American Female Theater Personalities

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 1 Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 2 Sasha Alexander

Sasha Alexander.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Active in Hollywood for over two decades, actress Sasha Alexander began her career in theater. Soon, she moved on to TV and appeared in a few shows before gaining popularity. She has also acted in many short films and feature films and is the winner of one People's Choice Award. One interesting fact about her is that she is multilingual.

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 3 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

 4 Doris Roberts

Doris Roberts.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

 5 Vanessa Marcil

Vanessa Marcil.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Indio, California

Vanessa Marcil is an American actress. Over the years, Vanessa Marcil has contributed to the success of TV series, such as Beverly Hills, 90210, Las Vegas, and General Hospital. Also known for her good looks, Vanessa Marcil has been honored with awards, such as the Hottest Female Star award at Soap Opera Digest Awards.

 6 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.

 7 Stockard Channing

Stockard Channing.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Stockard Channing is an American actress best known for playing Abbey Bartlet on the political drama TV series The West Wing. Over the years, Channing has been contributing to the success of many TV series as an actress, for which she has received 13 Primetime Emmy Award nominations. A seven-time Tony Award nominee, Channing is also an important stage actress.

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 8 Valerie Harper

Valerie Harper.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Suffern, New York
Valerie Harper is best remembered as Rhoda Morgenstern from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off, Rhoda, with the role winning her four Emmys. She also hosted Nova and was seen as Valerie Hogan in the sitcom Valerie. She also earned a Tony nomination for the play Looped.

 9 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.

 10 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.

 11 Jill St. John

Jill St. John.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 12 Cara Buono

Cara Buono.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Cara Buono is best known for her Emmy-nominated role of Faye Miller in Mad Men and as Karen Wheeler from Netflix’s Stranger Things. Fans also loved her as Kelli Moltisanti in The Sopranos. She has also appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway productions and in movies such as Let Me In.

 13 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.

 14 Charisma Carpenter

Charisma Carpenter.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Charisma Carpenter is best known as Cordelia Chase from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off, Angel; Lacy from The Expendables film franchise; and Beth Sullivan from the Josh Kirby... Time Warrior! movie series. She has also posed for Playboy and appeared in the series Charmed and Veronica Mars.

 15 Loretta Swit

Loretta Swit.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, U.S.

Loretta Swit is a veteran American stage and small screen actress who became a household name with her award-winning portrayal of Major Margaret ‘Hot Lips’ Houlihan in M*A*S*H, a comedy-drama series on CBS television. Apart from playing a wide range of character roles on television and stage, she also appeared in movies and hosted a documentary on the Korean war.

 16 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. 

 17 Samantha Mathis

Samantha Mathis.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Williamsburg, New York, United States
Samantha Mathis, VP of SAG-AFTRA, is best known for Young Artist Award-nominated role in This Is My Life and her Saturn Award-nominated performance in Salem's Lot. Fans also loved her in Broken Arrow and American Psycho. She dated actor River Phoenix before he died of a drug overdose.

 18 Annabella Sciorra

Annabella Sciorra.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

Actress, Annabella Sciorra, is known for her roles in films like Cadillac Man and Jungle Fever. The daughter of a fashion stylist, she was introduced to the world of glamour as a child. She studied dance and received training at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before making her professional debut. She acts in both films and TV shows.

 19 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.

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 Elizabeth Peña

Elizabeth Peña.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Jersey
Died: October 14, 2014
Elizabeth Peña is best known for her roles in films such as Rush Hour and The Incredibles. She also co-founded the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors. She has also been part of series such as Shannon's Deal and I Married Dora. She died of liver cirrhosis at age 55.

 23 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.

 24 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 25 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. 

 26 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.

 27 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. 

 28 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

 29 Ally Walker

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

 30 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.

 31 Hedda Hopper

Hedda Hopper.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 2, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hollidaysburg, Blair County, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: February 1, 1966

 32 Sami Gayle

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

 33 Alison Lohman

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

 34 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.

 35 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.

 36 Elaine Joyce

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

 37 Irene Dunne

Irene Dunne.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 20, 1898
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.
Died: December 4, 1990

Irene Dunne was a prominent actor of the Golden Age of Hollywood. She is best known for her comedy roles and was nominated for the Academy Award five times. Some of her best-known films were Theodora Goes Wild and I Remember Mama. A devout Catholic, she received the papal knighthood.

 38 Roxann Dawson

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

 39 Elizabeth Ashley

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

 40 Brenda Strong

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

 41 Helen Hayes

Helen Hayes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., U.S.
Died: March 17, 1993

 42 Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona
Sharon Leal is best known as Michelle Morris from Dreamgirls and as Dianne Brock from the Why Did I Get Married? franchise. Fans also loved her as Dahlia Crede in Guiding Light and as Marilyn Sudor in Boston Public. She has also been part of the Broadway rock musical Rent.

 43 Jamie Brewer

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

 44 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.

 45 Nina Arianda

Nina Arianda.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 46 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.

 47 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

 48 KaDee Strickland

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

 49 Mamie Van Doren

Mamie Van Doren.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rowena, South Dakota, United States

Mamie Van Doren is an American former model, singer, and actress. Van Doren achieved popularity during the 1950s and is best known for her performance in the 1957 American teen film Untamed Youth. In 2005, she was honored with a Golden Palm Star. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 50 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