And now for some beautiful women

When I listed some celebrities that I do not find beautiful despite Hollywood’s attempts to convince me otherwise, I didn’t expect to see such fervent responses! Many of you very strongly agreed or disagreed with my choices.

I also didn’t mean to imply I consider these women ugly, necessarily, only that they are not the gorgeous sex symbols that they seem to think they are (judging by their film roles). Women like Kathy Bates and Brenda Blethyn aren’t beautiful, either — but no one’s casting them as romantic leads or putting them on the covers of glamour magazines, either.

In other words, I don’t care if you’re not stunningly beautiful. Just don’t try to convince me you are if you’re not. Accept your averageness. I know I have.

Now then. To be fair, here are some actresses I do think are very beautiful. I wonder if my fondness for them correlates to the fact that many of them often play strong, powerful characters instead of dummies?

Uma Thurman
(Some of you had her on the ugly list, and I was shocked. I really do think she’s quite pretty.)


Natalie Portman


Mandy Moore


Mariska Hargitay (“Law & Order: SVU”)


Gillian Anderson

And though they’re 100 years old, I still think these dames are beautiful, too:

Julie Andrews


Helen Mirren