Inner beauty is rarely noticed, Virginia, and also today, people, social structures, moral ideas, fashion, business, performance demand, "reality" and fiction are favouring certain standards and models - in spite of the very different "tastes".
Dame Flora Robson looks like a woman with great class. There is also something very sad in her eyes.
I don't think that it is a role or a fashion, which is making somebody beautiful, unless it is a kind of artificial beauty, without soul. Aren't we educated into rigid, all to rigid roles, behavioural patterns and activities, which are often unnatural?
If looking into fashion, arts, industries, social structures, education, politics and sciences, there was and still is a constant trend into dumping "older models" to replace them with the latest "creations". Animals and people were and are mere consumer items or toys for many.
That reminds me of a movie with Pierre Richard, a comedy reminding that money cannot replace love:
As for the actresses, who impress(ed) me most in movies, there are quite a few. Among the actresses, whom I enjoy(ed) to see, I'd think first, alongside with Annie Girardot, of Margareth Rutherford (alias Miss Marple).