORN BY HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST ACTRESSES


INTERIOR DESIGN OF CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD STARS

Add a little Classic Hollywood chic to your home -- using the interior design tips of the stars. This isn't about shower curtains with Marilyn's face printed on them, or pink feathery boas in the style of Mae West -- this is the real deal. The things they really loved in their own homes. 

MARILYN MONROE'S INTERIOR DESIGN


FASHIONS INSPIRED BY CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD 

The items below come from my various efforts to replicate looks I have seen worn by iconic starlets of the silver screen.


RECOMMENDED BIOGRAPHIES AND OTHER BOOKS ON CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD LEGENDS

Every night I read a little bit from 2-3 books, and something on Old Hollywood is always on my list. 

Several notes in the spirit of doing the right thing: the celebrities discussed above did not necessarily endorse any of the products listed here, but based upon my research I do believe they really loved these things, or wore these things, or read these things... you get the idea. That said, if you buy from any of the links included above rather than going straight to the vendor site from Google or another search engine, I get a portion of your purchase at no cost to you. Happy "silver screen" shopping. :)