My Best Actress Winners

This list details those lead actress performances that I felt were the best. Sometimes these choices stray from those of the Academy Awards and those of other people as these are purely based on opinion. I have tried my best to look at all actresses in the same light and not trying to compensate someone for not giving them one the previous year. The years covered are 1927/28 through the present. I have also included whether or not my winner was nominated and/or won the Academy Award for that particular direction as well as the other films/actors/directors I would have nominated alongside my winner. The nominees are listed in PREFERENTIAL ORDER. If you have a comment, disagreement, question about justification of one of my choices, recommendations, and etc. please leave a polite comment and I'll try to respond to the best of my ability. I hope you enjoy.
Note #1: For Nominees, * denotes category nominee, ** denotes category winner, ^ denotes supporting category nominee, and ^^ denotes supporting category winner for actual Academy Awards.
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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...
“ Year: 1927/28
Film: Sunrise
Role: The Wife-Indre
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Mary Pickford (My Best Girl); Eleanor Boardman (The Crowd); *Gloria Swanson (Sadie Thompson); Clara Bow (It) ” - jmpatison003
 
2.
“ Year: 1928/29
Film: La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc (The Passion of Joan of Arc)
Role: Joan of Arc
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: Lillian Gish (The Wind); *Jeanne Eagels (The Letter); *Corinne Griffith (The Divine Lady); **Mary Pickford (Coquette) ” - jmpatison003
 
3.
Louise Brooks
Actress, Pandora's Box
A legendary actress of the silent film era. She epitomized the flapper age with her bobbed hairstyle, while blatantly flaunting the accepted sexual and societal roles of women at the time. She is best known for her starring roles in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl," which were both filmed in Weimar Germany in 1929...
“ Year: 1929/30
Film: Pandora's Box (Die Buchse der Pandora)
Role: Lulu
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: **Norma Shearer (The Divorcee); *Greta Garbo (Anna Christie); *Gloria Swanson (The Trespasser); *Ann Harding (Holiday) ” - jmpatison003
 
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...
“ Year: 1930/31
Film: Min and Bill
Role: Min Divot, Innkeeper
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Marlene Dietrich (The Blue Angel); Sylvia Sidney (City Streets); *Norma Shearer (A Free Soul); Hertha Thiele (Madchen in Uniform (Girls in Uniform)) ” - jmpatison003
 
5.
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...
“ Year: 1931/32
Film: Grand Hotel
Role: Flaemmchen - The Stenographer
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: Marlene Dietrich (The Shanghai Express); Kay Francis (Trouble in Paradise); **Helen Hayes (The Sin of Madelon Claudet); Miriam Hopkins (Trouble in Paradise) ” - jmpatison003
 
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...
“ Year: 1932/33
Film: Morning Glory
Role: Eva Lovelace
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Mae West (She Done Him Wrong); *Diana Wynyard (Cavalcade); Greta Garbo (Queen Christina); *May Robson (Lady for a Day) ” - jmpatison003
 
7.
Claudette Colbert
One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up...
“ Year: 1934
Film: It Happened One Night
Role: Ellie Andrews
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Myrna Loy (The Thin Man); *Bette Davis (Of Human Bondage); Carole Lombard (Twentieth Century); Marlene Dietrich (The Scarlet Empress) ” - jmpatison003
 
8.
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...
“ Year: 1935
Film: Anna Karenina
Role: Anna Karenina
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Katharine Hepburn (Alice Adams); Ginger Rogers (Top Hat); **Bette Davis (Dangerous); *Miriam Hopkins (Becky Sharp) ” - jmpatison003
 
9.
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...
“ Year: 1936
Film: My Man Godfrey
Role: Irene Bullock
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Ruth Chatterton (Dodsworth); Jean Arthur (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town); Ginger Rogers (Swing Time); Myrna Loy (Libeled Lady) ” - jmpatison003
 
