Famous American Dancers

From Michael Jackson's moonwalk and Elvis Presley's pelvic thrust to Britney Spears' hair flip and Miley Cyrus' twerking, America has given the world some mind-blasting, gravity defying, booty banging, signature moves that has totally redefined the way we jig today. But you will be surprised to know these dancing legends with their oh-so-famous dance moves aren't exactly counted among the top dancers of the land. That is right! Over the years, the land has some legendary dancers and we have seen some pretty amazing foot-works that has made the world sit up and take notice. Be it hip hop, tap dance, jazz, ballet, or burlesque — you name it and the Americans have nailed it. Without losing another moment, let us waltz down the inspiring lives of some of America's most famous dancers in the biographies below. Rest assured their life, timeline, trivia and amazing facts would get you jumping in awe and wonder.

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 1 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009

The King of Pop and an international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical entertainer whose work – both with Jackson 5 and solo – won accolades and hearts worldwide. Equally popular were his unique dance moves that created sensation and shaped future dance styles. Amongst the most successful entertainers of all time, Jackson was later accused of child molestation.  

 2 Maddie Ziegler

Maddie Ziegler
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: September 30, 2002
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Maddie Ziegler owes her fame to the show Dance Moms and to Sia’s music videos Chandelier and Elastic Heart. Named one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens thrice, she has written a bestselling memoir, works for charities, has appeared in movies and on magazine covers, and owns a fashion line.

 3 Christopher Maurice Brown

Christopher Maurice Brown
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tappahannock, Virginia, United States

 4 James Brown

James Brown
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barnwell, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2006

Referred to by honorific nicknames, such as Godfather of Soul, James Brown was a prominent figure of 20th century music. A progenitor of funk music, Brown influenced the development of many music genres. An inductee of the Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame, Brown is ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list.

 5 Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 10, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 22, 1987

Fred Astaire was an American actor, television presenter, dancer, choreographer, and singer. Widely regarded as the most influential dancer in film history, Astaire was known for his innovation, perfectionism, and an uncanny sense of rhythm. Also known for his fashion sense, Fred Astaire remained a male fashion icon throughout his career, which spanned more than seven decades.

 6 Usher

Usher
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: October 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
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 7 Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland
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Famous As: Ballet Dancer
Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Ballet dancer Misty Copeland is known for her association with American Ballet Theatre and is the first Black woman to become the principal dancer there. She also gained fame as a public speaker and stage performer. Named to Time 100, she has also written a memoir and narrated a documentary.
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 8 Derek Hough

Derek Hough
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Famous As: Professional Dancer
Birthdate: May 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

Derek Hough is an American Latin and ballroom dancer and choreographer. After winning the dance competition TV series, Dancing with the Stars, for a record six times, Hough used his popularity to launch his acting and singing career. Also a writer, his book Taking the Lead was featured in The New York Times Best Seller list.

 9 Ginger Rogers

Ginger Rogers
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: April 25, 1995

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, singer, and dancer. Often regarded as an American icon, Rogers played an important role in popularizing the Golden Age of Hollywood. After winning the Academy Award for portraying the title character in Kitty Foyle, Rogers became one of the highest-paid actresses during the 1940s. Her life inspired a musical titled Backwards in High Heels.

 10 Jennifer Lopez

Jennifer Lopez
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Famous As: Singer, Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: July 24, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York, United States

Jennifer Lopez established herself as the highest-paid Latin actress in Hollywood after starring in films such as Out of Sight, The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan and Shall We Dance’. She is also an accomplished dancer and commercially very successful singer. She helped propel the Latin pop movement in American music. She is also a fashion designer and a businesswoman.

 11 Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: December 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States

 12 Eugene Curran Kelly

Eugene Curran Kelly
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: August 23, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 2, 1996

Actor, dancer, singer, and filmmaker, Gene Kelly, was one of the most popular Hollywood figures in the 1940s and 1950s. Among his other achievements, he is credited to have popularized the genre of musical films in Hollywood. As a filmmaker, he often experimented with camera techniques and special effects. He received an Academy Honorary Award in 1952.

