American Film Institute’s Top 50 American Film Legends
|1||Humphrey Bogart||1||Katharine Hepburn|
|2||Cary Grant||2||Bette Davis|
|3||James Stewart||3||Audrey Hepburn|
|4||Marlon Brando||4||Ingrid Bergman|
|5||Fred Astaire||5||Greta Garbo|
|6||Henry Fonda||6||Marilyn Monroe|
|7||Clark Gable||7||Elizabeth Taylor|
|8||James Cagney||8||Judy Garland|
|9||Spencer Tracy||9||Marlene Dietrich|
|10||Charlie Chaplin||10||Joan Crawford|
|11||Gary Cooper||11||Barbara Stanwyck|
|12||Gregory Peck||12||Claudette Colbert|
|13||John Wayne||13||Grace Kelly|
|14||Laurence Olivier||14||Ginger Rogers|
|15||Gene Kelly||15||Mae West|
|16||Orson Welles||16||Vivien Leigh|
|17||Kirk Douglas||17||Lillian Gish|
|18||James Dean||18||Shirley Temple|
|19||Burt Lancaster||19||Rita Hayworth|
|20||The Marx Brothers||20||Lauren Bacall|
|21||Buster Keaton||21||Sophia Loren|
|22||Sidney Poitier||22||Jean Harlow|
|23||Robert Mitchum||23||Carole Lombard|
|24||Edward G. Robinson||24||Mary Pickford|
|25||William Holden||25||Ava Gardner|
AFI’s 100 Years…100 Stars
Facts about some of the 25 greatest men and 25 greatest women screen legends
- Lillian Gish has the longest screen career of any legend, male or female – 75 years.
- Laurence Olivier has the longest career span of any male legend – 59 years.
- There are four female living legends: Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley Temple, Lauren Bacall and Sophia Loren.
- There are two male living legends: Kirk Douglas and Sidney Poitier.
- Legends Marlon Brando, Sidney Poitier and Sophia Loren all had screen debuts in the cut-off year of 1950. Stars whose screen debuts occurred just after 1950, and therefore did not qualify as legends, include Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman, Shirley MacLaine and Clint Eastwood.
- Ten of the screen legends also comprised five legendary duos: Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and Clark Gable and Carole Lombard. The Marx Brothers are the sole legendary team.
- There are 13 legends that made the transition from silent pictures to the “talkies.” They are: Joan Crawford, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Lillian Gish, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton and Edward G. Robinson.
- Thirteen screen legends were born outside the United States: Audrey Hepburn, Belgium; Elizabeth Taylor, England; Ingrid Bergman, Sweden; Greta Garbo, Sweden; Marlene Dietrich, Germany; Claudette Colbert, France; Vivian Leigh, India; Sophia Loren, Italy; Mary Pickford, Canada; Cary Grant, England; Charlie Chaplin, England; Laurence Olivier, England; and, Edward G. Robinson, Romania.
- Eight screen legends were born in New York City: Barbara Stanwyck, Mae West, Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Burt Lancaster and the Marx Brothers.
- TALES OF MANHATTAN (1942) is the feature film that boasts the largest collection of screen legends: Henry Fonda, Ginger Rogers, Rita Hayworth and Edward G. Robinson. A 20-minute short film to benefit a Tuberculosis sanitarium entitled SLIPPERY PEARLS (or STOLEN JOOLS) from 1931 contains five AFI screen legends: Joan Crawford, Barbara Stanwyck, Gary Cooper, Buster Keaton and Edward G. Robinson.
Posted on January 10, 2011, in Movies and tagged Cary Grant, Clark Gable, Claudette Colbert, Edward G. Robinson, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.