Famous 20th Century Animal Rights Activists

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 1 Joaquin Phoenix

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is widely regarded as one of the most talented actors of his generation. In his career of four decades, he has starred in numerous films playing characters that have become memorable. These include movies like Gladiator, Joker, Walk the Line and Her. The acclaimed actor is also a social activist, environmentalist, animal rights activist and producer.

 2 Jane Goodall

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Famous As: Primatologist
Birthdate: April 3, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

Jane Goodall is an English anthropologist and primatologist. Goodall's research proved that chimpanzees could use tools like stalks of grass to fish out termites from termite holes; this also challenged the long-held belief that chimpanzees were vegetarians. Goodall also discovered that chimpanzees are capable of emotions like sorrow and joy. Goodall is also credited with founding the Jane Goodall Institute.

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 3 Carole Baskin

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Famous As: Big-Cat Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bexar County, Texas, United States

Carole Baskin gained recognition after being featured in a documentary series titled Tiger King, which follows her feuds with private zoo operator Joe Exotic. As the CEO of a non-profit animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue, Carole condemns private zoos. She has also been the subject of conspiracy theories pertaining to the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis.

 4 Angelina Jolie

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A fashion icon, acclaimed actress, influential humanitarian and Special Envoy for the UNHCR, Angelina Jolie is a highly noted celebrity in Hollywood. She has been hailed for her philanthropic efforts around the globe and praised for her power packed performances. Mother of six, of whom three are adopted, Angelina Jolie is a role model for the women of this generation.

 5 Joanna Lumley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Srinagar

Joanna Lumley is a British actress and prolific activist. In recognition of her work as part of the Gurkha Justice Campaign, Joanna is fondly called as the daughter of Nepal in Nepal. Also known for supporting various other charity organizations and animal welfare groups, Joanna Lumley was appointed an OBE in the 1995 New Year Honours by the queen.

 6 Brigitte Bardot

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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: September 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

Brigitte Bardot is a French former singer and actress. One of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s and 1960s, Bardot remains a major pop culture icon despite quitting the entertainment industry in 1973. Bardot is credited with popularizing the bikini. She also popularized the town of Armação dos Búzios and the city of St. Tropez in Brazil.

 7 Anna Friel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

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 8 Linda McCartney

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Famous As: Photographer, Musician
Birthdate: September 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 17, 1998
Linda McCartney, the first wife of Paul McCartney, formed the band Wings with her husband, after the Beatles disbanded. An animal rights activist, she wrote several vegetarian cookbooks, apart from launching Linda McCartney Foods. She was also a skilled photographer and published a photo book. She died of breast cancer.  

 9 Tippi Hedren

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Ulm, Minnesota, United States

Known as a typical Hitchcock Blonde, Tippi Hedren soared to fame with her roles in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds and Marnie. An animal rights activist, too, she set up the Roar Foundation and the Shambala Preserve, after witnessing the plight of the animals that are used for shoots.

 10 Pamela Anderson

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Famous As: American-Canadian Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

Actress and model, Pamela Anderson, is known as a sex symbol. She featured regularly in the Playboy magazine and acted in television series Home Improvement, Baywatch and VIP. Baywatch was hugely popular and gave her international recognition. Pamela Anderson has also acted in several films. She is an active member of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the animal rights organisation.

 11 Doris Day

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Died: May 13, 2019
Doris Day began her career singing with the Les Brown Band and as a solo artist. As an actor, she delivered many hits with Rock Hudson, including Pillow Talk, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. She is remembered as a legend from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

 12 Doris Roberts

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

 13 Russell Simmons

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Famous As: Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Russell Simmons is a controversial American businessman who co-founded the hip-hop music label, 'Def Jam Recordings', and established the clothing line 'Phat Fashions'. He is noted for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape which generated a lot of heat in 2013. Simmons who calls himself a Christian yogi is accused of sexual assaults on several women. He has adopted veganism and advocates non-violence.

 14 Maryse Ouellet

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Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 21, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Maryse Ouellet is a Canadian-American businesswoman, actress, and professional wrestler. Currently signed to WWE, Ouellet often appears alongside her husband and WWE superstar The Miz. In 2008, Maryse won the WWE Divas Championship and went on to become the third-longest reigning Divas Champion in the history of WWE. In 2009, she was ranked ninth in the PWI Female 50 list.

 15 Moby

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: September 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 16 Gary Burghoff

Gary Burghoff
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol, Connecticut

Gary Burghoff is an American actor who is credited with originating the popular role of Charlie Brown in the 1967 Broadway musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. He is also known for originating the role of Walter Eugene O'Reilly in the 1970 black comedy war movie MASH and the popular TV series of the same name.

 17 Mike Farrell

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mike Farrell is an American actor known for playing, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. Farrell's journey from being born into a working-class family to becoming a famous Hollywood actor is quite inspiring. Also a political and social activist, Farrell has worked on several activist campaigns. In 2001, he was honored with PETA's Humanitarian Award.

