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Matt Reed
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Only ten.  No honorable mentions or ties.  No way to slip in an extra actress just because you can't decide.  A hard ten from the dawn of film until now. The only caveat is that they are mainly known for film not television, this being the movie board and all.  Bonus points for your favorite role that they played.  

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Matt Reed
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Mine in no particular order:
  • Katherine Hepburn (On Golden Pond)
  • Meryl Streep (Too many to mention, so I'll choose Kramer Vs Kramer)
  • Maureen O'Hara (The Quiet Man)
  • Bette Davis (Right of Way...little known HBO movie. Exquisite.)
  • Sandra Bullock (The Proposal)
  • Octavia Spencer (anything...but if I have to pick...THE HELP)
  • Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer)
  • Sally Field (for me?  Punchline. Underrated film.)
  • Frances McDormand (Fargo.  Duh.)
  • Holly Hunter (Raising Arizona)
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Mario Ribeiro
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  1. Barbara Stanwyck (Double Indemnity)
  2. Ingrid Bergman (Autumn Sonata)
  3. Gena Rowlands (A Woman Under the Influence)
  4. Myrna Loy (The Thin Man)
  5. Katharine Hepburn (Long Day's Journey Into Night)
  6. Gunnel Lindblom (The Silence)
  7. Agnes Moorehead (Citizen Kane)
  8. Gloria Grahame (The Big Heat)
  9. Shirley MacLaine (Some Came Running)
  10. Lillian Gish (The Night of the Hunter, but really, she's here for existing)
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John Byrne
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This is tough. For a start, I have trouble defining "favorite". Some I like for their whole catalog of performances, some for a single role, and, yes, some cuz they're so gosh darn pretty.

I'll let you figure out which is which. No particular order.

Myrna Loy (The "Thin Man" films)

Bette Davis ("The Petrified Forest")

Maureen O'Hara ("The Hunchback of Notre Dame")

Joan Greenwood ("The Man in the White Suit")

Shirley Eaton (Mostly for "Carry on Nurse", but "Goldfinger" in in there!)

Charlize Theron (can't pick just one)

Margot Kidder ("Superman")

Lee Remick ("No Way to Treat a Lady")

Fay Wray ("King Kong")

Claudia Cardinale ("The Professionals")

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Laren Farmer
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This was fun for me to think about though I found picking one role for each too difficult so I skipped that part.   

Cate Blanchett

Charlize Theron    

Myrna Loy

Katherine Hepburn 

Jennifer Tilly 

Geena Davis

Bette Davis

Amy Adams

Sarah Douglas

Michelle Yeoh

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John Popa
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Man, this was tough!! 

Amy Adams (Tough to pick just one)
Natalie Wood ("Rebel Without A Cause")
Reese Witherspoon ("Election")
Judy Garland ("A Star Is Born")
Jamie Lee Curtis ("A Fish Called Wanda")
Kate Winslet ("Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind")
Lee Remick ("The Omen")
Grace Kelly ("Rear Window")
Emily Blunt ("Into the Woods")
Frances McDormand ("Fargo")
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Michael Roberts
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  • Julie Andrews
  • Sally Field
  • Cate Blanchett
  • Meryl Streep
  • Ingrid Bergman
  • Natalie Wood
  • Grace Kelly
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • Diane Lane
  • Holly Hunter
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Petter Myhr Ness
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Another difficult one. In no particular order:
  • Cate Blanchett ("Carol")
  • Juliette Binoche ("Blue"
  • Emma Thompson ("Howard's End")
  • Halle Berry ("Monster's Ball")
  • Jodie Foster ("Silence Of The Lambs")
  • Laura Linney ("Savages")
  • Helena Bonham Carter ("Room With a View")
  • Carla Gugino ("Snake Eyes")
  • Sharon Stone ("Basic Instinct")
  • Grace Kelly ("Rear Window")

Edited to replace a TV actress.
New edit: How the hell could I forget the great Halle Berry?? *sigh*

Edited by Petter Myhr Ness on 10 June 2018 at 12:40pm
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Shaun Barry
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Hmm... this might be tough, but here it goes:

-Katharine Hepburn (THE AFRICAN QUEEN)
-Ingrid Bergman (CASABLANCA)
-Grace Kelly (REAR WINDOW)
-Meryl Streep (really, anything!)
-Julie Andrews (MARY POPPINS)

-Rita Hayworth (GILDA)
-Jean Simmons (SPARTACUS)
-Holly Hunter (again, anything!)
-Sigourney Weaver (so underrated & funny in BABY MAMA)
-And, um, Salma Hayek (*ahem*)

