Due to the extraordinary amount of female talent currently on our cinema screens it has been necessary to add a further edition of our blog on the Best Modern Actresses. As with our first blog there are no really hard-set rules of defining a Modern Actress, just perhaps that they are under sixty years of age. Some actresses have been hampered by the number of poor roles available to them and let’s hope that studios will expand their thinking in this direction.
Sigourney Weaver first broke onto the cinema screen with the Alien films which rocketed her to stardom, comedies such as Ghostbusters and Galaxy Quest soon followed, and Sigourney was a household name. Weaver was born in New York and is a classically trained actress, her height 5’11” often gives her characters a commanding role, almost domineering. Her most successful movies have been, Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words, Aliens, Ghostbusters, and Alien.
Kathy Bates is an uncompromising actress and brings her all to every role she is cast. Her part as the nurse Annie Wilkes in Misery is one of her best ever roles and few could have played it better. As Bates has got older her standard of acting has got better, which means she is still very much sought after by major studios. She won an Academy Award for Misery and a host of other awards and nominations for her long career. Kathy Bates best movies are: Titanic, Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes, Midnight in Paris, and Dolores Claiborne.
An actress that brings glamour and sexuality in abundance to the wide screen, but Charlize is not just a dumb blonde, she is definitely a highly talented actress. It was a strange occurrence that Charlize deliberately had to alter her appearance so that she looked unattractive in her role as a murderer in Monster. Charlize has starred in some of Hollywood’s biggest recent films, The Italian Job, Arrested Development, In the Valley of Elah, Atomic Blonde, Mad Max – Fury Road, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Emma Thompson is perhaps one of Britain’s most accomplished actresses, she was born in London and was classically trained, and her lists of awards and honours is comparable to the very greatest. In fact, she is the only person ever to have won Academy Awards for both acting and writing, and is a double Oscars winner. Thompson is famous for her skilful and artful approach to her work, she gives a sophistication to her acting with a high degree of wit and humour. Her movie career has spawned dozens of top films that include: Sense and Sensibility, Beauty and the Beast, Saving Mr. Banks, Howard’s End, The Remains of the Day, Stranger Than Fiction, and of course the Harry Potter films.
Any of these actresses would have graced the Silver Screen back in the day, they all have incredible talent and can play a multiple of roles. Some are classically trained, and some just have inborn talent that elevates them from the rest of their profession.