Who Was The Hollywood "It Girl" The Year You Were Born?

You will never guess who actually was Hollywood's "It Girl" in 1961.

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    In 2003, Beyoncé was stepping away from Destiny's Child and starting down a path that would magically catapult her to something higher than It Girl fame. She'd soon come to be known as Queen B.

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    Halle Berry is a critically-acclaimed, stunning queen of the screen. 2002 saw her as a Bond girl in 'Die Another Day' after her roles in 'Swordfish' and 'Monster's Ball.'

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    Behold - another sweetheart! Reese Witherspoon was known for films like 'Legally Blonde' (that came out in 2001) and 'Sweet Home Alabama' but then turned to producing as well as acting later on.

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    When it comes to It Girls, actress Gabrielle Union could still take the title, if for no reason other than she's seemingly found the fountain of youth. 2000 was the year of Union's starring role in 'Bring It On.'

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    Britney Spears ushered in a new generation of It Girls when she became seemingly famous overnight thanks to her 'Baby One More Time' album. The singer stuck around for quite some time and churned out hit after hit.

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    Lauryn Hill's music was everywhere in the late '90s so the It Girl title is easily earned by this singer-songwriter. She would also become a successful producer and even have a bit of an acting career.

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    She may know what you did last summer, but everyone ended up becoming obsessed with her. Sarah Michelle Gellar conquered the acting world through hit films and starring in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.'

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    Another darling of the acting world, Renée Zellweger had a series of successful films like 'Jerry Maguire' and the 'Bridget Jones' movies. She has earned an Oscar and three Golden Globes.

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    1995 was the year of 'Clueless' and therefore the year of star Alicia Silverstone. She had debuted in the acting world in 'The Crush' not much earlier so she was a shoe-in for It Girl status.

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    One of the most iconic 1990s actresses, Winona Ryder found success in films that would become cult classics such as 'Beetlejuice,' 'Heathers' and 'Edward Scissorhands.' Years later, her career is going strong.

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    Whoopi Goldberg gave new life to the It Girl persona with her sense of humor and comedic timing. She was a comedian, an actress and later became a talk show host as her career continued.

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    The world loved Whitney Houston's music and nothing would stop them from attempting to belt out the actress and singer's killer hits like 'I Will Always Love You,' which came out in 1992.

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    The stunning Singaporean-Chinese actress became an It Girl in the '90s. Gong Li would later go on to be known for films such as 'Memoirs of a Geisha' and 'Curse of the Golden Flower.'

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    This actress may be known more as an America's Sweetheart than an It Girl, but Julia Roberts became extremely popular in the acting world thanks to movies like 'Pretty Woman' and 'Runaway Bride.'

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    When you're this stunningly beautiful, the name of It Girl comes naturally. Supermodel Naomi Campbell was one of the most well known names in the modeling world for more than a decade.

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    In 1988, 'Working Girl' premiered and Melanie Griffith skyrocketed to fame. Afterwards, she continued as an actress and had a long marriage to fellow actor Antonio Banderas.

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    Sure she may be somewhat known for being one half of the 'Sonny and Cher' duo, but the Goddess of Pop is so much more. Cher's fame comes from hit songs such as 'Believe' and 'If I Could Turn Back Time.'

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    Janet Jackson proved she was more than just her family name and stood out from the crowd with her innovative and provocative songs that became hits and rose up the charts.

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    The darling of the John Hughes world, Molly Ringwald was a shoe-in as an It Girl. The actress is best known for her roles in 'The Breakfast Club,' 'Sixteen Candles' and 'Pretty in Pink.'

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    Lisa Bonet gained fame due to her role as Denise Huxtable in 'The Cosby Show,' which started airing in the year she's gained her It Girl status. Afterwards, she continued a successful career in the acting world.

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    If you've ever seen 'Flashdance,' even a minute of it, it should not surprise you that its lead actress, Jennifer Beals, would be known as a true It Girl the year of its release.

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    1982 was the start of a huge moment in Debra Winger's life. Within two years, she starred in two of her three Oscar-nominated roles in 'An Officer and a Gentleman' and 'Terms of Endearment.'

