I got tagged by Scott over at He Shot Cyrus for this one and I have to tell you, I really had to think hard on this one. No, Scott couldn’t tag me for something a little less easy on my poor convoluted brain, like perhaps Top 20 Hot Old British Dudes or something.
I’m too lazy to collage all these photos, though, so you have to deal with full size. Okay? Okay.
I’m such a softie for Angela Lansbury not only because of Murder, She Wrote but because of her role as Elvis’ mom (!) in Blue Hawaii. CHADWICK!
I don’t really think Bette Davis requires an explanation, but damn, that woman was fierce. Also, Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? is really one of my all time favorite movies.
ALL SHALL LOVE CATE BLANCHETT AND DESPAIR!
Poor Catherine Deneuve. “People only die of love in the movies.”
CLAUDETTE EFFING COLBERT. After I compiled my list, I took a gander around the movie blogosphere to see what people had listed and I was shocked – really shocked – that Colbert was nowhere to be found. The Egg and I is a movie my mother and I will watch and love over and over and over again forever.
Deborah Kerr was in more than a few movies I watched continually growing up. I’ve never been able to identify why I like her so much, but I do, and that’s that.
Emma Thompson has done the unthinkable; she made a Jane Austen film adaptation (er, wrote the screenplay, rather, and starred in it) that I found not only watchable but enjoyable. There’s something very familiar and persuasive about her. I erased Junior from my brain and don’t even bring it up with regard to Schwarzenegger primarily because of her.
If you have not seen Sur Mes Lèvres (Read My Lips), please kindly do yourself a favor and watch it. Emmanuelle Devos is crazytastic good in it. I’ll put it this way: She made me forget that Vincent Cassel was in this movie. That’s right. A certified Hot Old Man and I was all like, “Whatever! Let’s get back to the chick who can’t hear!” I love her in that movie and I’ve loved the follow-up stuff she’s done.
Yes, there was a time when I wanted to grow up to be Jennifer Saunders.
I really was kind of afraid that if I didn’t put Judi Dench on this list, she would hunt me down, beat the shit out of me and then sternly reprimand me for not adding her in. Don’t kill me, Dame Judi. Please.
I know Kate Winslet gets a lot of acclaim for whatever whosit-whatsit she’s doing these days, but for my money she just knocked everyone’s socks off in Branagh’s version of Hamlet. She’s worth sitting through that ungodly long ass damn movie just to see her as Ophelia, no lie. I know she’s only gotten better but she actually made me cry in that one, and the last time I cried was realizing that my copy of Aliens is scratched and unplayable. I don’t really cry about much else, really.
How can Kathy Bates be terrifying, awesome and wonderful simultaneously?
Maureen O’Hara is like…supernova-sized awesome. The Quiet Man and McLintock! are my earliest and fondest memories of her. That and that damnable red hair, but you know. I think out of all the women in John Wayne movies, she held her own against John Wayne the best and sometimes way outdid John freakin’ Wayne. She is also in one of my favorite Jimmy Stewart movies of all time – Mr. Hobbs Takes A Vacation.
I always feel partially awed and partially amazed by Milla Jovovich and I get cranky in the worst way that she’s never given as much credit as she deserves.
Four words for you: Rosalind Russell, Auntie Mame.
Sigourney Weaver was in two of my favorite film franchises of all time: the Alien franchise and the Ghostbusters franchise. AND SHE IS ALL THE MORE AWESOME FOR IT.
Susan Sarandon once made me cry in front of people – in public no less. I was in school and we were watching Lorenzo’s Oil, and ohhhh, the humanity. She’s fantabulous in everything she does – including Rescue Me.
I loved Beetlejuice when I was a kid and by proxy, Winona Ryder. I wanted to look like her so badly. I also was envious of the fact that she got to date Johnny Depp. Then I came to two startling realizations: one, I was never going to be a tiny, waif-like thing like Ms. Ryder and would have to settle for being tall and awkward; two, I was never going to get to date Johnny Depp but she sure was.
It should’ve made me dislike her in my 10 year old or so brain, but instead I just adored her and kept right on, even through crap like Alien: Resurrection and whatnot. Her cameo in Zoolander is one of my favorite things about that movie. No, for serious!