Bette or Barbara? Who IS My Favorite Classic Movie Actress?!

Barbara Stanwyck Blogathon

Has your favorite classic movie actor or actress changed over time or has the same person been occupying your top spot for as long as you can remember? For a long time now, I’ve considered Bette Davis my favorite actress, but there have been a few times recently when I’ve questioned whether or not Barbara Stanwyck really occupies my top spot instead.

One of those times was when I was looking over Barbara’s impressive filmography trying to decide which movie I would write about for the upcoming Barbara Stanwyck blogathon being hosted by Aubyn at The Girl With the White Parasol.

Even though the event isn’t until next month, there are already tons of great bloggers who have signed up to write about Barbara Stanwyck and her movies. I will be covering the comedy Ball of Fire (1941), which also stars Gary Cooper. Make sure to mark your calendars for July 16-22 and check out all the great posts. I love so many of her movies that it should make for a fun read!

Bette Davis

Getting back to the matter of who’s my favorite actress, obviously it doesn’t really matter. They are both great actresses and have their own unique qualities, but the question did give me the idea to put together a top 10 list of my favorite classic movie actresses, oddly enough something I’ve never really taken the time to do before in all my years of being a classic movie fan.

As you can see, I decided to keep Bette number one, but Barbara is definitely a close second. The other actresses are not necessarily in the exact order, but I did try to rank them as best I could.

My top 10 favorite classic movie actresses are:

  1. Bette Davis
  2. Barbara Stanwyck
  3. Ingrid Bergman
  4. Myrna Loy
  5. Loretta Young
  6. Gene Tierney
  7. Claire Trevor
  8. Irene Dunne
  9. Norma Shearer
  10. Katharine Hepburn

I’ll follow up with a list of my favorite actors some time soon, but spoiler alert: don’t expect anyone other than Jimmy Stewart to be in the top spot! :-)

I’m always interested in seeing how diverse the tastes and opinions of classic movie fans are, so please don’t hesitate to share your favorite actress in the comments section below! Or if you feel like taking the time, go ahead and list your entire top 10!

Frankly My Dear: Rianna’s Classic Movie Survey

 
I’m not usually one to hate Mondays like so many people seem to do, but somehow I got up on the wrong side of the bed today, and I just haven’t been able to right myself. It’s just been one of those days! :-( So tonight I wanted to do something fun and light-hearted and thankfully Rianna from the blog Frankly My Dear had just the thing for me, her classic movie survey. Thanks Rianna! :-)

I love doing surveys, because they give me a chance to reflect back on all the movies I’ve watched and enjoyed over the years, and they require me to do a little bit of research, which I love to do! So here are my answers:

1. Favorite Classic Disney?

Pinocchio (1940) – Even though I do love the movie, this choice actually has as much to do with my lifelong love of Jiminy Cricket as it does the story itself. :-) I can’t explain it, I’ve just loved him since I was a little girl. I also love the song from the movie, “When You Wish Upon a Star” which won the Academy Award for best song in 1940. One of my most prized possessions from childhood was a Pinocchio watch that had a tiny little Jiminy Cricket in the corner that moved back and forth as the seconds ticked by. I really miss that watch and wish I still had it! Continue reading →

Collecting Vintage Movie Magazines: Featuring Photoplay

One of the things I’d like to do to complement my love of old movies is to start a movie memorabilia collection. I have to admit though that I’ve been dragging my feet on that lately. Eager to get started in some way, I decided to start by collecting a few vintage movie magazines.

There were many movie fan magazines published during the golden age of Hollywood including Photoplay, Silver Screen, Modern Screen, Motion Picture, and Movie Mirror Magazines, and you can still find copies of many of them on eBay. Magazines sold for as little as 10 cents when they were first published, but today can sell for as much as $100 or more depending on who is on the cover or how rare the magazine is.

The first magazine I decided to buy is a copy of Photoplay magazine from February 1946 featuring Ingrid Bergman on the cover. Although verifying whether the magazine is in mint condition before buying is important for serious collectors or for those who may want to sell their collections in the future, I wasn’t as concerned about condition this time. I thought it might be a good idea at first to check out a few different magazines to compare the type of content in each before buying issues that are worth more. I purchased this particular issue for $9.99, which is on the lower end for vintage movie magazines. Continue reading →