ACADEMY AWARDS - BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

The winner of Best Actress in a supporting role 1936 - 2014
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1.
Gale Sondergaard
Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman...
“ 1936 Anthony Adverse as Faith Paleologus

also nominated

1946 Anna and the King of Siam as Lady Thiang ” - glyntreharne-1
 
2.
Alice Brady
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow...
“ 1937 In Old Chicago as Molly O'Leary

also nominated

1936 My Man Godfrey as Angelica Bullock ” - glyntreharne-1
 
3.
Fay Bainter
Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
“ 1938 Jezebel as Aunt Belle Massey

also nominated

1961 The Children's Hour as Amelia Tilford

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1938 White Banners as Hannah Parmalee ” - glyntreharne-1
 
4.
Hattie McDaniel
After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West. Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams. In this one, directed by George Stevens and aided and abetted by star Katharine Hepburn...
“ 1939 Gone with the Wind as Mammy ” - glyntreharne-1
 
5.
Jane Darwell
Missouri-born Jane Darwell was the daughter of a railroad president and grew up on a ranch in Missouri. She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her father's disapproval (she eventually changed her name to Darwell from the family name of Woodward so as not to "sully" the family name)...
“ 1940 The Grapes of Wrath as Ma Joad ” - glyntreharne-1
 
6.
Mary Astor
Her German immigrant father pushed her into a beauty contest at 14 and her first movie Sentimental Tommy at 15. After a number of minor parts she starred in John Barrymore's Beau Brummel. She had a lively affair with Barrymore, over with before she starred a second time with him, in Don Juan...
“ 1941 The Great Lie as Sandra Kovak ” - glyntreharne-1
 
7.
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...
“ 1942 Mrs. Miniver as Carol Beldon

also nominated

1941 The Little Foxes as Alexandra Giddens

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1942 The Pride of the Yankees as Eleanor Twitchell Gehrig ” - glyntreharne-1
 
8.
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several major roles in Sophocles' "Electra"...
“ 1943 For Whom the Bell Tolls as Pilar ” - glyntreharne-1
 
9.
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
“ 1944 None but the Lonely Heart as Ma Mott

also nominated

1946 The Spiral Staircase as Mrs. Warren
1947 The Paradine Case as Lady Sophie Horfield
1949 Pinky as Miss Em ” - glyntreharne-1
 
10.
Anne Revere
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, Anne graduated from Wellesley College, then trained for the stage at the American Laboratory Theatre...
“ 1945 National Velvet as Araminty Brown

also nominated

1943 The Song of Bernadette as Louise Soubirous
1947 Gentleman's Agreement as Mrs. Green ” - glyntreharne-1
 
11.
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...
“ 1946 The Razor's Edge as Sophie MacDonald

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1950 All About Eve as Eve Harrington ” - glyntreharne-1
 
12.
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ 1947 Gentleman's Agreement as Anne Dettrey

also nominated

1949 Come to the Stable as Sister Scholastica
1950 All About Eve as Karen Richards ” - glyntreharne-1
 
13.
Claire Trevor
Actress, Stagecoach
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife Betty. Trevor's interest in acting began when she was 11 years old...
“ 1948 Key Largo as Gaye Dawn

also nominated

1937 Dead End as Francey
1954 The High and the Mighty as May Holst ” - glyntreharne-1
 
14.
Mercedes McCambridge
Actress, The Exorcist
Mercedes McCambridge is a highly-talented radio performer who won a best supporting Actress Oscar for her film debut. Mercedes McCambridge was born in Joliet, Illinois, to Marie (Mahaffry) and John Patrick McCambridge, a farmer. She was of mostly Irish (with a small amount of English and German) ancestry...
“ 1949 All the King's Men as Sadie Burke

also nominated

1956 Giant as Luz Benedict ” - glyntreharne-1
 
15.
Josephine Hull
Actress, Harvey
Josephine Sherwood changed her name after marrying stage actor Shelly Hull in 1910. She studied drama at Radcliffe College, much to the dismay of her parents and first worked on the stage in a stock company in Boston. Her husband died in 1919, aged 35, of Spanish influenza. Josephine left the stage for three years and never re-married...
“ 1950 Harvey as Veta Louise Simmons ” - glyntreharne-1
 
16.
Kim Hunter
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High. According to an in-depth article on Kim Hunter by Joseph Collura in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ 1951 A Streetcar Named Desire as Stella Kowalski ” - glyntreharne-1
 
