My best supporting actress winners

by aleix_wiggum_93 | created - 07 Dec 2012 | updated - 29 Mar 2016 | Public

1. Jennifer Jason Leigh

Actress | The Hateful Eight

Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina ...

2015 - The Hateful Eight


Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs Antonia Zegers - El Club Luisa Gavasa - La novia Rachel Weisz - Youth

2. Patricia Arquette

Actress | Boyhood

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 ...

2014 - Boyhood


Keira Knightley - The Imitation Game Emma Stone - Birdman Julianne Moore - Maps to the Stars Meryl Streep - Into the Woods

3. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, ...

2013 - American Hustle


June Squibb - Nebraska Julianne Nicholson - August: Osage County Oprah Winfrey - The Butler Lupita N'yongo - 12 years a Slave

4. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

2012 - Les Misérables


Helen Hunt - The Sessions Amy Adams - The Master Samantha Barks - Les Misérables Sally Field - Lincoln

5. Octavia Spencer

Actress | Hidden Figures

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, ...

2011 - The Help


Shailene Woodley - The Descendants Charlotte Gainsbourg - Melancholia Jessica Chastain - The Tree of Life Berénice Bejo - The Artist

6. Melissa Leo

Actress | The Fighter

Melissa Leo was born on September 14, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA as Melissa Chessington Leo. She is an actress and producer, known for The Fighter (2010), 21 Grams (2003) and Oblivion (2013).

2010 - The Fighter tied with Lesley Manville - Another Year


Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech Amy Adams - The Fighter Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

7. Lesley Manville

Actress | Another Year

Lesley Manville was born on March 12, 1956 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She is a multi award winning stage and screen actress and has worked extensively with the director Mike Leigh. She is known for Another Year (2010), All or Nothing (2002), Topsy-Turvy (1999), Secrets & Lies (1996). Lesley...

2010 - Another Year tied with Melissa Leo - The Fighter


Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech Amy Adams - The Fighter Jacki Weaver - Animal Kingdom

8. Mo'Nique

Actress | Precious

Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers (1999)...

2009 - Precious


Anna Kendrick - Up in the Air Melánie Laurent - Inglourious Basterds Penélope Cruz - Nine Marion Cotillard - Nine

9. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

2008 - Vicky Cristina Barcelona tied with Carme Elías - Camino


Viola Davis - Doubt Taraji P.Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

10. Carme Elias

Actress | Camino

Carme Elias was born on January 14, 1951 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain as Carme Elias Boada. She is an actress, known for Camino (2008), Warsaw Bridge (1989) and Planes para mañana (2010).

2008 - Camino tied with Penélope Cruz - Vicky Cristina Barcelona


Viola Davis - Doubt Taraji P.Henson - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Marisa Tomei - The Wrestler

11. Saoirse Ronan

Actress | Hanna

Saoirse Una Ronan was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York, United States, to Irish parents, Monica Ronan (née Brennan) and Paul Ronan, an actor. When Saoirse was three, the family moved to Ireland, and Saoirse grew up in Dublin and briefly in Co. Carlow before moving back to Dublin with her ...

2007 - Atonement


Cate Blanchett - I'm not there Romola Garai - Atonement Tilda Swinton - Michael Clayton Amy Ryan - Gone Baby Gone

12. Rinko Kikuchi

Actress | Babel

Rinko Kikuchi was born on January 6, 1981 in Hadano, Japan as Yuriko Kikuchi. She is an actress and director, known for Babel (2006), Pacific Rim (2013) and The Brothers Bloom (2008). She has been married to Shôta Sometani since December 31, 2014. They have one child.

2006 - Babel


Abigail Breslin - Little Miss Sunshine Adriana Barraza - Babel Jennifer Hudson - Dreamgirls Cate Blanchett - Notes on a Scandal

13. Rachel Weisz

Actress | The Constant Gardener

Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. ...

2005 - The Constant Gardener


Amy Adams - Junebug Thandie Newton - Crash Michelle Williams - Brokeback Mountain Scarlett Johansson - Match Point

14. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

2004 - The Aviator


Virgina Madsen - Sideways Natalie Portman - Closer Sophie Okonedo - Hotel Rwanda Laura Linney - Kinsey

15. Renée Zellweger

Actress | Chicago

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. ...

