1950s

The Girl in The Seven Year Itch

Marilyn Monroe plays The Girl in The Seven Year Itch, in which she’s the object of her neighbor’s fantasies. It’s in this movie that one of the most iconic images in film takes place – she stands over a subway grate which causes her dress to billow in the breeze.

Madeleine Elster

In Vertigo, Madeleine Elster (played by Kim Novak) fears that she’s been possessed by her great grandmother who committed suicide. A retired detective is hired to secretly tail her and make sure she stays safe, but he doesn’t do such a great job when his fear of heights comes into play.