Greatest Actresses

★ = Great Performance
✰ - Critically Accailmed Performances (Either I do not agree, haven't seen, or need to re-watch)
☠ - Awful Performance
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Katharine Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
“ Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century. ~ Denzel Washington

Greats: Bringing Up Baby (1938); The Philadelphia Story (1940)★; Woman of the Year (1942)★; Adam's Rib (1949); The African Queen (1951)★; Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)★; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)★; The Lion in Winter (1968)★; On Golden Pond (1981)★

Give It a Shot: Stage Door (1937)

Other Notable Film(s): A Bill of Divorcement (1932); Christopher Strong (1933); Morning Glory (1933)✰; Little Women (1933); Spitfire (1934); The Little Minister (1934); Alice Adams (1935)✰; Break of Hearts (1935); Sylvia Scarlett (1935); Mary of Scotland (1936); A Woman Rebels (1936); Quality Street (1937); Holiday (1938); Keeper of the Flame (1942); Dragon Seed (1944); Without Love (1945); Undercurrent (1946); The Sea of Grass (1947); Song of Love (1947); State of the Union (1948); Pat and Mike (1952)✰; Summertime (1955)✰; The Iron Petticoat (1956); The Rainmaker (1956)✰; Desk Set (1957); Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)✰; The Madwoman of Chaillot (1969); The Trojan Women (1971); A Delicate Balance (1973); Rooster Cogburn (1975); Olly, Olly, Oxen Free (1978); Grace Quigley (1984); Love Affair (1994) ” - Paul Hamell
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ Greats: Jezebel (1938)★; Dark Victory (1939)★; The Letter (1940)★; The Little Foxes (1941)★; All About Eve (1950)★; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)★

Give It a Shot: Watch on the Rhine (1943)

Other Notable Film(s): Of Human Bondage (1934)✰; Dangerous (1935)✰; The Petrified Forest (1936); Now, Voyager (1942)✰; Mr. Skeffington (1944)✰; The Star (1952)✰; Pocketful of Miracles (1961)✰; Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964); The Nanny (1965); The Anniversary (1968); Connecting Rooms (1970); Bunny O'Hare (1971); The Scopone Game (1972); Madame Sin (1972); Burnt Offerings (1976); Death on the Nile (1978); Return from Witch Mountain (1978); The Watcher in the Woods (1980); The Whales of August (1987); Wicked Stepmother (1989) ” - Paul Hamell
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ Greats: Roman Holiday (1953)★; Sabrina (1954)★; Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)★; Charade (1963)★; My Fair Lady (1964)★; Wait Until Dark (1967)★

Give It a Shot: The Children's Hour (1961)

Other Notable Film(s): War and Peace (1956)✰; Funny Face (1957); Love in the Afternoon (1957)✰; The Nun's Story (1959)✰; The Unforgiven (1960); How to Steal a Million (1966); Two for the Road (1967)✰; Robin and Marian (1976) ” - Paul Hamell
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ Greats: Casablanca (1943)★; Gaslight (1944)★; The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)★; Spellbound (1945); Notorious (1946); Journey to Italy (1954)

Give It a Shot: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941); Anastasia (1956)★; Cactus Flower (1969)✰

Caution: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)★

Other Notable Film(s): For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)✰; Joan of Arc (1948)✰; Stromboli, terra di Dio (1950); Indiscreet (1958)✰; The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)✰; Autumn Sonata (1978)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
“ Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century. ~ Denzel Washington

Greats: The Deer Hunter (1978)★; Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)★; Manhattan (1979); Sophie's Choice (1982)★; A Cry in the Dark (1989)★; Adaptation. (2002)★; Doubt (2008)★; Fantastic Mr. Fox [voice] (2009)

Give It a Shot: Ironweed (1987)★; Artificial Intelligence: AI [voice] (2001); The Hours (2002)✰; The Devil Wears Prada (2006)★; Julie & Julia (2009)★

Caution: Out of Africa (1985)★; Mamma Mia! (2008)✰; The Iron Lady (2011)★

Flops: Lions for Lambs (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Julia (1977); The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979); The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)✰; Still of the Night (1982); Silkwood (1983)✰; Falling in Love (1984); Plenty (1985); Heartburn (1986); She-Devil (1989)✰; Postcards from the Edge (1990)✰; Defending Your Life (1991); Death Becomes Her (1992)✰; The House of the Spirits (1993); The River Wild (1994)✰; The Bridges of Madison County (1995)✰; Before and After (1996); Marvin's Room (1996)✰; Dancing at Lughnasa (1998); One True Thing (1998)✰; Music of the Heart (1999)✰; The Manchurian Candidate (2004)✰; A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004); Prime (2005); A Prairie Home Companion (2006); The Ant Bully [voice] (2006); Dark Matter (2007); Evening (2007); Rendition (2007); It's Complicated (2009)✰; Hope Springs (2012)✰; August: Osage County (2013)✰; The Homesman (2014); Into the Woods (2014)✰; Ricki and the Flash (2015); Suffragette (2015); Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ Greats: National Velvet (1944); Father of the Bride (1950); A Place in the Sun (1951)★; Giant (1956)★; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)★; Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)★; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)★

