Pay attention to health and life, popular leading ladies and movie stars

In honour of health and life, popular leading ladies and movie star

Before I launch into my list of favourite movie stars, perhaps a moment of reflection on the fact that maybe being a movie star is lonelier than being a normal person. Maybe there’s less space to fail, less space to look weak, more tendency to bottle things up until there seems to be no possible way out.

What do you think?

At the same time, kudos to those movie stars who have managed to do beautiful work that changes lives. Here are a few of my favourite women:

Samantha Morton. I think she’s just impossibly cool. Beautiful in an unusual way, and such a powerful actress. She destroyed me in In America and she was superb in Elizabeth. I think we could be buddies.
Cate Blanchett. Beautiful at times, plain at others, she seems so down to earth and human. I love the movie choices she’s made, and I think she acts them with integrity.
Kate Winslet. I love that she looks like a real woman (not a stick insect) and that she’s not afraid to play crazy. She also seems to put her whole heart into every role.
Judi Dench. What a legend! I hope to be half as cool as her when I’m an old lady. She commands such respect, no matter what role she’s playing (yip, even when she’s playing a creepy old lady).
Natalie Portman. I just want to be her friend! She’s so quirky and funny, and I admire the fact that she’s managed to outgrow being a child star successfully.
Yip, that’s my top five. Feel free to contribute others (menfolk, I’m sure there are some hotties out there that I’ve left out!). And instead of the usual bellyaching about how good they’ve got it, I’d like to send out a little gratitude to movie stars for providing hours of entertainment and escape …

Big Yes to Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet and Judi Dench. I’d like to add…

Julie Walters, for her beauty, passion, warmth, sense of humour and outstanding acting skills.

Brenda Blethyn, who manages to be mesmerising in all her roles. That woman is a national treasure.

Maggie Smith, for her grace and strength.

Jennifer Aniston, just because I like her, dammit.

There are others but I need to think about it.

Bridget, re: movie stars being lonelier than “normal” people – on the one hand, sure. But on the other hand, I’m always amazed when movie stars complain about the attendent perils of fame, including photographers, interest in their personal lives, lack of privacy, blah blah blah. Don’t you get into the industry craving that sort of attention?

One thing that irks me, though, is that I can’t figure out why I and others genuinely mourn the loss of people who are so utterly unreal – why should we care that Heath Ledger died? Sure, it’s sad, it sucks, shame for his family – but why does it resonate so deeply with people like us? We were never going to meet Heath Ledger; he was an utterly unreal person. Why do we care? I don’t get it.

As for my favourite actresses…*prepares to perv*
Oh Cate Blanchett, how I love thee! Ditto Kate Winslet; I also adore Natalie Portman, Patricia Clarkson, Catherine Keener, Helen Mirren. Rachel Weisz (Weizs? Oh, whatever!), Jennifer Connoley, Kathy Bates. Not all of these are actresses I think are gorgeous, mind – bless Kathy Bates, but she’s not much to look at. Her performances, though, blow me away every time; her turn in Misery gave me nightmares.

I’m so with you on Kathy Bates. We don’t see enough of her on our local screens. Helen Mirren is wonderful too.

Re: why we care about movie stars
Maybe it’s because we see them on screen so often and we hear all the gossip and somehow, subconsciously we feel that we “know” them in a way.

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