AFI 100 Stars: Female Nominees

PLEASE NOTE: All the women listed below are ranked according to MY OPINION.

204-250 are not official as I have yet to see their films.
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1.
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...
“ Gone with the Wind (1939): Great Performance
That Hamilton Woman (1941): Great Performance
A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Great Performance
Waterloo Bridge (1940): Great Performance
Anna Karenina (1948): Great Performance
Ship of Fools (1965): Great Performance
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945): Great Performance
Sidewalks of London (1938): Great Performance
The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961): Great Performance
Fire Over England (1937): Great Performance
A Yank at Oxford (1938): Great Performance
Storm in a Teacup (1937): Great Performance
21 Days Together (1940): Great Performance
Dark Journey (1937): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
2.
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ All About Eve (1950): Great Performance
Now, Voyager (1942): Great Performance
Dark Victory (1939): Great Performance
The Little Foxes (1941): Great Performance
Jezebel (1938): Great Performance
In This Our Life (1942): Great Performance
The Letter (1940): Great Performance
All This, and Heaven Too (1940): Great Performance
The Petrified Forest (1936): Great Performance
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939): Great Performance
A Stolen Life (1946): Great Performance
The Old Maid (1939): Great Performance
Deception (1946): Great Performance
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
3.
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
“ Gone with the Wind (1939): Great Performance
The Heiress (1949): Great Performance
To Each His Own (1946): Great Performance
The Snake Pit (1948): Great Performance
In This Our Life (1942): Great Performance
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938): Great Performance
Hold Back the Dawn (1941): Great Performance
They Died with Their Boots On (1941): Great Performance
Light in the Piazza (1962): Great Performance
Devotion (1946): Great Performance
The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939): Great Performance
Princess O'Rourke (1943): Good Performance
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
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...
“ Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966): Great Performance
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958): Great Performance
Giant (1956): Great Performance
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959): Great Performance
Butterfield 8 (1960): Great Performance
A Place in the Sun (1951): Great Performance
National Velvet (1944): Great Performance
Cleopatra (1963): Great Performance
Raintree County (1957): Great Performance
Father of the Bride (1950): Great Performance
Father's Little Dividend (1951): Great Performance
Ivanhoe (1952): Great Performance
Courage of Lassie (1946): Good Performance
Rhapsody (1954): Good Performance
The Comedians (1967): Good Performance
Lassie Come Home (1943): Good Performance
Quo Vadis (1951): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
5.
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...
“ The Lion in Winter (1968): Great Performance
Bringing Up Baby (1938): Great Performance
Suddenly, Last Summer (1959): Great Performance
Little Women (1933): Great Performance
The Philadelphia Story (1940): Great Performance
Adam's Rib (1949): Great Performance
Pat and Mike (1952): Great Performance
Woman of the Year (1942): Great Performance
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner (1967): Great Performance
Mary of Scotland (1939): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
6.
Jennifer Jones
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
“ The Song of Bernadette (1943): Great Performance
Since You Went Away (1944): Great Performance
Portrait of Jennie (1948): Great Performance
Madame Bovary (1949): Great Performance
Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955): Great Performance
Duel in the Sun (1946): Great Performance
Ruby Gentry (1952): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
7.
Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...
“ The Wind (1928): Great Performance
Broken Blossoms (1919): Great Performance
The Night of the Hunter (1955): Great Performance
Duel in the Sun (1946): Great Performance
Portrait of Jennie (1948): Great Performance
The Comedians (1967): Good Performance
One Romantic Night (1930): Good Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
8.
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ A Star is Born (1954): Great Performance
The Wizard of Oz (1939): Great Performance
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): Great Performance
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961): Great Performance
Easter Parade (1948): Great Performance
For Me and My Gal (1942): Great Performance
In the Good Old Summertime (1949): Great Performance
The Harvey Girls (1946): Great Performance
Babes in Arms (1939): Great Performance
Girl Crazy (1943): Good Performance
Strike Up the Band (1940): Good Performance
The Pirate (1948): Good Performance
Presenting Lily Mars (1943): Good Performance
Listen, Darling (1937): Good Performance
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946): Good Performance
Ziegfeld Follies (1945): Good Performance
The Broadway Melody of 1938): Good Performance
Pigskin Parade (1936) ” - elephant999
 
