Sunday, July 6, 2008

Top Five singer/actors

I love this topic, the top five most successful actors/singers of all time, posted by Dallas Morning News movies editor Stephen Becker on the DMN's The Screening Room blog. But, man, are there a couple of obvious omissions. I think, for better or worse, it's fair to say that Will Smith would be in the top five. Frank Sinatra might well be number one. But the rest of his choices, in my opinion, are subject to a bit of dispute - Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, and Cher. Not that those aren't fine choices. But consider a few of the unmentioned ones - Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Lena Horne. The first couple speak for themselves. Horne obviously dominates musically, and she was the first African-American to sign a contract with MGM. During World War II, she was for African-American soldiers what Betty Grable was for white soldiers.

So who else is missing? Yves Montand, probably. The French pop singer Magali Noel appeared in Rififi, La Dolce Vita, Satyricon, Amacord, which I'm thinking outdoes The Prince of Tides. I'mk thinking there are others that Godard, Truffaut, and New Wavers must have used.

Ah, David Bowie - things like The Man Who Fell to Earth and The Prestige. Mick Jagger in Performance and Ned Kelly.

UPDATE: A star of several really good films, including one of my ten best westerns - Kris Kristofferson.

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