10.
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...
“ Yer: 1937
Film: The Awful Truth
Role: Lucy Warriner
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Beulah Bondi (Make Way for Tomorrow); *Greta Garbo (Camille); **Luise Rainer (The Good Earth); *Janet Gaynor (A Star Is Born) ” - jmpatison003
 
11.
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...
“ Year: 1938
Film: Jezebel
Role: Julie Marsden
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Wendy Hiller (Pygmalion); *Norma Shearer (Marie Antoinette); Katharine Hepburn (Bringing Up Baby); Margaret Lockwood (The Lady Vanishes) ” - jmpatison003
 
12.
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...
“ Year: 1939
Film: Gone with the Wind
Role: Scarlett O'Hara
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Greta Garbo (Ninotchka); Judy Garland (The Wizard of Oz); Merle Oberon (Wuthering Heights); *Bette Davis (Dark Victory) ” - jmpatison003
 
13.
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...
“ Year: 1940
Film: Rebecca
Role: The Second Mrs. de Winter
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Katharine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story); Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday); Vivien Leigh (Waterloo Bridge); *Bette Davis (The Letter) ” - jmpatison003
 
14.
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...
“ Year: 1941
Film: Blossoms in the Dust
Role: Edna Kahly Gladney
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Barbara Stanwyck (The Lady Eve); **Joan Fontaine (Suspicion); *Olivia de Havilland (Hold Back the Dawn); *Bette Davis (The Little Foxes) ” - jmpatison003
 
15.
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...
“ Year: 1942
Film: Now, Voyager
Role: Charlotte Vale
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Greer Garson (Mrs. Miniver); *Teresa Wright (The Pride of the Yankees); Carole Lombard (To Be or Not to Be); *Katharine Hepburn (Woman of the Year) ” - jmpatison003
 
16.
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...
“ Year: 1943
Film: Casablanca
Role: Ilsa Lund
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Jean Arthur (The More the Merrier); Teresa Wright (Shadow of a Doubt); **Jennifer Jones (The Song of Bernadette); Ida Lupino (The Hard Way) ” - jmpatison003
 
17.
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...
“ Year: 1944
Film: Double Indemnity
Role: Phyllis Dietrichson
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Judy Garland (Meet Me in St. Louis); **Ingrid Bergman (Gaslight); Gene Tierney (Laura); Betty Hutton (The Miracle of Morgan's Creek) ” - jmpatison003
 
18.
Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory Company 1939-40...
“ Year: 1945
Film: The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Role: Edith Hunter/Barbara Wynne/Angela "Johnny" Cannon
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win? No
Nominees: *Gene Tierney (Leave Her to Heaven); Anna Magnani (Rome, Open City (Roma, citta aperta)); **Joan Crawford (Mildred Pierce); Peggy Ann Garner (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn) ” - jmpatison003
 
19.
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...
“ Year: 1946
Film: Notorious
Role: Alicia Huberman
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Celia Johnson (Brief Encounter); **Olivia de Havilland (To Each His Own); Rita Hayworth (Gilda); Lana Turner (The Postman Always Rings Twice) ” - jmpatison003
 
20.
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...
“ Year: 1947
Film: Mourning Becomes Electra
Role: Lavinia Munson
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win? Yes; No
Nominees: Deborah Kerr (Black Narcissus); Gene Tierney (The Ghost and Mrs. Muir); *Susan Hayward (Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman); *Joan Crawford (Possessed) ” - jmpatison003
 
21.
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...
“ Year: 1948
Film: Johnny Belinda
Role: Belinda McDonald
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Olivia de Havilland (The Snake Pit); Joan Fontaine (Letter from an Unknown Woman); *Irene Dunne (I Remember Mama); *Barbara Stanwyck (Sorry, Wrong Number) ” - jmpatison003
 
22.
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...
“ Year: 1949
Film: The Heiress
Role: Catherine Sloper
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Ginger Rogers (The Barkleys of Broadway); Ann Sothern (A Letter to Three Wives); Katharine Hepburn (Adam's Rib); Jeanne Crain (A Letter to Three Wives) ” - jmpatison003
 