17.
Gloria Grahame
Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever was auspicious...
“ 1952 The Bad and the Beautiful as Rosemary Bartlow

also nominated

1947 Crossfire as Ginny Tremaine ” - glyntreharne-1
 
18.
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...
“ 1953 From Here to Eternity as Alma 'Lorene' Burke ” - glyntreharne-1
 
19.
Eva Marie Saint
She played two of the most famous female leads in movie history. Born in New Jersey in 1924, Eva Marie Saint graduated from Bowling Green State University in 1946 and spent the first seven years of her acting career working in the Golden Age of television. She made the leap to the big screen in 1954 with an Oscar-winning performance as Edie Doyle in Elia Kazan's masterpiece On the Waterfront...
“ 1954 On the Waterfront as Edie Doyle ” - glyntreharne-1
 
20.
Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet was born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint...
“ 1955 East of Eden as Kate ” - glyntreharne-1
 
21.
Dorothy Malone
Actress, Peyton Place
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American filmgoing audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite unlike the classy and straight-laced lady herself...
“ 1956 Written on the Wind as Marylee Hadley ” - glyntreharne-1
 
22.
Miyoshi Umeki
Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy and subservience in most of her prime film and stage roles, beguiling, tiny-framed Miyoshi Umeki was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. This docile and deceptive-looking talent with the cropped hair and heart-shaped face radiated charm and innocence so effortlessly...
“ 1957 Sayonara as Katsumi ” - glyntreharne-1
 
23.
Wendy Hiller
Wendy Hiller, daughter of Frank and Marie Hiller, was born on 15th August 1912 in Bramhall, near Stockport, Cheshire, England. She was educated at Winceby House School, Bexhill then moved on to Manchester Repertory Theatre. She appeared on stage in Sir John Barry's tour of Evensong, then as Sally Hardcastle in Love on the Dole...
“ 1958 Separate Tables as Pat Cooper

also nominated

1966 A Man for All Seasons as Alice More

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1938 Pygmalion as Eliza Doolittle ” - glyntreharne-1
 
24.
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...
“ 1959 The Diary of Anne Frank as Petronella Van Daan
1965 A Patch of Blue as Rose-Ann D'Arcy

also nominated

1972 The Poseidon Adventure as Belle Rosen

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1951 A Place in the Sun as Alice Tripp ” - glyntreharne-1
 
25.
Shirley Jones
Shirley Mae Jones was born 31 March, 1934 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania. She was named after Shirley Temple. Her father owned the local brewery. When she was 20, she went to New York with her parents and, within a week, became the first and only actor signed to a personal contract by Rogers and Hammerstein...
“ 1960 Elmer Gantry as Lulu Baines ” - glyntreharne-1
 
26.
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ 1961 West Side Story as Anita ” - glyntreharne-1
 
27.
Patty Duke
Patty Duke was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946 in Elmhurst, New York, to Frances Margaret (McMahon), a cashier, and John Patrick Duke, a cab driver and handyman. She is of Irish, and one eighth German, descent. Her acting career began when she was introduced to her brother Ray Duke's managers...
“ 1962 The Miracle Worker as Helen Keller ” - glyntreharne-1
 
28.
Margaret Rutherford
One is always at pains to locate a reference to Margaret Rutherford which does not characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric or both. But such, taken together, made for the charm of the woman. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth...
“ 1963 The V.I.P.s as The Duchess of Brighton ” - glyntreharne-1
 
29.
“ 1964 Zorba the Greek as Madame Hortense ” - glyntreharne-1
 
30.
Sandy Dennis
It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came to the neurotic-dispensing department...
“ 1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? as Honey ” - glyntreharne-1
 
31.
Estelle Parsons
The charming, witty, and immeasurably gifted Estelle Parsons was born November 20, 1927 in Lynn, Massachusetts, to Elinor and Eben Parsons. She attended the Oak Grove School for Girls in Maine, and later graduated from Connecticut College in 1949. She worked as a singer with a band before she became the first Women's Editor on Today...
“ 1967 Bonnie and Clyde as Blanche Barrow

also nominated

1968 Rachel, Rachel as Calla Mackie ” - glyntreharne-1
 
32.
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...
“ 1968 Rosemary's Baby as Minnie Castevet

also nominated

1965 Inside Daisy Clover as Mrs Clover

also nominated (with Garson Kanin)

for Best Writing (Original Screenplay)

