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Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends

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  • Edward G. Robinson (1893 - 1973)
    Edward Goldenberg Robinson (Yiddish: עמנואל גאָלדנבערג Emanuel Goldenberg; December 12,...
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  • Jean Harlow (1911 - 1937)
    Jean Harlow (March 3, 1911 – June 7, 1937) was an American film actress and sex symbol of the 1930s. Known as the "Blonde Bombshell" and the "Platinum Blonde" (due to her platinum blonde hair)...
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    Barbara Stanwyck From Stella Dallas in 1937 Barbara Stanwyck (July 16, 1907 – January 20, 1990) was an American actress. A film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a co...
  • William Holden (1918 - 1981)
    William Holden (April 17, 1918 – November 12, 1981) was an American actor. Holden won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1954 and the Emmy Award for Best Actor in 1974. One of the biggest box...

Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends

The following list includes the top 50 greatest actors in the history of film, according to the American Film Institute. The American Film Institute defines an American screen legend as “an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.” (list current as of Dec. 2010)

(Note: For the purposes of this Geni "Project", I suggest we grandfather those on the current list if they are bumped by future additions. If we do this, we'll eventually have more than 50 but this note will serve to explain why.)

As of 16 October 2012, fifty profiles have been added to this project including the three "Marx Brothers" (the only team of actors selected by the American Film Institute). The two missing profiles are: Sidney Poitier and Edward G. Robinson.

Men


1. Humphrey Bogart

2. Cary Grant


3. James Stewart


4. Marlon Brando


5. Fred Astaire

6. Henry Fonda


7. Clark Gable


8. James Cagney


9. Spencer Tracy


10. Charlie Chaplin


11. Gary Cooper


12. Gregory Peck


13. John Wayne

14. Laurence Olivier


15. Gene Kelly


16. Orson Welles


17. Kirk Douglas


18. James Dean


19. Burt Lancaster


20. The Marx Brothers


21. Buster Keaton


22. Sidney Poitier


23. Robert Mitchum


24. Edward G. Robinson


25. William Holden


Women


1. Katharine Hepburn


2. Bette Davis

3. Audrey Hepburn


4. Ingrid Bergman


5. Greta Garbo

6. Marilyn Monroe


7. Elizabeth Taylor


8. Judy Garland

9. Marlene Dietrich


10. Joan Crawford


11. Barbara Stanwyck


12. Claudette Colbert


13. Grace Kelly

14. Ginger Rogers


15. Mae West


16. Vivien Leigh


17. Lillian Gish


18. Shirley Temple


19. Rita Hayworth


20. Lauren Bacall


21. Sophia Loren


22. Jean Harlow


23. Carole Lombard


24. Mary Pickford


25. Ava Gardner


Read more: Top 50 Greatest Screen Legends — Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0778093.html#ixzz17RNeCQlq

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