Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Audrey Hepburn, Barbra Streisand, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Paul Newman and Robert Redford by Hy Hirschfeld
Overall, it appears that leading men are generally less likely to work with female directors in their peak salary years. Mark Wahlberg hasn’t acted in a film with a woman director since Penny Marshall gave him his first film role in 1994’s Renaissance Man. Nicolas Cage hasn’t acted in a film directed by a woman since Martha Coolidge gave him his first lead role in 1983’s low-budget Valley Girl. Russell Crowe, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert Downey Jr., Adam Sandler, Denzel Washington, and Bruce Willis have not acted in a film directed by a woman in over two decades.