My favorite award that used to be bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press was for Most Promising Newcomers. From 1954 to 1964 there were multiple winners in the Male and Female categories. Beginning in 1965, there was only one winner in each and then in the early Eighties, the category was changed to New Star of the Year with both actors and actresses vying for the award. The award was scrapped soon after Pia Zadora’s husband alledgedly “bought” the award for her as she won for Butterfly over Kathleen Turner, Elizabeth McGovern, Rachel Ward, Craig Wasson, and Harold Rollins.

Below are the winners and other nominees during the “Starlet” years:
*Sandra Dee – Until They Sail
*Carolyn Jones – Bachelor Party
*Diane Varsi – Peyton Place
Good choices as Jones and Varsi went on to receive Oscar nominations for their performances and Dee did become a major star. My quibble, Jones was no newcomer and had been working in films since 1953.

Joanna Barnes – Auntie Mame
*Linda Cristal – Perfect Furlough
*Susan Kohner – Big Fisherman
*Tina Louise – God’s Little Acre
Carol Lynley – Light in the Forest
France Nuyen – South Pacific
Anybody’s ball game with this batch. Kohner and Louise were excellent choices but Cristal hada disappointing movie career though 10 years later she scored on TV in The High Chapparal.

Diane Baker – Best of Everything
*Angie Dickinson – Rio Bravo
Carol Lynley – Blue Denim
Yvette Mimieux – Platinum High School
*Janet Munro – Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Cindy Robbins – This Earth Is Mine
*Stella Stevens – Say One for Me
*Tuesday Weld – Rally ‘Round the Flag, Boys!
Dickinson was no newcomer and had appeared in over 10 movies since 1954. Lynley became the only actress to get a second shot at the award and should have filled the 4th spot over Munro. Even with 8 nominees Millie Perkins was still snubbed for Diary of Anne Frank and deserved a nod over Robbins or Mimieux.

*Ina Balin – From the Terrace
Jill Haworth – Exodus
Shirley Knight – Dark At the Top of the Stairs
*Nancy Kwan – World of Susie Wong
*Hayley Mills – Pollyanna
Julie Newmar – Marriage-Go-Round
Kwan and Mills were the popular choices but Knight should have won out over Balin though for me Miss Julie Newmar should have won over all of them.

*Ann-Margret – Pocketful of Miracles
*Jane Fonda – Tall Story
*Christine Kauffman – Town without Pity
Pamela Tiffin – One, Two, Three
Cordula Trantow – Hitler
What the hell were they thinking!?! Pamela Tiffin was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress catefory for her performance and should have won over Kauffman. What the hell is a Cordula Trantow?

*Patty Duke – Miracle Worker
Dahlia Lavi – Two Weeks in another Town
*Sue Lyon – Lolita
Janet Margolin – David and Lisa
Suzanne Pleshette – Rome Adventure
*Rita Tushingham – A Taste of Honey
Good choices though since the Foreign Press liked to bestow one award on a foreign actress I’d take Lavi over Tushingham any day.

*Ursula Andress – Dr. No
Joey Heatherton – Twilight of Honor
*Tippi Hedren – The Birds
Leslie Parrish – For Love or Money
Maggie Smith – The V.I.P.s
*Elke Sommer – The Prize
Foreign Press blew this with giving award to Andress who was dubbed in the spy classic and choosing all over Maggie Smith. Have no idea how Parrish got in there with a supporting role after playing leads beginning with Li’l Abner (1959).

*Mia Farrow- Guns at Batasi
*Celia Kaye – Island of the Blue Dolphin
*Mary Ann Mobley – Get Yourself a College Girl
Save for Mia Farrow, after these ridiculous choices (didn’t anyone hear of Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins?), the category was changed to one winner.



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