9.
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ Casablanca (1942): Great Performance
Gaslight (1944): Great Performance
Notorious (1946): Great Performance
Spellbound (1945): Great Performance
Under Capricorn (1949): Good Performance
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
10.
Gloria Swanson
Actress, Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson went to public schools in Chicago; Key West, Florida; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Her film debut was as an extra in The Fable of Elvira and Farina and the Meal Ticket. From the following year on, she had leading roles in pictures for Keystone, then a year with Triangle, and, in 1919, a contract with Cecil B. DeMille. DeMille transformed her from a typical Mack Sennett comedienne into a lively...
“ Sunset Boulevard (1950): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
11.
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ Mildred Pierce (1945): Great Performance
Possessed (1947): Great Performance
The Women (1939): Great Performance
Johnny Guitar (1954): Great Performance
Grand Hotel (1932): Great Performance
Rain (1932): Great Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance
It's a Great Feeling (1949): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
12.
Barbara Stanwyck
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley, wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys. But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the period from 1927 until 1964...
“ Double Indemnity (1944): Great Performance
The Lady Eve (1941): Great Performance
Christmas in Connecticut (1945): Great Performance
Stella Dallas (1937): Great Performance
Annie Oakley (1935): Great Performance
Ball of Fire (1941): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
13.
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ The Nun's Story (1959): Great Performance
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): Great Performance
The Children's Hour (1961): Great Performance
Roman Holiday (1953): Great Performance
Sabrina (1954): Great Performance
My Fair Lady (1964): Great Performance
Funny Face (1957): Great Performance
Love in the Afternoon (1957): Great Performance
Green Mansions (1959): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
14.
Norma Shearer
Actress, The Women
She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle weakness...
“ Marie Antoinette (1938): Great Performance
The Women (1939): Great Performance
The Barretts of Wimpole Street (1934): Great Performance
The Divorcee (1930): Great Performance
He Who Gets Slapped (1924): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
15.
Gene Tierney
Actress, Laura
Gene Tierney was born in Brooklyn, New York, on November 19, 1920, to well-to-do parents. Her father was a very successful insurance broker and her mother was a former teacher. Her childhood was lavish indeed. She also lived, at times, with her equally successful grandparents in Connecticut and New York...
“ Leave Her to Heaven (1945): Great Performance
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947): Great Performance
Laura (1944): Great Performance
The Razor's Edge (1946): Great Performance
Plymouth Adventure (1952): Good Performance
The Return of Frank James (1940): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
16.
Deborah Kerr
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal...
“ Black Narcissus (1947): Great Performance
The King and I (1956): Great Performance
An Affair to Remember (1957): Great Performance
The Night of the Iguana (1964): Great Performance
From Here to Eternity (1953): Great Performance
Quo Vadis (1951): Great Performance
Julius Caesar (1953): Great Performance
If Winter Comes (1947): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
17.
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
“ Rebecca (1940): Great Performance
The Constant Nymph (1943): Great Performance
Suspicion (1941): Great Performance
Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956): Great Performance
The Women (1939): Great Performance
Ivanhoe (1952): Great Performance
The Witches (1966): Good Performance
Gunga Din (1939): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
18.
Lana Turner
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional accomplishments. Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace...
“ Imitation of Life (1959): Great Performance
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952): Great Performance
Madame X (1966): Great Performance
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946): Great Performance
Peyton Place (1957): Great Performance
The Three Musketeers (1948): Great Performance
Green Dolphin Street (1947): Great Performance
Portrait in Black (1960): Great Performance
Dancing Co-Ed (1939): Great Performance
Johnny Eager (1941): Good Performance
Cass Timbelrane (1947): Good Performance
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
19.
Claudette Colbert
One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up...
“ It Happened One Night (1934): Great Performance
Since You Went Away (1944): Great Performance
Tomorrow is Forever (1946): Great Performance
Cleopatra (1934): Great Performance
So Proudly We Hail! (1943): Great Performance
Imitation of Life (1934): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
20.
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...
“ The Night of the Iguana (1964): Great Performance
Mogambo (1953): Great Performance
The Barefoot Contessa (1954): Great Performance
Pandora and the Flying Dutchman (1951): Great Performance
55 Days at Peking (1963): Great Performance
The Killers (1946): Great Performance
Knights of the Round Table (1953): Great Performance
The Angel Wore Red (1960): Great Performance
The Bible: In the Beginning (1966): Great Performance
Maisie Goes to Reno (1943): Good Performance
The Band Wagon (1954)
Sunday Punch (1942): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
21.
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a phys ed instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly. She was of half Irish and half German descent...
“ The Country Girl (1954): Great Performance
Dial M for Murder (1954): Great Performance
Rear Window (1954): Great Performance
Mogambo (1953): Great Performance
The Swan (1956): Good Performance
High Society (1956): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
22.
Greta Garbo
Actress, Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store...
“ Ninotchka (1939): Great Performance
Camille (1936): Great Performance
Grand Hotel (1932): Great Performance
Flesh and the Devil (1926): Great Performance
A Woman of Affairs (1928): Great Performance
Romance (1930): Good Performance
The Divine Woman (1928): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
23.
Anne Baxter
Actress, All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ The Ten Commandments (1956): Great Performance
All About Eve (1950): Great Performance
The Razor's Edge (1946): Great Performance
The Blue Gardenia (1953): Great Performance
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942): Great Performance
I Confess (1953): Great Performance
Cimarron (1960): Great Performance
Angel on My Shoulder (1946): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
24.
Rita Hayworth
Actress, Gilda
Spanish dancer Eduardo Cansino's daughter Margarita studied dancing beginning in her girlhood. At age 12, the mature-looking Rita joined Eduardo's stage act, in which she was spotted three years later by Fox studio head Winfield R. Sheehan, leading to her first studio contract and film debut at age 16 in Dante's Inferno...
“ Gilda (1946): Great Performance
The Lady from Shanghai (1947): Great Performance
Cover Girl (1944): Great Performance
You'll Never Get Rich (1941): Great Performance
Salome (1953): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
25.
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard was born Jane Alice Peters in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on October 6, 1908. Her parents divorced in 1916 and her mother took the family on a trip out West. While there they decided to settle down in the Los Angeles area. After being spotted playing baseball in the street with the neighborhood boys by a film director...
“ To Be or Not to Be (1942): Great Performance
In Name Only (1939): Great Performance
Nothing Sacred (1937): Great Performance
Twentieth Century (1934): Great Performance
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941): Good Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
26.
Greer Garson
Actress, Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress...
“ Mrs. Miniver (1942): Great Performance
Random Harvest (1942): Great Performance
The Valley of Decision (1945): Great Performance
Pride and Prejudice (1940): Great Performance
Madame Curie (1943): Great Performance
Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939): Great Performance
Julius Caesar (1953): Great Performance
The Little Drummer Boy (1968): Great Narration ” - elephant999
 