2003 - Cold Mountain


Patricia Clarkson - Pieces of April Marcia Gay Harden - Mystic River Shoreh Agdashloo - House of Sand and Fog Holly Hunter - Thirteen

16. 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 sweet factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are ...

2002 - Chicago


Julianne Moore - The Hours Meryl Streep - Adaptation Queen Latifah - Chicago Valeria Golino - Frida

17. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

2001 - A Beautiful Mind


Helen Mirren - Gosford Park Maggie Smith - Gosford Park Kate Winslet - Iris Marisa Tomei - In the bedroom

18. Kate Hudson

Actress | Almost Famous

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 ...

2000 - Almost Famous


Julie Walters - Billy Elliot Frances McDormand - Almost Famous Judi Dench - Chocolat Catherine Deneuve - Dancer in the Dark

19. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international ...

1999 - Girl, Interrupted


Melora Walters - Magnolia Catherine Keener - Being John Malkovich Toni Collette - The Sixth Sense Samantha Morton - Sweet and Lowdown

20. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the ...

1998 - Shakespeare in Love


Rachel Griffiths - Hilary and Jackie Lynn Redgrave - Gods and Monsters Beverly d'Angelo - American History X Loles León - La niña de tus ojos

21. Kim Basinger

Actress | L.A. Confidential

Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a ...

1997 - L.A. Confidential tied with Gloria Stuart - Titanic


Julianne Moore - Boogie Nights Frances Fisher - Titanic Minnie Driver - Good Will Hunting

22. Gloria Stuart

Actress | Titanic

Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...

1997 - Titanic tied with Kim Bassinger - L.A. Confidential


Julianne Moore - Boogie Nights Frances Fisher - Titanic Minnie Driver - Good Will Hunting

23. Juliette Binoche

Actress | The English Patient

Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only...

1996 - The English Patient


Marianne Jeanne Baptiste - Secrets and Lies Katrin Cartlidge - Breaking the Waves Gwen Verdon - Marvin's Room Lynn Redgrave - Shine

24. Mira Sorvino

Actress | Mighty Aphrodite

Mira Katherine Sorvino was born on September 28, 1967 in Manhattan. She is the daughter of Lorraine Davis, an actress turned drama therapist, and veteran character actor Paul Sorvino. Her father's family were Italian immigrants. The young Sorvino was intelligent, an avid reader and an exceptional ...

1995 - Mighty Aphrodite


Kate Winslet - Sense and Sensibility Kathryn Quinlan - Apollo XIII Famke Janssen - Goldeneye Chus Lampreave - La flor de mi secreto

25. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman),...

1994 - Pulp Fiction


Robin Wright - Forrest Gump Sally Field - Forrest Gump Diane Wiest - Bullets over Broadway Sarah Peirse - Heavenly Creatures

26. Anna Paquin

Actress | The Piano

Anna Paquin is the first millennial to have received an Academy Award nomination for acting, and the first to win.

She was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher. Anna moved to her ...

1993 - The Piano


Winona Ryder - The Age of Innocence Embeth Davidz - Schindler's List Emma Thompson - In the Name of the Father Miriam Margolyes - The Age of Innocence

27. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

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, ...

1992 - Howards End


Chus Lampreave - Belle Epoque Penélope Cruz - Belle Epoque Miranda Richardson - The Crying Game Mary Carmen Ramírez - Belle Epoque

28. Mercedes Ruehl

Actress | The Fisher King

Mercedes Ruehl was born February 28, 1948 in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City, to Mercedes, 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 (1991). She ...

1991 - The Fisher King


Jessica Tandy - Fried Green Tomatoes Amanda Plummer - The Fisher King Juliette Lewis - Cape Fear Kitty Manver - Todo por la pasta

29. Whoopi Goldberg

Actress | Ghost

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...

1990 - Ghost


Lorraine Bracco - Goodfellas Mary McDonell - Dances with Wolves Dianne Wiest - Edward Scissorhands Glenn Close - Reversal of Fortune

30. Laura San Giacomo

Actress | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Laura San Giacomo was born November 14, 1962 in West Orange, New Jersey, to MaryJo and John San Giacomo. She was raised in the nearby city of Denville. She went to Morris Knolls High School in Denville, where she got the acting bug and had the lead in several school plays. Laura got a Fine Arts ...

