The Info List - Rosalind Russell

Catherine Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(June 4, 1907 – November 28, 1976) was an American actress, comedian, screenwriter and singer,[2] known for her role as fast-talking newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson in the Howard Hawks screwball comedy His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
(1940), as well as for her portrayals of Mame Dennis in Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
(1958) and Rose in Gypsy (1962). A noted comedian,[3] she won all five Golden Globes
Golden Globes
for which she was nominated. Russell won a Tony Award
Tony Award
in 1953 for Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Ruth in the Broadway show Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(a musical based on the film My Sister Eileen, in which she also starred). She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress
Academy Award for Best Actress
four times throughout her career. In addition to her fame as a comedian, Russell was known for playing character roles, especially wealthy, dignified, ladylike women, as well as for being one of the few actresses of her time who regularly played professional women, such as judges, reporters, and psychiatrists.[4] She had a wide career span from the 1930s to the 1970s, and attributed her long career to the fact that, although usually playing classy and glamorous roles, she never became a sex symbol.[5]


1 Early years 2 Career

2.1 Early career 2.2 Later career 2.3 Awards

3 Personal life 4 Death 5 Work

5.1 Film 5.2 Television 5.3 Theatre (Broadway) 5.4 Radio appearances

6 See also 7 References 8 External links

Early years[edit] Catherine Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
was one of seven children born in Waterbury, Connecticut, to James Edward, a lawyer,[6] and Clara A. (née McKnight) Russell,[7] a teacher. The Russells were an Irish-American
Catholic family.[8] She was named after a ship on which her parents had traveled.[8] She attended Catholic schools, including Rosemont College
Rosemont College
in Rosemont, Pennsylvania, and Marymount College in Tarrytown, New York, before attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City. Her parents thought Russell was studying to become a teacher, and were unaware that she was planning to become a comedic actress.[9] Upon graduation from the performing arts school, Russell acted in summer stock and joined a repertory company in Boston. Career[edit]

Russell (c. 1955)

Early career[edit] Russell began her career as a fashion model and was in many Broadway shows. Against parental objections, she took a job at a stock company for seven months at Saranac Lake and then Hartford, Connecticut.[9] Afterwards, she moved to Boston, where she acted for a year at a theater group for Edward E. Clive. Later, she appeared in a revue in New York (The Garrick Gaieties). There, she took voice lessons and built a career in the opera, which was short-lived due to her difficulty in reaching high notes.[9] In the early 1930s, Russell went west to Los Angeles, where she was hired as a contract player for Universal Studios. When she first arrived on the lot, she was ignored by most of the crew and later told the press she felt terrible and humiliated at Universal, which affected her self-confidence.[10] Unhappy with Universal's leadership, and second-class studio status at the time, Russell set her sights on Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and was able to get out of her Universal contract on her own terms. When MGM first approached her for a screen test, Russell was wary, remembering her experience at Universal. When she met MGM's Benny Thau
Benny Thau
and Ben Piazza, she was surprised, as they were "the soul of understanding".[10] Her screen test was directed by Harold S. Bucquet, and she later recalled that she was hired because of a closeup he took of her.[10]

In The Women (1939) with Norma Shearer

Under contract to MGM, Russell debuted in Evelyn Prentice
Evelyn Prentice
(1934). Although the role was small, she received good notices, with one critic saying that she was "convincing as the woman scorned".[11] She starred in many comedies such as Forsaking All Others (1934) and Four's a Crowd
Four's a Crowd
(1938), as well as dramas, including Craig's Wife (1936) (which would be the film's second of three remakes; Joan Crawford did the third) and The Citadel (1938). Russell was first acclaimed when she co-starred with Robert Young in the MGM drama West Point of the Air (1935). One critic wrote: " Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
as the 'other woman' in the story gives an intelligent and deft handling to her scenes with Young."[12] She quickly rose to fame, and by 1935, was seen as a replacement for actress Myrna Loy, as she took many roles for which Loy was initially set.[13] In her first years in Hollywood, Russell was characterized, both in her personal life and film career, as a sophisticated lady. This dissatisfied Russell, who claimed in a 1936 interview:

