Best Supporting Actress choices from 1926 to date.

My choices, and runner ups (limited to a total of 5) for each year since 1926 to date for best supporting actress of the year.
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1.
Louise Brooks
Actress, Pandora's Box
Mary Louise Brooks, also known by her childhood name of Brooksie, was born in the midwestern town of Cherryvale, Kansas, on November 14, 1906. She began dancing at an early age with the Denishawn Dancers (which was how she left Kansas and went to New York) and then with George White's Scandals before joining the Ziegfeld Follies...
“ in Love'em and Leave'em (1926) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
2.
“ in Sunrise (1927) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
3.
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...
“ in The Patsy (1928)
Runner up:
Loretta Young in Laugh Clown Laugh ” - Aunt-Peg
 
4.
“ in Piccadilly (1929) ” - Aunt-Peg
 
5.
“ in City Girl (1930)
Runner ups:
Marie Dressler in Anna Christie
Marie Prevost in Paid ” - Aunt-Peg
 
6.
Joan Blondell
Actress, Grease
With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17...
“ in Night Nurse (1931)
Runner ups:
Virginia Cherrill in City Lights
Irene Graham in Smart Money
Hertha Thiele in Madchen in Uniform ” - Aunt-Peg
 
7.
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...
“ in Red Dust (1932)
Runner ups:
Jean Harlow in Beast of the City
Josephine Hull in After Tomorrow
Una Merkel in The Red Headed Woman
Anna May Wong in Shanghai Express ” - Aunt-Peg
 
8.
Margaret Dumont
Actress, Duck Soup
Margaret Dumont would probably consider it a tragedy that she is best-known for her performances as the ultimate straight woman in seven of the Marx Brothers' films (including most of their best). By all accounts she never understood their jokes (offscreen and on), which is of course a major reason why she's so funny...
“ in Duck Soup (1933)
Runner ups:
Judith Anderson in Blood Money
Mary Astor in The Little Giant
Billie Burke in Dinner at Eight
Edna May Oliver in Little Women ” - Aunt-Peg
 
9.
Louise Beavers
Actress, Beulah
1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...
“ in Imitation of Life (1934)
Runner ups:
Mary Boland in Four Frightened People
Louise Dresser in The Scarlet Empress
Gracie Fields in Six of a Kind
Ruthelma Stevens in The Scarlet Empress ” - Aunt-Peg
 
10.
Mary Boland
Actress, The Women
Lively, buxom character actress Mary Boland made a name for herself playing vacuous or pixillated motherly types during the 1930's. One of her most memorable performances was as the addle-brained Mrs. Rimplegar of Three Cornered Moon, who gives away her family fortune to a swindler because he seemed like 'such a nice young man'...
“ in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Runner ups:
Spring Byington in Werewolf of London
Olivia De Haviland in Captain Blood
Elsa Lanchester in Bride of Rankenstein
Rossalind Russell in China Sea ” - Aunt-Peg
 
11.
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...
“ in Show Boat (1936)
Runner ups:
Mary Astor in Dodsworth
Bonita Granville in These Three
Kathleen Howard in It's a Gift
Jean Rouveral in It's a Gift ” - Aunt-Peg
 
12.
“ in Camille (1937)
Runner ups:
Fay Bainter in Make Way For Tomorrow
Billie Burke in Topper
Lenore Ulric in Camille
May Whitty in Night Must Fall ” - Aunt-Peg
 
13.
Beulah Bondi
Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts (a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films, including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine...
“ in Vivacious Lady (1938)
Runner ups:
Fay Bainter in Jezebel
May Robson in Bringing Up Baby
Ann Sheridan in Angels with Dirty Faces
May Whitty in The Lady Vanishes ” - Aunt-Peg
 
14.
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...
“ in Gone With the Wind (1939)
Runner ups:
Olivia De Haviland in Gone With the Wind
Geraldine Fitzgerald in Dark Victory
Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz
Claire Trevor in Stagecoach ” - Aunt-Peg
 
15.
Judith Anderson
Actress, Rebecca
Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
“ in Rebecca (1940)
Runner ups:
Lucille Ball in Dance Girl Dance
Jan Darwell in The Grapes of Wrath
Ruth Gordon in Abe Lincoln in Illinous
Flora Robson in The Sea Hawke ” - Aunt-Peg
 