1989 - Sex, Lies and Videotapes


Julia Roberts - Steel Magnolias Shirley MacLaine - Steel Magnolias Anjelica Huston - Crimes and Misdemeanors Caroline Kava - Born on the Fourth July

31. Geena Davis

Actress | Thelma & Louise

As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston ...

1988 - The Accidental Tourist


Sigourney Weaver - Working Girl Michelle Pfeiffer - Dangerous Liasons Frances McDormand - Mississipi Burning María Barranco - Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

32. Olympia Dukakis

Actress | Moonstruck

Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck (1987). Since then movie (and ...

1987 - Moonstruck


Carmen Maura - La ley del deseo Anne Archer - Fatal Attraction Elaine Strich - September Julie Kavner - Radio Days

33. Dianne Wiest

Actress | Hannah and Her Sisters

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 ...

1986 - Hannah and her sisters


Maggie Smith - A room with a view Judi Dench - A room with a view Laura Dern - Blue Velvet Julieta Serrano - Matador

34. Anjelica Huston

Actress | The Witches

Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her ...

1985 - Prizzi's Honor


Oprah Winfrey - The Color Purple Margaret Avery - The Color Purple Sonia Braga - Kiss of the Spider Woman Dianne Wiest - The Purple Rose of Cairo

35. Nastassja Kinski

Actress | Tess

Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic ...

1984 - Paris, Texas


Glenn Close - The Natural Chus Lampreave - ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!! Elizabeth Berridge - Amadeus Verónica Forqué - ¿Qué he hecho yo para merecer esto!!

36. Carmen Maura

Actress | Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Descendant of the conservative Spanish politician Antonio Maura, Carmen lead an art gallery and appeared in various roles in night- clubs. With Tigres de papel (1977) she had her first successful appearance on the movie screen and thereafter she worked at the theatre, the movies and in TV ...

1983 - Entre tinieblas


Lisa Hart Carroll - Terms of Endearment Michelle Pfeiffer - Scarface Chus Lampreave - Entre tinieblas Rafaela Aparicio - El sur

37. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

1982 - Tootsie


Rohini Hattangadi - Gandhi Teri Garr - Tootsie Christina Hargreaves - The Wall Drew Barrymore - E.T.

38. Maureen Stapleton

Actress | Reds

Academy Award-winner Maureen Stapleton was born June 21, 1925 in Troy, New York, to Irene (née Walsh) and John P. Stapleton. Her family was of Irish descent. Maureen moved to New York City at the age of eighteen and did modeling to pay the bills. Already a Tony Award-winner, she made her Academy ...

1981 - Reds


Alice Krige - Chariots of Fire Cassandra Harris - For your eyes only

39. Cathy Moriarty

Actress | Raging Bull

Cathy Moriarty was born November 29, 1960 in the Bronx, New York, to Irish immigrants, Catherine and John Moriarty, a warehouse worker. She was raised in Westchester County, New York and began acting in local dinner theaters while still in high school. At 17, she auditioned for what would be her ...

1980 - Raging Bull


Irene Cara - Fame Eva Siva - Pepi, Luci, Bom y otras chicas del montón Irina Nuraveva - Moscow does not believe in tears Charlotte Rampling - Stardust memories

40. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 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 ...

1979 - Kramer vs. Kramer


Mariel Hemingway - Manhattan Jane Alexander - Kramer vs. Kramer Meryl Streep - Manhattan Annie Golden - Hair

41. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 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 ...

1978 - The deer hunter


Stockard Channing - Grease Dyan Cannon - Heaven can wait Maureen Stapleton - Interiors Didi Conn - Grease

42. Melinda Dillon

Actress | Magnolia

Melinda Dillon was born October 13, 1939, in Hope, Arkansas, to Norine and W.S Dillon. She attended Hyde Park High School. Melinda started in improvisational comedy, and stage acting before she made her feature-film debut as an eccentric neighbor of Catherine Deneuve's in The April Fools (1969). ...

1977 - Close Encounters of the Third Kind


Carrie Fisher - Star Wars Carol Kane - Annie Hall Janet Margolin - Annie Hall Donna Pescow - Saturday Night Fever

43. 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...