27.
Irene Dunne
Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age of five...
“ I Remember Mama (1948): Great Performance
My Favorite Wife (1940): Great Performance
Penny Serenade (1941): Great Performance
The Awful Truth (1937): Great Performance
Love Affair (1939): Great Performance
A Guy Named Joe (1943): Great Performance
Show Boat (1936): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
28.
Marlene Dietrich
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 then as a cabaret singer...
“ Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Great Performance
Judgment at Nuremberg (1961): Great Performance
Touch of Evil (1958): Great Performance
Shanghai Express (1932): Great Performance
Blonde Venus (1932): Great Performance
The Garden of Allah (1936): Good Performance
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) ” - elephant999
 
29.
Dorothy McGuire
A genuine model of sincerity, practicality and dignity in most of the roles she inhabited, actress Dorothy McGuire offered Tinseltown more talent than it probably knew what to do with. A quiet, passive beauty, she had a soothing quality to her open-faced looks and voice. She was a natural when he came...
“ A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945): Great Performance
The Enchanted Cottage (1945): Great Performance
Gentleman's Agreement (1947): Great Performance
Old Yeller (1957): Great Performance
Friendly Persuasion (1956): Great Performance
A Summer Place (1959): Great Performance
Three Coins in the Fountain (1954): Good Performance
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965): Good Performance
Jonathan Livingston Seagull (1973) ” - elephant999
 
30.
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...
“ Beauty and the Beast (1991): Great Performance
Kind Lady (1951): Great Performance
Gaslight (1944): Great Performance
Nanny McPhee (2007): Great Performance
National Velvet (1944): Great Performance
The Long, Hot Summer (1958): Great Performance
The Three Musketeers (1948): Great Performance
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945): Great Performance
The Harvey Girls (1946): Good Performance
Anastasia (1997): Good Performance
Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997): Good Performance
If Winter Comes (1947): Good Performance
In the Cool of the Day (1963): Good Performance
Mister Buddwing (1966): Good Performance
Mr. Popper's Penguins (2011): Good Performance
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
31.
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother was a film-cutter at RKO Studios who, widowed and mentally ill, abandoned her to a sequence of foster homes. She was almost smothered to death at two, nearly raped at six. At nine, the LA Orphans' Home paid her a nickel a month for kitchen work while taking back a penny every Sunday for church...
“ Some Like It Hot (1959): Great Performance
The Misfits (1961): Great Performance
The Seven Year Itch (1955): Great Performance
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953): Great Performance
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953): Great Performance
All About Eve (1950): Good Performance
The Asphalt Jungle (1950): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
32.
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...
“ Rebecca (1940): Great Performance
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958): Great Performance
Edge of Darkness (1943): Great Performance
Salome (1953): Great Performance
The Ten Commandments (1956): Great Performance
Laura (1944): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
33.
Margaret Hamilton
Margaret Hamilton was Born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several performances in film before she came to her most memorable and astronomically successful role...
“ The Wizard of Oz (1939): Great Performance
Janie Gets Married (1946): Good Performance
Babes in Arms (1939)
Nothing Sacred (1937) ” - elephant999
 