Caution: Conspirator (1949)

Flops: The Flintstones (1994)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Lassie Come Home (1943); Life with Father (1947); Little Women (1949); Ivanhoe (1952); The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954); Raintree County (1957)✰; BUtterfield 8 (1960)✰; The V.I.P.s (1963); Cleopatra (1963); The Sandpiper (1965); The Taming of the Shrew (1967); Doctor Faustus (1967); The Comedians (1967); Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967); Ash Wednesday (1973)✰; The Blue Bird (1976); A Little Night Music (1977); The Mirror Crack'd (1980) ” - Paul Hamell
Vivien Leigh
Vivian Mary Hartley was born on November 5, 1913, in Darjeeling, India. She was to live in this beautiful country for the next six years. Her parents wanted to go home to England but because of World War I they opted to stay in India. At the end of the war the Hartleys headed back to their home country...
“ Greats: Gone with the Wind (1939)★; A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)★

Other Notable Film(s): Waterloo Bridge (1940); That Hamilton Woman (1941); Caesar and Cleopatra (1945); The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961); Ship of Fools (1965) ” - Paul Hamell
Barbara Stanwyck
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley, wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys. But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the period from 1927 until 1964...
“ Greats: The Lady Eve (1941)★; Meet John Doe (1941)★; Double Indemnity (1944)★

Other Notable Film(s): Night Nurse (1931); The Miracle Woman (1931); Baby Face (1933); Stella Dallas (1937)✰; Union Pacific (1939); Golden Boy (1939); Ball of Fire (1941)✰; Lady of Burlesque (1943); Christmas in Connecticut (1945); The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946); The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947); Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)✰; The Furies (1950); Clash by Night (1952); Titanic (1953); Executive Suite (1954); Forty Guns (1957); Roustabout (1964) ” - Paul Hamell
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ Greats: Mildred Pierce (1945)★; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)★

Other Notable Film(s): The Unknown (1927); West Point (1927); Grand Hotel (1932); Rain (1932); The Women (1939); A Woman's Face (1941); Above Suspicion (1943); Possessed (1947)✰; Sudden Fear (1952)✰; Johnny Guitar (1954) ” - Paul Hamell
Shelley Winters
Actress, Lolita
Shelley Winters was born Shirley Schrift of very humble beginnings on August 18, 1920 (some sources list 1922) in East St. Louis, Illinois. Her mother, Rose (Winter), was born in Missouri, to Austrian Jewish parents, and her father, Jonas Schrift, was an Austrian Jewish immigrant. Her father moved the family to Brooklyn when she was still young so that he...
“ Greats: A Place in the Sun (1951)★; The Night of the Hunter (1955); Odds Against Tomorrow (1959); Lolita (1962)★

Give It a Shot: A Double Life (1947); The Poseidon Adventure (1972)★

Other Notable Film(s): Winchester '73 (1950); Executive Suite (1954); The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)✰; A Patch of Blue (1965)✰; Alfie (1966)✰; The Scalphunters (1968); Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)✰; Heavy (1995); The Portrait of a Lady (1996) ” - Paul Hamell
Claudette Colbert
Claudette Colbert was born in Paris and brought to the United States as a child three years later. Born Lily Claudette Chauchoin, she went to high school in New York. She was studying at the Art Students League when, in 1923, she took the name Claudette Colbert for her first Broadway role in "The Wild Westcotts"...
“ Greats: It Happened One Night (1934)★; Since You Went Away (1944)★

Give It a Shot: The Palm Beach Story (1942)

Other Notable Film(s): The Smiling Lieutenant (1931); Cleopatra (1934); Imitation of Life (1934); Private Worlds (1935)✰; Boom Town (1940); The Egg and I (1947); Three Came Home (1950) ” - Paul Hamell
Anne Bancroft
Actress, The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress...
“ Greats: The Miracle Worker (1962)★; The Graduate (1967)★; The Elephant Man (1980)

