Best Supporting Actresses by Year -- WMK

WMK's winner and four nominees, in order, for Best Supporting Actress by year. [Note: Some years have six nominees due to ties for fifth place.]
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1.
Marjorie Rambeau
Born July 15, 1889 in San Francisco, unappreciated character player Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12. In the 1910s and 1920s, she became a prominent Broadway lead, noted for her serene beauty, elegant poise and touching theatrics. Around the same time she made a few silent films that went nowhere...
“ 1931 -- MIN AND BILL

Other Nominees: Margaret Dumont (Animal Crackers), Edna May Oliver (Cimarron), Beryl Mercer (The Public Enemy), Jean Harlow (The Public Enemy) ” - william kromer
 
2.
Ann Dvorak
Actress, Scarface
Ann Dvorak was the daughter of silent film star Anna Lehr and silents director Edwin McKim. She entered films at the start of sound, as a dance instructor for the lavish MGM musicals. She came to international prominence in Scarface with Paul Muni, but often complained about the lack of quality of her films...
“ 1932 -- SCARFACE

Other Nominees: Mary Astor (Red Dust), Joan Crawford (Grand Hotel), Aline MacMahon (One Way Passage), Toshia Mori (The Bitter Tea of General Yen) ” - william kromer
 
3.
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...
“ 1933 -- FOOTLIGHT PARADE

Other Nominees: Evelyn Brent (The World Gone Mad), Ginger Rogers (42nd Street), Bebe Daniels (42nd Street), Mary Brian (The World Gone Mad) ” - william kromer
 
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...
“ 1934 -- DINNER AT EIGHT

Other Nominees: Jean Harlow (Dinner at Eight), Fredi Washington (Imitation of Life), Louise Beavers (Imitation of Life), Billie Burke (Dinner at Eight) ” - william kromer
 
5.
Elsa Lanchester
Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the institution of marriage and being tied to any conventions of legality for that matter...
“ 1935 -- BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN

Other Nominees: Edna May Oliver (David Copperfield), Allison Skipworth (Dangerous), Jessie Ralph (David Copperfield), Margaret Dumont (A Night at the Opera) ” - william kromer
 
6.
Gale Sondergaard
Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married director Herbert J. Biberman...
“ 1936 -- ANTHONY ADVERSE

Other Nominees: Gail Patrick (My Man Godfrey), Bonita Granville (These Three), Mary Astor (Dodsworth), Alma Kruger (These Three) ” - william kromer
 
7.
Alice Brady
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow...
“ 1937 -- IN OLD CHICAGO

Other Nominees: Mayo Methot (Marked Woman), Mary Astor (The Hurricane), Isabel Jewell (Lost Horizon), Claire Trevor (Dead End) ” - william kromer
 
8.
Dame May Whitty
Born Mary Whitty on June 19, 1865 to a Liverpool newspaper editor and his wife, she became known as May Whitty to the world. She first stepped on the London stage in 1882. She worked as an understudy at the St. James Theatre, and then, began playing leading roles when she joined a traveling stock company...
“ 1938 -- THE LADY VANISHES

Other Nominees: Spring Byington (You Can't Take It With You), Fay Bainter (Jezebel), May Robson (Adventures of Tom Sawyer), Anita Louise (The Sisters) ” - william kromer
 
9.
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...
“ 1939 -- GONE WITH THE WIND

Other Nominees: Mary Boland (The Women), Butterfly McQueen (Gone With the Wind), Margaret Hamilton (The Wizard of Oz), Edna May Oliver (Drums Along the Mohawk) ” - william kromer
 
10.
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)...
“ 1940 -- THE GRAPES OF WRATH

Other Nominees: Judith Anderson (Rebecca), Ida Lupino (They Drive by Night), Barbara O'Neil (All This and Heaven Too), Ruth Hussey (The Philadelphia Story) ” - william kromer
 
11.
Mary Astor
Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized Mary's beauty and knowing if they played their cards right...
“ 1941 -- THE MALTESE FALCON

Other Nominees: Dorothy Comingore (Citizen Kane), Sara Allgood (How Green Was My Valley), Ruth Warrick (Citizen Kane), Patricia Collinge (The Little Foxes) ” - william kromer
 
12.
Susan Peters
War-era MGM had a lovely, luminous star in the making with Susan Peters. She possessed a creative talent and innate sensitivity that would surely have reigned as a leading Hollywood player for years to come had not a tragic and cruel twist of fate taken everything away from her. She was born Suzanne Carnahan in Spokane...
“ 1942 -- RANDOM HARVEST

