The Most Habit Forming Nuns In Screen History

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Meryl Streep in Doubt. A scary lady with some hard habits to break. Oscar nomination.

I won't be reading the comments on this one because I don't want to see all the cries of "You forgot about ..."

I forgot nothing. I know everything.

These are my faves.

Deal with it or go to hell.


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Celeste Holm and Loretta Young in Come to the Stable, a charming movie about French nuns in New England. On the set, Young made people put money in a jar if they used the name of the Lord in vain. Thus came her nickname: Attila the Nun.

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Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus, a haunting, beautifully filmed Powell/Pressburger classic about nuns Himalayan each other.

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Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story, set in the Belgian Congo. Has there ever been a chic-er devotee of God?

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Audrey was chic, but in Buñuel's Viridiana, Silvia Pinal was downright sexy. Hail Mary!

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If you don't know what movie this is from, don't ever talk to me.

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Jennifer Jones saw the virgin in The Song of Bernadette, and the Academy believed her, lisp and all. So did I.

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When Mother Superior Roz Russell is in charge, Hayley Mills listens. The fun comedy The Trouble With Angels -- co-starring Gypsy Rose Lee!

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When nuns make money, they get a follow-up: Where Angels Go ... Trouble Follows.

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The Singing Nun. And singing and singing. And talking. Pure shmaltz on a shingle, but Debbie Reynolds is always a pro.

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Geraldine Page, Sandy Dennis, and Glenda Jackson in Nasty Habits. I.e., Method Acting Comes to the Nunnery. (Actually, it was a satire of Watergate. Not funny at all, but fascinatingly cast.)

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The Magdalene Sisters. Harrowing stuff about girls made to endure absolute nunsense.

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I just remembered Sister Act. Heavenly comedy.

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And I couldn't possibly leave out Mary Tyler Moore calling "God!" instead of "Rob!" in Change of Habit.

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Eric Idle and Robbie Coltrane in Nuns on the Run. Hey, they fooled ME.

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anonymouse
anonymouse

Michael, I found "Nasty Habits" humorous enough.  Sandy Dennis as the John Dean character is hilarious and makes the movie worth watching, even if some of those other gifted ladies are wasted.  (I don't recall the Anne Meara's funny Gerald Ford nun being in the Muriel Spark novella, "The Abess of Crewe," though.)

anonymouse
anonymouse

 Oh, and unfortunately, not on DVD.

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

But you can find it on VHS @ Roberts Hard-To-find Videos.

Troofire
Troofire

I hated all these movies.  A bunch of deluded women wasting their lives for religion.

JULIA TETTAMANZY
JULIA TETTAMANZY

You are absolutely right! I will never forget Audrey Hepburn and I am always watching the marvelous Meryl on Doubt. By the way, was he or wasn´t he guilty????

Ron Bruguiere
Ron Bruguiere

Geeze, Michael, I can truly visualize you in your nun's habit saying:

"Deal with it or go to hell."

mjm
mjm

 why does Stella Stevens remind me of Speedy Alka Seltzer in that photo for some strange reason?

Melinda9
Melinda9

Great list. Song of Bernadette is my favorite - I love that film.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Gypsy Rose Lee played a dishy dance instructress ("And if you're real good ...") in "The Trouble With Angels," which is a gem of a comedy-drama, with Rosalind Russell (in a role that was offered first to Greta Garbo!) as the Mother Superior and Hayley Mills and June Harding as her two most unruly pupils.

The sequel is a botch from beginning to end.

Now .... Can anyone tell me whatever happened to June Harding, the extraordinary actress who played Hayley's partner in Catholic crime?

nostradavid
nostradavid

wikipedia says June paints pictures of cats.-My favorite nuns are all in the underground comic Tales From the Leather Nunpublished by Last Gasp in 1973.I have a windup Nunzilla from Archie McPhee, too.

latenitebump
latenitebump

entre tinieblas (dark habits) pedro almodóvar.sister act.

and no! i don´t know the movie with the uncredited foto. that´s why i wrote sister act. sound of music? can´t remember if there were any nuns in it.so, i guess i lucked out for an autograph.

does anyone know?

Queer Heaven
Queer Heaven

Were there Nuns in Sound of Music????? You've got to be kidding!

mjm
mjm

 yes, and that's Marnie Nixon (in a rare onscreen appearance) on the top left.

where's Frances McDormand post-Fargo as Sister Clavell in the god-awful Madeline live-action film?

Isis
Isis

Why are just trying to show off by naming one or two he didn't put? Didn't he write that this is just the kind of empty crap that makes these things not fun?

Dar5
Dar5

LOL. And  no one who writes "Can't remember if there were any nuns in Sound of Music" should be bragging about anything!

Cannuck
Cannuck

Elvis Presley and Mary Tyler Moore in Change of Habit

Isis
Isis

Glad Musto is not reading these comments. He predicted just this kind of dumb shit.

Mae Swazey
Mae Swazey

Glad you mentioned COME TO THE STABLE, Michael!  I just love Loretta and Celeste and the film, too.  So sue me...

Dan
Dan

Me too!

Teresa
Teresa

Don't be afraid to read the comments. This is pretty wonderful.

Ira
Ira

Gypsy Rose Lee was in a nun movie??

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