Friday, May 3, 2013

Favorite actresses. {Classic Movie May}

These five lovely ladies are my favorite actresses in classic films.

1. Judy Garland. Why does it seem like the most talented people have the most tragic lives? She didn't make that many films compared to other actresses, but so many of her films are among my favorites. She's kind of like the female Gene Kelly to me: she's so likable and sweet and fun. She was a wonderful actress, of course, but her voice is one of my favorites. She even had an amazing voice when she was very young. I just love Judy Garland.

Favorites: The Wizard of Oz, Girl Crazy, Meet Me in St. Louis, In the Good Old Summertime, and Summer Stock.

2. Audrey Hepburn. I'm not sure how anyone could not like Audrey Hepburn. She's one of the most graceful, elegant, and classy actresses ever. And she could pull of the pixie hair cut like no one else. :) She played such a variety of roles...she could do silly or serious. For someone who looks and sounds so proper, Audrey Hepburn was great in comedic parts!

Favorites: Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Charade, and How to Steal a Million.

3. Jean Arthur. Jean Arthur is your classic 30s/40s pretty, clever working girl. She was probably my first favorite actress in old movies, because when I first started getting into them I was watching a lot of Frank Capra films from that era. She has such an unusual, raspy voice. Overall, Jean Arthur plays some of my favorite characters in classic films.

Favorites: Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, You Can't Take It With You, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, The Talk of the Town, and The More the Merrier.

4. Myrna Loy. I think Myrna Loy is sadly underrated! She's a hilarious comedic actress and she has one of the most lovely sing-songy voices I've ever heard. I think she's at her best as Nora Charles in the Thin Man series, but she has plenty of other wonderful films, too.

Favorites: The Thin Man series, Wife vs. Secretary, Love Crazy, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, and Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House.

5. Ingrid Bergman. Honestly, I had a hard time thinking of a fifth favorite for this list. But I finally decided to go with Ingrid Bergman, because I've liked her in every film of hers I've seen. I'm not as attached to her as I am the others, so I don't have a lot to say except that I think she's a very talented actress. :)

Favorites: Casablanca, Gaslight, Spellbound, and The Inn of the Sixth Happiness.

Who are your favorite classic film actresses? Feel free to comment or link up your own post below.

Until next time,


  1. Jean Arthur and Myrna Loy are two of my absolute favorites as well! SO CLASSY. I'd probably also include Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis, and Judy Garland in my top five list. :)

  2. All of these lovely ladies are some of my favorites, too! So talented and lovely. It's such a delight watching them on screen.

    I linked up! Thanks for hosting - I'm having way too much fun rambling about my favorite screen stars on my blog. ;D

  3. I've so enjoyed reading these, Kristin!! I've sat here trying to think of my favorite classic actresses...and absolutely nothing is coming to mind! I like individual movies, but I can't think of a classic favorite...oh well! I'm still enjoying your blog series! :D

  4. My family thinks You Can't Take it With You is one of the most fun classic movies ever. It's a keeper for sure. Audrey Hepburn is classy also! Like many of her movies. :)

  5. You mentioned Myrna Loy! Yay! The Thin Man mysteries are so fun! Love Audrey Hepburn as well.


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