Being typed as a lady is the greatest misfortune possible to a motion picture actress. It limits your characterizations, confines you to play feminine sops and menaces and the public never highly approves of either. An impeccably dressed lady is always viewed with suspicion in real life and when you strut onto the screen with beautiful clothes and charming manners, the most naive of theatergoers senses immediately that you are in a position to do the hero no good. I earnestly want to get away from this. First, because I want to improve my career and professional life and, secondly because I am tired of being a clothes horse - a sort of hothouse orchid in a stand of wild flowers.[14]

Russell approached director Frank Lloyd
Frank Lloyd
for help changing her image, but instead of helping her, Lloyd cast her as a wealthy aristocrat in Under Two Flags (1936).[14] She was cast as catty gossip Sylvia Fowler in the all-female comedy The Women (1939), directed by George Cukor. The film was a major hit, boosting her career and establishing her reputation as a comedian.

With Cary Grant
Cary Grant
and Ralph Bellamy
Ralph Bellamy
in His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday

Russell continued to display her talent for comedy in the classic screwball comedy His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
(1940), directed by Howard Hawks. In the film, a reworking of Ben Hecht's story The Front Page, Russell played quick-witted ace reporter Hildy Johnson, who was also the ex-wife of her newspaper editor Walter Burns (Cary Grant). Russell had been, as she put it, "Everyone's fifteenth choice" for the role of Hildy in the film. Prior to her being cast, Howard Hawks
Howard Hawks
had asked Katharine Hepburn, Irene Dunne, Claudette Colbert, Jean Arthur, Margaret Sullavan, and Ginger Rogers
Ginger Rogers
if they would like to play the brash, fast-talking reporter in his film. All of them refused.[15] Russell found out about this while riding on a train to New York, when she read an article in The New York Times
The New York Times
saying that she had been cast in the film and listing all the actresses who had turned the part down. Later career[edit] In the 1940s, she made comedies such as The Feminine Touch (1941), Take a Letter, Darling
Take a Letter, Darling
and My Sister Eileen (both 1942), dramas including Sister Kenny
Sister Kenny
(1946) and Mourning Becomes Electra (1947), and a murder mystery: The Velvet Touch (1948).

Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
in Wonderful Town, on the cover of Time (March 30, 1953)

Russell scored a big hit on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance in Wonderful Town
Wonderful Town
(1953), a musical version of her successful film of a decade earlier, My Sister Eileen. Russell reprised her starring role for a 1958 television special.

Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(left) and Polly Rowles
Polly Rowles
in the original Broadway production of Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame

Perhaps her most memorable performance was in the title role of the long-running stage comedy Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
(based on a Patrick Dennis novel) and the Auntie Mame1958 film version]], in which she played an eccentric aunt whose orphaned nephew comes to live with her. When asked with which role she was most closely identified, she replied that strangers who spotted her still called out, "Hey, Auntie Mame!" She received a Tony Award
Tony Award
nomination for Best Actress in a Play in 1957 for her performance. Patrick Dennis
Patrick Dennis
dedicated his second Auntie Mame novel Around the World with Auntie Mame
Around the World with Auntie Mame
to "the one and only Rosalind Russell" in 1958.[16] She continued to appear in movies through the mid-1960s, including Picnic (1955), A Majority of One
A Majority of One
(1961), Five Finger Exercise
Five Finger Exercise
(1962), Gypsy (1962), and The Trouble with Angels (1966). Russell was the logical choice for reprising her role as Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
when the musical version, Mame, was set for a production on Broadway in 1966, but she declined for health reasons. In addition to her acting career, Russell also wrote the story (under the name C. A. McKnight) for the film The Unguarded Moment (1956), a story of sexual harassment starring Esther Williams.[17] Awards[edit] Over the course of her career, Russell earned four Academy Award nominations for Best Actress: My Sister Eileen (1942); Sister Kenny (1946); Mourning Becomes Electra (1947); and Auntie Mame
Auntie Mame
(1958), the film version of her Broadway comedy hit. She received a Special Academy Award, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, in 1972, which came with an Oscar statuette. Personal life[edit] On October 25, 1941, Russell married Danish-American producer Frederick Brisson, son of actor Carl Brisson.[18] Cary Grant
Cary Grant
was responsible for the couple's having met, and was the best man at Frederick and Rosalind's wedding. Brisson had been traveling from England to the United States by ship in 1939, and The Women was playing on an endless loop during the voyage. After hearing the audio for the film day after day while traveling, Brisson decided he had better sit down and watch the whole film. He became so enamored with Russell's performance as Sylvia Fowler that he turned to his friends and proclaimed: "I'm either gonna kill that girl, or I'm gonna marry her." (Or so he liked to say.)[19] Brisson stayed with Cary Grant
Cary Grant
in his guest house while Grant was filming His Girl Friday. Upon hearing that Grant was making the movie with Russell, Brisson asked his friend if he could meet her.[19] Cary Grant then spent weeks greeting Russell each morning on set with the question, "Have you met Freddie Brisson?" in an effort to pique the actress's curiosity. One night, when Russell opened her door to let Grant in before they went dancing, as they often did, she found him standing next to a stranger. Grant sheepishly explained that the odd fellow was Freddie Brisson, the man whom he had mentioned so often, and they set off for dinner, with Freddie in tow. Russell and Brisson's marriage lasted 35 years, ending with her death. They had one child, in 1943, a son, Carl Lance Brisson.[1][20] Russell was a devout Roman Catholic, and a member of the Good Shepherd Parish and the Catholic Motion Picture Guild in Beverly Hills, California.[21] Russell supported Richard Nixon
Richard Nixon
in two of his early unsuccessful political campaigns, first for the presidency in 1960 opposing John F. Kennedy and for governor of California
in 1962.[22] Death[edit]

Months before her death, Russell meets with First Lady Betty Ford (herself a breast cancer survivor) at the White House
White House
on May 11, 1976

Grave of Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
at Holy Cross

Russell died of breast cancer on November 28, 1976.[20] She was survived by her husband and her son. She is buried in Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.[23] Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1708 Vine Street. Her autobiography, Life Is a Banquet, written with Chris Chase, was published a year after her death. The foreword (written by her husband) states that Russell had a mental breakdown in 1943. She made no films in 1944. Details are scant, but the book indicates that health problems and the deaths of a sister and a brother were major factors leading to her breakdown.[24] Russell had rheumatoid arthritis, and the UCSF Arthritis Research Center currently bears her name. In 2009, a documentary film Life Is a Banquet: The Life of Rosalind Russell, narrated by Kathleen Turner, was shown at film festivals across the U.S. and on some PBS
stations. Work[edit] Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes

1934 Evelyn Prentice Mrs. Harrison

The President Vanishes Sally Voorman

Forsaking All Others Eleanor

1935 The Night Is Young Countess Zarika Rafay

The Casino Murder Case Doris

West Point of the Air Dare Marshall

Reckless Jo

China Seas Sybil Barclay

Rendezvous Joel

1936 It Had to Happen Beatrice Newnes

Under Two Flags Lady Venetia Cunningham

Trouble for Two Miss Vandeleur

Craig's Wife Harriet Craig

1937 Night Must Fall Olivia

Live, Love and Learn Julie Stoddard

1938 Man-Proof Elizabeth Kent

Four's a Crowd Jean Christy

The Citadel Christine

1939 Fast and Loose Garda Sloane

The Women Mrs. Howard Fowler - Sylvia

1940 His Girl Friday Hildy Johnson

Hired Wife Kendal Browning

No Time for Comedy Linda Esterbrook

This Thing Called Love Ann Winters

1941 They Met in Bombay Anya Von Duren

The Feminine Touch Julie Hathaway

Design for Scandal Judge Cornelia C. Porter

1942 Take a Letter, Darling A.M. MacGregor

My Sister Eileen Ruth Sherwood Nominated - Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress

1943 Flight for Freedom Tonie Carter

What a Woman! Carol Ainsley

1945 Roughly Speaking Louise Randall Pierson

She Wouldn't Say Yes Dr. Susan A. Lane

1946 Sister Kenny Elizabeth Kenny Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated - Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress

1947 The Guilt of Janet Ames Janet Ames

Mourning Becomes Electra Lavinia Mannon Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated - Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress

1948 The Velvet Touch Valerie Stanton

1949 Tell It to the Judge Marsha Meredith

1950 A Woman of Distinction Susan Manning Middlecott

1953 Never Wave at a WAC Jo McBain

1955 The Girl Rush Kim Halliday

Picnic Miss Rosemary Sydney

1958 Auntie Mame Mame Dennis Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Laurel Award for Top Female Comedy Performance Nominated - Academy Award
Academy Award
for Best Actress Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress

1961 A Majority of One Mrs. Bertha Jacoby Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

1962 Five Finger Exercise Louise Harington

Gypsy Rose Hovick Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Laurel Award for Top Female Musical Performance (5th place)

1966 The Trouble with Angels Mother Superior Laurel Award for Top Female Comedy Performance (4th place)

1967 Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad Madame Rosepettle

Rosie! Rosie Lord

1968 Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows Mother Superior

1971 Mrs. Pollifax – Spy Mrs. Pollifax


Year Title Role Notes

1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Guest episode: Never Wave at a WAC

1955 The Loretta Young Show Guest Hostess episode: Week-End in Winnetka episode: Fear Me Not

1956 General Electric Theater Cynthia episode: The Night Goes On

1958 Wonderful Town Ruth Sherwood TV movie

1959 Startime Host episode: The Wonderful World of Entertainment

1972 The Crooked Hearts Laurita Dorsey TV movie

Theatre (Broadway)[edit]

Dates of production Title Role Genre Notes

October 16, 1930 - October 1930 The Garrick Gaieties

Musical revue

April 20, 1931 - April 1931 Company's Coming Miss Mallory Comedy

February 25, 1953 - July 3, 1954 Wonderful Town Ruth Sherwood Musical Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Musical

October 31, 1956 - June 28, 1958 Auntie Mame Auntie Mame Comedy Nominated - Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Actress in a Play

Radio appearances[edit]

Year Program Episode/source

1939 Lux Radio Theatre Stage Door
Stage Door
Role of Terry [25]

1940 Screen Guild Players Ninotchka[26]

1951 Screen Directors Playhouse Take a Letter, Darling[27]

1952 Theatre Guild on the Air The Damask Check[28]

See also[edit]