Other Nominees: Agnes Moorehead (The Magnificent Ambersons), Gladys Cooper (Now Voyager), Dame May Whitty (Mrs. Miniver), Betty Field (Kings Row) ” - william kromer
 
13.
Katina Paxinou
Katina Paxinou was born in 1900, in Piraeus, Greece. She first appeared on stage in 1928, in an Athens production of Henry Bataille's "La femme nue". In the early 1930's she was one of the founding members of the National Theatre of Greece (previously named Royal Theatre) and performed several major roles in Sophocles' "Electra"...
“ 1943 -- FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS

Other Nominees: Elsa Lanchester (Lassie Come Home), Paulette Goddard (So Proudly We Hail), Jane Darwell (The Ox-Bow Incident), Anne Revere (Song of Bernadette) ” - william kromer
 
14.
Margaret O'Brien
Born Angela Maxine O'Brien on January 15, 1937 in San Diego, California. Her film debut was one-minute shot in MGM's Babes on Broadway. Her big moment came when she was cast in Journey for Margaret. This film shot her into instant stardom and also resulted in Angela changing her name to Margaret. Throughout the 1940s Margaret was a major child star...
“ 1944 -- MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS

Other Nominees: Josephine Hull (Arsenic and Old Lace), Mary Astor (Meet Me in St. Louis), Jean Adair (Arsenic and Old Lace), Aline McMahon (Dragon Seed) ” - william kromer
 
15.
Signe Hasso
Actress, A Double Life
Young Signe Larsson was only 12 when she started to work as a child extra at The Royal Dramatic Theater and was the youngest ever enrolled for acting studies there at 16. She quickly got leading roles in movies and always received very good reviews. In 1940 she went to Hollywood and signed a contract with RKO...
“ 1945 -- THE HOUSE ON 92ND STREET

Other Nominees: Anne Revere (National Velvet), Joan Loring (The Corn is Green), Eve Arden (Mildred Pierce), Fay Bainter (State Fair) ” - william kromer
 
16.
Ethel Barrymore
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
“ 1946 -- THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE

Other Nominees: Anne Baxter (The Razor's Edge), Lillian Gish (Duel in the Sun), Virginia Mayo (The Best Years of Our Lives), Virginia O'Brien (The Harvey Girls) ” - william kromer
 
17.
Marjorie Main
Her father was a minister, and when she joined a local stock company as a youngster she changed her name to avoid embarrassing her family. She worked in vaudeville and debuted on Broadway in 1916. Her film debut was in A House Divided. She repeated her stage role in Dead End as Baby Face Martin (Humphrey Bogart)'s mother...
“ 1947 -- THE EGG AND I

Other Nominees: Donna Reed (Green Dolphin Street), Martita Hunt (Great Expectations), Wanda Hendrix (Ride the Pink Horse), Gloria Grahame (Crossfire) ” - william kromer
 
18.
Claire Trevor
Actress, Stagecoach
Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife Betty. Trevor's interest in acting began when she was 11 years old...
“ 1948 -- KEY LARGO

Other Nominees: Gail Russell (Wake of the Red Witch), Beulah Bondi (The Snake Pit), Jean Simmons (Hamlet), Agnes Moorehead (Johnny Belinda) ” - william kromer
 
19.
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...
“ 1949 -- PINKY

Other Nominees: Mercedes McCambridge (All the King's Men), Ethel Barrymore (Pinky), Elizabeth Patterson (Intruder in the Dust), Agnes Moorehead (The Stratton Story) ” - william kromer
 
20.
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...
“ 1950 -- HARVEY

Other Nominees: Hope Emerson (Caged), Patricia Neal (Three Secrets), Myrna Loy (Cheaper by the Dozen), Ruth Roman (Three Secrets) ” - william kromer
 
21.
Barbara Bel Geddes
Actress, Dallas
Arguably best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas, Barbara Bel Geddes had earlier scored success on stage and screen long before gaining more lasting fame on television. Born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, the daughter of noted theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes...
“ 1951 -- FOURTEEN HOURS

Other Nominees: Jan Sterling (Ace in the Hole/The Big Carnival), Kim Hunter (A Streetcar Named Desire), Jane Darwell (The Lemon-Drop Kid), Agnes Moorehead (Show Boat) ” - william kromer
 