23.
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...
“ Year: 1950
Film: All About Eve
Role: Margo Channing
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard); **Judy Holliday (Born Yesterday); *Eleanor Parker (Caged); *Anne Baxter (All About Eve) ” - jmpatison003
 
24.
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...
“ Year: 1951
Film: A Streetcar Named Desire
Role: Blanche DuBois
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Katharine Hepburn (The African Queen); Elizabeth Taylor (A Place in the Sun); *Shelley Winters (A Place in the Sun); *Eleanor Parker (Detective Story) ” - jmpatison003
 
25.
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...
“ Year: 1952
Film: Singin' in the Rain
Role: Kathy Selden
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Julie Harris (The Member of the Wedding); **Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba); Maureen O'Hara (The Quiet Man); *Susan Hayward (With a Song in My Heart) ” - jmpatison003
 
26.
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...
“ Year: 1953
Film: Roman Holiday
Role: Princess Ann
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Leslie Caron (Lili); *Ava Gardner (Mogambo); *Deborah Kerr (From Here to Eternity); Jane Russell (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) ” - jmpatison003
 
27.
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...
“ Year: 1954
Film: A Star Is Born
Role: Esther Blodgett/Vicki Lester
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Grace Kelly (The Country Girl); *Audrey Hepburn (Sabrina); *Dorothy Dandridge (Carmen Jones); *Jane Wyman (Magnificent Obsession) ” - jmpatison003
 
28.
Susan Hayward
The youngest of three children, Edythe Marrenner was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. Her father and mother, who were of Irish and Swedish descent respectively, endowed her with the milky complexion and ruby mane that would become her trademark. She grew up in poverty in the shadow of her older sister Florence who was her mother's favorite...
“ Year: 1955
Film: I'll Cry Tomorrow
Role: Lillian Roth
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Anna Magnani (The Rose Tattoo); Bette Davis (The Virgin Queen); *Eleanor Parker (Interrupted Melody); Vera Clouzot (Les Diaboliques (The Devils)) ” - jmpatison003
 
29.
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...
“ Yer: 1956
Film: The Rainmaker
Role: Lizzie Curry
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Carroll Baker (Baby Doll); *Deborah Kerr (The King and I); Elizabeth Taylor (Giant); Lauren Bacall (Written on the Wind) ” - jmpatison003
 
30.
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...
“ Year: 1957
Film: The Three Faces of Eve
Role: Eve White/Eve Black/Jane
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Giulietta Masina (Nights of Cabiria (Le notti di Cabiria); *Anna Magnani (Wild Is the Wind); *Deborah Kerr (Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison); Heather Sears (The Story of Esther Costello) ” - jmpatison003
 
31.
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...
“ Year: 1958
Film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Role: Margaret "Maggie the Cat" Pollitt
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Shirley MacLaine (Some Came Running); *Deborah Kerr (Separate Tables); Jeanne Moreau (Elevator to the Gallows (Ascenseur pour l'echafaud)); **Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!) ” - jmpatison003
 
32.
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...
“ Year: 1959
Film: Some Like It Hot
Role: "Sugar" Kane Kowalczyk
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Audrey Hepburn (The Nun's Story); *Elizabeth Taylor (Suddenly, Last Summer); *Katharine Hepburn (Suddenly, Last Summer); **Simone Signoret (Room at the Top) ” - jmpatison003
 
33.
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...
“ Year: 1960
Film: The Apartment
Role: Fran Kubelik
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Elizabeth Taylor (BUtterfield 8); *Deborah Kerr (The Sundowners); Monica Vitti (L'avventura (The Adventure)); Jean Seberg (Breathless (A bout de souffle)) ” - jmpatison003
 
34.
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...
“ Year: 1961
Film: Splendor in the Grass
Role: Wilma Dean "Deanie" Loomis
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Deborah Kerr (The Innocents); *Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's); Marilyn Monroe (The Misfits); **Sophia Loren (Two Women (La ciociara)) ” - jmpatison003
 
