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She Said - Strong Women in the Movies

Updated on November 2, 2019
"I'll admit I may have seen better days, but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut." Margo Channing, All About Eve
"I'll admit I may have seen better days, but I'm still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut." Margo Channing, All About Eve

Women Characters

Movies where women are the main protagonists, the undisputable rulers of the show, are scarce at best. The odds improve with female characters that feature prominently, accompanied or led by a male presence that carries the tune.

In spite of the sorry state of affairs for important and memorable women leads, after over a century of the seventh art one can at least find a very decent collection of wonderfully strong and willful women characters.

In most cases, if not always, these characters are played by actresses that made their careers out of playing these smart, strong willed, independent and rather unique protagonists.

Naming Names

Give it to me, baby.
Give it to me, baby.

Lauren Bacall, Katherine Hepburn, Joan Crawford, Bette Davies are some of the key names in the classic era, and more recently we have actresses like Susan Sarandon, Jodie Foster, Glenn Close, or Sigourney Weaver to name a few. And a few is all one can name, sadly.

These aren't the only ones today, but let's face it, cleavage will take women a lot further in their careers than anything else. There is a minority of women whose talent and personality took them to the top, where they belong, and they were casted in movies that weren't about being pretty, nor about being led by a man, but about leading, and about being in command.

This is dedicated to all of them, whether I include them here or not. We may see a part dos of this homage yet.

She Said

What follows are quotes, script lines, from these memorable female characters. Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve is the epitome of the type of actress and character that I'm talking about here, so forgive me for using and abusing her.

"Nice speech, Eve. But I wouldn't worry too much about your heart. You can always put that award where your heart ought to be." Margo Channing, All About Eve

Vienna, played by Joan Crawford, Johnny Guitar, 1954

Possibly one of the best love scenes of all times:

Johnny: How many men have you forgotten?
Vienna: As many women as you've remembered.
Johnny: Don't go away.
Vienna: I haven't moved.
Johnny: Tell me something nice.
Vienna: Sure, what do you want to hear?
Johnny: Lie to me. Tell me all these years you've waited. Tell me.
Vienna: [without feeling] All those years I've waited.
Johnny: Tell me you'd a-died if I hadn't come back.
Vienna: [without feeling] I woulda died if you hadn't come back.
Johnny: Tell me you still love me like I love you.
Vienna: [without feeling] I still love you like you love me.
Johnny: [bitterly] Thanks. Thanks a lot.

Vienna: [Spoken to Johnny Guitar, with a certain scornful bitterness] A man can lie, steal... and even kill. But as long as he hangs on to his pride, he's still a man. All a woman has to do is slip - once. And she's a "tramp!" Must be a great comfort to you to be a man.

Patty Hewes played by Glenn Close, Damages, 2007-9

Patty Hewes, played by Glenn Close, Damages, 2007-9
Patty Hewes, played by Glenn Close, Damages, 2007-9

Martin: If you were a man, I'd kick the living dogshit out of you.
Patty: If you were a man, I'd be worried.

Patty Hewes, played by Glenn Close, is the latest addition to the not so long list of strong women on screen, in this case the little one. She is cold, ruthless, and has the best advice a girl can give to another: "Trust no one".

“Scout” Finch, played by Mary Badham, To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962

Scout Finch, played by Mary Badham, To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962
Scout Finch, played by Mary Badham, To Kill A Mockingbird, 1962

Scout: Atticus, do you defend niggers?
Atticus Finch: [startled] Don't say 'nigger,' Scout.
Scout: I didn't say it... Cecil Jacobs did; that's why I had to fight him.
Atticus Finch: [sternly] Scout, I don't want you fightin'!
Scout: I had to, Atticus, he...
Atticus Finch: I don't care what the reasons are: I forbid you to fight.

Scout: Mr. Tate was right.
Atticus Finch: What do you mean?
Scout: Well, it would be sort of like shooting a mockingbird, wouldn't it?

Older Scout: [narrating] Neighbors bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a knife, and our lives.

Bridget Gregory, played by Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction, 1994

Bridget Gregory, played by Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction, 1994
Bridget Gregory, played by Linda Fiorentino, The Last Seduction, 1994

Mike Swale: I'm trying to figure out whether you're a total f*cking bitch or not.
Bridget Gregory: I am a total f*cking bitch.

