What Are Some Well-Known Female Monologues?


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Some well-known female monologues are Faye Dunaway's monologue in "Mommie Dearest," Ellen Burstyn's monologue in "Requiem for a Dream" and Vivian Leigh's monologue in "Gone With the Wind." Both Ellen Burstyn and Vivian Leigh received Oscar nominations for their roles in the films, but Leigh was the only one to win the award. Faye Dunaway expected a nomination for her dramatic performance in "Mommie Dearest" and was disappointed when she wasn't nominated.

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In Dunaway's famous monologue in "Mommie Dearest," she plays actress Joan Crawford having an abusive breakdown towards her adopted daughter. The line "No wire hangers, ever!" from the monologue was ranked as one of the top 100 movie quotes by the American Film Institute.

In "Requiem for a Dream," Burstyn plays the main character's mother. Her emotional monologue is about wanting something to look forward to and how she feels about growing older. It was powerful enough to make a camera man cry and fog the camera's eyepiece as it was filmed. The distorted view caused the cameraman to accidentally move off-center, and the take made the final cut for the film.

As Scarlet O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind," Leigh had many memorable lines, but her monologue about how she was going to survive against all odds is one of the most well-known monologues in film history.

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