16.
Sara Allgood
Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers...
“ in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Runner ups:
Mary Astor in The Great Lie
Mary Astor in The Maltese Falcon
Maureen O'Hara in How Green Was My Valley
Teresa Wright in The Little Foxes ” - Aunt-Peg
 
17.
Agnes Moorehead
Actress, Bewitched
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
“ in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Runner ups:
Mary Astor in The Palm Beach Story
Gladys Cooper in Now, Voyager
May Whitty in Mrs. Miniver
Teresa Wright in Mrs. Miniver ” - Aunt-Peg
 
18.
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)...
“ in The Ox Bow Incident (1943)
Runner ups:
Gladys Cooper in The Song of Bernadette
Lena Horne in Cabin in the Sky
Ethel Waters in Cabin in the Sky
Googie Withers in On Approval ” - Aunt-Peg
 
19.
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
“ in Gaslight (1944)
Runner ups:
Jean Adair in Arsenic and Old Lace
Mary Astor in Meet Me in St. Louis
Fay Helm in The Phantom Lady
Josephine Hull in Arsenic and Old Lace ” - Aunt-Peg
 
20.
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...
“ in Blithe Spirit (1945)
Runner ups:
Ann Blyth in Mildred Pierce
Roslaind Ivan in Scarlet Street
Angela Lansbury in The Picture of Dorian Gray
Marjorie Main in Murder, He Says ” - Aunt-Peg
 
21.
Ann Savage
Actress, My Winnipeg
For one tough cookie who achieved major cult stardom with her hard-bitten blonde looks and "Perfect Vixen" tag, Ann Savage in real life was a lovely, spirited, gentle-looking lady. She may have peaked only briefly in 1940s Hollywood low-budgeters, but she made the most of it during that fairly short tenure...
“ in Detour (1946)
Runner ups:
Ethel Barrymore in The Spiral Staircase
Linda Darnell for My Darling Clementine
Virginia Mayo in The Best Years of Our Lives
Teresa Wright in The Bes Years of Our Lives ” - Aunt-Peg
 
22.
Ann Harding
Ann Harding was born Dorothy Walton Gatley on August 7, 1901, in Fort Sam Houston, Texas. The daughter of an Army captain and his wife, Ann spent a lot of time traveling around the US whenever her West Point-educated father was transferred. Moving to such places as Illinois, Kentucky, New Jersey, Cuba and Pennsylvania made it very hard to put down roots...
“ in It Happened on 5th Avenue (1947)
Runner ups:
Kathleen Byron in Black Narcissus
Rosemary DeCamp in Nora Prentiss
Gale Storm in It Happened on 5th Avenue
Audrey Totter in The Unsuspected ” - Aunt-Peg
 
23.
Aline MacMahon
Actress, The Search
Aline MacMahon was born of Irish/Russian ancestry on May 3 1899, the daughter of William Marcus MacMahon and Jennie Simon MacMahon. Her father went on to become editor-in-chief of Munsey's Magazine, while her mother pursued a theatrical acting career from middle-age and lived to the ripe old age of 107...
“ in The Search (1948)
Runner ups:
Jean Cadell in Whiskey Galore
Agnes Moorehead in Johnny Belinda
Jean Simmons in Hamlet
Sanae Takasugi in Women of the Night ” - Aunt-Peg
 
24.
Nora Swinburne
Actress, The River
Known for her genteel ways and stately beauty in tea service drama, British actress Nora Swinburne was born Elinore Johnson on July 24, 1902, in Bath, England. Performing on stage as both actress and dancer from the age of 10, her father, Henry Swinburne Johnson, manufactured toys for a living. She was a member of Clive Currie's Young Players in 1914 and appeared in shows during that year...
“ in Quartet (1949)
Runner ups:
Edith Evans in Queen of Spades
Virginia Mayo in White Heat
Alida Valli in The Third Man
Margaret Wycherky in White Heat ” - Aunt-Peg
 
25.
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...
“ in Harvey (1950)
Runner ups:
Judith Anderson in The Furies
Hope Emerson in Caged
Agnes Moorhead in Caged
Thelma Ritter in All About Eve ” - Aunt-Peg
 
26.
Hope Emerson
Actress, Adam's Rib
Although there may have been "bigger" actresses in Hollywood's history, there were few "larger" than Hope Emerson. At 6' 2" and 230 pounds, she towered over many of her male co-stars, and her size, brusque voice and stern demeanor typed her for a career in villainous roles, such as her star turn as the sadistic prison matron in Caged...
“ in Westward the Women (1951)
Runner ups:
Peggy Dow in Bright Victory
Kim Hunter in A Streetcar Named Desire
Nancy Kulp in The Model and the Marriagebroker
Thelma Ritter in The Mating Season ” - Aunt-Peg
 
