Earlier this month, Myfilmviews started a fun blogathon called "The Ten: Best Actresses of All Time". It's a relay race where bloggers contribute by removing and adding an actress to maintain a running top 10 list. This race continues by passing it on to another blogger and now it's my turn! Here are the previous legs of the race:
The Velvet Cafe
The Movie Review Warehouse
Benefits of a Classical Education
Just Another Movie Blog
Now here is the list as I received it from Steve:
My decision came down to 3 women - Viola Davis, Barbara Stanwyck and Liv Ullmann. I adore Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet (my 3 personal favs) and the other 4 have delivered some amazing performances. Apart from "Doubt" and "The Help", I don't think Viola has given enough memorable performances to warrant a place on an all-time best list. However, it's not really her fault as it's difficult for black actresses to get leading roles in quality films. I'm not very familiar with Barbara's filmography, however I did see her in "Double Indemnity" and she was superb in that role. Unfortunately, I am forced to cut...
Apologies to Jessica, but I haven't seen any of Liv's films and I love the other actresses too much to keep her.
All the women above are known more for their serious dramatic turns, so I thought I would take it in a slightly different direction. My choice is a famous musical actress, she is...
With her pleasant demeanor and beautiful voice, she came into public esteem with her iconic role as Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz". So accomplished was her performance that the Academy give her a special "juvenile" award. After this she made a seamless transition to more mature roles. She was so beautiful in "Meet Me In St. Louis" as a young woman in love and showed her extensive talent for physical comedy in "Easter Parade". She gave another legendary performance in "A Star Is Born", once again thrilling me with her voice, while being utterly heartbreaking at times. Despite her personal insecurities, she projected such confidence on screen. It's no wonder that 3 of her films have featured in my "Oldie Goldies" series. For me, she is one of the most captivating performers and certainly deserves a place on this list.
I now hand the baton to Dan over at Public Transformation Snob.