The Film Experience Blog started the Twenty Favorite Actresses meme, which has spread all over (see the blog for links).
I couldn't quite stick to twenty - even when I limited the actresses in three ways:
- Actresses I know through movies (rather than TV or theater (I might do a separate list of those, later)).
- Actresses that I've seen in more than one movie (which leaves out Claudette Colbert, regardless of how much I enjoyed her performance in "It Happened One Night).
- Actresses that I not only enjoy their performances, but actresses that will get me to see a movie just because they're in it - even if the movie is one I wouldn't usually care for.
I highlighted the movie the photo comes from (unless I couldn't find a good movie photo).
(Sound of Music, Victor/Victoria, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Mary Poppins):
(To Have and Have Not, The Mirror Has Two Faces, Murder on the Orient Express, The Big Sleep):
(Miss Congeniality, The Lake House, While You Were Sleeping):
(Lili, American in Paris, Father Goose, Gigi, Daddy Long Legs):
(Silk Stockings, Bandwagon, Brigadoon, The Harvey Girls):
Jamie Lee Curtis
(A Fish Called Wanda, Freaky Friday):
(The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Ratatouille, The Matchmaker):
(Ghost, Sister Act, Alice in Wonderland, The Lion King, Soapdish):
(The Devil Wears Prada, Get Smart, Becoming Jane, The Princess Diaries):
(Charade, My Fair Lady, Robin and Marian, How to Steal a Million, Funny Face, Sabrina, Roman Holiday):
(African Queen, Bringing Up Baby, Love Among the Ruins, The Lion in Winter, Suddenly, Last Summer, Desk Set, Adam's Rib, Woman of the Year, The Philadelphia Story, Holiday, Little Women):
(Yentl, The Competition, Crossing Delancey, An American Tale: Fievel Goes West):
(Young Frankenstein, What's Up Doc, Blazing Saddles, A Bug's Life, The Muppet Movie, The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother):
(The First Wives Club, Oliver and Company, The Stepford Wives, The Rose):
(Kiss Me, Kate, On the Town, Easter Parade):
(Dracula, Eye of the Needle):
(Chicago, Stranger Than Fiction):
(Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, Ocean's Eleven, Ocean's Twelve, The Ant Bully, My Best Friend's Wedding):
(Harry Potter movies, Becoming Jane, The First Wives Club, Sister Act, Murder by Death):
(Yentl, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly, What's Up, Doc?, On a Clear Day, You Can See Forever, The Mirror Has Two Faces):
(Sense and Sensibility, Much Ado About Nothing, Remains of the Day, Love, Actually, Harry Potter movies, Treasure Planet, Impromptu, Nanny McPhee):
(Take the Lead, Heart and Souls, Star Trek: First Contact):
(The Mask of Zorro, Chicago, The Legend of Zorro, Ocean's Twelve) Okay, I couldn't choose so you get two photos:
There are a number of actresses who weren't quite on the list, but very close: Sophia Loren, Judy Garland, Ingrid Bergman, Kate Winslet, Dame Judi Dench, Goldie Hawn, Gwyneth Paltrow, Michelle Pfeiffer, Suzanne Pleshette, Angelina Jolie, Lesley Anne Warren, and Miranda Richardson.
You can tell which are my "favorite favorites" by how many of their movies I've seen. Of the three most favorite, two have the same last name (but are unrelated).
Other favorite blogs which have done this meme. If you do the meme, please leave a comment, and I'll add you to the list:
And Your Little Blog, Too - of all the blogs I looked at, the choices were the most similar.