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Best Actress Oscar winners throughout history

Cate Blanchett, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and more: Here's a look at the winners of the Academy Award for Best Actress from 1929 to the present.

Emma Stone

Actor Emma Stone, accepting the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Emma Stone, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Stone received the 2017 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2016 film "La La Land."

Brie Larson

Brie Larson, accepting the Oscar statuette she won
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Brie Larson, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 88th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Larson received the 2016 Academy Award for Best Actress in recognition of her performance in the 2015 film "Room."

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, accepting the Oscar statuette she won
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Julianne Moore, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, 2015. Moore received the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2014 film "Still Alice."

Cate Blanchett

Actor Cate Blanchett, accepting the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Cate Blanchett, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 86th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 2, 2014. Blanchett received the 2014 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2013 film "Blue Jasmine."

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, in a scene
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Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, in a scene from the 2012 film "Silver Linings Playbook." Lawrence received the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Meryl Streep

Actor Meryl Streep, posing with the Oscar statuette
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Actor Meryl Streep, posing with the Oscar statuette she won during the 84th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 26, 2012. Streep received the 2012 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2011 film "The Iron Lady."

Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman, in a scene from the 2010
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Natalie Portman, in a scene from the 2010 film "Black Swan." Portman received the 2011 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Sandra Bullock

Actor Sandra Bullock, accepting the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Sandra Bullock, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 82nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Bullock received the 2010 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2009 film "The Blind Side."

Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet, in a scene from the 2008
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Kate Winslet, in a scene from the 2008 film "The Reader." Winslet won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard, portraying singer Edith Piaf in a
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Marion Cotillard, portraying singer Edith Piaf in a scene from the 2007 film ''La Vie en Rose." Cotillard won the 2008 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren, in a scene from the 2006
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Helen Mirren, in a scene from the 2006 film "The Queen." Mirren won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon, in a scene from the 2005
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Reese Witherspoon, in a scene from the 2005 film "Walk the Line." Witherspoon won the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank, in a scene from the 2004
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Hilary Swank, in a scene from the 2004 film "Million Dollar Baby." Swank received the 2005 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Charlize Theron

Actor Charlize Theron, accepting the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Charlize Theron, accepting the Oscar statuette she won during the 76th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 29, 2004. Theron received the 2004 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2003 film "Monster."

Nicole Kidman

Actor Nicole Kidman, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Nicole Kidman, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 75th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 23, 2003. Kidman was honored with the 2003 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 2002 film "The Hours."

Halle Berry

Actor Halle Berry, reacting to winning the 2002
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Actor Halle Berry, reacting to winning the 2002 Academy Award for Best Actress during the 74rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 24, 2002. Berry was honored with an Oscar statuette for her performance in the 2001 film "Monster's Ball."

Julia Roberts

Actor Julia Roberts, reacting to winning the 2001
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Actor Julia Roberts, reacting to winning the 2001 Academy Award for Best Actress during the 73rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 25, 2001. Roberts was honored with an Oscar statuette for her performance in the 2000 film "Erin Brockovich."

Hilary Swank

Actor Hilary Swank, accepting the 2000 Academy Award
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Actor Hilary Swank, accepting the 2000 Academy Award for Best Actress during the 72nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, March 26, 2000. Swank was honored with an Oscar statuette for her work in the 1999 film "Boys Don't Cry."

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow, in a scene from the 1998
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Gwyneth Paltrow, in a scene from the 1998 film "Shakeskpeare in Love." Paltrow won the 1999 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Helen Hunt

Actor Helen Hunt, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Helen Hunt, holding the Oscar statuette she received during the 70th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center in Los Angeles on Monday, March 23, 1998. Hunt won the 1998 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1997 film "As Good As It Gets."

Frances McDormand

Frances McDormand, in a scene from the 1996
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Frances McDormand, in a scene from the 1996 film "Fargo." McDormand received the 1997 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Susan Sarandon

Robert Prosky and Susan Sarandon (right), in a
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Robert Prosky and Susan Sarandon (right), in a scene from the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking." Sarandon won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Jessica Lange

Actor Jessica Lange, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Jessica Lange, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 67th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Center in Los Angeles on Monday, March 27, 1995. Lange received the 1995 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1994 film "Blue Sky."

Holly Hunter

Holly Hunter (left) and Anna Paquin, in a
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Holly Hunter (left) and Anna Paquin, in a scene from the 1993 film "The Piano." Hunter won the 1994 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Emma Thompson

Actor Emma Thompson, posing with the Oscar statuette
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Actor Emma Thompson, posing with the Oscar statuette she won during the 65th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 29, 1993. Thompson received the 1993 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1992 film "Howards End."

