French silent starlet and actress Sarah Bernhardt is my current style icon. Sarah was one of the most famous actresses of her day as well as an accomplished artist. She is famous for being a chameleon, super expressive, & for being a muse to several other artists like Mucha.
When I was a child my parents would scold me "stop being such a Sarah Bernhardt" because I was so melodramatic.
(photos from http://pinterest.com/thenefertara/the-silent-starlet/)