Give It a Shot: The Turning Point (1977)★

Flops: Heartbreakers (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): Don't Bother to Knock (1952); Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954); Nightfall (1957); The Pumpkin Eater (1964)✰; The Slender Thread (1965); 7 Women (1966); Young Winston (1972); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975); The Hindenburg (1975); Lipstick (1976); Fatso (1980); To Be or Not to Be (1983)✰; Garbo Talks (1984)✰; Agnes of God (1985)✰; 'night, Mother (1986)✰; 84 Charing Cross Road (1987); Torch Song Trilogy (1988); Honeymoon in Vegas (1992); Love Potion No. 9 (1992); Point of No Return (1993); Malice (1993); Mr. Jones (1993); How to Make an American Quilt (1995); Home for the Holidays (1995); Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995); The Sunchaser (1996); G.I. Jane (1997); Great Expectations (1998); Keeping the Faith (2000); Up at the Villa (2000) ” - Paul Hamell
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
Greta Garbo
Actress, Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store...
“ Other Notable Film(s): Flesh and the Devil (1926); The Temptress (1926); The Mysterious Lady (1928); A Woman of Affairs (1928); Romance (1930)✰; Anna Christie (1930)✰; Mata Hari (1931); Grand Hotel (1932); Queen Christina (1933); The Painted Veil (1934); Anna Karenina (1935); Camille (1936)✰; Conquest (1937); Ninotchka (1939)✰; Two-Faced Woman (1941) ” - Paul Hamell
Gloria Swanson
Actress, Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket. From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in 1919, a contract with Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille transformed her from a typical Mack Sennett comedienne into a lively...
“ Greats: Sunset Blvd. (1950)★

Other Notable Film(s): Sadie Thompson (1928)✰; The Trespasser (1929)✰; Queen Kelly (1929) ” - Paul Hamell
Deborah Kerr
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal...
“ Greats: Black Narcissus (1947)★; From Here to Eternity (1953)★; The King and I (1956)★; An Affair to Remember (1957)★

Give It a Shot: Separate Tables (1958)★

Other Notable Film(s): Edward, My Son (1949)✰; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)✰; The Sundowners (1960)✰; The Innocents (1961) ” - Paul Hamell
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
“ Greats: Rebecca (1940)★; Suspicion (1941)★

Other Notable Film(s): Gunga Din (1939); The Women (1939); The Constant Nymph (1943)✰; Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948); Ivanhoe (1952); Casanova's Big Night (1954) ” - Paul Hamell
Julie Christie
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish...
“ Greats: Doctor Zhivago (1965)★; Fahrenheit 451 (1966); Heaven Can Wait (1978)

Give It a Shot: Darling (1965)★; Don't Look Now (1973); Finding Neverland (2004)

Flops: Power (1986)

Other Notable Film(s): Billy Liar (1963); Far from the Madding Crowd (1967); The Go-Between (1970); McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)✰; Shampoo (1975)✰; Demon Seed (1977); Hamlet (1996); Afterglow (1997)✰; Away from Her (2006)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace struck out on her own...
“ Greats: High Noon (1952); Rear Window (1954); Dial M for Murder (1954); To Catch a Thief (1955)

Other Notable Film(s): Fourteen Hours (1951); Mogambo (1953)✰; The Country Girl (1954)✰; Green Fire (1954); The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954); The Swan (1956); High Society (1956) ” - Paul Hamell
Julie Andrews
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Greats: Mary Poppins (1964)★; The Sound of Music (1965)★

Give It a Shot: Torn Curtain (1966); Victor Victoria (1982)✰; Shrek 2 [voice] (2004)

Caution: Shrek the Third (2007)

Flops: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)

Other Notable Film(s): The Americanization of Emily (1964); Hawaii (1966); Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)✰; Star! (1968)✰; Darling Lili (1970)✰; The Tamarind Seed (1974); 10 (1979)✰; Little Miss Marker (1980); S.O.B. (1981); The Man Who Loved Women (1983); Duet for One (1986)✰; That's Life! (1986)✰; A Fine Romance (1992); Relative Values (2000); The Princess Diaries (2001); Unconditional Love (2002); Enchanted [voice] (2007); Tooth Fairy (2010); Shrek Forever After (2010); Despicable Me (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ Greats: They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (1969)★; The China Syndrome (1979)★; On Golden Pond (1981)★