 13 Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: May 16, 1990

Nicknamed “Mister Show Business,” posthumous Grammy-winner Samuel Davis Jr. was a multifaceted performer who excelled in dancing, singing, and acting. From delivering vaudeville performances as a child, Samuel graduated to creating Billboard charters and performing with Frank Sinatra as part of the Rat Pack. Sadly, he died in debt.

 14 Pink

Pink
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
Birthdate: September 8, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States

Pink is an American singer-songwriter known for her acrobatic stage presence and raspy voice. Having sold more than 90 million records worldwide, Pink is one of the best-selling musicians in the world. A recipient of several prestigious awards, Pink was named in VH1's 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Her work has inspired many other artists like Taylor Swift.

 15 Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Famous As: Choreographer, Dance
Birthdate: January 27, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia

Latvian-born Russian-American dancer and choreographer Mikhail Baryshnikov was a prominent male classical dancer of the 1970s and 1980s. Born in Latvian SSR, he moved to America where he joined the New York City Ballet. Within years, he became one of the most widely recognized contemporary ballet dancers in the world. He is also a dramatic actor.

 16 Bindi Irwin

Bindi Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: July 24, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buderim, Australia

Daughter of legendary Australian wildlife expert The Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin has followed in her father’s footsteps and is now a renowned conservationist and TV personality. Her stint on Bindi the Jungle Girl made her the youngest Daytime Emmy winner. She is also associated with the Australia Zoo.

 17 Rita Hayworth

Rita Hayworth
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: October 17, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 14, 1987

One of the most glamorous Hollywood actresses of the 1940s, Rita Hayworth was also a brilliant dancer. Her filmography includes 61 films among which the most notable ones are The Strawberry BlondeGilda and Cover Girl. The personal life of the actress, who was also known as the Love Goddess, though was marked by a series of failed marriages.

 18 Lance Bass

Lance Bass
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
Lance Bass is best known as a member of the 1990s’ boy band NSYNC. He owns a production company and had once formed a music management firm. He came out as gay on People magazine, was awarded the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award, and has authored a bestselling memoir.  

 19 Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul
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Famous As: Her Album 'Forever Your Girl' was One of The Most Successful Albums in 1988
Birthdate: June 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Fernando, California, United States

Starting her career as a cheerleader, Paula Abdul went on to choreograph music videos for Janet Jackson. She then tried her hand at singing-songwriting and released a highly successful debut studio album. Also an award-winning actress, Paula was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has also appeared in TV shows like American Idol.

 20 Gregory Hines

Gregory Hines
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Famous As: Dancer, Choreographer and Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 9, 2003
Gregory Hines is remembered as one of the greatest tap dancers in the world. His performance in the Broadway play Jelly's Last Jam won him a Tony and a Drama Desk award. He also won an Emmy for his voice role in Little Bill and hosted his own show.

 21 Jordan Fisher

Jordan Fisher
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Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: April 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

Jordan Fisher is well-known for his acting, singing, and dancing skills. He won the 25th season of the popular dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars. As a singer, he has released singles, such as All About Us and Lookin' Like That. He also served as a commentator at the 2019 Fortnite World-Cup, an annual e-sports competition.

 22 Isadora Duncan

Isadora Duncan
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Famous As: Dancer & Choreographer
Birthdate: May 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: September 14, 1927

Isadora Duncan was a dancer acclaimed in USA, Europe, and the Soviet Union. Raised by a single mother, she grew up in poverty and started teaching dance to children to earn some money. She later joined Augustin Daly's theater company. Eventually, she opened her own dance schools to teach her unique philosophy and techniques to her students. 

 23 Kelly Ripa

Kelly Ripa
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Famous As: Actress, Dancer
Birthdate: October 2, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States

 24 Lindsey Stirling

Lindsey Stirling
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Famous As: Violinist
Birthdate: September 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States
Distingusihed as a modern-day dancing violinist, Lindsey Stirling began her musical journey in 2006 on America's Got Talent. With over 12 million YouTube subscribers, she presents choreographed violin performances, in live and music videos on her official channel. She has proved her prowess in a variety of music styles, rock to electronic dance music and classical to pop. 

