ACADEMY AWARDS - BEST ACTRESS

The Best Actress winner 1927/28 – 2010
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1.
Janet Gaynor
Actress, Sunrise
After graduating from high school in San Francisco, Janet moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at a Hollywood secretarial college. Eager to get into movies, she started working as an extra in comedy shorts. In 1925, she was hired by Fox and was cast in The Johnstown Flood. In 1927 she appeared in 7th Heaven as Diane and Sunrise as the wife in danger...
“ 1927/28 Seventh Heaven as Diane, Street Angel as Angela, and Sunrise as The Wife – Indre
Gaynor won the award for her performances in three films. This is the only year that this was allowed to happen.

Also nominated

1937 A Star Is Born as Esther Victoria Blodgett, aka Vicki Lester ” - glyntreharne-1
 
2.
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...
“ 1928/29 Coquette as Norma Besant ” - glyntreharne-1
 
3.
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...
“ 1929/30 The Divorcee as Jerry Bernard Martin

Also nominated

1929/30 Their Own Desire as Lucia 'Lally' Marlett
1930/31 A Free Soul as Jan Ashe
1934 The Barretts of Wimpole Street as Elizabeth Barrett
1936 Romeo and Juliet as Juliet
1938 Marie Antoinette as Marie Antoinette ” - glyntreharne-1
 
4.
Marie Dressler
Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit...
“ 1930/31 Min and Bill as Min Divot, Innkeeper

Also nominated

1931/32 Emma as Emma Thatcher Smith ” - glyntreharne-1
 
5.
Helen Hayes
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ 1931/32 The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Madelon Claudet

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1970 Airport as Ada Quonsett ” - glyntreharne-1
 
6.
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...
“ 1932/33 Morning Glory as Eva Lovelace
1967 Guess Who's Coming to Dinner as Christina Drayton
1968 The Lion in Winter as Eleanor of Aquitaine (tied with Barbra Striesand)
1981 On Golden Pond as Ethel Thayer

Also nominated

1935 Alice Adams as Alice Adams
1940 The Philadelphia Story as Tracy Lord
1942 Woman of the Year as Tess Harding
1951 The African Queen as Rose Sayer
1955 Summertime as Jane Hudson
1956 The Rainmaker as Lizzie Curry
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer as Violet Venable
1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night as Mary Tyrone ” - glyntreharne-1
 
7.
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"...
“ 1934 It Happened One Night as Ellie Andrews

Also nominated

1935 Private Worlds as Dr. Jane Everest
1944 Since You Went Away as Anne Hilton ” - glyntreharne-1
 
8.
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...
“ 1935 Dangerous as Joyce Heath
1938 Jezebel as Julie Marsden

Also nominated

1939 Dark Victory as Judith Traherne
1940 The Letter as Leslie Crosbie
1941 The Little Foxes as Regina Giddens
1942 Now, Voyager as Charlotte Vale
1944 Mr. Skeffington as Fanny Trellis
1950 All About Eve as Margo Channing
1952 The Star as Margaret Elliot
1962 What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? As Baby Jane Hudson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
9.
Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress...
“ 1936 The Great Ziegfeld as Anna Held
1937 The Good Earth as O-Lan ” - glyntreharne-1
 
10.
Vivien Leigh
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
“ 1939 Gone with the Wind as Scarlett O'Hara
1951 A Streetcar Named Desire as Blanche DuBois ” - glyntreharne-1
 
11.
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...
“ 1940 Kitty Foyle as Kitty Foyle ” - glyntreharne-1
 
12.
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...
“ 1941 Suspicion as Lina McLaidlaw Aysgarth

also nominated

1940 Rebecca as The Second Mrs. de Winter
1943 The Constant Nymph as Tessa Sanger ” - glyntreharne-1
 
13.
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...
“ 1942 Mrs. Miniver as Mrs. Miniver

also nominated

1939 Goodbye, Mr. Chips as Katherine
1941 Blossoms in the Dust as Edna Kahly Gladney
1943 Madame Curie as Marie Curie
1944 Mrs. Parkington as Susie 'Sparrow' Parkington
1945 The Valley of Decision as Mary Rafferty
1960 Sunrise at Campobello as Eleanor Roosevelt ” - glyntreharne-1
 
