All Time Top 25 Favorite Actresses

by comeonfcdaniel | created - 27 Mar 2018 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

1. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

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 ...

Top 5: 1. The Lion in Winter 2. The African Queen 3. On Golden Pond 4. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner 5. Bringing Up Baby

2. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

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 ...

Top 5: 1. Casablanca 2. Notorious 3. Spellbound 4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde 5. Murder on the Orient Express

3. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born as Audrey Kathleen Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian ancestry.

After her parents' divorce, ...

Top 5: 1. Roman Holiday 2. Charade 3. Breakfast at Tiffany's 4. How to Steal a Million 5. My Fair Lady

4. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

Top 5: 1. Some Like It Hot 2. The Seven Year Itch 3. All About Eve 4. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes 5. The Prince and the Showgirl

5. 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 ...

Top 5: 1. Rear Window 2. Dial M for Murder 3. The Country Girl 4. High Noon 5. To Catch a Thief

6. Jane Fonda

Actress | Barbarella

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...

Top 5: 1. Coming Home 2. They Shoot Horses, Don't They? 3. On Golden Pond 4. The Chase 5. Barefoot in the Park

7. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

Top 5: 1. The Sound of Music 2. Mary Poppins 3. Torn Curtain 4. The Princess Diaries 5. Shrek 2

8. Shirley MacLaine

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on ...

Top 5: 1. The Apartment 2. Terms of Endearment 3. Irma la Douce 4. Being There 5. Gambit

9. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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 ...

Top 5: 1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 2. The Taming of the Shrew 3. Giant 4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 5. A Place in the Sun

10. Claudia Cardinale

Actress | C'era una volta il West

Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...

Top 5: 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. The Leopard 3. Fitzcarraldo 4. 8½ 5. The Pink Panther

11. Meryl Streep

Actress | The Devil Wears Prada

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 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 ...

Top 10: 1. Sophie's Choice 2. Out of Africa 3. Kramer vs. Kramer 4. The Deer Hunter 5. Adaptation.

12. Frances McDormand

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

Top 10: 1. Fargo 2. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 3. Mississippi Burning 4. Blood Simple 5. Short Cuts

13. 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 ...

Top 10: 1. Carol 2. Blue Jasmine 3. The Aviator 4. Elizabeth 5. The Lord of the Rings/the Hobbit Universe 6. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button 7. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou 8. I'm Not There 9. Babel 10. Thor: Ragnarok

14. Tilda Swinton

Actress | We Need to Talk About Kevin

The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late.

She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was ...

Top 5: 1. Snowpiercer 2. Only Lovers Left Alive 3. Michael Clayton 4. The Chronicles of Narnia 5. Doctor Strange

15. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

Top 5: 1. Fight Club 2. A Room with a View 3. The King's Speech 4. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 5. The Harry Potter Franchise

16. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Kids Are All Right

Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...

Top 5: 1. Short Cuts 2. Magnolia 3. The Big Lebowski 4. Boogie Nights 5. Children of Men

17. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

Top 5: 1. La Vie en Rose 2. Public Enemies 3. Midnight in Paris 4. Inception 5. The Immigrant

18. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

Top 5: 1. Arrival 2. The Master 3. Nocturnal Animals 4. The Fighter 5. Her

19. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut...

Top 5: 1. The Reader 2. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind 3. Titanic 4. Revolutionary Road 5. Finding Neverland

20. Sally Hawkins

Actress | The Shape of Water

Sally Cecilia Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich...

Top 5: 1. Happy-Go-Lucky 2. Maudie 3. The Shape of Water 4. Blue Jasmine 5. All or Nothing

21. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

Top 5: 1. Black Swan 2. V for Vendetta 3. Léon: The Professional 4. Annihilation 5. Closer

22. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...

Top 5: 1. Bonnie and Clyde 2. Network 3. Chinatown 4. Barfly 5. Arizona Dream

23. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

Top 5: 1. A Woman Under the Influence 2. Opening Night 3. Faces 4. Gloria 5. The Mighty

24. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

Top 5: 1. A Quiet Place 2. Sicario 3. Edge of Tomorrow 4. Looper 5. Your Sister's Sister

25. Michelle Williams

Actress | Blue Valentine

A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...

Top 5: 1. Blue Valentine 2. My Week with Marilyn 3. Manchester by the Sea 4. Brokeback Mountain 5. Shutter Island

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