Making Their Lists (But Not Checking Them Twice)
Reading this and this, I'm reminded of the myopia that general skews such polls in favour of the contemporary (and primarily American) rather than the historical. Some key names are notably absent from the upper echelons where they belong: James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Alec Guinness, Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Vivien Leigh, Peter O'Toole, Helen Hayes, Lillian Gish, Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Deborah Kerr, Orson Welles, James Mason, Ingrid Bergman, Marlon Brando, Ellen Burstyn, to name just a few. But Julia Roberts?!?!?! Ewan McGregor?!?!?! Of ALL-TIME?!?!?!? C'mon, the scales here are severely imbalanced. Yet another reason such polls are as worthless as a politician's morality.