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#1 Favorite Actress of the 1960’s ~ Katherine Hepburn

By the 1960’s Katherine Hepburn had already been making films for over 30 years, with 8 Academy Award Nominations and one win. She was a legend. But in the 1960’s, fans begin to see what Katherine Hepburn was really all about, and just how great an actress and legend she was.

In 1960 she was nominated an unprecedented 9th time for Best Actress in the film Suddenly Last Summer, opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift. In the role of Mrs Venable. In 1963, she again was nominated for a tenth Oscar as Mary Tyrone in the 1962 version of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Then in 1968 and 1969, Kathrine won her second and third Oscar for Best Actress in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and The Lion in Winter. But did she stop there? No, Hepburn won her 4th Best Oscar Award in 1982 for her role opposite Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond.

The 1960’s introduced her to a whole new legion of fans, and placed her upon the pedestal of Hollywood Elite.

In 1999, the American Film Institute ranked Hepburn as the #1 female star in their Greatest American Screen Legends list

Favs of the 60’s ~#2~ Faye Dunaway

Her first film was in 1967 in Hurry Sundown, but that same year, she got the leading female role in Bonnie and Clyde (opposite Warren Beatty) which garnered her an Oscar nomination. Very few actresses started off their Hollywood careers with Oscar nominated roles. Faye Dunaway did just that. She embodied Bonnie Parker, and for years she was linked to the role and the character of Bonnie.

Personally I was enthralled with the movie, mainly due to Dunaway’s portrayal of this lost young woman, finding the love of her life and enjoying the havoc she was causing to make her lover happy. Dunaway didn’t win the Oscar that year, it would take another ten years before she walked away with the Oscar, but still in my mind her greatest role was that of Bonnie Parker in Bonnie & Clyde.

Favs of the 60’s ~#3~ Audrey Hepburn

In the 50’s with films like, Roman Holiday,(for which she won an Oscar), Funny Face, War & Peace and Sabrina, Audrey Hepburn leaped into leading lady status with a surge like none other. But some feel her best work was done in the 1960’s with one of the best known roles as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, or Eliza Doolitle in My Fair Lady (even though her voice was dubbed in the singing parts).

But not only was Audrey a great talent on screen, she was a great person off screen. Her work with UNICEF, made the organization a household name.

Beautiful, elegant, quaint but strong, Hollywood had very few like Audrey.

Favs of the 60’s ~#4~ Shirley MacLaine

Named after Shirley Temple, MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia’s Bellevue neighborhood, destined to be a star from the beginning, Shirley’s dream was to become a prima ballerina. She took ballet classes fervently all throughout her youth and never missed one, and whenever they performed a piece, she would play the boy’s role, due to being the tallest one there. The summer before her senior year, she went to New York to try acting on Broadway with some success. After she graduated, she went back and within a year she achieved her goal of becoming a star when she became an understudy to actress Carol Haney in The Pajama Game; Haney broke her ankle, and MacLaine replaced her.
A few months after, with Haney still out of commission, director-producer Hal B. Wallis was in the audience, took note of MacLaine, and signed her to go to Hollywood to work for Paramount Pictures. She would later sue Wallis over a contractual dispute, a suit that is credited with having ended the old-style studio system of actor management.
Her first film was the Alfred Hitchcock film The Trouble with Harry in 1955. In 1958, she took part in Hot Spell and Around the World in Eighty Days. At the same time, she stared in Some Came Running, this film gave her first Academy Award nomination. She got her second nomination in two years later for The Apartment, one of her most famous film starred with Jack Lemmon and Billy Wilder. This film won 5 Oscars, include Best Director. She agained got a nomination for Irma la Douce, once again reunited with Wilder and Lemmon. Yet, Shirley had yet to win the Oscar. Some say she sould have won for her role in 1969’s Sweet Charity but she wasn’t even nominated. Her Oscar would not come until the next decade, but Shirley had made a name for herself in the 60’s and became part of the infamous “Rat Pack” which included, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., after her uncredited role in the Original Ocean’s 11.

Favs of the 60’s ~#5~ Elizabeth Taylor

In the 1950’s Elizabeth Taylor was the epitome of glamour and Hollywood. In the 1960’s Taylor was still glamour and Hollywood, but she also added talent and Academy Award winner to her resume. Winner of the 1960 Best Actress award in the film Butterfield8 as a prostitute and in 1963’s bomb, she was Cleopatra and in 1966 she won the Best Actress award for the second time for her portrayl in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe. Based on the controversial play by Edward Albee, this noir-ish 1966 drama stars former real-life couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, in what many critics consider to be their best performances.

Favs of the 60’s ~#6~ Julie Andrews

“The hills are alive, with the sound of music…” or

“Just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…” or

“Chim chimmery Chim chimmery…”

What do you think of?
Julie Andrews. In the 1960’s she was the star that everyone loved. From Mary Poppins to Americanization of Emily, Sound of Music, and Thoroughly Modern Millie, Julie Andrews took America and Hollywood by storm. in 1964, her first successful film she walked away with an Academy Award for her role in Mary Poppins. She also possessed a five-octave coloratura soprano range until a vocal nodule surgery mishap ruined her singing voice.

Favs of the 60’s ~ #7 ~ Mary Badham

Scout, or Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is the star and narrator of the most critically acclaimed movie of the 60’s, based on the most read Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the same name, written by Harper Lee.

Mary Badham had not starred in a film prior to her role as Scout, the tomboyish young girl that tried to keep up with her big brother. She didn’t stay in Hollywood and become a famous movie star or child star that grew up with issues, she actually only made 2 more movies and two TV Appearances after that, according to IMDB. However she had a small role in the 2005 film Our Very Own.

Mary Badham to me, was Scout. Her portrayal was so real and so pure. She more than any other made me really think we were there in her hometown of Maycomb, Alabama. Mary was nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar that year, but lost out to Patty Duke’s Helen Keller.