Biography portal


^ a b Dick, Bernard F. (18 September 2009). "Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell". Univ. Press of Mississippi – via Google Books.  ^ Obituary Variety, December 1, 1976, page 79. ^ "Rosalind Russell: Biography". tcm.com. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 12 March 2015.  ^ Basinger, Jeanine (1993). A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women, 1930-1960 (Reprinted. ed.). Hanover: Wesleyan University Press. p. 178. ISBN 0-8195-6291-2.  ^ " Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Dies, Fought 15-Year Battle", Reading Eagle, November 29, 1976, p. 34 ^ 1910 United States Federal Census ^ Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
genealogy site; accessed April 9, 2014. ^ a b Cozad, W. Lee. More Magnificent Mountain Movies: The Silverscreen Years, 1940-2004. p. 145. ISBN 0-9723372-2-9.  ^ a b c "Show Girls Get Training In Colleges", Pittsburgh Press, December 3, 1930, p. 24 ^ a b c "Take the Stand, Rosalind Russell" by Ed Sullivan, Pittsburgh Press, July 14, 1939, p. 27 ^ "William Powell, Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy
Score On Capitol Screen", The Salt Lake Tribune, November 19, 1934, p. 12 ^ "Amusements", The Daily Times: Rochester and Beaver, August 11, 1935, p. 9 ^ "For Your Amusement" by Miriam Bell, The Miami News, October 30, 1935, p. 11 ^ a b " Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
Yearns To Be Socked on Her Chin", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, March 3, 1936, p. 16 ^ " His Girl Friday
His Girl Friday
(1940) - Articles - TCM.com". Turner Classic Movies.  ^ Passafiume, Andrea. "Pop Culture 101: Auntie Mame". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 May 2017.  ^ Stafford, Jeff. "The Unguarded Moment". TCM.com. Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 28 May 2017.  ^ "People". Life. Time, Inc.: 51 1941-11-10. ISSN 0024-3019.  ^ a b Russell, Rosalind; Chase, Chris (1977). Life Is a Banquet. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-42134-6. OCLC 3017310.  ^ a b Sarvady, Andrea; Miller, Frank (2006). Leading Ladies: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era. Chronicle Books. p. 169. ISBN 0-8118-5248-2.  ^ "Our History - Church of the Good Shepherd". Church of the Good Shepherd.  ^ ""1968 Presidential Race"Republicans - The Pop History Dig". www.pophistorydig.com.  ^ Dick, Bernard F. (2006). Forever Mame: The Life of Rosalind Russell. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. 256. ISBN 1-57806-890-8.  ^ Russell, Rosalind; Chase, Chris (1977). Life Is a Banquet. New York: Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-42134-6. OCLC 3017310.  ^ Old Time Radio Downloads ^ "Those Were the Days". Nostalgia Digest. 37 (1): 38. Winter 2011.  ^ "Radio's Golden Age". Nostalgia Digest. 40 (1): 40–41. Winter 2014.  ^ Kirby, Walter (December 7, 1952). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 52. Retrieved June 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. 

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Awards for Rosalind Russell

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Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

Y. Frank Freeman (1956) Samuel Goldwyn (1957) Bob Hope (1959) Sol Lesser (1960) George Seaton (1961) Steve Broidy (1962) Edmond L. DePatie (1965) George Bagnall (1966) Gregory Peck (1967) Martha Raye (1968) George Jessel (1969) Frank Sinatra (1970) Rosalind Russell (1972) Lew Wasserman (1973) Arthur B. Krim (1974) Jules C. Stein (1975) Charlton Heston (1977) Leo Jaffe (1978) Robert Benjamin (1979) Danny Kaye (1981) Walter Mirisch (1982) M. J. Frankovich (1983) David L. Wolper (1984) Charles "Buddy" Rogers (1985) Howard W. Koch (1989) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
/ Elizabeth Taylor (1992) Paul Newman (1993) Quincy Jones (1994) Arthur Hiller (2001) Roger Mayer (2005) Sherry Lansing (2007) Jerry Lewis (2009) Oprah Winfrey (2011) Jeffrey Katzenberg (2012) Angelina Jolie (2013) Harry Belafonte (2014) Debbie Reynolds (2015)

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Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jennifer Jones
Jennifer Jones
(1943) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1944) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1945) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1946) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1947) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1948) Olivia de Havilland
Olivia de Havilland
(1949) Gloria Swanson
Gloria Swanson
(1950) Jane Wyman
Jane Wyman
(1951) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1952) Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
(1953) Grace Kelly
Grace Kelly
(1954) Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani
(1955) Ingrid Bergman
Ingrid Bergman
(1956) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1957) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1958) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1959) Greer Garson
Greer Garson
(1960) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1961) Geraldine Page
Geraldine Page
(1962) Leslie Caron
Leslie Caron
(1963) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1964) Samantha Eggar
Samantha Eggar
(1965) Anouk Aimée
Anouk Aimée
(1966) Edith Evans
Edith Evans
(1967) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1968) Geneviève Bujold
Geneviève Bujold
(1969) Ali MacGraw
Ali MacGraw
(1970) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1971) Liv Ullmann
Liv Ullmann
(1972) Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
(1973) Gena Rowlands
Gena Rowlands
(1974) Louise Fletcher
Louise Fletcher
(1975) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1976) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1977) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1978) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1979) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1980) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1981) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1982) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1983) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1984) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1985) Marlee Matlin
Marlee Matlin
(1986) Sally Kirkland
Sally Kirkland
(1987) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
/ Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
/ Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1988) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1989) Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates
(1990) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1991) Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson
(1992) Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
(1993) Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange
(1994) Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
(1995) Brenda Blethyn
Brenda Blethyn
(1996) Judi Dench
Judi Dench
(1997) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(1998) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(1999) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(2000) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(2001) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2002) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2003) Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank
(2004) Felicity Huffman
Felicity Huffman
(2005) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2006) Julie Christie
Julie Christie
(2007) Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet
(2008) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2009) Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
(2010) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2011) Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain
(2012) Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett
(2013) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2014) Brie Larson
Brie Larson
(2015) Isabelle Huppert
Isabelle Huppert
(2016) Frances McDormand
Frances McDormand

