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shijinn
02-17-2013, 10:56 AM
so i was thinking of how having Sean Bean in a movie is almost like an automatic spoiler and i easily found lists of actors who have died onscreen. however, i couldn't find any such list for actresses. do women simply die less often onscreen? or is it the relative lack of female villians? anyway, which actress holds the most number of deaths onscreen?

Zeldar
02-17-2013, 11:49 AM
It might be a step in the direction of "the most" to mention those that have died onscreen at all.

To that end:

Glenn Close
Rebecca DeMornay
Mercedes McCambridge
Margaret Hamilton
Ali MacGraw
Joan Crawford
Susan Hayward

shijinn
02-17-2013, 12:00 PM
well, Sigourney Weaver has died at least twice that i know of.

GIGObuster
02-17-2013, 12:10 PM
Ali MacGraw


Notorious for even generating a movie cliche:

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/19950820/GLOSSARY/508200301/1023
Ali MacGraw's Disease

Movie illness in which the only symptom is that the sufferer grows more beautiful as death approaches.

As noticed by Ebert also: Greta Garbo was also affected by it.

Tim R. Mortiss
02-17-2013, 12:12 PM
Without doing any research, my gut would say Tilda Swinton, as she seems to get cast as villains a lot.

Zeldar
02-17-2013, 12:32 PM
Others I've thought of:

Shelley Winters
Kim Novak
Charlize Theron

Quartz
02-17-2013, 12:34 PM
How about Jamie Lee Curtis, from her 'Scream Queen' days?

Zeldar
02-17-2013, 12:35 PM
How about Jamie Lee Curtis, from her 'Scream Queen' days?

For sure: Drew Barrymore

Simplicio
02-17-2013, 12:36 PM
Even though woman villains are less common, "Girlfriend dies, sending the hero on a mission of revenge" is has got to be one of the most overused movie cliches, so I imagine the answer is some mid-level actress who is popular enough to frequently play the gf of the lead, but not so popular that the director has a problem killing her off early on.

Zeldar
02-17-2013, 12:45 PM
Even though woman villains are less common, "Girlfriend dies, sending the hero on a mission of revenge" is has got to be one of the most overused movie cliches, so I imagine the answer is some mid-level actress who is popular enough to frequently play the gf of the lead, but not so popular that the director has a problem killing her off early on.

Other categories/genres where a particular actress gets cast as a victim in multiple roles:

vampire
zombie
film noir
sci-fi monster
gang war
dying maiden
evil mother
"bad seed" girl
doomed sweetheart
outlaw's bitch

Maserschmidt
02-17-2013, 12:47 PM
Liz Taylor dies in Cleopatra and BUtterfield 8.

Simplicio
02-17-2013, 01:15 PM
Liz Taylor dies in Cleopatra and BUtterfield 8.

Well, two isn't exactly hard to beat, but I guess we have to start somewhere.

Female characters in Chinese films seem to die more frequently then their western counterparts. That's probably another fruitful place to look.

Zhang Ziyi dies in Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Hero (sort of, she had a death scene anyways), Crouching Tiger (maybe), the Banquet and The Grandmaster.

So that's six (and I imagine she dies in other films as well, hopefully someone else can fill in).

So can anyone beat six (or add to Zhang's total)?

Zeldar
02-17-2013, 01:19 PM
Daryl Hannah?

Blade Runner
Kill Bill?

Critical1
02-17-2013, 01:51 PM
Zhang Ziyi dies in Rush Hour 2, House of Flying Daggers, Hero (sort of, she had a death scene anyways), Crouching Tiger (maybe), the Banquet and The Grandmaster.

So that's six (and I imagine she dies in other films as well, hopefully someone else can fill in).

So can anyone beat six (or add to Zhang's total)?

I came in to mention her. She dies in a pretty ridiculous % of her movies.

[Undecided] Adrian
02-17-2013, 02:03 PM
Michelle Rodriguez (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0735442/) is up there for sure, she dies as often as Sean Bean at least proportionally.

I Made French Toast For You
02-17-2013, 02:36 PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar dies:

2x on Buffy
1x in Scream 2
1x in I Know What You Did Last Summer
1x in The Grudge 2
1x, fake, in Ringer
1x, brutally, in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

I may have made that last one up.

Tangent
02-17-2013, 02:44 PM
well, Sigourney Weaver has died at least twice that i know of.

