Thursday, April 14, 2011

30 Greatest Classic Female Performances

This is a bit of an add-on to yesterday's post. Like the previous post, the cut-off year is 1966.

Bette Davis in All About Eve
Lee Remick in Anatomy of a Murder
Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment
Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca
Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity
Patricia Neal in A Face in the Crowd
Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity
Rita Hayworth in Gilda
Rosalind Russell in His Girl Friday
Gloria Grahame in In a Lonely Place
Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night
Ava Gardner in The Killers
Gene Tierney in Laura
Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon
Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate
Shelley Winters in The Night of the Hunter
Eva Marie Saint in North by Northwest
Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story
Janet Leigh in Psycho
Ruby Dee in A Raisin in the Sun
Grace Kelly in Rear Window
Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday
Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot
Judy Garland in A Star is Born
Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire
Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard
Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not
Kim Novak in Vertigo
Elizabeth Taylor in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution
Hmm, looks like Hitchcock and Wilder both knew how to direct their women, huh?


  1. As I was scrolling the post down, I wondered whether you've include A Streetcar Named Desire. Yay.

  2. I heart this list. Vivien Leigh's performance in A Streetcar Named Desire is my favourite performance of all time.

  3. I can't believe Ruby Dee was young at one point.

  4. Love this and the male one. Kim Novak <3

  5. I'd add Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc.


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