Famous Lebanese Women

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Women around the globe are proving how important their role is in the society and civilization. With every passing decade, they have gained a strong foothold and are making heads turn due to their headstrong dedication, nationalistic spirit, mindboggling abilities and their overwhelming talent. They are truly superhuman beings with infinite control and charge. While women of the West regularly make it to the news for their accomplishment and achievement, their Arab counterparts are no less. And while talking of powerful and famous Arab women, those from Lebanon gain much attention. Time and again, Lebanese women have proved their worth in varied fields and have shown their brilliance as writers, entrepreneurs, business magnates, media moguls, artisans, politicians, social activists, artists and so on

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Amal Clooney
(Lebanese-British Barrister Specialising in International Law and Human Rights & the Wife of Actor George Clooney)
Amal Clooney
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Birthdate: February 3, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Amal Clooney is a Lebanese-British barrister, specializing in human rights and international law. Her clients include popular and influential personalities like Yulia Tymoshenko, Nadia Murad, and Julian Assange. Her work and philanthropic activities gained media coverage after her wedding to actor George Clooney. The Clooneys are well-known philanthropists and are founders of the Clooney Foundation for Justice.

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Mia Khalifa
(Media Personality, Former Pornographic Actress & Webcam Model)
Mia Khalifa
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Birthdate: February 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Nancy Ajram
(Singer)
Nancy Ajram
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Birthdate: May 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Achrafieh

Nancy Ajram is a Lebanese singer and businesswoman. She began performing as a child and was just 15 when she released her debut album. As a young woman, she became known as a sex symbol. She has sold millions of records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Middle Eastern music artists. She has numerous accolades to her name.

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Fairuz
(One of the Most Famous Singers in the History of the Arab world)
Fairuz
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Birthdate: November 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jabal Alarz, Lebanon

Lebanese singer-actor Nuhad al-Haddad, better known by her stage name Fairouz, began her career with Radio Lebanon. Now considered a cultural icon of Lebanon, she soared to fame with her collaborations with the Rahbani Brothers and was married to Assi El Rahbani. Itab remains her best-known hit.

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Haifa Wehbe
(Arabic Pop Singer and Actress)
Haifa Wehbe
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Birthdate: March 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mahrouna, Lebanon

One of the bestselling Arab music artists of her time, Lebanese-Egyptian singer Haifa Wehbe soared to fame with hits such as Touta. The 6-time Murex d’Or Award-winning artist has also starred in movies such as Dokkan Shehata and TV series such as Kalam Ala Warak and Maryam.

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Yasmine Al Massri
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Quantico’)
Yasmine Al Massri
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Birthdate: November 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Born to an Egyptian mother and a Palestinian father in Lebanon, Yasmine Al Massri left to study multimedia in Paris at 20. A trained dancer, she later gained fame with the critically acclaimed Lebanese film Caramel and played twins in Quantico. She is also a human rights activist.
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Nadine Nassib Njeim
(Actress and Miss Lebanon 2004)
Nadine Nassib Njeim
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Birthdate: February 7, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Born to a Lebanese father and a Tunisian mother, Nadine Nassib Njeim was crowned Miss Lebanon 2004 and later represented Lebanon at the Miss Universe pageant. She exhibited her acting skills in series such as Samra. After being injured in the deadly 2020 Beirut explosion, she underwent a 6-hour surgery.

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Rima Fakih
(Model)
Rima Fakih
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Birthdate: September 22, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Srifa, Lebanon
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Nadine Labaki
(First Female Arab Director to Be Nominated for an Oscar in the Category for Best Foreign Language Film)
Nadine Labaki
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Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baabdat, Lebanon
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Cyrine Abdelnour
(Lebanese Singer and Actress Known for Her Hit Single 'Law Bas Fe Aini')
Cyrine Abdelnour
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Birthdate: February 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Beirut

Lebanese diva Cyrine Abdelnour made her mark in modelling working with fashion-designers like Zuhair Murad. She received the title Model of the World. She has acted in many Arabic television serials and films and won four Murex D'or awards as the best Lebanese actress. Her song Law Bas Fe Aini emerged as one of the most-popular Lebanese songs in 2006.   

