Beauty Icon: Funny Ladies

Rosalind Russell
The thirties were a great decade for ditzy heiresses in movies, and Lombard played that part to perfection. The forties, meanwhile, introduced a new screwball type: The brassy, wisecracking, smart-as-a-whip lady. Rosalind Russell nailed it in His Girl Friday, trading breakneck quips with Cary Grant as they played sparring newsroom exes. Pictured is Russell in The Women, in which she trades quips with each and every one of her female co-stars.

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