22. Kim Novak

Notable projects: The Man With The Golden Arm (1955), Picnic (1955), Vertigo (1958)

In addition to mastering suspense, Alfred Hitchcock also displayed an impeccable knack for casting actresses capable of balancing sex appeal with fine acting. Case in point: Kim Novak, the curvaceous knockout best known for playing dual roles in Hitch’s twisty psychological masterwork Vertigo. In the film, Novak embodies a pair of mysterious dames who both disrupt leading man James Stewart’s sanity—we wonder why.

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