1976 - Carrie


Beatrice Straight - Network Jodie Foster - Taxi Driver Jane Alexander - All the President's Men Eileen Brennan - Murder by death

44. Marisa Berenson

Actress | Cabaret

Marisa Berenson was born on February 15, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Cabaret (1972), Barry Lyndon (1975) and Branagh Theatre Live: Romeo and Juliet (2016). She was previously married to Aaron Richard Golub and Jim Randall.

1975 - Barry Lyndon


Ingrid Caven - Mütter Kusters Fahrt zum Himmel Lorraine Gary - Jaws Jessica Harper - Love and Death Mary Keane - Barry Lyndon

45. Diane Ladd

Actress | Wild at Heart

Southern belle Diane Ladd was born Rose Diane Ladner in Meridian, Mississippi. Her mother, Mary Bernadette (Anderson), was a former actress, from a Norwegian and German immigrant family, and her father, Preston Paul Ladner, was a veterinarian, from a family with deep roots in the American South. ...

1974 - Alice doesn't live here anymmore


Talia Shire - The Godfather. Part II Diane Keaton - The Godfather. Part II Jodie Foster - Alice doesn't live here anymore Barbara Valentin - Angst essen Seele auf

46. Linda Blair

Actress | The Exorcist

From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist (1973). Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed...

1973 - The Exorcist


Kitty Winn - The Exorcist Maria Michi - Last Tango in Paris Gloria Hendry - Live and let die Gina Petrushka - The Exorcist

47. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

Diane was a California native who studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. After appearing in summer stock for several months, she got her first major stage role in the Broadway rock musical "Hair". As understudy to the lead, she ...

1972 - The Godfather


Marisa Berenson - Cabaret Anna Magnani - Roma Talia Shire - The Godfather Lynn Redgrave - Everything you wanted to know about sex but you were afraid to ask

48. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). 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....

1971 - The Last Picture Show


Ellen Burstyn - The Last Picture Show Cybill Shepherd - The Last Picture Show Adrienne Corri - A Clockwork Orange Nati Abascal - Bananas

49. Katharine Balfour

Actress | Love Story

Katharine Balfour was born on February 7, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Love Story (1970), The Adventurers (1970) and Dark Shadows (1966). She died on April 3, 1990 in New York City.

1970 - Love Story



50. 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 ...

1969 - They shoot horses, don't they?


Sylvia Miles - Midnight Cowboy Katharine Ross - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Brenda Vaccaro - Midnight Cowboy Charlotte Rampling - La caduta degli dei

51. Ruth Gordon

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

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 ...

1968 - Rosemary's Baby


Kay Medford - Funny Girl Anne Francis - Funny Girl Natasha Parry - Romeo and Juliet Angela Dorian - Rosemary's Baby

52. Katharine Ross

Actress | The Graduate

Katharine Juliet Ross was born on January 29, 1940 in Hollywood, California, to Katharine W. (Hall) and Dudley T. Ross. Her father, who also worked for the Associated Press, was away in the US Navy when she was born. His navy career shuttled the family around to Virginia, then Palo Alto, and ...

1967 - The Graduate


Estelle Parsons - Bonnie and Clyde Lee Grant - In the heat of the night Angie Dickinson - Point Break Françoise Fabian - Belle de Jour

53. Vivien Merchant

Actress | Frenzy

Vivien Merchant was born on July 22, 1929 in Manchester, England as Ada Thompson. She was an actress, known for Frenzy (1972), Alfie (1966) and The Offence (1973). She was married to Harold Pinter. She died on October 3, 1982 in London, England.

1966 - Alfie


Vanessa Redgrave - Blow Up Lila Kedrova - Torn Curtain Millicent Martin - Alfie Julia Forster - Alfie

54. Eleanor Parker

Actress | Caged

Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer ...

1965 - The Sound of Music


Peggy Wood - The Sound of Music Yvonne Furneaux - Repulsion Heather Menzies - The Sound of Music Anna Lee - The Sound of Music

55. Gladys Cooper

Actress | My Fair Lady

Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour ...

1964 - My fair Lady


Anne Vernon - Les parapluies de Cherbourg Hermione Baddeley - Mary Poppins Karen Jones - Mary Poppins Elsa Lanchester - Mary Poppins

56. Anouk Aimée

Actress | Un homme et une femme

She is the daughter of the actress Geneviève Sorya. In 1948 she played the part of Juliette in Les amants de Vérone (1949). In the following years (fifties and beginning sixties) she made various films (e.g. Modigliani of Montparnasse (1958) and La Dolce Vita (1960)) but had only with Lola (...

