1. Ripley in Alien. Not for the aliens, mind you, but for her fierce badass fearlessness.
2. Tracy Lord in The Philadelphia Story. What I remember most about this film is Katherine Hepburn’s intelligent self-examination.
3. Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Because, well, who wouldn’t want to be (aka: look like) Audrey Hepburn in their fantasies? And there’s nothing like a transformational story where you get to keep all the best stuff from the before and after.
4. Erica Barry in Something’s Gotta Give. (Yeah, that would be the Diane Keaton character.) So many reasons for this one: she gets to go through a complete existential transformation in a most liberating, cathartic way AND she gets to do it in the most perfectly beautiful Cape Cod beach house I’ve EVER SEEN!
5. Erin Brockovich in Erin Brockovich. I don’t care about her boobs or her hair, it’s her unflinching attack on the bad and the wrong and her tireless against-all-odds defense of the underdog and what’s right.
1. Any of Doris Day's roles in The Thrill of it All, Lover Come Back, Pillow Talk, et al. I would love to be sexy and charming and funny and work with those gorgeous brilliant men!
2. Jane Craig: the role played by Holly Hunter in Broadcast News. Great great role! Smart, funny, neurotic!
3. Nora Charles played by Merna Loy in the Thin Man movies: loving wife, dog lover, mystery solver, wit extraordinaire.
4. Hildy Johnson played by the great Roz Russel in His Girl Friday—again, smart sassy, witty.
5. Kim Macafie played by the sexy and brilliant Ann Margaret in Bye Bye Birdie—need I say why?