22.
Katy Jurado
Actress, High Noon
Katy Jurado was born María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924, in Guadalajara, Mexico. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property...
“ 1952 -- HIGH NOON

Other Nominees: Thelma Ritter (With a Song in My Heart), Jean Hagen (Singin' in the Rain), Hildegarde Neff (Diplomatic Courier), Marie Windsor (The Narrow Margin), Gloria Grahame (The Greatest Show on Earth ” - william kromer
 
23.
Thelma Ritter
Actress, Rear Window
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street. In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short scene was noticed by Darryl F. Zanuck who insisted her role be expanded...
“ 1953 -- PICK-UP ON SOUTH STREET

Other Nominees: Donna Reed (From Here to Eternity), Gloria Grahame (The Big Heat), Jean Arthur (Shane), Judith Anderson (Salome) ” - william kromer
 
24.
Jan Sterling
Actress, Guiding Light
One of Hollywood's more talented and watchable stars on screen was sullen, strikingly stick-thin 50s actress Jan Sterling who didn't quite reach the top echelon of stardom but certainly ensured audiences of a real good time with her sexy pout and flashy style in soaps, film noir and saucy comedy. Jan was born Jane Sterling Adriance in Manhattan in 1921 to a well-to-do family...
“ 1954 -- THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY

Other Nominees: Katy Jurado (Broken Lance), Eva Marie Saint (On the Waterfront), Kay Kendall (Genevieve), Beulah Bondi (Track of the Cat) ” - william kromer
 
25.
Peggy Lee
Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, sultry song stylist Peggy Lee was the product of a troubled, abusive childhood, who used singing as an escape. She found work on a radio station as a teenager in Fargo and quickly changed her name to Peggy Lee. An early move to Hollywood at age 17 proved disappointing...
“ 1955 -- PETE KELLY'S BLUES

Other Nominees: Jo Van Fleet (East of Eden), Betty Field (Picnic), Anne Francis (Battle Cry), Gloria Grahame (Oklahoma) ” - william kromer
 
26.
Patty McCormack
Actress, Frost/Nixon
As a testament to her passion and talent, former 1950s pig-tailed moppet star Patty McCormack has remained a consistent presence on film and TV for over five decades. While the lovely and talented blond suffered her share of hard knocks in adjusting to an adult career, she did not fade away into oblivion or self destruct as those child stars before her did...
“ 1956 -- THE BAD SEED

Other Nominees: Katie Johnson (The Ladykillers), Eileen Heckert (The Bad Seed), Dorothy Malone (Written on the Wind), Phyllis Love (Friendly Persuasion) ” - william kromer
 
27.
Eva Marie Saint
Eva Marie Saint is an American actress and producer. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest (1959). Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County (1957), Exodus (1960)...
“ 1957 -- RAINTREE COUNTY

Other Nominees: Miyoshi Umeki (Sayonara), Carol Haney (The Pajama Game), Hope Lange (Peyton Place), Elsa Lanchester (Witness For the Prosecution) ” - william kromer
 
28.
Peggy Cass
Mary Margaret Cass was born May 21, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. After three years in the Cambridge Latin School drama club without one speaking part, she moved to New York, where she worked as a secretary, telephone operator, advertising solicitor and model. She joined a USO troupe that took her to Australia for seven months...
“ 1958 -- AUNTIE MAME

Other Nominees: Judith Anderson (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Hermoine Gingold (Gigi), Joan Collins (Rally 'Round the Flag Boys), Juanita Hall (South Pacific) ” - william kromer
 
29.
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...
“ 1959 -- IMITATION OF LIFE

Other Nominees: Lee Remick (Anatomy of a Murder), Shelley Winters (Diary of Anne Frank), Constance Ford (A Summer Place), Thelma Ritter (Pillow Talk) ” - william kromer
 
30.
Jo Van Fleet
Jo Van Fleet was born on December 30, 1914 in Oakland, California. She established herself as a notable dramatic actress on Broadway over several years, winning a Tony Award in 1954 for her skill in a difficult role, playing an unsympathetic, even abusive character, in Horton Foote's "The Trip to Bountiful" with Lillian Gish and Eva Marie Saint...
“ 1960 -- WILD RIVER

Other Nominees: Shirley Jones (Elmer Gantry), Agnes Moorehead (Pollyanna), Glynis Johns (The Sundowners), Myrna Loy (From the Terrace) ” - william kromer
 