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Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical

Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
(1950) June Allyson
June Allyson
(1951) Susan Hayward
Susan Hayward
(1952) Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1953) Judy Garland
Judy Garland
(1954) Jean Simmons
Jean Simmons
(1955) Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr
(1956) Kay Kendall
Kay Kendall
/ Taina Elg
Taina Elg
(1957) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1958) Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe
(1959) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1960) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1961) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1962) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1963) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1964) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1965) Lynn Redgrave
Lynn Redgrave
(1966) Anne Bancroft
Anne Bancroft
(1967) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1968) Patty Duke
Patty Duke
(1969) Carrie Snodgress (1970) Twiggy
(1971) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1972) Glenda Jackson
Glenda Jackson
(1973) Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch
(1974) Ann-Margret
(1975) Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand
(1976) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
/ Marsha Mason
Marsha Mason
(1977) Ellen Burstyn
Ellen Burstyn
/ Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith
(1978) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1979) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1980) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1981) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1982) Julie Walters
Julie Walters
(1983) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1984) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1985) Sissy Spacek
Sissy Spacek
(1986) Cher
(1987) Melanie Griffith
Melanie Griffith
(1988) Jessica Tandy
Jessica Tandy
(1989) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(1990) Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1991) Miranda Richardson
Miranda Richardson
(1992) Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett
(1993) Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis
(1994) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(1995) Madonna (1996) Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt
(1997) Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow
(1998) Janet McTeer
Janet McTeer
(1999) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2000) Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
(2001) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2002) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(2003) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(2004) Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon
(2005) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2006) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2007) Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins
(2008) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(2009) Annette Bening
Annette Bening
(2010) Michelle Williams (2011) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2012) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2013) Amy Adams
Amy Adams
(2014) Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
(2015) Emma Stone
Emma Stone
(2016) Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

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Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year


Gertrude Lawrence
Gertrude Lawrence
(1951) Barbara Bel Geddes
Barbara Bel Geddes
(1952) Mamie Eisenhower
Mamie Eisenhower
(1953) Shirley Booth
Shirley Booth
(1954) Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds
(1955) Peggy Ann Garner
Peggy Ann Garner
(1956) Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker
(1957) Katharine Hepburn
Katharine Hepburn
(1958) Joanne Woodward
Joanne Woodward
(1959) Carol Lawrence
Carol Lawrence
(1960) Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda
(1961) Piper Laurie
Piper Laurie
(1962) Shirley MacLaine
Shirley MacLaine
(1963) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1964) Lee Remick
Lee Remick
(1965) Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1966) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1967) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1968) Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett
(1969) Dionne Warwick
Dionne Warwick
(1970) Carol Channing
Carol Channing
(1971) Ruby Keeler
Ruby Keeler
(1972) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1973) Faye Dunaway
Faye Dunaway
(1974) Valerie Harper
Valerie Harper


