Great Tennessee Williams Performances

A list of great Tennessee Williams performances both on stage and on in no particular order.
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1.
Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in 1949...
“ A Streetcar Named Desire: Stanley Kowalski- Stage (1947)
A Streetcar Named Desire: Stanley Kowalski- Film (1951)
The Fugitive Kind: as Val Xavier- film (1959) ” - bourbon_road
 
2.
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...
“ A Streetcar Named Desire: Blanche DuBois- stage (1949)
A Streetcar Named Desire: Blanche DuBois- film (1951) ” - bourbon_road
 
4.
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...
“ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: as Maggie- film (1958)
Suddenly Last Summer: as Catherine Holly- film (1959) ” - bourbon_road
 
5.
Paul Newman
Paul Newman won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for his performance in the The Color of Money, a BAFTA Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a Cannes Film Festival Award, an Emmy Award, and many honorary awards. Despite being colorblind, he won several national championships as a driver in Sports Car Club of America road racing...
“ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: as Brick- film (1958)
Sweet Bird Of Youth: as Chance Wayne- stage (1959)
Sweet Bird Of Youth: as Chance Wayne- film (1962) ” - bourbon_road
 
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...
“ Suddenly Last Summer: as Violet Venable- film (1959)
The Glass Menagerie: as Amanda Wingfield- film (1973) ” - bourbon_road
 
7.
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...
“ Sweet Bird Of Youth: as Alexandra del Lago- Stage (1959)
Sweet Bird Of Youth: as Alexandra del Lago- film (1962) ” - bourbon_road
 
8.
Karl Malden
Karl Malden resumed his film acting career in the 1950s, starting with The Gunfighter and Halls of Montezuma. The following year, he was in A Streetcar Named Desire, playing Mitch, Stanley Kowalski's best friend who starts a romance with Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh). For this role, he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor...
“ A Streetcar Named Desire: as Harold "Mitch" Mitchell- film (1951)
Baby Doll: as Archie Lee Meighan- film (1956) ” - bourbon_road
 
9.
Burl Ives
Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College in 1927. He dropped out in 1930 and wandered, hitching rides, doing odd jobs, street singing...
“ Cat On A Hot Tin Roof: as Big Daddy- film (1958) ” - bourbon_road
 
10.
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never knew his name...
“ The Rose Tattoo: as Serafina Delle Rose- film (1955) ” - bourbon_road
 
11.
Ava Gardner
Actress, The Killers
Ava Lavina Gardner was born on December 24, 1922 in Grabtown, North Carolina, to Mary Elizabeth (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner. Born on a tobacco farm, where she got her lifelong love of earthy language and going barefoot, Ava grew up in the rural South. At age 18, her picture in the window of her brother-in- law's New York photo studio brought her to the attention of MGM...
“ Night Of The Iguana: as Maxine Faulk - film (1964) ” - bourbon_road