My favorite leading lady would have to be Julia Roberts. Julia has demonstrated her talent and versatility in every movie she’s starred in, from drama, Erin Brockovich and romantic comedy, Notting Hill to psychological thriller, Sleeping with the Enemy, and crime comedy, Ocean’s Eleven.
Pretty Woman is an all time favorite of mine and it was actually the first of Julia’s movies that I got my hands on. She was every inch the spunky, uneducated, streetwise Vivian, you couldn’t help but love.
Sleeping with the Enemy came next, and once again, Julia personified her character Laura, an abused wife, who fakes her own death to escape her husband. You can’t help but become invested in the characters that Julia portrays and every single time she has had me on the edge of my seat hoping that she’ll get her happily ever after.
Julia ability to balance her incredible career with a family life, including three children, has made her an inspirational leading lady both on and off screen.
However, as movie actresses go, my favourites are those glamorous icons of the early 20th century: women like the sassy Myrna Loy or the classy Grace Kelly.
Although she isn't 'conventionally beautiful', there's something captivating about her face - her haunting eyes and her range of expressions that makes her stunning to watch on screen.
Her performances as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl and as Katie in The Way We Were really move me - she is such a 'real' actress. I find myself drawn in by her completely and crying buckets for her characters, even if its a movie i've seen ten times over.
In more recent years, she really made me laugh as Roz in 'Meet The Fockers' - how genius to pair her up with Dustin Hoffman!
Not to mention her brilliance as a singer and song writer, and the way that she has used her fame to speak up on political issues that matter to her.She has proper old school star quality, and for me that makes her pretty perfect as a leading lady.