27.
Ethel Waters
Actress, Beulah
The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and dancing; she began performing at church functions...
“ in Member of the Wedding (1952)
Runner ups:
Gloria Grahame in Sudden Fear
Jean Hagen in Singin' in the Rain
Katy Jurado in High Noon
Colette Marchand in Moulin Rouge ” - Aunt-Peg
 
28.
Geraldine Page
Actress, The Rescuers
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
“ in Hondo (1953)
Runner ups:
Jean Arthur in Shane
Gloria Grahame in The Big Heat
Setsuko Hara in Tokyo Story
Thelma Ritter in Pickup on South Street ” - Aunt-Peg
 
29.
Agnes Moorehead
Actress, Bewitched
Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal Opera as a dancer and singer for four years...
“ in The Magnificent Obsession (1954)
Runner ups:
Beulah Bondi in Track of the Cat
Jennifer Jones in Beat the Devil
Viveca Lindfors in Moonfleet
Mercedes McCambridge in Johnny Guitar ” - Aunt-Peg
 
30.
Lillian Gish
Lillian Diana Gish was born on October 14, 1893 in Springfield, Ohio. Her father James Lee Gish was an alcoholic who caroused around, was rarely at home and left the family to more or less to fend for themselves. To help make ends meet, Lillian, her sister Dorothy Gish and their mother Mary Gish a.k.a...
“ in Night of the Hunter (1955)
Runner ups:
Agnes Moorehead in All That Heaven Allows
Gaby Rodgers in Kiss Me Deadly
Rosalind Russell in Picnic
Shelley Winters in Night of the Hunter ” - Aunt-Peg
 
31.
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...
“ in Written on the Wind (1956)
Runner ups:
Eileen Hackett in The Bad Seed
Machio Koyo in Street of Shame
Angela Lansbury in The Court Jester
Patty McCormack in The Bad Seed ” - Aunt-Peg
 
32.
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 Wild Strawberries (1957)
Runner ups:
Irene Browne in All at Sea
Marlene Dietrich in Witness for the Prosecution
Hope Lange in Peyton Place
Diane Varsi in Peyton Place ” - Aunt-Peg
 
33.
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...
“ in The Tarnished Angels (1958)
Runner ups:
Marlene Dietrich in Touch of Evil
Martha Hyer in Some Came Running
Deborah Kerr in Bonjour Tristesse
Tina Louise in God's Little Acre ” - Aunt-Peg
 
34.
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 (1959)
Runner ups:
Hermione Baddeley in A Room with a View
Constance Ford in A Summer Place
Susan Kohner in Imitation of Life
Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life ” - Aunt-Peg
 
35.
Janet Leigh
Actress, Psycho
Janet Leigh was born Jeanette Helen Morrison on July 6, 1927 in Merced, California, the only child of Helen Lita (Westergaard) and Frederick Robert Morrison. Her maternal grandparents were Danish, and her father had British Isles and German ancestry. Her parents often moved from town to town. Living in apartments...
“ in Psycho (1960)
Runner ups:
Anita Ekberg in La Dolce Vita
Wendy Hiller in Sons and Lovers
Shirley Jones in Elmer Gentry
Anna Massey in Peeping Tom ” - Aunt-Peg
 
36.
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...
“ in The Children's Hour (1961)
Runner ups:
Dora Bryan in A Taste of Honey
Eleonora Brown in Two Women
Piper Laurie in The Hustler
Patricia Neal in Breakfast at Tiffanys ” - Aunt-Peg
 
37.
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...
“ in Lolita (1962)
Runner ups:
Mary Badham in To Kill a Mockingbird
Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate
Thelma Ritter in Birdman of Alcartraz
Barbara Stanwyck in Walk on the Wild Side ” - Aunt-Peg
 
38.
Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
“ in Hud (1963)
Runner ups:
Claire Bloom in The Haunting
Wendy Craig in The Servant
Edith Evans in Tom Jones
Agnes Moorhead in Who's Minding the Store? ” - Aunt-Peg
 
