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.