Bette Midler
Bette Midler
(1976) Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
(1977) Beverly Sills
Beverly Sills
(1978) Candice Bergen
Candice Bergen
(1979) Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep
(1980) Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore
(1981) Ella Fitzgerald
Ella Fitzgerald
(1982) Julie Andrews
Julie Andrews
(1983) Joan Rivers
Joan Rivers
(1984) Cher
(1985) Sally Field
Sally Field
(1986) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1987) Lucille Ball
Lucille Ball
(1988) Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner
(1989) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1990) Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton
(1991) Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster
(1992) Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg
(1993) Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan
(1994) Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer
(1995) Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon
(1996) Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts
(1997) Sigourney Weaver
Sigourney Weaver
(1998) Goldie Hawn
Goldie Hawn
(1999) Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis


Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore
(2001) Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker
(2002) Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston
(2003) Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock
(2004) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2005) Halle Berry
Halle Berry
(2006) Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson
(2007) Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron
(2008) Renée Zellweger
Renée Zellweger
(2009) Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway
(2010) Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore
(2011) Claire Danes
Claire Danes
(2012) Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard
(2013) Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren
(2014) Amy Poehler
Amy Poehler
(2015) Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington
(2016) Octavia Spencer
Octavia Spencer
(2017) Mila Kunis
Mila Kunis

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Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award

1962: Eddie Cantor 1963: Stan Laurel 1965: Bob Hope 1966: Barbara Stanwyck 1967: William Gargan 1968: James Stewart 1969: Edward G. Robinson 1970: Gregory Peck 1971: Charlton Heston 1972: Frank Sinatra 1973: Martha Raye 1974: Walter Pidgeon 1975: Rosalind Russell 1976: Pearl Bailey 1977: James Cagney 1978: Edgar Bergen 1979: Katharine Hepburn 1980: Leon Ames 1982: Danny Kaye 1983: Ralph Bellamy 1984: Iggie Wolfington 1985: Paul Newman
Paul Newman
and Joanne Woodward 1986: Nanette Fabray 1987: Red Skelton 1988: Gene Kelly 1989: Jack Lemmon 1990: Brock Peters 1991: Burt Lancaster 1992: Audrey Hepburn 1993: Ricardo Montalbán 1994: George Burns 1995: Robert Redford 1996: Angela Lansbury 1997: Elizabeth Taylor 1998: Kirk Douglas 1999: Sidney Poitier 2000: Ossie Davis
Ossie Davis
and Ruby Dee 2001: Ed Asner 2002: Clint Eastwood 2003: Karl Malden 2004: James Garner 2005: Shirley Temple 2006: Julie Andrews 2007: Charles Durning 2008: James Earl Jones 2009: Betty White 2010: Ernest Borgnine 2011: Mary Tyler Moore 2012: Dick Van Dyke 2013: Rita Moreno 2014: Debbie Reynolds 2015: Carol Burnett 2016: Lily Tomlin 2017: Morgan Freeman

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Tony Award
Tony Award
for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical

Grace Hartman (1948) Nanette Fabray
Nanette Fabray
(1949) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1950) Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman
(1951) Gertrude Lawrence
Gertrude Lawrence
(1952) Rosalind Russell
Rosalind Russell
(1953) Dolores Gray
Dolores Gray
(1954) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1955) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1956) Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday
(1957) Thelma Ritter
Thelma Ritter
/ Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1958) Gwen Verdon
Gwen Verdon
(1959) Mary Martin
Mary Martin
(1960) Elizabeth Seal (1961) Anna Maria Alberghetti
Anna Maria Alberghetti
/ Diahann Carroll
Diahann Carroll
(1962) Vivien Leigh
Vivien Leigh
(1963) Carol Channing
Carol Channing
(1964) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1965) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1966) Barbara Harris (1967) Patricia Routledge / Leslie Uggams
Leslie Uggams
(1968) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1969) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1970) Helen Gallagher
Helen Gallagher
(1971) Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith
(1972) Glynis Johns
Glynis Johns
(1973) Virginia Capers (1974) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1975) Donna McKechnie
Donna McKechnie
(1976) Dorothy Loudon
Dorothy Loudon
(1977) Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli
(1978) Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury
(1979) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(1980) Lauren Bacall
Lauren Bacall
(1981) Jennifer Holliday (1982) Natalia Makarova
Natalia Makarova
(1983) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1984) No Award (1985) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1986) Maryann Plunkett (1987) Joanna Gleason
Joanna Gleason
(1988) Ruth Brown
Ruth Brown
(1989) Tyne Daly
Tyne Daly
(1990) Lea Salonga
Lea Salonga
(1991) Faith Prince (1992) Chita Rivera
Chita Rivera
(1993) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1994) Glenn Close
Glenn Close
(1995) Donna Murphy
Donna Murphy
(1996) Bebe Neuwirth
Bebe Neuwirth
(1997) Natasha Richardson
Natasha Richardson
(1998) Bernadette Peters
Bernadette Peters
(1999) Heather Headley (2000) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2001) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2002) Marissa Jaret Winokur
Marissa Jaret Winokur
(2003) Idina Menzel
Idina Menzel
(2004) Victoria Clark
Victoria Clark
(2005) LaChanze
(2006) Christine Ebersole
Christine Ebersole
(2007) Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone
(2008) Alice Ripley
Alice Ripley
(2009) Catherine Zeta-Jones
Catherine Zeta-Jones
(2010) Sutton Foster
Sutton Foster
(2011) Audra McDonald
Audra McDonald
(2012) Patina Miller
Patina Miller
(2013) Jessie Mueller
Jessie Mueller
(2014) Kelli O'Hara
Kelli O'Hara
(2015) Cynthia Erivo (2016) Bette Midler
Bette Midler

