Top 20 Performances of 1959

These are my top 20 performances listed in order for each category (lead actor, lead actress, supporting actor & supporting actress)
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1.
“ in Hirsohima mon amour (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1959) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
Jack Lemmon
Jack Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925 in Newton, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He initially acted on TV before moving to Hollywood for the big screen, cultivating a career that would span decades. An eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins, Lemmon starred in over 60 films including Some Like It Hot...
“ in Some Like It Hot (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
James Stewart
James Stewart was nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one in competition for The Philadelphia Story and receiving an Academy Lifetime Achievement award. Stewart was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age Hollywood by the American Film Institute. He was a major Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star...
“ in Anatomy of a Murder (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
4.
Stanley Baker
Actor, Zulu
Stanley Baker was unusual star material to emerge during the Fifties - when impossibly handsome and engagingly romantic leading men were almost de rigueur. Baker was forged from a rougher mould. His was good-looking, but his features were angular, taut, austere and unwelcoming. His screen persona was taciturn...
“ in Yesterday's Enemy (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
Laurence Harvey
Laurence Harvey was a British movie star who helped usher in the 1960s with his indelible portrait of a ruthless social climber, and became one of the decade's cultural icons for his appearances in socially themed motion pictures. Harvey was born Zvi Mosheh Skikne on October 1, 1928 in Joniskis, Lithuania...
“ in Room at the Top (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
Emmanuelle Riva
Actress, Amour
An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred [Alfredo] Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six...
“ in Hirsohima mon amour (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1959) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
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...
“ in Room at the Top (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
Lana Turner
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional accomplishments. Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace...
“ in Imitation of Life (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
Jean Seberg
Actress, Breathless
Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry. One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls...
“ in Breathless (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
“ in Girl's Town (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
George C. Scott
Best known for his stage work, as well as his portrayal of General George S. Patton in the film Patton, as General Buck Turgidson in Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, and as Ebenezer Scrooge in Clive Donner's A Christmas Carol. He was the first actor to refuse the Academy Award for Best Actor (for Patton)...
“ in Anatomy of a Murder (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1959) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara's screen career began with two critically acclaimed roles as heavies in the late 1950s. He turned to television in the 1960s but made a big screen comeback with roles in three John Cassavetes films in the 1970s. The 1980s and 1990s saw Gazzara work more frequently than ever before in character parts...
“ in Anatomy of a Murder (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
Arthur O'Connell
Though veteran character actor Arthur O'Connell was born in New York City in 1908, he looked as countrified as apple pie, looking ever more comfy in overalls than he ever did in a suit. He made his stage debut in the mid 1930s and came into contact with Orson Welles' Mercury Theatre. As a result, he earned the bit role of a reporter in the final scenes of Citizen Kane (1941)...
“ in Anatomy of a Murder (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
Joe E. Brown
Joe E. Brown happily claimed that he was the only youngster in show business who ran way from home to join the circus with the blessings of his parents. In 1902, the ten-year-old Brown joined a circus tumbling act called the Five Marvellous Ashtons, which toured various circuses and vaudeville theaters...
“ in Some Like It Hot (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
Sammy Davis Jr.
Sammy Davis Jr. was often billed as the "greatest living entertainer in the world". He was born in Harlem, Manhattan, the son of dancer Elvera Davis (née Sanchez) and vaudeville star Sammy Davis Sr.. His father was African-American and his mother was of Puerto Rican ancestry. Davis Jr. was known as someone who could do it all--sing...
“ in Porgy and Bess (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
Lee Remick
Actress, The Omen
Lee Remick was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, to Gertrude Margaret (Waldo), an actress, and Francis Edwin Remick, a department store owner. She had Irish and English ancestry. Remick was educated at Barnard College, studied dance and worked on stage and TV, before making her film debut as a sexy Southern majorette in Elia Kazan's A Face in the Crowd...
“ in Anatomy of a Murder (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1959) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
Susan Kohner
Susan Kohner was born on November 11, 1936 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was actress Lupita Tovar, a successful performer from the 1930s and it was only natural that for Susan to gravitate toward acting. Her first role was in To Hell and Back in 1955. One more film in 1956 and one in 1957 brought her to the attention of producers in the movie industry...
“ in Imitation of Life (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
Juanita Moore
African American actress Juanita Moore entered films in the early 1950s, a time in which few black people were given an opportunity to act in major studio films. Fortunately Moore's roles began improving as Hollywood developed a social consciousness toward the end of the decade. In 1959 she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Imitation of Life...
“ in Imitation of Life (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
Hermione Baddeley
Actress, Mary Poppins
A brash character actress who specialized in cinema, television, and theater, Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire. She was the youngest of four sisters - including Angela Baddeley, also an actress - and her half-brother, Very Rev William Baddeley, was a Church of England Minister...
“ in Room at the Top (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
Constance Ford
Actress, Another World
Constance Ford began her career in television in the 1950s, performing in live television dramas on Studio One in Hollywood, Armstrong Circle Theatre, Goodyear Playhouse, and other acclaimed series, and playing recurring characters in four afternoon serials; "Rose Peabody" in Search for Tomorrow, "Lynn Sherwood" in Woman with a Past, "Eve Morris" in The Edge of Night and "Ada Davis Downs Hobson" in Another World...
“ in A Summer Place (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg