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AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars

Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years...100 Stars is a list of the top 25 male and 25 female greatest screen legends in American film history. The list was unveiled by the American Film Institute on June 15, 1999, in a CBS special hosted by Shirley Temple, with 50 current actors making the presentations.

AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

The American Film Institute defined an "American screen legend" as an actor or a team of actors during the classic film era with a significant screen presence in American feature-length (40 min) films whose screen debut occurred in or before 1950, or whose screen debut occurred after 1950 but whose death has marked a completed body of work.

The top stars of their respective sexes are Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn. They starred together in the classic British American adventure 1951 film The African Queen, for which Bogart won his only Oscar.

All actors and actresses are from the "Golden age" of Hollywood film production. Of the fifty stars listed, nine were alive at the time: Shirley Temple, Katharine Hepburn, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Kirk Douglas, Lauren Bacall, Sophia Loren, and Sidney Poitier.[1] As of 2017, only Douglas, Poitier, and Loren are still living.

List of 50 greatest screen legends: Top 25 Male and Top 25 Female starsEdit

No Male legends Female legends
1 Humphrey Bogart
(1899–1957)
  Katharine Hepburn
(1907–2003)
 
2 Cary Grant
(1904–1986)
  Bette Davis
(1908–1989)
 
3 James Stewart
(1908–1997)
  Audrey Hepburn
(1929–1993)
 
4 Marlon Brando
(1924–2004)
  Ingrid Bergman
(1915–1982)
 
5 Fred Astaire
(1899–1987)
  Greta Garbo
(1905–1990)
 
6 Fonda, HenryHenry Fonda
(1905–1982)
  Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe
(1926–1962)
 
7 Gable, ClarkClark Gable
(1901–1960)
  Taylor, ElizabethElizabeth Taylor
(1932–2011)
 
8 Cagney, JamesJames Cagney
(1899–1986)
  Garland, JudyJudy Garland
(1922–1969)
 
9 Tracy, SpencerSpencer Tracy
(1900–1967)
  Dietrich, MarleneMarlene Dietrich
(1901–1992)
 
10 Chaplin, CharlieCharlie Chaplin
(1889–1977)
  Crawford, JoanJoan Crawford
(1905–1977)
 
11 Cooper, GaryGary Cooper
(1901–1961)
  Stanwyck, BarbaraBarbara Stanwyck
(1907–1990)
 
12 Peck, GregoryGregory Peck
(1916–2003)
  Colbert, ClaudetteClaudette Colbert
(1903–1996)
 
13 Wayne, JohnJohn Wayne
(1907–1979)
  Kelly, GraceGrace Kelly
(1929–1982)
 
14 Olivier, LaurenceLaurence Olivier
(1907–1989)
  Rogers, GingerGinger Rogers
(1911–1995)
 
15 Kelly, GeneGene Kelly
(1912–1996)
  West, MaeMae West
(1893–1980)
 
16 Welles, OrsonOrson Welles
(1915–1985)
  Leigh, VivienVivien Leigh
(1913–1967)
 
17 Douglas, KirkKirk Douglas
(born 1916)
  Gish, LillianLillian Gish
(1893–1993)
 
18 Dean, JamesJames Dean
(1931–1955)
  Temple, ShirleyShirley Temple
(1928–2014)
 
19 Lancaster, BurtBurt Lancaster
(1913–1994)
  Hayworth, RitaRita Hayworth
(1918–1987)
 
20 Brothers, MarxMarx Brothers
Chico (1887–1961)
Harpo (1888–1964)
Groucho (1890–1977)
  Bacall, LaurenLauren Bacall
(1924–2014)
 
21 Keaton, BusterBuster Keaton
(1895–1966)
  Loren, SophiaSophia Loren
(born 1934)
 
22 Poitier, SidneySidney Poitier
(born 1927)
  Harlow, JeanJean Harlow
(1911–1937)
 
23 Mitchum, RobertRobert Mitchum
(1917–1997)
  Lombard, CaroleCarole Lombard
(1908–1942)
 
24 Robinson, Edward G.Edward G. Robinson
(1893–1973)
  Pickford, MaryMary Pickford
(1892–1979)
 
25 Holden, WilliamWilliam Holden
(1918–1981)
  Gardner, AvaAva Gardner
(1922–1990)
 

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