14.
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...
“ 1943 The Song of Bernadette as Bernadette Soubirous

also nominated

1945 Love Letters as Singleton
1946 Duel in the Sun as Pearl Chavez
1955 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing as Dr. Han Suyin

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1944 Since You Went Away as Jane Deborah Hilton ” - glyntreharne-1
 
15.
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 are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ 1944 Gaslight as Paula Alquist Anton
1956 Anastasia as Anna Koreff

also nominated

1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls as María
1945 The Bells of St. Mary's as Sister Mary Benedict
1948 Joan of Arc as Joan of Arc
1978 Autumn Sonata as Charlotte Andergast

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1974 Murder on the Orient Express as Greta Ohlsson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
16.
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...
“ 1945 Mildred Pierce as Mildred Pierce

also nominated

1947 Possessed as Louise Howell
1952 Sudden Fear as Myra Hudson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
17.
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...
“ 1946 To Each His Own as Miss Josephine Norris
1949 The Heiress as Catherine Sloper

also nominated

1941 Hold Back the Dawn as Emmy Brown
1948 The Snake Pit as Virginia Stuart Cunningham

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1939 Gone with the Wind as Melanie Hamilton ” - glyntreharne-1
 
18.
Loretta Young
Sweet, sweeter, sweetest. No combination of terms better describes the screen persona of lovely Loretta Young. A&E's Biography has stated that Young "remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamor and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her dedication to her family...
“ 1947 The Farmer's Daughter as Katrin Holstrom

also nominated

1949 Come to the Stable as Sister Margaret ” - glyntreharne-1
 
19.
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...
“ 1948 Johnny Belinda as Belinda McDonald

also nominated

1946 The Yearling as Orry Baxter
1951 The Blue Veil as Louise Mason
1954 Magnificent Obsession as Helen Phillips ” - glyntreharne-1
 
20.
Judy Holliday
Rejected by the Yale Drama School, Judy began in the theater as a backstage operator for Orson Welles' Mercury Theater. She made her stage debut when she joined Betty Comden and Adolph Green in a cabaret group called the Revuers. Working their way up through the circuit, the group was hired by 20th Century Fox to appear in the film Greenwich Village...
“ 1950 Born Yesterday as Billie Dawn ” - glyntreharne-1
 
21.
Shirley Booth
Actress, Hazel
Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba. For those who only know her through her sitcom, it might be hard to believe she was a seasoned theatrical veteran...
“ 1952 Come Back, Little Sheba as Lola Delaney ” - glyntreharne-1
 
22.
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...
“ 1953 Roman Holiday as Princess Ann

1993 Awarded Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award posthumously

also nominated

1954 Sabrina as Sabrina Fairchild
1959 The Nun's Story as Sister Luke (Gabrielle van der Mal)
1961 Breakfast at Tiffany's as Holly Golightly
1967 Wait Until Dark as Susy Hendrix ” - glyntreharne-1
 
23.
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a phys ed instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly. She was of half Irish and half German descent...
“ 1954 The Country Girl as Georgie Elgin

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1953 Mogambo as Linda Nordley ” - glyntreharne-1
 
24.
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never knew his name...
“ 1955 The Rose Tattoo as Serafina Delle Rose

also nominated

1957 Wild Is the Wind as Gioia ” - glyntreharne-1
 
25.
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...
“ 1957 The Three Faces of Eve as Eve

also nominated

1968 Rachel, Rachel as Rachel Cameron
1973 Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams as Rita Walden
1990 Mr & Mrs Bridge as India Bridge ” - glyntreharne-1
 
26.
Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she graduated from a commercial high school that was intended to give students a marketable skill...
“ 1958 I Want to Live! as Barbara Graham

also nominated

1947 Smash-Up: The Story of a Woman as Angie Evans
1949 My Foolish Heart as Eloise Winters
1952 With a Song in My Heart as Jane Froman
1955 I'll Cry Tomorrow as Lillian Roth ” - glyntreharne-1
 
27.
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...
“ 1959 Room at the Top as Alice Aisgill

also nominated

1965 Ship of Fools as La Condesa ” - glyntreharne-1
 
28.
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...
“ 1960 BUtterfield 8 as Gloria Wandrous
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Martha

