21st Century Actresses

Find out more about the greatest 21st Century Actresses, including Cara Delevingne, Ronda Rousey, Jennifer Lawrence, Elizabeth Olsen and Alexandra Daddario.

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 1 Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

The popular, award winning gorgeous artist, Scarlett Johansson is the highest paid actress in the world. With an interest in acting, Scarlett Johansson debuted in films at the young age of eight and went on to act in numerous films including Lost in Translation, The Avengers, Hitchcock and Marriage Story. She has also worked in television and released an album.

 2 Jennifer Aniston

Jennifer Aniston
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Famous As: Known For Her Role of Rachel Green on TV Sitcom 'Friends'
Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

An American actress, film producer, and businesswoman, Jennifer Aniston began her acting career pretty early but gained stardom with her portrayal of Rachel Green in the popular television sitcom Friends. Her film career demonstrated her wide range and impressed both critics and audience. The star of The Good Girl and Bruce Almighty also went ahead to launch her own perfume.

 3 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
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Famous As: Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress In Her Hey Days
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.

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 4 Emma Watson

Emma Watson
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Famous As: Actress, Activist
Birthdate: April 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

English actress, model, and activist, Emma Watson first gained prominence as a child artiste in the Harry Potter film series. The daughter of lawyers, she was determined to go to college despite her busy acting career and graduated from Brown University. A staunch feminist, she is actively involved with organizations that work for the betterment of women.

 5 Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indian Hills, Kentucky, United States

One of the extremely talented and successful actresses of Hollywood, Jennifer Lawrence is known for her performances in movies like Silver Linings Playbook, Hunger Games and Joy. The acclaimed actress, who supports numerous charitable causes, made her debut as a teenage actor in television and soon gained recognition with series, The Bill Engvall Show, and the movie, The Poker House.

 6 Betty White

Betty White
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Famous As: First Lady of Television
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 7 Emma Stone

Emma Stone
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

One of the most successful and popular actresses of her generation, Emma Stone is known for movies like La La Land, The Amazing Spider-Man, Birdman and Battle of the Sexes. The award winning actress began as a child actor on stage and did numerous minor and supporting roles in television and films before making it big as a lead actress.

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 8 Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel

Debuting at the age of thirteen, Israeli American actress Natalie Portman is today one of the most successful actresses in Hollywood. Her movie list is impressive with successful projects like Black SwanJackie, Star Wars, Closer and Thor. While pursuing her passion for acting, the Academy award winning actress also ensured to complete her studies and graduated from Harvard University.

 9 Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlington County, Virginia, United States

One of the highest-paid actresses in the world, actress Sandra Bullock is the recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award. After making her debut in the late 1980s, she became extremely popular in the 1990s with her roles in dramatic movies. She is also the founder of the production company Fortis Films.

 10 Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts
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Famous As: Famous for Her Role in the Romantic Comedy 'Pretty Woman'
Birthdate: October 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Smyrna, Georgia, United States

Julia Roberts is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses. She came to limelight in the 1990, when she played the female lead in the movie, Pretty Woman. In 2000, she won the Academy Award for best actress for her role in Erin Brockovich in 2000. She has been named the most beautiful woman in the world, a record five times, by the People magazine.

 11 Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher
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Famous As: Famous for Playing Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' Films
Birthdate: October 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Died: December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher was an American actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Some of her other films notable film wereShampoo, Soapdish, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and The Women. She had issues with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and spoke publicly about it. She died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while on a transatlantic flight.

 12 Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron
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Famous As: First South African To Win An Oscar In Acting
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.

 13 Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway
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Famous As: Academy Award-Winning Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

One of the highest-paid actresses in the world in the 2010s, Anne Hathaway is the recipient of many awards, including an Academy Award. She began acting as a teenager in the early 2000s and often portrayed princesses in her initial films. She started taking up versatile roles as her career progressed. She campaigns for gender equality and supports LGBTQA+ rights.

 14 Hailee Steinfeld

Hailee Steinfeld
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Famous As: Actress & Singer
Birthdate: December 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Actress, singer, and songwriter Hailee Steinfeld first gained fame as Mattie Ross in the drama western film True Grit. Some of her family members are in the entertainment field and they introduced her to acting when she was a child. She also has a keen interest in music and has released two extended plays and 17 singles.

