Women Who Ruled Movies in 2009

From Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side to Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia, see which top film actresses stole the show this year. By Thelma Adams (13 Photos)

Thelma Adams on Dec 28, 2009 at 5:00AM

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Women Who Ruled Movies in 2009

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