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Old 06-25-2011, 11:55 AM
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Since "Kate" has already been mentioned for "Lion in Winter," I'll put this gal in the mix:

Susan Hayward for "I Want To Live!"
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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A poster said Bette Davis without naming a film of hers. Many years ago I
would have agreed, but, I now find I find her hard to watch in many of her
peak years films. She is very mannered and quite irritating to watch with her
arms flying everywhere, spinning round to dramatic effect etc. BUT in a few
films she is still great, generally when directed by William Wyler. I still like her in
Jezabel and The Little Foxes, both directed by him.
That's cool. I don't usually remember the title of a film unless I'm just overwhelmed by it. That is, name film and I'm not sure I could give you a synopsis. Name an actor and I'm not sure I could enumerate all the films for that actor(ess). In most cases I have to read a synopsis to recall whether or not I've seen that movie.

I certainly don't compare - judge - any performance by any actor as the superior performance. Every performance in every film must be taken in context and that just presents far too many options to establish any best criteria. And there are far too many actors(esses) who have turned in most outstanding performances, for which I am eternally grateful.

Then again, maybe Elizabeth Taylor from 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf'
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Old 06-25-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Sorry, people, but I think any list like this is suspect when so many of the examples are after 1965 (much as I love Meryl Streep).

I have no idea what the best would be, but two that come to mind - an odd combination - are Maria Falconetti in The Passion of Joan of Arc and Greta Garbo in Camille.
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Old 06-26-2011, 07:53 PM
 
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Rachel Levin in "Gaby: A True Story". The film that was the prototype for the horribly inferior knockoff "My Left Foot" a couple of years later. Levin is up there in the ethereal class with DiCaprio in Gilbert Grape, for her portrayal of a handicapped girl. (She later changed her name to Chagall, and appeared for years in the sitcom "The Nanny".)
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Old 06-26-2011, 09:32 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Debra Winger in "Terms of Endearment"
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Old 06-27-2011, 01:20 AM
 
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Pre 1965 golden age performance Vivian Leigh in 'Gone with the wind'. She looks
and acts in a very modern style in this film. Everybody else seems very old fashioned,
compared to her.
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Old 06-27-2011, 06:19 AM
 
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I've been out for a few hours since my post above. It's nice to have threads like these were we can talk about these
wonderful old stars like Vivien Leigh. She should have had a massive hollywood career after GWTW, but went back to
England to help with the war effort. She did the film version of streetcar named desire in 1951 in which she gave a
great performance and got her second oscar. Thanks to GWTW we can always see her at her peak. Most of the
wonderful stars of the golden age are forgotten, but not by us here!!
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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YES and already listed before the complaint of few after 1965.....

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Pre 1965 golden age performance Vivian Leigh in 'Gone with the wind'. She looks
and acts in a very modern style in this film. Everybody else seems very old fashioned,
compared to her.
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:35 PM
 
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Cate Blanchett, in "Little Fish".
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Old 06-27-2011, 12:45 PM
 
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Or in the role of Queen Elizabeth I (twice) ...speaking of queens,

Helen Mirren in The Queen!

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Cate Blanchett, in "Little Fish".
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