Alien3
Alien Resurrection
Avatar
Gorillas in the Mist
The Cabin in the Woods

possibly more

Mahaloth
02-17-2013, 03:03 PM
well, Sigourney Weaver has died at least twice that i know of.

Yes, listing them would be helpful and I now see my previous poster has done so for her.

Mahaloth
02-17-2013, 03:04 PM
Adrian;16016311']Michelle Rodriguez (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0735442/) is up there for sure, she dies as often as Sean Bean at least proportionally.

Can you spoil us and tell us movies she dies in?

Avatar
LOST


are the only ones I know of, but I've hardly seen her.

Ethilrist
02-17-2013, 03:13 PM
Do the actresses playing replicants in Battlestar Galactica count? Most of them died at least a half-dozen times during the course of the series and that's not even counting when they blew up the resurrection ship.

Tricia Helfer (Six/Gina/Caprica)
Grace Park (Boomer)
Lucy Lawless (D'Anna Biers)

RealityChuck
02-17-2013, 04:09 PM
Lillian Gish? Died in Broken Blossoms, La Boheme, Duel in the Sun, A Wedding and probably a few others.

GIGObuster
02-17-2013, 04:17 PM
Can you spoil us and tell us movies she dies in?

Avatar
LOST


are the only ones I know of, but I've hardly seen her.

Cracked reports these examples:

http://www.cracked.com/funny-6301-michelle-rodriguez/#ixzz2LCIIVzYh
Michelle Rodriguez seems to always find a way to get herself killed. Since lists seem to be the way to do things around here, lets get on with it:

LOST: She gets randomly shot. But it's Lost, so that kinda stuff happens every other week.

BLOODRAYNE: The only good thing about this movie is that they killed her, so I can have one more name on my list. And she doesn't even get a good death here, it's just kinda awkward.

RESIDENT EVIL: A zombie bites her, and she spends the second half of the movie dying.

RESIDENT EVIL: She comes back as a zombie, and they shoot her. Yes, they kill her twice in this movie.

FAST AND FURIOUS: Oh hey, she actually survives in thi-

FAST AND FURIOUS 4: Oh. right.

AVATAR: She gets shot down after about 2 mins of fighting and firing 1 shot, probably more out of habit than anything else.

Simplicio
02-17-2013, 04:45 PM
So we have six deaths each for Zhang Ziyi, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Michelle Rodriguez, assuming you count double deaths (Gellar in Buffy and Rodriguez in Resident Evil) or debatable deaths (Ziyi in Crouching Tiger and Hero).

Can anyone come up with more movies that those three actresses died in or other actresses that have had seven or more on-screen deaths.

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 04:48 PM
Jenette Goldstein, best known as Vasquez in Aliens. This list has 8 on screen and 1 offscreen death.

http://www.cinemorgue.com/jenettegoldstein.html


Eta: you can look up actresses by name on the main site
http://www.cinemorgue.com/

Simplicio
02-17-2013, 04:58 PM
Jenette Goldstein, best known as Vasquez in Aliens. This list has 8 on screen and 1 offscreen death.

http://www.cinemorgue.com/jenettegoldstein.html

Titanic and Terminator were both off-screen, according to that site. That still leaves her with seven deaths though, so she's in the lead.

Ethilrist
02-17-2013, 05:15 PM
Eta: you can look up actresses by name on the main site
http://www.cinemorgue.com/

All righty, then:

Lucy Lawless: 11 deaths

Xena, Warrior Princess: 4 episodes
X-Files
Boogeyman (offscreen)
Battlestar Galactica: 3 episodes
Burn Notice
Angel of Death
Spartacus

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 05:27 PM
Titanic and Terminator were both off-screen, according to that site. That still leaves her with seven deaths though, so she's in the lead.

Now that you mention it, her death in Aliens was also off-screen.

Simplicio
02-17-2013, 05:53 PM
Now that you mention it, her death in Aliens was also off-screen.

IIRC, she pulls a grenade pin and we see the explosion. I think that counts as essentially on-screen.

GuanoLad
02-17-2013, 06:17 PM
Liz Smith (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liz_Smith_%28actress%29)

NDP
02-17-2013, 07:01 PM
Relevent TV Tropes link: Chronically Killed Actor. (http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/ChronicallyKilledActor)

Kent Clark
02-17-2013, 07:10 PM
Meryl Streep. A noteworthy 11 times (http://www.cinemorgue.com/merylstreep.html), although eight of them are off-screen.

