Memorable Woody Allen Actresses

The following list was inspired by Moviefone’s “15 Most Memorable Actresses From Woody Allen Movies”.

(Self, can you not stop blogging, for even just a moment?  What’s come over you?  Not to worry, dear blog readers.  Self will not be able to post at all tomorrow, for she’s going to spend the entire morning in the Hoover Archives, reading the diary of James Halsema.  And then she’s driving aunt to the doctor, and then she’s having ol’ Bella groomed, and then she’s watering, and then she’s cooking, and that’s it.  KLONK!!)

  • Mia Farrow (for all sorts of reasons, but mostly for “Radio Days” and “Husbands and Wives”)
  • Rebecca Hall (Self knew, from the moment she saw her in “Vicki Cristina Barcelona” —  the worst title ever —  that this girl was going to be a star)
  • Barbara Hershey (for “Hannah and Her Sisters,” still one of her favorite Woody Allen movies)
  • Anjelica Huston (Self was rooting for her all the way, in “Crimes and Misdemeanors.” What happened to her made self hate the movie)
  • Diane Keaton (“Annie Hall” was self’s Movie of the Decade, and the one that brought New York to life as The Most Splendid City in the World)
  • A quartet from last year:  Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Lucy Punch, and Naomi Watts (all in “You Will Meet a Tall, Dark Stranger” :  Some critics said it was “a disaster.”  In self’s humble opinion, the only disaster was Josh Brolin)
  • Dianne Wiest (Self identified so much with her character from “Hannah and Her Sisters”)

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As corollary, so that self cannot be accused of being sexist, here are self’s most memorable Woody Allen actors:

  • Woody Allen (for everything he’s been in)
  • Michael Caine (for “Hannah and Her Sisters”)
  • Martin Landau (for “Crimes and Misdemeanors”)
  • Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (for “Match Point,” though self hated his character)
  • Max von Sydow (for “Hannah and Her Sisters.”  This utterance has stayed with her over the years:  “Can you imagine the level of a mind that watches wrestling?”)
  • Owen Wilson.  Of course.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.


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