|1969: Kim Darby, True Grit (w/ John Wayne)|
|1971: Ruth Gordon, Harold and Maude (w/ Bud Cort)|
This movie was so important to me in high school that it was only when Marz pointed out the movie's flaws a few years ago that I even saw them. They are many. I still don't care.
|1971: Elaine May, A New Leaf (dir. Elaine May) (w/ Walter Matthau)|
|1972: Liza Minelli, Cabaret|
What a ditz. But all is forgiven by her final performance of "Cabaret". (Hm, kinda like the ending of A Star Is Born.)
|1972: Diane Keaton, Play It Again Sam|
A similar humorous exchange about meds ("Have you ever had lithium and tomato juice?") will show up again in Silver Linings Playbook (2012).
|1973: Barbra Streisand, The Way We Were|
|1974: Cicely Tyson, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman|
|1976: Tatum O'Neal, The Bad News Bears (w/ Walter Matthau)|
|1976, Sissie Spacek, Carrie|
|1977: Jody Foster, Taxi Driver (w/ Robert DeNiro)|
|1978: Veronica Cartwright, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (w/ Donald Sutherland)|
|Brooke Adams is the main heroine in Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but I love Cartwright: she shows how utterly terrifying the situation is, but manages to come through anyway (almost).|
|1979: Veronica Cartwright & Sigourney Weaver, Alien|
|1979: Sally Field, Norma Rae (w/ |
Besides telling a great story, Norma Rae is a rare female/male example of the Romance of Working Together:
an attraction built on the closeness and respect that comes from sharing meaningful work. When the characters are male/female, this usually resolves itself in sex.
The tension of it not being resolved is a source of slash: Kirk/Spock, Starsky/Hutch, Sherlock/John... Is it "slash" if it's male/female, like Mulder/Scully?Norma Rae is one of the few fictional instances of a male/female attraction ending with nothing more than a handshake.
|1979: Judy Davis, My Brilliant Career (Australia, dir. Gillian Armstrong)|
|1980: Gena Rowlands, Gloria|
I see I've left out Faye Dunaway, Ellen Burstyn, Gilda Radner, Madeline Kahn, etc. etc. Maybe I'll have to put together a Part II.