34.
Billie Burke
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the world)...
“ The Wizard of Oz (1939): Great Performance
Dinner at Eight (1933): Great Performance
The Young in Heart (1938): Great Performance
In This Our Life (1942): Good Performance
Father's Little Dividend (1951): Good Performance
Father of the Bride (1950): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
35.
Linda Darnell
Linda Darnell, one of five children of a postal clerk, grew up fast. At 11, she was modeling clothes, giving her age as 16. At 13, she was appearing on the stage with little theater groups. Her mother encouraged her to audition when Hollywood talent scouts came to Dallas. She went to California and when the studio found out how young she really was...
“ No Way Out (1950): Great Performance
The Mark of Zorro (1940): Great Performance
A Letter to Three Wives (1949): Great Performance
The Song of Bernadette (1943): Great (Uncredited) Performance ” - elephant999
 
36.
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)...
“ The Grapes of Wrath (1940): Great Performance
Gone with the Wind (1939): Great Performance
Jesse James (1939): Good Performance
Mary Poppins (1964)
Caged (1950) ” - elephant999
 
37.
Myrna Loy
Myrna Williams, later to become Myrna Loy, was born on August 2, 1905 in Radersburg, Montana. Her father was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature. Later on her family moved to Helena where she spent her youth. At the age of 13, Myrna's father died of influenza and the rest of the family moved to Los Angeles...
“ The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): Great Performance
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950): Great Performance
I Love You Again (1940): Great Performance
Love Me Tonight (1932): Good Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
38.
Ginger Rogers
Actress, Top Hat
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
“ Kitty Foyle (1940): Great Performance
I'll Be Seeing You (1944): Great Performance
Swing Time (1936): Great Performance
Lucky Partners (1940): Good Performance
The Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933) ” - elephant999
 
39.
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...
“ Gone with the Wind (1939): Great Performance
Since You Went Away (1944): Great Performance
Janie (1944): Great Performance
Show Boat (1936): Good Performance
They Died with Their Boots On (1941): Good Performance
In This Our Life (1942): Good Performance
Janie Gets Married (1946)
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943): Portrays Herself
Blonde Venus (1932): Uncredited Performance
Nothing Sacred (1937): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
40.
Teresa Wright
A natural and lovely talent who was discovered for films by Samuel Goldwyn, the always likable Teresa Wright distinguished herself early on in high-caliber, Oscar-worthy form -- the only performer ever to be nominated for Oscars for her first three films. Always true to herself, she was able to earn Hollywood stardom on her own unglamorized terms...
“ Shadow of a Doubt (1943): Great Performance
The Best Years of Our Lives (1946): Great Performance
The Little Foxes (1941): Great Performance
Mrs. Miniver (1942): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
41.
Maureen O'Hara
In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17...
“ The Quiet Man (1952): Great Performance
Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Great Performance
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939): Great Performance
How Green Was My Valley (1941): Great Performance
Rio Grande (1950): Great Performance
This Land Is Mine (1943): Great Performance
Spencer's Mountain (1963): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
42.
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 psychology...
“ Psycho (1960): Great Performance
The Naked Spur (1953): Great Performance
Touch of Evil (1958): Great Performance
Scaramouche (1952): Great Performance
Houdini (1953): Good Performance
If Winter Comes (1947): Good Performance
Hills of Home (1948)
An American Dream (1965) ” - elephant999
 
43.
Sophia Loren
Actress, Two Women
Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone)...
“ Two Women (1960): Great Performance
Quo Vadis (1951): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
44.
Doris Day
One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Von Kapplehoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who died before she was born and Paul, a few years older...
“ The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956): Great Performance
Pillow Talk (1959): Great Performance
Calamity Jane (1953): Great Performance
On Moonlight Bay (1951): Great Performance
By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953): Great Performance
The Thrill of It All (1963): Great Performance
Romance on the High Seas (1948): Great Performance
It's a Great Feeling (1949): Good Performance
Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
45.
Rosalind Russell
The middle of seven children, she was named after the S.S. Rosalind at the suggestion of her father, a successful lawyer. After receiving a Catholic school education, she went to the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York, having convinced her mother that she intended to teach acting. In 1934...
“ His Girl Friday (1940): Great Performance
The Women (1939): Great Performance
Mourning Becomes Electra (1947): Great Performance
Gypsy (1962): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
46.
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...
“ The Maltese Falcon (1941): Great Performance
Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): Great Performance
The Prisoner of Zenda (1937): Good Performance
Listen, Darling (1938): Good Performance
Other Men's Women (1931): Good Performance
Fiesta (1947): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
47.
Lauren Bacall
Actress, The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
“ Written on the Wind (1956): Great Performance
The Big Sleep (1946): Great Performance
To Have and Have Not (1944): Great Performance
Key Largo (1948): Great Performance
How to Marry a Millionaire (1953): Great Performance
Howl's Moving Castle (2004): Good Performance
Madeline: Lost in Paris (1999) ” - elephant999
 
