Top 20 Performances of 1966

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.
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
“ in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (best performance by an actor in a lead role 1966) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
David Hemmings
Actor, Gladiator
David Hemmings, one of the great English cinema icons of the 1960s, was born in Guildford, Surrey, on November 18, 1941, to a cookie merchant and his wife. He was educated at Glyn College, Epsom, but while still a child, Hemmings made his first forays into the world of entertainment. An accomplished singer...
“ in Blow Up (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
Rock Hudson
Actor, Giant
Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn't remember lines...
“ in Seconds (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
4.
David Warner
Actor, Titanic
David Hattersley Warner was born July 29, 1941 in Manchester, England, to Ada Doreen (Hattersley) and Herbert Simon Warner. He has described his childhood as "messy". His father changed jobs often and moved from town to town. David attended eight schools and "failed his exams at all of them". His parents separated when he was a teenager and he only saw his mother again seven years later...
“ in Morgan (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
Donald Pleasence
Actor, Halloween
Balding, quietly-spoken, of slight build and possessed of piercing blue eyes -- often peering out from behind round, steel-rimmed glasses -- Donald Pleasence had the necessary physical attributes which make a great screen villain. In the course of his lengthy career, he relished playing the obsessed...
“ in Cul-De-Sac (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
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...
“ in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (best performance by an actress in a lead role 1966) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
Bibi Andersson
Actress, Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom, playing against Nils Poppe...
“ in Persona (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
Anna Karina
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless, but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda...
“ in The Nun (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
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...
“ in Morgan (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
Jeanne Moreau
Actress, Jules and Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows immediately followed by The Lovers, he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie Française in her 20s...
“ in Mademoiselle (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
Robert Duvall
Veteran actor and director Robert Selden Duvall was born on January 5, 1931, in San Diego, CA, to Mildred Virginia (Hart), an amateur actress, and William Howard Duvall, a career military officer who later became an admiral. Duvall majored in drama at Principia College (Elsah, IL), then served a two-year hitch in the army after graduating in 1953...
“ in The Chase (best performance by an actor in a supporting role 1966) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
Jack Gilford
Actor, Cocoon
Jack Gilford was born in Brooklyn, New York, as Yankel Gellman. He began his career in the Amateur Nights of the 1930s moving on to nightclubs as an innovative comedian doing satire and pantomime. He was a regular at the Greenwich Village nightspot, Cafe Society and hosted shows featuring Zero Mostel...
“ in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
Michael Hordern
Following a brief teaching career, Michael Hordern made his stage debut in 1937. He made his film debut in 1939, but his career was stalled by WWII. He resumed his acting career in 1946, both in theatre and films. He hit his stride in the 1960s playing befuddled characters, particularly stuffy public officials. He was knighted in 1983.
“ in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
Walter Matthau
Walter Matthau was best known for starting in many films which included Charade (1963), The Odd Couple (1968), Grumpy Old Men (1993) and Dennis the Meance (1993). He often worked with Jack Lemmon and the two were Hollywood's craziest stars. He was born Walter John Matthow in New York City, New York on October 1...
“ in The Fortune Cookie (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
George Segal
George Segal was born on February 13, 1934 in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, to Fannie Blanche (Bodkin) and George Segal, Sr., a malt and hop agent. All of his grandparents were Russian Jewish immigrants. After a stint in the military, he made his bones as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors...
“ in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
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...
“ in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (best performance by an actress in a supporting role 1966) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
Janice Rule
Actress, 3 Women
One of the most versatile actresses, Janice Rule was born in Norwood, Ohio, on August 15, 1931. Janice made her screen debut in the star-studded movie Goodbye, My Fancy. She played the rival for James Stewart's affections, and was driven away by witch Kim Novak, in Bell Book and Candle, a pre-Bewitched comedy...
“ in The Chase (2nd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
Sue Bernard
Susan Bernard was born into Hollywood glitter at a time when Hollywood glamor reached its zenith. Her father was Nazi Holocaust survivor and photographer to the stars, Bruno Bernard ("Bernard of Hollywood"). Her mother was stage actress and directrix Ruth Brand. In recent years Ms. Bernard has dedicated her career to the memory of her father's works...
“ in Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill (3rd choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
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...
“ in Blow Up (4th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
Angie Dickinson
Actress, Police Woman
Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, in 1931, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Brown. Mr. Brown was the publisher of The Kulm Messenger. The family left North Dakota in 1942 when Angie was 11 years old, moving to Burbank, California. In December of 1946, when she was a senior at Bellamarine Jefferson High School in Burbank...
“ in The Chase (5th choice) ” - Aunt-Peg