Halle Berry

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Halle-BerryA lot of people know that Halle Berry is a successful actress, but Berry first gained mainstream media attention as a beauty pageant contestant, during which time she came in second place in the 1986 Miss USA contest. Berry got her first big role in acting four years later in “Boomerang” and spent nearly a decade playing modest roles that typically cast her as the love interest of a leading male actor.

That all changed in 2001 when Berry was selected to play the lead in the film “Monster’s Ball.” The role netted her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the only non-Caucasian woman to win the award in its history, a title she holds to this day. Once again, Berry was named to the list of most beautiful people by People Magazine in 2003. Berry has not won any Academy Awards since then, but she is still staying very busy in film.

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole-KidmanNicole Kidman came from the country of Australia with aspirations of being a famous Hollywood actress. Kidman did just that as she was thrust into the spotlight, starting with the 1989 film, “Dead Calm.” Just a year later, Kidman played a big role in the film “Days of Thunder” as the love interest of Tom Cruise. The two would end up getting married that same year and were married for just over a decade.

Kidman has three Academy Award nominations to her name, including a win for Best Actress in the 2001 film, “Moulin Rouge!” It seems to be a recurring theme that people are named to People Magazine’s list of most beautiful just before or after receiving an Academy Award, as she won in 2002. Perhaps one of the awards inspires or helps the other, but there is of course no scientific data to back it up. Kidman is still staying busy in films, and even has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Catherine Zeta-Jones

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Catherine-Zeta-JonesCatherine Zeta-Jones was a stage performer from the country of Wales during the early era of her career, but wanted to get onto larger screens with a bigger audience. Zeta-Jones moved to Hollywood to become a star, which proved to be a very good idea for her. After first struggling to land major roles, Zeta-Jones got her breakthrough role alongside Antonio Banderas in “The Mask of Zorro” in 1998. The next few years were massively successful for Catherine Zeta Jones, which even included an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in “Chicago” in 2002.

The year before, Catherine Zeta-Jones already received the award from People Magazine as 2001’s Most Beautiful Person, which was the year after she married actor Michael Douglas. It is hard to imagine a better three year span than getting married, being recognized as the most attractive person in the world and winning an Oscar, but that is precisely what Zeta-Jones did and the rest is history.

Leonardo DiCaprio

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Leonardo-DiCaprioWe now switch gears from two actors who have had their reputations take a big hit over the last few years, to someone who seemingly becomes more popular year after year. Get ready to feel old when you hear how old Leonardo DiCaprio is…he’s 40. DiCaprio started on television and then landed his first big role in “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape,” which netted him an Oscar nomination. Unfortunately, that would not be the last time that Leo went home without an award, as he still does not have any on his shelf.

DiCaprio has been an A-list actor for seemingly forever, and is riding a wave of successful movies that is now eclipsing a quarter century. Even though there aren’t any Oscars on his mantle, DiCaprio can at least take solace in the fact that he was recognized by People Magazine as the most beautiful person in 1998. Either way, he probably does not lose much sleep thinking about his lack of awards thanks to his massive success.

Tom Cruise

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Tom-CruiseTom Cruise is a lot like Mel Gibson in the fact that some of his most recent movies have been far from successes; in addition, a lot of non-movie controversy has given people a different opinion of him. Although Cruise has not had any racist or sexists rants that have been caught on tape, he has had plenty of awkward and odd moments that have forever stained his reputation. Before that, though, Tom Cruise was the most successful actor in Hollywood with a career that started over 30 years ago.

The first time Cruise landed a leading role was in “Risky Business,” which ended up becoming an underdog hit. Perhaps the 1990’s were the golden age for Cruise as he had a string of smash hits with “A Few Good Men,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Jerry Maguire” and more. During that stretch, Tom Cruise was selected as the most beautiful person by People Magazine in 1997, back when we had simpler times.

Mel Gibson

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Mel-GibsonAt one point, Mel Gibson was the most bankable star in all of Hollywood. The first big role for Gibson was not even supposed to be that big, but ended up being a cult hit, which was the “Mad Max” series. Gibson would parlay that into a career that had a lot of range, from comedy to drama and even historical films. Gibson won two different Academy Awards in 1995 for the film “Braveheart,” one for Best Picture and another for Best Director.

The next year after winning the awards, Gibson won another one as People Magazine named him the Most Beautiful Person of 1996. Gibson ended the 1990’s with a high note, but the start of the next century got off to a rocky one with a string of unsuccessful movies and a ton of controversy that included the authorities and some very lewd comments. It has certainly been an up and down ride for Gibson, a lot of it being his own doing.

Courteney Cox

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Courteney-CoxCourteney Cox was a relatively unknown name for a long time, but many people do not realize just how many acting credits she had to her name before hitting it big. For almost a decade, Cox was playing bit roles and even appeared in the “Dancing in the Dark” video by Bruce Springsteen. 1994 was the breakout year for Cox, who played a big role in “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and was then given the role of Monica on “Friends.”

Things looked up for Cox immediately afterward, and she was named as the most beautiful person by People Magazine a year later in 1995. “Friends” was on NBC for a decade before ending, and Cox went on to star in “Cougar Town” for just over 100 episodes before the series came to a close in 2015. We are not sure what the next step is for the 50 year old Cox, but she has definitely not had many misses in the last 20 years.

Meg Ryan

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Meg-RyanMeg Ryan was not a household name in the 1980s but, thankfully, Rob Reiner and the producers of “When Harry Met Sally” quickly discovered her talent and quirky charm, casting her as the female lead of Sally in the film. The role of Sally made Ryan a star, launching her into a career of endless romantic comedies in the years to follow. Some of the bigger hits that Ryan was involved in were alongside Tom Hanks in “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.”

“Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail” came out in 1993 and 1998, respectively, and it was in-between those hits that Meg Ryan was named as the Most Beautiful Person by People Magazine. Ryan was recognized in 1994 and stuck around the A-list for about 15 more years. Between 2009 and 2015, Ryan was out of the limelight and in a brief retirement but has since returned to the industry in the director’s chair.

Cindy Crawford

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Cindy-CrawfordCindy Crawford has done some acting in her time but, let’s be honest, we all know her as one of the most popular models of all-time. During the 1990’s, it was hard to look at an advertisement in a magazine or on television without seeing Cindy Crawford. Crawford was even named the highest earning model in the entire world in the mid-1990’s and, with about a million posters of Crawford hanging up on the walls of young men’s rooms everywhere, few could argue with her beauty and fame.

There has obviously been no shortage of people who have told Crawford that she is beautiful, and People Magazine is just one of the many, naming her to the title in 1993. In addition to that recognition, Crawford was in the top five for hottest people in the 1990’s by VH1 and Men’s Health named her one of the hottest women of all-time. We all wish we could have that many people tell us we look that beautiful.

Jodie Foster

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Jodie-FosterJodie Foster is now 52 years old, but has been in the acting scene ever since she was three years old. With modest first roles, Foster played an innocent child in commercials, but that would change drastically in the 1976 film “Taxi Driver.” In the film, Foster played a 14-year old prostitute across from Robert DeNiro in a role that ended up earning her an Oscar nomination. Although she did not win the Oscar that year, she did end up winning two of the awards for the films “The Accused” and “The Silence of the Lambs.”

Foster had an outstanding year in 1992 as she received her award from “Lambs” in addition to being named the most beautiful person from People Magazine. Foster has not won the award since, but she seems to be doing alright for herself through the years. After all, she has had a career that has lasted over four decades, which is pretty impressive in Hollywood.