Friday, September 18, 2009

The Top Stars of 1966

The International Motion Picture Almanac has annually polled theater owners since 1933 to determine who they consider to be the top box office stars of the year. This is their 1966 list.

10. Elvis Presley

Down from number six. In 1966, Elvis Presley starred in “Frankie and Johnny”, “Paradise, Hawaiian Style”, and “Spinout”.

9. Paul Newman

Re-entering the list after holding the number nine position in 1964. In 1966, Paul Newman starred in “Harper” and “Torn Curtain”.

8. Doris Day

Down from number three. In 1966, Doris Day starred in “The Glass Bottom Boat”.

7. John Wayne

Down from number two. In 1966, John Wayne starred in “El Dorado” and appeared in “Cast a Giant Shadow”.

6. Cary Grant

Up from number seven. In 1966, Cary Grant starred in “Walk Don’t Run”, his last film.

5. Richard Burton

Up from number ten. In 1966, Richard Burton starred in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actor.

4. Jack Lemmon

Up from number five. In 1966, Jack Lemmon starred in “The Fortune Cookie”.

3. Elizabeth Taylor

Up from number nine. In 1966, Elizabeth Taylor starred in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and won the Oscar for Best Actress.

2. Sean Connery

The number one box office star of 1965. In 1966, Sean Connery starred in “A Fine Madness”.

1. Julie Andrews

Up from number four. In 1966, Julie Andrews starred in “Hawaii” and “Torn Curtain”.


mikeyths'55 said...

Go back a few years...Try 1959..and go on for about 5 or 6 years, and you will find MISS DAY at the TOP of the list, a record never equalled by any other female star!

Leo said...

Yes. She made her first appearance in 1959 at number four. She was number one in 1960, 1962, 1963 & 1964. She was number three in 1961 & 1965. Her number eight showing in 1966 was her last appearance.