Most iconic screen legend: Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe? | The Tylt
Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe may not have been engaged in a life-long feud like Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, but the screen legends have been heavily compared for decades. Audrey and Marilyn slayed on the same level as acclaimed movie stars and style icons. Audrey graced the silver screen with her elegance and beauty. Marilyn is widely regarded as the most iconic sex symbol from Hollywood's Golden Age. Both legacies live on, but who's the more iconic screen legend? 🎥🌟
Most iconic screen legend: Audrey Hepburn or Marilyn Monroe?
Audrey is arguably the most defining actress of Classic Hollywood.
She had her major film breakthrough with "Gigi." Then, she starred as Princess Anne in "Roman Holiday," and won the Best Actress Oscar in 1954. Her success only started there. Following a string of success, with films like "Sabrina," Audrey most iconic film role came along—New York socialite Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" in 1961. Audrey's success continued throughout the '60s with "Charade," "How to Steal a Million" and "My Fair Lady."
But it was her elegance, her style and her talent that makes Audrey one of the most celebrated movie stars in all of Hollywood, decades after she left us.
Check out Watch Mojo's list of Audrey's most iconic performances below.
There was no other blonde bombshell like Marilyn during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and there hasn't been another quite like her since then.
Marilyn blew up in 1953 with "Niagara," "How to Marry a Millionaire," and "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes"—establishing herself under the "dumb blonde" archetype. Still, Marilyn managed to always give incredible comedic and musical performances until her untimely death in 1962.
Marilyn's sex appeal was on a whole other level in "The Seven Year Itch," arguably her most iconic role ever. After receiving praise for "Bus Stop," she won a Golden Globe for Best Actress — Musical or Comedy for "Some Like It Hot."
Marilyn was typecast, but she garnered more control in her career over the years, bucking archetypes by turning out fantastic performances. Marilyn became the ultimate sex symbol, and one of the greatest actresses of all time.
Her sex appeal remains untouchable and her style is groundbreaking. It's clear that Marilyn will forever be immortalized as one of the most influential entertainers of all time.
Check out Watch Mojo's biography of Marilyn's iconic life and career below.
"I'm truly, truly grateful, and terribly happy."
Here's Audrey accepting her Academy Award for Best Actress in 1954, one of many statues she won throughout her career.
🎶 Happy birthday, Mr. President.🎶
Check out Marilyn's iconic, sultry performance of "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy.
Audrey wore her hair in a high chignon with super-long cigarette holder in her hand, creating her most iconic look ever. But as a style icon, Audrey had many significant looks on the silver screen and in her life.
Check out Vogue's list of her top style moments.
The New York Times reported never-before-known details and new footage from one of pop culture's most significant moments—Marilyn seductively standing over a Subway grate and the wind blowing up her white dress in "The Seven-Year Itch."
#TeamAudrey because her style and elegance made her the most defining screen legend ever.
#TeamMarilyn because this blonde bombshell was cinema's most iconic sex symbol.
Watch this legendary opening scene from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" below. Holly Golightly gazes into Tiffany's window display with an iconic look before strolling off to her apartment.
Watch one of cinema's most defining moments below. Marilyn stands over a subway grate—a gust of wind lifting her white dress as a train passes by.