I knew that paring down a list to only 10 would be difficult to do without leaving out people. In my case I had to leave off Eleanor Parker (a really great favorite of mine), Claire Trevor and Ingrid Bergman. However, I based the 10 on a visceral feeling of how often I watched and was intrigued by their films as opposed to loving maybe one of two of their films or only liking them in mediocre movies. Bette Davis, for example, appeared in so many superior films that I liked, she definitely had to be on my list.
I enjoyed reading all your picks and glad you agree with some of my choices.
Desiree, I suprised myself with Jean Harlow...ha..but I do enjoy her films especially Dinner at Eight, and I haven't seen all of her films. She was from Kansas City, my town, which I thought was kind of interesting.
Jill, I love everything Barbara Stanwyck has done..pretty much. I should have had Ingrid Bergman on my list. She would have been 11 I guess.
JILL - Regarding Rita Hayworth, I didn't mean that I didn't appreciate her acting as I have many of her films - especially love SADIE THOMPSON. I love Rita but I just ADORE her dancing. She could certainly move and there are wonderful snippets of her on Youtube.
I hope your summer of acting was full of all the fun and mayhem that can come only from the theater world! You will have to tell us about it!
I see that you and I share some special actresses in our lists. Keeping the list down to ten was excrutiating (and in fact, I didn't! I cheated and added more, whom I'd left out!!) And, as you can see from my Elaine Stritch and Betty White--I could barely stick to the topic!!!
Anyway, good to hear from you and hope your summer was everything you antcipated!