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from Facebook: who are the greatest female screen characters?

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  • althea

    This is extra cool! That was just the BOTTOM eleven, and there are some major names in there. I can’t wait to see the rest. Thanks, MaryAnn.

  • LaSargenta

    Tess McGill…yes, I really enjoyed that movie. I vaguely remember some framing of it as a rom-com, but, everyone woman I know who saw it remembers first 2 scenes: the other secretaries giving her the envelope of money early on and saying “don’t use it on the electric bill” and that elevator moment when Trask steps back out and the door closes behind him on Katherine’s expression.

    PS: Oddly enough, it came out really close in time to a Lizzie Borden movie called Working Girls that was strangely apt as a sorta counterpoint. Anyone seen that one besides me?

  • Bluejay

    Ada from The Piano, YES!

  • LaSargenta

    I would have thought she’d be higher on the list.

  • Bluejay

    Well, that’s the other thing: the bar seems to be set impressively high. If Katniss and The Bride are on the bottom eleven, I assume lesser action heroines like Trinity didn’t even make the cut. Looking forward to seeing who the rest are. (And how many of them are played by Meryl Streep.)

    Any guesses on who takes the top spot?

  • Danielm80

    I can guess who LaSargenta is rooting for.

    I’m rooting for Squirrel Girl, but Marvel will have to make the movie first.

  • LaSargenta

    Nope, I don’t think you do.


  • LaSargenta

    Katharine Hepburn as Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter.

  • Jurgan

    Obviously Ripley and Sarah Connor will be on the list. I’d cast a vote for Marge Gunderson, the pregnant, super-competent sheriff from Fargo.

  • Tonio Kruger

    All the wonderful female characters out there and they chose the Bride? I mean, I always liked Jennifer Beals well enough but still…


  • I didn’t vote for the Bride!

  • I have not seen that.

    But wow, *Working Girl* is a “rom-com”? It so isn’t. :-)

  • LaSargenta

    Oh, I know it’s no rom-com! But, I vividly remember being in video stores and seeing it filed there. That was always weird.

    Working Girls came out a little before Working Girl, at least here in NYC. If you ever get a chance to see it, please post about it. I do hope Lizzie Borden gets an opportunity to do another film or three. Born In Flames and Working Girls were both provocative and interesting.

  • I know *you* know it’s not a rom-com…

  • dwa4

    Would be interested to see if Pamela Landy makes the list. Probably not but one of my favorite characters ever..as much as movie movie characters can be inspiring she is…outstanding acting by Joan Allen.

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