Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Queens of the Silver Screen

Over on Popular's new website, I put up a tongue-in-cheek, light list of some of the most beautiful on-screen queens. You can see the list, with pictures and commentary here. It's obviously not intended to be exhaustive.

1. Merle Oberon as Anne Boleyn in The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933)

2. Greta Garbo as Christina of Sweden in Queen Christina (1933)

3. Anita Louise as Marie-Antoinette in Madame Du Barry (1934)

4. Katharine Hepburn as Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary, Queen of Scots (1936)

5. Norma Shearer as Marie-Antoinette in Marie Antoinette (1938)

6. Bette Davis as Empress Carlota of Mexico in Juarez (1939)

7. Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra VII in Caesar and Cleopatra (1945)

8. Angela Lansbury as Anne of Austria in The Three Musketeers (1948)

9. Deborah Kerr as Katherine Parr in Young Bess (1953)

10. Romy Schneider as the Empress Elisabeth of Austria in Sissi (1955) and Ludwig II (1972)

11. Helen Hayes as the Dowager Empress Marie in Anastasia (1956)

12. Grace Kelly as Princess Alexandra in The Swan (1956)

13. Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra VII in Cleopatra (1963)

14. Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days (1969)

15. Dame Dorothy Tutin as Queen Henrietta-Maria in Cromwell (1970)

16. Vanessa Redgrave as Mary, Queen of Scots in Mary, Queen of Scots (1971)

17. Joan Chen as the Empress Wanrong of China in The Last Emperor (1987)

18. Isabelle Adjani as Marguerite de Valois in La Reine Margot (1994)

19. Catherine Zeta-Jones as Catherine the Great in Catherine the Great (1996)

20. Cate Blanchett as Elizabeth I in Elizabeth (1998) and The Golden Age (2008)

21. Pilar Lopez as Queen Juana of Castile in Mad Love (2001)

23. Angelina Jolie as Olympias in Alexander (2004)

24. Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009)

25. Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones (2010 - present)

26. Joely Richardson as Elizabeth I in Anonymous (2011)

27. Natalie Dormer as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon in W.E. (2012)

28. Diane Kruger as Marie-Antoinette in Farewell, My Queen (2012)

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