Friday, December 12, 2008

meme: 20 actresses

One of my favorite film bloggers, the always wonderful Self-Styled Siren, has tagged me with my very first meme. And this is a doozy. I actually told her- tag me next time, I'll do one. She said this one would be hard and it'll teach me what to volunteer for next time. Boy, was she right. The meme: 20 Favorite Actresses. Now, I'm not saying it wasn't great fun, but gee whiz- like the Siren herself said- it's like picking your favorite children. And while others who have done their lists might be chuckling at my woe- t'aint funny, McGee. I know I left someone off, I struggled with some choices more than others, and there were some that I just said to myself- if only it were 25! But I will remain true to the theme and the rules for my first one out.

For this one I just had to think- whose performance or film stuck with me most? Who could I not forget when I think of my film experiences? Who just dug down into my heart, and I can't bear thinking of "filmdom" without them? Who would I most want to be deserted on an uninhabited island...well, you get the picture. I norrowed the list down several times, and in order to really pair it down- I decided to go with "all-time" greats. I mean if you watch them over and over again, they are pretty much at the top of your list, right? And since this is partly a classic film blog- classic film actresses are a must.

The meme originated at Film Experience Blog, and you most definitely want to check out the Siren's list , Flickhead and Ivan's over at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear. And at the end of the post I will tag several other unsuspecting bloggers with this most arduous of memes.
So without further ado- and in no order whatsoever (that would be impossible), and with minimal comment- I give you:
JC Loophole's Twenty Favorite Actresses (with apologies to the many others I love):

Myrna Loy

Norma Shearer

Maureen O’Hara

Maureen O'Sullivan

Grace Kelly

Cyd Charisse

Olivia de Havilland

Jane Powell

Mae Clark

Loretta Young

Barbara Stanwyck

Joan Blondell

Katherine Hepburn

Rosiland Russell

Carole Lombard

Lauren Bacall

Bette Davis

Judy Garland

Gene Tierney

Ingrid Bergman

Now, the other hard part is figuring who to tag. Well, I had to think about who's lists would I love to see- then it became easy! So- sorry in advance, and here's hoping you will take up the task!
I tag:
Laura at Laura's Miscellaneous Musings
Jacqueline at Another Old Movie Blog
John at Greenbriar Picture Shows
Bacall at Cine Classics
and Dirty Harry at Dirty Harry's Place.

Here's hoping you'll carry on- I look forward to seeing the lists!

Oh, I know it's a penny here and a penny there, but look at me. I worked myself up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

I'm a tough old broad from Brooklyn. I intend to go on acting until I'm ninety and they won't need to paste my face with make-up.



gah. these pics are so gorgeous. And I love that my Norma is here. I so want to write a whole book about her.

Ivan G Shreve Jr said...

I wish I had had room for Myrna and Gene on my list, they are two of my favorites. I always think of that gag in Martin & Lewis' Sailor Beware (1952) when Tierney is mentioned:

LEWIS: Why, I was fighting Gene Tierney once, and...
MARTIN: Wait a minute! Don't you mean Gene Tunney?
LEWIS: You fight who you want, I'll fight who I want!

But I was pleased as punch to see that three of your'n (O'Hara, O'Sullivan and Bergman) matched three of mine!

J.C. Loophole said...

Nataniel - I love Norma! I think she is in the process of being rediscovered as more than just Mrs. Thalberg- she is so deserving of many great books and DVD releases.

I knew I would overlap some on yours, the Siren's and others- I couldn't help it! I just had to have them there! And of course there were some runner ups, but what can you do.
BTW- One of the great Martin and Lewis gags, of course! I am waiting for an OTR meme- The 10 best "they don't make 'em like they used to" shows- or something like that!

Bacall said...

Thanks JC for the's going to be a challenge, really. Will get working on it.

J.C. Loophole said...

Bacall- I really like your blog which is why you were tagged! I'm looking forward to seeing your list and the photos. Will your namesake be there?
Stay tuned folkes this is getting better and better.

Laura said...

Love looking at everyone's lists! I just posted mine:

20 Favorite Actresses

Thanks for the tag, J.C.!

Best wishes,

Jacqueline T. Lynch said...

What? No Margaret Dumont?!

Bacall said...

Hi JC just posted by favorite 20..just wanted to let you know.

Jennchez said...

love love love the pic of barbara stanwyck! she was the woman!!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful list. So happy you included the great Mae Clarke. Tremendously underrated actress who knew that great film acting is in the reaction shots.

Classic Maiden said...

Great choices... But what I really loved was that you included a quote by Barbara Stanwyck.

Anonymous said...

Cyd, Gene : we agree! Love Carole, Barbara and Lauren too. But where are Ava Gardner and Audrey Hepburn??

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