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.
Rashida JonesRashida Jones
25 February 1976, American
Actress
Jennifer AnistonJennifer Aniston
11 February 1969, American
Actress

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980, American
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite

Ariana Grande Ariana Grande
26 June 1993, American
Singer, Actress

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie
04 June 1975, American
Actress, Filmmaker, Activist

Marilyn MonroeMarilyn Monroe
01 June 1926, American
Actress
Carmen ElectraCarmen Electra
20 April 1972, American
 

Judy GarlandJudy Garland
10 June 1922, American
Singer

Gigi HadidGigi Hadid
23 April 1995, American
Model
Rachel McAdamsRachel McAdams
17 November 1978, Canadian
 

Christina ApplegateChristina Applegate
25 November 1971, American
Actress
Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981, Israeli, American
Actress, Producer, Director

Margot RobbieMargot Robbie
02 July 1990, Australian
Actress

Mila KunisMila Kunis
14 August 1983, Ukrainian, American
Actress

Blake LivelyBlake Lively
25 August 1987, American
Model and Actress

Jennifer LopezJennifer Lopez
24 July 1969, American
Singer, Actress, Dancer
Reese WitherspoonReese Witherspoon
22 March 1976, American
Actress

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher
21 October 1956, American
 

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980, American
Actress

Dolly PartonDolly Parton
19 January 1946, American
Singer
Audrey HepburnAudrey Hepburn
04 May 1929, British
Film actress

Natalie WoodNatalie Wood
20 July 1938, American
Actress
Julia RobertsJulia Roberts
28 October 1967, American
Actress

betty whiteBetty White
17 January 1922, American
Actress

Jennifer ConnellyJennifer Connelly
12 December 1970, American
Actress
Jennifer LawrenceJennifer Lawrence
15 August 1990, American
Actress

Charlize TheronCharlize Theron
07 August 1975, American, South African
 
Nicole KidmanNicole Kidman
20 June 1967, Australian, American
Actress

Mindy KalingMindy Kaling
24 June 1979, American
Actress

Whitney HoustonWhitney Houston
09 August 1963, American
Singer
Winona RyderWinona Ryder
29 October 1971, American
 

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Selena GomezSelena Gomez
22 July 1992, American
Actress
AaliyahAaliyah
16 January 1979, American
American singer

Cameron DiazCameron Diaz
30 August 1972, American
Actress

Kate BeckinsaleKate Beckinsale
26 July 1973, British
Actress

Jessica AlbaJessica Alba
28 April 1981, American
Actress
Courteney CoxCourteney Cox
15 June 1964, American
Actress
Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow
27 September 1972, American
Actress

Zoë KravitzZoë Kravitz
01 December 1988, American
Actress

Cate BlanchettCate Blanchett
14 May 1969, Australian
Actress

Jane FondaJane Fonda
21 December 1937, American
American actress
Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986, American
Actress, Fashion Designer

Dakota FanningDakota Fanning
23 February 1994, American
Actress

Demi MooreDemi Moore
11 November 1962, American
American actress

Sandra BullockSandra Bullock
26 July 1964, American
Actress

Elizabeth OlsenElizabeth Olsen
16 February 1989, American
Actress
Bryce Dallas HowardBryce Dallas Howard
02 March 1981, American
Film Actress

Jenny McCarthyJenny McCarthy
01 November 1972, American
Actress
Meryl StreepMeryl Streep
22 June 1949, American
Actress

Anne MearaAnne Meara
20 September 1929, American
Actress

Kristen BellKristen Bell
18 July 1980, American
Actress, Singer
Keira KnightleyKeira Knightley
26 March 1985, British
Actress

Vanessa HudgensVanessa Hudgens
14 December 1988, American
Actress
Helena Bonham CarterHelena Bonham Carter
26 May 1966, British
Actress

Rose ByrneRose Byrne
24 July 1979, Australian
Actress

Denise RichardsDenise Richards
17 February 1971, American
Actress

Grace KellyGrace Kelly
12 November 1929, American
Film actress

Kate HudsonKate Hudson
19 April 1979, American
Actress
Drew BarrymoreDrew Barrymore
22 February 1975, American
Actress

Kate WinsletKate Winslet
05 October 1975, British
Actress

Jamie Lee CurtisJamie Lee Curtis
22 November 1958, American
Actress, Author

Rachel WeiszRachel Weisz
07 March 1970, British
Actress
Jennifer GarnerJennifer Garner
17 April 1972, American
Actress

Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
30 July 1963, American
Actress
Claire DanesClaire Danes
12 April 1979, American
American actress

Alicia KeysAlicia Keys
25 January 1981, American
Musician

Tilda SwintonTilda Swinton
05 November 1960, British
Actress
Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain
24 March 1977, American
Actress

Jodie FosterJodie Foster
19 November 1962, American
Actress & Director
Salma HayekSalma Hayek
02 September 1966, Mexican, American
Actress

Sandra OhSandra Oh
20 July 1971, Canadian
Actress

Vivien LeighVivien Leigh
05 November 1913, British
Actress
Melissa McCarthyMelissa McCarthy
26 August 1970, American
Actress

Barbra StreisandBarbra Streisand
24 April 1942, American
American singer-songwriter
Anna FarisAnna Faris
29 November 1976, American
Actress

Peggy LiptonPeggy Lipton
30 August 1946, American
Actress

Elsa PatakyElsa Pataky
18 July 1976, Spanish
Model

Julie AndrewsJulie Andrews
01 October 1935, British
Actress
Liv TylerLiv Tyler
01 July 1977, American
Actress
Alicia SilverstoneAlicia Silverstone
04 October 1976, American
 

Helen HuntHelen Hunt
15 June 1963, American
American actress

Eva MendesEva Mendes
05 March 1974, American
Actress

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
09 January 1989, Bulgarian, Canadian
Actress
Marisa TomeiMarisa Tomei
04 December 1964, American
Actress

Ellen DeGeneresEllen DeGeneres
26 January 1958, American
Comedian

Lucille BallLucille Ball
06 August 1911, American
Comedienne, Actress

Cara Jocelyn Delevingne Cara Delevingne
12 August 1992, British
Model, Actress

Lindsay LohanLindsay Lohan
02 July 1986, American
Actress
Raven-SymonéRaven-Symoné
10 December 1985, American
Actress

Uma ThurmanUma Thurman
29 April 1970, American
Actress
Elizabeth BanksElizabeth Banks
10 February 1974, American
Actress

Olivia de HavillandOlivia de Havilland
01 July 1916, French, British, American
Actress
Liza MinnelliLiza Minnelli
12 March 1946, American
Actress, Singer
Goldie HawnGoldie Hawn
21 November 1945, American
Actress