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Your Three Favorite Actresses of All Time

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#1 jamesjazzguitar


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Posted 01 April 2017 - 01:45 PM

1. Jean Arthur

2. Olivia de Havilland

3. Myrna Loy


Great choices!     While my top 3 were Davis, Stanwyck and then DeHavilland,    I have Arthur as #4 and Loy as #9.

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Posted 01 April 2017 - 07:53 AM

1. Jean Arthur

2. Olivia de Havilland

3. Myrna Loy

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Posted 20 February 2017 - 05:25 PM

Right now they are:
1. Vivien Leigh
2. Greta Garbo
3. Clara Bow (I wish TCM would show more of her movies)

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Posted 04 March 2016 - 05:43 PM

Glenn Close

Ingrid Bergman

Bette Davis


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Posted 29 February 2016 - 07:41 PM

1. Natalie Wood

2. Vivien Leigh

3. Judy Garland

4. Lucille Ball

5. Angela Lansbury

6. Ali MacGraw (saw her in Love Letters w/ Ryan O'Neal!!!)

7. Grace Kelly

8. Marilyn Monroe

9. Audrey Hepburn

10. Julie Andrews

11. Raquel Welch

12. Lauren Bacall

13. Donna Reed

14. Elizabeth Taylor

15. Ingrid Bergman

16. Katharine Hepburn

17. Janet Leigh


Favorite dancers/singers/actresses: (not included above)

1. Cyd Charisse

2. Rosemary Clooney

3. Vera Ellen


*I also have a list for newer actresses, which I'm not going to do right now. On it are Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Olivia Hussey.

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 05:05 PM

1. Gloria Grahame

2. Joan Bennett

3. Grace Kelly

4. Ingrid Bergman

5. Gene Tierney

6. Linda Darnell

7. Barbara Stanwyck

8. Carole Lombard

9. Ava Gardner

10. Myrna Loy

11. Rita Hayworth

12. Jean Arthur

13. Kim Novak

14. Deborah Kerr

15. Maureen O'Hara

16. Marlene Dietrich

17. Vivien Leigh

18. Madeleine Carroll

19. Marilyn Monroe

20. Claire Trevor

21. Jean Harlow

22. Thelma Ritter

23. Vera Miles

24. Gail Russell

25. Veronica Lake

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 12:08 PM

1. Bette Davis

2. Bette Davis

3. Bette Davis


Well Bette Davis is my #1 so I clearly understand your choices here.


(Stanwyck and DeHavilland are my #2 and #3 BTW).


Looking over everyone choices it appears Davis and Stanwyck are the top 2 with various actresses battling it out for the #3 slot.

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:14 AM

1. Bette Davis

2. Bette Davis

3. Bette Davis

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Posted 26 December 2015 - 06:22 PM

1. STANWYCK, by a mile. No other actress is even close.



2. Davis


3. Harlow


Of course I HAVE to expand it to include


4. Crawford

5. Lupino


And then these, in no particular order between 6 & 10:


Judy Davis



Jeanne Moreau



And very close:








I didn't include character actresses, since they're in a different category.  But I can't not mention Glenda and Joan, the Queens of the Gumsnapper Set.





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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:24 PM

I like the glamour dolls, but i prefer my leading ladies with a bit of an edge.  


Bette Davis


Ann Sheridan


Barbara Stanwyck




my runners up are more "fun" ladies: Myrna Loy and Joan Blondell

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Posted 04 November 2015 - 02:23 PM

1. Myrna Loy

2. Ida Lupino

3. Vivien Leigh

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Posted 04 September 2015 - 08:25 PM

1. Audrey Hepburn

2. Ingrid Bergman

3. Grace Kelly


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Posted 25 August 2015 - 01:17 AM

Barbara Stanwyck

Bette Davis

Irene Dunne

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Posted 24 August 2015 - 08:10 PM

Olivia De Havilland


Barbara Stanwyck


Gene Tierney

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 10:42 PM

  1. Rita Hayworth
  2. Lauren Bacall
  3. Clara Bow

Runners-Up: Myrna Loy and Sylvia Sidney

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Posted 16 July 2015 - 11:25 PM

Only three? Ok.


Ingrid Bergman

Myrna Loy

Maggie Smith

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Posted 03 July 2015 - 09:10 PM

Three really narrows it down. For now, I'll pick these, subject to future revision:


Bette Davis

Helen Mirren

Barbara Stanwyck


I can't let the number three keep me from listing the brainy and beautiful Diana Rigg, so I'll make her the first alternate. 

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Posted 29 June 2015 - 07:39 PM

Julie Andrews

Anne Bancroft

Barbara Stanwyck


If expanded, I would include:


Rosalind Russell

Olivia de Havilland

Eleanor Parker

Susan Hayward

Kathy Bates

Angela Lansbury

Doris Day

Vera Miles

Sophia Loren


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Posted 28 June 2015 - 11:42 PM

It's hard for me to rank performers, there are so many that I love.  I try to seek out each and every one of their films that I haven't seen when they air on TCM.  I also will record old favorites I've seen many times but do not own copies. 


Here are my top 3:


1. Lucille Ball

2. Bette Davis

3. Audrey Hepburn


If I were to expand my list...


Judy Garland

Marilyn Monroe

Myrna Loy

Barbara Stanwyck

Jean Arthur

Claudette Colbert

Rita Hayworth

Katharine Hepburn

Gene Tierney

Betty Grable

Lauren Bacall

Olivia de Havilland

Alexis Smith

Joan Fontaine

Ingrid Bergman

Ava Gardner

Natalie Wood

Angela Lansbury

Rosalind Russell

Agnes Moorehead

Kim Novak

Eleanor Parker

Judy Holliday

Debbie Reynolds

Sandra Dee

Doris Day

Mary Astor

Anne Baxter

Grace Kelly

Ann Sheridan

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Posted 26 June 2015 - 01:40 PM

I know I started this topic, but I do agree with Sepiatone's comment "Why does there have to be a limit in these categories" Bette Davis is my favorite actress so she's always at the top of my list, but I too found it difficult when trimming it down to only three favorites.


If I hadn't limited it to 3, I would have also added Rosalind Russell, Myrna Loy, Olivia De Havilland, Barbara Stanwyck, Diane Keaton, Ginger Rogers, Judi Dench, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Ann Sothern, Jean Simmons , Ann Sheridan, Judy Garland and Judy Holliday, just to name a few.

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