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Leading Lady Tournament 2012 – Preliminary Questions

This is just a quick update on the Leading Lady Tournament.  I find myself at an impasse, and I’m hoping that the readers can help out on short notice.  I have seven nominees for each decade, but in look at the list I’m A) feeling I have a few too many nominees and B) that the large amount has forced me to place some actresses in decades that they don’t belong in simply to include them.  I’ve included the list of nominees as they stand right now, in the decades I’ve placed them in.  Between now and the 13th, I’d love some feedback on if I should condense to five nominees a decade, and who you feel should be eliminated/placed in a different category.  I was hoping to make things work with seven, but I’m not sure.  What do you think?  Remember you can also leave comments on Twitter (@Journeys_Film) or via Facebook (  Thanks!

Jean Harlow
Greta Garbo
Bette Davis
Claudette Colbert
Ginger Rogers
Carole Lombard
Vivien Leigh

Myrna Loy
Barbara Stanwyck
Joan Crawford
Judy Garland
Katharine Hepburn
Ingrid Bergman
Veronica Lake

Lana Turner
Grace Kelly
Marilyn Monroe
Eva Marie Saint
Audrey Hepburn
Elizabeth Taylor
Debbie Reynolds

Natalie Wood
Shirley Maclaine
Julie Andrews
Barbra Streisand
Lee Remick
Janet Leigh
Shelley Winters

Diane Keaton
Jodie Foster
Liza Minnelli
Ellen Burstyn
Jane Fonda
Faye Dunaway
Carrie Fisher

Sally Field
Meryl Streep
Goldie Hawn
Sigourney Weaver
Jamie Lee Curtis
Glenn Close
Molly Ringwald

Julia Roberts
Whoopi Goldberg
Kathy Bates
Sharon Stone
Nicole Kidman
Sandra Bullock
Kate Winslet

Reese Witherspoon
Angelina Jolie
Natalie Portman
Kristen Stewart
Scarlett Johansson
Michelle Williams
Anne Hathaway

Kristen Lopez View All

A freelance film critic whose work fuels the Rotten Tomatoes meter. I've been published on The Hollywood Reporter, Remezcla, and The Daily Beast. I've been featured in the L.A. Times. I currently run two podcasts, Citizen Dame and Ticklish Business.

4 thoughts on “Leading Lady Tournament 2012 – Preliminary Questions Leave a comment

  1. Are you planning to have matches between two actresses at a time? or just choose from the 7 listed per era and most votes wins that respective era? Then pit the era’s top winner against another era’s winner? The only reason I ask is because if you want it to come out evenly and easier, you could add one extra actress per era to make it 64 and things would work out pretty evenly. But that’s adding another person which I understand you are trying to streamline it now. If that’s the case I would make it 5 per era..just gotta decide on who doesn’t make the cut. These tourneys are so much fun but do take some time, effort and patience. Believe you me! I posted a promo for our tourney in March btw. It will be here before you know it.

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