1963 - 8 1/2


Sandra Milo - 8 1/2 Edith Evans - Tom Hones Diane Cilento - Tom Jones Claudia Cardinale - Il Gattopardo

57. Mary Badham

Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird

Mary Badham was born on October 7, 1952 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. She is an actress, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), This Property Is Condemned (1966) and Let's Kill Uncle (1966). She has been married to Richard Wilt since 1975. They have two children.

1962 - To Kill a Mockingbird


Shelley Winters - Lolita Silvia Pinal - El ángel exterminador Rosemary Murphy - To Kill a Mockingbird Lila Brignone - L'Eclisse

58. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few performers (and the very first) 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) ...

1961 - West Side Story


Margarita Lozano - Viridiana Teresa Rabal - Viridiana Patricia Neal - Breakfast at Tiffany's Amparo Soler Leal - Plácido

59. Janet Leigh

Actress | Psycho

Janet Leigh was the only child of a couple who often moved from town to town. Living in apartments, Janet was a bright child who skipped several grades and finished high school when she was 15. A lonely child, she would spend much of her time at movie theaters. She was a student, studying music and...

1960 - Psycho


Anita Ekberg - La Dolce Vita Vera Miles - Psycho Anouk Aimeé - La Dolce Vita Yvonne Fourneaux - La Dolce Vita

60. 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 (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short ...

1959 - Pillow Talk


Angie Dickinson - Rio Bravo Mary McCarty - Pillow Talk Josephine Hutchinson - North by northerst Barbara Drew - Some like it hot

61. Marlene Dietrich

Soundtrack | Witness for the Prosecution

Her father was a police lieutenant and imbued in her a military attitude to life. Marlene was known in school for her "bedroom eyes" and her first affairs were at this stage in her life - a professor at the school was terminated. She entered the cabaret scene in 1920s Germany, first as a spectator ...

1958 - Touch of Evil


Judith Anderson - Cat on a hot tin roof Madeleine Sherwood - Cat on a hot tin roof Mercedes McCambridge - Touch of Evil Barbara Bel Geddes - Vertigo

62. Sybil Thorndike

Actress | The Prince and the Showgirl

This distinguished theatrical tragedienne will be remembered forever if only for the fact George Bernard Shaw wrote his classic "Saint Joan" work specifically for her. Her over six-decade career allowed for a gallery of sterling, masterful portrayals, both classic and contemporary, performing all ...

1957 - The Princess and the Showgirl


Kay Thompson - Funny Face Bibi Andersson - Seventh Seal Cathleen Nesbitt - An Affair to Remember Neva Patterson - An Affair to Remember

63. Dorothy Malone

Actress | Written on the Wind

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 film-going 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 ...

1956 - Written on the Wind


Vera Miles - The Searchers Olive Carey - The Searchers Mary Windsor - The Killing Dorothy Jordan - The Searchers

64. Natalie Wood

Actress | Rebel Without a Cause

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the...

1955 - Rebel without a cause


Agnes Moorehead - All that heaven allows Sally Ann Bruce - Night of the hunter Lillian Gish - Night of the hunter Carolyn Jones - The seven year itch

65. Eva Marie Saint

Actress | On the Waterfront

Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. 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 ...

1954 - On the Waterfront


Julie Newmar - Seven Brothers for seven brides Thelma Ritter - Rear Window Martha Hyer - Sabrina Virginia Gibson - Seven Brothers for seven brides

66. Grace Kelly

Actress | Rear Window

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...

1953 - Mogambo


Marylin Monroe - How to marry a millionaire Elvira Quintillá - ¡Bienvenido Mr. Marshall! Betty Grable - How to marry a millionaire Margaret Rawlings - Roman Holidayç

67. 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 ...

1952 - High Noon


Anne Bancroft - Don't bother to knock Donna Corcoran - Don't bother to knock Jeanne Cagney - Don't bother to knock Gloria Grahame - The bad and the beautiful

68. Kim Hunter

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High.

According to an in-depth article on Kim ...

1951 - A Streetcar named Desire


Nina Foch - An American in Paris Ruth Roman - Strangers on a Train Anne Revere - A Place in the sun Patricia Hitchcock - Strangers on a Train

69. 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 ...

