Film Star Legends
Greatest Film Star Legends
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Greatest Film Star Legends: The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, California selected and ranked the 50 greatest "American screen legends" (composed of the top 25 women and top 25 men - defined as actors or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death marked a completed body of work).
Fifty of today's stars paid tribute to the 50 Screen Legends (hence, 100 stars) during a 3-hour CBS television broadcast in June of 1999. From an original list of 500 nominees (250 in each gender category) of film stars, as compiled by AFI historians, vote-casting was conducted by a jury of film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, etc.), critics, historians, executives and other cultural leaders to select the 25 greatest men and 25 greatest women screen legends of all time.
AFI's 50 Screen Legends (25 men and 25 women) are identified by their rankings and this graphic symbol .
Filmsite's Greatest Film Stars - Roles and Filmographies contains additional filmographies of stars that were excluded from AFI's list, such as Peter Sellers, Steve McQueen, Olivia DeHavilland, Deborah Kerr, Lana Turner, Greer Garson, Shelley Winters, Laurel & Hardy, Natalie Wood, Montgomery Clift, Paul Newman, Jack Lemmon, Doris Day, Rock Hudson, Myrna Loy, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, Fredric March, Burgess Meredith, Charlton Heston, Mickey Rooney, and many more.
Criteria for AFI's Star Legends Selection:
The 50 screen legends were selected from an original list of 500 nominees (250 per gender).