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    Dolly Parton may have been an It Girl but she's probably better known as a Queen of Country Music. Between her down-home roots, her catchy songs and, later, her activism, she was born to be a star.

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    This blonde bombshell rose to fame on Laugh In and followed it up with roles in movies like 'Overboard' and 'The First Wives Club.' Goldie Hawn has passed her looks and stardom onto her daughter, Kate Hudson.

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    Almost forty years after she was an It Girl, Meryl Streep is still a tried and true icon. Her prowess in the acting world is all but unparalleled and her abilities are held up on a pedestal - and probably will be in the future.

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    Olivia-Newton John's It Girl status came thanks to her role as Sandy in 'Grease' but stuck around due to her acting and music career, which earned her many a Billboard hit and four Grammy awards.

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    1977 was the year that Diane Keaton made waves as the lead in Woody Allen's movie 'Annie Hall.' She'd then go on to become a household name due to her roles in many big name films.

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    A beautiful blond Charlie's Angel was a natural fit for the title of It Girl. Farrah Fawcett even became the face of a hairstyle that reigned supreme among girls for part of the '70s.

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    Donna Summer was a natural choice for an It Girl considering her title of the Queen of Disco. She had a string of extremely successful hits and ended up becoming the face of this music genre.

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    Pam Grier became famous in the 1970s due to her string of movie roles in films like 'Foxy Brown,' 'Coffy,' and 'Friday Foster.' And when she's as gorgeous as this image shows - who's surprised she was an It Girl?

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    The daughter of Judy Garland made a name for herself in both the acting and singing worlds. Liza Minnelli was known for her work in 'Cabaret' and became known as an actress in both film and theater as well as a singer.

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    Another singer-songwriter got to take on the title of It Girl in 1972 with Carly Simon. Her song 'You're So Vain' made waves this year and created a mystery that certainly helped add to her charm and appeal.

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    Tina Turner is an icon in many ways, and being an It Girl is just one of her many titles. Her singing and dancing when it came to tunes like 'Proud Mary' were what has all but put her in history books even today!

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    In 1970, Ali MacGraw's name was the one on everyone's lips. She gained notoriety as an actress, a model and an activist, and then gained even more fame through her marriage to Steve McQueen.

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    Carol Burnett helped prove that funny can be 'it.' This hilarious comedian and actress became a staple in the world of television and helped pave the way for so many female comics that would follow.

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    Rule #1 of being an It Girl: for a while, be everywhere. Barbra Streisand did just that and managed to be known for her singing and songwriting as well as her roles in movies like 'The Way We Were.'

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    Faye Dunaway was an It Girl known for her impressive acting career. She collected award after award and made a name for herself through movies such as 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'Mommie Dearest.'

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    This singing queen known for hits such as 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and 'Endless Love' was clearly an It Girl of her day. Diana Ross even starred in The Wiz and has passed stardom on to her children!

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    An It Girl is often popular due to some bewitching good looks, so it should be no surprise that 'Bewitched' star Elizabeth Montgomery would make the list for 1965.

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    Early It Girls seem to have a common theme: their legacies remain. The beautiful and lovely Julie Andrews has done every single thing in show business - and she did it flawlessly and to this day, that's still true.

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    Even today, Elizabeth Taylor could be considered an It Girl. She was constantly in the news, whether for her whirlwind romances and marriages or her countless movie roles, such as 'Cleopatra.'

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    Musical darling Rita Moreno earned an insane amount of credits to her name, including 'West Side Story' and 'Singin' In The Rain.' Even though 1962 was nowhere near the end of her career, it was one of the top years!

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    It doesn't get much more 'it' than Audrey Hepburn. More than sixty years later, the star of movies like 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' still has a name that is synonymous with class. The starlet truly became the epitome of class.

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    The 'Psycho' actress was the it girl of 1960. Janet Leigh was also a singer, dancer and later, an author - and Jamie Lee Curtis' mother. This makes her even more than just a triple threat!

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