Classically Minded: The Original Leading Ladies For Me

Man, this post has been a long time coming! I’m so excited to share with you five of my favorite actresses that showed me what a leading lady should be like. These women are class acts and of course their acting isn’t the worst either! I wish some of today’s stars would take a hint from these five on how to carry themselves with dignity and grace:

1. Audrey Hepburn


I know. Is anybody surprised? Let me just state for the record: I liked Audrey WAY before she was Tumblr famous. Audrey is the epitome of style and integrity. I’ve loved her movies since I was little and if I’m having an “off” day I’m known to pop in Funny Face and sing along to every ridiculous song.

Some of my faves: Roman Holiday, Sabrina, Funny Face, Love in the Afternoon, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, My Fair Lady, How to Steal a Million

2. Julie Andrews


Julie Andrews on screen? Sweetness itself. Julie Andrews in person? Sassiness personified. What’s not to love?

Some of my faves: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Victor/Victoria, The Princess Diaries, Eloise at the Plaza/Christmastime, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

3. Mary Tyler Moore


As I mentioned earlier, Brian is basically Dick Van Dyke. Me? I’m a Mary. This is why we are together. The Mary Tyler Moore Show was always referred to as “my mom’s show” because it reminded her of growing up in the Twin Cities. Then, when I went away to college in MN it became mine. Seeing Mary on the screen brings me comfort and reminds me that I “will make it after all!”

Some of my faves: The Dick Van Dyke Show, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda

4. Doris Day


The best summer I can remember entailed getting a Doris Day movie from the library every week with my sister. She’s sugary sweet. I’m not sure if I would recommend her if you’re in a sour mood, but for a summer evening with your sister? Pure perfection.

Some of my faves: Romance on the High Seas, Calamity Jane, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Pajama Game, Pillow Talk, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, Lover Come Back, That Touch of Mink, The Thrill of It All, Move Over Darling, Send Me No Flowers

5. Lauren Bacall


When I saw Bacall come on screen for the first time in To Have and Have Not I was mesmerized. No wonder Humphrey Bogart fell in love.

Some of my faves: To Have and Have Not, The Big Sleep, Key Largo, How to Marry a Millionaire



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