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Rear Window: Iconic Female Characters that Defined the 20th Century

Cleopatra, Lois Lane, and Princess Leia Organa are just some of the names we can’t seem to forget about. Today we are delving into the world of the most famous female characters of our times.

The rise of the cinematic industry throughout the 20th century presented us to many faces and thrilling stories that would stick with us to this very day. Many were the young and unknown faces that would come to give life to female movie characters that, little did they know, would go on to become some of the most famous and iconic names in the Hollywood industry! So, looking back on the 20th century, today we are taking the time to talk about some of the most iconic female characters that came to define an era and inspire us throughout the last decades.


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Holly Golightly

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Not a stranger to our Rear Window bi-weekly signature, Holly Golightly was the star of Breakfast at Tiffany’s and one of the most famous female movie characters of the 20th century. Audrey Hepburn gave life to this iconic character and turned her into one we won’t forget for years to come.

Bonnie Parker

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The other half of the most famous thief duo in Hollywood, Bonnie Parker was brought to life by Faye Dunaway. Although you can’t have your Bonnie without your Clyde, we will never forget about the beauty and cunning portrayed by the Hollywood actress.

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Lois Lane

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Lois Lane was portrayed by many stunning actresses over the years. However, Margot Kidder’s performance of Superman’s love interest and crafty journalist will never be forgotten. Kidder brought a life to Lois Lane that made her become of the most influential and famous female characters ever.

Mary Poppins

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And who could ever forget about Mary Poppins? Julie Andrews sure delivered many unforgettable performances over the years and has continued to do so. Nevertheless, Mary Poppins has become one of the most famous names in the Hollywood industry and will forever be an inspiration for kids and movie lovers across the world.

Dorothy Gale

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Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz is yet another unforgettable name and one we can’t help but associate with a world full of adventures and magic. Throughout the years, Dorothy, Toto, Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and the Cowardly Lion have become five of the most famous names in the cinematic industry.

Rose DeWitt Bukater

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Talking about great female movie characters, Rose DeWitt Bukater first appeared on our screens in 1997. With her, we have learned about bravery, love, and endurance. Kate Winslet’s iconic character was both gentle and fierce, fighting pre-constructed ideas on how women should behave around men and enforcing feminist ideas to a 20th-century audience.

Princess ‘General’ Leia Organa

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Princess Leia Organa, which eventually came to be General Leia Organa, and leader of the Resistance, is definitely one of the biggest and, honestly, one of the best female characters we have ever had.

Since her first minute onscreen back in 1977 to her last in 2017, Debbie Reynolds created our favorite female lead character of the sci-fi world. Leia came to prove women can be both beautiful and brave, fight for what they believe in, and secure the highest positions in any field!

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Cleopatra

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Elizabeth Taylor’s portrayal of Cleopatra was one of her rises to fame and one that would make the name of the Egyptian queen even more famous than it already was. We will never forget Cleopatra’s beauty and fierceness on screen.

Scarlett O’Hara

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For all the classic movie lovers out there, Scarlett O’Hara is one of the most famous names in the Hollywood world, that is for sure. And even if you’re not a big follower of classics, chances are you have heard about Gone with the Wind more than a couple of times. Scarlett O’Hara was the female lead character in the iconic movie, and she herself became one of the names we will never forget about.

Melanie Daniels

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The last name on our list belongs to Melanie Daniels, one of Hitchcock’s most famous female movie characters. Melanie Daniels was one of the most important characters in Hitchcock’s The Birds and if there is one thing we will never forget about is her stunning green pantsuit!


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