The Best Actresses of the 1960s

A list of actresses who made movies in the 1960s that left a strong impression on me in one or more of their films they made.
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1.
Anna Karina
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless, but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda...
“ Godard's 60s muse but especially for Vivre sa Vie, and Pierrot le Fou! ” - foxandhisfriends
 
2.
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...
“ So obvious but so true: Charade, Two for the Road, Wait Until Dark, Breakfast at Tiffany's. ” - foxandhisfriends
 
3.
Melina Mercouri
When she starred in her first film Stella, under the direction of Mihalis Kakogiannis, she was 35 years of age. Her real stardom came under the direction of her husband Jules Dassin and the film Never on Sunday (1960) (Never on Sunday)5 years later, when she was 40 years old. The most famous Greek producer Filopoimin Finos had never accepted her as a film star...
“ for Never On Sunday, The Last Judgment, Phaedra, ” - foxandhisfriends
 
4.
Delphine Seyrig
Delphine was born in Beirut on the 10th April 1932 into an intellectual Protestant family. Her Alsatian father, Henri Seyrig, was the director of the Archaeological Institute and later France's cultural attaché in New York during World War Two. Her Swiss mother, Hermine De Saussure, was an adept of Rousseau's theories...
“ She'll probably be in my 70s list too but her performance in Muriel alone is why she's here. Add Last Year at Marienbad and Who Are You, Polly Magoo too. ” - foxandhisfriends
 
5.
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...
“ Mostly for Splendor in the Grass, but Inside Daisy Clover and West Side Story. ” - foxandhisfriends
 
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“ Antigone, Z, Electra, Zobra the Greek ” - foxandhisfriends
 
7.
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...
“ for Lolita, The Balcony, A Patch of Blue, Wild in the Streets, Alfie ” - foxandhisfriends
 
8.
Anouk Aimée
Actress,
She is the daughter of the actress Geneviève Sorya. In 1948 she played the part of Juliette in Les amants de Vérone. In the following years (fifties and beginning sixties) she made various films (e.g. Modigliani of Montparnasse and La Dolce Vita) but had only with Lola of Jacques Demy and A Man and a Woman of Claude Lelouch major success...
“ Very prolific in the 60s with great roles in Lola, 8 1/2, A Man & a Woman... ” - foxandhisfriends
 
9.
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...
“ Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Reflections in a Golden Eye, The VIPs, BUtterfield 8 ” - foxandhisfriends
 
10.
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...
“ Darling, Doctor Zhivago, Fahrenheit 451, Petulia ” - foxandhisfriends
 
11.
Ruth Gordon
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
“ Inside Daisy Clover, Rosemary's Baby, Lord Love a Duck ” - foxandhisfriends
 
12.
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...
“ for The Apartment, Irma La Douce, Gambit, Sweet Charity ” - foxandhisfriends
 
13.
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen 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...
“ Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Repulsion, Young Girls of Rochefort ” - foxandhisfriends
 
14.
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...
“ Paris Blues, Rachel Rachel, The Stripper ” - foxandhisfriends
 
15.
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...
“ For her stage adaptations & You're a Big Boy Now! ” - foxandhisfriends