 18 Mayte Garcia

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Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fort Rucker, Alabama, United States

Mayte Garcia is an American dancer, singer, and actress. She has worked with popular artists like Britney Spears. Mayte Garcia was married to record producer and musician, Prince, from 1996 to 2000. Mayte Garcia has also written a book titled The Most Beautiful: My Life with Prince which was published in 2017.

 19 Will Estes

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Will Estes began his career as a child actor and appeared in quite a few commercials. His roles in Kirk and The New Lassie earned him Young Artist Award nominations. He later gained fame as Jameson "Jamie" Reagan in Blue Bloods and as JJ Pryor in American Dreams.

 20 Joanna Cassidy

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haddonfield, New Jersey

 21 Elaine Hendrix

Elaine Hendrix
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA

 22 Peaches

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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: November 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Canadian musician Merrill Nisker was fighting thyroid cancer in 2000, when she suddenly changed her name to Peaches and worked on a phenomenal album named The Teaches of Peaches. The queer singer has gained followers for her gender-oriented lyrics and her sexual gestures during her stage performances. 

 23 Alissa White-Gluz

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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: July 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The frontwoman of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy, Alissa White-Gluz is also known as the co-founder of the metalcore band the Agonist. She was once known for performing in over 250 shows a year across the globe. A true-blue vegan, she has won the Libby Award from PETA.

 24 Alexandra Paul

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York

As a budding model, Alexandra Paul decided to reject an offer from Stanford University to focus on a career in acting. She is best known to fans for her 5-year-long stint as Lt. Stephanie Holden in the internationally renowned series Baywatch. She is also a marathon runner and an avid swimmer.

 25 Enrico Colantoni

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor and director best known for his role in the sitcom Just Shoot Me! He received his training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and the Yale School of Drama. He began his career as an actor in the 1980s and appeared in a string of successful TV series. He is also a director. 

 26 Maneka Gandhi

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Famous As: Politician, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Maneka Gandhi is an Indian politician, environmentalist, and animal rights activist. She is credited with inspiring several individuals towards social entrepreneurship. Maneka Gandhi is best known as an animal rights leader for which she has received several international awards. She is also credited with establishing an animal welfare organization named People for Animals.

 27 Earl Holliman

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delhi, Louisiana, USA

 28 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 29 Carré Otis

Carré Otis
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

 30 Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 21, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Winnetka, Illinois, USA

 31 Joseph David Reitman

Joseph David Reitman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

 32 Justin Tranter

Justin Tranter
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Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: June 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

 33 Savitri Devi

Savitri Devi
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Famous As: Writer, Poet
Birthdate: September 30, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 22, 1982

Born in Lyon, Frenchwoman Maximiani Julia Portas later changed her name to Savitri Devi and adopted Nazism. The ardent cat lover earned a PhD in philosophy and later acquired Greek nationality and served as an Axis spy. She claimed Adolf Hitler was an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu.

 34 Rukmini Devi Arundale

Rukmini Devi Arundale
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Famous As: Bharatnatyam Dancer
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: February 24, 1986

 35 Pamelyn Ferdin

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Famous As: Actress, Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: February 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 36 Debashree Roy

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Calcutta, West Bengal, India

 37 Ingrid Newkirk

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Famous As: President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Birthdate: June 11, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United Kingdom

Co-founder and president of PETA, animal activist Ingrid Newkirk is also associated with organizations such as EarthSave International and United Poultry Concerns. She has also penned books such as Free the Animals! Apart from soaking herself in fake blood for protests, she has also supported the often-anti-social Animal Liberation Front.

 38 Carolyn Hennesy

Carolyn Hennesy
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Encino, Los Angeles, California, United States

 39 Alan Clark

Alan Clark
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Famous As: Politician, Historian
Birthdate: April 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 5, 1999

 40 Cleveland Amory

Cleveland Amory
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: September 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nahant, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1998

 41 John Cowley

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Navan, Ireland
Died: February 13, 1998

 42 Seba Johnson

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Famous As: Alpine skiing
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frederiksted,Virgin Islands, United States

 43 Gerhart M. Riegner

Gerhart M. Riegner
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Famous As: Lawyer and activist
Birthdate: September 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: December 3, 2001

 44 Barry Horne

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Famous As: Criminal, Activist
Birthdate: March 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Northampton, England
Died: November 5, 2001

 45 Kelly Rebecca Nichols

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Famous As: Animal Rights Activist
Birthdate: July 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Travis County, Texas

 46 Jean Clemens

Jean Clemens
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Famous As: Welfare worker
Birthdate: July 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, United States
Died: December 24, 1909

 47 R. Dale Hylton

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Famous As: Animal rights activist
Birthdate: May 20, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strathmore, California, United States
Died: February 1, 2008