Bridget Gregory: You're my designated f*ck.
Mike Swale: Designated f*ck? Do they make cards for that? What if I want to be more than your designated f*ck?
Bridget Gregory: Then I'll designate someone else.

Bridget Gregory: Is it true what they say?
Harlan: What?
Bridget Gregory: You know, size?
Harlan: Is it true what they say about white women?
Bridget Gregory: What's that?
Harlan: No ass.
Bridget Gregory: Oh, come on. I was wondering for real. Let me see it.
Harlan: F*ck you. Drive.
Bridget Gregory: I'm sorry.
Harlan: About what?
Bridget Gregory: About your shortcoming.
Harlan: I'm not gonna play this game.
Bridget Gregory: Is that why you carry a big gun?
Harlan: The Freudian mind-f*ck isn't gonna work either.
Bridget Gregory: Ooh, touchy. I'm sure your woman is very understanding.
Harlan: Exactly how is it that we end this phase of our relationship?
Bridget Gregory: By you showing it to me. Come on, let me see it. I've never seen one before.
Bridget Gregory: I'll show you my ass.
Harlan: What makes you think I wanna see your bony ass?
Bridget Gregory: Show me.
Harlan: Show me.
Bridget Gregory: I'm driving. You go first.
Harlan: No, you go first.
Harlan: You'll shut the f*ck up if I show you?
Bridget Gregory: I'm sure I'll be too stunned to speak.
Harlan: I don't believe this. You're crazy. Shit.
[he exposes himself]
Harlan: Okay, there, you happy?

Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, Terminator, 1984

Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, Terminator, 1984
Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, Terminator, 1984

Sarah Connor: Tell me about my son.
Kyle Reese: He's about my height. He has your eyes.
Sarah Connor: What's he like?
Kyle Reese: You trust him. He's got a strength. I'd die for John Connor.
Sarah Connor: Well... at least now I know what to name him. I don't suppose you know who the father is, so I won't tell him to get lost when I meet him?
Kyle Reese: John never said much about him. I know he dies before the war.
Sarah Connor: Wait. I don't want to know.

A little bit about Eve

Margo Channing: Lloyd, honey, be a playwright with guts. Write me one about a nice normal woman who just shoots her husband.

Thelma, played by Geena Davis and Louise, played by Susan Sarandon, Thelma & Louise, 1991

Thelma: You said you 'n' me was gonna get out of town and for once just really let our hair down. Well darlin', look out 'cause my hair is comin' down!

Louise: Come on, Thelma, murder 1 and armed robbery.
Thelma: Murder 1? We can't even say it was self defense?
Louise: Well it wasn't, we got away, we were walking away.
Thelma: Yeah but they don't know that, I'll tell them he raped me and you had to shoot him, that's almost the truth.
Louise: Won't work. There's no physical evidence, we can't prove he did it, we probably can't even prove by now that he touched you.
Thelma: Gosh, the law is some tricky stuff isn't it?
Louise: Besides, what're we going to say about the robbery? There's no such thing as justifiable robbery.
Thelma: Allright Louise... where'd you get this?
Louise: Stole it.

Intermission with Eve

Margo Channing: As it happens, there are particular aspects of my life to which I would like to maintain sole and exclusive rights and privileges.
Bill Sampson: For instance what?
Margo Channing: For instance: you!

Margo Channing: Heartburn? It's that Miss Caswell. I don't see why she hasn't given Addison heartburn.
Bill Sampson: No heart to burn!
Margo Channing: Everybody has a heart - except some people.

Scarlett O’Hara, played by Vivien Leigh, Gone With the Wind,1939

As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they're not going to lick me! I'm going to live through this, and when it's all over, I'll never be hungry again - no, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill! As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.

Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, Aliens, 1979, 1986...

Burke: You know Ripley, I was hoping that you would be smarter than this.
Ripley: I'm happy to disappoint you.

Newt: My mommy always said there were no monsters - no real ones - but there are.
Ripley: Yes, there are, aren't there?
Newt: Why do they tell little kids that?
Ripley: Most of the time it's true.

Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, Silence of the Lambs, 1991

You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to.

