Vote for best collective work from an actress noted by the academy in the time frame. Cheated and let let the multiple years of Garbo, Gaynor & Shearer, mostly to put Gaynor in there to have at least 5 options.
I am a bit confused because all of these actresses
were NOT nominated for all of the films you cited…
Choosing Bette Davis is an easy call here.!!
Let’s see if I can figure this out…
Including Davis’ write in nod for OF HUMAN BONDAGE.
Also because of lack of space had to ammend title like Shearer’s R and J = Romeo and Juliet, etc.
Not sure where else there might be confusion… Please point out any mistakes I made. Thanks!
1. Bette Davis
2. Janet Gaynor
3. Norma Shearer
4. Greta garbo
5. Irene Dunne
Her perf in The Awful Truth is the best of the lot.
Bette is horrific in both Of Human Bondage and Dangerous. Obviously she wins the 40’s in a landslide.
<<< Agree on Dunne in THE AWFUL TRUTH (she was also prety delicious in Theodora Goes Wild & Love Affair)
But I don’t agree with your opinion of Of Human Bondage…thought she was terrific there, but DANGEROUS was a tad shade of bad. My vote goes to Davis just a little over Dunne.
Shearer, IMO, was a terrible actress who was decent in Barretts and Marie Antoinette.
Garbo was always interesting, but only Camille & Ninotchka here are really great works.
Gaynor was great in the silent films, not interested in her A STAR IS BORN turn though.
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