After a thrilling month of matches, we have our final four women who will compete to decide the favorite classic movie goddess of All Good Things. Irene Dunne, Vivien Leigh, Grace Kelly and Natalie Wood battled their way to this final stop of the tournament and it wasn't easy. Irene, a 10th seed, had to face such actresses in the silent/30's era such as Clara Bow, Barbara Stanwyck, Claudette Colbert and my fave Carole Lombard. She beat them all. There was a problem during her match with Lombard that somehow the poll allowed users to vote more than once and the match had to be started over again to be fair to all involved. And I believe the right actress eventually won, that being Dunne.
In the 40's era, Vivien Leigh was seeded 4th and battled Ann Sheridan, Lauren Bacall, Bette Davis (in which Leigh made a stunning comeback, down by as many as 10 votes at one time), and Ingrid Bergman, which had a thrilling 33-31 finish.
In the 50's era Grace Kelly road was no less easier as she squared off against Anne Baxter, Ava Gardner, Audrey Hepburn (one of the best matches of the tournament as Grace outlasted Audrey 28-26) and finally Debbie Reynolds.
And finally in the just finished 60's era, Natalie had to beat actresses Claudia Cardinale, Shirley Jones, Julie Andrews and finally Doris Day. Natalie overcame the largest tournament deficit to post the comeback win 31-29.
So our final four shapes up with two great semi-final matches as listed below. Voting begins tomorrow morning and will run through Friday night 5pm EST. The winners of those matches will face each other in the Championship Final beginning Saturday and run till Monday 5pm EST. Good luck to all four women involved and I hope everyone will vote on the matches even if their favorite actress is not part of the final four. I'm still playing and Carole Lombard has long since been knocked out of the tournament.
4 GRACE KELLY (50's Era Winner)
10 IRENE DUNNE (30's Era Winner)
2 NATALIE WOOD (60's Era Winner)
4 VIVIEN LEIGH (40's Era Winner)