More about Eve

Margo Channing: Margo Channing is ageless - spoken like a press agent.
Lloyd Richards: I know what I'm talking about. After all, they're my plays.
Margo Channing: Spoken like an author. Lloyd, I'm not twenty-ish, I'm not thirty-ish. Three months ago I was forty years old. Forty. Four O. That slipped out. I hadn't quite made up my mind to admit it. Now I suddenly feel as if I've taken all my clothes off.

Maggie Fitzgerald, played by Hillary Swank, Million Dollar Baby, 2004

Maggie Fitzgerald: I'm 32, Mr. Dunn, and I'm here celebrating the fact that I spent another year scraping dishes and waitressing which is what I've been doing since 13, and according to you, I'll be 37 before I can even throw a decent punch, which I have to admit, after working on this speed bag for a month, may be the God's simple truth. Other truth is, my brother's in prison, my sister cheats on welfare by pretending one of her babies is still alive, my daddy's dead, and my momma weighs 312lbs. If I was thinking straight, I'd go back home, find a used trailer, buy a deep fryer and some oreos. Problem is, this the only thing I ever felt good doing. If I'm too old for this, then I got nothing. That enough truth to suit you?

Maggie Fitzgerald: I do have one favor to ask of you boss.
Frankie Dunn: Anything you want.
Maggie Fitzgerald: Remember what my daddy did for Axel?
Frankie Dunn: [long pause] Don't even think about that.
Maggie Fitzgerald: I can't be like this, Frankie. Not after what I've done. I've seen the world. People chanted my name. Well, not my name... some damn name you gave me. But they were chanting for me. I was in magazines. You think I ever dreamed that'd happen? I was born two pounds, one-and-a-half ounces. Daddy used to tell me I'd fight my way into this world, and I'd fight my way out. That's all I wanna do, Frankie. I just don't wanna fight you to do it. I got what I needed. I got it all. Don't let 'em keep taking it away from me. Don't let me lie here 'till I can't hear those people chanting no more.

Marie 'Slim' Browning, played by Lauren Bacall, To Have and Have Not, 1944

Slim: I'm hard to get, Steve. All you have to do is ask me.
Steve: You know what you're getting into. It's gonna be rough.

Slim: You know you don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything, and you don't have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow.

Tracy Lord, Played by Katherine Hepburn, The Philadelphia Story, 1940

Tracy Lord: The time to make up your mind about people is never.

Tracy Lord: Oh, we're going to talk about me again, are we? Goody.

Tracy Lord: You're too good for me, George. You're a hundred times too good. And I'd make you most unhappy, most. That is, I'd do my best to.

Margaret Lord: Oh, dear. Is there no such thing as privacy any more?
Tracy Lord: Only in bed, mother, and not always there.

C.K. Dexter Haven: Sometimes, for your own sake, Red, I think you should've stuck to me longer.
Tracy Lord: I thought it was for life, but the nice judge gave me a full pardon.
C.K. Dexter Haven: Aaah, that's the old redhead. No bitterness, no recrimination, just a good swift left to the jaw.

Margaret Lord: We both might face the facts that neither of us has proved to be a very great success as a wife.
Tracy Lord: We just picked the wrong first husband.

Tracy Lord: Dexter, would you mind doing something for me?
C.K. Dexter Haven: Anything. What?
Tracy Lord: Get the heck out of here.

Marquise de Merteuil, played by Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons, 1988

Here is a character that rivals Margo Channing in strength, sharp wit and presence, and rivals Patty Hewes in ruthlessness.
Here is a character that rivals Margo Channing in strength, sharp wit and presence, and rivals Patty Hewes in ruthlessness.

After Margo Channing in All About Eve, I personally believe this is one of the greatest women characters of all times. I'm not sure if it's the script, or the actress, or both, but the Merteuil-Close duet are as big as Margo-Bette in my mind.

Vicomte de Valmont: I often wonder how you manage to invent yourself.
Marquise de Merteuil: Well, I had no choice, did I? I'm a woman. Women are obliged to be far more skillful than men. You can ruin our reputation and our life with a few well-chosen words. So, of course, I had to invent, not only myself, but ways of escape no one has every thought of before. And I've succeeded because I've always known I was born to dominate your sex and avenge my own.

Marquise de Merteuil: When one woman strikes at the heart of another she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.

Marquise de Merteuil: You'll find the shame is like the pain, you only feel it once.

