Famous Australian Women

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Australian women are counted among the world’s most outspoken and disciplined women. And why would not they be? After all Australia boasts of having a high degree of gender equality where men and women both are provided ample opportunities to explore their interests and become the person they truly intend to be. Australian women may love to party on the sunny beaches, but work always remains their top priority. In fact, Australian women are the best at creating the optimum work-life balance!

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Margot Robbie
(Australian Actress Known for Her Roles in Both Blockbusters and Independent Films)
Margot Robbie
117
Birthdate: July 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dalby, Australia

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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Nicole Kidman
(One of the Most Influential and Highest-Grossing Actresses of Hollywood)
Nicole Kidman
104
Birthdate: June 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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.

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Cate Blanchett
(One of the Finest and Most Versatile Actresses of Her Generation)
Cate Blanchett
47
Birthdate: May 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ivanhoe, Australia

Cate Blanchett is one of the most celebrated actresses of her times. She attained fame with the drama film, Elizabeth, in 1998. The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, Notes on a Scandal, Carol, The Talented Mr Ripley, Babel and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button are some of her other acclaimed and successful films. She has won two Academy awards so far.

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 4 
Olivia Newton-John
(One of the Best-selling Artists, Who Starred in the Musical 'Grease')
Olivia Newton-John
69
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, England, US
Died: August 8, 2022

Olivia Newton-John's breathy voice and stunning beauty made her one of the biggest pop stars of the 1970s. She charmed generations of movie viewers in the blockbuster film Grease. Following a string of country and soft-rock hits, Newton-John starred opposite John Travolta in the 1978  blockbuster Grease, considered as one the most popular movie musicals of all time.

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Isla Fisher
(Australian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Wedding Crashers’, ‘Confessions of a Shopaholic’, ‘Bachelorette’ and ‘Scooby-Doo’)
Isla Fisher
46
Birthdate: February 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Australian actress Isla Fisher attained widespread fame in 2005 when she starred in the commercially successful Hollywood film Wedding Crashers. Some of her other notable films are The Great Gatsby, Now You See Me, I Heart Huckabees, Bachelorette, Rango and Rise of the Guardians. She has also acted in television series and is an author of children’s books.

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Kylie Minogue
(Her Single 'Can't Get You Out of My Head' Became One of The Most Successful Singles of The 2000s)
Kylie Minogue
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Birthdate: May 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Regarded as a timeless icon, Kylie Minogue is one of the most popular singer-songwriters of her generation. Referred to as the Princess of Pop and Goddess of Pop, she is the best-selling female Australian musician of all time. Also known as the Mother of Reinvention, Kylie is revered for her contribution to fashion and music.

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Iggy Azalea
(Rapper Whose Musical Act Came Second to Rank at Number One & Two Simultaneously on The Hot 100)
Iggy Azalea
63
Birthdate: June 7, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Rapper Iggy Azalea is known for her viral and chart-topping tracks Pu$$y, Two Times, and Fancy. A high-school dropout, she had worked illegally in Miami, before she hit the jackpot with her Billboard-topping debut album, The New Classic. She was the first non-American female rapper to top the Billboard chart.
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Sia
(Australian Pop Singer Known for Such Hits as 'Chandelier,' 'Elastic Heart' and 'Clap Your Hands')
Sia
36
Birthdate: December 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, voice-actress and director Sia Furler rose to fame with albums like We Are Born. Moving on, she bolstered her career with albums like 1000 Forms of Fear that debuted atop the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and singles like Cheap Thrills, her first Billboard Hot 100 number-one. Furler has also co-written hit songs like Diamonds, Titanium and Wild Ones.

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Rose Byrne
(Australian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘The Goddess of 1967’, ‘Get Him to the Greek’ and ‘Bridesmaids’)
Rose Byrne
31
Birthdate: July 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Balmain, Australia

Rose Byrne is one of the most popular actresses from Australia. In addition to appearing in dramas and thrillers, she has also established herself as a comedic actress. A supporter of UNICEF Australia, she is also the ambassador for Young Actors Studio, which is part of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

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Miranda Kerr
(Rose to Fame as the First Australian to Model for 'Victoria's Secret Angels')
Miranda Kerr
25
Birthdate: April 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

One of the highest-earning models according to Forbes, Miranda Kerr was the first Victoria's Secret model from Australia. Known for her attractive physique, she is often named in the sexiest women in the world lists by several magazines. She has used her fame and beauty to launch a brand of skincare products called KORA Organics.