1993 Awarded Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

also nominated

1957 Raintree County as Susanna Drake
1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof as Maggie Pollitt
1959 Suddenly, Last Summer as Catherine Holly ” - glyntreharne-1
 
29.
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)...
“ 1961 Two Women as Cesira

1991 Honorary Award "for a career rich with memorable performances that has added permanent luster to our art form"

also nominated

1964 Marriage Italian-Style as Filumena Marturano ” - glyntreharne-1
 
30.
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...
“ 1962 The Miracle Worker as Annie Sullivan

also nominated

1964 The Pumpkin Eater as Jo Armitage
1967 The Graduate as Mrs. Robinson
1977 The Turning Point as Emma
1985 Agnes of God as Mother Miriam Ruth ” - glyntreharne-1
 
31.
Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
“ 1963 Hud as Alma Brown

also nominated

1968 The Subject Was Roses as Nettie Cleary ” - glyntreharne-1
 
32.
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...
“ 1964 Mary Poppins as Mary Poppins

also nominated

1965 The Sound of Music as Maria
1982 Victor Victoria as Victoria Grant ” - glyntreharne-1
 
33.
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...
“ 1965 Darling as Diana Scott

also nominated

1971 McCabe & Mrs. Miller as Constance Miller
1997 Afterglow as Phyllis Mann
2006 Away from Her as Fiona Anderson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
34.
Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ 1968 Funny Girl as Fanny Brice (tied with Katharine Hepburn)

also nominated

1973 The Way We Were as Katie

also won

Best Music, Original Song

1976 A Star Is Born - Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)
Shared with: Paul Williams (lyrics)

also nominated

1996 The Mirror Has Two Faces - I've Finally Found Someone
Shared with: Marvin Hamlisch, Robert John Lange & Bryan Adams

also nominated

Best Picture

1991 The Prince of Tides
Shared with: Andrew S. Karsch ” - glyntreharne-1
 
35.
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...
“ 1969 The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie as Jean Brodie

also nominated

1972 Travels with My Aunt as Aunt Augusta Bertram

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1978 California Suite as Diana Barrie

also nominated

1965 Othello as Desdemona
1986 A Room with a View as Charlotte Bartlett, a chaperon
2001 Gosford Park as Constance Trentham ” - glyntreharne-1
 
36.
Glenda Jackson
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ 1970 Women in Love as Gudrun Brangwen
1973 A Touch of Class as Vicki Allessio

also nominated

1971 Sunday Bloody Sunday as Alex Greville
1975 Hedda as Hedda Gabler ” - glyntreharne-1
 
37.
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
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...
“ 1971 Klute as Bree Daniels
1978 Coming Home as Sally Hyde

also nominated

1969 They Shoot Horses, Don't They? as Gloria
1977 Julia as Lillian Hellman
1979 The China Syndrome as Kimberly Wells
1986 The Morning After as Alex Sternbergen

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1981 On Golden Pond as Chelsea Thayer Wayne ” - glyntreharne-1
 
38.
Liza Minnelli
Actress, Cabaret
Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, the daughter of Judy Garland and movie director Vincente Minnelli. She was practically raised at MGM studios while her parents worked long hours there and she made her film debut at fourteen months of age in the movie In the Good Old Summertime. Her parents divorced in 1951 and...
“ 1972 Cabaret as Sally Bowles

also nominated

1969 The Sterile Cuckoo as Pookie Adams ” - glyntreharne-1
 
39.
Louise Fletcher
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, she took a trip out west with her roommates...
“ 1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest as Nurse Ratched ” - glyntreharne-1
 
40.
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...
“ 1974 Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore as Alice Hyatt

also nominated

1973 The Exorcist as Chris MacNeil
1978 Same Time, Next Year as Doris
1980 Resurrection as Edna
2000 Requiem for a Dream as Sara Goldfarb

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1971 The Last Picture Show as Lois Farrow ” - glyntreharne-1
 
