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The Silver Bear for Best Actress (German: Silberner Bär/Beste Darstellerin) is the Berlin International Film Festival's award for achievement in performance by an actress. It is selected by the jury of the festival for films in the official competition slate.

The award was first presented in 1956, and can be for lead or supporting roles. The award was not presented in 1969, 1970, 1973, and 1974. Sachiko Hidari won the award for two films in the 1964 competition. In 2011, the award was given to the entire female cast of A Separation. Shirley MacLaine is the only actress that has won the award more than once.


Award winnersEdit

Elsa Martinelli, the first recipient of the Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress.

‡ – indicates the performance was also nominated for an Academy Award.

Elizabeth Taylor, recipient of the 1972 Berlin Film Festival Award for Best Actress.
Year Actress Role Film Nationality of actress
1956 Elsa Martinelli Donatella Donatella Italy
1957 Yvonne Mitchell Amy Preston Woman in a Dressing Gown United Kingdom
1958 Anna Magnani Gioia ‡ Wild Is the Wind Italy
1959 Shirley MacLaine Meg Wheeler Ask Any Girl United States
1960 Juliette Mayniel Annette The Fair France
1961 Anna Karina Angela Récamier A Woman Is a Woman France
1962 Rita Gam (Tie) Estelle Rigault No Exit United States
Viveca Lindfors (Tie) Inès Serrano Sweden
1963 Bibi Andersson The Girl The Mistress Sweden
1964 Sachiko Hidari Tome Matsuki / Naoko Ishikawa The Insect Woman / She and He Japan
1965 Madhur Jaffrey Manjula Shakespeare Wallah India
1966 Lola Albright Marie Greene Lord Love a Duck United States
1967 Edith Evans Maggie Ross ‡ The Whisperers United Kingdom
1968 Stéphane Audran Frédérique The Does France
1969 No Award
1970 No Award
1971 Simone Signoret (Tie) Clémence Bouin The Cat France
Shirley MacLaine (Tie) Sophie Bentwood Desperate Characters United States
1972 Elizabeth Taylor Jimmie Jean Jackson Hammersmith Is Out United States
1973 No Award
1974 No Award
1975 Kinuyo Tanaka Osaki Yamakawa Brothel No. 8 Japan
1976 Jadwiga Barańska Barbara Niechcic Nights and Days Poland
1977 Lily Tomlin Margo Sperling The Late Show United States
1978 Gena Rowlands Myrtle Gordon Opening Night United States
1979 Hanna Schygulla Maria Braun The Marriage of Maria Braun West Germany
1980 Renate Krößner Ingrid “Sunny” Sommer Solo Sunny East Germany
1981 Barbara Grabowska Kama Fever Poland
1982 Katrin Saß Nina Kern Warranty for One Year East Germany
1983 Yevgeniya Glushenko Vera Silkova I Love At Will Soviet Union
1984 Inna Churikova (Tie) Vera Wartime Romance Soviet Union
Monica Vitti (Tie) Laura Flirt Italy
1985 Jo Kennedy Mary Wrong World Australia
1986 Charlotte Valandrey (Tie) Nadia Red Kiss France
Marcélia Cartaxo (Tie) Macabéa Hour of the Star Brazil
1987 Ana Beatriz Nogueira Anderson / Vera Bauer Vera Brazil
1988 Holly Hunter Jane Craig ‡ Broadcast News United States
1989 Isabelle Adjani Camille Claudel Camille Claudel France
1990 No Award
1991 Victoria Abril Luisa Lovers Spain
1992 Maggie Cheung Ruan Lingyu Center Stage Hong Kong
1993 Michelle Pfeiffer Lurene Hallett ‡ Love Field United States
1994 Crissy Rock Maggie Conlan Ladybird, Ladybird United Kingdom
1995 Josephine Siao May Sun Summer Snow Hong Kong
1996 Anouk Grinberg Marie Abarth My Man France
1997 Juliette Binoche Hana ‡ The English Patient France
1998 Fernanda Montenegro Isadora Teixeira ‡ Central Station Brazil
1999 Juliane Köhler (Tie) Aimée Aimée & Jaguar Germany
Maria Schrader (Tie) Jaguar
2000 Bibiana Beglau (Tie) Rita Vogt The Legend of Rita Germany
Nadja Uhl (Tie) Tatjana
2001 Kerry Fox Claire Intimacy New Zealand
2002 Halle Berry Leticia Musgrove ‡ Monster's Ball United States
2003 Nicole Kidman (Tie) Virginia Woolf The Hours US / Australia
Julianne Moore (Tie) Laura Brown ‡ United States
Meryl Streep (Tie) Clarissa Vaughn
2004 Charlize Theron (Tie) Aileen Wournos Monster South Africa
Catalina Sandino Moreno (Tie) María Álvarez ‡ Maria Full of Grace Colombia
2005 Julia Jentsch Sophie Scholl Sophie Scholl – The Final Days Germany
2006 Sandra Hüller Michaela Klingler Requiem Germany
2007 Nina Hoss Yella Fichte Yella Germany
2008 Sally Hawkins Pauline "Poppy" Cross Happy-Go-Lucky United Kingdom
2009 Birgit Minichmayr Gitti Everyone Else Austria
2010 Shinobu Terajima Shigeko Kurokawa Caterpillar Japan
2011 Leila Hatami (Tie) Simin A Separation Iran
Sareh Bayat (Tie) Razieh
Sarina Farhadi (Tie) Termeh
Kimia Hosseini (Tie) Somayeh
2012 Rachel Mwanza Komona War Witch Democratic Republic of the Congo
2013 Paulina García Gloria Cumplido Gloria Chile
2014 Haru Kuroki Taki Nunomiya The Little House Japan
2015 Charlotte Rampling Kate Mercer ‡ 45 Years UK / France
2016 Trine Dyrholm Anna The Commune Denmark
2017 Kim Min-hee Young-hee On the Beach at Night Alone South Korea
2018 Ana Brun Chela The Heiresses Paraguay
2019 Yong Mei Wang Liyun So Long, My Son China

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