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Femme fatale-inspired baby names for girls

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Written by Mary Fetzer   

Film noir and detective stories give us the sexy femme fatale (French for "fatal woman" or "woman to die for"). She's beautiful and persuasive, dangerous and mysterious… anything but a damsel in distress. The femme fatale uses her talents to get what she wants from the hero of the story, and she inspires these strong, fabulous baby girl names, too.

Femmes fatales from the movies


Picture Rita Hayworth, Kim Basinger and Sharon Stone at their big-screen best. Spectacular performances from some of our favorite actresses brought these memorable femmes fatales to life:

Alice Reed (portrayed by Joan Bennett) in The Woman in the Window (1944)

Alex Forrest (portrayed by Glenn Close) in Fatal Attraction (1987)

Ann Merai Harrison (portrayed by Sanaa Lathan) in Out of Time (2003)

Catherine Tramell (portrayed by Sharon Stone) in Basic Instinct (1992)

Charly Baltimore (portrayed by Geena Davis) in Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)

Cora Smith (portrayed by Lana Turner) in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

Debby Marsh (portrayed by Gloria Grahame) in The Big Heat (1953)

Dorothy Vallens (portrayed by Isabella Rossellini) in Blue Velvet (1986)

Eileen Wade (portrayed by Nina van Pallandt) in The Long Goodbye (1973)

Evelyn Mulway (portrayed by Faye Dunaway) in Chinatown (1974)

Felicitas (portrayed by Greta Garbo) in Flesh and the Devil (1926)

Gilda (portrayed by Rita Hayworth) in Gilda (1946)

Ginger Knowles (portrayed by Halle Berry) in Swordfish (2001)

Jane Smith (portrayed by Angelina Jolie) in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005)

Jessica Rabbit (portrayed by Betsy Brantley and Kathleen Turner) in Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

Kitty Collins (portrayed by Ava Gardner) in The Killers (1946)

Lana Carlson (portrayed by Ida Lupino) in They Drive By Night (1940)

Laura Manion (portrayed by Lee Remick) in Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Lily Carver (portrayed by Gaby Rodgers) in Kiss Me Deadly (1955)

Louise Howell (portrayed by Joan Crawford) in Possessed (1947)

Lynn Bracken (portrayed by Kim Basinger) in L.A. Confidential (1997)

Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton (portrayed by Kim Novak) in Vertigo (1958)

Matty Walker (portrayed by Kathleen Turner) in Body Heat (1981)

Norma Desmond (portrayed by Gloria Swanson) in Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Phyllis Dietrichson (portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck) in Double Indemnity (1944)

Rita (portrayed by Laura Harring) in Mulholland Dr. (2001)

Sherry Peatty (portrayed by Marie Windsor) in The Killing (1956)

Suzanne Stone Maretto (portrayed by Nicole Kidman) in To Die For (1995)

Suzie Toller (portrayed by Neve Campbell) and Kelly Van Ryan (Denise Richards) in Wild Things (1998)

Vera (portrayed by Anne Savage) in Detour (1945)

Xenia Onatopp (portrayed by Famke Janssen) in Goldeneye (1995)

Femmes fatales from literature


These femmes fatales are rarely able to be contained in the pages of the book. Look for both Amy and Serena to make the leap from book to big screen in late 2014.  

Acrasia, The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser (1596)

Amy Dunn, Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (2012)

Anne Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (2001)

Audley, Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1862)

Brigid O'Shaughnessy, The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett (1929)

Carmilla, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu (1871)

Circe, Odyssey by Homer (8th century BC)

Geraldine, Christabel by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1797)

Joan Medford, The Cocktail Waitress by James M. Cain (1977)

Julie Killeen, The Bride Wore Black by Cornell Woolrich (1940)

Lulu, Pandora's Box by Frank Wedekind (1904)

Madelon Butler, A Touch of Death by Charles Williams (1954)

Salome, Salome by Oscar Wilde (1891)

Serena Pemberton, Serena by Ron Rash (2008)

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