Actresses

An actress is a woman who plays character roles in stage plays, motion pictures, or serials on the television. The term is sometimes also used to refer to a female who lends her voice to radio production. Even though theater as a form of cultural and artistic expression began evolving during the ancient times, initially women were not allowed to perform on stage. Acting as a profession was considered immoral and respectable women were prohibited from appearing on stage. This meant that male actors had to portray female characters, though the so-called fallen women like prostitutes and courtesans did perform occasionally. The situation began changing during the 17th century in England when women began to act on stage--Margaret Hughes is credited to be the first female to have graced the English stage. It was during those times that the word ‘actress’ was coined to differentiate female performers from the males. Even though it was increasingly becoming acceptable for women to become actresses, it was not considered a respectable profession till the 20th century in several societies. Times have really changed now with many intelligent, educated and versatile women choosing to pursue the creative field of acting. This section provides you with the biographies, containing trivia, timelines, persona and professional information, of film and stages actresses covering various genres from all over the world.

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 1 Angelina Jolie

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Famous As: Actress, Filmmaker, Activist
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

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.

 2 Selena Gomez

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Singer, songwriter, and actress, Selena Gomez, was destined for a career in the entertainment industry! The daughter of an actress, she was exposed to acting as a child and began her career early on. She gained much fame as a singer and actress in her teenage and was named the Billboard Woman of the Year in 2017.

 3 Dolly Parton

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Multifaceted personality, Dolly Parton is a singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, author and businesswoman and is known mainly for her work in country music. She has received various accolades and awards in her very successful singing career spanning several decades and has composed over 3,000 songs. She has also worked in several movies and is a prolific songwriter.

 4 Helena Bonham Carter

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

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.

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 5 Sarah Paulson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2017, actress Sarah Paulson has been appearing in theater productions, TV shows, and films since the mid-1990s. She has appeared in both comedic and dramatic roles and has received numerous awards and accolades, including the Primetime Emmy Award.

 6 Julia Roberts

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

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 7 Margot Robbie

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian

With strong performances in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad and I, Tonya, Australian actress Margot Robbie has become one of the most famous actresses of her generation and also one of the world's highest-paid actresses. In her short career till now, she has won numerous award nominations and has become a significant name in the advertising world.

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 8 Kate Winslet

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

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

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 9 Sandra Oh

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian

A Canadian-American actress of Asian descent, Sandra Oh became the first Asian actress to win two Golden Globe awards and the first Asian woman to host the award ceremony. She is also the third actress of Asian origin to host the TV show, Saturday Night Live. In 2019, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 10 Julianne Moore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

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.

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 11 Lily Collins

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

Born to a famous musician Phil Collins, Lily Collins first faced the camera at the age of two. As an adult, she gained recognition with Mirror Mirror and then followed it up with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Rules Don't Apply. The British-American actress, who has become extremely successful, is also a model and a published author.

 12 Gal Gadot

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Israeli

From Miss Israel to Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot has made heads turn and take notice of her. Serving two years in Israeli Army as a combat trainer surely helped Gadot in her movie career, where she is known for playing strong, action-oriented roles. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2018.

 13 Scarlett Johansson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 14 Nicole Kidman

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Australian, American

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.

 15 Zooey Deschanel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Zooey Deschanel is an American actress known for her deadpan roles in successful comedy films, such as The Good Girl, Elf, Failure to Launch, Yes Man and 500 Days of Summer. She also acted in the popular sitcom New Girl. She is also a singer and songwriter and plays keyboards, percussion, banjo, and ukulele. Zooey is a co-founder of the female-focused website, HelloGiggles.

 16 Jennifer Garner

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

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.

 17 Salma Hayek

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Mexican, American

Hailing from Mexico, Salma Hayek moved to Hollywood and attained fame with films like Desperado, From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, Dogma, Tale of Tales, Grown Ups, and Grown Ups 2. Her breakthrough role was the film Frida in 2002 for which she received critical appreciation. She works to raise awareness about violence against women and discrimination against immigrants.

 18 Michelle Pfeiffer

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Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

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.

 19 Meg Ryan

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 20 Angela Lansbury

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Irish, British, American

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.

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 21 Andie MacDowell

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
From working at a bar and a clothing store, Andie MacDowell eventually became a top model/actor and has now been the face of L'Oréal for over 30 years. Fans adore her for her inspirational and award-winning portrayal of Ann Bishop Mullany in the film Sex, Lies, and Videotape.

 22 Kristin Scott Thomas

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Famous As: Character actor, Stage actor, Film actor
Birthdate: May 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French, British

 23 Elizabeth Montgomery

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: May 18, 1995

Actress Elizabeth Montgomery had a flourishing acting career that spanned five decades. Throughout her career, she touched the lives of many with her charitable work and political activism. Such was her popularity that after she succumbed to cancer, a bronze statue of her famous character Samantha Stephens from the TV series Bewitched was erected in Massachusetts.

 24 Kathleen Turner

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Famous As: American film actress
Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Kathleen Turner is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role in Peggy Sue Got Married. She also played Chandler's drag queen father in Friends and voiced Jessica Rabbit in the Disney movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? She has also delivered Tony-winning Broadway performances and promotes rheumatoid arthritis awareness.

 25 Ariana Grande

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

A talented youngster, Ariana Grande first stepped into the world of entertainment through Broadway musical 13 and later shot to fame with television series Victorious and its spinoff, Sam & Cat. Her television series also kick started her musical career which flourished with the release of her five commercially successful and critically applauded albums and collaborations with various other artists.

