Kate started a new tag of 20 Favorite Actresses, because some of us were just new to blogging when it went around last time! Anyways, just like my 20 Favorite Actors post in March, I am choosing my two favorite ROLES, not films of each particular actress!
Expect LOTS of cliches, cause that's what the cool people do! ;-D
Favorite Roles: Paula Alquist in Gaslight; Alicia Huberman in Notorious
Will there ever in the history of the world be another actress, SO brilliant, SO gorgeous, and SO talented? I just DON'T think so!
Nicole Bonet in How To Steal A Million; Princess Anne in Roman Holiday
Everything about Audrey is amazing. The reason she is still so popular today is that her personality, style, and everything is one of a kind, and NEVER boring!
Francie Stevens in To Catch A Thief; Tracy Lord in High Society
Grace was in just 11 films, and yet is still remembered today as one of the greatest actresses ever! That's because each performance was brilliant and unforgettable. You get the feeling Grace Kelly was just born a great actress.
THE REST ARE IN NO ORDER REALLY....except the first few are on a sorta different level then the lower ones, but not much!
Connie Mulligan in The More The Merrier; Mary Smith in Easy Living
Jean is just Jean! I don't know what to say. She's beautiful, she makes me laugh, she's a great actress. She was painfully shy, yet was one of the most natural actresses ever. You never even NOTICED she was acting! THAT'S BRILLIANCE!
Ann Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith; Maria Tura in To Be or Not To Be
STUPENDOUSLY AMAZINGLY COOL!
Gidget in Gidget; Joan Howell in That Funny Feeling
Sandra Dee is really horribly underrated. Even in her day she was dismissed as nothing but a "teen movie star". She was so much more. She was mind-blowing in her early dramatic roles (she was only 13 in her debut Until They Sail). And then was later shown to be a brilliant comedienne!
Elizabeth Lane in Christmas In Connecticut; Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe
I've loved The Stanwyck since I was five. I was mesmerized when she came on screen. I watched anything and everything I could get my hands on! I still utterly adore her. SHEESH! I watched the entire first season of Big Valley for HER! (That was a great sacrifice by the way!)
Lucy Warriner in The Awful Truth; Ellen Arden in My Favorite Wife (COUGH....COUGH...cliche....COUGH...COUGH!)
A resume for Irene would look like this:
Hysterically funny; brilliantly amazing! Also does Oscar-nominated drama and and can sing opera. Oh, and she can be a delegate to the UN, if you need her too be.
Laura Hunt in Laura; Miranda Wells in Dragonwyck
Gosh, she's so annoying. I mean, she's one of the most absolutely gorgeous ladies ever...even though she had an underbite!! If that's not the most annoying thing ever, I don't know what is! Oh, she was also a brilliant actress.
Olivia De Havilland
Kit Carson Holliday in Santa Fe Trail; Cathrine Sloper in The Heiress
Where should I start? She could be in swashbucklers, play an insane person (The Snake Pit), play a "ugly" (kinda was too impossible) old maid, and a zillion other amazing roles! I am convinced she can play anything convincingly! Oh, and not to start a fight or anything, but Olivia was about 50 zillion times cooler and more amazing then her sister! ;-D
Jan Morrow in Pillow Talk; Erica Stone in Teacher's Pet; Calamity Jane in Calamity Jane
(rules are made to be broken.....I told you I love cliches! ;-D)
I ADORE DORIS! She's so amazing! It's impossible to NOT get happy watching her in a film. And that's why I love her so much! She can always cheer me up! (P.S. I wrote her last year and she sent me back a personalized, signed photo!!!)
Caroline Frost in Can't Help Singing; Nikki Collins in Lady on a Train
She made 22 films in just 12 years and then just left (at the height of her popularity) Hollywood forever to have a family. Unfortunately she is virtually forgotten today, but I will ALWAYS remember her! And the joy she has brought to me, since I was about five or six!
Nikky Ferris in The Moon-Spinners; Patti Randall in That Darn Cat!
She is no normal "child star"! When describing Hayley people use words like "brilliant", "talented", and "stupendously amazingly cool" (well, actually, only I use the latter, since I DID copyright it)! I just LOVE her!
Eve White, etc... in The Three Faces of Eve; Clara Varner in The Long, Hot Summer; Grace Oglethorpe Bannerman in Rally 'Round The Flag Boys (I've also got a kinda soft spot in my heart for A New Kind Of Love, no matter how awful that movie really was! ;-D)
Joanne's sorta a more recent favorite, but I think she's just so amazing! I don't know what to say. She could play everything (as evidenced by her amazing multiple personalities performance in The Three Faces of Eve!)! She could do crazy drama, or a wacky comedy, everything!
Maggie Dubois in The Great Race; Angie Rossini in Love with the Proper Stranger
Haha, I feel guilty putting Natalie down as one of my favorites, because Sarah and Merriam LOVE HER SOOOOOO MUCH! I always think they'll grill me and find me completely unworthy of calling her a fav! Hahaha! Anyways, I think Natalie is just crazy amazing! And so beautiful. She was a brilliant child actress and an even more brilliant leading lady!
Gabrielle Gerard in Band Wagon; Ninotchka Yoschenko in Silk Stockings
Utterly and stupidly underrated! Cyd was a brilliant dancer (the greatest female dancer on film, in my opinion)! And a stupendous actress. Plus, she was beyond gorgeous. And, I really, really wish I had her voice! Hahaha....
Susan Applegate in The Major and The Minor; Dinah Barkley in The Barkleys of Broadway (I'm one of the four people who actually think this film is amazing); Kathie O'Hara in Once Upon A Honeymoon
Love her! Not only was she one half of the greatest dancing team ever...she was an amazing actress. I don't know, she's just Ginger Rogers. She's impossible to not love!
Alma in Pillow Talk; Stella in Rear Window (she's got all the good lines); Birdie in All About Eve (um, she's actually the only reason I ever watch this movie....)
Muriel Blandings in Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House; Nora Charles in anything
Myrna was great in everything. It's just as simple as that. There is NO role she was not amazing in. I really do just love her!
I am seriously hyperventilating right now, trying to decide my 20th! I keep feeling like I'm forgetting someone beyond important! AHHHHHHHHHHH! Well, I'll just go for it!
Sylvia Fowler in The Women; Hildy Johnson in His Girl Friday
Roz was so stinkin' cool! I personally like her comedies best, but her dramas were just as brilliant! She more than deserved that 20th place!
Okay, I did it! You don't even want to know how hard that was for me!!!!! Now, will come list-makers regret! (Yes, I'm so cool, I get to make up my own disorders!) I always get list-makers regret! I make a list, and then realize I forgot someone and then get incredibly depressed. Anyways, here's hoping I won't get it! ;-D
I would love to see your favorite twenty lists too! Consider yourself tagged!