1947 A Double Life
1950 Adam's Rib
1952 Pat and Mike ” - glyntreharne-1
 
33.
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn (Edward Rutledge Hawn), a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion...
“ 1969 Cactus Flower as Toni Simmons

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1980 Private Benjamin as Pvt. Judy Benjamin ” - glyntreharne-1
 
34.
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...
“ 1970 Airport as Ada Quonsett

also won

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1931/32 The Sin of Madelon Claudet as Madelon Claudet ” - glyntreharne-1
 
35.
Cloris Leachman
Actress, The Croods
The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
“ 1971 The Last Picture Show as Ruth Popper ” - glyntreharne-1
 
36.
Eileen Heckart
Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Stark on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2. Her childhood was an acutely unhappy one. Her mother...
“ 1972 Butterflies Are Free as Mrs. Baker

also nominated

1956 The Bad Seed as Hortense Daigle ” - glyntreharne-1
 
37.
“ 1973 Paper Moon as Addie Loggins ” - glyntreharne-1
 
38.
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...
“ 1974 Murder on the Orient Express as Greta Ohlsson

also won

1944: Gaslight as Paula Alquist
1956: Anastasia as Anastasia

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1943: For Whom the Bell Tolls as Maria
1945: The Bells of St. Mary's as Sister Mary Benedict
1948: Joan of Arc as Joan
1978: Autumn Sonata as Charlotte Andergast ” - glyntreharne-1
 
39.
Lee Grant
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ 1975 Shampoo as Felicia Carr ” - glyntreharne-1
 
40.
Beatrice Straight
Actress, Poltergeist
In her long career, Beatrice Straight actually did very little work in the movies, plying her trade mostly onstage. But when she did grace the silver screen, she did it with great skill. Her first love was theater, having debuted on Broadway in the 1935 "Bitter Oleander". Her work garnered her much acclaim...
“ 1976 Network as Louise Schumacher ” - glyntreharne-1
 
41.
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...
“ 1977 Julia as Julia ” - glyntreharne-1
 
42.
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...
“ 1978 California Suite as Diana Barrie ” - glyntreharne-1
 
43.
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...
“ 1979 Kramer vs. Kramer as Joanna Kramer

also nominated

1978 The Deer Hunter as Linda
2002 Adaptation as Susan Orlean
2014: Into the Woods as Witch ” - glyntreharne-1
 
44.
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh...
“ 1980 Melvin and Howard as Lynda Dummar ” - glyntreharne-1
 
45.
Maureen Stapleton
Actress, Cocoon
Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy Award-nominated...
“ 1981 Reds as Emma Goldman ” - glyntreharne-1
 
46.
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...
“ 1982 Tootsie as Julie Nichols ” - glyntreharne-1
 
47.
Linda Hunt
Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was Born April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye...
“ 1983 The Year of Living Dangerously as Billy Kwan ” - glyntreharne-1
 
48.
Peggy Ashcroft
Actress, The 39 Steps
Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew. On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role...
“ 1984 A Passage to India as Mrs. Moore ” - glyntreharne-1
 
49.
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...
“ 1985 Prizzi's Honor as Maerose Prizzi ” - glyntreharne-1
 
50.
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters as Holly
1994 Bullets Over Broadway as Helen Sinclair ” - glyntreharne-1
 
51.
Olympia Dukakis
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since then movie...
“ 1987 Moonstruck as Rose Castorini ” - glyntreharne-1
 
52.
Geena Davis
Actress, Beetlejuice
Geena Davis was born January 21, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, to Lucille (née Cook; 1919-2001), a teacher's assistant, and William F. Davis (1913-2009), a church deacon and civil engineer. Her parents, originally from small towns in Vermont, were both from families with deep roots in New England. Her brother, Danforth, is a geotechnical engineer in Las Vegas...
“ 1988 The Accidental Tourist as Muriel Pritchett ” - glyntreharne-1
 
53.
Brenda Fricker
Actress, My Left Foot
This Irish character actress gained experience in Irish theater and with the National Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Court Theatre Company in Great Britain. Brenda Fricker received great acclaim for her Oscar-winning supporting performance as the determined mother of a son afflicted with cerebral palsy in "My Left Foot" (1989)...
“ 1989 My Left Foot as Mrs. Brown ” - glyntreharne-1
 
