It's the magic something that puts the late Audrey Hepburn's image on the cover of Vanity Fair's May 2013 issue. Her acting legacy, looks and style continue to inspire and invite imitation.
It's the essence that signs seasoned actress Jacqueline Bisset to star as the wife of Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a film about the NYC sex scandal that ended his chance to become president of France.
Or graces femme fatale Charlotte Rampling with a major role in next season's TV series "Dexter." Classic and classy continue to be her trademarks.
In a Hollywood sense, staying power is synonymous with versatility. Not just in the sense of triple threat actor-singer-dancer. But the ability to assume the character. BE that character.
So who among today's female talents have that indefinable ingredient called Staying Power? We like these three.
Dramatic actress, singer, dancer and comedienne, this dark-eyed beauty has class and talent to spare. Her dramatic turn in Brokeback Mountain proved that Anne was more than just a pretty face. In The Devil Wears Prada, Anne played her role so effortlessly it barely seemed she was acting at all. Her performance as Fantine in Les Miserables won rave reviews and a 2012 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Ever since she hit the big screen in the 1994 action film Leon:The Professional, Natalie Portman was destined for mainstream success.
Zoolander, Cold Mountain, Garden State and the 2004 hit Closer are films that crowd Natalie Portman's resume.Her performance as Alice in Closer earned a 2004 Supporting Actress Golden Globe as well as a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
V for Vendetta opened in 2006 with Portman in the role of Eve Hammond, a young woman who is saved from the Secret Police by the main character, V. She famously shaved her head, making both critics and producers sit up and take notice.
But it was her role as a young ballerina in the 2010 film Black Swan that made Natalie Portman a star with Staying Power. To prepare for her role, she went through eight hours of dance training for six months. Her efforts won Natalie Portman both the 2011 Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Her beauty is obvious. But good looks are not all this savvy young woman has to offer. This girl can act. Scarlett captured the attention of moviegoers as a young girl in The Horse Whisperer. Only a few short years later she has cemented her place in Hollywood with roles in Lost in Translation, Girl with a Pearl Earring and Vicky Christina Barcelona.
Glamorous, beautiful, talented, sexy and dedicated are just a few of the reasons Scarlett Johansson joins our picks of actresses who possess that certain something called Staying Power.