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Beauty Break: Happy International Women's Day!

But, let's be honest: that's kinda every day here at the Film Experience. Therefore I have nothing special planned for it. Sorry bout it. I'd list my single favorite actress from every country but who got time for that? Instead a shout out to international readers and please enjoy these pictures of Anouk Aimée, Nicole Kidman, Maggie Cheung & Zhang Ziyi, Monica Vitti, Melanie Lynskey & Kate Winslet and more after the jump...

Tell us which actresses you'd like as cinematic ambassador from your country (or State)!

Franco-Italian cinema for the win

G'day Australian readers!

Liv immigrating from Scandinavia... to global big screen gloryHong Kong (& Beijing) Forever!

Monica Vitti. Monica Vitti's Hair. Monica Vitti's Existential Angst. L'Aventurra

Mainland China's greatest actress, Gong Li

olá Brazil & Fernanda MontenegroTake the Shanghai Express with Germany's Marlene DietrichWhat did Spain do to deserve Carmen Maura? We should do that, too.Shout out to New Zealand and UK Readers !

And we'll end with France because they are SO greedy with the Actresses, always embarrassing the rest of hte world with their spectacular quality abundance. 

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I think from Indonesia is Christine Hakim, she really felt like Indonesian's Meryl Streep in here.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercraver

Genevieve Bujold, s'il te plait.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

From Mexico, Silvia Pinal.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFernando Moss

Where to start.......................Salma Hayak, Connie Neilsen, Monica Bellucci, Bardot, Indira Varma, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Racquel Welch, Nicole Parker, Vanessa Williams...........Sophia Loren.......Eva Green...................

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Last Saturday I saw Gong Li in the flesh. What a beautiful vision she is. Yes, my jaw dropped and I was so starstruck they had to revive me. More Gong Li on thefilmexperience plz!!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCris

What about a shout out to Portugal?

Here's our most prestigious trio abroad: MARIA DE MEDEIROS (Pulp Fiction, Henry and June). BEATRIZ BATARDA (Night Train to Lisbon). ANA MOREIRA (Tabu).

And for most beautiful: Joana de Verona, Catarina Wallenstein, Maria João Bastos.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJorge Rodrigues

From Italy I suggest beautiful Ornella Muti...stateside famous for her role in FLASH GORDON but also Marco Ferreri's and (more recently) Lucas Belvaux's muse...and exquisite leading lady in several italian, french and spanish features

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMirko

From Missouri, Miss Marsha Mason!!!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Mary Pickford
Actress; Movie Star; produced her own films; co-founded United Artists, AMPAS, the Motion Picture Relief Fund. A Sweetheart for her own era.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

I'd like to make a little shoutout to an extremely versatile german actress that unfortunately passed away a few years ago, not so much well known for cinema, but TV: Evelyn Hamann.
She was not a beauty, but trust me, she was a great comedienne and could play ANY female role convincingly. I still miss her...

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

Raquel Welch is half Bolivian, and I'm Bolivian so I'm going to claim her

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCris

Cris -- claim away! what a beauty

Adri -- is that for Canada? wasn't mary Pickford canadian? or am i think of Norma Shearer

March 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Bette Davis
Amy Poehler

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPam

Norma Shearer and Mary Pickford are both Canadian beauties. Damn straight!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike in Canada

Mary Pickford was born in Toronto. Her statue is by the Hospital for Sick Children, where her house had been. She became an American citizen and America's Sweetheart of the movies, but requested dual nationality in old age.

A real pioneer in having control over one's own artistic output, and considering that artists are a community that help each other in times of hardship and old age.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteradri

Liv Ullmann representing Norway: I approve! :) Looking forward to Miss Julie

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMysjkin

Well, if we are claiming Missouri beauties, Kathleen Turner, Tess Harper and John Goodman (the most fetching drag queen on SNL).......and of course, one of the great beauties of the screen, Brad Pitt.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHenry

Lee Young-ae, representing.. South Korea! Remember Sympathy for Lady Vengeance? She hasn't made a single goddamn movie after that. It just bums me out to see such a talent of her caliber go to waste.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristine

I'm not actually from Sweden, but I love all things from that country, so I'd like to mention Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin and Harriet Andersson. What a great Swedish Triumvirate!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobMiles

I'm from Serbia and I can't really choose between Milena Dravic (maybe best known among foreign cinephiles for her role in WR Mysteries of Organism) and Mirjana Karanovic (Grbavica, Underground). they are both great actresses and nice ladies.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterbrace

From my home state/city: Miss Barbara Stanwyck

From my currrent state/city: Miss Jamie Lee Curtis

From my adopted country/city: Miss Audra McDonald (although Dietrich was first to come to mind)

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

From Hungary: Mari Törőcsik for being the first lady of films; but Éva Ruttkai was just as stunning and maybe even more of a queen in the hearts of the public. :) Can't go wrong with either.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdinasztie

Paul -- wow. i had no idea Audra was born in Germany

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel R

From Mexico- Maria Felix

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

I'm from Chile, so I think I should choose between Paulina García (Silver Bear at the Berlinale for her wonderful "Gloria"), Catalina Saavedra (Special Jury Prize at Sundance for her brave performance as "The Maid") and Gloria Munchmeyer (Volpi Cup winner at Venice Film Festival 1990 for "La luna en el espejo")... but that is only to name the most internationally prestigious and awarded names, because we also have some other actresses that I really love for her performances in the chilean cinema: Aline Kuppenheim ("Machuca"), Francisca Gavilán ("Violeta went to Heaven") to name a few...

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

I love this!

Barcelona: Vicky Peña (I know you would love her. Sondheim praised her Mrs. Lovett)
Chile: Paulina García. I still can't get over the fact she got zero awards traction last season
Israel: Hiam Abbass
Argentina: Norma Aleandro and Cecilia Roth
Romania: Luminita Gheorghiu

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

philippines: vilma santos

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterfilipinofilmbuff

@Peggy Sue: So cool that you mentioned Vicky Peña! I saw her as Blanche DuBois and she was amazing...

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNoecitos

Noecitos -- Oh, I'm so glad you loved her! She was amaaaazing! That's probably the single reason why I'm not buying this whole Blanchett infatuation. The world is round and there are other Blanches people!

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Well if we narrow it down to people from your county, I can claim Kristen Wiig

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJA

I'm from Romania, so thanks to whoever said Luminita Gheorghiu. There's also Anamaria Marinca, the lovely actress who played in "4months, 3weeks & 2days". The interesting part in this is that Luminita is one of my mother's friends, where Anamaria was my sister's deskmate in primary school (and I was in the same class with her older brother). So for me it would be a tough choice between the two. ;)

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRares

Maggie Cheung! Always Maggie!!

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterlofi

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