The Best Musical/Broadway Stars Of All Time (Female)

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People post all sorts of fascinating lists on imdb.com, like this one, which mixes stars of Broadway with singing/dancing movie idols, though some happen to be both.

The list struck me as particularly heartfelt and well thought out, even if you disagree with an occasional choice or ranking.

The first 10 choices alone wil surely turn you gay if you aren't already.

Check it out and see if you agree with where Barbra, Liza, Judy, Patti, the other Judy, the Carols, and even Olivia Newton-John were placed.


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19 comments
Wings
Wings

I know! They have Ann Reinking but not Mary Martin!!! Weird.

Wallingford
Wallingford

How do you take seriously a list of Broadway's greatest female musical stars that does not include Mary Martin?  Nellie Forbush, Peter Pan, Maria von Trapp, Mrs. Janet Gaynor.....the list goes on and on!  (Seriously.)

Natali
Natali

I call bullshit. Barbra's not #1! Barbra's always #1, at least in my book.

Vodkastinger
Vodkastinger

I disagree with that picture of Liza!  I'm not sure how Shirley Jones made it before Carol Burnett, but its a great list of ladies we all love

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

Thankyou, Michael; for coming to Betty Hutton's defense. Her hep "Hamlet" (written by Frank Loesser" ) has been rediscovered by everyone from Bette Midler to Andrea Marcoivicci.

And thankyou, LateNitebump, especially for Ethel Waters, the Vaudeville-Broadway Mother of Them All (Read Carol Channing's recollection of her in "As Thousands Cheer" in her book "Just Lucky, I Guess"). Jane White is a special favorite of mine for her elegantly hilarious, tongue-twisting "Sensitivity" in "Once Upon a Mattress."

And Diahann Carroll for "No Strings."

Musicalle
Musicalle

Putting Judy at number one shows very good taste.

Andrew
Andrew

Jeanette McDonald is surprisingly omitted. Betty Hutton should be removed from lists about "greatest anythings" forever. Just watch Annie Get Your Gun if you don't believe me.

billyjoe
billyjoe

If Joan Blondell isn't on the list, the entire thing is a sham. Check out her tour deforce "My Forgotten Man" on YouTube.

Kathleen Warnock
Kathleen Warnock

I'm glad Dame Julie is there...she logged well over a thousand performances onstage between the Boyfriend, My Fair Lady (in NY and London) and Camelot...and what, a year in Victor/Victoria?

latenitebump
latenitebump

loretta devine (my favorite), melba moore, stephanie mills, phylicia rashad, nell carter, ethel waters, mabel king, phyllis hymen, eartha kitt.didn't know lena horne was born in brooklyn. u go gurl!diahann carroll, whoopi goldberg, jane white (starred opposite of carol burnett--1959), ruby dee,and the list goes on....keeping it real!

Ick
Ick

Yeah, but here Oscar for Elmer Gantry should count for something (even if it wasn't a singing/dancing role).

Bwaybill
Bwaybill

You're right, it's a terrific list. But I would question putting Shirley Jones in the top 10. Yes, I know she was in the movies of Oklahoma, Carousel, and Music Man, but Partridge Family ruins all that for me.

Natali
Natali

Putting Barbra at number one would have shown even better taste.

Musto
Musto

She was bad in Annie Get Your Gun, but she was a replacement for Judy Garland and everyone treated her like shit. I adore Betty in everything else she did.

Timmee
Timmee

yes, and unlike her replacement, I believe never missed a performance

Wallingford
Wallingford

not true.  I had a friend who went to NYC expressly to see her in V/V and she was out that night.

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