Marquise de Merteuil: When I came out into society I was 15. I already knew that the role I was condemned to, namely to keep quiet and do what I was told, gave me the perfect opportunity to listen and observe. Not to what people told me, which naturally was of no interest, but to whatever it was they were trying to hide. I practiced detachment. I learned how to look cheerful while under the table I stuck a fork into the back of my hand. I became a virtuoso of deceit. It wasn't pleasure I was afer, it was knowledge. I consulted the strictest moralists to learn how to appear, philosophers to find out what to think, and novelists to see what I could get away with, and in the end, I distilled everything to one wonderfully simple principle: win or die.

Let's give The End to Margo

Margo Channing, played by Bette Davis, All About Eve, 1950
Margo Channing, played by Bette Davis, All About Eve, 1950

Bill Sampson: You have every reason for happiness.
Margo Channing: Except happiness!

Margo Channing: Funny business, a woman's career - the things you drop on your way up the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again when you get back to being a woman. That's one career all females have in common, whether we like it or not: being a woman. Sooner or later, we've got to work at it, no matter how many other careers we've had or wanted. And in the last analysis, nothing's any good unless you can look up just before dinner or turn around in bed, and there he is. Without that, you're not a woman. You're something with a French provincial office or a book full of clippings, but you're not a woman. Slow curtain, the end.

It's not really the end, is it? I know I've left out a good bunch of wonderful and powerful women characters, I just needed to draw the line somewhere here. As I said, maybe we'll see part dos in the saga. Enjoy!
It's not really the end, is it? I know I've left out a good bunch of wonderful and powerful women characters, I just needed to draw the line somewhere here. As I said, maybe we'll see part dos in the saga. Enjoy!

© 2010 Elena.


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    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Madrid

      Hello to you, Kenneth! Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you enjoyed this piece.

      You are right -- of any kind, is quite the hard work! I'll check out some of your stuff indeed.

      Best to you,


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      Kenneth Avery 

      6 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Elena.

      This was a fantastic hub. I loved every word.

      In 1993, I wrote scripts for my community theater that three other friends and I formed and gave our proceeds to charity.

      It was great fun, but I had to keep up with seven sometimes ten various characters and what they were like. Don't let anyone kid you. It was work.

      Voted up and all the choices. I know that you are a very talented writer with big things in your future. I wish you my best.

      I am going to leave you some fan mail and be one of your followers.

      I invite you to check out one of my hubs and follow me back. I would love that.

      Have a safe weekend.

      Kenneth/ from northwest Alabama

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      7 years ago from Madrid

      Cheers, Suzette, very glad you enjoyed!

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      Suzette Walker 

      7 years ago from Taos, NM

      Well done and well said! This is quite an interesting hub. Bette Davis led the way for strong women in films and we have her to thank for some wonderful characters she portrayed. Your choice of strong women in films is good and from some of my favorite movies and characters of all time. Thanks for a look at some great women!

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Madrid

      Cheers, carozy, glad you enjoyed!

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      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Great hub, with some of my favorite movies and movie moments. Good job! Voted up and awesome.

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Madrid

      Well, good then, Ms Evans! :) I'm glad you enjoyed!

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      10 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Thank you so much! You have listed some of my favorites I am an oldie fanatic! I remember the lines of so many, you have made me chose to pull out an old classic or two and watch them again. :)

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, Violet! Thanks for the enthusiastic comment :-) Very glad to be of assistance! Now run to fetch "All about Eve", you must see Margo in action, there's nobody quite like her! And you should find the movie in any *decent* store (if they don't have it, it's really not a decent store! Laugh!). Or, there's always online shopping – that should settle it!

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      Violet Flame 

      10 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Hi Elena xo

      Great Hub! I must say I haven't seen most of the movies you quoted except the newer ones. I would really love to be able to find "All About Eve" somewhere.

      I am so thrilled to stumble upon your hub. After watching "The Holiday", where the famed old script writer Arthur gave a list of old movies for the pathetic Iris (played by Kate Winslet) so she could watch and learn from "women with gumption" in action; I have been wanting to get my hand on such a list. And voila! Lovely Elena just supply me with one.

      Fantastic Elena!

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Madrid

      Hi Dolores! Somehow I missed your comment until a minute ago, shame on me! I'm glad yoou enjoyed this one, I'm working on part two as we speak :-)

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      Dolores Monet 

      10 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I grew up watching old Bette Davis movies so it was great to see that face and be reminded of the wonderful movie, All About Eve. You brought up a bunch of great roles and was so glad to see Scout, one of my favorite characters ever, and Mary Badham had it down perfectly.

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      10 years ago from Madrid

      lctodd1947 - thanks, I did my homework and that's what I can take credit for -- I certainly can't take it for the geniality of these scripts, and the brilliance of these actresses :-) Happy that it made you laugh!

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      Linda Todd 

      10 years ago from Charleston

      Very nicely done. I love it and had to laugh at some of this. You did you homework and it makes it really real "again."


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      10 years ago from Madrid

      Thanks, Isabelle, glad you enjoyed! And glad you agree these are some fabulous women!

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      10 years ago from Somewhere on the coastline

      Hi you have listed and paid tribute to some fabulous women, that was a totally enjoyable read.

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Madrid

      Hello, everyone, and thanks much for all your lovely comments!

      Sorry that I don't take the time to answer one by one, which I usually do, but excuse me just this once, as I'm replying (acknowledging, rather) your lovely commentary from an extended holiday out of the country.

      So, THANKS all, I'm very glad you enjoyed! :-)

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      Karina S. 

      10 years ago from USA

      Elena, great hub. Loved pictures. Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep are my favourite actresses. "Silence of the lamb"-great movie. Thanks again.

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      11 years ago from Australia

      G'day stranger, this is a great Hub.

      I'd go with Bette any day, she could cut your heart out with one of her looks. Then melt it with the next one lol

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      11 years ago from Buffalo, NY

      The female lead in 1932's The Mummy plays an integral part in the destruction of the mummy, that's got to be worth SOMETHING right?

      Also, Universal's classic monster series features Dracula's Daughter, where the lead in the film is a female vampire and is a fairly complex character, as well as The Invisible Woman - about a strong-headed woman who is the key to overcoming the bad guys at the end...

      this hub got me thinking about some EARLY examples of strong women in movies

      in 1925's The Phantom of the Opera, Christine would rather sing in the opera than become a nice housewife...she might not be the strongest female lead ever, but for a movie from 1925 I was stunned by the independence they gave to her character

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      11 years ago

      Wonderful post. I have to agree with an earlier Scout making the list. We need more roles for strong women!

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      11 years ago

      Love this hub! Great job!

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      11 years ago

      How could I not love a hub that features Scarlet O'Hara?!! Much love, my dear ;)

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      11 years ago from Bangalore

      good post.. Keep hubbing

    • Elena. profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hi Simona! I'm not sure Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are in this league :-) They are good and nice and very pretty, but I don't think they are in the same category as Foster or Streep. Just my opinion! And thanks for your comment!

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      Simona Acting 

      11 years ago

      Jodie Foster and Meryl Streep are one of my favourite actresses. Also Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Aniston are amazing actresses.

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hi, Rochelle! I suspected I wouldn't be alone in my assessment of Scarlet as a royal brat :) You are right, though, she was a tough brat.

      Springboard, you are right, the world tends to forget about great leading ladies, but I'm afraid the fault isn't so much with the world but with the fact that there aren't *so* many great female leading characters. I went and watched a Katherine Herpburn the other day after posting this hub :-)

      Lovelypaper, we share some tastes here. Sally Field was fantastic in "Steel Magnolias" and in the not too known movie "Not without my daughter". Good pick!

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      Renee S 

      11 years ago from Virginia

      Betty Davis is one of my all time favorite actresses. I love "Scarlett O'Hara" and my favorite ever is Sally Feild. She's the best. She can act!

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      11 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wonderful hub. Too often we forget about the female leading roles—and I mean leading roles. Thanks for the reminder. Kind of makes me want to go and see some classic movies.

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      Rochelle Frank 

      11 years ago from California Gold Country

      Wonderful hub. Enjoyed this one very much. I agree that Scarlet sounded like a spoiled brat-- I guess she was, but a tough one.

