10 Best Actresses of the ’80s

Who is on your list of the 10 best actresses of the '80s? Remember, we're talking most talented here-not hottest, sexiest, or most luscious. The Academy of Motion Pictures bestowed its Best Actress honors in the 1980s to the ten winners listed below. See if you agree with their estimation of the ten best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Sissy Spacek Winner of the 1980 Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter," Spacek had previously been nominated for a much different role–that of "Carrie" in the 1976 adaptation of Stephen King's novel. Quite a change in roles for one of the best actresses of the '80s, wouldn't you say?

  1. Katherine Hepburn Hepburn won Best Actress in 1981 for her role as Ethel Thayer in "On Golden Pond." This was the actress' fourth Oscar statuette, won for playing Henry Fonda's wife in the acclaimed film.

  1. Meryl Streep The 1980s were just the beginning of the fantastic cinematic display of Streep's many talents, as she won her first Best Actress in 1982 for her role as the mother torn by an impossible decision in "Sophie's Choice." This role, and many others, lands her on the list of ten best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Shirley MacLaine A famous believer in reincarnation, MacLaine must have been happy to come back to win Best Actress in 1983 for her role as Aurora Greenway in "Terms of Endearment." The actress, who is Warren Beatty's older sister, ranks fourth on the list of best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Sally Field Field won her second Best Actress Oscar in 1984 for her role in "Places In the Heart" as Edna Spalding, a single mom in the South who fought for her family during the Depression.

  1. Geraldine Page Long considered one of the best American actresses, it wasn't until 1985 that the Academy honored her for her work in "The Trip to Bountiful." This role lands her on the list of the ten best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Marlee Matlin The first deaf actress to win a Best Actress Oscar, Matlin won the coveted award in 1986 for her role in "Children of a Lesser God." She was also the youngest woman, at age 21, to win the award, which places her among the ten best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Cher No longer known only as half of the singing duo Sonny and Cher, Cher proved her acting talents by winning Best Actress in 1987 for her role in "Moonstruck." Although she continued her singing career, many now respect Cher more for her chops as an actress.

  1. Jodie Foster Winning the first of two Oscars before she even turned 30, Foster's 1988 award was earned for her role in "The Accused." She went on to many more great film roles including "Silence of the Lambs," and is firmly ensconced on the list of the ten best actresses of the '80s.

  1. Jessica Tandy The oldest actress to win an Oscar (at age 80), Tandy garnered the award for her role in "Driving Miss Daisy" in 1989. This was her last big role before her death in 1994, and helps to land her on the list of the ten best actresses of the '80s.



Los Angeles Times

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