35.
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...
“ Year: 1962
Film: The Miracle Worker
Role: Annie Sullivan
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Katharine Hepburn (Long Day's Journey into Night); *Bette Davis (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?); *Lee Remick (Days of Wine and Roses); Jeanne Moreau (Jules et Jim (Jules and Jim)) ” - jmpatison003
 
36.
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...
“ Year: 1963
Film: The L-Shaped Room
Role: Jane Fossett
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Natalie Wood (Love with the Proper Stranger); Tippi Hedren (The Birds); Ingrid Thulin (The Silence (Tystnaden)); *Rachel Roberts (This Sporting Life) ” - jmpatison003
 
37.
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...
“ Year: 1964
Film: Mary Poppins
Role: Mary Poppins
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Kim Stanley (Seance on a Wet Afternoon); *Anne Bancroft (The Pumpkin Eater); Audrey Hepburn (My Fair Lady); *Debbie Reynolds (The Unsinkable Molly Brown) ” - jmpatison003
 
38.
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...
“ Year: 1965
Film: Darling
Role: Diana Scott
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Julie Andrews (The Sound of Music); Catherine Deneuve (Repulsion); *Elizabeth Hartman (A Patch of Blue); *Samantha Eggar (The Collector) ” - jmpatison003
 
39.
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...
“ Year: 1966
Film: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Role: Martha
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: Bibi Andersson (Persona); *Lynn Redgrave (Georgy Girl); Anne Bancroft (7 Women); Francoise Dorleac (Cul-de-sac) ” - jmpatison003
 
40.
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...
“ Year: 1967
Film: The Graduate
Role: Mrs. Robinson
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Edith Evans (The Whisperers); *Faye Dunaway (Bonnie and Clyde); Audrey Hepburn (Two for the Road); **Katharine Hepburn (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) ” - jmpatison003
 
41.
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,...
“ Year: 1968
Film: Funny Girl
Role: Fanny Brice
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes (tied)
Honorable Mentions: **Katharine Hepburn (The Lion in Winter); Mia Farrow (Rosemary's Baby); Lyudmila Savelyeva (War and Peace (Voyna i mir)); Faye Dunaway (The Thomas Crown Affair) ” - jmpatison003
 
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...
“ Year: 1969
Film: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Role: Jean Brodie
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jane Fonda (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?); *Liza Minnelli (The Sterile Cuckoo); *Genevieve Bujold (Anne of the Thousand Days); *Jean Simmons (The Happy Ending) ” - jmpatison003
 
43.
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...
“ Year: 1970
Film: Women in Love
Role: Gudrun Brangwen
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Ali MacGraw (Love Story); *Carrie Snodgress (Diary of a Mad Housewife); Catherine Deneuve (Tristana); *Jane Alexander (The Great White Hope) ” - jmpatison003
 
44.
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...
“ Year: 1971
Film: Klute
Role: Bree Daniels
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Julie Christie (McCabe & Mrs. Miller); Ruth Gordon (Harold and Maude); *Janet Suzman (Nicholas and Alexandra); *Vanessa Redgrave (Mary, Queen of Scots) ” - jmpatison003
 
45.
Cicely Tyson
Actress, The Help
Cicely Tyson was born in Harlem, New York City, where she was raised by her devoutly religious parents, from the Caribbean island of Nevis. Her mother, Theodosia, was a domestic, and her father, William Tyson, was a carpenter and painter. She was discovered by a fashion editor at Ebony magazine and...
“ Year: 1972
Film: Sounder
Role: Rebecca Morgan
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Liza Minnelli (Cabaret); *Liv Ullmann (The Emigrants (Utvandrarna)); *Diana Ross (Lady Sings the Blues); *Maggie Smith (Travels with My Aunt) ” - jmpatison003
 
46.
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...
“ Year: 1973
Film: The Exorcist
Role: Chris MacNeil
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Sissy Spacek (Badlands); **Glenda Jackson (A Touch of Class); *Marsha Mason (Cinderella Liberty); *Barbra Streisand (The Way We Were) ” - jmpatison003
 
