Total Recall: 20 Most Iconic New York Women

Which ladies represent The Big Apple best?

In celebration of the long awaited theatrical release of Sex and the City, RT is turning the spotlight on New York's 20 most iconic women. You'll note these are mostly single girls, struggling against gender roles and wrestling (not just metaphorically) with relationships. Each are products of their city, but hopefully, wherever you might hang your hat, you can empathize with their comedies, dramas, and romantic entanglements. That's what makes them iconic after all: They're relevant, even if they're dated. And, oh, the demi-fros and eyeliner on some of these girls are seriously dated.





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20. Margot Tenenbaum
Appears in: The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Portrayed by: Gwyneth Paltrow

She's a glorious mess, a secretly smoking playwright whose attire/uniform is the fashion equivalent of class warfare: Fur, polo dress and loafers -- I mean, really.

While you'd be hard pressed to consider Margot Tenenbaum a "woman" in all her self-loathing, self-serious austerity, she's feminine and mysterious and renders those around her impotent without really trying. When she leaves the Green Line bus and approaches Bomber (Luke Wilson) to the cadence of Nico's "These Days" time takes on another dimension. Don't we all wish we had those powers?







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19. Nora Charles
Appears in: The Thin Man (1934)
Portrayed by: Myrna Loy

There's something discourteous about Depression-era socialites, but it's hard not to love this party girl. Nora Charles was pretty, playful and usually drunk, but since her husband shared in her proclivity for martinis she fit in swimmingly. There are few women who'd follow their ex-detective husbands around, solving crimes for the fun, but it was the Depression and she was rich. Audiences so liked the team of Nick and Nora Charles that MGM ultimately produced five Thin Man detective comedies.



Comments

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

YES! The minute I read this list I thought Annie Hall. Great Job!

May 29 - 06:14 PM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

You know, it takes away from the experience going through the entire list and reaching number one if you have somebody blurt out who it is on the first comment.

May 30 - 03:39 AM

mozzer232

John Brenner

Good call, and that is definitely the best user name EVER! You set quite a standard to live up to with that one. Tom Waits is pretty much my hero!

May 31 - 03:28 AM

jokerboy1991

jack giroux

Yeah Diane Keaton was ausome in Annie Hall.

May 29 - 06:15 PM

the_reasons

Shane Cotier

wait a minute,
the actor who plays Cher
is a woman?!

xo!

May 30 - 01:41 AM

bamb0o-stick

Jonathan Y

You know, it takes away from the experience going through the entire list and reaching number one if you have somebody blurt out who it is on the first comment.

May 30 - 03:39 AM

Matanuki

Matanuki .

So I watch the Parker Posey clip right after the Lois Lane clip and wind up asking myself an old question; why wasn't she cast as Lois in Returns? Weird. Kinda like Spiderman 3 (not entirely a good example since it was late in the game but...), you look at Howard and Dunst, and think how much more fitting it would have been if their roles were reversed. The blonde plays the redhead when she should have just been cast as the blonde, the redhead plays the blonde but she would have been more physically suited to play the redhead. Crazy. ;-)

May 30 - 05:02 AM

red_wine

ankit jhunjhunwala

Good list.

Obviously I too thought Annie Hall when I saw New York. Also Holly Golightly.

But very few movies of these actually have New York as a character apart from the 2 mentioned above. And maybe The Apartment.

You could also have included any of the woman from Manhattan. That film IS New York.

May 30 - 08:41 AM

tomwaitsjrHAPPYICONOCLAST

Greg Guro

Yah, Mariel Hemmingway was good in Manhattan. But Annie Hall had people copying her and acting like her. Which, is far preferable to people copying and acting like Sex and the City.

Unless, it's a horse imitating Sarah Jessica Parker.

May 30 - 08:49 AM

sunsaz

Chris Moore

I never really "got" Breakfast at Tiffany's or Annie Hall. But then again, I don't really understand New York itself either. So those two probably deserve the top spots.

May 30 - 01:16 PM

mjprogue

Mike PArker

Good list...except shift Annie Hall down to around 4 and move Holly and co. up one.

Nobody beats Audrey...nobody

May 30 - 08:55 PM

kobe8byrant

Teh Daniel

I too would have moved Holly Golightly up one and Annie Hall down one but it's a matter of preference.

May 30 - 11:16 PM

ryaroe

Raj Walker

I saw this list and could not help but say, most memorable?
Where is Ellen Ripley from Alien, and even more so Aliens?

May 31 - 12:29 AM

mozzer232

John Brenner

Good call, and that is definitely the best user name EVER! You set quite a standard to live up to with that one. Tom Waits is pretty much my hero!

May 31 - 03:28 AM

mozzer232

John Brenner

I love Annie Hall, but the more I think about it, it has to be Hollie. Its just too iconic, and the 'Moonriver' on the fire escape gets me everytime!

May 31 - 03:30 AM

rottten

rott ten

Ellen Barkin in the 1991 movie "Switch" should definitely be on this list.

Jun 2 - 05:33 AM

Musicalchild

Deja Acosta

i am probably one of the many who beleive that Audrey Hepburn should get first

Jun 3 - 12:30 PM

Jockness

Jock Davidson

What about Iris Steensma from Taxi Driver? I realize not many New Yorkians would be happy with a 12 year old prostitute representing their city, and her age might exclude her from the "women" criteria, but there's no doubt that she's an iconic character.

Jun 4 - 10:53 PM

Patricia Nguy?n

Patricia Nguy?n

no women of color. =(

Apr 24 - 08:41 AM

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