Julie Christie became an international sensation in 1966 after winning the Best Actress Academy Award for the box-office hit, Darling.
In the film, the British actress portrays the frustratingly daft yet adorable Diana Scott, a model who sleeps her way to the top of the London fashion scene at the height of the Swinging Sixties.
While the film would easily be considered PG-13 by today's standards, the plot was shocking more than 40 years ago.
But it introduced the world to a woman who would one day be considered one of the greatest gifts to cinema.
(Here is a clip of her after the Academy Awards ceremony in 1966.)
Unlike her character, Diana Scott, however, Julie made her way to the top of Hollywood the old-fashioned way: hard work and undeniable talent.
When Darling was released in theaters, the 24-year-old became a household name. People soon became obsessed with her glamorous style and personal life.
Julie made tabloid headlines in the sixties by dating a string of successful, handsome men, including notorious womanizer Warren Beatty. And who could blame her? She was young, gorgeous, and famous. She could have any man she wanted!