Monty of All Good Things is once again hosting his annual Favorite Classic Movie Actress Tournament this March. We here at the Monkey are proud to be handling the 1960s bracket.
To get into the mood, here's an idiosyncratic list of my favorite performances by an actress in the 1960s (in alphabetical order):
Julie Andrews (Mary Poppins). I could have also gone with The Americanization of Emily and The Sound of Music. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, indeed!
Doris Day (Lover Come Back). I prefer this pairing with Rock Hudson even over Pillow Talk.
Audrey Hepburn (Breakfast at Tiffany's). Charade is another personal favorite, but the scene where Holly Golightly crawls through the window into George Peppard's bed puts this over the top.
Sally Ann Howes (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). A doll on a music box.
Carolyn Jones (Television's The Addams Family). Katie-Bar-The-Door and I have modeled our marriage on Carolyn Jones' Morticia and John Astin's Gomez. Without the seven-foot butler.
Shirley Jones (The Music Man). Serves me right for not being musical.
Angela Lansbury (The Manchurian Candidate). Boy, and you think you've got mother issues ...
Shirley MacLaine (The Apartment). Probably my favorite performance from the 1960s.
Misfit Dolly (voiced by Corinne Conley) (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer). Who among is so hard-hearted not to be moved by the tears of a doll? Especially a red-headed doll?
Julie Newmar (recurring role on TV's Batman). Julie Newmar's stoner Catwoman and Frank Gorshin's speed-freak Riddler are two of the greatest comedy villains of all-time.
Paula Prentiss (Man's Favorite Sport?) I'd go fishing with Paula Prentiss any day.
Diana Rigg (On Her Majesty's Secret Service). You should also check her out in Theatre of Blood, a Vincent Price masterpiece.
Tippy Walker (The World Of Henry Orient) One of the most poignant performances of the decade. Read about this great lost talent in The New Yorker (here).