The Dames: Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren

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  • Jackson Powell
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    Who do you think is best actress?  Who has had the best career? 

    Judi Dench is my personal favorite.  Her voice is best attribute, and she is regal and commands a room without even trying.  Maggie probably has the best filmoagraphy.  Helen is probably the most most versatile actress. 

    I wish Vanessa Redgrave would agree to become a Dame.  Nonetheless she is one of the best actresses of all time too 

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    Maggie Smith and Judi Dench are my two favorite living actresses so it is impossible to choose for me out of those two! 

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    K-Hole
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    Who do you think is best actress?  Who has had the best career? 

    Judi Dench is my personal favorite.  Her voice is best attribute, and she is regal and commands a room without even trying.  Maggie probably has the best filmoagraphy.  Helen is probably the most most versatile actress. 

    I wish Vanessa Redgrave would agree to become a Dame.  Nonetheless she is one of the best actresses of all time too 

    I enjoy watching all four actresses. Am currently making my way through the entire “Prime Suspect” TV series and am constantly amazed how good Mirren is. (Currently on Series 6 which coincidentally was directed by Tom Hooper; it features the most knockout direction so far.)

    BTW, don’t see why you should want or think Redgrave is capable of betraying her political beliefs to accept a title and show support for the British class system, which would fly in the face of everything she has ever stood for.

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    i love all four of them (hoping that someday redgrave will accept her damehood)
    but i think i prefer smith, from her young days until she becomes lady violet 

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    Gabriel
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    Judi Dench and Maggie Smith are both hella overrated for me.

    Helen Mirren is the best actress out of the three, imo.

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    Madson Melo
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    Maggie Smith is the best out of the three, Mirren is a great second. Dench is not even close of those others, talk about overrated.

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    Malick
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    Excluding Mirren, all the rest are outstanding! Normally wouldnt choose but since the thread asks ill say Judi Dench. Her filmography is impressive but its her theatre work thats just mind boggling. I think if some of the users who see her as “overpraised” watched a few of those performances they might find themselves having an new apprecitation for her. She is that rare find.

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    I think they’re all plain. Give me Julie Christie, Vanessa Redgrave, and Charlotte Rampling. Those are my British dames.

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    Beau S.
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    I actually think they all won extremely undeserved Oscars (Smith for “Jean Brodie”) but all of them are terrific. Dench’s turn in Notes on a Scandal is exemplary acting imo.

    Vanessa Redgrave has some wacko political views but damn can the woman act.

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    I love British dames… Maggie is my personal favorite, due to her being my childhood hero (McGonagall), but I acknowledge all the impressive work Dench, Redgrawe and Mirren has done in decades. Believe it or not, I would like to see as many action movies with Helen Mirren as possible… She amazes me… Judi in Notes on the scandal was absolutely phenomenal, and I like movies with Judi and Maggie (Tea with Mussolini and Quartet)… All in all, brilliant actresses, with great finesse and style…

    BTW, just to add, for those rude people on twitter and here on boards. Calling out 79 year-old woman for not being able to travel half across the world is plainly pathetic, and it speaks volumes about your decency… Smith’s win at SAG’s wasn’t my favorite too, but alas, there is no need for nastiness.

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    Say what you want, but no one ever had (has) a better career than Dame Angela Lansbury! 

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    Will
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    Say what you want, but no one ever had (has) a better career than Dame Angela Lansbury! 


    I think that 99,9% of actors
    out there would kill to have a career that Dame Angela Lansbury has been
    enjoying for over 70 years.


    2 Oscar nominations by the age
    of 20 (the youngest 2-time Oscar nominee ever).


    50 motion pictures and collaboration
    with practically every great name in Hollywood: George Cukor, Frank Capra, Cecil
    B. DeMille, Orson Welles, Paul Newman, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Gene
    Kelly, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Frank Sinatra, Peter Sellers, you
    named it.


    A record-tying 5 Tony Awards
    and a reputation of being one of the greatest stars of musical theatre (if not
    the greatest.)


    At the age when most of her counterparts
    were either forced to retire or were simply forgotten Dame Angela has found greatest
    success of her career by headlining one of the most popular TV shows of all
    time for 12 seasons.


    Dame Angela has received almost every
    possible accolade from an Honorary Oscar and a dame title to Kennedy Center
    Honors and Honorary Chairman of the American Theatre Wing (screw you, Emmys).


    Now, at 88, when most people
    are just lucky to be alive she still has the strength and star power to
    headline one commercial stage production after another and  not only on Broadway,
    but in Australia and West End.


    She is one in million and there
    has never been or will be again a more versatile performer who has conquered screen,
    stage and television.
     
     


      

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