Signature male voices in film are easy. Morgan Freeman is one. His comforting timbre is recognizable in several films and documentaries. When you think about female voices as iconic or recognizable–that takes some time.
Probably because I’ve heard them my whole life, their delivery of iconic lines mesh together, and I’d know their voices anywhere. Take the cast from All About Eve (1950) from yesterday’s post.
Bette Davis’s growl and clipped delivery established her as a dynamic force. Bumpy night indeed! Even in my favorite film of hers, Dark Victory, Davis was too strong to be considered weak and feminine. Anne Baxter’s voice is annoying to me, actually. From The Ten Commandments “Moses, Moses, Moses” to All About Eve, her about-to-faint breezy voice is like nails on a chalkboard. And then there’s Marilyn’s girly, sexy voice that are all recognizable after a sentence.
Ingrid Bergman’s voice runs across the skin and tantalizes. Vivien Leigh’s voice sounds like the whiny princess. Do you have a classic female voice that aggravates or you admire?
Is it easier to think of actresses from this time period? There’s only one that stands out definitively because she sings like a gale force and has the facial expressions and directorial talent to be a one woman show.
Whose female voice stands out to you from the past twenty years? This is really difficult! I give it up two–one sexy, one funny.
Who’s my all time favorite female voice?