 25 Barbara Stanwyck

Barbara Stanwyck
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Famous As: Actress known for her strong, realistic screen presence and versatility.
Birthdate: July 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 20, 1990

Barbara Stanwyck went on to become one of the greatest actresses of Classical Hollywood cinema after being orphaned at age four. One of the favorite actresses of directors like Cecil B. DeMille, Barbara had become the highest-paid actress in America by 1944. Known for her realistic screen presence, Barbara won several prestigious honorary lifetime awards for her contribution to cinema.

 26 Rob McElhenney

Rob McElhenney
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

 27 Dita Von Teese

Dita Von Teese
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, Michigan, United States

 28 Eartha Kitt

Eartha Kitt
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 25, 2008

Eartha Kitt was an American actress, comedian, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Renowned for her distinctive singing style, Kitt recorded several chartbusting songs during the 1950s. Also a well-known activist, Eartha Kitt established a non-profit organization called the Kittsville Youth Foundation, which helped underprivileged youths in Los Angeles. She was also an ardent advocate for same-sex marriage and LGBT rights.

 29 Teyana Taylor

Teyana Taylor
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Famous As: Singer-Songwriter Who Appeared on MTV's 'My Super Sweet 16'
Birthdate: December 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

R&B and hip-hop singer Teyana Taylor gained fame with MTV's My Super Sweet 16. She signed with Kanye West’s label and also appeared on the reality show Teyana and Iman, with her husband, NBA player Iman Shumpert. In December 2020, she announced her retirement from music through Instagram.

 30 Tinashe Kachingwe

Tinashe Kachingwe
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Famous As: Her Single "2 On" featuring 'Schoolboy Q' Reached Number One on The Rhythmic Airplay Chart
Birthdate: February 6, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Tinashe started as a child actor, appearing as a motion-capture model in The Polar Express and as Robin Wheeler in Out of Jimmy's Head. She later began performing with The Stunners. She has delivered Billboard-charting hits such as 2 On and has collaborated with the likes of Britney Spears.

 31 Rosie Perez

Rosie Perez
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York, United States
Rosa Perez is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carla Rodrigo in Fearless and her Emmy-nominated choreography in the series In Living Color. She has also appeared in Broadway plays such as The Ritz and has co-hosted The View. She is also associated with major HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.

 32 Kat Graham

Kat Graham
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Kat Graham is best known for her Teen Choice Award-winning role of Bonnie Bennett in The Vampire Diaries. She also has two EPs and two albums to her credit. She has appeared in the movies The Parent Trap, Addicted, and All Eyez on Me. She is vegan and a polyglot.

 33 André 3000

André 3000
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

 34 Yvonne De Carlo

Yvonne De Carlo
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: January 8, 2007

Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer, Yvonne De Carlo, was an internationally known Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Born to an ambitious mother, she was groomed for a career in the show business from her childhood. She began her career as a dancer and eventually started acting. She had an extensive career spanning over five decades.

 35 Lisa Niemi

Lisa Niemi
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Famous As: Actress, Director
Birthdate: May 26, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Lisa Niemi is known for her appearance in Steel Dawn and One Last Dance, with her former husband Patrick Swayze. She also released memoirs, both New York Times bestsellers and one of them co-written by Swayze. Swayze’s death due to pancreatic cancer led her to spread awareness about the ailment.

 36 Roselyn Sánchez

Roselyn Sánchez
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Actress
Birthdate: April 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Roselyn Sánchez is a Puerto Rican singer, dancer, songwriter, actress, model, producer, and writer. She is best known for playing Elena Delgado in the popular police procedural drama TV series Without a Trace, for which she received the 2008 ALMA Award. Roselyn Sánchez also works with organizations like Fundación de Niños San Jorge, which helps sick children from poor families.

