Water polo players, Hollywood sirens and shameless flirts: LIFE s sexiest photos of all time

Water polo players, Hollywood sirens and shameless flirts: LIFE”s sexiest photos of all time

 

Lean to: Actress Elizabeth Taylor posing in bathing suit on location during filming of motion picture The Night of the Iguana in Mexico

Lean to: Actress Elizabeth Taylor posing in bathing suit on location during filming of motion picture The Night of the Iguana in Mexico

Legs eleven: Betty Grable models a shirt of her own design while showing off her famous pins in the process

Legs eleven: Betty Grable models a shirt of her own design while showing off her famous pins in the process

Splashin around: Girls play in the ocean in California, the photo was taken as part of a Co Rentmeester essay on the state

California dreamin: Another shot from Co Rentmeester

Doll-like: Actress and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield lounges on an inflatable raft in a swimming pool surrounded by bottles shaped like bikini-clad versions of herself, Los Angeles, 1957

Doll-like: Actress and sex symbol Jayne Mansfield lounges on an inflatable raft in a swimming pool surrounded by bottles shaped like bikini-clad versions of herself, Los Angeles, 1957

Revealing: Actor Steve McQueen is photographed at home with wife Neile Adams in 1963

Revealing: Actor Steve McQueen is photographed at home with wife Neile Adams in 1963

Balls aloft: US water polo team, circa 1966, L-R, Rick McNair, Alex Rousseau, Chris Humbert and Chris Duplanty

Balls aloft: US water polo team, circa 1966, L-R, Rick McNair, Alex Rousseau, Chris Humbert and Chris Duplanty

Soap suds: Actress Jeanne Crain balancing a huge soap bubble on her index finger as she luxuriates in a bubble bath in scene from the movie Margie

Soap suds: Actress Jeanne Crain balancing a huge soap bubble on her index finger as she luxuriates in a bubble bath in scene from the movie Margie

In a ruffle: Taken in 1954 by Gordon Parks, this image captures garters in their everyday glory, before they had become a true staple of the x-rated wardrobe

In a ruffle: Taken in 1954 by Gordon Parks, this image captures garters in their everyday glory, before they had become a true staple of the x-rated wardrobe

Fresh as a daisy: Brigitte Bardot during filming of the movie En Effeuillant la Marguerite, or

Fresh as a daisy: Brigitte Bardot during filming of the movie En Effeuillant la Marguerite, or “Plucking the Petals from the Daisy”

Smoking hot: Brigitte Bardot on set during filming of Lady and the Puppet

Smoking hot: Brigitte Bardot on set during filming of Lady and the Puppet

New York fashion, 1969: While many of her peers sported Woodstock style, this young lady strides up a city street looking sleek and sophisticated

New York fashion, 1969: While many of her peers sported Woodstock style, this young lady strides up a city street looking sleek and sophisticated

Beaten and bruised: Actor Clint Eastwood is bare-chested and bandaged after a brutal beating scene from Dirty Harry, 1971

Beaten and bruised: Actor Clint Eastwood is bare-chested and bandaged after a brutal beating scene from Dirty Harry, 1971

Roller girl: Actress Raquel Welch in roller derby uniform during filming of The Kansas City Bomber, 1972

Roller girl: Actress Raquel Welch in roller derby uniform during filming of The Kansas City Bomber, 1972

Unearthly woman: Jane Fonda in full Barbarella get-up, 1967, is a plastic-encased, gun-toting force to be reckoned with

Unearthly woman: Jane Fonda in full Barbarella get-up, 1967, is a plastic-encased, gun-toting force to be reckoned with

Boudoir: Texan model Suzy Parker lounges in her California apartment for photographer Allan Grant in 1957

Boudoir: Texan model Suzy Parker lounges in her California apartment for photographer Allan Grant in 1957

Oscar winner: Faye Dunaway takes in her Oscar win over breakfast and papers at the Beverley Hills Hotel in 1977

Oscar winner: Faye Dunaway takes in her Oscar win over breakfast and papers at the Beverley Hills Hotel in 1977

Satin sheets: Actress Rita Hayworth looks stunning - wearing her trademark charming, nonchalant look - in a nightgown in 1941

Satin sheets: Actress Rita Hayworth looks stunning – wearing her trademark charming, nonchalant look – in a nightgown in 1941

Saving the best for last: Inimitably sexy Marilyn Monroe outside her home, shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt

Saving the best for last: Inimitably sexy Marilyn Monroe outside her home, shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt