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FAVORITE FEMALE CO-STARSS


And the winner is .....

KATHARINE HEPBURN
in every poll Katharine Hepburn consistently has the overwhelming majority of #1 Votes

August 15, 2001
It's been nearly a year since I compiled all of your entries!  And were there a lot of entries to go through!  This poll is still as popular as ever.  After two years of compiling information you've submitted, I have declared Katharine Hepburn the favorite Leading Lady amongst the largest number of Cary Grant fans!  During the past two years, she has never fallen from the #1 spot, gathering an overwhelming majority of #1 votes over-and-above her peers. Congratulations Katharine!!

#1 Actress according to the number of #1 votes received: 
The biggest change I saw was the number of #1's for Deborah Kerr.  While Irene Dunne continues to be a favorite, she received fewer #1's than before, and was bumped from the top 5 list.
   1 - Katharine Hepburn
   2 - Ingrid Bergman
   3 - Deborah Kerr
   4 - Grace Kelly
   5 - Audrey Hepburn 

#53 Actress according to who received the most #50+ votes:
   1 - Mae West
   2 - Suzy Parker
   3 - Jayne Mansfield 

Ranked by average: - and how much they've moved since the last tally on September 11, 2000

      1 -  Katharine Hepburn - up two
      2 - Audrey Hepburn - same
      3 - Ingrid Bergman - up two
      4 - Grace Kelly - up two
      5 - Irene Dunne - down four
      6 -  Myrna Loy - down two
      7 -  Deborah Kerr - up one
      8 - Rosalind Russell - down one
      9 -  Eva Marie Saint - up two
    10 - Ginger Rogers - same
    11 - Jean Arthur - up two
    12 -  Sophia Loren - up four
    13 - Loretta Young - down one
    13 - Doris Day - up four
    14 - Jeanne Craine - up twelve
    15 - Jean Adair - down three
    16 - Ann Sheridan - down one
    17 - Carol Lombard - down eight
    18 -  Priscilla Lane - up one
   
19 - Larraine Day - up five
    20 - Constance Bennett - down six
    21 - Josephine Hull - up two
    22 - Leslie Caron - same
    23 -  Betsy Drake - up nine
    24 - Joan Fontaine - down three
    25 - Joan Bennett - same
    26 - Martha Scott - up nineteen
    27 - Elissa Landi - up twenty-five
    28 - Jean Harlowe - down eight
    29 - Sylvia Sidney - up four
    30 -  Helen Mack - up fourteen
    31 -  Marlene Dietrich - down two
    32 - Ethel Barrymoore  - down four 
    33 -  June Duprez - up four 
    34 - Samantha Eggar - up two 
    35 - Kay Francis - up seven
    36 - Jane Blair - down two
    36 - Frances Farmer - up seven
    36 - Gertrude Michael - up fourteen
    37 - Joan O'Brien - down six  
    38 - Nancy Carroll - same
    39 - Mae West - down twelve
    40 - Jane Wyatt - down ten
    41 - Mary Brian - down one 
    42 - Lily Damita - up six
    43 - Tallulah Bankhead - down two 
    44 - Frances Drake - up two
    45 - Alexis Smith - down ten
    46 - Grace Moore - up seven
    47 - Paula Raymond - down eight 
    48 - Benita Hume - up three
    49 - Jayne Mansfield  - down two 
    50 - Suzy Parker  - down one 

The actress who has consistently received the most #1 votes, Katharine Hepburn, was also the #1 actress when all of her votes were tallied and averaged.  For the past year, there seems to have been no animosity thrown her way, and with her overwhelming number of #1 votes when compared to others, good ol' Kate wins hands down.  

September 11, 2000
Another six months since I last compiled this information.  Wow!  This is a popular spot on my site.  LOTS of visitors have an opinion about Cary's co-stars!

#1 Actress according to the number of #1 votes received: 
As you can see, the names are the same with very little movement -
   1 - Katharine Hepburn
   2 - Audrey Hepburn
   3 - Irene Dunne
   4 - Ingrid Bergman
   5 - Deborah Kerr 

#53 Actress according to who received the most #50+ votes:
   1 - Suzy Parker
   2 - Jayne Mansfield
   3 - Doris Day
   4 - Sophia Loren
   5 - Betsy Drake  

Ranked by average: - and how much they've moved since the last tally on March 26, 2000

      1 - Irene Dunne - up one
      2 - Audrey Hepburn - down one
      3 - Katharine Hepburn - up one
      4 - Myrna Loy - down one
      5 - Ingrid Bergman - up two
      6 - Grace Kelly - same
      7 - Rosalind Russell - down two
      8 - Deborah Kerr - up three
      9 - Carol Lombard - down one
    10 - Ginger Rogers - up two
    11 - Eva Marie Saint - down two
    12 - Loretta Young - up one
    13 - Jean Arthur - down three
    14 - Constance Bennett - same
    15 - Ann Sheridan - same
    16 - Sophia Loren - same
    17 - Doris Day - up one
    18 - Jean Adair - down one
   
19 - Priscilla Lane - up two
    20 - Jean Harlowe - same
    21 - Joan Fontaine - up five
    22 - Leslie Caron - up one
    23 - Josephine Hull - down four
    24 - Larraine Day - up one
    25 - Joan Bennett - down three
    26 - Jeanne Craine - down two
    27 - Mae West - same
    28 - Ethel Barrymoore  - up two
    29 - Marlene Dietrich - up two
    30 - Jane Wyatt - up six
    31 - Joan O'Brien - up three
    32 - Betsy Drake - up three
    33 - Sylvia Sidney - same
    34 - Jane Blair - up three
    35 - Alexis Smith - down three
    36 - Samantha Eggar - down seven
    37 - June Duprez - down nine
    38 - Nancy Carroll - up three
    39 - Paula Raymond - up one
    40 - Mary Brian - down one
    41 - Tallulah Bankhead - up four
    42 - Kay Francis - down four
    43 - Frances Farmer - same
    44 - Helen Mack - down two
    45 - Martha Scott - up two
    46 - Frances Drake - down two
    47 - Jayne Mansfield  - up two
    48 - Lily Damita - same
    49 - Suzy Parker  - down four
    50 - Gertrude Michael - same
    51 - Benita Hume - same
    52 - Elissa Landi - same
    53 - Grace Moore same

Audrey, Katharine and Irene remain firmly rooted in our hearts.  

Katharine far and away continues to receive the most votes, as well as an overwhelming majority of #1 votes.  

From the information I've gathered over the past year, I'd have to declare Katharine Hepburn the #1 choice of Cary fans numerically.  
Audrey & Irene, the #1 favorite generally.  

Meaning that if you asked 200 people who their favorite actresses were, 80% of them would consistently rate Audrey and Irene #2, about 10% would rate them #1, and the remaining would put them in the top ten.  But Katharine would get 60% of the people rating her #1, about 20% rating her #2, and the remaining 20% not liking her much at all. 

March 26, 2000
It's been nearly 6 months since I compiled the co-stars data and thought it might be interesting to see how the voting has gone since then.  Here are the results.

#1 Actress according to the number of #1 votes received:
    1 - Katharine Hepburn  
    2 - Audrey Hepburn   
    3 - Ingrid Bergman   
    4 - Irene Dunne 
    5 - Deborah Kerr

#53 Actress according to who received the most #50+ votes:
    1 - Suzy Parker
    2 - Betsy Drake
    3 - Leslie Caron
    4 - Jayne Mansfield

#53 Actress last time:
    1 - Suzy Parker
    2 - Betsy Drake
    3 - Grace Moore
    4 - Doris Day
Ranked by average: - and how much they moved since the last tally on November 9, 1999
      1 - Audrey Hepburn - up one
      2 - Irene Dunne - down one
      3 - Myrna Loy - same
      4 - Katharine Hepburn - same
      5 - Rosalind Russell - same
      6 - Grace Kelly - up four
      7 - Ingrid Bergman - up one
      8 - Carol Lombard - up one
      9 - Eva Marie Saint - down two
    10 - Jean Arthur - down four
    11 - Deborah Kerr - up one
    12 - Ginger Rogers - down one
    13 - Loretta Young - up one
    14 - Constance Bennett - up one
    15 - Ann Sheridan - up one
    16 - Sophia Loren - up two
    17 - Jean Adair - down four
    18 - Doris Day - up seventeen
   
