Iconic Hollywood Eyes
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By Emily Hebert for Elle
Everyone knows looks matter in Hollywood. But so do looks—the intense gazes of actors and actresses that have mesmerized audiences since the dawn of movies. From stars of the silent era to Natalie Portman’s wild-eyed character in Black Swan, these unforgettable movie moments remind us that the eyes truly are the windows to the cinematic soul.
More Than Words2 of 12
Silent film star Clara Bow was Hollywood's original It Girl, thanks to her magnetic presence and emotive brown eyes.
Here's Lookin' At You3 of 12
Bette Davis (shown here in Now, Voyager) had peepers that could make a pro blush—and there's a song to prove it.
Meoooow!4 of 12
In addition to her sizzling chemistry with co-star Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor also captivated Cleopatra audiences with her dramatic blue eye makeup.
Staring Game5 of 12
Who said chess was boring? Faye Dunaway exchanged passionate stares with Steve McQueen while making her moves in The Thomas Crown Affair.
Fright Sight6 of 12
Mia Farrow's wide-eyed stare got increasingly frantic in Rosemary's Baby. If we found out we were carrying Satan's spawn, we'd have a similar look!
Hazy Gazing7 of 12
Though Michelle Pfeiffer's Scarface character has a blank stare, she dresses it up with glamorous smoky eye shadow. As her marriage to gangster Tony wears thin, however, so does her makeup (she is barefaced by the end of the movie).
Looking Ahead8 of 12
Daryl Hannah may have played Pris in Blade Runner over 20 years ago—but her iconic eye makeup lives on, inspiring one runway look after another.
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At the end of The Breakfast Club, Ally Sheedy 's character stops hiding behind her dark eye makeup and embraces Molly Ringwald 's preppy vibe.
Tearing Up10 of 12
Determined not to cry at the end of Ghost? Good luck! Demi Moore's longing, tear-filled gaze won't help matters.
The Evil Eye11 of 12
When it comes to Halle Berry's character in the X-Men trilogy, looks really can kill.
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Natalie Portman's prima ballerina in Black Swan is seriously stressed—see her scary red eyes for proof.