Favorite Actresses

Ranking in a top-ten list turned out to be not only impossible, but also impractical, since there are just too many actresses I love. Therefore, I have decided to simply list and categorize into three different levels:

Level 1
[all-time favorites; the actresses I never tire of]
Audrey Hepburn, Katharine Hepburn, Kate Winslet, Judy Garland, Jean Arthur, Natalie Wood, Ginger Rogers, Ingrid Bergman, Laura Linney, Barbara Stanwyck.

Level 2
[I love ’em, but I don’t bend my back to see every film they’ve ever starred in]
Bette Davis, Myrna Loy, Jean Harlow, Greta Garbo, Claudette Colbert, Lauren Bacall, Debbie Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Olivia Hussey, Barbra Streisand, Joan Allen, Emma Thompson, Winona Ryder, Michelle Yeoh.

Level 3
[those that I’ve fallen in love with recently, but still aren’t worthy of levels 1 or 2]
Eve Arden, Carole Lombard, Joan Crawford, June Allyson, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth, Helena Bonham-Carter, Amy Adams, Grace Kelly.



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  1. Hope you’ll check out a few more Lombard films; I think your evaluation of her will rise. And the more you learn about her as a person will help, too.

    I cordially invite you and your readers to check out my classic Hollywood blog, “Carole & Co.” We’ve been up since June 2007, with more than 1,000 entries — most on Lombard’s life and times and people she knew and worked with — and all sorts of photographs. We’re at


  2. I agree with Vincent. Lombard is a treasure. I would recommend you read “Carole Lombard: The Hosier Tornado” to learn more about Lombard as an individual. She was not only a great actress, but a great role model for women.

    My copy of “Made for Each Other” is excellent. MGM video put out a great DVD version. No extras, but the print and sound are excellent.

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