 15 Reese Witherspoon

Reese Witherspoon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Acclaimed actress, Reese Witherspoon, shot to fame with her film Legally Blonde and continued her successful journey working in films and television shows like Walk the Line, Wild and Big Little Lies. In process, she became one of the most bankable stars in Hollywood and also one of the world’s highest paid actresses. Witherspoon has her own production company too.

 16 Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Honolulu

Australian actress and producer Nicole Kidman is one of the world's highest-paid actresses. She is the founder of the production company Blossom Films. She was twice named as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine. Besides acting, she has been a Goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994.

 17 Kate Winslet

Kate Winslet
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Reading, England

Actress Kate Winslet’s most enduring character remains that of the protagonist in the 1997 blockbuster film Titanic, which made her an international star. She’s also known for doing period roles in films like Sense and Sensibility, Jude and Hamlet. Some of her other notable films are Iris, Little Children, Steve Jobs and The Reader. She won an Oscar for her performance in The Reader

 18 Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep
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Famous As: Considered as 'The Best Actress of Her Generation'
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: SummitSummit, New Jersey, United States

Often described as the "best actress of her generation," Meryl Streep is acclaimed for her versatility. After debuting in the 1970s, she built a solid reputation by portraying challenging roles in dramatic films. In a career spanning over half a century, she has received numerous awards, including three Academy Awards and eight Golden Globe Awards.

 19 Jennifer Garner

Jennifer Garner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Active in the entertainment industry since the mid-1990s, actress Jennifer Garner gained international fame her supporting role in Pearl Harbor. The daughter of conservative middle-class parents, she was determined to achieve big things and decided to become an actress. Besides acting, she is also an entrepreneur and is the co-founder of a baby food company.

 20 Helena Bonham Carter

Helena Bonham Carter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Islington, London, England

Helena Bonham Carter is an English actress who is known for her performances in independent films and huge blockbusters. Some of her notable films are The Wings of the Dove, The King's Speech, Hamlet, Howards End, Fight Club, Les Misérables . She was also part of the Harry Potter series. She was bestowed with the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2012.

 21 Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz
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Famous As: One of the Highest-Grossing US Actresses of All-Time
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

A former actress best known for her appearances in comedy films, Cameron Diaz is the recipient of numerous accolades, including a New York Film Critics Award. She began modeling as a teenager and was soon flooded with acting offers. Over the years, she became a successful actress and has since retired from acting. She is known for her environmental activism.

 22 Amy Adams

Amy Adams
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

An aspiring dancer, Amy Adams began working for theatre companies and eventually decided to pursue acting. She hit it big with movies, such as Catch Me If You Can, Junebug and Enchanted. She enriched her acting profile further with American Hustle and Big Eyes, both of which earned her the Golden Globe Awards. Her other notable films are Doubt and Julie & Julia.

 23 Rachel Weisz

Rachel Weisz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England

One of the most popular and decorated British-American actresses, Rachel Weisz is the recipient of many awards, such as the Academy Award. One of the most beautiful actresses, she has been featured on several magazine covers. In 2010, Rachel Weisz was named the global ambassador for L'Oréal. She has also served as fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez's muse.

 24 Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States

Actress, producer, and director Drew Barrymore is daughter of prominent actor, John Drew Barrymore, and was introduced to show business as a baby. In the wake of her early stardom, she went through a difficult phase as a teenager and struggled with drug abuse. She was eventually able to resurrect her career and proceeded to act in many popular films.

 25 Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis
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Famous As: Actress, Author
Birthdate: November 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

After making her film debut in the horror film, Halloween, James Lee Curtis went on to establish herself as a scream queen, appearing in a number of horror films. Curtis is also an author, having released several children's books, including books that have made The New York Times' best-seller list. She is also a well-known philanthropist.

 26 Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

American actress, Marisa Tomei, gained fame when she starred in the 1992 film My Cousin Vinny. She received an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for the film. She was also appreciated for in the movies In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. What Women Want, Anger Management, The Ides of March, Cyrus, The Big Short and Avengers: Endgame are some of her other notable films.

