Stars from the golden age of cinema have beaten out today's top actresses in a poll to find the best-loved movie blondes.

Marilyn Monroe topped the poll with a massive 45 per cent of the vote - despite dying in 1962.

And the only contemporary ladies in the top 10 voted for by customers at British cinema chain UCI - were Gwyneth Paltrow, 30, Sharon Stone, 45, and Cameron Diaz, 30.

LIANNE CHENERY, spokesperson for UCI, says, "There seems to be a real yearning for the golden age of Hollywood. Marilyn Monroe is still the ultimate blonde bombshell."

The full top 10 is as follows:

1. MARILYN MONROE

2. Grace Kelly

3. Brigitte Bardot

4. Doris Day

5. GWYNETH PALTROW

6. SHARON STONE

7. CAMERON DIAZ

8. Jayne Mansfield

9. Goldie Hawn

10. Greta Garbo

25/07/2003 13:32