And She Could Shake Her Fanny Well, Too (as Evidenced Early on in "Topper")
According to TCM host Robert Osborne, the highest paid actress of the mid to late 1930s wasn't Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Norma Shearer, Greta Garbo, Marlene Dietrich, Carole Lombard, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland, Jean Arthur, Irene Dunne, Gloria Swanson, Jean Harlow, or Myrna Loy. It was Constance Bennett. Gracing the screen in such classic films as "Topper", "Merrily We Live", "What Price Hollywood?", and "Bed of Roses", Ms. Bennet raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars (a staggering sum for back then) and, while her star-power obviously didn't last as long as some of these other ladies (or even that of her not quite as sultry sister, Joan), is still considered one of the major stars of that era (yes, actually getting top billing over Cary Grant in "Topper")....and one of the hottest as well.