39.
Angie Dickinson
Actress, Police Woman
Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Fredericka (Hehr) and Leo Henry Brown, a newspaper editor and publisher of The Kulm Messenger. Her parents were both of German descent, with the family surname originally being "Braun"(which in German is pronounced as brown). The family left North Dakota in 1942...
“ in The Killers (1964)
Grayson Hall in Night of the Iguana
Shirley Jones in Bedtime Story
Angela Lansbury in The World of Henry Orient
Susan Lyon in Night of the Iguana ” - Aunt-Peg
 
40.
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 (1965)
Runner ups:
Claire Bloom in The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
Charmain Carr in The Sound of Music
Angie Dickinson in The Chase
Shelley Winters in A Patch of Blue ” - Aunt-Peg
 
41.
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? (1966)
Runner ups:
Susan Bernard in Faster Pussycat, Kill, Kill
Wendy Hiller in A Man for All Seasons
Patricia Jessel in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
Vanessa Redgrave in Blow Up ” - Aunt-Peg
 
42.
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...
“ in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Runner ups:
Alenia Capr in Common Law Cabin
Angie Dickinson in Point Blank
Susan Hayward in The Honey Pot
Maggie Smith in The Honey Pot ” - Aunt-Peg
 
43.
Carole Browne
Actress, Noise
“ in The Killing of Sister George (1968)
Runner ups:
Beverly Garland in Pretty Poison
Ruth Gordon in Rosemary's Baby
Eileen Heckart in No Way to Treat a Lady
Sondra Locke in The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ” - Aunt-Peg
 
44.
Susannah York
Actress, Superman
The lovely Susannah York, a gamin, blue-eyed, cropped blonde British actress, displayed a certain crossover star quality when she dared upon the Hollywood scene in the early 1960s. A purposefully intriguing, enigmatic and noticeably uninhibited talent, she was born Susannah Yolande Fletcher on January 9...
“ in They Shoot Horses Don't They? (1969)
Runner ups:
Petula Clark in Goodbye Mr. Chips
Sylvia Miles in Midnight Cowboy
Diana Rigg in On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Ingrid Thulin in The Damned ” - Aunt-Peg
 
45.
Karen Black
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later...
“ in Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Runner ups:
Andrea Feldman in Trash
Hazel Phillips in The Set
Stella Stevens in The Ballad of Cable Hogue
Mink Stole in Multiple Maniacs ” - Aunt-Peg
 
46.
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...
“ in The Last Picture Show (1971)
Runner ups:
Diana Dors in Deep End
Glenda Jackson in The Boy Friend
Gemma Jones in The Devils
Lee Remick in Loot ” - Aunt-Peg
 
47.
Pat Ast
Actress, Heat
Pat was a native New Yorker who worked as a receptionist and clerk in a box factory. She met Andy Warhol later and starred in his film "Heat" with Joe Dallesandro and Sylvia Miles. Later she met a fashion designer, Roy Halston and worked in his Madison Avenue store. From there, she decided to move to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s and appeared in such films as "Reform School Girls"...
“ in Heat (1972)
Runner ups:
Andrea Feldman in Heat
Eileen Heckart in Butterflies are Free
Tonny Huurdeman in Turkish Delight
Shelley Winters in The Poseidon Adventure ” - Aunt-Peg
 
48.
Valentina Cortese
Actress, Day for Night
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Les Misérables and Tempesta su Parigi, playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (the film was a competent screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic "Les misérables")...
“ in Day For Night (1973)
Runner ups:
Adriana Asti in A Brief Vacation
Diane Cilento in The Wicker Man
Joan Hackett in The Last of Shelia
Kate Reid in A Delicate Balance ” - Aunt-Peg
 
49.
Mink Stole
Actress, Lost Highway
Part of the original motley crew of cast players in underground shock master John Waters' bare-bones 8mm, 16mm and 35mm cult perversions during the late 60s and early 70s, Mink Stole was born Nancy Stoll in the late 1940s in Baltimore, Maryland. Waters took her under his wing in 1966 wherein she...
“ in Female Trouble (1974)
Runner ups:
Karen Black in Law and Disorder
Elena Fiore in The Seduction of Mimi
Edith Massey in Female Trouble
Maxine McKendry in Blood for Dracula ” - Aunt-Peg
 
50.
Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and later enrolled at Wayne State University...
“ in Nashville (1975)
Runner ups:
Geraldine Chaplin in Nashville
Marion Eaton in Thundercrack
Paula Prentiss in Th Stepford Wives
Helen Vita in Satan's Brew ” - Aunt-Peg
 
