There have always been film-makers who seem to take inspiration from a particular actress, casting them in many of their films. These pairs of director and actress shared an understanding and an admiration that elevated both to new heights. It was an understanding, too, that often went beyond the camera - people often say 'the camera loves her'; in many of these cases it really did.
For a period of time these women were more than stars. They were at their best caught in the eye of these directors...
Lillian Gish - D.W. Griffith
Hideko Takamine - Mikio Naruse
Monica Vitti - Michelangelo Antonioni
Giulietta Masina - Federico Fellini
Liv Ullmann - Ingmar Bergman
Mia Farrow - Woody Allen
Stephane Audran - Claude Chabrol
Anna Karina - Jean-Luc Godard
Bulle Ogier - Jacques Rivette
Maggie Cheung - Wong Kar Wai
Helena Bonham Carter - Tim Burton
Penelope Cruz - Pedro Almodovar
What other actresses were similarly inspiring for a particular director?