47.
Gena Rowlands
Actress, The Notebook
Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes in 10 films...
“ Year: 1974
Film: A Woman Under the Influence
Role: Mabel Longhetti
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Faye Dunaway (Chinatown); **Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore); Liv Ullmann (Scenes from a Marriage (Scener ut et aktenskap)); *Diahann Carroll (Claudine) ” - jmpatison003
 
48.
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...
“ Year: 1975
Film: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Role: Nurse Ratched
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Isabelle Adjani (The Story of Adele H.); *Carol Kane (Hester Street); Diane Keaton (Love and Death); *Ann-Margret (Tommy) ” - jmpatison003
 
49.
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...
“ Year: 1976
Film: Network
Role: Diana Christensen
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Sissy Spacek (Carrie); *Liv Ullmann (Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte)); Lauren Bacall (The Shootist); *Marie-Christine Barrault (Cousin, cousine) ” - jmpatison003
 
50.
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...
“ Year: 1977
Film: Annie Hall
Role: Annie Hall
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Jane Fonda (Julia); *Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl); Lily Tomlin (The Late Show); Shelley Duvall (3 Women) ” - jmpatison003
 
51.
Jill Clayburgh
Actress, Bridesmaids
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles. Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, the daughter of Julia Louise (Dorr)...
“ Year: 1978
Film: An Unmarried Woman
Role: Erica
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Jane Fonda (Coming Home); *Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata (Hostsonaten)); *Geraldine Page (Interiors); Olivia Newton-John (Grease) ” - jmpatison003
 
52.
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...
“ Year: 1979
Film: Norma Rae
Role: Norma Rae Webster
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Bette Midler (The Rose); *Jane Fonda (The China Syndrome); Sigourney Weaver (Alien); Shirley MacLaine (Being There) ” - jmpatison003
 
53.
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...
“ Year: 1980
Film: Coal Miner's Daughter
Role: Loretta Lynn
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Goldie Hawn (Private Benjamin); Shelley Duvall (The Shining); Judy Davis (My Brilliant Career); Catherine Deneuve (The Last Metro (Le dernier metro)) ” - jmpatison003
 
54.
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...
“ Year: 1981
Film: Only When I Laugh
Role: Georgia
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Kathleen Turner (Body Heat); **Katharine Hepburn (On Golden Pond); *Diane Keaton (Reds); *Susan Sarandon (Atlantic City) ” - jmpatison003
 
55.
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...
“ Year: 1982
Note: Ties for Win with Jessica Lange for Frances
Film: Sophie's Choice
Role: Sophie Zawistowski
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Debra Winger (An Officer and a Gentleman); *Sissy Spacek (Missing); Diane Keaton (Shoot the Moon) ” - jmpatison003
 
56.
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...
“ Year: 1982
Note: Tied for Win with Meryl Streep for Sophie's Choice
Film: Frances
Role: Frances Farmer
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Debra Winger (An Officer and a Gentleman); *Sissy Spacek (Missing); Diane Keaton (Shoot the Moon) ” - jmpatison003
 
57.
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...
“ Year: 1983
Film: Silkwood
Role: Karen Silkwood
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Shirley MacLaine (Terms of Endearment); *Jane Alexander (Testament); *Julie Walters (Educating Rita); *Debra Winger (Terms of Endearment) ” - jmpatison003
 
58.
Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years...
“ Year: 1984
Film: Romancing the Stone
Role: Joan Wilder
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Judy Davis (A Passage to India); Nastassja Kinski (Paris, Texas); *Sally Field (Places in the Heart); Mia Farrow (Broadway Danny Rose) ” - jmpatison003
 
59.
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...
“ Year: 1985
Film: The Color Purple
Role: Celie Harris
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Geraldine Page (The Trip to Bountiful); Frances McDormand (Blood Simple); Norma Aleandro (The Official Story (La historia oficial)); *Meryl Streep (Out of Africa) ” - jmpatison003
 