51.
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ in Carrie (1976)
Runner ups:
Candy Clark in The Man Who Fell to Earth
Veronica Cartwright in Inserts
Valeska Gert in Coup of Grace
Brigitte Mira in Chinese Roulette ” - Aunt-Peg
 
52.
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 Julia (1977)
Runner ups:
Cloris Leachman in High Anxiety
Janice Rule in 3 Women
Mink Stole in Desperate Living
Tuesday Weld in Looking or Mr. Goodbar ” - Aunt-Peg
 
53.
Geraldine Page
Actress, The Rescuers
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
“ in Interiors (1978)
Runner ups:
Carol Burnett in A Wedding
Ellen Burstyn in A Dream of Passion
Linda Manz in Days of Heaven
Penelope Milford in Coming ” - Aunt-Peg
 
54.
Rachel Roberts
Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing a drama film about the life of women in prison...
“ in Yanks (1979)
Runner ups:
Kathleen Beller in Promises in the Dark
Lisa Eichhorn in Yanks
Lee Grant in When You Comin' Back Red Ryder
Season Hubley in Hardcore ” - Aunt-Peg
 
55.
Nancy Allen
Actress, RoboCop
Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy made her first film appearance in The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson...
“ in Dressed to Kill (1980)
Runner ups:
Brenda Blythen in Grown Ups
Beverly D'Angelo in Coal Miner's Daughter
Cathy Moriarty in Raging Bull
Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard ” - Aunt-Peg
 
56.
Judy Davis
Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel...
“ in Hoodwink (1981)
Runner ups:
Joan Hackett in Only When I Laugh
Kristy McNichol in Only When I Laugh
Maureen Stapleton in Rds
Mink Stole in Polyester ” - Aunt-Peg
 
57.
“ in Personal Best (1982)
Runner ups:
Karen Black in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmie Dean, Jimme Dean
Glenn Close in The World According to Garp
Ann-Marie Duringer in Veronika Voss
Lesley Ann Warren in Victor/Victoria ” - Aunt-Peg
 
58.
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...
“ in Independence Day (1983)
Runner ups:
Sandra Bernhard in The King of Comedy
Veronica Cartwright in The Right Stuff
Tess Harper in Tender Mercies
Paula E. Shepherd in Liquid Sky ” - Aunt-Peg
 
59.
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...
“ in A Passage to India (1984)
Runner ups:
Gertrud Bredel in Hemiat
Melanie Griffith in Body Double
Amy Madigan in Streets of Fire
Karin Rasenack in Hemiat ” - Aunt-Peg
 
60.
“ in Bliss (1985)
Runner ups:
Chus Lampreave in What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Liz Smith in A Private Function
Tracey Ullman in Plenty
Ann Wedgeworth in Sweet Dreams ” - Aunt-Peg
 
61.
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...
“ in A Room with a View (1986)
Runner ups:
Pat Ast in Reform School Girls
Lindy Davies in Malcolm
Chus Lampreave in Matador
Kerry Walker in The Twelfth Night ” - Aunt-Peg
 
62.
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 Prick Up Your Ears (1987)
Runner ups:
Norma Aleandro in Gaby - A True Story
Julie Kavner in Radio Days
Miranda Richardson in Empire of the Sun ” - Aunt-Peg
 
63.
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...
“ in Salome's Last Dance
Runner ups:
Sandra Bernhard in Track 29
Tina Bursil in Jilted
Mercedes Reuhl in Married to the Mob
Heather Tobias in High Hopes ” - Aunt-Peg
 
64.
Carrie Fisher
Carrie Frances Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, to singers/actors Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. She is an actress and writer, known for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (aka Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi. Fisher is also known for her book...
“ in When Harry Met Sally....(1989)
Runner ups:
Bridget Fonda in Strapless
Angelica Huston in Crimes and Misdemeanors
Kelly Lynch in Drugstore Cowboy
Mae Questel in New York Stories ” - Aunt-Peg
 
65.
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...
“ in Ghost (1990)
Runner ups:
Kathy Baker in Edward Scissorhands
Diane Ladd in Wild at Heart
Annie Potts in Texasville
Dianne Weist in Edward Scissorhands ” - Aunt-Peg
 
66.
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...
“ in Fisher King (1991)
Runner ups:
He Caifei in Raise the Red Lantern
Cao Cuifeng in Raise the Red Lantern
Elizabeth Perkins in The Doctor
Emma Thompson in Impromptu ” - Aunt-Peg
 
