Saturday, January 9, 2010

Top 10 Actresses

Everyone's got their list of favorites, so here is my post with mine. Let's start with the lovely ladies.... :) The top 2 are tied for me, I just can't pick between them as my all time favorite! I have a little description for them, and then for everyone else listed my favorite movies of theirs.

1.) Claudette Colbert - I absolutely adore Claudette Colbert. If a movie comes on TCM with her in it it will probably catch my eye more than most other actors/actresses. I think she's hilarious in her comedic roles and one of my all time favorite movies is Midnight (1939). I think that was one of the first classic films I bought, back when it was on VHS. She's stylish, sophisticated, and such a fine actress! Also loved It Happened One Night (1934), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Sign of the Cross (1932), Imitation of Life (1934).

1.) Hedy Lamarr - My main love for Hedy stems from the fact that on top of being a drop dead gorgeous actress, she also had the smarts. She is credited along with a friend of hers for coming up with an early version of frequency-hopping, which is what modern wireless technology stems from. Beauty and brains, what a package! I also love that she wasn't afraid to do something risky with Ecstasy (1933). Other favorites are Samson and Delilah (1949), Ziegfeld Girl (1941), and Her Highness and the Bellboy 1945).

3.)  Ginger Rogers - The Major and the Minor (1941), Top Hat (1935), Stage Door (1937), Swing Time (1936).

4.)  Myrna Loy - The Thin Man (1933), The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), Manhattan Melodrama (1934).

5.)  Gene Tierney - Laura (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (1947).

6.)  Rita Hayworth - Gilda (1946), Cover Girl (1944).

7.) Mary Astor - Midnight (1939), The Palm Beach Story (1942), The Maltese Falcon (1941).

8.) Irene Dunne - My Favorite Wife (1940), Life With Father (1947), Penny Serenade (1941).

9.) Grace Kelly - Rear Window (1954), Dial M for Murder (1954).

10.) Carole Lombard - My Man Godfrey (1936), Made For Each Other (1939).


  1. Great list! I look forward to upcoming posts on this blog, and I adore your blog header!

  2. Great list. Mary Astor is a name that doesn't show up often enough anymore. She was so beautiful in Red Dust that you can see why Clark Gable took his eyes off Jean Harlow. She was also great in Dodsworth, a movie I highly recommend if you haven't seen it.

    Actually, I'm a fan of all these actresses, I was just surprised and pleased to see M.Astor on it ...

  3. Yeah I love Mary Astor, wish she was a little more well known these days. I actually have not seen Dodsworth, so thanks so much for the recommendation Monkey! I will definitely check it out. :) xoxo

  4. Hi "VV"! this is VKMfan from Gingerology! thanks for following - and great to see a new blog! You have already posted some great stuff on here, so keep it up!!! for the list, well, I am just a bit biased (NO! really?), but after Ginger, there are honestly a 'bevy' (whatever THAT is) of devastating actresses...very hard to 'rank' them...all you have in your list are great! I LOVE the Hedy Lamarr pic...wowsers! also big on Claudette, Irene, and well as the others, but just haven't seen as much of 'the others'...yet.
    BTW, thanks for the Rita pic - that has 'prompted' me for a post idea over on g-ology concerning her and Ginger...thanks! And keep up the great work!!!


  5. I had to look it over your list a few times, er, just to be sure I approved.

  6. Intriguing list; Lombard would be #1 on mine, followed by Loy and Barbara Stanwyck. (Barbara was arguably the most versatile of the classic-era actresses. Think about it -- who else excelled in both westerns and film noir?) Most of the others on your list would make mine as well.