48.
Eleanor Parker
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, she attended the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts beginning when she was 15 years old...
“ Caged (1950): Great Performance
The Sound of Music (1965): Great Performance
Between Two Worlds (1944): Great Performance
The Man with the Golden Arm (1955): Great Performance
Detective Story (1951): Great Performance
Scaramouche (1952): Great Performance
An American Dream (1965): Good Performance
It's a Great Feeling (1949): Uncredited Performance
They Died with Their Boots On (1941): Scenes Deleted ” - elephant999
 
49.
Jeanette MacDonald
Actress, San Francisco
Jeanette MacDonald began her career at age 6, where she had small roles in theaters and operas. By age 13, she was winning singing contests along the eastern United States. Jeanette was a very talented operatic singer/lyrical soprano, with a wide vocal range, E above high C, close to 3 octaves. Her talent soon was spotted by Ernst Lubitsch...
“ Maytime (1937): Great Performance
Rose-Marie (1936): Great Performance
San Francisco (1936): Great Performance
Naughty Marietta (1935): Great Performance
Bitter Sweet (1940): Great Performance
New Moon (1940): Great Performance
Love Me Tonight (1932): Great Performance
The Girl of the Golden West (1938): Great Performance
Sweethearts (1938): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
50.
Gloria Grahame
Gloria Hallward was born in Los Angeles, California. She was the daughter of Michael Hallward, an architect, and Jean MacDougall, an actress whose stage name was Jean Grahame. Her mother later became her acting coach. Descended from royalty--King Edward III through her father's side--she was bred for acting at an early age...
“ The Big Heat (1953): Great Performance
It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Great Performance
The Greatest Show on Earth (1952): Great Performance
The Bad and the Beautiful (1952): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
51.
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...
“ Witness for the Prosecution (1957): Great Performance
The Private Live of Henry VIII (1933): Great Performance
Lassie Come Home (1943): Great Performance
Mary Poppins (1964): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
52.
Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward was born Edythe Marrener in Brooklyn, New York, on June 30, 1917. Her father was a transportation worker, and Susan lived a fairly comfortable life as a child, but the precocious little redhead had no idea of the life that awaited her. She attended public school in Brooklyn, where she graduated from a commercial high school that was intended to give students a marketable skill...
“ I Want to Live! (1958): Great Performance
I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955): Great Performance
Deadline at Dawn (1946): Good Performance
David and Bathsheba (1951): Good Performance
Hollywood Hotel (1937): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
53.
Luise Rainer
Luise Rainer, the first thespian to win back-to-back Oscars, was born on January 12, 1910 in Dusseldorf, Germany, into a prosperous Jewish family. Her parents were Emilie (Königsberger) and Heinrich Rainer, a businessman. She took to the stage, and plied her craft on the boards in Germany. As a young actress...
“ The Good Earth (1937): Great Performance
The Toy Wife (1938): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
54.
Jean Arthur
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
“ Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939): Great Performance
You Can't Take It With You (1938): Great Performance
Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936): Great Performance
Shane (1953): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
55.
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly's partner in Singin' in the Rain...
“ Singin' in the Rain (1952): Great Performance
How the West Was Won (1962): Great Performance
Charlotte's Web (1973): Great Performance
Kiki's Delivery Service (1989): Good Performance
Rugrats in Paris (2000)
Skirts Ahoy (1952): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
56.
Natalie Wood
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 family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Rebel Without a Cause (1955): Great Performance
Splendor in the Grass (1961): Great Performance
West Side Story (1961): Great Performance
Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Great Performance
Gypsy (1962): Good Performance
The Searchers (1956): Good Performance
The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947): Good Performance
Inside Daisy Clover (1965) ” - elephant999
 