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Connecticut Women's Hall of Fame


Mary Jobe Akeley Anni Albers Marian Anderson Beatrice Fox Auerbach Emma Fielding Baker Evelyn Beatrice Longman Catharine Beecher Jody Cohen Prudence Crandall Katharine Seymour Day Fidelia Fielding Charlotte Perkins Gilman Dorothy Goodwin Ella T. Grasso Estelle Griswold Mary Hall Alice Hamilton Katharine Hepburn Katharine Martha Houghton Hepburn Isabella Beecher Hooker Emeline Roberts Jones Barbara B. Kennelly Clare Boothe Luce Rachel Taylor Milton Alice Paul Ellen Ash Peters Ann Petry Sarah Porter Theodate Pope Riddle Edna Negron Rosario Margaret Rudkin Susan Saint James Lydia Sigourney Virginia Thrall Smith Smiths of Glastonbury Hilda Crosby Standish Harriet Beecher Stowe Gladys Tantaquidgeon Betty Tianti Hannah Bunce Watson Chase G. Woodhouse


Helen M. Feeney Caroline Hewins Donna Lopiano María Colón Sánchez


Edythe J. Gaines Madeleine L'Engle Susanne Langer


Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt Annie Dillard Margo Rose Laura Wheeler Waring


Dorrit Hoffleit Constance Baker Motley Rosa Ponselle Lillian Vernon Mabel Osgood Wright


Jane Hamilton-Merritt Sophie Tucker Ann Uccello Florence Wald


Emily Barringer Adrianne Baughns-Wallace Mary Goodrich Jenson


Laura Nyro Catherine Roraback Maria Miller Stewart


Florence Griswold Eileen Kraus Miriam Therese Winter


Dotha Bushnell Hillyer Clarice McLean


Martha Coolidge Helen Frankenthaler Rosalind Russell


Helen Keller Mary Townsend Seymour Anne Stanback


Dorothy Hamill Joan Joyce Glenna Collett-Vare


Jewel Plummer Cobb Patricia Goldman-Rakic Barbara McClintock Joan A. Steitz


Martha Minerva Franklin Carolyn M. Mazure Helen L. Smits


Anne M. Mulcahy Martha Parsons Maggie Wilderotter


Isabelle M. Kelley Denise Lynn Nappier Patricia Wald


Anne Garrels Annie Leibovitz Faith Middleton


Rosa DeLauro Barbara Franklin Linda Lorimer Augusta Lewis Troup


Beatrix Farrand Jennifer Lawton Marian Salzman


Margaret Bourke-White Carolyn Miles Indra Nooyi


Rebecca Lobo Jane Pauley Joyce Yerwood

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