Film Star Legends

Part 3

Greatest Film Star Legends
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AFI's 50 Greatest Film Star Legends
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

#1 star
Katharine Hepburn

Tracy Samantha Lord in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951)

See Tracy with Hepburn for additional roles.

Sidney (Credits)/Sydney Fairfield in A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Lady Cynthia Darrington in Christopher Strong (1933)
Jo March in Little Women (1933)
Eva Lovelace in Morning Glory (1933)
Alice Adams in Alice Adams (1935)
Sylvia (Sylvester) Scarlett in Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
Mary Stuart in Mary of Scotland (1936)
Pamela Thistlewaite in A Woman Rebels (1936)
Terry Randall/Sims in Stage Door (1937)
Susan Vance in Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Linda Seton in Holiday (1938)
Tess Harding in Woman of the Year (1942)
Mary Matthews in State of the Union (1948)
Jane Hudson in Summertime (1955)
Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker (1956)
Mrs. Violet Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
Christina Drayton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter (1968)
Eula in Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981)
Ginny in Love Affair (1994)

#25 star
William Holden
Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950) Joe Bonaparte in Golden Boy (1939)
Paul Verrall in Born Yesterday (1950)
Sefton in Stalag 17 (1953)
David Larrabee in Sabrina (1954)
Hal Carter in Picnic (1955)
Shears in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969)
Max Schumacher in Network (1976)

#21 star
Buster Keaton
Johnnie Gray in The General (1927) Willie McKay in Our Hospitality (1923)
Rollo Treadway in The Navigator (1924)
The Operator in Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
Jimmie Shannon in Seven Chances (1925)
Ronald in College (1927)
Luke Shannon in The Cameraman (1928)
William Canfield, Jr. in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Ronald in Spite Marriage (1929)
As Himself in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Piano Accompanist in Limelight (1952)
Jimmy the Crook in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

#15 star
Gene Kelly
Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain (1952) Harry Palmer in For Me and My Gal (1942)
Danny McGuire in Cover Girl (1944)
Joseph Brady in Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Serafin in The Pirate (1948)
D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1948)
Gabey in On The Town (1949)
Joe D. Ross in Summer Stock (1950)
Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris (1951)
Tommy Albright in Brigadoon (1954)
Ted Riley in It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind (1960)

#13 star
Grace Kelly
Lisa Fremont in Rear Window (1954) Amy Kane in High Noon (1952)
Linda Nordley in Mogambo (1953)
Nancy Brubaker in The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954)
Georgie Elgin in The Country Girl (1954)
Margot Wendice in Dial M For Murder (1954)
Frances Stevens in To Catch a Thief (1955)
Tracy Lord in High Society (1956)
Princess Alexandra in The Swan (1956)

#19 star
Burt Lancaster
Sgt. Milton Warden in From Here to Eternity (1953)
Elmer Gantry in Elmer Gantry (1960)
Ole Andersen/Pete Lunn/the 'Swede' in The Killers (1946)
Steve Thompson in Criss Cross (1949)
Dardo in The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe - All American (1951)
Doc Delaney in Come Back Little Sheba (1952)
Alvaro Mangiacavallo in The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Bill Starbuck in The Rainmaker (1956)
Wyatt Earp in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
J. J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Robert Stroud in Bird Man of Alcatraz (1962)
Prince Fabrizio Salina in The Leopard (1963)
Gen. James Mattoon Scott in Seven Days in May (1964)
Labiche in The Train (1964)
Bill Dolworth in The Professionals (1966)
Ned in The Swimmer (1968)
Lou in Atlantic City (1980)
Felix Happer in Local Hero (1983)
Dr. Graham in Field of Dreams (1989)

#16 star
Vivien Leigh
Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939)
Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Cynthia in Fire Over England (1937)
Myra Lester in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Emma Hart Hamilton in That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra (1946)
Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina (1948)
Karen Stone in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Mary Treadwell in Ship of Fools (1965)

#23 star
Carole Lombard
Hazel Flagg in Nothing Sacred (1937) Connie Randall in No Man of Her Own (1932)
Mildred Plotka/Lily Garland in Twentieth Century (1934)
Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936)
Maggie King in Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
Julie Eden in In Name Only (1939)
Jane Mason in Made for Each Other (1939)
Ann Krausheimer Smith in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Maria Tura in To Be or Not To Be (1942)

#21 star
Sophia Loren
(1934- )
Cesira in Two Women (1960) Phaedra in Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Cinzia Zaccardi in Houseboat (1958)
Angela Rossini in Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Chimene in El Cid (1961)
Adelina in Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963)
Lucilla in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Filomena Marturano in Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Yasmin Azir in Arabesque (1966)
Countess Natasha Alexandroff in A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)
Aldonzaq/Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (1972)
Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain in The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Maria Ragetti in Grumpier Old Men (1995)

#20 star
The Marx Brothers

* Groucho
* Harpo
* Chico
* Zeppo
Rufus T. Firefly, Pinky, Chicolini, and Bob Rolland in Duck Soup (1933)
Otis B. Driftwood, Tomasso, and Fiorello in A Night at the Opera (1935)
Hammer, Harpo, Chico, and Jamison in The Cocoanuts (1929)
Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, The Professor, Signor Emanuel Ravelli and Horatio Jamison in Animal Crackers (1930)
As Themselves in Monkey Business (1931)
Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, Pinky, Baravelli and Frank Wagstaff in Horse Feathers (1932)
Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, Stuffy and Tony in A Day at the Races (1937)
Detective Sam Grunion, Harpo, and Faustino the Great in Love Happy (1949)

#23 star
Robert Mitchum
Jeff Bailey in Out of the Past (1947)
Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Lieut. Bob Gray in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Lt. Walker in The Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Sgt. Peter Kelley in Crossfire (1947)
Jeb Rand in Pursued (1947)
Jim Fairways in Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Jeff McCloud in The Lusty Men (1952)
Matt Calder in River of No Return (1954)
Capt. Murrell in The Enemy Below (1957)
Mr. Allison in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Paddy Carmody in The Sundowners (1960)
Max Cady in Cape Fear (1962)
Brigadier Gen. Norman Cota in The Longest Day (1962)
Jerry Ryan in Two for the Seesaw (1962)
Sheriff J.P. Harrah in El Dorado (1967)
Charles Shaughnessy in Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Philip Marlowe in Farewell, My Lovely (1975)
Harry Kilmer in The Yakuza (1975)
Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1978)

#6 star
Marilyn Monroe, aka Norma Jean Mortensen
Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot (1959) Miss Claudia Casswell in All About Eve (1950)
Angela Phinlay in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Peggy in Clash By Night (1952)
Lois Laurel in Monkey Business (1952)
Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Pola Debevoise in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Rose Loomis in Niagara (1953)
Kay Weston in River of No Return (1954)
Vicky Hoffman/Vicky Parker in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
The Girl in The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Cherie in Bus Stop (1956)
Elsie Marina in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Amanda Dell in Let's Make Love (1960)
Roslyn Taber in The Misfits (1961)

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