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Monday, 5 June 2017

Lists: 50 great female performances ....

Here's those favourite great female performances we can return to any time:  (in no particular order, two maximum for each, not necessarily leading roles, all covered at labels for each. No Meryl or ... Cate Blanchett may be the most recent, )
  • Jane Fonda KLUTE / THEY SHOOT HORSES DON’THEY?
  • Bette Davis ALL ABOUT EVE  / THE LETTER
  • Katharine HepburnTHE LION IN WINTER / SUMMERTIME
  • Vivien Leigh A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
  • Judy GarlandA STAR IS BORN     
  • Joan FontaineREBECCA
  • Olivia De HavillandTHE HEIRESS
  • Lee RemickDAYS OF WINE AND ROSES / WILD RIVER
  • Julie HarrisEAST OF EDEN
  • Susan Hayward I WANT TO LIVE! / WITH A SONG IN MY HEART
  • Kay KendallLES GIRLS / THE RELUCTANT DEBUTANTE
  • Faye DunawayCHINATOWN (Its as much her film as Jack’s ....)
  • Janet LeighPSYCHO 
  • Joan CrawfordJOHNNY GUITAR / MILDRED PIERCE
  • Barbara StanwyckDOUBLE INDEMNITY
  • Geraldine Page - SUMMER AND SMOKE / SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH
  • Genevieve Bujold - OBSESSION
  • Garbo MATA HARI / QUEEN CHRISTINA
  • Dietrich THE SCARLET EMPRESS / THE DEVIL IS A WOMAN
  • Marilyn Monroe THE PRINCE AND THE SHOWGIRL / THE MISFITS
  • Elizabeth Taylor CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
  • Sophia LorenWOMAN OF THE RIVERMARRIAGE ITALIAN STYLE
  • Monica VittiL'AVVENTURA / L'ECLISSE
  • Jeanne Moreau BAY OF ANGELS / LA NOTTE
  • Anna MagnaniBELLISSIMA / WILD IS THE WIND (I hate THE ROSE TATTOO)
  • Ingrid Bergman & Liv UllmannAUTUMN SONATA
  • Deborah Kerr & Ava Gardner NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
  • Romy Schneider DEATHWATCH / LUDWIG (right)
  • Isabelle Adjani HISTORY OF ADELE H.
  • Catherine Deneuve - POTICHE (Great Catherine is an endless delight in Ozon's charmer).
  • Cate Blanchett - CAROL / THE AVIATOR (Cate does Kate perfectly).
  • Kate Winslet - TITANIC
  • Gloria Swanson - SUNSET BOULEVARD
  • Rosalind Russell - THE WOMEN / GYPSY
  • Maureen O'Hara - THE QUIET MAN (Mary Kate Danagher rules)
  • Kim NovakVERTIGO / BELL BOOK & CANDLE
  • Natalie Wood - THE SEARCHERS / THIS PROPERTY IS CONDEMNED
  • Mary Astor - THE GREAT LIE 
  • Barbra StreisandFUNNY GIRL / THE OWL & THE PUSSYCAT
  • Liza Minnelli - NEW YORK NEW YORK / CABARET
  • Julie Christie - DARLING / AWAY FROM HER
  • Tilda Swinton - I AM LOVE / A BIGGER SPLASH
  • Claire Bloom - THE CHAPMAN REPORT
  • Wendy Hiller & Pamela Brown & Nancy Price I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING
  • Ingrid Thulin THE SILENCE
  • Patricia NealHUD
  • Glenda JacksonSTEVIE
  • Sarah MilesTHE SERVANT /  I WAS HAPPY HERE
  • Rita Tushingham & Lynn RedgraveGIRL WITH GREEN EYES / SMASHING TIME
  • Stephane Audran LA FEMME INFIDELE
  • Audrey HepburnSABRINA / THE NUN'S STORY
  • Maggie Smith & Celia Johnson THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE
  • Judi Dench - NOTES ON A SCANDAL / PHILOMENA
  • Tippi Hedren & Suzanne Pleshette & Jessica Tandy THE BIRDS
  • Deborah Kerr & Kathleen Byron - BLACK NARCISSUS.
One could go on and on: 
  • Ida Lupino - ROADHOUSE
  • Kathleen Turner - BODY HEAT
  • Lauren Bacall - DESIGNING WOMAN
  • Jean Simmons - THE BIG COUNTRY / HILDA CRANE
  • Ava Gardner - THE BAREFOOT CONTESSA / BHOWANI JUNCTION
  • Alida Valli - SENSO
  • Anne Baxter - THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
  • Linda Darnell - A LETTER TO THREE WIVES
  • Vanessa Redgrave - THE BOSTONIANS / ISADORA
  • Gladys Cooper - NOW VOYAGER / SEPARATE TABLES
  • Flora Robson - TWO THOUSAND WOMEN / HOLIDAY CAMP
  • Edith Evans & Joan Greenwood - THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST / TOM JONES
  • Celia Johnson & Kay Walsh - THIS HAPPY BREED
  • Geraldine McEwan & Prunella Scales - MAPP AND LUCIA
  • Sian Phillips - I, CLAUDIUS
  • Eileen Atkins, Francesca Annis, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton - CRANFORD
  • Peggy Ashcroft & Judy Parfitt - THE JEWEL IN THE CROWN
  • Beryl Reid & Susannah York & Coral Brown - THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE
  • Paula Prentiss - MAN'S FAVOURITE SPORT / THE STEPFORD WIVES
  • Capucine - NORTH TO ALASKA / WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT?

2 comments:

  1. Much harder to argue with that list though where's Taylor in WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF, one of the greatest performances ever by an actress. Also you cheated by including television this time. Just sayin'.

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