 26 Catherine O'Hara

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, American

 27 Millie Bobby Brown

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Spanish, British

Millie Bobby Brown, the English actress and model, rose to prominence after acting in the TV series Stranger Things and then in the film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, in 2019. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in April 2018, making her the youngest person ever to be so.

 28 Lily James

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

English actress, Lily James, was born into a family of prominent actors and developed an early interest in performing. She studied acting and made her debut as a TV actress in the early 2010s. Since then, she has become a popular face in Hollywood as well, having appeared in many hit films. She is the recipient of many awards. 

 29 Jennifer Aniston

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

 30 Marilyn Monroe

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 5, 1962

A legendary American actress, model, comedienne and singer, Marilyn Monroe emerged as a major sex symbol in Hollywood in the 1950s. Amongst the most successful actresses of her time, she also won critical acclaim for her acting in movies like Some Like It Hot. Her personal and professional life, though from the beginning, were marked by hardships, struggles and controversies.

 31 Valerie Bertinelli

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

Valerie Bertinelli, better known as Melanie Moretti from the sitcom Hot in Cleveland and Gloria from Touched by an Angel, has also appeared as a host on several culinary shows on Food Network. Her role as Barbara Cooper Royer in One Day at a Time earned her a Golden Globe.

 32 Blake Lively

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Famous As: Model and Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Born into a family with a rich legacy in the entertainment industry, actress Blake Lively was exposed to acting as a young child. Even though she was not interested in acting as a teenager, she developed a passion for the same after winning a Teen Choice Award for one of her early TV shows.

 33 Megan Fox

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 16, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

With her sharp facial features and stunning figure, actress Megan Fox is undoubtedly a head-turner! Making her debut in the early 2000s as a teenager, she has come a long way in Hollywood and is today counted among the most beautiful and sexiest women in entertainment. She has been featured on various magazine covers as well.

 

 34 Audrey Hepburn

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: May 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: January 20, 1993

British actress Audrey Hepburn is counted among the greatest female screen legends in Golden Age Hollywood. Rising to prominence in the 1950s, she became one of the few people to win Academy, Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Awards. She devoted much of her time in her later life to UNICEF and was actively involved in humanitarian work.

 35 Cameron Diaz

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

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.

 36 Betty White

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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

 37 Drew Barrymore

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

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.

 38 Kate Hudson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Kate Hudson carved out a nice niche for herself in Hollywood after appearing in a string of romantic comedies. She’s had many box office successes like Almost Famous, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Alex and Emma, You, Me and Dupree, Great Barrier Reef and Bride Wars. She has also had some failures and duds along the way.

 39 Charlize Theron

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Birthdate: August 7, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American, South African

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.

 40 Emily Blunt

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American
Often featured among the ‘Sexiest’ and ‘Most Desirable’ women in the world, this British-born actress is a Hollywood A-lister and sex-symbol who first captured everyone’s attention with her scene-stealing appearance in the Meryl Streep starrer The Devil Wears Prada. Emily Blunt has since tasted both commercial and critical success, and is married with kids to The Office actor, John Krasinski.

 41 Keira Knightley

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

British actress Keira Knightley’s career took a huge turn, when she appeared in Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace and Bend It Like Beckham, while she was still in her teens. Since then, she has displayed her talent in numerous period and big budget movie including Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Pride and Prejudice and Imitation Game.

 42 Holland Taylor

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Acclaimed American actress and playwright, Holland Taylor is known for her performance in television series Two and a Half Men and The Practice and films like The Truman Show and Legally Blonde. The Emmy award winning actress, began her career working extensively in stage productions like The Cocktail Hour. Her other notable theatre performance is the solo play Ann.

 43 Amy Adams

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 44 Rachel McAdams

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Birthdate: November 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Canadian

Best known for her comedic and romantic film roles, Canadian actress Rachel McAdams is a very popular figure in Hollywood. Rising to fame in the 2000s, she has worked in many critically acclaimed movies. A socially responsible person, she believes in leading a lifestyle that is eco-friendly and sustainable. She is actively involved with several charities.

 45 Mindy Kaling

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling first gained international fame with her work in the NBC sitcom, The Office, for which she was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards. She earned a bachelor's degree in playwriting before beginning her career. As the child of immigrants from India, she is one of the few Indian-American women active in the industry.

 46 Kate Beckinsale

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

Kate Beckinsale is an English actress and model and has worked in films such as Pearl Harbor, Serendipity, The Aviator, Contraband and Total Recall and received critical acclaim for her performance in the film Love and Friendship. She has also worked in various stage and radio productions. The British Heart Foundation is one of the charities that she promotes.

 47 Julie Andrews

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

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.

 48 Emma Stone

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

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.

 49 Grace Kelly

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 14, 1982

Aptly named by her parents, Grace Kelly was one of the most graceful and talented actresses of her era, starring in 11 feature films and over 60 TV productions. A darling of Alfred Hitchcock movies, this Oscar winning actress left her successful Hollywood career after her wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and thus became the Princess of Monaco.

 50 Emma Thompson

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

One of the most celebrated British actresses, Emma Thompson has received plaudits for her work in films, television and stage. Her film credits include Howards End, The Remains of the Day as well as Sense and Sensibility which she also wrote. Her television appearances include miniseries Angels in America. The award winning actress is also an author, activist and comedian.

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