Famous 20th Century Models

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Gigi Hadid
(American Model and Television Personality)
Gigi Hadid
72
Birthdate: April 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Named International Model of the Year by the British Fashion Council in 2016, fashion model Gigi Hadid has made several appearances on international Vogue magazine covers. The daughter of a former model, she began her career as a toddler. She made her mark in her teenage yeaars and continues to be a popular model.

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Monica Bellucci
(Italian Actress, Model and the 'Oldest Bond Girl' in the History of the Franchise)
Monica Bellucci
33
Birthdate: September 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Città di Castello, Italy

Monica Bellucci is one of the most popular actresses from Italy. Her popularity in the West helped her become the oldest woman to play a Bond girl in the history of the James Bond film franchise. Known for her hourglass figure, she has been regarded as a sex symbol and has appeared in lists like 100 Hottest Women of All-Time.

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Gisele Bündchen
(One of the Highest-Paid Models in the World)
Gisele Bündchen
21
Birthdate: July 20, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Horizontina, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Regarded as the epitome of supermodel, Gisele Bündchen is credited with bringing an end to the heroin chic era of modeling and ushering in a healthy look with curves. She pioneered and popularized the horse walk and is considered the only remaining supermodel. 

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 4 
Naomi Campbell
30
Birthdate: May 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Streatham
Naomi Campbell is one of the “Big Six” supermodels of the 1980s and the 1990s, who has graced both the ramp and print. She has also released a music album, been part of a fashion reality show, started a web series, and founded charitable organizations such as Fashion for Relief.
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Olga Kurylenko
(Ukrainian-French Actress Who Portrayed the Role of Bond Girl in the James Bond Film 'Quantum of Solace')
Olga Kurylenko
24
Birthdate: November 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berdyans'k, Ukraine

Olga Kurylenko is a Ukrainian-French model and actress. She gained international recognition after playing a Bond girl in the 2008 film Quantum of Solace. Olga Kurylenko serves as an inspiration to many young girls as she overcame her difficult childhood to become the face of popular brands like Clarins and Bebe.

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Cindy Crawford
(One of the Most Popular Supermodels During the 1980s and 1990s and a Ubiquitous Presence on Magazine Covers)
Cindy Crawford
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Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Supermodel Cindy Crawford ruled the fashion industry in the 1990s. Her trademark mole and the red Versace dress she wore at the Oscars set fashion trends. She has endorsed scores of products, appeared in all top-notch magazines, hosted a TV show, and owns a make-up line and a furniture line. 
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Miranda Kerr
(Rose to Fame as the First Australian to Model for 'Victoria's Secret Angels')
Miranda Kerr
15
Birthdate: April 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

One of the highest-earning models according to Forbes, Miranda Kerr was the first Victoria's Secret model from Australia. Known for her attractive physique, she is often named in the sexiest women in the world lists by several magazines. She has used her fame and beauty to launch a brand of skincare products called KORA Organics.

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Kate Moss
(Supermodel)
Kate Moss
16
Birthdate: January 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Croydon, England

Kate Moss, one of the highest-paid supermodels of the 1990s, was one of the pioneers of the “heroin chic” trend. Featured on TIME 100, she was known for her collaboration with Calvin Klein and her size-zero figure. She owns a clothing range and is a fashion editor for British Vogue.

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Heidi Klum
(The First German Model to Become a Victoria's Secret Angel)
Heidi Klum
40
Birthdate: June 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

German-American model and TV host, Heidi Klum has been featured on the cover of French, Portuguese, German, and Spanish Vogue magazines. She was the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. After a successful modeling career, she became a TV host in the 2000s. She is actively involved in philanthropic endeavors. 

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Christie Brinkley
(Model, Actress, Businesswoman)
Christie Brinkley
19
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Monroe

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

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Sofia Vergara
(Actress)
Sofia Vergara
6
Birthdate: July 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla, Colombia

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, and TV producer. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in American TV. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a TV host. She began gaining popularity as an actress in the 2000s and appeared in many TV shows and films. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award.

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Gia Carangi
(First Women to Be Titled as Supermodel)
Gia Carangi
12
Birthdate: January 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: November 18, 1986

A model who was active during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Gia Carangi was considered by many to be one of the first supermodels. She was featured on the covers of multiple fashion magazines, including editions of Vogue and Cosmopolitan. She also worked with various famous designers. She died of AIDS at the young age of 26.

