American Female Theater Personalities

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 1 Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
Best known for her Emmy-winning performance as Sue Sylvester in Glee, Jane Lynch has also played major roles in the series Two and a Half Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She has also voiced characters in animated films such as Wreck-It Ralph

 2 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 3 Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loudendale, West Virginia
Emmy-nominated actor Conchata Ferrell was best known for her portrayal of housekeeper Berta in Two and a Half Men. She began her career with the off-Broadway show The Sea Horse, which won her a Drama Desk and an Obie award. She had also appeared in Krampus and Erin Brockovich.
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 4 Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Nicole Ari Parker is best known for her role as Becky Barnett in the movie Boogie Nights. Fans also loved her as Teri Joseph in Soul Food and as Giselle Barker in the soap Empire. She also plays Samantha Miller in Chicago P.D. Nicole is an active Democrat.

 5 Maggie Siff

Maggie Siff
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City

Maggie Siff is best known as Tara Knowles from Sons of Anarchy and Rachel Katz from Mad Men. She was also part of the film The 5th Wave and the series Billions. She has promoted Betterment, a robo-advising service, and was part of the podcast You Must Remember This.

 6 Rhea Seehorn

Rhea Seehorn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
First seen in independent comedy films, Rhea Seehorn gained prominence with her performance in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Her works also include a number of supporting roles and short-lived comedy series. 

 7 Rosemarie DeWitt

Rosemarie DeWitt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Rosemarie DeWitt is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Rachel in Rachel Getting Married. She also appeared as Emily Lehman in the series Standoff and was seen in the 2015 remake of The Poltergeist. Fans also loved her as Charmaine Craine in United States of Tara.
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 8 Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri

Phyllis Smith is an American actress best known for portraying Phyllis Vance in the popular mockumentary TV series, The Office, for which she received a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also known for her skills as a voice actress, Smith was honored with the prestigious Annie Award for voicing Sadness in the 2015 computer-animated comedy film, Inside Out.

 9 Anne Baxter

Anne Baxter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Michigan City
Died: December 12, 1985

Anne Baxter is best remembered for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Sophie MacDonald in The Razor's Edge. Her other notable projects were the film All About Eve and the series The Name of the Game. She also actively participated in Republican campaigns.

 10 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 11 Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia
Died: October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks is best remembered for her stint on Saturday Night Live, where she played characters such as Candy Sweeney. Fans also loved her in Designing Women and 3rd Rock from the Sun. She was initially part of the comedy troupe The Groundlings and voiced Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons.

 12 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 13 Ann B. Davis

Ann B. Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: June 1, 2014

 14 Ally Walker

Ally Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tullahoma, Tennessee, US

 15 Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Mariette Hartley is an American actress who won the Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Dr. Carolyn Fields in the popular television series, The Incredible Hulk. She also has several Primetime Emmy Award nominations under her belt. An advocate of suicide prevention and medications for bipolar disorder, Mariette Hartley works towards increasing awareness of the disorder.

 16 Sami Gayle

Sami Gayle
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florida, United States

 17 Diana Hyland

Diana Hyland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Died: March 27, 1977

Diana Hyland is best remembered as Heavenly Finley from the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. She had also appeared in series such as The Twilight Zone and in films such as The Chase. She won a posthumous Emmy for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

 18 Alison Lohman

Alison Lohman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California

 19 Emily Swallow

Emily Swallow
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Emily Swallow is an American actress known for portraying prominent roles in popular TV series, such as The Mentalist and Supernatural. After starting her career in Broadway, Emily Swallow has managed to successfully establish herself in the American TV industry.

 20 Elaine Joyce

Elaine Joyce
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

 21 Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 22 Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ocala, Florida

 23 Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 24 Hope Davis

Hope Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Hope Davis is best known for her roles in films such as About Schmidt and Synecdoche, New York. She also delivered a Tony-winning performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performances in the series In Treatment and the TV film The Special Relationship.

 25 Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 26 KaDee Strickland

KaDee Strickland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Patterson, Georgia, United States

 27 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 28 Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California, United States

 29 Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 2014

 30 Wanda De Jesus

Wanda De Jesus
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City

 31 Margaret Sullavan

Margaret Sullavan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 16, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, U.S.
Died: January 1, 1960

 32 Robin Weigert

Robin Weigert
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 33 Jo Anne Worley

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

 34 Mary Martin

Mary Martin
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Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: December 1, 1913
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Weatherford, Texas, U.S.
Died: November 3, 1990

 35 Irene Bedard

Irene Bedard
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 22, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska
Irene Bedard is known for her Native American roles various films. She played Suzy Song in the movie Smoke Signals and voiced the titular character in the 1995 movie Pocahontas. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance in Lakota Woman: Siege at Wounded Knee.

 36 Sophie von Haselberg

Sophie von Haselberg
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 37 Leigh Taylor-Young

Leigh Taylor-Young
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Actor Leigh Taylor-Young had initially studied economics, before switching to theater. After gaining fame with the soap Peyton Place, she delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance in the film I Love You, Alice B. Toklas. She also won an Emmy for her role in the series Picket Fences.

 38 Sharon Case

Sharon Case
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

 39 Mo Collins

Mo Collins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

 40 Marissa Jaret Winokur

Marissa Jaret Winokur
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 41 Nita Talbot

Nita Talbot
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 8, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 42 Mary Frann

Mary Frann
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: September 23, 1998

 43 Celeste Holm

Celeste Holm
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: July 15, 2012

 44 Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Ozone Park, New York, United States

 45 Stella Adler

Stella Adler
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Famous As: American Actress & Acting Teacher
Birthdate: February 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: December 21, 1992

 46 Siena Agudong

Siena Agudong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kauai, Hawaii, United States

 47 Miriam Hopkins

Miriam Hopkins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
Died: October 9, 1972

Miriam Hopkins was an American actress widely regarded as a pioneer of TV drama. She became the first performer to earn an Academy Award nomination for a performance in a color film; she was nominated under the Best Actress category for her portrayal of the title role in the 1935 historical drama film, Becky Sharp.

 48 Liz Vassey

Liz Vassey
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

 49 Jill Schoelen

Jill Schoelen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

 50 Annie Starke

Annie Starke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Connecticut
Annie Starke, daughter of actor Glenn Close, is best known for her recurring role of Lily Cartwright in the Netflix series Ratched. She has also appeared in films such as We Don’t Belong Here and The Wife. A skilled equestrian, she has won the Children's Modified Jumper Championship at 15.