1950 - Harvey


Celeste Holm - All about Eve Thelma Ritter - All about Eve Nancy Olson - Sunset Boulevard Marylin Monroe - All about Eve

70. Judy Holliday

Actress | Born Yesterday

Judy Holliday was born Judith Tuvim in New York City on June 21, 1921. Her mother, a piano teacher, was attending a play when she went into labor and made it to the hospital just in time. Judy was an only child. By the age of four, her mother had her enrolled in ballet school which fostered a ...

1949 - Adam's Rib


Vera Ellen - On the Town Florence Balence - On the Town Alice Pearce - On the Town

71. Jean Simmons

Actress | Guys and Dolls

Demure British beauty Jean Simmons was born January 31, 1929 in Crouch End, London. As a 14-year-old dance student, she was plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in Give Us the Moon (1944), and she went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions ...

1948 - Hamlet


Eileen Herlie - Hamlet Lianella Carell - Ladri di Biciclette

72. Kathleen Byron

Actress | Saving Private Ryan

Kathleen Byron trained for the stage at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, beginning her work in the movies soon after she finished her training. Her early work with Michael Powell made her name in the UK. She went to Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s but found it difficult to break into the US ...

1947 - Black Narcissus


Jean Simmons - Black Narcissus Flora Robson - Black Narcissus Jenny Laird - Black Narcissus Evelyn Ellis - The Lady from Shanghai

73. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

1946 - It's a Wonderful Life


Martha Vickers - The Big Sleep Dorothy Malone - The Big Sleep Jane Wyman - Night and Day Rosa Rey - Gilda

74. Joyce Carey

Actress | Brief Encounter

Genteel London-born actress Joyce Carey came from a distinguished theatrical family. Her own lengthy career on the stage began in 1916 when she played Princess Katherine in an all-female ensemble of "Henry V". She made her debut on the legitimate stage in a small part in the West End production of ...

1945 - Brief Encounter


Maria Michi - Roma, città appertà Rhonda Fleming - Spellbound Giovanna Galetti - Roma, città appertà

75. Jean Heather

Actress | Double Indemnity

Jean Heather was born on February 21, 1921 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Jeanne Ellen Hetherington. She was an actress, known for Double Indemnity (1944), Going My Way (1944) and National Barn Dance (1944). She was married to Arthur Ferdinand Meier (John Stockton). She died on October 29, 1995 in Los ...

1944 - Double Indemnity


Dolores Moran - To have and to have not

76. Patricia Collinge

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

Irish-born stage actress, in London from 1904, on Broadway from 1908. After appearing as a flower girl in 'The Queen of the Moulin Rouge', she became a celebrated theatrical star of many classic plays by George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, J.M. Barrie and others. From 1947 to 1948, she starred as ...

1943 - Shadow of a Doubt


Madeleine LeBeau - Casablanca Janet Shaw - Shadow of a Doubt Estelle Jewell - Shadow of a Doubt

77. Dhia Cristiani

Actress | Ossessione

Dhia Cristiani was born on June 27, 1921 in Dovadola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy. She is known for her work on Ossessione (1943), Sissignora (1942) and Via delle cinque lune (1942). She was married to Giuseppe Ventriglia. She died on July 17, 1977 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

1942 - Ossessione



1941 - How Green was my valley


Agnes Moorehead - Citizen Kane Dorothy Comingore - Citizen Kane Olive Blakeney - That Uncertain Feeling Eve Arden - That Uncertain Feeling

79. 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 ...

1940 - Rebecca


Ruth Hussey - The Philadelphia Story Florence Bates - Rebecca Mary Nash - The Philadelphia Story Gladys Cooper - Rebecca

80. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

1939 - Gone with the wind


Olivia de Havilland - Gone with the wind Paulette Dubost - La règle du Jeu Barbara O'Neill - Gone with the wind Ann Rutherford - Gone with the wind

81. Una O'Connor

Actress | Bride of Frankenstein

Delightful character actress who held her own against such acting heavyweights as Charles Laughton, Boris Karloff, Tyrone Power, Barbara Stanwyck, and Sydney Greenstreet. Often cast by studio heads as comic relief thanks to her thick Irish accent and rubber-faced expressions, most notably in ...

1938 - The Adventures of Robin Hood