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The Best Actress Winners Of The 1980s +


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All Best Actress Winners of the 1980s Ranked
By Golden Derby Staff
March 28, 2021


Bette Midler & Sylvester in "The Rose"
Bette Midler & Sylvester in “The Rose”

All Best Actress Winners of the 1980s Ranked

1- Meryl Streep- Sophie’s Choice, 1983- TIE with Jessica Lange, Frances

2- Shirley MacLaine- Terms of Endearment, 1984

3- Sally Field- Norma Rae, 1980- Should have won: Bette Midler, The Rose

4- Sissy Spacek- Coal Miner’s Daughter, 1981- Should have won: Mary Tyler Moore, Ordinary People

5- Katharine Hepburn- On Golden Pond, 1982- Should have won: Susan Sarandon, Atlantic City

6- Jodie Foster- The Acused, 1989- Should have won: TIE  Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons and Gena Rowlands, Another Woman (Not Nominated)

7- Marlee Matlin- Children of a Lesser God, 1987- Should have won: Kathleen Turner, Peggy Sue Got Married

8- Geraldine Page- The Trip to Bountiful, 1986- Should have won: Whoopi Goldberg, The Color Purple

9- Sally Field- Places in the Heart, 1985- Should have won: Mia Farrow, Broadway Danny Rose (Not Nominated)

10- Cher- Moonstruck, 1988- Should have won: Glenn Close, Fatal Attraction

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