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BEFORE THERE WAS TOM CRUISE, THERE WAS SHIRLEY TEMPLE

Tom Cruise fought so heroically in “War of the Worlds” in 2005 that he won the Number One Box Office Star award from the Quigley Publishing Co. in their survey of U.S. exhibitors (his seventh time at the top of the list). Seventy years ago, it was a curly-topped child who led the way to the pot of Great Depression gold. Below, a decade-by-decade selection of Quigley Poll champs.


1935
SHIRLEY TEMPLE
WILL ROGERS
CLARK GABLE
FRED ASTAIRE & GINGER ROGERS
JOAN CRAWFORD
CLAUDETTE COLBERT
DICK POWELL
WALLACE BEERY
JOE E. BROWN
JAMES CAGNEY


 

 

 

1945
BING CROSBY
VAN JOHNSON
GREER GARSON
BETTY GRABLE
SPENCER TRACY
HUMPHREY BOGART & GARY COOPER (Tie)
BOB HOPE
JUDY GARLAND
MARGARET O’BRIEN
ROY ROGERS




1955
JAMES STEWART
GRACE KELLY
JOHN WAYNE
WILLIAM HOLDEN
GARY COOPER
MARLON BRANDO
DEAN MARTIN & JERRY LEWIS
HUMPHREY BOGART
JUNE ALLYSON
CLARK GABLE

 

 

 

 

 

 


1965
SEAN CONNERY
JOHN WAYNE
DORIS DAY
JULIE ANDREWS
JACK LEMMON
ELVIS PRESLEY
CARY GRANT
JAMES STEWART
ELIZABETH TAYLOR
RICHARD BURTON

 



1975
ROBERT REDFORD
BARBRA STREISAND
AL PACINO
CHARLES BRONSON
PAUL NEWMAN
CLINT EASTWOOD
BURT REYNOLDS
WOOD ALLEN
STEVE McQUEEN
GENE HACKMAN




1985
SYLVESTER STALLONE
EDDIE MURPHY
CLINT EASTWOOD
MICHAEL J. FOX
CHEVY CHASE
ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER
CHUCK NORRIS
HARRISON FORD
MICHAEL DOUGLAS
MERYL STREEP

 

 

 


1995
TOM HANKS
JIM CARREY
BRAD PITT
HARRISON FORD
ROBIN WILLIAMS
SANDRA BULLOCK
MEL GIBSON
DEMI MOORE
JOHN TRAVOLTA
KEVIN COSTNER

 


2005
TOM CRUISE
JOHNNY DEPP
BRAD PITT (Tie)
ANGELINA JOLIE (Tie)
VINCE VAUGHN
GEORGE CLOONEY
WILL SMITH
REESE WITHERSPOON
ADAM SANDLER
TOM HANKS