Jodie Foster

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, in a
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Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster, in a scene from the 1991 film "The Silence of the Lambs." Foster won the 1992 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Kathy Bates

Actor Kathy Bates, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Kathy Bates, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 63rd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1991. Bates won the 1991 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1990 film "Misery."

Jessica Tandy

Jessica Tandy, in a scene from the 1989
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Jessica Tandy, in a scene from the 1989 film "Driving Miss Daisy." Tandy received the 1990 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Jodie Foster

Actor Jodie Foster, posing with the Oscar statuette
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Actor Jodie Foster, posing with the Oscar statuette she won during the 61st annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 29, 1989. Foster received the 1989 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in 1988 film "The Accused."

Cher

Nicolas Cage and Cher, in a scene from
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Nicolas Cage and Cher, in a scene from the 1987 film "Moonstruck." Cher won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the movie.

Marlee Matlin

Actor Marlee Matlin, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Marlee Matlin, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 59th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 30, 1987. Matlin received the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1986 film "Children of a Lesser God."

Geraldine Page

Geraldine Page, in a scene from the 1985
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Geraldine Page, in a scene from the 1985 film "The Trip to Bountiful." Page won the 1986 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Sally Field

Actor Sally Field, accepting her Oscar statuette during
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Actor Sally Field, accepting her Oscar statuette during the 57th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 25, 1985. Field received the 1985 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1984 film "Places in the Heart."

Shirley MacLaine

Shirley MacLaine (left) and Debra Winger (right), in
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Shirley MacLaine (left) and Debra Winger (right), in a scene from the 1983 film "Terms of Endearment." MacLaine won the 1984 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep, in a scene from the 1982
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Meryl Streep, in a scene from the 1982 film "Sophie's Choice." Streep won the 1983 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Katharine Hepburn

Actor Katharine Hepburn, in a scene from the
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Actor Katharine Hepburn, in a scene from the 1981 movie "On Golden Pond." Hepburn won the 1982 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Sissy Spacek

Sissy Spacek, portraying country singer Loretta Lynn in
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Sissy Spacek, portraying country singer Loretta Lynn in a scene from the 1980 film "Coal Miner's Daughter." Spacek won the 1981 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Sally Field

Sally Field, in a scene from the 1979
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Sally Field, in a scene from the 1979 film "Norma Rae." Field won the 1980 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Jane Fonda

Actor Jane Fonda, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Jane Fonda, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 51st annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 9, 1979. Fonda was honored with the Oscar for her performance in the 1978 film "Coming Home."

Diane Keaton

Actor Diane Keaton, posing with her Oscar statuette
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Actor Diane Keaton, posing with her Oscar statuette during the 50th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 3, 1978. Keaton won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1977 film "Annie Hall."

Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway (right), in a scene from the
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Faye Dunaway (right), in a scene from the 1976 film "Network." Dunaway won the 1977 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Louise Fletcher

Actor Louise Fletcher, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Louise Fletcher, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 48th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, March 29, 1976. Fletcher received the Oscar for her performance in the 1975 movie "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest."

Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn, in a scene from the 1974
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Ellen Burstyn, in a scene from the 1974 film "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Burstyn won the 1975 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Glenda Jackson

Glenda Jackson, in a scene from the 1973
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Glenda Jackson, in a scene from the 1973 film "A Touch of Class." Jackson won the 1974 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Liza Minnelli

Liza Minnelli, in a scene from the 1972
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Liza Minnelli, in a scene from the 1972 movie "Cabaret." Minnelli won the 1973 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda, in a scene from the 1971
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Jane Fonda, in a scene from the 1971 film "Klute." Fonda was honored with the 1972 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Glenda Jackson

Actor Glenda Jackson, holding her Academy Award for
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Actor Glenda Jackson, holding her Academy Award for Best Actress Oscar statuette, in London, England, on April 27, 1971. Jackson was honored for her performance in the 1969 film "Women in Love" (released in the United States in 1970).

Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith (left) and Pamela Franklin, in a
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Maggie Smith (left) and Pamela Franklin, in a scene from the 1969 film "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie." Smith won the 1970 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand, holding the Oscar statuette she won
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Barbra Streisand, holding the Oscar statuette she won during the 41st annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles on Monday, April 14, 1969. Streisand earned the 1969 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1968 "Funny Girl" (tying with fellow actor Katharine Hepburn who also won for her performance in the 1968 film "The Lion In Winter").