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Elle Macpherson
(Host and Executive Producer of ‘Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model’)
Elle Macpherson
13
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killara, Australia

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, television host, and businesswoman. Best known for her record five appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Macpherson went on to found a series of business ventures, such as The Body and Elle Macpherson Intimates. Also known for her philanthropic work, Macpherson serves as an ambassador for organizations like UNICEF.

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Uma Thurman
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2')
Uma Thurman
6
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

From being a lanky girl who was made fun of in school to becoming Hollywood’s A-list star, actress Uma Thurman has had quite a journey. She worked in various movies before landing on the film that earned her international appreciation, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Later, Tarantino's two Kill Bill movies and Mira Nair’s miniseries Hysterical Blindness further boosted her stardom.

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Tricia Helfer
(Actress best known for her roles on the sci-fi television show Battlestar Galactica)
Tricia Helfer
12
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donalda, Canada

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and model. She gained international fame after portraying the enigmatic Cylon model Number Six in the Battlestar Galactica TV series. She began her career as a model and won the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest in 1992. Later on, she quit modeling to pursue a full-time acting career. 

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Claudia Schiffer
(German Supermodel and Actress)
Claudia Schiffer
14
Birthdate: August 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rheinberg, Germany
In 2020, Claudia Schiffer stunned fans with an Instagram picture in a lacy blue gown on her 50th birthday, looking not any less desirable than a 20-something. The German model had earlier soared to fame as the face of Chanel and has graced the cover of American Vogue 16 times.
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Katherine Heigl
(Actress, Producer and Former Fashion Model)
Katherine Heigl
8
Birthdate: November 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Beginning her career as a child model with Wilhelmina Models, Katherine Heigl made her film debut with That Night. However, the role that catapulted her to stardom was that of Dr. Isobel Stevens on ABC's medical drama Grey's Anatomy. The talented actress subsequently appeared in movies like Knocked Up and Life As We Know It and TV series Suits.

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Maya Hawke
(Actress)
Maya Hawke
12
Birthdate: July 8, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
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Jerry Hall
(American Model, Actress and Ex-Partner of Musician 'Mick Jagger')
Jerry Hall
14
Birthdate: July 2, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gonzales, Texas, United States
Jerry Hall initially modeled for top-notch magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue. She is an accomplished stage actor and holds the Guinness record for the most musical appearances in a single night. She is known for her annulled 9-year marriage to Mick Jagger and is now married to Rupert Murdoch.
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Matthew Gray Gubler
(Actor, Director, Model, Painter)
Matthew Gray Gubler
10
Birthdate: March 9, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Las Vegas

American actor, Matthew Gray Gubler, is best known for playing the character of Dr Spencer Reid in the popular and acclaimed television series Criminal Minds. He has also acted in films like 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic and How to Be a Serial Killer. He won a Daytime Emmy Award for his role in the television series, The Beauty Inside.

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Milla Jovovich
(Actress & Supermodel Best Known for Her Role of 'Alice' in the 'Resident Evil' Film Series)
Milla Jovovich
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Birthdate: December 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine

The quintessential action heroine of Hollywood, Milla Jovovich was rightly called the reigning queen of kick-butt by VH1 in 2006. Milla Jovovich is synonymous with the Resident Evil film series as the series revolves around its central character Alice, played by Milla. The Resident Evil film franchise is the highest-grossing movie series to be adapted from video games.

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Iman Abdulmajid
(Somali Model, Actress, Philanthropist and Widow of Rock Musician David Bowie )
Iman Abdulmajid
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Birthdate: July 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Iman is a Somali fashion model, entrepreneur, and actress. At the peak of her fashion modeling career, Iman served as a muse for influential designers like Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Gianni Versace, and Yves Saint Laurent. Also known for her philanthropic activities, Iman is involved in several charitable endeavors. She is closely associated with the non-profit organization, Children's Defense Fund.

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Angie Harmon
(Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series: 'Law & Order', 'Rizzoli & Isles' and 'Baywatch Nights')
Angie Harmon
7
Birthdate: August 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Highland Park, Texas, United States

Starting out as a child model, Angie Harmon won a modeling contest organized by Seventeen magazine when she was 15. After winning a Spectrum Model Search contest, she pursued a modeling career. She then became an actress and gained international recognition for her performance in series like Baywatch Nights and Law & Order. She also practices taekwondo and boxing.

