She may have toughened up her appearance for her Academy Award-winning role in 2001’s Monster’s Ball, but in real life, Halle Berry can never hide her charming, effervescent smile. (Just ask Adrien Brody, who couldn’t resist planting a celebratory smooch on Berry when she presented him with an Oscar statue in 2003.)
Divorces, accidents, tabloid drama. Christie Brinkley has survived it all, and her megawatt grin in still intact. And why not? The 57-year-old recently debuted as Roxie Hart in the Broadway musical Chicago.
Will any smile ever surpass the Pretty Woman's luminous grin? Julia Roberts practically invented the role of romantic comedy leading lady, and the Larry Crowne actress owes much of her appeal to her multi-million dollar smile.
OK, so this Oscar winner and cookbook author is known for, well, not smiling much. But when Gwyneth Paltrow does treat us to a grin, she absolutely glows. Maybe her recent comic turns (guesting on Glee and dueting with Cee Lo Green and The Muppets during The Grammys) will loosen Paltrow up.
This beauty has every reason to smile. Not only does her company, Bankable Productions, produce America’s Next Top Model (which Banks hosts), the former supermodel snagged an Emmy for her work on her eponymous talk show. Her first novel, Modelland, is slated to released this fall and she also attends Harvard Business School. Fierce!
Though this More cover girl plays a character dealing with cancer on Showtime’s The Big C, in real life she rocks a sunny smile. “I feel like I’m getting better looking as I get older,” she says. We agree!
What’s better: Meryl’s golden grin or the way she makes us smile with her roles in films like It’s Complicated, Julia & Julia, and Mamma Mia! Next up: a more serious turn as former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady.
Diane Keaton made us smile as the free-spirited title character in Annie Hall. But her friend Martin Short says it’s no act; Keaton’s normal mode is happy-go-lucky. “Her laugh is contagious and generous, her take on life and how it should be lived—you’re envious of it and want to emulate it,” he says.
When it comes to dazzling smiles, Angelina Jolie has little competition. Her famously luscious lips have inspired countless makeup brands to market “lip-plumping” products to women who want to re-create Jolie's perfect pout.
Taraji P. Henson won our hearts playing Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and we’ve been hooked by her radiant smile ever since. She’ll soon grace the screen again in the sports drama From the Rough, playing the first woman to coach a college men’s golf team.
Bridget Moynahan began turning heads on the covers of Glamour and Vogue in the 1990s. The More cover girl later turned her modeling stint into a successful acting career, bringing her wide smile along with her.
With dimples that deep, it’s no wonder Jennifer Garner was cast as a 13-year-old stuck in a 30-year-old’s body in 2004’s 13 Going on 30. Her smile emits bubbly innocence, which provides a delightful juxtaposition to her sometimes tough-as-nails characters.