Caution: The Morning After (1986)★

Flops: Monster-in-Law (2005)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Tall Story (1960); Walk on the Wild Side (1962); The Chapman Report (1962); Period of Adjustment (1962)✰; In the Cool of the Day (1963); Sunday in New York (1963); Joy House (1964); Circle of Love (1964); Cat Ballou (1965)✰; The Chase (1966); The Game Is Over (1966); Any Wednesday (1966)✰; Hurry Sundown (1967); Barefoot in the Park (1967); Spirits of the Dead (1968); Barbarella (1968); Klute (1971)✰; Tout va bien (1972); Steelyard Blues (1973); A Doll's House (1973); The Blue Bird (1976); Fun with Dick and Jane (1977); Julia (1977)✰; Coming Home (1978)✰; Comes a Horseman (1978); California Suite (1978); The Electric Horseman (1979); Nine to Five (1980); Rollover (1981); The Dollmaker [TV] (1984)✰; Agnes of God (1985); Stanley & Iris (1989); Old Gringo (1989); Georgia Rule (2007); All Together (2011); Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding (2011); The Butler (2013); Youth (2015)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Greats: The Exorcist (1973)★; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)★; Requiem for a Dream (2000)★

Give It a Shot: Harry and Tonto (1974); Interstellar (2014)

Caution: The Yards (1999); W. (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): The Last Picture Show (1971)✰; The King of Marvin Gardens (1972); Providence (1977); Same Time, Next Year (1978)✰; Resurrection (1980)✰; Dying Young (1991); When a Man Loves a Woman (1994); How to Make an American Quilt (1995); The Spitfire Grill (1996); Deceiver (1997); Playing by Heart (1998); Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002); The Fountain (2006); The Wicker Man (2006); Lovely, Still (2008); Main Street (2010); Another Happy Day (2011); Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (2011); Draft Day (2014); The Calling (2014) ” - Paul Hamell
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ Greats: Titanic (1997)★; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)★; Little Children (2006)★; Revolutionary Road (2008)★; Steve Jobs (2015)★

Give It a Shot: Heavenly Creatures (1994); Finding Neverland (2004); The Reader (2008)★; Carnage (2011)✰

Caution: The Holiday (2006); Contagion (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): A Kid in King Arthur's Court (1995); Sense and Sensibility (1995)✰; Jude (1996); Hamlet (1996); Hideous Kinky (1998); Holy Smoke (1999); Quills (2000); Enigma (2001); Christmas Carol: The Movie [voice] (2001); Iris (2001)✰; The Life of David Gale (2003); Romance & Cigarettes (2005); All the King's Men (2006); Flushed Away [voice] (2006); The Fox & the Child (2007); Mildred Pierce [TV series] (2011)✰; Movie 43 (2013); Labor Day (2013)✰; Divergent (2014); A Little Chaos (2014); The Dressmaker (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
Jennifer Jones
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
“ Greats: Since You Went Away (1944)★

Give It a Shot: Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955)★; The Towering Inferno (1974)✰

Other Notable Film(s): New Frontier (1939); Dick Tracy's G-Men (1939); The Song of Bernadette (1943)✰; Love Letters (1945)✰; Cluny Brown (1946); Duel in the Sun (1946)✰; Portrait of Jennie (1948); We Were Strangers (1949); Madame Bovary (1949); Gone to Earth (1950); Carrie (1952); Ruby Gentry (1952); Indiscretion of an American Wife (1953); Beat the Devil (1953); Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955); The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956); The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1957); A Farewell to Arms (1957); Tender Is the Night (1962) ” - Paul Hamell
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She is one of the great models who transitioned successfully into acting! "Thomas Crown Affair" being one of the greatest performances causing all to take notice! Playing intelligent women with ability to match her contemporary male powerful counterparts into in-depth presence of the changes appearing...
“ Greats: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)★; Chinatown (1974)★; Network (1976)★

Caution: Mommie Dearest (1981); Albino Alligator (1996); The Yards (1999)

Other Notable Film(s): Hurry Sundown (1967); Puzzle of a Downfall Child (1970); Little Big Man (1970); Three Days of the Condor (1975); The Twilight of the Golds (1996); The Thomas Crown Affair (1999) ” - Paul Hamell
Lauren Bacall
Actress, The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
“ Greats: The Big Sleep (1946)

Give It a Shot: Misery (1990)

Caution: Murder on the Orient Express (1974)

Other Notable Film(s): To Have and Have Not (1944); Confidential Agent (1945); Dark Passage (1947); Key Largo (1948); Young Man with a Horn (1950); Bright Leaf (1950); How to Marry a Millionaire (1953); Woman's World (1954); The Cobweb (1955); Blood Alley (1955); Written on the Wind (1956); Designing Woman (1957); North West Frontier (1959); Sex and the Single Girl (1964); Harper (1966); The Shootist (1976); The Fan (1981); Appointment with Death (1988); Mr. North (1988); All I Want for Christmas (1991); Prêt-à-Porter (1994); The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)✰; My Fellow Americans (1996); Diamonds (1999); Dogville (2003); Howl's Moving Castle (2004); Birth (2004); Manderlay (2005); The Walker (2007); Ernest & Celestine (2013); The Forger (2012) ” - Paul Hamell
Marlene Dietrich
Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator then as a cabaret singer...
“ Greats: Witness for the Prosecution (1957); Touch of Evil (1958); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)★