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Sabah
(Music Icon from Lebanon and an Acclaimed Actress in Egyptian Movies)
Sabah
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Birthdate: November 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bdadoun, Lebanon
Died: November 26, 2014

Legendary Lebanese singer Sabah, nicknamed Shahruret-el Wadi, was one of the first international music icons from her country. She had not only performed at prestigious venues such as the Carnegie Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, but was also a star of Egyptian movies such as El-Qalb Louh Wahid.

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Brigitte Gabriel
(Lebanese-born American Activist Who Founded the Anti-Islam Organization 'ACT! for America')
Brigitte Gabriel
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Birthdate: October 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marjeyoun, Lebanon

Lebanese-American author and activist Brigitte Gabriel is known for her prominent anti-Muslim stance. She went through a troubled childhood in Lebanon, after her village was bombed by Muslim radicals. She lived in Israel as a refugee, before moving to the US and launching the anti-Islam organization ACT! for America.

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Myriam Fares
(Lebanese Arabic Pop Singer, Dancer and Entertainer)
Myriam Fares
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Birthdate: May 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

Lebanese singer, actor, and dancer Myriam Fares is regarded as the Queen of the Stage and is often compared to Shakira. A Christian star in the Arab world, she has faced cyber trolling in the past for her religious views. She is known to international audiences for her documentary Myriam Fares: The Journey.

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Najwa Karam
(Singer and Middle Eastern Pop-Icon Famous as 'The Sun Of Lebanese and Arabic Song')
Najwa Karam
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Birthdate: February 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zahlé

Singer-songwriter and fashion-icon Najwa Karam rose to prominence as a leading Lebanese singer and a Middle Eastern pop-icon with albums like Oyoun Qalbi and Nedmaneh. The latter won her a Murex d'Or award and several Rotana Records awards. Known for her unique style of blending traditional and contemporary Arabic music, Karam has appeared as a judge at Arabs Got Talent.

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Julia Boutros
(Lebanese Singer Known for Her Songs 'Ghabet Shams El Haq' and 'Wein el Malayeen')
Julia Boutros
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Birthdate: April 1, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

A singer, known for her patriotic songs, Julia Boutros is also the wife of former defense minister of Lebanon, Elias Bou Saab. She soared to fame with tracks such as Ghabet Shams El Haq and once donated the profits garnered from one of her tracks to the Lebanese victims of the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

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Rula Ghani
(First Lady of Afghanistan (2014 - 2021))
Rula Ghani
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Birthdate: 1948 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon

Rula F. Saadah Ghani is the wife of Ashraf Ghani who served as fifth President of Afghanistan until his government was overthrown by the Taliban on August 15, 2021. The Ghani family fled from Afghanistan on the same day. Rula advocated for women’s rights as the First Lady and was named to the Time 100 list by Time magazine in 2015.

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Diana Haddad
(Lebanese Singer and One of the Best-Selling Arabic Pop Musicians in the Arab World)
Diana Haddad
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Birthdate: October 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

Lebanese singer-actor Diana Haddad has been one of the most popular artists from the Arab pop world. Known for her versatility, the singer first soared to fame at age 16, when she appeared on the talent show Studio El Fan. Some of her greatest tracks include Ammanih, Mani Mani, and Ya Aibo.

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Nawal Al Zoghbi
(One of the Most Renowned Lebanese Pop Singer)
Nawal Al Zoghbi
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Birthdate: June 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jal el Dib, Lebanon

Lebanese pop star Nawal Al Zoghbi is often compared to Madonna for her sassy style. Politically outspoken, she supports the Palestinian cause. Known for using the oud, she has achieved popularity with tracks such as El Layali and Habeit Ya Leil and won honors such as the Murex d'Or Award.