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Peggy Lipton
(Actress)
Peggy Lipton
4
Birthdate: August 30, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11, 2019

Peggy Lipton achieved fame after playing Julie Barnes in the TV series The Mod Squad; her character Julie became a fashion icon. Peggy is also credited with raising her children Kidada and Rashida Jones—both celebrities—after marrying Quincy Jones. Interestingly, Peggy achieved all these after overcoming nervousness and stuttering as a child after being sexually abused by a relative.

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Ashley Benson
(Actress)
Ashley Benson
9
Birthdate: December 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, California, United States
Best known to fans as Hanna Marin from Pretty Little Liars, a role that fetched her multiple Teen Choice awards, Ashley Benson had started modeling with Ford Models at age 8. She is also known for her roles in the film Spring Breakers and the series Days of Our Lives.
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Paulina Porizkova
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Birthdate: April 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Prostějov, Czechoslovakia

Model, actress, and author, Paulina Porizkova, became the first woman from Central Europe to be featured on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue in 1984. She began modeling as a teenager and became a top model in Paris during the early 1980s. She eventually began acting as well. Also a writer, she has written a few books.

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Geena Davis
(Actress Known for Her Role in Films: 'The Accidental Tourist', 'Thelma & Louise' and 'The Fly')
Geena Davis
5
Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wareham, Massachusetts, United States

An Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis is also known for her work to fight gender bias, for which she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. An ardent archer, who vied for a semifinals spot in the U.S. Olympic archery team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, Geena supports the Women's Sports Foundation among other initiatives that support women.

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Elizabeth Hurley
(Best Known for Her Role ‘Vanessa Kensington’ in ‘Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery’)
Elizabeth Hurley
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Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basingstoke, Hampshire, England

Best known for her roles in the Austin Powers franchise, Bedazzled, and The Royals, Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder model. A trained ballerina, she has also been in the news for her relationship with Hugh Grant and her marriage to textile magnate Arun Nayar.

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Carmen Electra
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Birthdate: April 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sharonville, Ohio, United States

Carmen Electra is an actress, TV personality, and singer. One of the leading figures of glamour modeling, Carmen Electra gained popularity as a sex symbol. She is also one of the most popular Playboy models of all time. Apart from being a prominent media personality, Carmen also works with various non-profit organizations, such as Elevate Hope and HollyRod Foundation.

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Donatella Versace
(Fashion Designer and Chief Creative Designer of the Luxury Fashion House 'Versace')
Donatella Versace
4
Birthdate: May 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Reggio Calabria, Italy
Donatella Versace, sister of the founder of the Italian fashion brand Versace, Gianni Versace, inherited the company after Gianni’s murder in 1997. Donatella is now the company’s chief creative officer. She supports Elton John’s AIDS Foundation and was the first woman to win the GQ Designer of the Year award. 
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Brooke Burke
(Host of the 'E! Network' Travel Show 'Wild On!')
Brooke Burke
6
Birthdate: September 8, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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Amber Valletta
(Model and Actress Known for Her Role in the Supernatural Thriller ‘What Lies Beneath’)
Amber Valletta
7
Birthdate: February 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Amber Valletta is an American actress and supermodel. After starting her career as a fashion model, Valletta went on to become the face of popular brands like Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Versace, and Louis Vuitton, which elevated her status to supermodel. She then started focusing on acting and appeared in films like Raising Helen, Transporter 2, and My Sexiest Year

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Kelly LeBrock
(American Actress Best Known for Her Films: ‘The Woman in Red’, ‘Weird Science’ and ‘Hard to Kill’)
Kelly LeBrock
9
Birthdate: March 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Actress and model Kelly LeBrock began her career as a model at the age of 16. A contract with Christian Dior made her a popular face and she became one of the most sought-after models in the industry. She then started acting as well and appeared in 1984. Since then, she has appeared in many movies and TV shows.

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Caitriona Balfe
7
Birthdate: October 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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Candice Bergen
12
Birthdate: May 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beverly Hills, California, United States
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Chad Michael Murray
12
Birthdate: August 24, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

Chad Michael Murray is an American actor who started his career as a fashion model, working for brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci. Murray overcame his tough childhood and went on to establish himself as an actor. Also a writer, he co-authored a romantic thriller novel with Heather Graham, which was inspired by a dream!

