The most popular female sex symbols by decade, chosen from movie stars, singers and models.
Updated July 2009 in honor of Farrah Fawcett
2000's: Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Angelina Jolie Voight: Born June 4, 1975 - Los Angeles CA
Daughter of Oscar winning actor Jon Voight and actress Marcheline Bertrand, used her middle name as her last name (the French translation of beautiful). She won an Academy Award for her performance in the drama Girl, Interrupted. Her role as Lara Croft brought her a wider audience. She is actively involved in various humanitarian causes.
Links: IMDB (no official site)

Jessica AlbaRunner Up:
Jessica Alba. Born April 28, 1981 - Pomona, California
Jessica SimpsonRunner Up:
Jessica Simpson

Born July 10, 1980 - Abilene, Texas,
1990's: Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson Pamela Denise Anderson: Born July 1, 1967 - British Columbia, Canada
After modeling for Labatt's beer, Pamela's career began to blossom after posing for Playboy magazine where she has appeared many times. She went on star in Baywatch and her own show, V.I.P.

Links: Pamela Anderson
Runner Up: Halle Berry
1980's: Madonna
Madonna Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone: Born August 16, 1958 - Bay City, Michigan
According to Guinness World Records, Madonna has become the most successful female solo artist of all time, (although other measures give that honor to Mariah Carey).

Runner Up: Cindy Crawford
1970's: Farrah Fawcett
Farrah Fawcett Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett: Born February 2, 1947 - Corpus Christi, Texas
Fawcett was the best-known star of the television series Charlie's Angels, even though she was only a part of the cast for one year. Her famous swim-suit poster was an icon of the 70's. Her nude appearance in Playboy magazine in 1995 was the best selling issue of the decade. Later in her career she took on more challenging roles in both television and off-Broadway. Farrah died of cancer on June 25, 2009.

Farrah Fawcett wiki, IMDB
1960's: Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch Jo Raquel Tejada: Born September 5, 1940 - Chicago, Illinois.
Welch was a weather forecaster at a local San Diego television station, and modeled for Neiman-Marcus before her One Million Years B.C. poster propelled her towards stardom.
Links: Raquel Welch
1950's: Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monore Norma Jeane Mortenson: Born June 1, 1926 - Los Angeles
Probably no other celebrity defines the term closer than Marilyn. Her death at the age of only 36 insured her status as one of America's greatest icons.

Links: Marilyn Monroe
1940's: Jane Russell
Jane Russell Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell: Born June 21, 1921 - Bemidji, Minnesota.
She was discovered by Howard Hughes for his production of The Outlaw in 1941, the film that was to make her famous.

Links: Jane Russell, IMDB
1930's: Mae West
Mae West Mary Jane West: Born August 17th, 1893 - Brooklyn, New York
She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays.

Links: Mae West, IMDB
Runner Up: Marlena Deitrich

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