19 - Josephine Hull - up two
    20 - Jean Harlowe - up two
    21 - Priscilla Lane - down one
    22 - Joan Bennett - down three
    23 - Leslie Caron - down six
    24 - Jeanne Crain - same
    25 - Larraine Day - down two
    26 - Joan Fontaine - up eight
    27 - Mae West - down two
    28 - June Duprez  - up two
    29 - Samantha Eggar - same
    30 - Ethel Barrymoore - down four
    31 - Marlene Dietrich - down four
    32 - Alexis Smith - up nine
    33 - Sylvia Sidney - down five
    34 - Joan O'Brien  - down two
    35 - Betsy Drake - down two
    36 - Jane Wyatt - up two
    37 - Janet Blair - same
    38 - Kay Francis - up one
    39 - Mary Brian - down eight
    40 - Paula Raymond - down four
    41 - Nancy Carroll - down one
    42 - Helen Mack - same
    43 - Frances Farmer - same
    44 - Frances Drake - up one
    45 - Tallulah Bankhead - up five
    46 - Suzy Parker - up five
    47 - Martha Scott - up one
    48 - Lily Damita - down four
    49 - Jayne Mansfield  - down three
    50 - Gertrude Michael - down three
    51 - Benita Hume - down two
    52 - Elissa Landi - same
    53 - Grace Moore same

The big surprise was that the top ten the last time were the same ladies again this time, just shuffled about a little.  Four of the top ten received no #1 votes.  Some stars, like Katharine Hepburn received an overwhelming majority of #1 votes, but because she has the ability to garner nearly as much animosity as she does adoration, she will always fall short of #1.  Stars like Myrna Loy continue to shine without any number one votes simply because we are consistently pleased by their work and personalities.  Audrey Hepburn & Irene Dunne illuminate both the screen and our hearts, and rightly deserve top billing.
 
Last time, I was surprised by the negative feelings toward Doris Day, but this time she took an 18 place leap to land within the top twenty.  Betsy Drake still suffers from bad press.  And I still wonder if there isn't a tad bit of jealousy at work here.  She is the one to whom Cary remained married the longest.  Do we look at her and find her wanting, because we feel she's not good enough for our Cary?  Do we look at her and think she captured Cary just the way she captured Dr. Madison Brown in "Every Girl Should Be Married?"

I again averaged the ranks by throwing out the best and worst scores.  And again, the rankings didn't change significantly at all, so I again tossed away those statistics.

Hope you enjoy the statistics!  Let me know how closely they match your own preferences!!

November 8, 1999
Saying that, here are the first results of the Favorite Female Co-Star Poll!

#1 Actress according to the number of #1 votes received:
    1 - Katharine Hepburn - 52%
    2 - Ingrid Bergman - 27%
    3 - Irene Dunne - 21%
    4 - Audrey Hepburn - 15%
    5 - Ginger Rogers - 14%

#53 Actress according to who received the most #50+ votes:
    1 - Suzy Parker
    2 - Betsy Drake
    3 - Grace Moore
    4 - Doris Day

