(UPDATED 4/16) I picked my favorite actresses, as in actresses I personally love or fell in love with--at some point--which does not necessarily mean they are great actresses - though most are. (I love Liz Taylor and Kate Hepburn, for example, but I'm not "in" love with them like I am with Bibi Andersson or was as a child with Kate Jackson or Marcia Brady). Also I've included the two films I love them for (as in Bacall or Lyon, two is all it takes). If they didn't have at least two, they're not in this list (i.e. Linda Fiorentino).
Where applicable I have linked to something I've written about them in the past, or else linked to a recommended writer who may offer more about them than I could -- as when reading about Jane Fonda, one naturally reaches for the work of Kim Morgan, or if thinking Michelle Pfeiffer it's Nathaniel R. When it's Vera Farmiga, I like to think it's all about me... and Vera Farmiga... 4 Eva.
|1. Marlene Dietrich - Morocco, Shanghai Express|
|2. Veronica Lake -This Gun for Hire, I Married a Witch|
3. Lauren Bacall - The Big Sleep, To Have and Have Not
5. Carole Lombard - Twentieth Century, Nothing Sacred
7. Karen Morley - Scarface, Arsene Lupin
|9 - Ella Raines - Phantom Lady, Hail the Conquering Hero|
10 Sandahl Bergman - Conan The Barbarian, All that Jazz
|14. Vera Farmiga - Joshua, Down to the Bone|
|15. Naomi Watts - The Ring, Mulholland Drive|
|16. Bibi Andersson - Persona, Passion of Anna|
17. Famke Janssen - X2, Deep Rising
|18. Beatrice Dalle - Betty Blue, Trouble Every Day|
|19. Kim Novak - Bell, Book and Candle, Strangers When We Meet|
20. Susan Cabot - Wasp Women, Viking Women vs, the Sea Serpent
Damn, you see a trend emerging here? I'm seeing a trend emerging here.
Runners up would be: Susan Cabot, Lizabeth Scott, Ginger Rogers, Michelle Pfeiffer, Cathy O'Donnell, Darryl Hannah, Linda Fiorentino, Linda Darnell, Martha Vickers, Gail Patrick, Anna Karina, Kay Francis, and Linda Hamilton