41.
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
Faye Dunaway was born on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941, the daughter of Grace April (Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., an army officer. After high school she majored in education at the University of Florida, but switched to theatre arts and transferred to Boston University, earning her degree in 1962...
“ 1976 Network as Diana Christensen

also nominated

1967 Bonnie and Clyde as Bonnie Parker
1974 Chinatown as Evelyn Mulwray ” - glyntreharne-1
 
42.
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ 1977 Annie Hall as Annie Hall

also nominated

1981 Reds as Louise Bryant
1996 Marvin's Room as Bessie
2003 Something's Gotta Give as Erica Barry ” - glyntreharne-1
 
43.
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...
“ 1979 Norma Rae as Norma Rae Webster
1984 Places in the Heart as Edna Spalding

also nominated

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2012 Lincoln as Mary Todd Lincoln ” - glyntreharne-1
 
44.
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...
“ 1980 Coal Miner's Daughter as Loretta Lynn

also nominated

1976 Carrie as Carrie White
1982 Missing as Beth Horman
1984 The River as Mae Garvey
1986 Crimes of the Heart as Babe Magrath
2001 In the Bedroom as Ruth Fowler ” - glyntreharne-1
 
45.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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...
“ 1982 Sophie's Choice as Sophie Zawistowski
2011 The Iron Lady as Margaret Thatcher

also nominated

1981 The French Lieutenant's Woman as Anna (Sara Woodruff)
1983 Silkwood as Karen Silkwood
1985 Out of Africa as Karen Blixen
1987 Ironweed as Helen Archer
1988 A Cry in the Dark as Lindy Chamberlain
1990 Postcards from the Edge as Suzanne Vale
1995 The Bridges of Madison County as Francesca Johnson
1998 One True Thing as Kate Gulden
1999 Music of the Heart as Roberta Guaspari
2006 The Devil Wears Prada as Miranda Priestly
2008 Doubt as Sister Aloysius Beauvier
2009 Julie & Julia as Julia Child
2013 August Osage County as Violet Weston

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1979 Kramer vs. Kramer as Joanna Kramer

also nominated

1978 The Deer Hunter as Linda
2002 Adaptation. as Susan Orlean ” - glyntreharne-1
 
46.
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...
“ 1983 Terms of Endearment as Aurora Greenway

also nominated

1958 Some Came Running as Ginnie Moorehead
1960 The Apartment as Fran Kubelik
1963 Irma la Douce as Irma La Douce
1977 The Turning Point as Deedee

also nominated

Best Documentary Feature

1975 The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir
Shared with: Claudia Weill ” - glyntreharne-1
 
47.
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...
“ 1985 The Trip to Bountiful as Carrie Watts

also nominated

1961 Summer and Smoke as Alma Winemiller
1962 Sweet Bird of Youth as Alexandra Del Lago
1978 Interiors as Eve

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1953 Hondo as Angie Lowe
1966 You're a Big Boy Now as Margery Chanticleer
1972 Pete 'n' Tillie as Gertrude
1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village as Mrs. Ritter ” - glyntreharne-1
 
48.
Marlee Matlin
Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's...
“ 1986 Children of a Lesser God as Sarah Norman ” - glyntreharne-1
 
49.
Cher
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...
“ 1987 Moonstruck as Loretta Castorini

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1983 Silkwood as Dolly Pelliker ” - glyntreharne-1
 
50.
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...
“ 1988 The Accused as Sarah Tobias
1991 The Silence of the Lambs as Clarice Starling

also nominated

1994 Nell as Nell

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1976 Taxi Driver as Iris ” - glyntreharne-1
 
51.
Jessica Tandy
A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
“ 1989 Driving Miss Daisy as Daisy Werthan

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1991 Fried Green Tomatoes as Ninny Threadgoode ” - glyntreharne-1
 
52.
Kathy Bates
Actress, Titanic
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish...
“ 1990 Misery as Annie Wilkes

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1998 Primary Colors as Libby Holden
2002 About Schmidt as Roberta Hertzel ” - glyntreharne-1
 
53.
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...
“ 1992 Howards End as Margaret Schlegel

also nominated

1993 The Remains of the Day as Mary Kenton
1995 Sense and Sensibility as Elinor Dashwood

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
1993 In the Name of the Father as Gareth Peirce

also won

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

1995 Sense and Sensibility ” - glyntreharne-1
 
54.
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...
“ 1993 The Piano as Ada McGrath

also nominated

1987 Broadcast News as Jane Craig

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1993 The Firm as Tammy Hemphill
2003 Thirteen as Melanie Freeland ” - glyntreharne-1
 