31.
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...
“ 1961 -- THE CHILDREN'S HOUR

Other Nominees: Lotte Lenya (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone), Rita Moreno (West Side Story), Claudia McNeil (Raisin in the Sun), Audrey Christie (Splendor in the Grass) ” - william kromer
 
32.
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...
“ 1962 -- THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE

Other Nominees: Mary Badham (To Kill a Mockingbird), Patty Duke (The Miracle Worker), Barbara Stanwyck (Walk on the Wild Side), Hermoine Gingold (The Music Man) ” - william kromer
 
33.
“ 1963 -- TOM JONES

Other Nominees: Margaret Rutherford (The V.I.P.'s), Edith Evans (Tom Jones), Molly Picon (Come Blow Your Horn), Wendy Hiller (Toys in the Attic) ” - william kromer
 
34.
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...
“ 1964 -- HUSH HUSH SWEET CHARLOTTE

Other Nominees: Angela Lansbury (Dear Heart), Gladys Cooper (My Fair Lady), Grayson Hall (Night of the Iguana), Margaret Leighton (The Best Man) ” - william kromer
 
35.
Barbara Harris
Barbara Harris began acting while still a teenager in Chicago, playing small parts in the Playwrights Theatre Club (whose other players included such youngsters as Edward Asner, Mike Nichols and Elaine May). She was also in "The Compass Players", the first ongoing improvisational theater troupe in America...
“ 1965 -- A THOUSAND CLOWNS

Other Nominees: Ruth Gordon (Inside Daisy Clover), Shelley Winters (A Patch of Blue), Peggy Wood (The Sound of Music), Geraldine Chaplin (Dr. Zhivago) ” - william kromer
 
36.
“ 1966 -- HAWAII

Other Nominees: Joan Hackett (The Group), Vivien Merchant (Alfie), Kate Reid (This Property is Condemned), Charlotte Rampling (Georgy Girl) ” - william kromer
 
37.
Carol Channing
Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...
“ 1967 -- THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE

Other Nominees: Beatrice Lillie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Mildred Natwick (Barefoot in the Park), Jo Van Fleet (Cool Hand Luke), Beah Richards (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner) ” - william kromer
 
38.
Ruth Gordon
When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 years she spent on stage...
“ 1968 -- ROSEMARY'S BABY

Other Nominees: Estelle Parsons (Rachel Rachel), Shani Wallace (Oliver), Pat Haywood (Romeo and Juliet), Kate Harrington (Rachel Rachel) ” - william kromer
 
39.
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn (Edward Rutledge Hawn), a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion...
“ 1969 -- CACTUS FLOWER

Other Nominees: Susannah York (They Shoot Horses Don't They), Dyan Cannon (Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice), Ingrid Thulin (The Damned), Sylvia Miles (Midnight Cowboy) ” - william kromer
 
40.
Sally Kellerman
Actress, MASH
Sally Kellerman arrived quite young on the late 1950s film and TV scene with a fresh and distinctively weird, misfit presence. It is this same uniqueness that continues to makes her such an attractively offbeat performer today. The willowy, swan-necked, flaxen-haired actress shot to film comedy fame after toiling nearly a decade and a half in the business...
“ 1970 -- M*A*S*H

Other Nominees: Karen Black (Five Easy Pieces), Lee Grant (The Landlord), Helen Hayes (Airport), Beatrice Arthur (Lovers and Other Sttrangers) ” - william kromer
 
41.
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...
“ 1971 -- THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

Other Nominees: Ann-Margret (Carnal Knowledge), Catherine Burns (Red Sky at Morning), Eileen Brennan (The Last Picture Show), Kate Reid (The Andromeda Strain) ” - william kromer
 
42.
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...
“ 1972 -- THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE

Other Nominees: Stella Stevens (The Poseidon Adventure), Uta Hagen (The Other), Monica Zetterlund (The Emigrants), Lee Grant (Portnoy's Complaint) ” - william kromer
 
43.
Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions...
“ 1973 -- PAPER MOON

Other Nominees: Dyan Cannon (The Last of Sheila), P. J. Johnson (Paper Moon), Joan Hackett (The Last of Sheila), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) ” - william kromer
 
44.
Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions...
“ 1974 -- BLAZING SADDLES

Other Nominees: Diane Ladd (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Ingrid Bergman (Murder on the Orient Express), Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Lauren Bacall (Murder on the Orient Express) ” - william kromer
 