67.
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...
“ in Light Sleeper (1992)
Runner ups:
Judy Davis in Husbands and Wives
Whoopi Goldberg in The Player
Joan Plowright in Enchanted April
Lili Taylor in Arizona Dream ” - Aunt-Peg
 
68.
Katrin Cartlidge
Katrin Cartlidge began her career as a doing backstage & front of house work at London's Royal Court Theatre, having appeared with their Young People's Theatre group. She progressed to appearing in play readings and workshops before winning a regular role in Brookside. She went on to forge an award-winning career in theatre and film...
“ in Naked (1993)
Runner ups:
Julianne Moore in Short Cuts
Rosie Perez in Fearless
Maggie Smith in The Secret Garden
Kerry Walker in The Piano ” - Aunt-Peg
 
69.
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...
“ in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Runner ups:
Jamie Lee Curtis in True Lies
Jeannie Dryden in Muriel's Wedding
Rachel Griffith in Muriel's Wedding
Mink Stole in Serial Mom ” - Aunt-Peg
 
70.
Mare Winningham
Actress, Philomena
Mary 'Mare' Megan Winningham is an actress and songwriter who has appeared in nearly 100 TV shows and feature films. She began her career in 1976 as a singer, and starred in numerous and diverse film roles before hitting it big as one of the original Brat Pack in Joel Schumacher's St. Elmo's Fire with Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, and Ally Sheedy...
“ in Georgia (1995)
Runner ups:
Rosie DiPalma in The Flower of My Secret
Jennifer Elsie Cox in The Brady Bunch Movie
Chus Lampreave in The Flower of My Secret
Christine Taylor in The Brady Bunch Movie ” - Aunt-Peg
 
71.
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...
“ in The Grass Harp (1996)
Runner ups:
Katrin Cartlidge in Breaking the Waves
Marianne Jean-Baptiste in Secrets and Lies
Courtney Love in The People Vs. Larry Flynnt
Mary Kay Place in Citizen Ruth ” - Aunt-Peg
 
72.
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...
“ in Boogie Nights (1997)
Runner ups:
Lara Flynn Boyle in Afterglow
Eli Anne Linnestad in Junk Mail
Debbie Morgan in Eve's Bayou
Claire Rushbrook in Under the Skin ” - Aunt-Peg
 
73.
Lisa Kudrow
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), was a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, was a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish immigrant families (from Belarus, Russia, and Hungary). Lisa was raised in Tarzana and played varsity-level tennis in high school and college...
“ in The Opposite of Sex (1998)
Runner ups:
Kathy Bates in Primary Colors
Patricia Clarkson in High Art
Theresa Russell in Wild THings
Marisa Tomei in The Slums of Beverly Hills ” - Aunt-Peg
 
74.
Chloë Sevigny
Known in the mid to late nineties for her status as a fashion impresario and "it girl," with over a dozen art house films to her credit, Chloe Sevigny also stands out as one of the most prominent queens of contemporary independent cinema. Originally hailing from Darien, Connecticut, Sevigny attributes...
“ in Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Runner ups:
Ellen DeGeneress in Goodbye Lover
Marisa Paredes in All About My Mother
Antonia San Juan in All About My Mother
Sissy Spacek in The Straight Story ” - Aunt-Peg
 
75.
“ in Small Time Crooks (2000)
Runner ups:
Josiane Balasko in La Libertin
Siobhan Fallon in Dancer in the Dark
Sandra Oh in Dancing at the Blue Iguana
Catherine O'Hara in Best in Show ” - Aunt-Peg
 
76.
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...
“ in Last Orders (2001)
Runner ups:
Maria Hofstatter in Dog Days
Kelly Macdonald in Gosford Park
Marisa Tomei in In the Bedroom
Celia West in In the Bedroom ” - Aunt-Peg
 
77.
Miranda Richardson
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays...
“ in Spider (2002)
Runner ups:
Tovah Feldshuh in Kissing Jessica Stein
Queen Latifah in Chicago
Bebe Neuwirth in Tadpole
Jennifer Tilly in The Cat's Meow ” - Aunt-Peg
 