Other Notable Film(s): Morocco (1930)✰; The Blue Angel (1930); Dishonored (1931); Shanghai Express (1932); Blonde Venus (1932); The Scarlet Empress (1934); The Devil Is a Woman (1935); Desire (1936); The Garden of Allah (1936); Angel (1937); Destry Rides Again (1939); Seven Sinners (1940); The Flame of New Orleans (1941); Manpower (1941); The Spoilers (1942); Pittsburgh (1942); Kismet (1944); Golden Earrings (1947); A Foreign Affair (1948); Stage Fright (1950); No Highway in the Sky (1951); Rancho Notorious (1952); Around the World in 80 Days (1956) ” - Paul Hamell
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
“ Greats: Badlands (1973); Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)★; Missing (1982)★; JFK (1991); Affliction (1998*); In the Bedroom (2001)★; The Help (2011)

Give It a Shot: Carrie (1976)★

Blast from the Past (1999)

Other Notable Film(s): 3 Women (1977); Raggedy Man (1981)✰; The River (1984)✰; Crimes of the Heart (1986)✰; The Straight Story (1999) ” - Paul Hamell
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
Marilyn Monroe
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
“ Greats: All About Eve (1950); Some Like It Hot (1959)✰

Give It a Shot: Monkey Business (1952); The Seven Year Itch (1955); Bus Stop (1956)✰

Caution: River of No Return (1954)

Other Notable Film(s): Ladies of the Chorus (1948); Love Happy (1949); The Asphalt Jungle (1950); The Fireball (1950); Home Town Story (1951); As Young as You Feel (1951); Love Nest (1951); Let's Make It Legal (1951); Clash by Night (1952); We're Not Married! (1952); Don't Bother to Knock (1952); Niagara (1952); Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953); How to Marry a Millionaire (1953); There's No Business Like Show Business (1954); The Prince and the Showgirl (1957); Let's Make Love (1960); The Misfits (1961); Something's Got to Give (1962) [unfinished] ” - Paul Hamell
Rita Hayworth
Actress, Gilda
Margarita Carmen Cansino was born on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's mother met Eduardo in 1916 and were married the following year. Rita, herself, studied as a dancer in order to follow in her family's footsteps...
“ Greats: Gilda★; The Lady from Shanghai★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ Greats: The Wizard of Oz (1939); Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Liv Ullmann
Actress, Persona
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
“ Greats: Persona (1966); The Passion of Anna (1969); Hour of the Wolf

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Jean Harlow
The dentist's daughter eloped at age 16 with a young businessman and wound up in Los Angeles where she found work as an extra and bit player (examples: Moran of the Marines and Liberty) and somewhat more prominently in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy shorts (Double Whoopee, Bacon Grabbers)...
“ Greats: The Public Enemy (1931)

Give It a Shot: Dinner at Eight (1933)

Other Notable Film(s): Hell's Angels (1930); Platinum Blonde (1931); Three Wise Girls (1932); The Beast of the City (1932); Red Headed Woman (1932); Red Dust (1932); Hold Your Man (1933); Bombshell (1933); The Girl from Missouri (1934); Reckless (1935); China Seas (1935); Riffraff (1936); Wife vs. Secretary (1936); Suzy (1936); Libeled Lady (1936); Personal Property (1937); Saratoga (1937) ” - Paul Hamell
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director...
“ Greats: To Be or Not to Be (1942)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Ginger Rogers
Actress, Top Hat
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
“ Greats: Top Hat (1935); Swing Time (1936)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Joanne Woodward
Actress, Philadelphia
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Wade Woodward and Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in a modest household. Her one older brother, Wade Jr., who was the favorite of her father, eventually became an architect. Elinor Woodward was a quite a movie buff and enjoyed going to picture shows often...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Mae West
Actress, I'm No Angel
Mary Jane West was born in Brooklyn, New York, on August 17, 1893, to parents involved in prizefighting and vaudeville. Mae herself worked on the stage and in vaudeville from the time she was five years old. She never was academically inclined because she was too busy performing. She studied dance as a child...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...
“ Greats: The Night of the Hunter

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Mary Pickford
Actress, Coquette
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Ava Gardner
Actress, The Killers
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, Welsh, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ Greats: Boogie Nights (1997)★; The Kids Are All Right (2010)★