60.
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...
“ Year: 1986
Film: Children of a Lesser God
Role: Sarah Norman
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Sigourney Weaver (Aliens); Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet); Chloe Webb (Sid and Nancy); Mia Farrow (Hannah and Her Sisters) ” - jmpatison003
 
61.
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...
“ Year: 1987
Film: Broadcast News
Role: Jane Craig
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Glenn Close (Fatal Attraction); Robin Wright (The Princess Bride); *Meryl Streep (Ironweed); **Cher (Moonstruck) ” - jmpatison003
 
62.
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...
“ Year: 1988
Film: Dangerous Liaisons
Role: Marquise Isabelle de Merteuil
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Meryl Streep (A Cry in the Dark); Susan Sarandon (Bull Durham); Jamie Lee Curtis (A Fish Called Wanda); **Jodie Foster (The Accused) ” - jmpatison003
 
63.
Meg Ryan
Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She has Rusyn/Ruthenian, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Ruthenian surname...
“ Year: 1989
Film: When Harry Met Sally...
Role: Sally Albright
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: **Jessica Tandy (Driving Miss Daisy); Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys); *Isabelle Adjani (Camille Claudel); Andie MacDowell (sex, lies, and videotape) ” - jmpatison003
 
64.
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...
“ Year: 1990
Film: Misery
Role: Annie Wilkes
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Meryl Streep (Postcards from the Edge); *Anjelica Huston (The Grifters); Mia Farrow (Alice); Andie MacDowell (Green Card) ” - jmpatison003
 
65.
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...
“ Year: 1991
Film: The Silence of the Lambs
Role: Clarice Starling
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Susan Sarandon (Thelma & Louise); *Geena Davis (Thelma & Louise); Kathy Bates (Fried Green Tomatoes); *Laura Dern (Rambling Rose) ” - jmpatison003
 
66.
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...
“ Year: 1992
Film: Howards End
Role: Margaret Schlegel
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Mary McDonnell (Passion Fish); *Michelle Pfeiffer (Love Field); *Catherine Deneuve (Indochine); *Susan Sarandon (Lorenzo's Oil) ” - jmpatison003
 
67.
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...
“ Year: 1993
Film: The Piano
Role: Ada McGrath
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Emma Thompson (The Remains of the Day); *Angela Bassett (What's Love Got to Do with It); Michelle Pfeiffer (The Age of Innocence); *Debra Winger (Shadowlands) ” - jmpatison003
 
68.
Melanie Lynskey
Actress, Togetherness
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures, achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control...
“ Year: 1994
Note: Tied for Win with Kate Winslet for Heavenly Creatures
Film: Heavenly Creatures
Role: Pauline Parker
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Jodie Foster (Nell); **Jessica Lange (Blue Sky); *Winona Ryder (Little Women) ” - jmpatison003
 
69.
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...
“ Year: 1994
Note: Tied for Win with Melanie Lynskey for Heavenly Creatures
Film: Heavenly Creatures
Role: Juliet Hulme
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No
Nominees: *Jodie Foster (Blue Sky); **Jessica Lange (Blue Sky); *Winona Ryder (Little Women) ” - jmpatison003
 
70.
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...
“ Year: 1995
Film: Dead Man Walking
Role: Sister Helen Prejean
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Elisabeth Shue (Leaving Las Vegas); *Meryl Streep (The Bridges of Madison County); *Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility); *Sharon Stone (Casino) ” - jmpatison003
 
71.
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...
“ Year: 1996
Film: Fargo
Role: Marge Olmstead-Gunderson
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Emily Watson (Breaking the Waves); *Brenda Blethyn (Secrets & Lies); Gena Rowlands (Unhook the Stars); Debbie Reynolds (Mother) ” - jmpatison003
 
72.
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...
“ Year: 1997
Film: The Wings of the Dove
Role: Kate Croy
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Helen Hunt (As Good as It Gets); *Judi Dench (Mrs. Brown); *Kate Winslet (Titanic); Pam Grier (Jackie Brown) ” - jmpatison003
 
