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AFI's 100 Years... 100 Stars

Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars is a list of the top 25 male and 25 female greatest screen legends of American film history. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 15, 1999, in a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple, with 50 current actors making the presentations.

The American Film Institute defined an "American screen legend" as an actor or a team of actors during the Classical Hollywood cinema era with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min or more) films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.

The top stars of their respective gender are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. They starred together in the classic adventure 1951 film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Academy Award. Kirk Douglas, (Sir) Sidney Poitier, and Sophia Loren are the only surviving members mentioned on the list.[1]

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female stars

No Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart
(1899-1957)
Humphrey Bogart 1940.jpg Katharine Hepburn
(1907-2003)
Katharine Hepburn promo pic.jpg
2 Cary Grant
(1904-1986)
Grant, Cary (Suspicion) 01 Crisco edit.jpg Bette Davis
(1908-1989)
Bette Davis - portrait.jpg
3 James Stewart
(1908-1997)
Annex - Stewart, James (Call Northside 777) 01.jpg Audrey Hepburn
(1929-1993)
Audrey Hepburn 1959.jpg
4 Marlon Brando
(1924-2004)
Marlon Brando in The Men.jpg Ingrid Bergman
(1915-1982)
Ingrid Bergman, Gaslight 1944.jpg
5 Fred Astaire
(1899-1987)
Astaire, Fred - Never Get Rich.jpg Greta Garbo
(1905-1990)
Greta Garbo - 1939.jpg
6 Henry Fonda
(1905-1982)
Henry Fonda, 1940.jpg Marilyn Monroe
(1926-1962)
Monroe 1953 publicity.jpg
7 Clark Gable
(1901-1960)
Clark Gable - publicity.JPG Elizabeth Taylor
(1932-2011)
Studio publicity Elizabeth Taylor.jpg
8 James Cagney
(1899-1986)
James cagney promo photo.jpg Judy Garland
(1922-1969)
Judy Garland The Harvey Girls MGM Publicity still.jpeg
9 Spencer Tracy
(1900-1967)
Spencer tracy state of the union.jpg Marlene Dietrich
(1901-1992)
Marlene Dietrich in No Highway (1951) (Cropped).png
10 Charlie Chaplin
(1889-1977)
Charlie Chaplin portrait.jpg Joan Crawford
(1904-1977)
Joan Crawford - 1936 - Hurrell.JPG
11 Gary Cooper
(1901-1961)
Gary Cooper (1952).jpg Barbara Stanwyck
(1907-1990)
Barbara Stanwyck - early still.JPG
12 Gregory Peck
(1916-2003)
Gregory Peck 1948.jpg Claudette Colbert
(1903-1996)
Claudette colbert.jpg
13 John Wayne
(1907-1979)
John Wayne 1940.jpg Grace Kelly
(1929-1982)
Grace Kelly MGM photo.jpg
14 Laurence Olivier
(1907-1989)
Laurence Olivier - Rebecca.jpg Ginger Rogers
(1911-1995)
Ginger Rogers - Tender Comrade.jpg
15 Gene Kelly
(1912-1996)
Gene kelly.jpg Mae West
(1893-1980)
Mae West LAT.jpg
16 Orson Welles
(1915-1985)
Orson Welles 1937.jpg Vivien Leigh
(1913-1967)
Vivien Leigh Scarlet.jpg
17 Kirk Douglas
(born 1916)
Kirk douglas photo signed.JPG Lillian Gish
(1893-1993)
Lillian Gish-edit1.jpg
18 James Dean
(1931-1955)
James Dean - publicity - early.JPG Shirley Temple
(1928-2014)
Shirley Temple 1949.jpg
19 Burt Lancaster
(1913-1994)
Burt Lancaster - publicity 1947.JPG Rita Hayworth
(1918-1987)
Rita Hayworth-publicity.JPG
20 Marx Brothers
Chico (1887-1961)
Harpo (1888-1964)
Groucho (1890-1977)
Marx Brothers 1931.jpg Lauren Bacall
(1924-2014)
Lauren Bacall 1945 (cropped).jpg
21 Buster Keaton
(1895-1966)
Busterkeaton edit.jpg Sophia Loren
(born 1934)
Sophia Loren - 1959.jpg
22 Sidney Poitier
(born 1927)
Sidney Poitier 1968.jpg Jean Harlow
(1911-1937)
Harlow-publicity.jpg
23 Robert Mitchum
(1917-1997)
Robert Mitchum 1949 (no signature).jpg Carole Lombard
(1908-1942)
Carole Lombard - Paramount.JPG
24 Edward G. Robinson
(1893-1973)
Edward G. Robinson 1948.jpg Mary Pickford
(1892-1979)
Mary Pickford cph.3c17995u.jpg
25 William Holden
(1918-1981)
Holden-portrait.jpg Ava Gardner
(1922-1990)
Ava Gardner Show Boat 1951.jpg

References

  1. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars: The 50 Greatest American Screen Legends". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2019.

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