 27 Elizabeth Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor
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Famous As: Legend of Classic Hollywood Cinema
Birthdate: February 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: March 23, 2011

Considered an incandescent beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was a very popular and successful actor and her legacy is an everlasting one. She shone in movies like A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Butterfield 8 in the 1950s and 60s. Recipient of two Oscars, she married eight times.

 28 Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress who has worked in several notable films, such as Emma, Seven and The Talented Mr Ripley. She won the Oscars for her role in the film Shakespeare in Love. She’s also worked on several television shows. She has been criticised for promoting unproven treatments based on pseudoscience via her lifestyle company Goop and has had to face lawsuits over it.

 29 Halle Berry

Halle Berry
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Famous As: Only African-American Woman To Win Oscar for Best Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Halle Berry is one of the most popular actresses of the current generation. During the 2000s, she was one of the highest-paid Hollywood actresses. Halle is also known for her activism for which she was honored with the 2006 Woman of The Year award by the Hasty Pudding Theatricals. She also gets featured in several Sexiest Women lists.

 30 Julie Andrews

Julie Andrews
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, England

A distinguished films, television and Broadway actress, Julie Andrews is best known for her performances in films like Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Victor/Victoria. She has also done voiceovers for animation movie like Despicable Me and Enchanted. The legendary actress has also released multiple albums and authored numerous children’s books as well as her autobiography.

 31 Catherine Zeta-Jones

Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Swansea, Wales

Catherine Zeta-Jones is one of the most popular and successful actresses from Wales. Starting out as a child actress, Catherine went on to cement her place in the American film industry with roles that accentuated her sex appeal. She is the recipient of several awards. Also a well-known humanitarian, she was appointed CBE for her humanitarian and film endeavors.

 32 Michelle Pfeiffer

Michelle Pfeiffer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of those rare Hollywood actresses who delivers Oscar-worthy performances every time she faces a camera. In her nearly half-a-century long career, there’s hardly a genre Pfeiffer hasn’t explored and conquered. Showering us with charm and unmatched talent in comedies, dramas, romance, and thrillers, this Golden Globe winner is one of the best actresses of this era.

 33 Goldie Hawn

Goldie Hawn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Goldie Hawn is one of the most prolific actresses of Hollywood with a career spanning decades. Death Becomes HerPrivate BenjaminOverboardThe First Wives ClubThe Banger Sisters and The Sugarland Express are some of her notable films. She won an Oscar for the 1969 film Cactus Flower. She has been in a long relationship with actor Kurt Russel.

 34 Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain
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Famous As: Known for Starring in Films With Feminist Themes
Birthdate: March 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States

Known for playing emotionally grueling roles, Jessica Chastain often chooses to act in films with feminist themes. A feminist who voices her opinion on gender and racial equality, Jessica started the Time's Up initiative with 300 women in Hollywood. She also supports charities that promote mental health and was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people list in 2012.

 35 Penelope Cruz

Penelope Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Alcobendas, Spain

Penelope Cruz is a Spanish model and actress who has had major success in the American entertainment industry. Also known for her work as a philanthropist, Cruz has been touching the lives of many for the past several years. Apart from donating money to charity, Cruz has also volunteered in India and Uganda. She has also advocated for PETA's anti-fur campaign.

 36 Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster
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Famous As: Actress & Director
Birthdate: November 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Jodie Foster is considered to be one of the best actors of her time. She attained fame as a child actor in the acclaimed film Taxi Driver. Some of her memorable roles as an adult are The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs and Sommersby. She’s a director too. Foster has been in the news for her sexual orientation.

 37 Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith
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Famous As: One of Britain's Most Recognizable & Prolific Actresses
Birthdate: December 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ilford, Essex, England

Veteran English actress, Maggie Smith, has an extensive career spanning almost seven decades. One of Britain's most recognizable actresses, she has appeared in more than 60 films and over 70 plays. Making her debut as a stage actress in the 1950s, she quickly moved on to TV and cinema. She has been honored with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival's Legacy Award.