45.
Brenda Vaccaro
A leading lady on screen, stage and sometimes television. Brenda Vaccaro, was born in Brooklyn but was actually raised in Dallas, Texas. Her appetite for acting increased following several appearances in high school productions, and she finally started a professional career in the 1960s. Memorable to many in Supergirl...
“ 1975 -- ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH

Other Nominees: Ronee Blakley (Nashville), Gwen Welles (Nashville), Sylvia Miles (Farewell My Lovely), Margot Kidder (The Reincarnation of Peter Proud) ” - william kromer
 
46.
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ 1976 -- THE RITZ

Other Nominees: Candy Clark (The Man Who Fell to Earth), Billie Whitelaw (The Omen), Lee Grant (Voyage of the Damned), Katherine Ross (Voyage of the Damned) ” - william kromer
 
47.
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...
“ 1977 -- JULIA

Other Nominees: Quinn Cummings (The Goodbye Girl), Susan Tyrell (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), Felicity Kendal (Valentino), Diana Rigg (A Little Night Music) ” - william kromer
 
48.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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...
“ 1978 -- THE DEER HUNTER

Other Nominees: Susan Sarandon (King of the Gypsies), Carol Burnett (A Wedding), Melinda Dillon (F.I.S.T.), Didi Conn (Grease) ” - william kromer
 
49.
Barbara Barrie
Actress, Hercules
Chicago-born, Texas-raised Barbara Barrie already had a prolific theater career behind her when she came to prominence as the lead in One Potato, Two Potato, for which she received the award for Prix d'interprétation féminine (best actress - tied with Anne Bancroft) at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.
“ 1979 -- BREAKING AWAY

Other Nominees: Meryl Streep (Kramer vs. Kramer), Stephanie Faracy (When You Comin' Back Red Ryder), Mariel Hemingway (Manhattan), Rachel Roberts (Yanks) ” - william kromer
 
50.
Debra Winger
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress...
“ 1980 -- URBAN COWBOY

Other Nominees: Jane Seymour (Somewhere in Time), Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin), Dolly Parton (9 to 5), Angela Lansbury (The Mirror Crack'd) ” - william kromer
 
51.
Rita Moreno
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few (and very first) performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) and farmer Francisco José "Paco" Alverío...
“ 1981 -- THE FOUR SEASONS

Other Nominees: Joan Hackett (Only When I Laugh), Frances Sternhagen (Outland), Kate Reid (Atlantic City), Kristy McNichol (Only When I Laugh) ” - william kromer
 
52.
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...
“ 1982 -- THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP

Other Nominees: Lesley Ann Warren (Victor/Victoria), Lainie Kazan (My Favorite Year), Drew Barrymore (E. T.: The Extra-Terrestrial), Kim Stanley (Frances) ” - william kromer
 
53.
Linda Hunt
Veteran character actress Linda Hunt was Born April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey to Raymond Davy Hunter and Elsie Doying Hunter. She attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, and the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago (now part of DePaul University). Her film debut was in Robert Altman's Popeye...
“ 1983 -- THE YEAR OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY

Other Nominees: Glenn Close (The Big Chill), Betty Buckley (Tender Mercies), Jamie Lee Curtis (Trading Places), Alfre Woodard (Cross Creek) ” - william kromer
 
54.
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...
“ 1984 -- A PASSAGE TO INDIA

Other Nominees: Teresa Russell (The Razor's Edge), Lonette McKee (The Cotton Club), Daryl Hannah (Splash), Glenn Close (The Natural) ” - william kromer
 
55.
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman. While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, family...
“ 1985 -- THE COLOR PURPLE

Other Nominees: Anjelica Huston (Prizzi's Honor), Liz Smith (A Private Function), Margaret Avery (The Color Purple), Desreta Jackson (The Color Purple) ” - william kromer
 
56.
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...
“ 1986 -- HANNAH AND HER SISTERS

Other Nominees: Eva Marie Saint (Nothing in Common), Ellen Barkin (Desert Bloom), Genevieve Bujold (Trouble in Mind), Tess Harper (Crimes of the Heart) ” - william kromer
 
57.
Anne Ramsey
Actress, The Goonies
American character actress Anne Ramsey was quite busy in the 1980s despite being in her later years at the time. It wasn't until quite late in her life that Ramsey pursued an acting career in motion pictures. Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska, to Eleanor (Smith), a national treasurer of the Girl Scouts...
“ 1987 -- THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN

