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My favorite actresses who are no longer with us.

  • May 19, 2011
Remembered fondly, in no particular order. 
1
Katherine Hepburn
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.
2
Audrey Hepburn
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.
4
Marilyn Monroe
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.
5
Deborah Kerr
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.

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May 23, 2011
Great list! Katherine and Audrey Hepburn are classics- true definitions of what it means to be a woman. I'd have to add Liz Taylor to this (unfortunately, no longer with us recently) with Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Cleopatra! Thanks for sharing :)
May 24, 2011
Liz T did some good work, but there was something kind of coarse about her that kept her off my list of faves.
 
May 22, 2011
Katherine Hepburn was unique for sure! I don't know of anyone else, especially in that era, who would have an affair with a married man for years on end (Spencer Tracy) and actually get by with it! LOL She was even at his deathbed along with his wife - courageous and down- to- earth lady! Nice list.
 
May 20, 2011
Agreed on Ingrid Bergman. But where's Grace Kelly?
May 20, 2011
She worked for such a short time that she never became a favorite of mine. But I did visit her tomb in Monaco!
 
May 19, 2011
I just love this list! So nice of you to come up with this, and just in time to get spotlighted for tonight's newsletter....Thanks so much!!
May 20, 2011
Thank you!
 
May 19, 2011
Great list!
 
May 19, 2011
Nice list. Think my favorite here is Audrey Hepburn. Love her particularly in "Roman Holiday".
 
May 19, 2011
Good choices, and you defend them well.
 
May 19, 2011
Beautifully written, Linda. I love old Hollywood.
 
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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
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