78.
Hope Davis
Actress, About Schmidt
Davis, second of three children, was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Joan, a librarian (at one time, for the elementary section of Elisabeth Morrow School), and William Davis, an engineer. Davis has described her mother as a "great storyteller" who would take Davis and her siblings to museums or to "something cultural" every Sunday after church...
“ in American Splendor (2003)
Runner ups:
Shohreh Aghdashloo in House of Sand and Fog
Maria Bello in The Cooler
Anna Faris in Lost in Translation
Altagracia Guzman in Raising Victor Vargas ” - Aunt-Peg
 
79.
Virginia Madsen
Actress, Sideways
One of the hottest stars of the mid-1980s, Virginia Madsen has since played a variety of roles that have cemented her reputation as a fantastic actress who can adapt to any part. Virginia was born in Chicago, Illinois, and belongs to an acting family -- with her brother, Michael Madsen, also an actor...
“ in Sideways (2004)
Runner ups:
Laudi Arbid in In the Battefield
Laura Linney in Kinsey
Sandra Oh in Sideways
Lynne Redgrave in Kinsey ” - Aunt-Peg
 
80.
Ellen Barkin
Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...
“ in Palindromes (2005)
Runner ups:
Tess Harper in Loggerheads
Bonnie Hunt in Loggerheads
Lisa Long in Mysterious Skin
Bertha Ruiz in Battle in Heaven ” - Aunt-Peg
 
81.
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...
“ in Dreamgirls (2006)
Runner ups:
Lola Duenas in Volver
Amanda Henderson in I Am A Sex Addict
Carmen Maura in Volver
Blanca Portillo in Volver ” - Aunt-Peg
 
82.
Demi Moore
Actress, Ghost
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
“ in Mr. Brooks (2007)
Runner ups:
Bernadette Damman in Ex Drummer
Elaine Jin in Lost in Beijing
Nursel Kose in The Edge of Heaven
Kerry Walker in The Home Song Stories ” - Aunt-Peg
 
83.
Ann Savage
Actress, My Winnipeg
For one tough cookie who achieved major cult stardom with her hard-bitten blonde looks and "Perfect Vixen" tag, Ann Savage in real life was a lovely, spirited, gentle-looking lady. She may have peaked only briefly in 1940s Hollywood low-budgeters, but she made the most of it during that fairly short tenure...
“ in My Winnipeg (2008)
Runner ups:
Jane Liao in Help Me Eros
Samantha Morton in Synecdoche, New York
Marisa Tomei in The Wrestler
Elsa Zylberstein in I've Loved You So Long ” - Aunt-Peg
 
84.
Samantha Morton
Actress, John Carter
Born in Nottingham, England and trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop, Samantha's first television work came at the age of 13. Since then, she has played many minor TV roles in such dramas as Cracker, Peak Practice, Boon, Soldier Soldier and Medics, before reaching the big time with major roles in such TV movies and mini-series as Band of Gold...
“ in The Messenger (2009)
Runner ups:
Jennifer Coolidge in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Away We Go
Jane Lynch in Julie and Julia
Mo'Nique in Precious ” - Aunt-Peg
 
85.
“ in Mammuth (2010)
Runner ups:
Rebecca Hall in Please Give
Amanda Peet in Please Give
Jacki Weaver in Animal Kingdom
Yeo-Jong Yun in The Housemaid ” - Aunt-Peg
 
86.
Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ in The Help (2011)
Runner ups:
Kathy Burke in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Louise Harris in Snowtown
Octavia Spencer in The Help
Shailene Woodley in The Descendants ” - Aunt-Peg
 
87.
Pernilla August
Pernilla August started acting as a child, performing in plays at Vår teater and at school. In 1979 she was accepted at the Statens scenskola to study acting professionally. Director Ingmar Bergman took note of her early and cast her as a nanny in his Fanny and Alexander. In 1982 she got married to author Klas Östergren and started work at the Folkteatern in Gävle...
“ in Call Girl (2012)
Runner ups:
Moon Bloodgood in The Sessions
Ann Dowd in Compliance
Traci Lords in Excision
Ivy Makk in Careless Love ” - Aunt-Peg
 
88.
“ in Nebraska (2013)
Runner ups:
Marie Brassard in Vic + Flo Saw a Bear
Lily Collins in Stuck in Love
Sally Hawkins in Blue Jasmine
Yann Yann Yeo in Ilo Ilo ” - Aunt-Peg
 
89.
“ in Stations of the Cross (2014)
Runner ups:
Jacqueline Bisset in Welcome to New York
Samantha Morton in Miss Julie
Renee Russo in Nightcrawler
Natalya Surkova in The Fool ” - Aunt-Peg