Other Nominees: Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Ann Sothern (The Whales of August), Dianne Wiest (Radio Days), Rosana DeSoto (La Bamba) ” - william kromer
 
58.
Geena Davis
Actress, Beetlejuice
Geena Davis was born January 21, 1956 in Wareham, Massachusetts, to Lucille (née Cook; 1919-2001), a teacher's assistant, and William F. Davis (1913-2009), a church deacon and civil engineer. Her parents, originally from small towns in Vermont, were both from families with deep roots in New England. Her brother, Danforth, is a geotechnical engineer in Las Vegas...
“ 1988 -- THE ACCIDENTAL TOURIST

Other Nominees: Frances McDormand (Mississippi Burning), Joan Cusack (Working Girl), Sylvia Miles (Crossing Delancey), Mercedes Ruehl (Married to the Mob) ” - william kromer
 
59.
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...
“ 1989 -- STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Other Nominees: Anjelica Huston (Enemies: A Love Story), Dianne Wiest (Parenthood), Julia Roberts (Steel Magnolias), Lena Olin (Enemies: A Love Story), Della Reese (Harlem Nights) ” - william kromer
 
60.
Annette Bening
Annette Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She has German and English ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there. She...
“ 1990 -- THE GRIFTERS

Other Nominees: Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost), Talia Shire (The Godfather Part III), Madonna (Dick Tracy), Joan Plowright (Avalon) ” - william kromer
 
61.
Kate Nelligan
Actress, Wolf
Cando-American actress Kate Nelligan has had a successful acting career in her native Canada, in Britain and in the United States. Born Patricia Colleen Nelligan on March 16, 1951 in London, Ontario, Kate was the daughter of blue collar-worker Patrick Nelligan and his wife Josephine (née Deir), a schoolteacher who suffered from alcoholism and mental illness...
“ 1991 -- THE PRINCE OF TIDES

Other Nominees: Mary Louise Parker (Fried Green Tomatoes), Maureen O'Hara (Only the Lonely), Cathy Moriarty (Soapdish), Diane Ladd (Rambling Rose) ” - william kromer
 
62.
Marcia Gay Harden
Actress, Into the Wild
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece...
“ 1992 -- USED PEOPLE

Other Nominees: Miranda Richardson (The Crying Game), Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny), Helena Bonham-Carter (Howard's End), Frances Fisher (Unforgiven) ” - william kromer
 
63.
Joan Chen
Born into a family of doctors and educated in China at the Shanghai Film Academy and the Shanghai Institute of Foreign Languages, Joan Chen was discovered by veteran Chinese director Jin Xie while observing a filming with a school group. Her performance in Xiao hua (A.K.A. "The Little Flower") won China's Best Actress award...
“ 1993 -- HEAVEN AND EARTH

Other Nominees: Holly Hunter (The Firm), Tsai Chin (The Joy Luck Club), Darlene Cates (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), Embeth Davidtz (Schindler's List) ” - william kromer
 
64.
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...
“ 1994 -- BULLETS OVER BROADWAY

Other Nominees: Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway), Robin Wright (Forrest Gump), Joan Plowright (Widow's Peak), Sally Field (Forrest Gump) ” - william kromer
 
65.
Joan Allen
Actress, Face/Off
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ 1995 -- NIXON

Other Nominees: Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite), Kate Winslet (Sense and Sensibility), Elizabeth Spriggs (Sense and Sensibility), Andie McDowell (Unstrung Heroes) ” - william kromer
 
66.
Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances...
“ 1996 -- THE ENGLISH PATIENT

Other Nominees: Marion Ross (The Evening Star), Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Miriam Colon (Lone Star), Dianne Wiest (The Birdcage) ” - william kromer
 
67.
Joan Cusack
Actress, Working Girl
Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her family is of Irish descent...
“ 1997 -- IN AND OUT

Other Nominees: Gloria Stuart (Titanic), Kim Basinger (L. A. Confidential), Esther Rolle (Rosewood), Milla Jovovich (The Fifth Element) ” - william kromer
 
68.
Joan Allen
Actress, Face/Off
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ 1998 PLEASANTVILLE

Other Nominees: Lynn Redgrave (Gods and Monsters), Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), Kathy Bates (Primary Colors), Ashley Judd (Simon Birch) ” - william kromer
 
