Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

My idea of beauty was probably honed by what I saw on television.


When the television show Julia came on in 1968, I found Diahann Carroll so beautiful. I remember her character as a kind person, but it was her beauty I found so striking.

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Around the same time, Diana Rigg came on the scene to me for the first time in the television series, The Avengers. She was stunning and such a strong, independent woman for the time.

NBC Television, Diana Rigg 1973, marked as public domain, more details on Wikimedia Commons




Then Adrienne Barbeau appeared in the TV show Maude as well as a number of movies at the time. She was beautiful with her dimples and her dark hair. She is still beautiful in this photo from 2011. (I tried to find an earlier photo I could use here and not violate copyright but was not successful).

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Lastly, I have to include pre-cosmetic surgery Cher. I was obsessed with her beautiful hair and her interesting face. To me, this was the era in which she was the most beautiful, sans Sonny.

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20 thoughts on “Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder”

  1. How about Audrey Hepburn? Her big beautiful dark eyes and sweet kind face. Another good choice I think!

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    1. She was beautiful no doubt, but I was not exposed to her through television. It wasn’t until I went to the theatre that I saw stars of the big screen.


  2. I was brought up on ‘The Blonde Bombshells’. Monroe, Mansfield, etc.
    But I always found both Liz Taylor and Sophia Loren to be very beautiful too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. All very beautiful women, Pete. I did not see most of the big screen stars until later. Being a young girl, I saw these television stars as somewhat closer than Hollywood. To me they had more of an approachable beauty. Maybe someone I could aspire to be like, although that never happened.

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  3. I loved Diahann Carroll and Diana Rigg. They both played characters that seemed so beautiful and confident to little me. Having blonde hair though, I wanted to emulate Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha Stevens. I wanted her life, complete with nose twitch and witch-y powers.

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  4. Those TV beauties inspired us to aim for beauty too. Now we know it is inner beauty that really counts, although I still aspire to look as sophisticated and lovely as Dame Judi Dench!

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    1. I am also a huge fan of Judi Dench, however, I was not aware of her until much later in my life. And yes, beauty shines from within.


  5. While Farrah Fawcett posters and magazine covers were everywhere and everyone wanted her hair, I always thought Jaclyn Smith was the most beautiful of the Charlie’s Angels.

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  6. I couldn’t agree more on all four of these women. Diahann Carroll is still gorgeous, as is Diana Rigg. Adrienne Barbeau I always saw as the Girl Net Door, wishing and hoping she’d move in next door. And the pre-plastic surgery Cher was quite lovely.

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