South Philly in particular has been a hotbed of hotness, producing several world-class beauties.
Here, from Colonial times to the Roaring ’20s to the decadent ’70s to now, are some of the loveliest women ever to call this city home.
Madcap Hope once seated her dog at a formal dinner party, convinced Edward VII to stand on his head (so she could see what was beneath his kilt), regularly made the New York Couture Group’s annual Best Dressed list, inspired artists including Cecil Beaton and Augustus John, and danced the Charleston with Josephine Baker (in Paris) and the fox trot with the Duke of Windsor (in Morocco).
She was active in equestrian and philanthropic circles up until her death in 1995 at age 90.
Arnold eventually became commander of the vital West Point defense post in New York and offered to sell it to the British for 20,000 pounds.Ethel Barrymore, 1879-1959 Born into the American equivalent of royalty—her father was matinee heartthrob Maurice Barrymore, and her mother, Georgiana Drew, came from a famed British theater family—Ethel May Blythe started her stage career at age 14 after dropping out of the Convent of the Sacred Heart school in Philadelphia.Against her father’s wishes, she moved to New York and debuted on Broadway in 1894 in .Schoolgirls worshiped her and copied her mannerisms, appearance and voice; she was rumored to be engaged a dozen times to such celebrities as Indian cricket player Prince Ranjitsinihi, and a young Winston Churchill asked to marry her.(Though she turned him down, they remained lifelong friends.) She eventually married (and divorced) the grandnephew of Samuel Colt, founder of the Colt firearms company.