69.
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...
“ 1999 -- TEA WITH MUSSOLINI

Other Nominees: Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), Judi Dench (Tea with Mussolini), Patricia Neal (Cookie's Fortune), Joan Plowright (Tea with Mussolini) ” - william kromer
 
70.
Kate Hudson
Almost everyone who has spent time with Kate Hudson -including directors, family members, co-stars and interviewers - is quick to comment on her ability to light up a room. Through some combination of a winning smile, solid work ethic, and good old-fashioned talent, the young actress has gone from indie beginner to Vanity Fair cover girl in just three years...
“ 2000 -- ALMOST FAMOUS

Other Nominees: Judi Dench (Chocolat), Lena Olin (Chocolat), Frances McDormand (Almost Famous), Marg Helgenberger (Erin Brockovich) ” - william kromer
 
71.
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...
“ 2001 -- GOSFORD PARK

Ither Nominees: Helen Mirren (Gosford Park), Judi Dench (The Shipping News), Jennifer Connelly (A Beautiful Mind), Emily Watson (Gosford Park) ” - william kromer
 
72.
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967)...
“ 2002 -- CHICAGO

Other Nominees: Queen Latifah (Chicago), Kathy Bates (About Schmidt), Cameron Diaz (Gangs of New York), Andrea Martin (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) ” - william kromer
 
73.
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ 2003 -- COLD MOUNTAIN

Other Nominees: Marcia Gaye Harden (Mystic River), Maria Bello (The Cooler), Sarah Bolger (In America), Sigourney Weaver (Holes) ” - william kromer
 
74.
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ 2004 -- KINSEY

Other Nominees: Cate Blanchett (The Aviator), Sharon Warren (Ray), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Sandra Oh (Sideways) ” - william kromer
 
75.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ 2005 -- JUNEBUG

Other Nominees: Thandie Newton (Crash), Frances McDormand (North Country), Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), Michelle Williams (Brokeback Mountain) ” - william kromer
 
76.
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...
“ 2006 -- DREAMGIRLS

Other Nominees: Angelina Jolie (The Good Shepherd), Adriana Barraza (Babel), Hilary Swank (The Black Dahlia), Diane Lane (Hollywoodland) ” - william kromer
 
77.
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ 2007 -- JUNO

Other Nominees: Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), Amy Ryan (Gone Baby Gone), Vanessa Redgrave (Atonement), Queen Latifah (Hairspray) ” - william kromer
 
78.
“ 2008 -- THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

Other Nominees: Emma Thompson (Brideshead Revisited), Beyonce Knowles (Cadillac Records), Tilda Swinton (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Kathy Bates (Revolutionary Road) ” - william kromer
 
79.
Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model...
“ 2009 -- INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

Other Nominees: Julianne Moore (A Single Man), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Alycia Delmore (Humpday), Mare Winningham (Brothers) ” - william kromer
 
80.
Amy Adams
Actress, Man of Steel
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ 2010 -- THE FIGHTER

Other Nominees: Mila Kunis (Black Swan), Jacki Weaver (Animal Kingdom), Helena Bonham-Carter (The King's Speech), Melissa Leo (The Fighter) ” - william kromer
 
81.
Octavia Spencer
Actress, The Help
Spencer is a native of Montgomery, Alabama, which she claims is the proverbial buckle of the Bible belt. She's the sixth of seven siblings and holds a BS in Liberal Arts from Auburn University. A "closet" lover of acting, this practical Alabamian knew that she'd someday work in the film industry, but never dreamed it would be in front of the camera...
“ 2011 -- THE HELP

Other Nominees: Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Judi Dench (My Week with Marilyn), Emily Watson (War Horse) ” - william kromer
 
82.
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...
“ 2012 -- LINCOLN

Other Nominees: Shirley MacLaine (Bernie), Amy Adams (The Master), Judi Dench (Skyfall), Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) ” - william kromer
 
83.
“ 2013 -- NEBRASKA

Other Nominees: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle), Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Octavia Spencer (Fruitvale Station), Oprah Winfrey (The Butler) ” - william kromer
 
84.
Patricia Arquette
Actress, Medium
With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage...
“ 2014 -- BOYHOOD

Other nominees: Keira Knightley (The Imitation Game), Emma Stone (Birdman), Carmen Ejogo (Selma), Renee Russo (Nightcrawler) ” - william kromer
 
85.
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...
“ 2015 -- TRUMBO

Other Nominees: Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs), Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) ” - william kromer