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn, in a scene from the 1968
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Katharine Hepburn, in a scene from the 1968 film "The Lion In Winter." Hepburn earned the 1969 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance (tying with Barbra Streisand, who also won for her performance in the 1968 film "Funny Girl").

Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn, in a photo from the 1967
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Katharine Hepburn, in a photo from the 1967 movie "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner." Hepburn was honored with the 1968 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, in a scene
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Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, in a scene from the 1966 film "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Taylor won the 1967 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Julie Christie

Julie Christie, holding the Oscar statuette she earned
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Julie Christie, holding the Oscar statuette she earned during the 38th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA on Monday, April 18, 1966. Christie was honored for her performance in the 1965 film "Darling."

Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews, in a scene from the 1964
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Julie Andrews, in a scene from the 1964 film "Mary Poppins." Andrews was honored with the 1965 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal and Paul Newman, in a scene
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Patricia Neal and Paul Newman, in a scene from the 1963 film "Hud." Neal won the 1964 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Anne Bancroft

Patty Duke (left) and Anne Bancroft, in a
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Patty Duke (left) and Anne Bancroft, in a scene from the 1962 film "The Miracle Worker." Bancroft won the 1963 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren, is in a scene from the
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Sophia Loren, is in a scene from the 1961 movie "Two Women." She won the 1962 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor, in a scene from the 1960
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Elizabeth Taylor, in a scene from the 1960 film "Butterfield 8." Taylor won the 1961 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Simone Signoret

Actors Simone Signoret and Charlton Heston, posing with
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Actors Simone Signoret and Charlton Heston, posing with their Oscar statuettes during the 32nd annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Monday, April 4, 1960. Signoret won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1959 film "Room at the Top."

Susan Hayward

Susan Hayward, in a scene from the 1958
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Susan Hayward, in a scene from the 1958 film "I Want To Live." Hayward won the 1959 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Joanne Woodward

Actor Joanne Woodward, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Joanne Woodward, holding the Oscar statuette she was awarded during the 30th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 26, 1958. Woodward was honored with the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1957 film "The Three Faces of Eve."

Ingrid Bergman

Actor Ingrid Bergman, at a news conference at
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Actor Ingrid Bergman, at a news conference at Idlewild Airport in New York on Jan. 20, 1957. Bergman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1956 film "Anastasia."

Anna Magnani

Marisa Pavan (left) and Anna Magnani, in a
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Marisa Pavan (left) and Anna Magnani, in a scene from the 1955 film "The Rose Tattoo." Magnani won the 1956 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Grace Kelly

Actor Grace Kelly, posing with her Oscar statuette
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Actor Grace Kelly, posing with her Oscar statuette during the 26th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Wednesday, March 30, 1955. Kelly won the Best Actress award for her performance in the 1954 film "The Country Girl."

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, in a still
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Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, in a still from the 1953 film "Roman Holiday." Hepburn won the 1954 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Shirley Booth

Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster, in a scene
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Shirley Booth and Burt Lancaster, in a scene from the 1952 film "Come Back, Little Sheba." Booth won the 1953 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Vivien Leigh

Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, in a scene
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Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brando, in a scene from the 1951 movie "A Streetcar Named Desire." Leigh won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Judy Holliday

William Holden and Judy Holliday, in a scene
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William Holden and Judy Holliday, in a scene from the 1950 film "Born Yesterday." Holliday won the 1951 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Olivia de Havilland

Oscar winners pose with their statuettes at the
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Oscar winners pose with their statuettes at the 22nd annual Academy Awards presentation at the RKO Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on March 23, 1950. Standing from left to right are, Broderick Crawford (Best Actor in "All the King's Men"), Olivia de Havilland (Best Actress in "The Heiress"), Robert Rossen (the producer of the Best Motion Picture-winning film, "All The King's Men"), Mercedes McCambridge (Best Supporting Actress in "All the King's Men") and Dean Jagger (Best Supporting Actor in "Twelve O'Clock High").

Jane Wyman

Actor Jane Wyman, kissing the Academy Award for
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Actor Jane Wyman, kissing the Academy Award for Best Actress statuette she received on Thursday, March 24, 1949, for her performance in the 1948 film "Johnny Belinda."

