Opinions about looks are of course purely subjective, and such polls are by their very nature silly. And merely by commenting on it I am betraying my own innate silliness.
Nonetheless, I have to say it: Jennifer Aniston??
There were women in my class at Harvard, and in each of the three classes behind me, who were better-looking than her. And Harvard, unlike Hollywood, is not known as a place which draws beautiful women. (In fact, it has the opposite reputation.)
I can just hear the argument on the other side: "Oh, but she's got that girl-next-door appeal."
True, she does look like the girl next door. And the girl in the house after that. And the one after that as well.
I have to wonder if Aniston's agent had some sort of arrangement with Men's Health.
Open up any Sunday New York Times magazine, look at the fashion advertisements, and you'll see better-looking women than Aniston. Go to virtually any high school and you'll see prettier girls.
Here are a few examples of actresses I consider more attractive, for comparison's sake.
Grace Kelly is on everybody's top ten list. She may have been a touch on the bland side, but she made up for it by being perfect:
Tippi Hedren was another of Hitchcock's blonde ice queens. She exuded elegance and femininity:
Donna Reed may be best known for her wholesome performance in It's a Wonderful Life, that perennial Christmas favorite, but she won her Best Supporting Oscar for playing a prostitute in From Here to Eternity.
Heather Graham never quite made it from starlet to star, but that doesn't mean she doesn't have one of the sweetest faces of all time:
Mischa Barton never made it past starlet either, and at age 25 it now seems she never will. But she is proof that you don't have to be sane to be beautiful:
Michelle Pfeiffer is supposed to be a marvel of plastic surgery. If so, she ought to give Jennifer the name of her doctor.
Most will disagree with the choice of Karen Allen as one of the all time sexiest, but for me, she was:
Jennifer Aniston is a nice-looking woman. For all I know she's a perfectly nice person as well. But to call her the sexiest woman of all time is almost to mock her.