Cinema Personalities, pic: circa 1930's, American actress Janet Gaynor, (1906-1984) who had one claim to fame in that she was voted "Best Actress" at the vey first Oscar's ceremony which was then a very minor affair thought to be of no great note
1929: Janet Gaynor - Street Angel, Sunrise and 7th HeavenBob Thomas—Popperfoto/Getty Images
Cinema Personalities, pic: circa 1930's, American actress Janet Gaynor, (1906-1984) who had one claim to fame in that she was voted "Best Actress" at the vey first Oscar's ceremony which was then a very minor affair thought to be of no great note
America's Sweetheart
Divorcee Norma
1931: Portrait of Marie Dressler
Helen Hayes
Portrait of actress Katharine Hepburn on the set of her Broadway play "The Philadelphia Story."
Claudette Colbert
1939,  BETTE DAVIS
Luise Rainer
Vivien Leigh
Ginger Rogers
Joan Fontaine
Cinema. Personalities. circa 1940's. British actress Greer Garson, portrait, among her many films "Goodbye Mr. Chips" 1939 and her 1st Academy Award film "Mrs. Miniver" 1942.
Red Riding Hood
Ingrid Bergman
Joan Crawford
Olivia De Havilland
Loretta Young In 'Paula'
Jane Wyman
Judy Holliday
Shirley Booth As Hazel
Audrey Hepburn
Grace Kelly
Portrait Of Anna Magnani
Joanne Woodward
Susan Hayward
SIMONE SIGNORET EN 1960
Elizabeth Taylor
Sophia Loren
The Graduate
Patricia Neal
Julie Andrews
Julie Christie
Maggie Smith
Glenda Jackson In 'Lost And Found'
Jane Fonda
Liza Minnelli
Ellen Burstyn
Fletcher As Ratched
Faye Dunaway
50th Annual Academy Awards
Sally Field Portrait Session
53rd Annual Academy Awards
National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) Awards - November 3, 1983
41st Annual Golden Globe Awards
GERALDINE PAGE
Marlee Matlin
Cher At The Academy Awards
Jodie Foster, New York City "Little Man Tate" Premier, Oct 1991
1990 NATO/ShoWest Convention
51st Annual Golden Apple Awards
"Vogue Magazine 100th Anniversary" - April 2, 1992
66th Annual Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon
1995 Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals
1996 Palm Springs International Film Festival
3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards
"Great Expectations" Los Angeles Premiere
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow
Hilary Swank Stars As Carly Reynolds In Beverly Hills, 90210 (Season 8 World Vision Enterpri
58th Annual Golden Globe Awards - Pressroom
Celebs attend Berlinale Film Festival
41st New York Film Festival Sponsored by Grand Marnier - "Dogville" Premiere - Inside Arrivals and Green Room
The 2003 National Board of Review of Motion Pictures Annual Awards Gala
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards - Arrivals
The 79th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
The 80th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
81st Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
82nd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
83rd Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
85th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room
86th Annual Academy Awards - Arrivals
2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter - Arrivals
88th Annual Academy Awards - Press Room
89th Annual Academy Awards -  Press Room
ABC's Coverage Of The 90th Annual Academy Awards
OLIVIA COLMAN
1929: Janet Gaynor - Street Angel, Sunrise and 7th Heaven
Bob Thomas—Popperfoto/Getty Images
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See Every Best Actress in Oscar History

Updated: Feb 25, 2019 12:03 AM ET | Originally published: Feb 20, 2015

Every year, the Academy Awards names the finest leading lady of the big screen the Best Actress. From Ingrid Bergman's triumph in 1945 for her chilling performance in Gaslight to Meryl Streep's two wins out of 16 nominations for leading actress, the crowning of a Best Actress often signals the anointing of a film industry legend. Most recently, in 2017, Emma Stone took home the statue for her performance in La La Land. In 2018, Frances McDormand earned the little gold man for her role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Olivia Colman's performance as Queen Anne in The Favourite nabbed her the Best Actress Oscar in 2019.

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