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Bette Davis (The Little Foxes)
Barbara Stanwyck (Titanic)
Joan Crawford (Humoresque)
Goldie Hawn (Overboard)
Doris Day (Pillow Talk)
Claudette Colbert (It Happened One Night)
Gloria Swanson (Sunset Boulevard)
Myrna Loy (The Mask of Fu Manchu)
Sigourney Weaver (Prayers for Bobby)
Elizabeth Montgomery (The Legend of Lizzie Borden)

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Jodie Foster (Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs)
Katherine Hepburn (Eleanor of Acquitaine in the Lion in Winter)
Audrey Hepburn (Princess Ann in Roman Holiday)
Julia Roberts (Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich)
Jennifer Lawrence (Tiffany in Silver Linings Playbook)
Jane Fonda (Catherine in Cat Ballou)
Amy Adams (no real favourite)
Jenny Agutter (Nurse Price in An American Werewolf in London)
Anne Hathaway (Andy in The Devil Wears Prada)
Emma Stone (Mia in La La Land)

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Michael Hogan
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In no order:
Myrna Loy
Eleanor Parker
Audrey Hepburn
Barbara Stanwyck
Ginger Rogers (devastatingly talented!)
Katharine Hepburn
Jean Arthur
Ingrid Bergman
Rosslind Russell
Maureen O’Hara

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Doug Centers
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1.Barbara Stanwyck

the rest in no order;

Bette Davis
Grace Kelly
Greta Garbo
Charlize Theron
Katherine Hepburn
Maureen O'Hara
Cate Blanchett
Lauren Bacall
Natalie Wood

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Brian Hague
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We're leaving out the porn stars, right? Right.

Myrna Loy (I lit up when she appeared and filled the entire screen in Michael Mann's PUBLIC ENEMIES.)
Sigourney Weaver (I'll list SNOW CAKE as my favorite of her screen appearances, but there are a great many others I could have gone with.)
Carla Gugino (WOMEN IN TROUBLE, the first installment of a never-to-be-completed trilogy... sigh...) 
Rosario Dawson (TRANCE; I don't seek out Rosario Dawson films, but I've not been disappointed in one yet. Perhaps I should start looking for them.) 
Katherine Hepburn (THE PHILADELPHIA STORY; Again, just one of many I could have listed. Amazing balancing act between aristocracy and hard-headed, common-sense practicality, with winning charm throughout.) 
Teri Garr (YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN; I don't care if she does think of Star Trek fans as the type of people who go to swap meets. I like her anyway. And I do go to swap meets.)
Rebecca Pigeon (THE SPANISH PRISONER; I watch a lot of David Mamet, so I see a lot of Rebecca Pigeon. I could always see more.)
Ellen Page (SUPER; She seems to really invest in her roles. It works.)
Helen Hunt (AS GOOD AS IT GETS; I like her in pretty much everything. I like her in the Woody Allen film about hypnotism, and that is not an easy film to like someone in.)
Holly Hunter (BROADCAST NEWS; "It's good that you love it, because you're going to be getting a lot more of it." Ah, if only things had turned out that well...)

I really need to look at a lot more classic Hollywood. There aren't nearly enough shining silver screen performances on my list...

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Jason Scott
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I will stress the point that these are definite personal favourites, as opposed to trying to determine what the best performances are. Which could be a very different list. (Though there would be some cross over.)

Anyway, these are in no particular order of preference, because I find that especially hard to do:-

Katherine Hepburn (The Philadelphia Story)
Audrey Hepburn (More their whole catalog, but if I had to choose one then Roman Holiday)
Sigourney Weaver (Aliens)
Winona Ryder (Heathers)
Elizabeth Shue (Adventures in Babysitting)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (The Abyss)
Michelle Pleiffer (Batman Returns)
Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny)
Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook)
Brittany Robertson (Tomorrowland)

This was surprisingly difficult to narrow down. And I'll admit that favourites, for me often means charm. i.e The ladies that have really lit up the screen for me. I guess you could call it 'Star Quality.'
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Michael Arndt
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Michelle Pfeiffer -- Married to the Mob
Cate Blanchett -- Aviator
Frances McDormand -- Fargo
Sally Field -- Steel Magnolias
Elisabeth Shue -- Leaving Las Vegas
Faye Dunaway -- Bonnie and Clyde
Diane Keaton -- Baby Boom
Susan Sarandon -- Bull Durham
Sigourney Weaver -- Aliens
Diane Lane -- Unfaithful
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Helen Hunt --- As Good as it Gets

Megan Follows -- Anne of Green Gables (1985)

Sigourney Weaver

Annie Potts

Andie MacDowell

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