73.
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...
“ Year: 1998
Film: Elizabeth
Role: Queen Elizabeth I of England
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: **Gwyneth Paltrow (Shakespeare in Love); *Emily Watson (Hilary and Jackie); Franka Potente (Run Lola Run (Lola rennt)); Ally Sheedy (High Art) ” - jmpatison003
 
74.
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...
“ Year: 1999
Film: Boys Don't Cry
Role: Brandon Teena
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Annette Bening (American Beauty); *Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds); Reese Witherspoon (Election); Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) ” - jmpatison003
 
75.
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...
“ Year: 2000
Film: Erin Brockovich
Role: Erin Brockovich
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream); Bjork (Dancer in the Dark); *Joan Allen (The Contender); *Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) ” - jmpatison003
 
76.
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...
“ Year: 2001
Film: A Beautiful Mind
Role: Alicia Nash
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: No (WON Best Supporting Actress)
Nominees: Nicole Kidman (The Others); **Halle Berry (Monster's Ball); *Judi Dench (Iris); Audrey Tatou (Amelie) ” - jmpatison003
 
77.
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, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ Year: 2002
Film: Far from Heaven
Role: Cathy Whitaker
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Diane Lane (Unfaithful); *Renee Zellweger (Chicago); ^^Catherine Zeta-Jones (Chicago); Maggie Gyllenhaal (Secretary) ” - jmpatison003
 
78.
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...
“ Year: 2003
Film: Monster
Role: Aileen Wuornos
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Naomi Watts (21 Grams); Evan Rachel Wood (thirteen); Thora Birch (Ghost World); Uma Thurman (Kill Bill, Vol. 1) ” - jmpatison003
 
79.
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...
“ Year: 2004
Film: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Role: Clementine Kruczynski
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake); **Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby); Julie Delpy (Before Sunset); *Annette Bening (Being Julia) ” - jmpatison003
 
80.
Felicity Huffman
Felicity toiled away for 20 years in ill fated television shows, Broadway plays and independent films in the shadow of her successful husband, actor William H Macy, then she got the part of Lynette Scavo in the television series Desperate Housewives and the film Transamerica resulting in a Golden Globe nomination for both.
“ Year: 2005
Film: Transamerica
Role: Sabrina "Bree" Osbourne
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Q'orianka Kilcher (The New World); Joan Allen (The Upside of Anger); **Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line); *Keira Knightley (Pride & Prejudice) ” - jmpatison003
 
81.
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...
“ Year: 2006
Film: The Queen
Role: Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Kate Winslet (Little Children); *Penelope Cruz (Volver); *Meryl Streep (The Devil Wears Prada); Maggie Gyllenhaal (Sherrybaby) ” - jmpatison003
 
82.
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. Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays...
“ Year: 2007
Film: La Vie en Rose
Role: Edith Piaf
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Julie Christie (Away from Her); *Ellen Page (Juno); Keira Knightley (Atonement); Tang Wei (Lust, Caution (Se, Jie)) ” - jmpatison003
 
83.
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...
“ Year: 2008
Film: Rachel Getting Married
Role: Kym
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road); *Meryl Streep (Doubt); Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky); *Melissa Leo (Frozen River) ” - jmpatison003
 
84.
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Mulligan is a British actress, born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her father is of Irish descent and her mother is Welsh, originally from Llandeilo. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ Year: 2009
Film: An Education
Role: Jenny Mellor
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Gabourey Sidibe (Precious); Yolande Moreau (Seraphine); *Meryl Streep (Julie & Julia); Tilda Swinton (Julia) ” - jmpatison003
 
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Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ Year: 2010
Film: Black Swan
Role: Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; Yes
Nominees: *Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine); *Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole); *Jennifer Lawrence (Winter's Bone); ^Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) ” - jmpatison003
 
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Viola Davis
Actress, The Help
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker...
“ Year: 2011
Film: The Help
Role: Aibileen Clark
Nominated for Best Actress, and if so, did she win?: Yes; No
Nominees: *Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo); Charlize Theron (Young Adult); **Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady); Kristen Wiig (Bridesmaids) ” - jmpatison003