57.
Janet Gaynor
Actress, Sunrise
After graduating from high school in San Francisco, Janet moved to Los Angeles and enrolled at a Hollywood secretarial college. Eager to get into movies, she started working as an extra in comedy shorts. In 1925, she was hired by Fox and was cast in The Johnstown Flood. In 1927 she appeared in 7th Heaven as Diane and Sunrise as the wife in danger...
“ Sunrise (1927): Great Performance
A Star is Born (1937): Great Performance
The Young in Heart (1938): Great Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
58.
Ann Blyth
The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Ann Marie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her mother and sister moved to New York City...
“ Mildred Pierce (1945): Great Performance
The King's Thief (1955): Great Performance
The Great Caruso (1951): Great Performance
All the Brothers Were Valiant (1953): Good Performance
Rose Marie (1954): Good Performance
Brute Force (1948): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
59.
Louise Brooks
Actress, Pandora's Box
A legendary actress of the silent film era. She epitomized the flapper age with her bobbed hairstyle, while blatantly flaunting the accepted sexual and societal roles of women at the time. She is best known for her starring roles in G.W. Pabst's "Pandora's Box" and "Diary of a Lost Girl," which were both filmed in Weimar Germany in 1929...
“ 1. Pandora's Box (1929)
2. Diary of a Lost Girl (1929) ” - elephant999
 
60.
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...
“ Key Largo (1948): Great Performance
Stagecoach (1939): Great Performance
Murder, My Sweet (1944): Great Performance
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
61.
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...
“ Lolita (1962): Great Performance
A Place in the Sun (1951): Great Performance
The Night of the Hunter (1955): Great Performance
The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965)
Red River (1948): Uncredited Performance
Cover Girl (1944): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
62.
Jean Simmons
Actress, Spartacus
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, and she went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions as Caesar and Cleopatra...
“ Spartacus (1960): Great Performance
Hamlet (1948): Great Performance
Guys and Dolls (1955): Great Performance
Howl's Moving Castle (2004): Good Performance
Mister Buddwing (1966): Good Performance
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945) ” - elephant999
 
63.
Jane Wyman
Actress, Falcon Crest
Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help of her mother...
“ All That Heaven Allows (1955): Great Performance
The Lost Weekend (1945): Great Performance
Magnificent Obsession (1954): Great Performance
The Yearling (1946): Great Performance
Night and Day (1946): Good Performance
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933): Uncredited Performance
It's a Great Feeling (1949): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
64.
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...
“ The Magnificent Ambersons (1942): Great Performance
Caged (1950): Great Performance
Magnificent Obsession (1954): Great Performance
All That Heaven Allows (1955): Great Performance
Since You Went Away (1944): Great Performance
Charlotte's Web (1973): Great Performance
The Swan (1956): Good Performance
Raintree County (1957): Good Performance
How the West Was Won (1962): Good Performance
The Opposite Sex (1956): Good Performance
Jeanne Eagles (1957): Good Performance
Citizen Kane (1941): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
65.
Kim Hunter
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 Hunter by Joseph Collura in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ A Streetcar Named Desire (1951): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
66.
Jean Harlow
Harlean Carpenter, who later became Jean Harlow, was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 3, 1911. She was the daughter of a successful dentist and his wife. In 1927, at the age of 16, she ran away from home to marry a young businessman named Charles McGrew, who was 23. The couple pulled up stakes and moved to Los Angeles...
“ Dinner at Eight (1933): Great Performance
Hell's Angel's (1930): Great Performance
The Public Enemy (1931): Great Performance
Scarface (1932): Uncredited Performance
City Lights (1931): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
67.
Martha Scott
Actress, Ben-Hur
Martha Ellen Scott was born in Jamesport, Missouri, to Letha (McKinley) and Walter Alva Scott, an engineer and garage owner. She entered films in the early 1940s, following an initial appearance in stock. Her first film appearance was Our Town, playing the same character as she played on the stage...
“ Ben-Hur (1959): Great Performance
The Ten Commandments (1956): Great Performance
Sayonara (1957): Good Performance
Charlotte's Web (1973): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
68.
Nina Foch
Actress, Spartacus
A tall, cool drink of water best sums up this confidant blonde actress of 40s "B" mysteries, melodrama, film, and the occasional sparkling comedy at Columbia Studios. Nina was born with the unusually multi-ethnic name of Nina Consuelo Maud Fock, her father being the renowned Dutch composer and conductor Dirk Fock...
“ The Ten Commandments (1956): Great Performance
Scaramouche (1952): Great Performance
Spartacus (1960): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
69.
Donna Reed
Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young girls in western Iowa...
“ It's a Wonderful Life (1946): Great Performance
From Here to Eternity (1953): Great Performance
Green Dolphin Street (1947): Great Performance
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945): Good Performance
The Far Horizons (1955) ” - elephant999
 
