Her career spanned 6 decades, during which she worked with, and sometimes upstaged, such legends as John Wayne, Cary Grant, and Henry Fonda, and the love of her life, Spencer Tracy. Ms. Hepburn was a fearless convention breaker, smoking and drinking in public, wearing pants, and speaking her mind. Among her most memorable films are The Lion in Winter, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The African Queen, and On Golden Pond. Truly an original, as an actress and as a woman.
The epitome of grace and style, Audrey Hepburn was one of a kind. From her earliest work, such as in Roman Holiday (1953), to her final appearances, as in Robin and Marian (1976), she brought her cerebral, self-contained elegance to a wide variety of roles. Who could forget her as Sabrina, Holly Golightly, or the nun in The Nun's Story. She also played Gigi in the stage version of that play, a much better choice than Leslie Caron. Her only mis-step, IMO, was when she took on the role of Eliza Doolittle in the movie version of My Fair Lady. Otherwise, Ms. Hepburn is unforgettable.
Forever linked in the public mind with her character, Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942), Ingrid Bergman had a great love story of her own, risking her career for marriage to Roberto Rossellini. Over the course of fifty years, she won countless awards for her superb acting, including 3 Oscars, 2 Emmy's and a Tony. Ms. Bergman's range was astounding; initially cast in wholesome roles, she moved on from playing nuns and housewives to doing Anastasia Romanov and Golda Meir. Dying of breast cancer in 1982, she worked right up to her final year. Critics consider her finest performance
One of the earliest of the blonde bombshells, Marilyn was to movies what Elvis was to music. Her acting was very good, but she will always be remembered as the icon she was. The definition of glamor, she became the epitome of the sexy, dumb blonde, but Marilyn was anything but dumb; she was, however, desperately unhappy. How she could turn out so many memorable comic performances while feeling so depressed is a mystery, and during her foreshortened career, she also developed some fine dramatic skills.
Always graceful and ladylike, Deborah Kerr could also make waves, as she did in From Here to Eternity, passionately kissing Burt Lancaster as the surf broke over them. She received six Academy Award nominations, never winning, but I'll never forget her stellar performances in Heaven Knows, Mr.Allison (with Robert Mitchum), The King and I (with Yul Brynner), and, of course, An Affair to Remember (with Cary Grant.). It's not easy to make me cry at the movies, DK could usually do that. Ms Kerr was also memorable as the governess in the scary 1960's version of The Innocents, and holds the distinction of being the oldest "Bond girl" in Casino Royale.
After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more