From the intricate updos of classic Hollywood glamazons to the messy twists of today's low-key beauties, the ponytail has been a mane-stay for women through the years.

Why does this style endure? Because whether you wear yours high, low, to the side, stick-straight, pumped up, loose, wavy, twisted or braided, this versatile look is not only simple and chic, but also truly timeless.

From Ava Gardner to Madonna, flip through the gallery above for a pony show featuring Hollywood's most memorable stars.

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