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Toni Collette
(Actress)
Toni Collette
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Birthdate: November 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glebe, New South Wales, Australia

Toni Collette is an Australian actress, singer, producer, and songwriter. A critically acclaimed actress, Collette is known for her work in feature films as well as in independent films. Collette has won several prestigious awards, such as a Primetime Emmy Award, Golden Globe Award, and Critics' Choice Awards. Collette also supports many charitable organizations like Feeding America and Amnesty International.

 12 
Rebel Wilson
(Actress)
Rebel Wilson
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Birthdate: March 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian actress, Rebel Wilson, started her acting career with television in Australia and then gained wider recognition after appearing in Hollywood films. Struck by Lightning, Bachelorette, Isn't It Romantic, The Hustle, Cats and Jojo Rabbit are some of the notable films she has acted in. She received critical appreciation for the 2012 film, Pitch Perfect, and subsequently acted in its two sequels.

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Ruby Rose
(Australian Model, Actress, and Television Presenter)
Ruby Rose
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Birthdate: March 20, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Ruby Rose is an Australian actress, model, and TV presenter. After coming out as a lesbian at the age of 12, Ruby faced many difficulties and has experienced suicidal thoughts throughout her life. Despite struggling with mental health issues, Ruby has gone on to establish herself in the field of entertainment, thereby serving as an inspiration to many across the world.

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Roseanne Park
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Birthdate: February 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auckland
Roseanne Park , better known as Rosé, gained fame as part of the South Korean girl group Blackpink. She was featured on G-Dragon's hit track Without You. She has also endorsed Kiss Me and Yves Saint Laurent. As of 2021, she was the most-followed Korean personality on Instagram
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Mia Wasikowska
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Birthdate: October 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Canberra, Australia
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Katherine Langford
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Birthdate: April 29, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Australian actress, Katherine Langford, gained international fame with her role in the Netflix TV series 13 Reasons Why. She developed an early interest in acting despite not having any family connection to the field. Active in the entertainment industry since 2015, she has been nominated for many awards, including a Golden Globe. 

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Natalie Imbruglia
(Singer & Actress)
Natalie Imbruglia
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Birthdate: February 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Australian singer-songwriter, model, and actress Natalie Imbruglia aspired for a career in the show business since her youth. Beginning her career with minor roles in commercials, she worked hard to make a name for herself in the entertainment industry. She has acted in many hit films and is also active as a singer with many records to her credit.

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Yvonne Strahovski
(Australian Actress Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Chuck’ and 'The Handmaid's Tale')
Yvonne Strahovski
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Birthdate: July 30, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Werrington Downs, Australia

The quintessential action heroine of Australia, Yvonne Strahovski is popular for playing roles that require her to perform dangerous stunts. In 2011, she was adjudged the Fun Fearless Female of the Year by Cosmopolitan magazine. Also known for her good looks, Yvonne Strahovski was named in Maxim Hot 100 list in 2012.

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Teresa Palmer
(Actress, Model and Film Producer)
Teresa Palmer
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Birthdate: February 26, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia
Teresa Palmer is best known for her roles in movies such as The Choice, Lights Out, I Am Number Four, and The Grudge 2. She worked in malls and wished to work in animal welfare, before being scouted by an agent. Her first full-fledged film, 2:37, was featured at Cannes.
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Delta Goodrem
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Birthdate: November 9, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Delta Goodrem is an Australian actress, singer, and songwriter. Many of her albums have topped the ARIA Albums Chart, with her debut album Innocent Eyes staying at the top for 29 consecutive weeks. Also known for her charity work, Goodrem established the Delta Goodrem Foundation in an attempt to raise money for blood cancer research.

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Bindi Irwin
(Winner of Season 21 of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ & Daughter of Zookeeper & Conservationist 'Steve Irwin')
Bindi Irwin
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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.

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Elle Macpherson
(Host and Executive Producer of ‘Britain & Ireland's Next Top Model’)
Elle Macpherson
11
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Killara, Australia

Elle Macpherson is an Australian model, actress, television host, and businesswoman. Best known for her record five appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Macpherson went on to found a series of business ventures, such as The Body and Elle Macpherson Intimates. Also known for her philanthropic work, Macpherson serves as an ambassador for organizations like UNICEF.

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Josephine Langford
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Birthdate: August 18, 1997
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth

Josephine Langford is an Australian actress who started her career at a young age. Initially interested in music, Langford was classified as a talented composer in her secondary school. Following in the footsteps of her older sister Katherine Langford, she took acting classes at the age 13. Her success story serves as an inspiration to many young Australian talents.