Give It a Shot: The Big Lebowski (1998); The Hours (2002)★; Don Jon (2013); Still Alice (2014)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Sophia Loren
Actress, Two Women
Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone)...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Simone Signoret
Actress, Diabolique
The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord, would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and occasionally getting to speak a single line...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Sally Field
Actress, Forrest Gump
Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California...
“ Greats: Forrest Gump (1994)★; Lincoln (2012)★

Mrs. Doubtfire

Other Notable Film(s): Norma Rae; Murphy's Romance ” - Paul Hamell
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
“ Greats: The Apartment (1960)★; Terms of Endearment (1983)★

Give It a Shot: The Children's Hour; The Turning Point (1977)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Helen Mirren
Actress, The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St...
“ Gosford Park (2001)✰

Give It a Shot: The Pledge (2001); Red (2010)

National Treasure: Book of Secrets

Other Notable Film(s): The Madness of King George (1993)✰; Calendar Girls (2003)✰; The Queen (2006)✰; The Last Station (2009)✰; Hitchcock (2012)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Annette Bening
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there...
“ Greats: The Grifters (1990)★; Bugsy (1991); American Beauty (1999)★; The Kids Are All Right (2010)★

Other Notable Film(s): The American President; Being Julia; 20th Century Women (2016) ” - Paul Hamell
Norma Shearer
Actress, The Women
She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle weakness...
“ Give It a Shot: The Divorcee★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Jane Wyman
Actress, Falcon Crest
Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help of her mother...
“ Greats: The Yearling

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Teresa Wright
A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to earn Hollywood stardom on her own unglamorized terms...
“ Greats: The Pride of the Yankees★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Donna Reed
Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
“ Howards End★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there was...
“ Dead Man Walking★; Thelma and Louise★; Bull Durham; Rocky Horror Picture Show

Other Notable Film(s): Atlantic City (1980)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Greats: Gosford Park (2001)✰

Give It a Shot: Hook (1991); Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

Caution: Murder by Death (1976)

Other Notable Film(s): The V.I.P.s (1963)✰; Othello (1965)✰; The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)✰; Travels with My Aunt (1972)✰; California Suite (1978)✰; A Room with a View (1985)✰; Quartet (2012)✰; The Lady in the Van (2015)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Greats: Skyfall (2012)

Give It a Shot: Shakespeare in Love (1998)★; My Week with Marilyn (2011)

Caution: J. Edgar (2011)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Glenn Close
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ Greats: Fatal Attraction (1987)★

Give It a Shot: The Big Chill (1983)★; The Natural (1984)★; Reversal of Fortune (1990)★; Hook (1991); Air Force One (1997); Guardians of the Galaxy (2014); The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Caution: 101 Dalmatians (1996)✰; Mars Attacks! (1996)

Flops: 102 Dalmatians (2000)

Other Notable Film(s): The World According to Garp (1982)✰; Maxie (1985)✰; Dangerous Liaisons (1988)✰; Albert Nobbs (2011)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Diane Keaton
Diane was a California native who studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair". As understudy to the lead, she gained attention by not removing any of her clothing...
“ Greats: The Godfather (1972); The Godfather: Part II (1974); Annie Hall (1977)★; Manhattan (1979); Reds (1981)★; The Godfather: Part III (1990)

Give It a Shot: Sleeper (1973); Father of the Bride (1991); Something's Gotta Give (2003)★; Morning Glory (2010)

Flops: Baby Boom (1987); Because I Said So (2007)☠

Other Notable Film(s): Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)✰; Shoot the Moon (1982)✰; Mrs. Soffel (1984)✰; Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)✰; Marvin's Room (1996)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ Greats: Taxi Driver (1976)★; The Silence of the Lambs★

Give It a Shot: The Accused★; Inside Man

Caution: Flight Plan

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Greats: Million Dollar Baby (2004)★

Give It a Shot: Freedom Writers (2007)

Other Notable Film(s): Boys Don't Cry✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ Greats: Alien; Aliens★; Avatar (2009)

Give It a Shot: Working Girl★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first acting part was as Helen Keller in a fifth-grade play...
“ Greats: Broadcast News (1987)★; The Piano (1993)★

Give It a Shot: Thirteen★

Other Notable Film(s): The Firm (1993)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong...
“ Greats: Tootsie (1982)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg...
“ Greats: Repulsion★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ Vicky Christina Barcelona (2008)★; Vanilla Sky