Loach
02-17-2013, 07:20 PM
Titanic and Terminator were both off-screen, according to that site. That still leaves her with seven deaths though, so she's in the lead.

Wasn't she dead and impaled on T1000's metal finger on screen? Or was that a different character?

shijinn
02-17-2013, 07:20 PM
All righty, then:

Lucy Lawless: 11 deaths

... Battlestar Galactica: 3 episodes ... from what i can tell on this page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharon_Valerii#Sharon_.22Boomer.22_Valerii, Grace Park dies at least about 10ish times onscreen for Battlestar Galactica alone, so the actual number may be more, not including other shows.

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 07:22 PM
Sigourney Weaver (http://www.cinemorgue.com/sigourneyweaver.html) has 9 onscreen, 1 dream sequence and a Saturday Night Live sketch.

Ethilrist
02-17-2013, 07:31 PM
Wasn't she dead and impaled on T1000's metal finger on screen? Or was that a different character?
No, she did the sword-arm impaling on Xander Berkeley, and Robert Patrick did the pointy-finger into Sarah Connor's shoulder.

Loach
02-17-2013, 07:41 PM
No, she did the sword-arm impaling on Xander Berkeley, and Robert Patrick did the pointy-finger into Sarah Connor's shoulder.

Oh right that's why I was confused. She was the T1000 at that time.

irritant
02-17-2013, 07:58 PM
Aren't there a dozen clones of Ripley in Alien Resurrection, and don't they all die? Would that count as multiple deaths?

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 08:18 PM
Yeah, when you start getting into resurrections, cloning, time travel, etc. it kind of changes the game. Hell, Michelle Rodriguez has been killed 4 times in the Resident Evil series alone.

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 08:57 PM
No, she did the sword-arm impaling on Xander Berkeley, and Robert Patrick did the pointy-finger into Sarah Connor's shoulder.

Off topic, but Xander Bereley has 19! One of which was after a fight with... Dabney Coleman.

Who loses a fight with Dabney Coleman? Xander Berkely, that's who.

Siam Sam
02-17-2013, 08:59 PM
so i was thinking of how having Sean Bean in a movie is almost like an automatic spoiler and i easily found lists of actors who have died onscreen. however, i couldn't find any such list for actresses. do women simply die less often onscreen? or is it the relative lack of female villians? anyway, which actress holds the most number of deaths onscreen?

Sean Bean is the only female on this list (http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/27/which-actors-have-died-the-most-in-movies/).

Ironically, while Bruce Willis comes in at No. 2 (Robert De Niro is in first place), he does not die in any of the Die Hard films.

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 09:17 PM
Sean Bean is the only female on this list (http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/27/which-actors-have-died-the-most-in-movies/).

Ironically, while Bruce Willis comes in at No. 2 (Robert De Niro is in first place), he does not die in any of the Die Hard films.

(Bolding mine)

Well, now I'm confused.

Siam Sam
02-17-2013, 09:31 PM
Sean Bean is the only female on this list (http://blog.moviefone.com/2010/12/27/which-actors-have-died-the-most-in-movies/).

(Bolding mine)

Well, now I'm confused.

D'oh! :smack: I don't blame you. I had a brain fart and confused him with Sean Young. (Hey, I'm old. :()

Meanwhile, I've seen Agnes Moorehead mentioned as dying a lot in films.

Wolf333
02-17-2013, 09:38 PM
NM

detop
02-17-2013, 10:14 PM
Alien3
Alien Resurrection
Avatar
Gorillas in the Mist
The Cabin in the Woods

possibly more
Paul

GargoyleWB
02-18-2013, 03:39 PM
Hilary Swank? She is the queen of Oscar-bait tragic deaths.

shijinn
02-18-2013, 10:04 PM
the current lead is Lucy Lawless. compare this to John Hurt, who has apparently died in 40 movies, or Sean Bean in 20 movies. that is number of movies, folks, not specific deaths.

http://www.imdb.com/list/50ND9mHEZTQ/

All righty, then:

Lucy Lawless: 11 deaths

Xena, Warrior Princess: 4 episodes
X-Files
Boogeyman (offscreen)
Battlestar Galactica: 3 episodes
Burn Notice
Angel of Death
Spartacus

DxZero
02-18-2013, 10:13 PM
Hilary Swank? She is the queen of Oscar-bait tragic deaths.

