After the 15th annual Women in Hollywood Awards next Monday night, honorees Nicole Kidman, Salma Hayek, Jane Fonda, Isla Fisher, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Sigourney Weaver will be getting some well-deserved awards.

But that’s not all. These actresses and 200 other guests will also leave the Four Seasons dinner with a gift bag containing a hefty new coffee table book, "The Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood," created by International jeweler Roberto Coin and Elle magazine.

Jeqwp_allurebeautyI just got an advance copy of the book and am blown away by the array of past and present actresses and unusual photos.

Included in the book are photos of a languidly prone Julianne Moore, a sexily disheveled Charlize Theron (at left), a beaming Cameron Diaz, a gamine Keira Knightley, a sultry Penelope Cruz, and a playfully intimate shot of Jennifer Aniston.

There are also shots of Hollywood’s earlier beauties such as Joan Crawford, Ann- Margret, Candice Bergen, Rita Hayworth, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren, Audrey Hepburn, Jane Fonda, Faye Dunaway, Jacqueline Bisset, Shirley MacLaine, Greta Garbo, Natalie Wood, Sharon Tate, Elizabeth Taylor,  Ingrid Bergman, Jean Harlow, Kim Novak, Veronica Lake, Audrey Hepburn and Julie Christie.

I particularly love the way some of the photos are arranged to show the striking parallels  between actresses from different eras: Julia Roberts and Ann Sheridan, Gwyneth Paltrow and Grace Kelly, a shot of a white-haired Meryl Streep from “The Devil Wears Prada” next to a similar shot of Lana Turner, her white-blond hair framed by  black fur.

Great quotes from a breathy Marilyn Monroe, seen in a shot from “Something’s Got to Give:" “I don’t want to make money. I just want to be wonderful.”  And a brazen Bette Davis: "From the moment I was 6, I felt sexy. And let me tell you it was hell, sheer hell, waiting to do something about it."

WHAT? I just turned the page and saw Lindsay Lohan, a shot from 2005. Hey, how’d she get in there? Surely not for "I Know Who Killed Me!"

Elle will continue it’s homage to Hollywood’s women in the November issue with more photos of Monday’s award-winning actresses, taken by Elle’s creative director, Gilles Bensimon.

And I’ll be on hand Monday night to give you a blow-by-blow of the mega-glam event.

Photo: Cover courtesy of Assouline Publishing

Posted by:Elizabeth Snead