Wednesday, March 20, 2013
A number one seed makes an early exit in round 3
March Madness rears it's head once again as round three of the favorite classic movie actress tourney produced a few shockers. The biggest being the loss by two-time Final Four finalist Natalie Wood to upstart Shirley Jones. Natalie had won the previous two tourneys 60's era bracket with ease but kinda struggled this year. And could not shake Shirley in their match. Shirley won by the count of 32-26. Another upset in this era happened when the #1 seed in British Invasion category, Julie Andrews got beat by Diana Rigg 48-20. Correction she got destroyed.
No surprises for the 30's era bracket except for the fact that Barbara Stanwyck crushed Norma Shearer 72-9. I have to tell ya that Stany is looking more and more impressive with each win. She is not just winning but she is winning by large margins. Last round she beat Claudette Colbert by over 20 votes and now Shearer by over 60. Wow!
Over in the 50's era no upsets to speak of as all the top seeds won their matches. Audrey Hepburn laid another 55 for the second consecutive round as she routed Deborah Kerr 55-21. Grace Kelly, a two-time Final Four finalist got off to a slow start over Marilyn Monroe but pulled away to win 49-27.
And in the 40's era, the big match featured Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh. It was expected to be a close match but Bette was having none of that as she rolled 32-18. Looks like Bette is on a mission for sure. Here are the complete scores on all the matches.
THE 30'S ERA
GRETA GARBO over LILLIAN GISH 46-33
BARBARA STANWYCK over NORMA SHEARER 72-9
JOAN BLONDELL over ELEANOR POWELL 54-26
CAROLE LOMBARD over MYRNA LOY 61-21
THE 40'S ERA
BETTE DAVIS over VIVIEN LEIGH 32-18
JUDY GARLAND over TERESA WRIGHT 27-23
RITA HAYWORTH over LORETTA YOUNG 29-20
GENE TIERNEY over LAUREN BACALL 39-11
THE 50'S ERA
AUDREY HEPBURN over DEBORAH KERR 55-21
GRACE KELLY over MARILYN MONROE 49-27
AVA GARDNER over ELEANOR PARKER 67-9
DORIS DAY over JANE RUSSELL 54-22
THE 60'S ERA
SHIRLEY JONES over NATALIE WOOD 32-26
DIANA RIGG over JULIE ANDREWS 48-20
ANNE BANCROFT over PAULA PRENTISS 32-22
CATHERINE DENEUVE over ROMY SCHNEIDER 33-29
Round 4 will begin this evening and run through Saturday evening. We will do posts detailing each match in each era for the remaining 16 actresses...the sweet sixteen.