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Emma Bunton
(Actor, Television presenter, Singer-songwriter, Singer, Model, Karateka)
Emma Bunton
11
Birthdate: January 21, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Finchley

Part of the iconic British all-girl pop band of the 1990s, Spice Girls, Emma Bunton was nicknamed Baby Spice, for being the youngest in the group. Known for her signature pigtails and bright blue eyes, she later went solo and also appeared in the BBC One series Absolutely Fabulous.

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Michelle Trachtenberg
10
Birthdate: October 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Shannon Elizabeth
(Actress and Poker Player Best Known for Her Films: ‘American Pie’, ‘Scary Movie’, and ‘Love Actually’)
Shannon Elizabeth
4
Birthdate: September 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Shannon Elizabeth is best known as Nadia from the iconic sex comedy American Pie. She also appeared in films such as Scary Movie and Thirteen Ghosts, and on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars. She now manages her non-profit Animal Avengers in South Africa. 
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Christy Turlington
(American Model and Humanitarian)
Christy Turlington
7
Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States

Model Christy Turlington is best known for being part of Calvin Klein's Eternity campaign. Named to Time 100, she has worked with Maybelline and Versace, too. Her cover of British Vogue inspired George Michael's video Freedom. She owns the non-profit Every Mother Counts, which works for safe pregnancy and childbirth.

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Taylor Kinney
7
Birthdate: July 15, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA
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Alesha Dixon
(Singer, Model, Dancer)
Alesha Dixon
9
Birthdate: October 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London

Alesha Dixon is an English singer-songwriter, rapper, and TV personality. She initially wanted to become a teacher, but destiny had other plans for her, and she ended up entering the music world. She rose to fame as a singer in the 2000s as a member of the girl group Mis-Teeq. She later pursued a successful solo career as well. 

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Twiggy
(Model)
Twiggy
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Birthdate: September 19, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Neasden,Middlesex, England
Dame Lesley Lawson, better known as Twiggy, soared to fame as a model in the 1960s. Known for her signature androgynous look, she graced the covers of magazines such as Vogue. She has won two Golden Globes for her role in The Boy Friend and written a bestselling memoir, too.
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Charlize Theron
(The First South African to Win an Oscar in Acting)
Charlize Theron
1
Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Benoni, South Africa

Charlize Theron is a former model and was an aspiring ballerina whose career came to a halt after a knee injury. However, an unexpected encounter brought her in the world of acting and she went on achieve tremendous success including winning an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award. She is currently one of the world's highest-paid actresses.

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Ursula Andress
(Swis Actress Best Known for Her Role of Bond Girl 'Honey Ryder' in the Film 'Dr.No')
Ursula Andress
8
Birthdate: March 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostermundigen, Switzerland
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Catherine Bell
(Actress Known for Her Roles in the TV Series 'JAG', 'Army Wives' and 'The Good Witch')
Catherine Bell
13
Birthdate: August 14, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England

Catherine Bell is an actress, producer, and model. She is best known for her roles in the TV series JAG and Army Wives. As a young woman, she enrolled at UCLA but dropped out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She struggled for a few years but was eventually able to establish herself as a versatile actress. 

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Henry Golding
5
Birthdate: February 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sarawak, Malaysia
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Abella Danger
(Actress)
Abella Danger
5
Birthdate: November 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA
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Pattie Boyd
(Model, Ex-Wife of George Harrison)
Pattie Boyd
7
Birthdate: March 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taunton
Pattie Boyd set the tone for British fashion of the 1960s. She married Beatles star George Harrison and inspired many of his songs. She then married Eric Clapton. Pattie’s photographs of Harrison and Clapton were exhibited as Through the Eye of a Muse. She also works for addiction recovery.
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Linda Evangelista
(One of the Most Accomplished and Influential Models of All Time)
Linda Evangelista
8
Birthdate: May 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Linda Evangelista is a Canadian fashion model. Considered one of the most influential and accomplished models of all time, Evangelista holds the record for making the most number of appearances on Vogue Italia's cover. Also an activist, Linda Evangelista works towards promoting breast cancer and HIV/AIDS research and awareness. She is also a supporter of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.