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Oscars 'Best Actress' Winners: 80 Years Of Leading Ladies' Gowns (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/23/2012 11:40 am Updated: 02/23/2012 1:24 pm

The 84th Annual Academy Awards will obviously be one of biggest fashion nights of the year.

But what we don't know is what the ladies who are nominated for Oscars' highest honor will wear.

Throughout the years the women who have won the title of Best Lead Actress have donned almost every color, every designer and every style of gown. From Audrey Hepburn's 1957 white Givenchy dress to Gwenyth Paltrow's 1999 pink Ralph Lauren gown, there's nearly no discernible pattern in the fashion choices made by our leading ladies -- and we love it.

And with nominees Michelle Williams, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Viola Davis and Rooney Mara all having unique style of their own, we cannot wait to see what they'll wear this Sunday.

Take a look back with us at the dresses of some of the women who have won the coveted title of Best Actress, as we wish this year's nominees good luck (and good style!).

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  • Mary Pickford, 1929

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Norma Shearer, 1930 in Gilbert Adrian

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Marie Dressler, 1931

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Helen Hayes, 1932

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Claudette Colbert, 1935 in Travis Banton

    (Gamma-Keystone/ Getty Images photo)

  • Bette Davis, 1936 in Orry-Kelly

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Luise Rainer, 1938

    (Michael Ochs Archives photo)

  • Bette Davis, 1939

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Ginger Rogers, 1941

    (Moviepix photo)

  • Jennifer Jones (R), 1944

    (Hulton Archive photo)

  • Ingrid Bergman, 1945

    (Archive Photos)

  • Olivia de Havilland, 1947 in Ann Lowe

    (Gamma-Keystone photo)

  • Loretta Young (L), 1948

    (Archive Photos)

  • Jane Wyman, 1949

    (Hulton Archive photo)

  • Audrey Hepburn, 1954 in Givenchy

    (Getty photo)

  • Grace Kelly, 1955 in Edith Head

    (Getty photo)

  • Joanne Woodward, 1958

    (Archive Photos)

  • Susan Hayward, 1959

    (Archive Photos)

  • Simone Signoret, 1960

    (Gamma-Keystone photo)

  • Elizabeth Taylor, 1961 in Dior

    (Archive Photos)

  • Sophia Loren, 1962

    (Hulton Archive photo)

  • Julie Andrews (R), 1965

    (Hulton Archive photo)

  • Julie Christie, 1966

    (Hulton Archive photo)

  • Barbra Streisand, 1969 in Arnold Scaasi

    (Getty photo)

  • Jane Fonda, 1972

    (Archive Photos)

  • Liza Minelli, 1973 in Halston

    (Michael Ochs Archives photos)

  • Louise Fletcher, 1976 in Fiandaca

    (Gamma-Keystone/Getty Images photo)

  • Diane Keaton (L), 1978

    (Archive Photos)

  • Jane Fonda, 1979

    (Archive Photos)

  • Sally Field, 1980

    (Getty photo)

  • Sissy Spacek, 1981

    (Getty photo)

  • Meryl Streep, 1983 in Christian Leigh

    (WireImage photo)

  • Shirley MacLaine, 1984

    (Getty photo)

  • Sally Field, 1985

    (AP photo)

  • Geraldine Page, 1986

    (AP photo)

  • Marlee Matlin (L), 1987 in Theoni Aldredge

    (Getty photo)

  • Cher, 1988 in Bob Mackie

    (Getty photo)

  • Jodie Foster, 1989

    (Getty photo)

  • Jessica Tandy, 1990

    (AP photo)

  • Kathy Bates, 1991

    (AP photo)

  • Jodie Foster, 1992 in Giorgio Armani

    (Getty photo)

  • Emma Thompson, 1993

    (Getty photo)

  • Holly Hunter, 1994

    (AFP photo)

  • Jessica Lang, 1995 in Calvin Klein

    (WireImage photo)

  • Susan Sarandon, 1996 in Dolce & Gabbana

    (WireImage photo)

  • Frances McDormand, 1997

    (WireImage photo)

  • Helen Hunt, 1998 in Gucci

    (WireImage photo)

  • Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999 in Ralph Lauren

    (WireImage photo)

  • Hilary Swank, 2000 in Randolph Duke

    (WireImage photo)

  • Julia Roberts, 2001 in Valentino

    (WireImage photo)

  • Halle Berry, 2002 in Elie Saab

    (WireImage photo)

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