54.
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ 1990 Ghost as Oda Mae Brown ” - glyntreharne-1
 
55.
Mercedes Ruehl
Actress, Big
Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City to Mercedes Ruehl, a school teacher, and Vincent Ruehl, an FBI agent. She made several film and television appearance before coming to her most successfully received role in Terry Gilliam's The Fisher King. She played the part of Jeff Bridges's on-screen supportive yet neurotic girlfriend...
“ 1991 The Fisher King as Anne Napolitano ” - glyntreharne-1
 
56.
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia Adelaide "Addie" (Bianchi), an English teacher, and Gary A. Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. Her parents are both of Italian descent, with roots in Tuscany, Sicily, Campania, and Calabria. As a child...
“ 1992 My Cousin Vinny as Mona Lisa Vito ” - glyntreharne-1
 
57.
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher of part French-Canadian descent. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano...
“ 1993 The Piano as Flora McGrath ” - glyntreharne-1
 
58.
Mira Sorvino
Actress, Mimic
Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional scholar...
“ 1995 Mighty Aphrodite as Linda Ash ” - glyntreharne-1
 
59.
Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with The Unbearable Lightness of Being...
“ 1996 The English Patient as Hana ” - glyntreharne-1
 
60.
Kim Basinger
Actress, Batman
Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. She is the daughter of Ann Lee (Cordell) and Donald Wade Basinger, a loan manager. Both her parents had been in entertainment; her father had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies...
“ 1997 L.A. Confidential as Lynn Bracken ” - glyntreharne-1
 
61.
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 Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ 1998 Shakespeare in Love as Queen Elizabeth I

also nominated

2000 Chocolat as Armande Voizin

also nominated

Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

1997 Mrs. Brown as Queen Victoria
2001 Iris as Iris Murdoch
2005 Mrs Henderson Presents as Laura Henderson
2006 Notes on a Scandal as Barbara Covett
2013 Philomena as Philomena ” - glyntreharne-1
 
62.
Angelina Jolie Pitt
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ 1999 Girl, Interrupted as Lisa Rowe ” - glyntreharne-1
 
63.
Marcia Gay Harden
Actress, Into the Wild
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece...
“ 2000 Pollock as Lee Krasner ” - glyntreharne-1
 
64.
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ 2001 A Beautiful Mind as Alicia Nash ” - glyntreharne-1
 
65.
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967)...
“ 2002 Chicago as Velma Kelly ” - glyntreharne-1
 
66.
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ 2003 Cold Mountain as Ruby Thewes ” - glyntreharne-1
 
67.
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...
“ 2004 The Aviator as Katharine Hepburn

also nominated

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

also won

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2013 Blue Jasmine as Jasmine

also nominated

1998 Elizabeth as Elizabeth I
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age as Elizabeth I ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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Rachel Weisz
Actress, The Mummy
Rachel Weisz was born on 7th March 1970, in London, UK, to Edith (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her Austrian-born mother, who left Vienna in the 1930s, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
“ 2005 The Constant Gardener as Tessa Quayle ” - glyntreharne-1
 
69.
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ 2006 Dreamgirls as Effie White ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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Tilda Swinton
The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian...
“ 2007 Michael Clayton as Karen Crowder ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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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...
“ 2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona as María Elena ” - glyntreharne-1
 
72.
Mo'Nique
Actress, Precious
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in the hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. ...
“ 2009 Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire as Mary Lee Johnston ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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“ 2010 The Fighter as Alice Eklund Ward ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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Octavia Spencer
Actress, The Help
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
“ 2011 The Help as Minny Jackson ” - glyntreharne-1
 
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Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ 2012 Les Misérables as Fantine

also nominated

Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role

2008 Rachel Getting Married as Kym ” - glyntreharne-1
 
76.
Lupita Nyong'o
Lupita Amondi Nyong'o was born March 1, 1983 in Mexico City, Mexico, to Kenyan parents, Dorothy and Peter Anyang' Nyong'o. Her father, a senator, was then a visiting lecturer in political science. She was raised in Kenya. At age 16, her parents sent her back to Mexico for seven months to learn Spanish...
“ 2013 12 Years a Slave as Patsey ” - glyntreharne-1
 
77.
Patricia Arquette
Actress, Medium
With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage...
“ 2014: Boyhood as Mom ” - glyntreharne-1