Ah, the holidays. A time of low traffic and low posting, but also the end of the month and thus a time for my frentic last minute updating. Fortunately, I can just catch the tail end of a meme that went through the film blogosphere recently (starting with the Film Experience Blog and most recently at Film & Discussion). In short, list your 20 favorite actresses in no particular order. I've listed these more or less as I thought of them, and in the order that I was able to upload the images. With them, I'm posting the roles for which I know them best.
I did this in a bit of a hurry, and many fine actresses no doubt slipped my mind. My apologies to everyone who was overlooked.
Julia Sawalha- Absolutely Fabulous, Chicken Run, In The Bleak Midwinter
Meryl Streep- The French Lieutenant's Woman, A Prairie Home Companion
Emma Thompson- Much Ado About Nothing, Treasure Planet, The Tall Guy
Gaylen Ross- Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Virginia Madsen- A Prairie Home Companion, Sideways, Dune
Uma Thurman- Kill Bill, The Avengers, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Susan Sarandon- The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Dead Man Walking
Tracey Ullman- Small Time Crooks
Rachel Weisz- The Mummy, The Constant Gardner
Jane Leeves- Frasier
Helen Mirren- The Queen, Age of Consent
Brigitte Helm- Metropolis
Tami Stronach- The Neverending Story
Joan Cusack- Grosse Pointe Blank, Addams Family Values, Toys
Charlotte Rampling- Orca, Swimming Pool
Cate Blanchett- The Aviator, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Life Aquatic
Amy Adams- Enchanted
Jennifer Connelly- Labyrinth, Requiem for a Dream
Jessica Harper- Shock Treatment, Phantom of the Paradise, Suspiria
Madeline Kahn- Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles, Clue
I'm sure I'll think of some more, but that's the list as it stands right now. Feel free to join in.