Given the likes of Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot and a couple of hundred more from the studio era alone, that is a pretty tall claim, but the camera certainly loved her. And so did we. She hailed from a tobacco plantation in Grabtown, North Carolina, a southern girl from dirt poor roots who spent her childhood barefoot and surrounded by labourers who taught her every swear-word known to American man, and then some. She never did learn acting as such, although over the years she became quite accomplished in the art. I always wonder about that.