70.
Paulette Goddard
Actress, Modern Times
Pauline Marion Goddard Levy was born in Whitestone Landing, New York, on 3 June 1910. She was a beautiful child who began to model for local department stores before she made her debut with Florenz Ziegfeld's Follies at the age of 13. For three years she astounded audiences with her talent. She married Edgar James when she was 15...
“ The Women (1939): Great Performance
The Great Dictator (1940): Great Performance
Hold Back the Dawn (1941): Great Performance
So Proudly We Hail! (1943): Great Performance
The Young in Heart (1938): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
71.
Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple was easily the most popular and famous child star of all time. She got her start in the movies at the age of three and soon progressed to super stardom. Shirley could do it all: act, sing and dance and all at the age of five! Fans loved her as she was bright, bouncy and cheerful in her...
“ Heidi (1937): Great Performance
Since You Went Away (1944): Great Performance
The Little Princess (1939): Great Performance
Bright Eyes (1934): Great Performance
I'll Be Seeing You (1944): Great Performance
Adventure in Baltimore (1949): Good Performance
Fort Apache (1948): Good Perormance ” - elephant999
 
72.
Margaret Sullavan
Born in Norfolk, Virginia to wealthy stockbroker Cornelius Hancock Sullavan and heiress Garland Council Sullavan, Margaret Brooke overcame a muscle weakness in her childhood to go on to become a rebellious teenager at posh private schools. She went on to perform with the University Players at Harvard and made her Broadway debut in Hello...
“ The Shop Around the Corner (1940): Great Performance
Three Comrades (1938): Great Performance
The Mortal Storm (1940): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
73.
Merle Oberon
Merle Oberon was born in Bombay, of mixed Welsh-Indian parentage, as Estelle "Queenie" Thompson. According to Michael Korda, she "became a feature of Bombay nightlife while still in her early teens and eventually made her way to England as the girlfriend of a wealthy young Englishman." In London she...
“ Wuthering Heights (1939): Great Performance
The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
74.
Jane Greer
As a baby, she was winning beauty contests; as a teenager, with good looks and an attractive contralto voice, she was singing with big bands (most notably Enric Madriguera's orchestra in Latin Club Del Rio in Washington, D.C.. She met Rudy Vallee, her first husband, on the radio where she also enjoyed a brief stint as a singer...
“ Out of the Past (1947): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
75.
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...
“ Hud (1963): Great Performance
Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): Great Performance
All Quiet on the Western Front (1979): Good Performance
It's a Great Feeling (1949): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
76.
Celeste Holm
Actress, All About Eve
Celeste Holm was an only child, born into a home where her mother was a painter and her father worked in insurance. She would study acting at the University of Chicago and make her stage debut in 1936. Her Broadway debut came when she was 19. She appeared in many successful plays, including "The Women"...
“ All About Eve (1950): Great Performance
Gentleman's Agreement (1947): Great Performance
High Society (1956): Good Performance
The Snake Pit (1948): Good Performance
A Letter to Three Wives (1949): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
77.
Flora Robson
Flora Robson knew she was no beauty, but her wise and sympathetic face would become a familiar - indeed, shining - ornament of the 1930s and 40s silver screen. Though not sure of acting as a career in her early years, she nevertheless appeared on stage for the first time at 5 years old. She was educated...
“ Black Narcissus (1947): Great Performance
Fire Over England (1937): Great Performance
Wuthering Heights (1939): Great Performance
Murder at the Gallop (1963): Great Performance
Caesar and Cleopatra (1945): Great Performance
55 Days at Peking (1963): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
78.
Miriam Hopkins
Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show business as a chorus girl at twenty...
“ The Heiress (1949): Great Performance
The Children's Hour (1961): Great Performance
Old Maid (1939): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
79.
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...
“ Rear Window (1954): Great Performance
All About Eve (1950): Great Performance
A Letter to Three Wives (1949): Great (Uncredited) Performance
How the West Was Won (1962): Great Performance
Pillow Talk (1959): Great Performance
The Misfits (1961)
Miracle on 34th Street (1947): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
80.
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...
“ West Side Story (1961): Great Performance
The King and I (1956): Good Performance
Singin' in the Rain (1952): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
81.
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...
“ Meet Me in St Louis (1944): Great Performance
Madame Curie (1943) ” - elephant999
 
82.
Tallulah Bankhead
Actress, Lifeboat
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age 15...
“ Lifeboat (1944): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
83.
Anne Revere
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, Anne graduated from Wellesley College, then trained for the stage at the American Laboratory Theatre...
“ National Velvet (1944): Great Performance
The Song of Bernadette (1943): Great Performance
Gentleman's Agreement (1947): Great Performance
A Place in the Sun (1951): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
84.
Geraldine Fitzgerald
Actress, Arthur
Geraldine Fitzgerald was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier's wife and Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law, which surely qualifies her as running the gamut (if not the gauntlet, in the latter case) of A to Z for co-starring with cinema immortals. The Irish lass appeared in many masterpieces of Hollywood's Golden Age...
“ Dark Victory (1939): Great Performance
Nobody Lives Forever (1946): Great Performance
Wuthering Heights (1939): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
85.
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...
“ Portrait of Jennie (1948): Great Performance
Kind Lady (1951): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
86.
Kay Francis
Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era, yet, for a while in the 1930s, she ranked as one of the most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers', by 1935 earning a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000). The daughter of actress Katherine Clinton and businessman Joseph Gibbs...
“ In Name Only (1939): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
87.
Lena Horne
Lena Calhoun Horne was born June 30, 1917, in Brooklyn, New York. In her biography she stated that on the day she was born, her father was in the midst of a card game trying to get money to pay the hospital costs. Her parents divorced while she was still a toddler. Her mother left later in order to find work as an actress and Lena was left in the care of her grandparents...
“ Cabin in the Sky (1943): Great Performance
Stormy Weather (1943): Great Performance
Till the Clouds Roll By (1946)
Ziegfeld Follies (1945) ” - elephant999
 
