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5 Underrated Best Actress® Winners

February 7, 2019

These performances will blow you away!

Meryl Streep has two, Frances McDormand has two, and even Katharine Hepburn has four Best Actress® wins over the years. If one of Hepburns was a tie with Barbra Streisand, does it even really count? Those top tier performances are to be expected at this point, but what about the winners you maybe don’t remember? For example, Shirley Booth’s role in 1952’s Come Back, Little Sheba won her a Tony Award for the same role on Broadway. She is the first actress to do so! The next actress to pull that off is Anne Bancroft for The Miracle Worker ten years later. You can watch both of those films along with these three others right here on HDNET MOVIES. Here is our list of the five most underrated Best Actress® performances in Oscar® history.

1. Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, 1995)

2. Marlee Matlin (Children of a Lesser God, 1986)

3. Anne Bancroft (The Miracle Worker, 1962)

5. Susan Hayward (I Want to Live!, 1958)

6. Shirley Booth (Come Back, Little Sheba, 1952)


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