Casting for Dominant Woman

Catherine the Great

Fig. 1: Catherine Zeta Jones in "Catherine the Great"

It is no doubt that modern actresses who have got the powerful characteristics of the previous dominant women, especially that of the studio era, have become rare.

The fact is, the new generation of filmakers are somehow disregarding the unique characteristics of dominant woman and concentrating more about the common and what's available.

We are rarely seeing important stars such as the past. And most of today's stars can't keep their fame long enough, because frankly, they are not significant.

While some group considers somebody a star, another group considers her not.

However, nobody argues about the dominant woman we'll talk about. They look, talk, and walk special.

An insignificant looking dominant woman is not dominant on screen, even if she really is.

The following list is essential to follow for a Dominant Lead Female role, if you really want her and the movie convincing and powerful:

1- Wide Cheek Bones (Charismatic)

2- Elevated Side Edge Eyes (Sharp Look)

3- Wide Eyes (Appealing)

4- Wide Eyebrows (Stronger Personality)

5- High Eyebrows (Confidence)

6- Angled Eyebrows (Meaner)

7- or Arched Eyebrows (Classical)

8- Strong Forehead (Determinism)

9- Tall Built (Look Up to Her)

10- Wide Shoulders (Presentable)

11- Lower Pitch Voice (Maturity, Masculine)

Catherine Zeta Jones The Mask of Zorro

Fig 2: Catherine Zeta Jones in "The Mask of Zorro"

Catherine Zeta Jones  

Catherine Zeta Jones became a dominant woman icon, especially because of her early works, starting mid 1990's.

"Catherine the Great", a film perhaps not known to many, features an exact example of dominant, rather cruel, ambitious personality.

Similarly likely is "the Phantom", where she shows exceptional personality and real physical strength.

The film that brought her fame, The Mask of Zorro, and her famous movies, Entrapment, America's Sweethearts, Intorelable Cruelty and Chicago, all feature her dominant character.

Her later roles, starting early 2000 and on, strayed from the dominant woman character.

However, few can argue that uprising hollywood stars can equal the charisma and character of Catherine Zeta Jones, in her early works.

Catherine Zeta Jones The Phantom

Fig 3: Catherine Zeta Jones in "The Phantom"

Kathleen Turner


Kathleen Turner is perhaps one of best all time Dominant Woman Icon, both in acting and real life.

Right from start, in early 1980's, she starred in several femme fatale and dominant woman films, such as "Body Heat" and "Prizzi's Honor".

Most of her later works, such as "V.I.Warshawski", "War of the Roses" and later "Serial Mom", "A Simple Wish" and "Baby Geniuses" feature her as a great example, if not extreme example, of such dominant character.

And although she played comedy in her successful movies "The Jewel of the Nile" and "Romancing the Stone", and romance in "Peggy Sue Got Married", to name a few, her powerful dominant roles, which covered nearly two decades, will not be easilly forgotten.

Kathleen Turner

Fig. 4: Kathleen Turner in "War of the Roses"

Ava Gardner  

Long time ago, when most of you weren't probably born, Ava Gardner was, and still is, one of the greatest actresses of all time.

Ava Gardner made her greatest movies during early 1940's till the 1960's.

Although Ava Gardner was mostly known for her dramatic acting capabilities, not to mention her charm and beauty, she did reveal the dominant side in several films and situations with master skill, aided by her charismatic and powerful character looks.

When she did reveal her dominant side, there was no question about it. Like in "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman", "Barefoot Contessa" and "Mogambo" to name a few.

God mercy her soul.

We aren't seeing such capable actresses anymore.

Ava Garder Pandora

Fig. 5: Ava Gardner in "Pandora and the Flying Dutchman"

Ava Gardner Knights of the Round Table

Fig. 6: Ava Gardner in "Knights of the Round Table"

Ava Gardner Mogambo

Fig. 7: Ava Gardner in "Mogambo",
playing rough country girl.


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