Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Actresses, including Hedy Lamarr, Cara Delevingne, Ronda Rousey, Jennifer Lawrence and Elizabeth Olsen

20th Century Actresses
20th century saw a revival of sorts for the female acting brigade when it comes to cinema. Unlike the past centuries when women actors were just brought in for glamour and appeal, 20th century film industry witnessed a huge makeover for actresses, from being just arm cadies to playing characters of substance. There have been several instances when the actress alone took the movie to meteorically heights. Who can forget the contribution of Katherine Hepburn in cinema? Popularly known as the First Lady of Cinema or The Great Kate, Hepburn is remembered for changing the role of women actors in films. She refused to be just a glam model for films and instead persisted on playing characters of strong independent women who had mind of their own. Her distinctive style and ambitious mind gave her a lofty career graph that was bordered with some spectacular performances and mind-blowing filmography. What about Marilyn Monroe? The Blonde Bombshell as she was known as, she went on to hold the label of being ‘sexiest woman of the century’. However, they are just a couple of the many impressively fantastic actress that the century had, other being Bette Davis, Ingrid Bergman, Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor and so on. Read this section to know more about some of the famous actresses of the 20th century.
Hedy LamarrHedy Lamarr

09 November 1914

19 January 2000

Vienna

American

Scorpio

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne Cara Delevingne

12 August 1992

Hammersmith, London, United Kingdom

British

Leo

Ronda RouseyRonda Rousey

01 February 1987

Riverside County

American

Aquarius

Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence

15 August 1990

Indian Hills, Kentucky, U.S.

American

Leo

Elizabeth OlsenElizabeth Olsen

16 February 1989

Sherman Oaks

American

Aquarius

Alexandra DaddarioAlexandra Daddario

16 March 1986

New York City, New York, United States

American

Pisces

Rachel WeiszRachel Weisz

07 March 1970

Westminster, United Kingdom

British

Pisces

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande

26 June 1993

Boca Raton, Florida, U.S.

American

Cancer

Shailene WoodleyShailene Woodley

15 November 1991

San Bernardino County, California, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Selena GomezSelena Gomez

22 July 1992

Grand Prairie

American

Cancer

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher

21 October 1956

27 December 2016

Beverly Hills, California, U.S.

American

Libra

Viola DavisViola Davis

11 August 1965

St. Matthews, South Carolina, United States

American

Leo

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian

21 October 1980

Los Angeles

American

Libra

Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz

01 December 1988

Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Sagittarius

Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra

18 July 1982

Jamshedpur

Indian

Cancer

Bridget MoynahanBridget Moynahan

28 April 1971

Binghamton, New York, United States

American

Taurus

Katey SagalKatey Sagal

19 January 1954

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Capricorn

Demi LovatoDemi Lovato

20 August 1992

Albuquerque

American

Leo

Monica BellucciMonica Bellucci

30 September 1964

Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy

Italian

Libra

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie

04 June 1975

Los Angeles, California, U.S

American

Gemini

Julianne MooreJulianne Moore

03 December 1960

Fort Bragg, North Carolina, U.S.

British,American

Sagittarius

Yolanda FosterYolanda Foster

11 January 1964

Papendrecht

Dutch,American

Capricorn

Jamie Lynn SpearsJamie Lynn Spears

04 April 1991

McComb, Mississippi, United States

American

Aries

Kate UptonKate Upton

10 June 1992

St. Joseph, Michigan, U.S.

American

Gemini

Krysten RitterKrysten Ritter

16 December 1981

Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

American

Sagittarius

Scarlett JohanssonScarlett Johansson

22 November 1984

New York City

American

Scorpio

Lizzy CaplanLizzy Caplan

30 June 1982

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Cancer

Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley

26 March 1985

Teddington

British

Aries

Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston

11 February 1969

Sherman Oaks

American

Aquarius

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe

01 June 1926

05 August 1962

Los Angeles

American

Gemini

Emma WatsonEmma Watson

15 April 1990

Paris, France

British

Aries

Elisabeth ShueElisabeth Shue

06 October 1963

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

American

Libra

Anne HathawayAnne Hathaway

12 November 1982

Brooklyn

American

Scorpio

January JonesJanuary Jones

05 January 1978

Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.

American

Capricorn

Lily CollinsLily Collins

18 March 1989

Guildford, United Kingdom

British

Pisces

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman

09 June 1981

Jerusalem

Israeli,American

Gemini

Maggie GyllenhaalMaggie Gyllenhaal

16 November 1977

Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States

American

Scorpio

Margot RobbieMargot Robbie

02 July 1990

Dalby, Australia

Australian

Cancer

Lauren CohanLauren Cohan

07 January 1982

Cherry Hill, New Jersey, United States

British,American

Capricorn

Tiffani ThiessenTiffani Thiessen

23 January 1974

Long Beach, California, United States

American

Aquarius

Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn

04 May 1929

20 January 1993

Ixelles

British

Taurus

Rachel McAdamsRachel McAdams

17 November 1978

London

Canadian

Scorpio

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez

24 July 1969

New York City

American

Leo

Mila KunisMila Kunis

14 August 1983

Chernivtsi

Ukrainian,American

Leo

Kate WinsletKate Winslet

05 October 1975

Reading, Berkshire, England

British

Libra

Pauley PerrettePauley Perrette

27 March 1969

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

American

Aries

Debbie ReynoldsDebbie Reynolds

01 April 1932

20 December 2016

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Aries

Jennifer Jason Leigh Jennifer Jason Leigh

05 February 1962

Hollywood, California, U.S.

American

Aquarius

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron

07 August 1975

Benoni, Gauteng

American,South African

Leo

Meryl StreepMeryl Streep

22 June 1949

Summit, New Jersey, U.S.

American

Cancer

Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde

10 March 1984

New York City, New York, U.S.

American

Pisces

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres

26 January 1956

Metairie

American

Aquarius

Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks

10 February 1974

Pittsfield

American

Aquarius

Blake LivelyBlake Lively

25 August 1987

American

Virgo

Sandra BullockSandra Bullock

26 July 1964

Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.

American

Leo

Claire DanesClaire Danes

12 April 1979

Manhattan

American

Aries

Amy PoehlerAmy Poehler

16 September 1971

Newton

American

Virgo

Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman

20 June 1967

Honolulu

Australian,American

Gemini

Bryce Dallas HowardBryce Dallas Howard

02 March 1981

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

American

Pisces

Christina AguileraChristina Aguilera

18 December 1980

Staten Island

American

Sagittarius

Lori LoughlinLori Loughlin

28 July 1964

Queens, New York City, New York, United States

American

Leo

Carol BurnettCarol Burnett

26 April 1933

San Antonio

American

Taurus

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel

17 January 1980

Los Angeles

American

Capricorn

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart

09 April 1990

Los Angeles, California, U.S.

American

Aries

Liv TylerLiv Tyler

01 July 1977

New York City

American

Cancer

Julia RobertsJulia Roberts

28 October 1967

Smyrna, Georgia, United States

American

Scorpio

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis

22 November 1958

Santa Monica, California, U.S.

American

Scorpio

Ellie KemperEllie Kemper

02 May 1980

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

American

Taurus

Julie BowenJulie Bowen

03 March 1970

Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.

American

Pisces

Lacey ChabertLacey Chabert

30 September 1982

Purvis, Mississippi, U.S.

American

Libra

Judy GarlandJudy Garland

10 June 1922

22 June 1969

Grand Rapids

American

Gemini

Drew BrrymoreDrew Barrymore

22 February 1975

Culver City, California, U.S.

American

Pisces

Dolly PartonDolly Parton

19 January 1946

Sevierville

American

Capricorn

Jennifer BealsJennifer Beals

19 December 1963

South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Sagittarius

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne

27 September 1984

Belleville

Canadian,French

Libra

Kristen WiigKristen Wiig

22 August 1973

Canandaigua

American

Leo

betty whiteBetty White

17 January 1922

Oak Park, Illinois, U.S.

American

Capricorn

Phoebe TonkinPhoebe Tonkin

12 July 1989

Sydney, Australia

Australian

Cancer

Peggy LiptonPeggy Lipton

30 August 1946

New York City, New York, United States

American

Virgo

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev

09 January 1989

Sofia

Bulgarian,Canadian

Capricorn

Megan FoxMegan Fox

16 May 1986

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, U.S.

American

Taurus

Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale

26 July 1973

Finsbury Park, London, England

British

Leo

Frances McDormandFrances McDormand

23 January 1957

Chicago, Illinois, United States

American

Aquarius

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan

02 July 1986

New York City

American

Cancer

Cicely TysonCicely Tyson

18 December 1924

Harlem, New York City, New York, United States

American

Sagittarius

Jane KrakowskiJane Krakowski

11 October 1968

Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, United States

American

Libra

Halle BerryHalle Berry

14 August 1966

Cleveland

American

Leo

Winona RyderWinona Ryder

29 October 1971

Olmsted County, Minnesota, U.S

British,American

Scorpio

Elisabeth MossElisabeth Moss

24 July 1982

Los Angeles, California, United States

American

Leo

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston

09 August 1963

11 February 2012

Newark

American

Leo

Kate HudsonKate Hudson

19 April 1979

Los Angeles

American

Aries

Janet Leigh Janet Leigh

06 July 1927

03 October 2004

Merced, California, U.S.

American

Cancer

Minnie DriverMinnie Driver

31 January 1970

Marylebone, United Kingdom

British

Aquarius

Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon

22 March 1976

New Orleans

American

Aries

Valerie BertinelliValerie Bertinelli

23 April 1960

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

American

Taurus

Jodie FosterJodie Foster

19 November 1962

Los Angeles

American

Scorpio

Jennifer ConnellyJennifer Connelly

12 December 1970

Round Top

American

Sagittarius

Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter

26 May 1966

Golders Green

British

Gemini

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz

30 August 1972

San Diego

American

Virgo

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