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    Top 10 Favorite Performances By An Actress

    I was inspired by Lcp88's favorite movie thread. What are your top 10 most memorable performances by an actress?

    1. Meryl Streep, "Sophie's Choice"
    2. Sally Field, "Sybil"
    3. Cate Blanchett, "Elizabeth"
    4. Whoopi Goldberg, "The Color Purple"
    5. Helen Hayes, "Anastasia"
    6. Natalie Wood, "West Side Story"
    7. Faye Dunaway, "Mommie Dearest"
    8. Kate Winslet, "Quills"
    9. Judi Dench, "Iris"
    10. Toni Collette, "The Sixth Sense"

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    Good list. I will have to give this some thought....

    Vivian Leigh as Scarlett comes to mind....

    I have many more of course,

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    Bronze........Meryl Streep's performance in "Sophie's Choice" broke my heart............
    1. Katherine Hepburn in "The Lion in Winter"
    2. Judy Garland..."A Star is Born"
    3. Kate Blanchett..."Elizabeth"
    4. Dorothy McGuire.."A Tree Grows in Brooklyn"
    5. Luise Rainer..."The Good Earth"
    6. Olivia DeHaviland....."The Heiress"
    7. Whoopi..."The Color Purple " (Should have gotten an award)
    8. Sally Field..."Murphy's Romance"
    9. Meg Ryan..."You've Got Mail"
    10. Gwenyth Paltrow...."Emma" 42
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    Cher - Silkwood

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    Cher - Moonstruck

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    ummmmmmm...uhhhhhh.....ummm <Thinks>
    Ok
    Emma Watson - Punch Drunk Love
    Wynona Ryder - Edward Sissorhands
    Meryl Streep - Music of the Heart (I think that was the name)

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    Originally posted by Lcp88
    Emma Watson - Punch Drunk Love
    Laura
    I think you mean EMILY WATSON.

    Emma Watson is the name of the young actress who plays Hermione in the Harry Potter movies!

    But I sure do love the name!
    :D :D

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    I loved Katherine Hepburn in "The Philadelphia Story".

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    Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge
    Miranda Otto in The Two Towers
    Cate Blanchett in Bandits
    Heather Graham in Boogie Nights
    Jodie Foster in Silence of the Lambs

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    Lena Olin in Havana

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    Julianne Moore--"Boogie Nights," "Magnolia," "The Hours," "Safe," and on and on.
    --Katherine Hepburn--"The Philadelphia Story"
    "The Lion in Winter," "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner," "Adam's Rib," "Bringing Up Baby," "Holiday," "Woman of the Year," "Morning Star," "Alice Adams," "On Golden Pond,"--like Streep, endless roles that were Oscar worthy.
    --Emily Watson--"Breaking the Waves"
    --Halle Berry--"Monster's Ball"
    Cate Blanchett--"Elizabeth" (wuz robbed for the Oscar that year--nothing against Gwyneth Paltrow, whom I like, but her performance in "Shakespeare in Love"--good, but not great. Cate was great.)
    --Meryl Streep--"Sophie's Choice"--one of the all-time great performances by one of the all-time great actresses. Other than a few clunkers in the late '80s, I could list almost every role Streep has ever done, including "The Hours."
    Jodie Foster--"Silence of the Lambs"
    --Cher--"Silkwood" with lots of credit to director Mike Nichols for casting her and shocking Cher by having her do the role sans make-up. Too bad Cher didn't handle her caree better. She could have done many more years of great work.
    --Judy Garland--"The Wizard of Oz" Seriously, can you imagine any other young girl in Hollywood doing that role justice? PLUS you get "Over the Rainbow," which I forgot to put on my songs list.
    --Vivien Leigh--"Gone With the Wind" Another, can you imagine anybody else playing that role at that time? "A Streetcar Named Desire" Now here I can imagine somebody else playing the role--Jessica Tanda, namely, but to see Leigh do Scarlett O'Hara ten years older turned inside out--amazing.
    --Olivia de Haviland--"The Heiress" Another one of the greats, IMO. Melanie Wilkes in "GWTW." "Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte." So many great roles.
    --Lena Olin--"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" (Did you know she was almost 12 weeks pregnant when she shot that film, including the nude scenes?)
    --Juliette Binoche--"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" and "Damage" (uncut version)
    --Toni Colette--"Clock Watchers," "The Hours"
    --Parker Posey--"Clock Watchers" and in all --Christopher Guest "mockumentaries" such as "Best in Show."
    --Lisa Kudrow--"Clock Watchers" If you've ever worked as an office temp, "Clock Watchers" is a must-see.
    --Marisa Tomei--"My Cousin Vinny," "Slums of Beverly Hills," "In the Bedroom" One a controversial Oscar yet IMO I think she broke the "curse of the Best Supporting Actress" Oscar, though I think she is capable of doing even more.
    --Diane Keaton--"The Godfather I & II," "Sleepers," "Looking for Mr. Goodbar"
    --Fernanda Montenegro--"Central Station"
    --Alfre Woodard--"Passion Fish"
    --Elizabeth Taylor--"A Place in the Sun," "Giant," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"


    Sorry, more than 10...and I've got more. Good thing I'm not a judge, lol.
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    Not going to rank...too hard. I am a huge fan of old movies, so I guess a lot of mine come from that.

    *Olivia de Havilland, in almost anything she's done. She's my all time favorite actress. My favorite performance of hers would by Melly in GWTW, closely followed by her performances in Robin Hood (probably my second favorite, but it's really hard to differentiate), To Each His Own, and Captain Blood. I think The Heiress may have been the best performance of her career, so I have to add that one, too.

    *Vivian Leigh as Scarlett O'Hara. Riveting for the whole four hours. Honorable mention would go to her performance in A Streetcar Named Desire.

    *Katharine Hepburn in The Philadelphia Story.

    *Winona Ryder in Little Women. She was also amazing in The Crucible

    *Megan Follows in Anne of Green Gables. Anne is one of my favorite books ever, so I'm very critical. I thought Megan captured her perfectly. She also did a stage version of Romeo and Juliet in Canada that I saw a tape of, and she was absolutely fantastic.

    *Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music.

    *I'm going to second whoever said Gwyneth Paltrow in Emma. Not Oscar worthy, but she's just so darn cute, and I think she really captured Miss Woodhouse in a way that would make Jane Austen proud. Plus, this was really a breakout role for her.

    *Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz.

    *Ann Baxter, The Ten Commandments. Admittedly, a very melodramatic performance, but she was riveting nonetheless. This was one of my favorite movies when I was about four; I'd watch it every day. So maybe that's why this performance is still a favorite of mine. I also loved her in All About Eve.

    *Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady.

    *Drew Barrymore, Ever After. Again, not Oscar worthy, but I love the joy and honesty she brought to the role.

    *Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain.
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    I think you mean EMILY WATSON.
    Yeah I did. I was close - they both started with an "E" :D

    Julianne Moore--"Boogie Nights"
    OOOO! Yeah, that was really good. Also Julianne Moore in "The Hours"

    Laura

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    LCP88,
    I was going to put "Julianne Moore in almost everything I've seen her in," but thought that would be cheating. I also loved her in "Magnolia," especially when she tells off the pharmacist. I also thought Moore deserved the Oscar for "The Hours," not Nicole Kidman. I could say more aobut that, but I'll be good
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    Originally posted by Rgirl
    I also thought Moore deserved the Oscar for "The Hours," not Nicole Kidman. I could say more about that, but I'll be good
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    But we don't WANT you to be good! In fact, we're countng on you to NOT be good!:D

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