55.
Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama...
“ 1994 Blue Sky as Carly Marshall

also nominated

1982 Frances as Frances Farmer
1984 Country as Jewell Ivy
1985 Sweet Dreams as Patsy Cline
1989 Music Box as Ann Talbot

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1982 Tootsie as Julie Nichols ” - glyntreharne-1
 
56.
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
“ 1995 Dead Man Walking as Helen Prejean

also nominated

1981 Atlantic City as Sally Matthews
1991 Thelma & Louise as Louise Sawyer
1992 Lorenzo's Oil as Michaela Odone
1994 The Client as Reggie Love ” - glyntreharne-1
 
57.
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 Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ 1996 Fargo as Marge Olmstead-Gunderson

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1988 Mississippi Burning as Mrs. Pell
2000 Almost Famous as Elaine Miller
2005 North Country as Glory Dodge ” - glyntreharne-1
 
58.
Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
“ 1997 As Good as It Gets as Carol Connelly

also nominated

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2012 The Sessions as Cheryl ” - glyntreharne-1
 
59.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Se7en
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When Gwyneth was eleven...
“ 1998 Shakespeare in Love as Viola De Lesseps ” - glyntreharne-1
 
60.
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...
“ 1999 Boys Don't Cry as Brandon Teena
2004 Million Dollar Baby as Maggie Fitzgerald ” - glyntreharne-1
 
61.
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...
“ 2000 Erin Brockovich as Erin Brockovich

also nominated

1990 Pretty Woman as Vivian Ward

also nominated

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1989 Steel Magnolias as Shelby Eatenton Latcherie
2013 August: Osage County as Barbara Weston ” - glyntreharne-1
 
62.
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
“ 2001 Monster's Ball as Leticia Musgrove ” - glyntreharne-1
 
63.
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...
“ 2002 The Hours as Virginia Woolf

also nominated

2001 Moulin Rouge! As Satine
2010 Rabbit Hole as Becca Corbett ” - glyntreharne-1
 
64.
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...
“ 2003 Monster as Aileen Wuornos

also nominated

2005 North Country as Josey Aimes ” - glyntreharne-1
 
65.
Reese Witherspoon
Actress, Walk the Line
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose and throat...
“ 2005 Walk the Line as June Carter Cash ” - glyntreharne-1
 
66.
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...
“ 2006 The Queen as Queen Elizabeth II

also nominated

2009 The Last Station as Sofya Tolstoy

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1994 The Madness of King George as Queen Charlotte
2001 Gosford Park as Jane Wilson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
67.
Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ 2007 La Vie en Rose as Édith Piaf ” - glyntreharne-1
 
68.
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...
“ 2008 The Reader as Hanna Schmitz

also nominated

1997 Titanic as Rose DeWitt Bukater
2004 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind as Clementine Kruczynski
2006 Little Children as Sarah Pierce

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

1995 Sense and Sensibility as Marianne Dashwood
2001 Iris as Young Iris Murdoch ” - glyntreharne-1
 
69.
Sandra Bullock
Actress, Gravity
Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. Sandra grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister...
“ 2009 The Blind Side as Leigh Anne Tuohy

also nominated

2013 Gravity as Ryan Stone ” - glyntreharne-1
 
70.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ 2010 Black Swan as Nina Sayers

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2004 Closer as Alice Ayres ” - glyntreharne-1
 
71.
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, as well as some German, Irish, and Scottish, ancestry. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14...
“ 2012 Silver Linings Playbook as Tiffany

also nominated

2010 Winter's Bone as Ree

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2013 American Hustle as Rosalyn Rosenfeld ” - glyntreharne-1
 
72.
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...
“ 2013 Blue Jasmine as Jasmine

also nominated

1998 Elizabeth as Elizabeth I
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Elizabeth I

Also won

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role

2004 The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn

Also nominated

2006 Notes on a Scandal as Sheba Hart
2007 I'm Not There. as Jude ” - glyntreharne-1