Ranked by average:  (Highest score/Lowest score)
      1 - Irene Dunne - 1/16
      2 - Audrey Hepburn - 1/15
      3 - Myrna Loy - 2/15
      4 - Katharine Hepburn - 1/52
      5 - Rosalind Russell - 3/24
      6 - Jean Arthur - 6/16
      7 - Eva Marie Saint - 4/20
      8 - Ingrid Bergman - 1/51
      9 - Carole Lombard - 4/22
    10 - Grace Kelly - 2/47
    11 - Ginger Rogers - 1/38
    12 - Deborah Kerr - 1/51
    13 - Jean Adair - 1/32
    14 - Loretta Young - 1/44
    15 - Constance Bennett - 9/43
    16 - Ann Sheridan - 4/49
    17 - Leslie Caron - 2/53
    18 - Sophia Loren - 4/50
    19 - Joan Bennett - 4/36
    20 - Priscilla Lane - 6/45
    21 - Josephine Hull - 12/45
    22 - Jean Harlowe - 12/50
    23 - Laraine Day - 15/39
    24 - Jeanne Crain - 8/50
    25 - Mae West - 4/53
    26 - Ethel Barrymore - 16/38
    27 - Marlene Dietrich - 10/53
    28 - Sylvia Sidney - 12/42
    29 - Samantha Eggar - 18/50
    30 - June Duprez  - 18/39
    31 - Mary Brian - 8/45
    32 - Joan O'Brien 13/52
    33 - Betsy Drake - 3/53
    34 - Joan Fontain - 7/53
    35 - Doris Day - 9/53
    36 - Paula Raymond - 19/47
    37 - Janet Blair - 19/50
    38 - Jane Wyatt - 15/45
    39 - Kay Francis - 10/46
    40 - Nancy Carroll - 19/51
    41 - Alexis Smith - 15/49
    42 - Helen Mack - 12/50
    43 - Frances Farmer - 27/52
    44 - Lily Damita - 17/51
    45 - Frances Drake - 30/48
    46 - Jayne Mansfield - 23/53
    47 - Gertrude Michael - 30/49
    48 - Martha Scott - 29/51
    49 - Benita Hume - 38/52
    50 - Tallulah Bankhead - 37/52
    51 - Suzy Parker - 24/53
    52 - Elissa Landi - 36/52
    53 - Grace Moore - 41/53

I was quite surprised by the high ranks of Rosalind Russell, Carol Lombard & Jean Adair.  (I wonder if we've not confused Aunt Martha with Aunt Abby.)  Both Ingrid Bergman & Katharine Hepburn, while being the favorites of the majority, also had some equally negative fans.  Their ranking reflects that.

I was equally surprised by the very negative feelings toward both Doris Day & Betsy Drake.  Sometimes simply I wonder if Betsy doesn't evoke
feelings of jealousy!! 

I also averaged the ranks by throwing out the best and worst scores. The rankings didn't change significantly at all, so I tossed away those
statistics.

If you have any more questions, just ask!

 

Katharine Hepburn
1907-2003
(photo from "Holiday")

Favorite Cary Grant co-star, Katharine Hepburn died Sunday, June 29, 2003. Miss Hepburn starred in four films with Cary Grant - Sylvia Scarlett (1936), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Holiday (1938) and The Philadelphia Story (1941).  

Katharine Hepburn was one of the few actresses more than able to hold her own when paired with Cary Grant. They seemed to be of one mind, pursuing excellence while enhancing the other's performance. Their comedy delighted, while their dramatic talents, interspersed within the comedic setting, grabbed your heart.  One of my all-time favorite movie moments is the look on C.K. Dexter Haven's face when Mike proposes to Tracy in The Philadelphia Story.  The famously hilarious torn dress scene in Bringing Up Baby physically epitomizes the harmony I felt these two achieved onscreen - they worked in tandem and the results were remarkable. When these two were on screen together, one didn't outshine the other; instead, the theater was ablaze. 

The combined strengths and talents of Grant & Hepburn gave us some of the most memorable films in cinematic history. More than sixty years after their release, Bringing Up Baby & The Philadelphia Story were voted within the top 15 of AFI's 100 Funniest American Movies Of All Time

Katharine Hepburn will be missed.  As Warbride LeeAnn stated: "It was comforting to have her still living, somehow making her work and legend more alive....plus the grand era she represented."

Online Articles About Her Death
ABC News 
British Times
CNN 
EOnline
Fox News 
London Evening Standard
NY Post
Online Sun
Washington Post Article

For More Info About Kate:

Internet Movie Database
Kate Hepburn Queen of Hollywood
Lynn's Tribute to Katharine Hepburn


             

 


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