Five Stars Blogathon – My Five Favourite Movie Stars!

I am extremely excited to be partaking in this blogathon celebrating iconic and talented stars of the silver screen on National Classic Movie Day (May 16). This was a very difficult decision to make, but I have narrowed down the list to five. I simply cannot rank them in any order! Please let me know what your thoughts are, and head over to Classic Film and TV Cafe for the Five Stars Blogathon to read other wonderful posts!

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Jean Harlow

Although she passed away at the very young age of 26, Harlean Carpenter left such a strong legacy in the world of classic cinema. She was impeccably glamorous, and is the original “blonde bombshell”. However, her comedic timing, fiery personality, and electric chemistry with her co-stars cemented her talent in Hollywood and her important contribution to the screwball comedy. Libeled Lady is my favourite classic film, and that is in a large part due to Jean’s effervescence, style, and wit.

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Jack Lemmon

Yet another master of comedy enters my list! Born in an elevator in a Massachusetts hospital, Lemmon’s acting bug bit him at a very young age. He was a frequent collaborator with one of the master directors of cinema, Billy Wilder. Jack’s versatility was quite apparent when accounting for his breadth of filmography. Mister Roberts, Some Like it Hot, The Odd Couple, and The Apartment are just some of the classics in which Lemmon’s star shone brightly yet very humbly. He had a down-to-earth quality which made him very relatable, and I feel that this accounts to his longevity.

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Jimmy Stewart

On to another legend with a great sense of modesty and down-to-earth personality. If Tom Hanks could be transported back in time, I think he would be best buds with this class act! In most of Stewart’s roles if not all (at least the ones I have seen), the audience is rooting for his character to overcome unthinkable obstacles. It’s A Wonderful Life, Vertigo, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and especially Mr. Smith Goes to Washington are some prime examples. As with Mr. Lemmon, his range and versatility were apparent through his body of work. Jimmy Stewart also heavily reminds me of my late maternal grandfather, to whom I was extremely close. I think my connection with my grandfather has transferred on to my great admiration for this star.

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Barbara Stanwyck

Ruby Stevens had an extremely difficult childhood, living in multiple foster homes and losing her mother at a very young age. She escaped into the world of film, and eventually transformed into the classic star we know as Barbara Stanwyck. Again, her roles demonstrated her wide range from slang spewing comedic nightclub performer to devoted mother to ruthless femme fatale and then some. However, I feel that all of her performances demonstrate a level of grit and conviction that can only be drawn upon from life-altering and life-changing experiences. It is still unfathomable that she did not win any Academy Awards for specific roles. However, classic film lovers greatly recognize her depiction of strong females and the ultimate impact that would have on women’s representation in society.

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And last but certainly not least…

Marlene Dietrich

Hailing from Germany, Dietrich got her start playing violin, acting on the stage, and eventually started acting in silent film. Her breakthrough role was The Blue Angel, attracting attention from Hollywood executives. Her charisma, seductiveness, and commanding presence created classics such as Morocco, Shanghai Express, . and Destry Rides Again. However, her most impressive work was her dedication towards and support for troops fighting in WWII. Her conviction and bravery was reward, as she received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1947. The longevity of her career, fearlessness, and allure blend together to create a unique and provocative icon of the silver screen.

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Honorable Mentions: Bette Davis, Cary Grant, Giulietta Masina, Liv Ullmann, Toshiro Mifune, Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers (they were a TEAM!!), and Ingrid Bergman.

I do not own any of the pictures in this post.

 

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15 thoughts on “Five Stars Blogathon – My Five Favourite Movie Stars!

  1. I see we have a movie star have in common. I think Stanwyck is just the ultimate Ultimate.
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    If you’re in the NYC area, the Metrograph theatre will have a Dietrich retrospective —> ( http://metrograph.com/series/series/85/marlene )
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    Love Harlow. Do you know TCM will be showing SIX ( count ’em SIX ) Harlow films THIS morning starting at 8AM with “China Seas”?? ( My favorite Harlow film is “BOMBSHELL.” Does she carry that movie on her lovely shoulders or does she? I enjoy “Libeled Lady” immensely as well. I wait for this small moment as the “married couple” leave the justice of the peace. She takes Tracy’s arm to leave the office and Tracy said to her about Bill Powell: “Take his arm.” and she shoots right back: “I’m taking YOUR arm,” and strolls out with him. Wowee! ) Last month I went to the TCM Film Festival…and I took a wee break and went to the Hollywood Museum to see the HARLOW exhibit. Breathtaking. You would have died if she’s one of your favorites.
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    Ahhh Jimmy Stewart in my favorite classic film: “VERTIGO.” Does your heart not break for him when he says to Kim Novak’s Judy: “Why did you have to pick on me? WHY ME?!! I loved you so, Maddie.” Gaah!

    I enjoyed the read Charlene. 🙂

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    • Thanks for all of the great info, and I am glad you enjoyed reading my little contribution to this great blogathon! I am going to try my darndest to go to LA next year for the TCM Film Festival. I need to see that exhibit of Jean Harlow!! I couldn’t rank my list, but she is definitely my #1 favourite classic film star.

      I would so so love to see the Dietrich retrospective but alas I cannot 😦 Hopefully there will be another similar event in the near future!

      My heart also breaks for Jimmy in “Vertigo” at that moment. Definitely deserves a rewatch!

      And yes, Barbara Stanwyck is the ultimate ultimate. So versatile and so strong.

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  2. Fantastic list Charlene 😊 You are so right about how difficult this was…I kept changing my list to the point that I decided to skipped it. I hope I can catch it next year. Who knows, I might have it worked out by then LOL

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    • Thanks, Katrina! Hopefully you will but I am thinking that you will probably not haha (I mean that in the nicest way as the decision is so tough!). Jean has always been my fave, and I broke my heart to not include Fred Astaire or Bette Davis (as examples) in the listing. However, it was a lot of fun to write and think about 🙂

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      • Thanks for understanding….it’s started out as fun; but, I kept thinking of other stars who are also brilliant…this became a Herculean task for me. I love all of the posts in this blogathon and agree with them all LOL….

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  3. I’m happy to see more love for Harlow (and Libeleled Lady!) and for Marlene, someone I greatly admire. And Giulietta Masina is in your honorable mentions list – she is my favorite Italian actress!
    Thanks for the kind comment!
    Kisses!
    Le

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  4. It broke my heart not to include Jack Lemmon and Jimmy Stewart on my list, but I figured it would be less painful if I just went with what my gut instantly told me. (She says days later, still feeling haunted…) Fabulous list! But then again, how could it not be with the inclusion of Harlow and Dietrich?

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    • I feel bad for not including Bette Davis in my top 5. She is totally one of my faves, but I really love and and fascinated by Harlow and Dietrich. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s lists, and I still have more to read! All interesting and they have also introduced me to some actors and actresses as well 🙂

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