Monday, December 22, 2008

20 actresses meme...

I caught this over at Cinebeats, a great blog on 1960s & 1970s films, and figured I'd participate as well. Because participitation counts towards your grade. This is by no means a comprehensive list, and is in no order other than the order in which I thought of the names (thought clearly I think vaguely chronologically). Some thoughts, having done this- most of my favorite actresses are dead, a lot of them are British, almost none of them are contemporary (although a handful are still active), most have done horror films althogh none of them are specifically known as horror stars, many were in film noir, a number had "troubled" personal lives, not all were conventional beauties and some who were continued acting as their beauty faded, if beauty can really ever fade, it's in the eye of the beholder I suppose blah blah blah blah here's the list:

1.Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity, the File on Thelma Jordan, Clash by Night, Forty Guns, the Night Walker)

2.Lizabeth Scott (the Strange Love of Martha Ivers, Dead Reckoning, I Walk Alone, Too Late for Tears, the Racket, Stolen Face)

3.Ida Lupino (Out of the Fog, Moontide, Road House (1948), On Dangerous Ground, the Big Knife, Private Hell 36, director of The Hitch-Hiker, the Bigamist, Hard Fast & Beautiful, Never Fear)

4.Gloria Grahame (It's a Wonderful Life, Crossfire, In a Lonely Place, Sudden Fear, the Big Heat, the Glass Wall, Chilly Scenes of Winter, Melvin & Howard)

5.Veronica Lake (Sullivan's Travels, This Gun for Hire, the Glass Key)

6.Joan Crawford (the Unknown, Mildred Pierce, Sudden Fear, Johnny Guitar, Queen Bee, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, Strait-Jacket, I Saw What You Did, Berserk!)

7.Elizabeth Taylor (Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly Last Summer, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Reflections in a Golden Eye, Secret Ceremony, Winter Kills)

8.Tuesday Weld (Rock Rock Rock, Sex Kitten go to College, TV's the Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Lord Love a Duck, Pretty Poison, Who'll Stop the Rain, Thief, Once Upon a Time in America)

9.Sissy Spacek (Prime Cut, Badlands, Carrie, 3 Women)

10.Sandy Dennis (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, That Cold Day in the Park, God Told Me To, 976-Evil, Parents, the Indian Runner)

11.Rita Tushingham (The Knack...and How to Get It, Smashing Time, the Bed Sitting Room, Straight on Til Morning)

12.Susan George (Fright, Straw Dogs, Venom)

13.Judy Geeson (Berserk!, Doomwatch, Fear in the Night, Insemenoid, the Plague Dogs)

14.Lynne Frederick (No Blade of Grass, Vampire Circus, Phase IV, Four of the Apocalypse)

15.Cheryl Rainbeaux Smith (Lemora, the Swinging Cheerleaders, Caged Heat, Phantom of the Paradise, Farewell My Lovely, Massacre at Central High, Revenge of the Cheerleaders, the Incredible Melting Man, Laserblast, Melvin & Howard)

16.Jenny Wright (the Wild Life, Near Dark, the Chocolate War, Twister (1989), I Madman, a Shock to the System)

17. Julie Christie (Petulia, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, Don't Look Now, Demon Seed)

18. Jessica Harper (Inserts, Phantom of the Paradise, Suspiria, Stardust Memories, Shock Treatment, Pennies from Heaven, Safe, Boys)

19. Charlotte Rampling (Asylum, Zardoz, the Night Porter, Farewell My Lovely, Stardust Memories, the Verdict, Swimming Pool)

20. Mary Woronov (Chelsea Girls, Death Race 2000, Hollywood Boulevard, Cannonball, Rock N Roll High School, Eating Raoul, Get Crazy, Night of the Comet, Hellhole, Terrorvision, Warlock, the Living End)

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