I got Boys Don't Cry , Million Dollar Baby and Amelia.. And I just realized I don't know that I ever actually seen a Hillary Swank movie so I can't comment on any other possibilities.

Hmm, how do you like that? I learned something today.

Strike that. I saw Insomnia. Think she makes it through that one alive.

msmith537
02-19-2013, 10:48 AM
Can you spoil us and tell us movies she dies in?

Avatar
LOST


are the only ones I know of, but I've hardly seen her.

Resident Evil
4 Fast 4 Furious


But she comes back in those

msmith537
02-19-2013, 10:55 AM
Jenette Goldstein, best known as Vasquez in Aliens. This list has 8 on screen and 1 offscreen death.

IMDB is right. I litterally did not recongize Vasquez as the same actress from The Presidio, Lethal Weapon 2, T2, or Titanic although I remember those characters.

DCnDC
02-19-2013, 11:36 AM
Sarah Michelle Gellar dies:

(snip)

1x, brutally, in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

I may have made that last one up.

I believe the death you're referencing was her career.

Don Draper
02-19-2013, 12:41 PM
How about Jamie Lee Curtis, from her 'Scream Queen' days?

Curtis always played the Final Girl (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Final_girl) in the slasher flicks. Therefore her onscreen death-count is quite low.

Just came into mention Bette Davis:

Of Human Bondage - dies of tuberculosis

Dark Victory - succumbs to a brain tumor

Jezebel - debatable. She is still alive at the final fadeout, but on her way to a "typhoid colony" where she will certainly die.

the Letter - stabbed to death by Gale Sondergaard.


Burnt Offerings - forget exactly how, but I know she buys the farm (everyone does in that flick.)

Death on the Nile - Shot to death (just seconds before she was to reveal whom she eyewitnessed leaving the scene of a previous murder.)

That's six that I know of, there are probably more.

well he's back
02-19-2013, 12:48 PM
can't believe it! I came to mention Bette Davis & I see Don Draper beat me to it!

astorian
02-19-2013, 01:58 PM
I think the most likely actress would be someone who had a VERY long career, and who worked steadily in the Golden Age of Hollywood. The more roles an actress has, the more times she'll die on screen.

How many movies did Bette Davis die in? I'd nominate her, just because she had so MANY movies.

She definitely died in Of Human Bondage
She PROBABLY dies at the end of Dark Victory

Any others?

Morbo
02-19-2013, 04:51 PM
Lucy Liu? Love Kills, Kill Bill Vol 1, The Man With The Iron Fists.

So that's three...


...plus the several hundred Lucy Liubots from Futurama. :)

Max Torque
02-19-2013, 05:06 PM
It's gotta be someone like Linnea Quigley (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001643/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1), who has played roles such as "Teen #3" in a ridiculous number of cheap slasher movies.

shijinn
02-19-2013, 09:51 PM
It's gotta be someone like Linnea Quigley (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001643/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1), who has played roles such as "Teen #3" in a ridiculous number of cheap slasher movies. http://www.cinemorgue.com/linneaquigley.html

let's see. i count 11 onscreen deaths, 1 offscreen and 1 zombie death. that's a total of 12 onscreen deaths. no clones, no time travel.

Ethilrist
02-19-2013, 11:07 PM
Lucy Liu? Love Kills, Kill Bill Vol 1, The Man With The Iron Fists.

So that's three...


...plus the several hundred Lucy Liubots from Futurama. :)

Oh, yeah? What about nuking the hangar bay full of naked Grace Park's in Battlestar Galactica? :dubious:

Okay, that was off-screen, but still...

Kimballkid
02-20-2013, 03:59 PM
Sarah Michelle Gellar dies:
1x, brutally, in Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.

And it would have worked too, if it hadn't been for those damn meddling casting directors!!

msmith537
02-20-2013, 07:58 PM
For Charlize Theron, you have:

Snow White and the Huntsman
Prometheus
The Road
Ćon Flux
Sweet November
Reindeer Games
The Devils Advocate
2 Days in the Valley

Maybe a few others.

notfrommensa
02-20-2013, 08:19 PM
Are we sure that Wile E. Coyote was a male?

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