60 Famous People You Didn't Know Bared It All

By Sophia Maddox | December 4, 2023

Kate Beckinsale

In the golden age of Hollywood, actresses were often celebrated for their demure and ladylike personas, carefully crafted to appeal to a mass audience. However, as time went on and societal norms began to shift, more and more actresses began to push boundaries and bare it all on screen, challenging traditional notions of femininity and sexuality. From Marlene Dietrich's provocative performances in the 1930s to the bold and fearless portrayals of modern-day stars like Elizabeth Berkley and Jennifer Connelly, these women have fearlessly used their bodies to tell stories, challenge norms, and break barriers.

In this article, we will take a closer look at the actresses who have dared to bare it all on screen. From Golden Age stars like Brigitte Bardot and Jayne Mansfield to modern-day icons like Cate Blanchett and Halle Berry, these women have used their bodies as a powerful tool to convey raw emotion, expose societal taboos, and push the boundaries of what is acceptable on screen. So if you're ready to delve deeper into the world of fearless and boundary-breaking actresses, read on and discover the stories behind some of the most iconic scenes in film history.

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Kate Beckinsale's performance in Underworld: Evolution was nothing short of electrifying. In the film, Beckinsale reprises her role as the vampire Selene, exuding confidence and appeal in her trademark latex suit. One of the most memorable scenes in the entire movie features Beckinsale and her co-star Scott Speedman in a steamy and intense love scene. Beckinsale's chemistry with Speedman was palpable - which is a liiiittle awkward, since the director of said scene was her then-husband, Len Wiseman. When asked about the feelings behind the scene, Beckinsale had this to say:

"We sort of put it off a bit, because Scott [Speedman]--who has become quite a family friend--I think it's sort of easier to do something like that with somebody you haven't had Fourth of July barbecues with... So we kept finding we were postponing it to the following week. Actually, when we came down to do it, Len and I were all right, and Scott was just tortured. I think it was worse, much worse for him."

Regardless of any awkward family barbecues, the scene remains a fan favorite moment in the Underworld franchise.

Britt Ekland

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The alluring Britt Ekland made her mark as the captivating pagan, Willow, in the cult classic film The Wicker Man. In the movie, the enchanting Ekland uses her sensuous voice to lure Sergeant Howie, played by Edward Woodward, while pounding on her bedroom wall in the buff. Despite only showing her upper body, Ekland's seductive powers were still strong enough to torment the chaste Sergeant, igniting an unquenchable desire for what he could not see. The film is renowned for its haunting atmosphere and its unique exploration of the human psyche, with Ekland's bewitching performance leaving an indelible mark on audiences.

Ekland later explained that not only was it freezing on set during the scene, but she was adamant that she didn't want to remove all of her clothes for the film. To say that she was upset when she saw the final product would be an understatement. She said:

For me anything below the waist is private so I was prepared to be topless on film but I would not show my bottom and my agent made that very clear. They brought in a body double one day when I was away from the set. No one told me, neither before nor after it happened. The first I knew about it was when the film came out and then I was in a state of shock. Her [the body double's] bottom was much bigger than mine and she wore a blonde wig that was longer than my own hair. It was ridiculous and I was very upset.