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      I won't ... I hope the Caribbean rum doesn't make me forget, anyway :-)

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      Cris A 

      11 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      oh no, that's yours to make as it should be a nice companion piece to this hub. i'll think of something.

      you're going away? don't forget to take pictures!!!! :D

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Gosh, why don't you do the strong and memorable men? Sis and bro hubs :-) I'm gonna be away for a bit, so I may check it up on my return, but it'd be cool if you do a brother hub :-)

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      Cris A 

      11 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Now this hub and our little tete a tete has inspired me to do a 'movie' hub but can't think of a theme. Hmmmm....

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      That's exactly it with Bette-Margo and some other "duets" here! It's as if the actresses weren't following a carefully crafted script, and they were the ones actually spewing fire. Bacall-Slin feels just like that, too, and Close-Hewes and... OI, I get carried away.

      Now, weak men. How about that clumsy British agent? Can't even remember the name? Mr Bean? I don't suppose I'd spend my time and energies gathering such a list. But strong and memorable men, yes, maybe that one is a possible spin off. First that comes to mind is Bond, Connery Bond ;-)

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      Cris A 

      11 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Ah yes, Margo spewed dem words like they were balls of fire and Bette made them appear as if they were her very own - like there was no script and she was just saying what's on her mind.

      Or a spinoff would be nice - like weak men movie characters as in...can't think of one right now. haha :D

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      Cris A 

      11 years ago from Manila, Philippines

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hey Cris! Bette Davies also makes my heart go pitter patter. Plus she AND her characters make me very envious that I didn't get (a) those eyes and (b) a script for my life to turn out as strong as herself! Laugh!

      Greer Garson is a good catch, let me make a note in case there is a part dos!

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      Cris A 

      11 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Wow great hub! I sure am in the company of such strong women movie characters. But among the wonderful and great actresses here, it's Bette Davis who, hands down, make me weak in the knees! I mean I have never seen a movie of hers where she came across as helpless - always strong-willed, always fiery, always a presence. It's probably those eyes.

      And if I might add, I find Greer Garson's character in Mrs Miniver a strong character too - defining what grace under pressure means. Cool hub! :D

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hi 2pats! I heard good things here in my neck of the woods about "Up in the air". I may get to see it now, but likely I'll wait it out on cable.

      Glad you found this interesting :-)

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      11 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Pat says - just saw 'Up in the Air' this weekend. The strongest character is a young woman, played by Anna Kendrick. I've read some pretty average reviews for this film, but I really enjoyed it.

      thanks for an interesting hub.

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      Ethel Smith 

      11 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great ladies

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Jewels, thanks! And about Dangerous Liaisons, better late than never! In fact, it's never too late to watch a great movie :-)

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      11 years ago from Australia

      Nice memories in that bunch. Believe it or not I only just watched Dangerous Liaisons, good pic.

      Love strong women.

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Hi, Amanda! I'll admit, I didn't think of Lara Croft, thought she IS a kick butt type of girl, isn't she? I'll give you two characters that are in my overflow list:

      - The classic: Eloise 'Honey Bear' Kelly.

      - The modern: Catherine Tramell

      Like I said, I had to draw the line somewhere, but when I have some time, I may indeed go for part dos, these awesome charaters deserve some limelight :-)

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      Amanda Severn 

      11 years ago from UK

      Love this hub Elena! Those old black and white movies are such classics, and your more up to date additions are great too. I half expected to see the Lara Croft films in here. but maybe they might make part dos?

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      11 years ago from Madrid

      Thanks all!

      Alek, Scout is a different kind of character that the rest in the list, but she's such a powerful presence in the book and movie that I just had to :-)

      Violet, glad you enjoyed, I see we share a couple of favorites!

      Candie, I did work for it, yes, but it was fun and didn't feel to much like "work" :-) I debated whether to include that jewel from Scarlet, and decided against it, because in my humble opinion instead of making her appear strong, it makes her sound like a royal spoiled brat :-P

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      Candie V 

      11 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Man oh Man you put a lot of work into this hub!!! Fantastic movies, memorable lines! Love the scene from Gone With The Wind.. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn!".. hahaha! Thanks Elena!

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      11 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Katherine Hepburn and Glen Close are favorites of mine. You really created a very well written and entertaining hub with photos, scripts and a fitting ending image.

      Thumbs up!

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      Nancy Hinchliff 

      11 years ago from Essex Junction, Vermont

      Such a good hub! I love that you included Scout for "...Mockingbird"

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      11 years ago

      I love this hub. I did not see all of them so thank you for sharing.


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