Other Notable Film(s): Broken Embraces✰; Nine (2009)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ The Hours (2002)★; Moulin Rouge!★; The Others; Rabbit Hole (2010)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A...
“ Greats: Fargo (1996)★

The Man Who Wasn't There (2001); Burn After Reading (2008)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Kim Novak
Actress, Vertigo
Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get along well with teachers...
“ Greats: Vertigo


Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly's partner in Singin' in the Rain...
“ Greats: Singin' in the Rain

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Thelma Ritter
Actress, Rear Window
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street. In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Greer Garson
Actress, Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Greats: West Side Story

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Maureen O'Hara
In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Jean Arthur
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Rosalind Russell
The middle of seven children, she was named after the S.S. Rosalind at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer. After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, having convinced her mother that she intended to teach acting. In 1934...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
“ Greats: Prizzi's Honor★; Crimes and Misdeamenors (1989); The Grifters (1990)★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her mother was of Irish ancestry...
“ Greats: Sullivan Travels

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Eva Marie Saint
Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County...
“ Greats: On the Waterfront (1954)★; North by Northwest (1959)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Emily Watson
Actress, Corpse Bride
Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Marsha Mason
She has a wonderful, extremely engaging "feel good" quality about her, an innate warmth that makes you root for her whether she's playing a stubborn single mom, brittle prostitute, or strung-out alcoholic. Marsha Mason was a resoundingly respected and popular film actress of the 1970s and 1980s whose career skyrocketed in the bittersweet comedies/dramas of award-winning Neil Simon...
“ Greats: The Goodbye Girl★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Geraldine Page
Actress, The Rescuers
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
“ Give It a Shot: Sweet Bird of Youth★

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow is the daughter of the director John Farrow and the actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. She debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles. She was noticed for the first time in the film Rosemary's Baby by Roman Polanski. She showed her talent also on TV and at the theatre, but...
“ Greats: Rosemary's Baby (1968)★; Broadway Danny Rose (1984); Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)

Give It a Shot: Radio Days

Other Notable Film(s): Alice ” - Paul Hamell
Janet Leigh
Actress, Psycho
Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and psychology...
“ Greats: Psycho★

Give It a Shot: The Fog

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Bibi Andersson
Actress, Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom, playing against Nils Poppe...
“ Greats: The Seventh Seal (1957); Persona (1966)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Doris Day
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older...
“ Greats: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

Give It a Shot" Pillow Talk (1959)★

Other Notable Film(s): Calamity Jane (1953) ” - Paul Hamell
Irene Dunne
Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Lynn Redgrave
Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore...
“ Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Julia Roberts
Actress, Notting Hill
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals...
“ Give It a Shot: Pretty Woman★

Other Notable Film(s): Erin Brockovich (2000)✰; August (2013)✰ ” - Paul Hamell
Barbara Hershey
Actress, Black Swan
Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish ancestry...
“ Greats: Hannah and Her Sisters (1986); The Last Temptation of Christ (1988); Black Swan (2010)

Give It a Shot: Boxcar Bertha (1972); The Natural (1984); Hoosiers (1986); Falling Down (1993)

Other Notable Film(s): Beaches (1988); The Portrait of a Lady (1996) ” - Paul Hamell
Anne Baxter
Actress, All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ Greats: All About Eve (1950)★; I Confess (1953)

Give It a Shot: The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Other Notable Film(s): Swamp Water (1941); The Pied Piper (1942); Crash Dive (1943); Five Graves to Cairo (1943); The North Star (1943); The Sullivans (1944); Guest in the House (1944); A Royal Scandal (1945); Angel on My Shoulder (1946); The Razor's Edge (1946); Homecoming (1948); The Luck of the Irish (1948); Yellow Sky (1948); The Blue Gardenia (1953); Carnival Story (1954); The Ten Commandments (1956); Cimarron (1960); Walk on the Wild Side (1962); Fools' Parade (1971) ” - Paul Hamell
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Give It a Shot: The Devil's Advocate (1997); The Yards (2000); The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001); The Italian Job (2003); Monster (2003)★; In the Valley of Elah (2007); Young Adult (2011)★; Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

Caution: Trapped (2002); Hancock (2008); Prometheus (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): That Thing You Do! (1996); Trial and Error (1997); Celebrity (1998); Mighty Joe Young (1998); The Astronaut's Wife (1999); The Cider House Rules (1999); Reindeer Games (2000); Men of Honor (2000); The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000); Sweet November (2001); 15 Minutes (2001); Waking Up in Reno (2002); The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)✰; Head in the Clouds (2004); North Country (2005)✰; Æon Flux (2005); Battle in Seattle (2007); Sleepwalking (2008); The Burning Plain (2008); The Road (2009); Astro Boy [voice] (2009); Snow White and the Huntsman (2012); A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014); Dark Places (2015); The Last Face (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
Leslie Caron
Actress, Gigi
French ballet dancer Leslie Caron was discovered by the legendary MGM star Gene Kelly during his search for a co-star in one of the finest musicals ever filmed, the Oscar-winning An American in Paris, which was inspired by and based on the music of George Gershwin. Leslie's gamine looks and pixie-like appeal would be ideal for Cinderella-type rags-to-riches stories...
“ Greats: An American in Paris (1951); Gigi (1958)

