Widow's Peak: Origin and Personality Traits
What is the etymology of widow's peak? It dates back to at least the 16th century. Women in mourning would wear a peaked hood. It was felt that a woman with a hairline reminiscent of this hood would see her husband predecease her.
There is no evidence that widow's peak contributes anything to personality. However, Hollywood begs to differ. A widow's peak to them often reveals dark inner qualities, even evil tendencies. Consider, for example, Batman's nemesis, the Joker. Or how about the movie villain—a serial killer—Hannibal Lecter? And who would fail to recognize the widow's peak of Edward "Eddie" Wolfgang Munster of the television sitcom, "The Munsters?" Although he is also cute, Eddie is, after all, a werewolf! Then, too, there is Grandpa Munster—a vampire.
On the other hand (in real life) a V in the feminine hairline may be tolerated or even considered appealing. Some famous actresses with widow's peak include Marilyn Monroe, Sandra Bullock, and Drew Barrymore.
Marilyn Monroe's Widow's Peak
Movie: The Prince and the Showgirl
Credit: PD by Wikimedia Commons (cropped)