 37 Cassie Ventura

Cassie Ventura
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Famous As: Singer Known for Her 2006 Hit Single 'Me & U'
Birthdate: August 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New London, Connecticut, United States

Singer, songwriter, model, actress, and dancer Cassie Ventura is a multifaceted lady. Beginning her career as a model at the age of 14, she didn’t take long to venture into singing and dancing as well. After enjoying considerable success as a singer, she made her acting debut in a dance film in 2008. 

 38 Danny Kaye

Danny Kaye
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 18, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 3, 1987
Danny Kaye is best remembered for his pantomimes, physical comedy, and patter songs, one of the most popular being Inchworm. Some of his most notable movies were the 1947 movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Court Jester, and Hans Christian Andersen. He was UNICEF’s first ambassador-at-large.

 39 Randy Jackson

Randy Jackson
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States

 40 Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough
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Famous As: Judge on Dancing with the Stars
Birthdate: July 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orem, Utah, United States
Julianne Hough shot to fame with Dancing with the Stars, in 2007, and eventually won two seasons and returned as a judge. Fans also remember her as Sandy from Grease Live! She aced the U.S. Country charts with her debut album and was also a judge on America's Got Talent.

 41 Abby Lee Miller

Abby Lee Miller
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Famous As: Dance Instructor
Birthdate: September 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

Abby Lee Miller is a choreographer, dance instructor, and reality TV personality. She is credited with founding the Abby Lee Dance Company where the popular TV series Dance Moms was filmed. The series follows the training of children in dance under the tutelage of Miller. In 2018, Miller was diagnosed with a type of cancer that has left her wheelchair-bound.

 42 James Cagney

James Cagney
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Died: March 30, 1986

James Cagney was an American dancer and actor who won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1942 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1984, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was named in the American Film Institute's Greatest Male Stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema list.

 43 Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Debbie Allen is an actress, dancer, choreographer, and singer-songwriter.  She appeared in the musical-drama TV series Fame and also worked as the series’ principal choreographer. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards. She runs the Debbie Allen Dance Academy in Los Angeles and is a former member of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. 

 44 JC Chasez

JC Chasez
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter, producer best known as a former member of the boy band NSYNC
Birthdate: August 8, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bowie, Maryland, United States

 45 Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 3, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Orange, New Jersey, USA

 46 Coco Austin

Coco Austin
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: March 17, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Coco Austin, wife of rapper Ice T, started as a lingerie model and also worked at various Playboy Mansion events. She was later seen in her own reality show, Ice Loves Coco. She has also been part of quite a few R-rated movies and has guest-starred in many series.

 47 Joel Grey

Joel Grey
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Dancer
Birthdate: April 11, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Joel Grey is an American actor, dancer, singer, photographer, and director. He is best known for his portrayal of the Master of Ceremonies in the popular musical Cabaret, for which he won the 1967 Tony Award. He then reprised his role in the 1972 film adaptation, winning an Academy Award and a British Academy Film Award for his performance.

 48 Caity Lotz

Caity Lotz
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: December 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Caity Lotz is an American actress, singer, and dancer. A trained martial artist, Lotz is best known for playing Sara Lance / White Canary in superhero TV series, such as Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Batwoman. She is also credited with co-founding a women's empowerment organization called SheThority.

 49 Teri Garr

Teri Garr
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 11, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lakewood, Ohio, United States

Teri Garr is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Sandra Lester in Tootsie. Fans also loved her in Mr. Mom, One from the Heart, and After Hours. After revealing her long struggle with multiple sclerosis, she began raising awareness about the condition and retired from acting.

 50 Bebe Neuwirth

Bebe Neuwirth
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Bebe Neuwirth is best known as Lilith Sternin from Cheers and its spin-off, Frasier, a role that won her two Emmys. She is also a talented stage actor, who has delivered Tony Award–winning performances in Sweet Charity and Chicago. A cat lover, she has donated to various animal charities.