I'm a little late with this -- it's so last week -- but who cares. Here's my list of 20 favorite actresses, complete with a gimmick: it's going to be divided into two separate posts. Consider this one the "Classic" list, with performers either no longer with us or whose body of work is more or less complete. Of course I hope I'm proven wrong....
Not a great actress, and never as effective without Bogart around, but always a stunning presence and the only person onscreen who was truly a great actor's match.
Luminous, melancholy and brave, both tortured and torturer to onscreen partners like Grant and Bogart and directors like Hitchcock.
One of the best actresses of the 70s, often playing either a weak woman with inner strength or a strong woman with inner weakness.
Still a major actress going on five decades, essentially unchangeable yet endlessly fascinating. A star seemingly indifferent to fame.
A powerfully sensual presence in some of the defining films of the 1960s, versatile enough for comedy (The Pink Panther), westerns (Once Upon a Time in the West), and historical epic (The Leopard), an actress who crossed genres and international boundaries.
Another striking presence, and among the most fearless actresses who ever lived, never more so than in Belle de Jour.
By turns funny and sad, a heartbreaker, and a triumph of charm over technique.
A grounded eccentric, an overwhelming personality who could be bizarrely subservient, she had a knack for both slapstick and pathos, and exposing her contradictions onscreen.
Multitalented oddball, witty in drama and serious in farce.
Master of the double entendre, expert in screwball comedy, deep-dish soap opera and film noir, committed and captivating.