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Miriam Margolyes
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Birthdate: May 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxford, England
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Toni Watson
(Singer-Songwriter and Record Producer Best Known for Her Single ‘Dance Monkey’)
Toni Watson
40
Birthdate: August 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mount Martha, Australia

Toni Watson is an Australian singer-songwriter whose single, Dance Monkey, broke Bing Crosby's all-time Australian record by spending 24 weeks at number one position on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single also earned Toni Watson several prestigious awards, such as APRA Music Award and ARIA Music Award.

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Phoebe Tonkin
(Actress)
Phoebe Tonkin
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Birthdate: July 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Phoebe Tonkin is best known as Hayley Marshall from The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off, The Originals. Her role as Cleo in the series H2O: Just Add Water earned her an AFI Award nomination. A seasoned model, she has also been featured on the Maxim Hot 100 list. 
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Radha Mitchell
(Actress, Producer)
Radha Mitchell
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Birthdate: November 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Australian actress Radha Mitchell has been active in the show business for more than three decades. She started acting as a teenager, first appearing in a TV show. In the ensuing years, she acted in many other TV shows and films, building a successful career. She is the winner of one Antipodes Film Festival Award.

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Samara Weaving
(Actress and Model Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'Home and Away' and 'SMILF')
Samara Weaving
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Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Born to a filmmaker/lecturer father and an art therapist mother in Australia, Samara Weaving grew up in places such as Fiji and Singapore. Initially known for her roles in series such as Out of the Blue and Home and Away, she gained international fame with films such as Ready or Not.

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Angela White
(Actress)
Angela White
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Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Miranda Otto
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Birthdate: December 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brisbane
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Emily Browning
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Birthdate: December 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Emily Browning is best known for her award-winning performance as Violet Baudelaire in the movie Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Some of her other notable films are The Uninvited, Sucker Punch, and Sleeping Beauty. She is also known as Laura Moon from the series American Gods.
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Eliza Taylor
(Actress)
Eliza Taylor
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Birthdate: October 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Eliza Taylor is an Australian actress who gained recognition for her performance as Janae Timmins in the TV series Neighbours. Although she wanted to establish a career as a marine biologist, Taylor chose to pursue acting after landing a lead role in Pirate Islands. Also a humanitarian, Taylor established a non-profit school named Koh Tao International Primary in Thailand.   

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Alycia Debnam-Carey
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Lexa’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
Alycia Debnam-Carey
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Birthdate: July 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Alycia Debnam-Carey is best known as Lexa from the sci-fi series The 100. She initially gained fame with the reality show Next Stop Hollywood. Fans also loved her in the films Into the Storm and Friend Request and in the series McLeod's Daughters and Fear the Walking Dead.
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Claire Holt
(Australian Actress Known for Her Role in the TV Series 'H2O: Just Add Water')
Claire Holt
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Birthdate: June 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia

Star of the horror film Messengers 2: The Scarecrow and 47 Meters Down, Claire Holt is a Brisbane-born American actress and model, who appeared on the Buddy TV list of top 100 sexiest women in 2011. She is also known for acting in the Australian television series H2O: Just Add Water. Married to Andrew Joblon, she has two children. 

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Melissa George
(Actress and Entrepreneur Best Known for Her Role as ‘Angel Parrish’ on the TV Show ‘Home and Away’)
Melissa George
16
Birthdate: August 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Perth, Australia

Melissa George is an Australian actress and former national rollerskating champion. One of the few sportswomen to make a serious impact as an actress, Melissa George received a Golden Globe Award nomination for playing Laura Hill on the popular American drama television series, In Treatment. She is also credited with inventing a fashion device called Style Snaps.

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Terri Irwin
(Naturalist Who is The Owner of Australia Zoo in 'Beerwah, Queensland')
Terri Irwin
15
Birthdate: July 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Eugene, Oregon, United States

American–Australian naturalist Terri Irwin is best known as the co-host of The Crocodile Hunter, along with her husband, the late animal expert Steve Irwin. She has also been part of shows such as Croc Files and Crikey! It's the Irwins, and helped in the development of Australia Zoo.

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Greta Scacchi
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Nola Johns’ in the TV Miniseries ‘Broken Trail’)
Greta Scacchi
14
Birthdate: February 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Greta Scacchi is best known for her Emmy-winning role in Rasputin: Dark Servant of Destiny. She also earned a BAFTA nomination for her role in Heat and Dust and an Emmy nomination for Broken Trail. She is also a seasoned theater actor and has worked toward prevention of overfishing.
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Adelaide Kane
(Known for Her Roles in the TV Series 'Neighbours', 'Reign' and 'Once Upon a Time')
Adelaide Kane
7
Birthdate: August 9, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Claremont, Australia

Australian actress Adelaide Kane started performing at the age of three and was working professionally in some print ads at age six. Her big break came with a contract on iconic soap opera Neighbours. She further gained acclaim for her performance in Reign, Power Rangers RPM and Once Upon a Time.

