Archive for the ‘Top 10 Actresses of the 70’s’ category
She knows she has the power and wields it like a magic wand and she begins her battle with this enemy knowing that she will do what she must to ensure he will not defeat her. Fletcher came onto the screen in a role of a lifetime and proved to Hollywood that she was an actress to be reckoned with, and history has proven she has what it takes. She walked away with an Academy Award for Best Actress that year and continued a long and lucrative career.
She enlivened the screen with her appearance, and her introverted Greta was one of the best performances in this star studded ensemble. Many of the other roles were over acted, almost to the point of comedic, but not Bergman. She delivered a true and heartfelt performance and worthy of her Oscar.
Even though her portrayl of the possessed little girl was phenomenal, her career since then has languished. It was downhill from there. Blair went on to star in such B flicks as “Roller Boogie” (1979) “Red Heat” (1985), “Repossessed” (1990) and “Bedroom Eyes II” (1990).
Coming into the eye of Hollywood in 1972 with her role of Connie Corleone, Talia Shire was destined for greatness. Sister of Director Francis Ford Coppola, she shined in The Godfather as the sister of the Corleone brothers and the abused wife of her husband Carlo.
Then in 1976 she reappeared as the reserved and quiet Adrianna “Adrian” Pennino who fell for Rocky. Her intense passion for him is seen in the first moments they finally go on thier date and continues throughout the film to the final scene as Rocky cries out her name. She was nominated for an Oscar for that role as a supporting actress.
These were to become two of her greatest roles. She would play Connie in the next two Godfather movies, and her legacy lives on today in her children, Jason & Robert Schwartzman.
There were not as many juicy roles in the 70’s for the women as there were for the men in Hollywood. But however there were some fantastic performances by the up and coming female stars in that decade that was dubbed the “New Hollywood”. One of those new names and rising stars is my pick to start off my top 10 Actresses of the 1970’s;
Lily Tomlin in Nashville (1975)
Out of all the actresses that had a role in that motion picture only Lily and Ronee Blakely were nominated for an Academy Awards for acting. After playing Ernestine (the telephone operator) on TV’s Laugh In, Lily got her break in pictures with Robert Altman’s classic and from there as they say, the rest is history. Linnea Reese, her character was a gospel singer in a black choir, and also a mother of two deaf children.
Her presence is felt throughout the movie and the last scene as her husband (played by Ned Beatty) pulls her from the stage to take her home you know a star is born.