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Top 25 Female Screen Legends list. In 1999 the American Film Institute recognized the 50 greatest American screen legends -25 men and 25 women. Criteria was as an actor or a team of actors with a significant screen presence in American feature-length films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work. The list was selected by leaders from the American film community, including artists, historians, critics and other cultural leaders, who chose from a list of 250 nominees in each gender. The lists were presented by 50 Hollywood stars.

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Katharine Hepburn Bringing Up Baby, The Philadelphia Story, The African Queen

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Bette Davis All About Eve, P.S. I Love You, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

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Audrey Hepburn Breakfast at Tiffany's, My Fair Lady, Roman Holiday

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Ingrid Bergman Casablanca, Notorious, Cinema Paradiso

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Greta Garbo Annie, Cinema Paradiso, Grand Hotel

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Marilyn Monroe Some Like It Hot, All About Eve, The Misfits

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Elizabeth Taylor National Velvet, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cleopatra

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Judy Garland The Wizard of Oz, P.S. I Love You, Judgment at Nuremberg

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Marlene Dietrich Touch of Evil, Get Shorty, Judgment at Nuremberg

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Joan Crawford What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, Grand Hotel, Mildred Pierce

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Barbara Stanwyck Double Indemnity, The Lady Eve, Forty Guns

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Claudette Colbert It Happened One Night, The Palm Beach Story, It's a Wonderful World

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Grace Kelly Rear Window, High Noon, Dial M for Murder

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Ginger Rogers Top Hat, The Gay Divorcee, Swing Time

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Mae West She Done Him Wrong, Myra Breckinridge, My Little Chickadee

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Vivien Leigh Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ship of Fools

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Lillian Gish The Night of the Hunter, The Birth of a Nation, Intolerance

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Shirley Temple Fort Apache, Heidi, The Little Colonel

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Rita Hayworth The Shawshank Redemption, Gilda, The Lady from Shanghai

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Lauren Bacall Misery, The Big Sleep, Murder on the Orient Express

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Sophia Loren Nine, El Cid, The Fall of the Roman Empire

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Jean Harlow City Lights, Scarface, The Public Enemy

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Carole Lombard My Man Godfrey, To Be or Not to Be, Nothing Sacred

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Mary Pickford Little Lord Fauntleroy, Ben-Hur, The Little Princess

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Ava Gardner Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, The Sentinel, The Killers