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Winners: Oscar-Winning Actresses

Updated: August 12, 2019

Biographies of actresses who have won Oscars for Best Actress and/or Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 

As I am : an autobiography
Neal, Patricia, 1926-2010.
Call Number: 812.092 N342

Patricia Neal--Best Actress, 1963 for Hud

Call me Anna : the autobiography of Patty Duke
Duke, Patty, 1946-
Call Number: 812.092 A854

Patty Duke--Best Supporting Actress, 1962 for The Miracle Worker


Cher : all I really want to do
Easlea, Daryl.
Call Number: 789.14 C521Ea

Cher--Best Actress, 1987 for Moonstruck.

Emma : the many facets of Emma Thompson
Nickson, Chris.
Call Number: 822.092 T469Ni

Emma Thompson--Best Actress, 1992 for Howards End.

Emma Stone : breakout movie star
Owings, Lisa.
Call Number: 812.092 S8763Ow

Emma Stone--Best Actress, 2016 for La La Land.

Every Frenchman has one.
De Havilland, Olivia.
Call Number: 812.092 D322

Olivia De Havilland--Best Actress, 1946 (To Each His Own) and 1949 (The Heiress)


Foster child : a biography of Jodie Foster
Foster, Buddy, 1957-
Call Number: 812.092 F755Fo

Jodie Foster--Best Actress, 1991 for The Silence of the Lambs.

Gwyneth Paltrow
Hill, Anne E., 1974-
Call Number: 812.092 P183Hi

Gwyneth Paltrow--Best Actress 1998 for Shakespeare in Love.

Halle Berry : a stormy life
Sanello, Frank.
Call Number: 812.092 B5345Sa

Halle Berry--Best Actress 2001, for Monster's Ball.

Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel
Jackson, Carlton
Call Number: 812.092 M134Ja

Hattie McDaniel—Best Supporting Actress, 1939 for Gone with the Wind.

Her again : becoming Meryl Streep
Schulman, Michael,
Call Number: 812.092 S914Sc

Meryl Streep--Best Actress, 1980 for Kramer vs. Kramer; 1983 for Sophie's Choice; 2012 for The Iron Lady.

In the Frame : my life in words and pictures
Mirren, Helen.
Call Number: 822.092 M676

Helen Mirren--Best Actress, 2006 for The Queen.

Jennifer Lawrence : girl on fire
Cohen, Nadia,
Call Number: 812.092 L4193Co

Jennifer Lawrence--Best Actress 2012, for Silver Linings Playbook.

Julia : her life
Spada, James.
Call Number: 812.092 R6454Sp

Julia Roberts--Best Actress 2000, for Erin Brockovich.

Just outside the spotlight : growing up with Eileen Heckart
Yankee, Luke.
Call Number: 812.092 H448Ya

Touching memoir penned by character actress Heckart's youngest son. The talented Heckart was a Broadway and Hollywood veteran whose indelible portrayals (in everything from The Bad Seed to The Mary Tyler Moore Show) earned her many prestigious awards, yet she was never a household name. The book gives us a peek into the peculiar state of living "just outside the spotlight." The tone is loving but it's a fun read, crammed with dishy anecdotes about Marilyn Monroe, Marlene Dietrich and Lucille Ball, to name a few.

Eileen Heckart--Best Supporting Actress, 1972 for Butterflies are Free


The making of The African Queen, or, How I went to Africa with Bogart, Bacall, and Huston and almost lost my mind
Hepburn, Katharine, 1907-2003.
Call Number: 791.1 A258He

Katharine Hepburn--Best Actress, 1934 (Morning Glory), 1968 (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner), 1969 (The Lion in Winter) and 1982 (On Golden Pond)


Marie Dressler : the unlikeliest star
Lee, Betty, 1921-
Call Number: 812.092 D773Le

Marie Dressler--Best Actress, 1930/31 for Min and Bill.

My story: an autobiography.
Astor, Mary, 1906-1987.
Call Number: 812.092 A858

Mary Astor spills the dirt about John Barrymore, failed marriages, alcohol abuse, the notorious George Kaufman diary scandal, and a film career spanning 45 years.

Mary Astor--Best Supporting Actress, 1941 for The Great Lie


Natalie Portman : queen of hearts
Dickerson, James.
Call Number: 812.092 P853Di

Natalie Portman--Best Actress 2010, for Black Swan.

Nicole Kidman
Thomson, David, 1941-
Call Number: 822.092 K46Th

Nicole Kidman--Best Actress 2002, for The Hours.

Norma Shearer : a life
Lambert, Gavin.
Call Number: 812.092 S539La

Norma Shearer--Best Actress, 1930 for The Divorcee


Nostalgia isn't what it used to be
Signoret, Simone, 1921-1985.
Call Number: 842.092 S578

This excellent piece of writing from Oscar winner Simone Signoret (Room at the Top) recounts her early years as a half-Jewish aspiring actress in World War II-era France, and her marriage to popular singer Yves Montand (who had a high-profile affair with Marilyn Monroe while married to Signoret).


Simone Signoret--Best Actress, 1959 (Room at the Top)



An open book
Gordon, Ruth, 1896-1985.
Call Number: 812.092 G6643-2

Ruth Gordon--Best Supporting Actress, 1969 for Rosemary's Baby.

Pickford : the woman who made Hollywood
Whitfield, Eileen, 1951-
Call Number: 812.092 P597Wh

Mary Pickford--Best Actress 1928/29 for Coquette.

Rita Moreno : a memoir
Moreno, Rita.
Call Number: 812.092 M843

Rita Moreno--Best Supporting Actress, 1961 for West Side Story

Sandra Bullock
Hill, Anne E.
Call Number: 812.092 B938Hi

Sandra Bullock--Best Actress 2009, for The Blind Side.

Sandy Dennis, a personal memoir
Dennis, Sandy, 1937-1992.
Call Number: 812.092 D411

Sandy Dennis--Best Supporting Actress, 1966 for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Sophia Loren : a biography
Harris, Warren G.
Call Number: 852.092 L868Ha

Sophia Loren--Best Actress, 1962 (Two Women)

Susan Sarandon : actress-activist
Shapiro, Marc, 1949-
Call Number: 812.092 S2435Sh

Susan Sarandon--Best Actress 1995, for Dead Man Walking.

Uncommon knowledge
Lewis, Judy, 1935-2011.
Call Number: 812.092 Y73Le

Loretta Young--Best Actress, 1948 (The Farmer’s Daughter)


Vivien : the life of Vivien Leigh
Walker, Alexander.
Call Number: 822.092 L529Wa

Vivien Leigh--Best Actress, 1939 (Gone with the Wind) and 1951 (A Streetcar Named Desire)


Whiskey in a teacup : what growing up in the South taught me about life, love, and baking biscuits
Witherspoon, Reese, 1976-
Call Number: 812.092 W8244

Reese Witherspoon--Best Actress 2005, for Walk the Line.