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This is a close run for me between Portia in The Merchant of Venice and Helena in All's Well That Ends Well. The latter is less well known - basically the modestly born but intelligent Helena - a qualified doctor, no less - fulfills the conditions set by her reluctant husband, by tricking him into having sex with her while under the impression that she is someone else. However it's a gifted director who can leave the audience feeling that Helena has actually made the right life choice here.

So I think you have to give the prize to Portia in The Merchant of Venice, who gets much better lines than Helena. (Also she's a lawyer rather than a doctor. I dated a lawyer once, but that's another story.) She's one of the most active of Shakespeare's heroines, certainly the one who comes off best out of her intervention in the male-dominated sphere. One wonders which Elizabethan women lawyers Shakespeare knew?

Here's Lynn Collins, saving Jeremy Irons from Al Pacino in 2004:



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saare_snowqueen
Apr. 22nd, 2016 08:07 pm (UTC)
Al Pacino's Broadway production of Merchant of Venice is the only live theatre performance I have ever walked out on. Execrable!
redfiona99
Apr. 22nd, 2016 10:08 pm (UTC)
No love for Rosalind? :)

She really is my favourite.
pennski
Apr. 25th, 2016 07:43 pm (UTC)
Viola for me.
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