Sunday, December 27, 2009

My Top Twenty Actresses

I recently compiled my list of my twenty favourite actors.This was due to a tag which has apparently been going around forever, or at least since the invention of blogging. Recently, the lovely Kate Gabrielle did her top twenty actresses list on her blog Silents and Talkies (sadly on indefinite hiatus now). Millie of Classic Forever and Nicole of Classic Hollywood Nerd both did theirs recently. I thought now would be a good time to do mine.

As with my list of actors, I left off my favourite actresses whose fame is due mostly to television (Diana Rigg, Elizabeth Montgomery). I also left off the adorable Thelma Todd, whose fame is primarily due to her short subjects. This is a list dedicated to actresses who starred in feature films. For those of you who are sensitive about such things, I must also apologise about the preponderance of cheesecake, but then I am a guy!

Anyhow, if you have a film blog or pop culture blog, and you wouldn't mind doing such a list, then consider yourself tagged.

1. Grace Kelly

Favourite Roles: Rear Window, To Catch a Thief

2. Audrey Hepburn

Favourite Roles: Sabrina, My Fair Lady

3. Ingrid Bergman

Favourite Roles: Casablanca, Gaslight, Notorious

4. Louise Brooks

Favourite Roles: Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl

5. Cyd Charisse

Favourite Roles: Silk Stockings, The Band Wagon

6. Carole Lombard
  Favourite Roles: My Man Godfrey, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, To Be or Not To Be

7. Vivien Leigh

Favourite Roles: Gone with the Wind, Ship of Fools

8. Doris Day

Favourite Roles: Pillow Talk, Send Me No Flowers

9. Myrna Loy

The "Thin Man" Series, Too Hot to Handle, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

10. Ava Gardner

Favourite Roles: The Killers, The Barefoot Contessa

11. Gene Tierneyy 

Favourite Roles: Laura, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

12. Brigitte Bardot

Favourite Roles: Et Dieu… créa la femme, Le Mépris

13.  Janet Leigh

Favourite Roles: Holiday Affair, The Manchurian Candidate

14. Maureen O'Hara
(Sorry, fellas, I just couldn't resist a pic of her with Tyrone Power)

Favourite Roles: The Black Swan, Miracle on 34th Street

15. Jane Fonda

Favourite Roles: Any Wednesday. Cat Ballou, Barbarella

16. Bette Davis

Favourite Roles: The Man Who Came to Dinner, Now Voyager, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?

17. Barbara Stanwyck

Favourite Roles: Double Indemnity, Christmas in Connecticut

18. Julie Christie

Favourite Roles: Billy Liar, Petulia

19. Marilyn Monroe

Favourite Roles: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Some Like It Hot

20. Hazel Court

Favourite Roles: Curse of Frankenstein, The Man Who Could Cheat Death


Millie said...

YAY! Great list!!!

I absolutely LOVE how your top three is my top three reversed!

Really great choices!

And of course only Kate minds that you put a photo of Ty in! ;-D

Unknown said...

Jane Fonda & Julie Christie!! I'm dying to see Petulia, it's been in my Netflix queue for ages and I keep forgetting to send the disc I have at home back :)

I love your list! I think Elizabeth Montgomery would have been on mine, too, if I included television stars, she's wonderful! :)

disneyprincesswdw said...

Love the picture of Audrey! Marilyn is down at number 19 but at least she made the list :-)

VP81955 said...

You've got my three top favorites (Carole Lombard, Myrna Loy, Barbara Stanwyck) on your list, and several others of yours would make my top 20 as well.