Oscar-worthy Movie: Gilda (1946)

Born Margarita Carmen Cansino, and often cast in trivial roles as the "exotic" girl, Hayworth resolved to create a new persona for herself. With her new red hair and new name, Hayworth became a Hollywood star.

After starring in Gilda, often considered her greatest role, she said, "[Men] go to bed with Gilda, they wake up with me." She became an iconic femme fatale after performing a sexy one-glove strip tease (which drove censors mad in 1936) to the song she so deliciously sang, "Put the Blame on Mame." Her intense erotic appeal, however, played second to her engrossing ability to portray a woman trapped in two loveless marriages with money wrapped up in both. No love there.