Tuesday, January 26, 2010

1940s Oscar-Nominated Actors Dwindling

With the passing of Richard Todd and Jennifer Jones in December, and now Jean Simmons last week, there are but eight living Oscar-nominated actors from the '40s [three winners], plus two winners of the special award for juvenile performers, as follows:

Joan Fontaine (b. 1917), nominated for films of 1940, 1941, and 1943 (winner, Best Actress 1941)

Olivia de Havilland (b. 1916), nominated for films of 1939, 1941, 1946, 1948, 1949 (winner Best Actress, 1946 & 1949)

Mickey Rooney (b. 1920), nominated for films of 1939, 1943, 1955 (winner of Honorary Oscar in 1983)

Angela Lansbury (b. 1925), nominated for films of 1944, 1945, 1962

Ann Blyth (b. 1928), nominated for films of 1945

Joan Lorring (b. 1926), nominated for films of 1945

Celeste Holm (b. 1917), nominated for films of 1947, 1949 (winner, Best Supporting Actress, 1947)

Kirk Douglas (who'll outlive us all) (in photo above in 2009) (b. 1916), nominated 1949 (winner of Honorary Oscar in 1996)

Margaret O'Brien (b. 1937) and Claude Jarman, Jr. (b. 1934) won Special Awards for Juvenile Acting in 1944 and 1946 respectively

There are no nominated actors alive from the 1920s, and four alive from the 1930s: Jackie Cooper (Best Actor nominee 1930-31), Luise Rainer (Best Actress winner 1936 & 1937), Mickey Rooney (Best Actor nominee 1939), and Olivia de Havilland (Best Supporting Actress nominee 1939), plus Special Award winner Shirley Temple (films of 1934).

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