Movie Stars: Approach–Dyer Classification of Types

The perspective of auteurism, which is usually applied to directors, has also led to a series of studies of actors-stars as auteurs, namely performers who have had unusual control over their careers and screen images.

The film scholar Richard Dyer has proposed a useful classification of movie stars along the following dimensions:

1. Actors who controlled their image, such as Fred Astaire or Joan Crawford.

2. Actors who contributed actively to their screen persona, such as Marlene Dietrich and Robert Mitchum.

3. Actors who were just one disparate voice among others in the construction of their screen images, such as Marilyn Monroe.

4. Actors who were totally the product of the studio machine, such as Lana Turner.