 38 Demi Moore

Demi Moore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roswell, New Mexico, United States

Demi Moore is considered one of the most beautiful, successful and the highest paid actresses of her time. The 1990 film Ghost is her most successful movie till date. A Few Good Men, Indecent Proposal and Disclosure are some of her other notable and successful films. However, her career nosedived in the later 1990s. Later, she started appearing in supporting roles.

 39 Renee Zellweger

Renee Zellweger
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Katy, Texas, United States

Renee Zellweger is one of the most decorated American actresses; she has won two Oscars and four Golden Globe Awards and is still going strong. Also known for her activism, Zellweger is one of the patrons for The GREAT Initiative, a gender equality foundation. In 2011, she joined hands with Tommy Hilfiger to raise money for the Breast Health Institute.

 40 Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Jane Fonda is hailed as one of the best actresses ever and has won two Oscars. She has acted in popular and acclaimed films like Barefoot in the Park, Barbarella, Klute, Coming Home, Julia, The Morning After, The China Syndrome and California Suite. She’s also known for her exercise videos and is famous for her opposition to the Vietnam War.

 41 Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chiswick, London, England

Helen Mirren is one of the most respected and decorated actresses from England. She has won several prestigious awards, including the Triple Crown of Acting. Before achieving greatness, Mirren fought drug addiction during her 20s. She has also said that she is a naturist at heart and was named by British Naturism as Naturist of the Year in 2004.

 42 Doris Day

Doris Day
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: April 3, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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.

 43 Susan Sarandon

Susan Sarandon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States

Susan Sarandon is hailed as one of the best actresses of her time. She has starred in many acclaimed Hollywood films like Bull Durham, Thelma and Louise, Atlantic City and Lorenzo's Oil. In 1995 she won an Oscar for Dead Man Walking. She’s also a political activist and has often protested against issues like war, gun violence and migrant separation policy.

 44 Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States

Widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and talented actresses of her generation, Julianne Moore was included in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list in 2015. One of the most decorated actresses, Moore specializes in playing emotionally troubled women. A campaigner for gun control and gay rights, she has also written several children's books.

 45 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus
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Famous As: Known for Her Work in 'Saturday Night Live'
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

An actress and comedian, Julia Louis-Dreyfus has won more Screen Actors Guild Awards and more Emmy Awards than any other artist in American television history. In 2016, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2018, she was presented with America's highest comedy honor - The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

 46 Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan
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Famous As: One of the Top Actresses of 1990s & Early 2000s
Birthdate: November 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States

The Queen of American romantic comedy movies in 1990s, Meg Ryan is best recognised for her role in When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail, all of which earned her prestigious award nominations. After proving her mettle in romantic comedies Meg Ryan showed her versatility as actress by acting in other genre movies. She made her directorial debut with Ithaca.

 47 Viola Davis

Viola Davis
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Famous As: Only African-American to Achieve the Triple Crown of Acting
Birthdate: August 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Matthews, South Carolina, United States
A popular television, film, and stage actress, Viola Davis became the first African-American actress to be honored with Triple Crown of Acting. She is also known for supporting equal rights for women. In 2012 and 2017, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 48 Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury
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Famous As: Actress Whose Career Spanned Over 80 Years
Birthdate: October 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England

Angela Lansbury played a key role in shaping the Golden Age of Hollywood. Recognized as one of the few stars still alive from the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema, Angela Lansbury has received accolades, such as an Honorary Oscar. In 2014, Queen Elizabeth II appointed her a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

 49 Sigourney Weaver

Sigourney Weaver
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. Widely considered one of the most important female protagonists in the history of cinema, Sigourney is also regarded as a pioneer of action heroines in sci-fi films, thanks to her role in the Alien franchise. In 2003, she was ranked 20th in Channel 4's list of 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time.

 50 Sally Field

Sally Field
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States

An acclaimed American actress, Sally Field has won prestigious awards, such as Academy Awards and Emmy Awards. Apart from being a popular actress, Sally Field has also played an important role as an activist, advocating for gay rights and women's rights. She has been part of the board of directors of an international women's NGO called Vital Voices Global Partnership.