Other Notable Film(s): The Man with a Cloak (1951); Glory Alley (1952); Lili (1953)✰; The Glass Slipper (1955); Daddy Long Legs (1955); Gaby (1956); The Doctor's Dilemma (1958); Austerlitz (1960); The Subterraneans (1960); Fanny (1961); The L-Shaped Room (1962)✰; Father Goose (1964); A Very Special Favor (1965); Promise Her Anything (1965); Is Paris Burning? (1966); The Man Who Loved Women (1977); Valentino (1977); Dangerous Moves (1984); Courage Mountain (1990); Guns (1990); Damage (1992); Funny Bones (1995); Chocolat (2000); Le divorce (2003) ” - Paul Hamell
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ Greats: You Can Count on Me (2000)★; Mystic River (2003)

Give It a Shot: Dave (1993); Primal Fear (1996)☠; Absolute Power (1997); The Truman Show (1998); Breach (2007)

Man of the Year (2006)

Other Notable Film(s): Lorenzo's Oil (1992); Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993); A Simple Twist of Fate (1994); Congo (1995); Love Letters [TV movie] (1999); Lush (1999); The House of Mirth (2000); Running Mates [TV movie] (2000); Maze (2000); Further Tales of the City [TV series] (2001); The Laramie Project [TV movie] (2002); The Mothman Prophecies (2002); The Life of David Gale (2003); Love Actually (2003); P.S. (2004); Kinsey (2004)✰; The Exorcism of Emily Rose (2005); The Squid and the Whale (2005)✰; Driving Lessons (2006); Jindabyne (2006); The Hottest State (2006); The Nanny Diaries (2007); The Savages (2007)✰; John Adams [TV series] (2008)✰; The Other Man (2008); The City of Your Final Destination (2009); Sympathy for Delicious (2010); Morning (2010); The Details (2011); Arthur Christmas [voice] (2011); Hyde Park on Hudson (2012); The Fifth Estate (2013); Mr. Holmes (2015); Genius (2015) ” - Paul Hamell
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ Greats: The Hustler (1961)★; Twin Peaks [TV series] (1990-1991)★

Give It a Shot: Carrie (1976)★

Caution: The Faculty (1998)

Other Notable Film(s): Has Anybody Seen My Gal (1952); Until They Sail (1957); Tim (1979); The Bunker [TV movie] (1981); The Thorn Birds [TV series] (1983)✰; Return to Oz (1985); Children of a Lesser God (1986)✰; Appointment with Death (1988); Dream a Little Dream (1989); Other People's Money (1991); Storyville (1992); Rich in Love (1992); Trauma (1993); Wrestling Ernest Hemingway (1993); The Grass Harp (1995); The Crossing Guard (1995); Intensity [TV movie] (1997); Inherit the Wind [TV movie] (1999); Possessed [TV movie] (2000); Eulogy (2004); The Dead Girl (2006); Hounddog (2007); Hesher (2010) ” - Paul Hamell
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances...
“ Greats: The English Patient (1996)★; Gosford Park (2001)

Give It a Shot: Mission: Impossible (1996); Life as a House (2001)

Other Notable Film(s): Under the Cherry Moon (1986); A Handful of Dust (1988); Bitter Moon (1992); Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994); Richard III (1995); Angels and Insects (1995); The Horse Whisperer (1998); Random Hearts (1999); Keeping Mum (2005); Keeping Mum (2005); Tell No One (2006); La doublure (2006); The Walker (2007); The Golden Compass [voice] (2007); Easy Virtue (2008); I've Loved You So Long (2008)✰; The Heir Apparent: Largo Winch (2008); The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)Nowhere Boy (2009); Leaving (2009); Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009); Love Crime (2010); Sarah's Key (2010); In Your Hands (2010); Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011); The Woman in the Fifth (2011); Bel Ami (2012); In the House (2012); Looking for Hortense (2012); Only God Forgives (2013); The Invisible Woman (2013); Before the Winter Chill (2013); Suite Francesa (2014); My Old Lady (2014) ” - Paul Hamell