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Elizabeth Debicki
(Actress Known for her Role in The Great Gatsby (2013))
Elizabeth Debicki
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Birthdate: August 24, 1990
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
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Nathalie Kelley
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Birthdate: March 3, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lima
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Jacinda Barrett
(Actress, Model)
Jacinda Barrett
9
Birthdate: August 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brisbane, Queensland
Jacinda Barrett is best known as Diana Rayburn from the series Bloodline. A former model, she was one of People’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. She has also been part of the films Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason and Poseidon, and the series The Real World: London.
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Angourie Rice
(Actress)
Angourie Rice
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Birthdate: January 1, 2001
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Perth, Australia
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P. L. Travers
(Best Known as the Author of 'Mary Poppins' Series of Books)
P. L. Travers
9
Birthdate: August 9, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Maryborough, Australia
Died: April 23, 1996

Australian-British author and Shakespearean actor Pamela Lyndon Travers, known by her pseudonym, P. L. Travers, soared to fame with her Mary Poppins series of children's books. Disney later bought the rights to her Mary Poppins series and released a film version. It was later made into a Broadway play, too.

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Maia Mitchell
(Actress, Singer)
Maia Mitchell
10
Birthdate: August 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lismore, Australia

Australian actor Maia Mitchell is known as Brittany from the series Mortified and as Natasha from Trapped. She is also popular as Callie Adams Foster from The Fosters and its sequel, Good Trouble, and as McKenzie from the Teen Beach film franchise. She has also collaborated on the song Magic.

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Julia Gillard
(27th Prime Minister of Australia (2010 - 2013))
Julia Gillard
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Birthdate: September 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Barry, Wales
Julia Gillard was the Australian prime minister from 2010 to 2013. She became the first lady prime minister, deputy prime minister, and leader of a political party in Australia. She has also held other significant positions, such as the minister of education. She has now devoted her life to academics.
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Dannii Minogue
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Hit Songs ‘Love and Kisses’ and ‘Jump to the Beat')
Dannii Minogue
5
Birthdate: October 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

The younger sister of Australian popstar Kylie Minogue, Dannii Minogue had begun her career on Australian TV as a child actor. Known for her award-winning role of Emma Jackson in the soap Home and Away, she later also launched a music career, appeared in movies and plays, and introduced a clothing line.

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Rhea Ripley
(Wrestler)
Rhea Ripley
12
Birthdate: October 11, 1996
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Adelaide, Australia

Rhea Ripley is an Australian wrestler best known for her association with the popular wrestling promotion, WWE. She is the current WWE Women's Tag Team Champion along with Nikki A.S.H. In 2019, she was named Breakthrough Wrestler of the Year by CBS Sports. In April 2021, Ripley became the first female Australian to win the WWE Raw Women's Championship title.

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Essie Davis
(Actress)
Essie Davis
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Birthdate: January 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hobart, Tasmania

Essie Davis is an Australian singer and actress best known for playing Phryne Fisher in the drama television series, Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Over the years, Davis has enjoyed considerable success in the Australian entertainment industry. She has received several prestigious awards, such as the Australian Film Institute Award and AACTA Award.

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Poppy Montgomery
(Australian-American Actress Known for Her TV Series ‘Without a Trace’)
Poppy Montgomery
10
Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

Poppy Montgomery is an Australian-American actress best known for playing FBI agent Samantha Spade in the popular police procedural drama TV series, Without a Trace. Quite an adventurer, Montgomery dropped out of school at age 15 to pursue a career in stage acting. She moved to the US at age 18 and went on to establish herself as an actress.

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Cassandra Harris
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Birthdate: December 15, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney
Died: December 28, 1991
Australian actor Cassandra Harris is remembered for her role in the James Bond film For Your Eyes Only. Her third husband, Pierce Brosnan, met the director Albert R. Broccoli during the filming of the movie, eventually bagging James Bond’s role later. Harris died of ovarian cancer at 43.

Australia is a developed nation where women play a role as important as the men in nation building. Catherine Helen Spence became Australia’s first female political candidate while Edith Cowan was the first woman elected to an Australian parliament. Australian women be it the aviator Maude Bonney, the doctor Dame Jean Macnamara, or  Louise Mack, the first female war correspondent, have always been ahead of their counterparts in other countries. Australians have always been brilliant at sports as the nation’s first female Olympians Fanny Durack and Mina Wylie did their country proud, as did Evonne Goolagong Cawley, who was one of the world’s top tennis players during the 1970s. Scroll for more information on famous Australian women.