Loretta Young

Actor Loretta Young, holding the Oscar statuette she
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Actor Loretta Young, holding the Oscar statuette she received on March 20, 1948 as the winner of the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1947 film "The Farmer's Daughter."

Olivia De Havilland

Olivia De Havilland (left) and Ray Milland, during
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Olivia De Havilland (left) and Ray Milland, during the 19th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Shrine Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 13, 1947. De Havilland was honored with the Best Actress award for her performance in the 1946 film "To Each His Own."

Joan Crawford

Joan Crawford, as she appeared in the 1945
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Joan Crawford, as she appeared in the 1945 "Mildred Pierce." Crawford won the 1946 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Ingrid Bergman

Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, holding the Oscar
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Bing Crosby and Ingrid Bergman, holding the Oscar statuettes they received during the 17th annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 15, 1945. Bergman won the Best Actress award for her role in the 1944 film "Gaslight."

Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones, in a scene from the 1943
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Jennifer Jones, in a scene from the 1943 movie "Song of Bernadette." She won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Greer Garson

Teresa Wright (left) and Greer Garson, shown in
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Teresa Wright (left) and Greer Garson, shown in a scene from the 1942 movie, "Mrs. Miniver." Garson won the 1943 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Joan Fontaine

Actor Joan Fontaine, reacting as she wins the
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Actor Joan Fontaine, reacting as she wins the Best Actress award at the 1942 Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, February 26, 1942. Fontaine won for her role in the 1941 film "Suspicion."

Ginger Rogers

Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers, at the 13th
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Jimmy Stewart and Ginger Rogers, at the 13th Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on TThursday, February 27, 1941. Rogers won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1940 movie "Kitty Foyle."

Vivien Leigh

Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in a scene
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Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh in a scene from the 1939 movie "Gone With The Wind." Leigh won the 1940 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Bette Davis

Bette Davis is shown in her role in
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Bette Davis is shown in her role in the 1938 film "Jezebel," for which she won the 1939 Academy Award for Best Actress.

Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer, shown in this undated handout photo,
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Luise Rainer, shown in this undated handout photo, won the 1938 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1937 film "The Good Earth."

Louise Rainer

Oscar winners Paul Muni (holding statuette), Louise Rainer
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Oscar winners Paul Muni (holding statuette), Louise Rainer (center) and Frank Capra are shown during the ninth annual Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 4, 1937. Rainer won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld."

Bette Davis

Bette Davis and Victor McLaglen are shown at
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Bette Davis and Victor McLaglen are shown at the after winning their Oscars at the 1936 Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Biltmore Bowl of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 5, 1936. Davis was named the Best Actress winner for her role in the 1935 film "Dangerous."

Claudette Colbert

Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, in a scene
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Claudette Colbert and Clark Gable, in a scene from the 1934 film "It Happened One Night." Colbert won the 1935 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Katharine Hepburn

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Katharine Hepburn, in a
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Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. and Katharine Hepburn, in a scene from the 1933 film "Morning Glory." Hepburn won the 1934 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance.

Helen Hayes

Actor Helen Hayes (left) and her husband, playwright
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Actor Helen Hayes (left) and her husband, playwright Charles McArthur, photographed on board the S.S. Paris in New York on their return from a vacation in Europe on June 27, 1932. Hayes won the 1933 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1931 film "The Sin of Madelon Claudet."

Marie Dressler

Actor Norma Shearer (right center), presents the 1932
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Actor Norma Shearer (right center), presents the 1932 Academy Award for Best Actress to Marie Dressler (left center) during the fourth annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Sala D'Oro ballroom in the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles on Tuesday, November 10, 1931. Dressler was honored for her performance in the 1930 film "Min and Bill."

Norma Shearer

Actor Norma Shearer, posing with her Oscar statuette
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Actor Norma Shearer, posing with her Oscar statuette at the third annual Academy Awards ceremony, held in the Fiesta Room of the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 5, 1930. Shearer won for the best performance given by an actress for the 1930 movie "The Divorcee."

Mary Pickford

Actor Mary Pickford, photographed here on Aug. 29,
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Actor Mary Pickford, photographed here on Aug. 29, 1922, won the 1930 Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1929 film "Coquette."

Janet Gaynor

Actor Janet Gaynor (right), receiving the 1929 Academy
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Actor Janet Gaynor (right), receiving the 1929 Academy Award for Best Actress from Doug Fairbanks, actor and President of the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences at the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 16, 1929. She was honored for her work in the films "7th Heaven," (1927) "Street Angel" (1928) and "Sunrise" (1927).

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