88.
Ida Lupino
Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire. Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson was one of her...
“ Devotion (1946): Great Performance
On Dangerous Ground (1951): Great Performance
Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943): Portrays Herself ” - elephant999
 
89.
Veronica Lake
Veronica Lake was born as Constance Frances Marie Ockleman on November 14, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York. She was the daughter of Constance Charlotta (Trimble) and Harry Eugene Ockelman, who worked for an oil company as a ship employee. Her father was of half German and half Irish descent, and her mother was of Irish ancestry...
“ Sullivan's Travels (1941): Great Performance
So Proudly We Hail! (1943): Great Performance
Hold Back the Dawn (1941): Uncredited Performance
Dancing Co-Ed (1939): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
90.
Loretta Young
Sweet, sweeter, sweetest. No combination of terms better describes the screen persona of lovely Loretta Young. A&E's Biography has stated that Young "remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamor and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her dedication to her family...
“ The Stranger (1946): Great Performance
Midnight Mary (1933): Great Performance
The House of Rothschild (1934): Great Performance
Employees' Entrance (1933): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
91.
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...
“ Meet Me in St. Louis (1944): Great Performance
The Women (1939): Great Performance
Rose Marie (1954): Great Performance
Friendly Persuasion (1956): Great Performance
The Harvey Girls (1945): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
92.
“ Singin' in the Rain (1952): Great Performance
Adam's Rib (1949): Great Performance
The Asphalt Jungle (1950): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
93.
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...
“ Written on the Wind (1956): Great Performance
The Big Sleep (1946): Good Performance
Janie Gets Married (1946): Good Performance
Night and Day (1946) ” - elephant999
 
94.
Eve Arden
Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles...
“ Mildred Pierce (1945): Great Performance
Anatomy of a Murder (1959): Great Performance
Whistling in the Dark (1941): Great Performance
Cover Girl (1944): Great Performance
Grease (1978): Good Performance
Night and Day (1946) ” - elephant999
 
95.
Ann Sothern
Ann Sothern, born Harriet Lake on January 22,1909 in Valley City, North Dakota, and her film career started as an extra-bit part in the film Broadway Nights in 1927. She would work as an extra for the next six years. It barely paid the bills. Finally, Ann got her break with Columbia Pictures when they signed her to a contract in 1934...
“ A Letter to Three Wives (1949): Great Performance
The Blue Gardenia (1953): Great Performance
Maisie Goes to Reno (1944): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
96.
Viveca Lindfors
Actress, Stargate
Ms. Lindfors was a Swedish born actress whose stage and screen career in the U.S. and Sweden spanned more than a half century. She was brought to Hollywood in 1946 by Warner Brothers in the hope that she would be a new Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman. She appeared with Ronald Reagan in her first Hollywood film...
“ Adventures of Don Juan (1948): Great Performance
King of Kings (1961): Great Performance ” - elephant999
 
97.
Butterfly McQueen
Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her constantly moving arms...
“ Gone with the Wind (1939): Great Performance
Duel in the Sun (1946): Great Performance
Mildred Pierce (1945): Good (Uncredited) Performance
Cabin in the Sky (1943)
The Women (1939): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
98.
Mary Pickford
Actress, Coquette
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies...
“ The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917): Great Performance
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925): Uncredited Performance ” - elephant999
 
99.
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...
“ Dinner at Eight (1933): Great Performance
One Romantic Night (1930): Good Performance ” - elephant999
 
100.
Jeanne Crain
Actress, State Fair
Jeanne Crain was born in Barstow, California, on May 25, 1925. The daughter of a high school English teacher and his wife, Jeanne was moved to Los Angeles not long after her birth after her father got another teaching position in that city. While in junior high school, Jeanne played the lead in a school production which set her on the path to acting...
“ Leave Her to Heaven (1945): Great Performance
Cheaper by the Dozen (1950): Great Performance
A Letter to Three Wives (1949): Great Performance ” - elephant999