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Yasmine Hamdan
(Lebanese Electro-Pop Singer-Songwriter Based in Paris)
Yasmine Hamdan
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Singer Yasmine Hamdan began her career with the rock band Lombrix and then soared to fame as part of Soapkills, an indie electro-pop band, with Zeid Hamdan. An Arab music icon, she later stepped into the French electronic new wave scene. Now married to filmmaker Elia Suleiman, she stays in Paris.

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Majida El Roumi
(Lebanese Soprano Singer and UN Goodwill Ambassador)
Majida El Roumi
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Birthdate: December 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southern Lebanon

Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi was 16 when she first gained attention on the show Studio el Fan. The soprano artist is also a human rights activist and has been a UN Food and Agriculture Organization ambassador. She has also worked for osteoporosis prevention and environmental concerns.

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Jackie Chamoun
(Alpine skier)
Jackie Chamoun
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Birthdate: October 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Deir El Qamar, Lebanon
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Josephine
(Singer)
Josephine
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Birthdate: August 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Josephine is a Greek singer who took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2014 where she represented her country with the song Dancing Night. She became a household name in Greece in 2020 when she won the fourth season of the popular reality show Just the 2 of Us.

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Nada Zeidan
(Race car driver)
Nada Zeidan
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Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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May Ziadeh
(A Pioneer of Oriental Feminism in Arab Literary World and Key Figure in the 'Nahda' Movement)
May Ziadeh
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Birthdate: February 11, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nazareth, Vilayet of Syria
Died: October 17, 1941

A pioneering Arab feminist and romantic poet, May Ziadeh was a major figure of the Nahda, or the Arab Enlightenment of the 20th century. She initially mostly wrote in French, using the pseudonym Isis Copia, while she later drifted toward Arabic. Al-Mûsawât and Sawâneh fatât remain 2 of her best-known works.

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Ray Bassil
(Sport shooter)
Ray Bassil
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Birthdate: October 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dlebta, Lebanon
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Leila Shahid
(Palestinian Diplomat)
Leila Shahid
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Birthdate: July 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Darine
(Lebanese-Swedish Singer)
Darine
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Birthdate: 1984 AD
Birthplace: Tripoli, Lebanon Tripoli, Lebanon

Lebanese-Swedish singer Darine is best known for her hit tracks such as Aiwa and Ma Fi Ella Enta. Her tracks cater to both English and Arabic listeners. She has remained away from the music industry for a while but plans to release an extended play by mid-2022.

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Chirine Njeim
(Lebanese Alpine Skier)
Chirine Njeim
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Birthdate: October 4, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Daniella Semaan
(Lebanese Instagram Star)
Daniella Semaan
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Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lebanon

Daniella Semaan is a Lebanese model who achieved popularity after marrying popular Spanish football star, Cesc Fàbregas. As a model, Daniella Semaan has graced the covers of many famous fashion magazines. She is also popular on social media platforms, such as Instagram where she has more than three million followers.

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Mai Ghoussoub
(Lebanese Artist and Writer)
Mai Ghoussoub
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Birthdate: November 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: February 17, 2007

Mai Ghoussoub was a Lebanese artist, human rights activist, writer, and publisher. Ghoussoub is credited with co-founding the London-based Saqi publishing house and bookshop. Established in 1979, the bookshop was the first of its kind in London to specialize in Arabic works.

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Deyana Mounira
(Instagram Star, Model)
Deyana Mounira
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Birthdate: August 16, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lebanon
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Jana Assi
(Lebanese Former Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Jana Assi
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Birthdate: July 2, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Zeina Soufan
(Lebanese Journalist Based in Dubai and Host of 'Money Map' on Dubai TV)
Zeina Soufan
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Birthplace: Sidon, Lebanon

Starting her career as a reporter for Lebanese Future Television, journalist and anchor Zeina Soufan later worked for Reuters and their Beirut correspondent. She has also taught journalism and has spoken at global forums such as The World Economic Forum. She also creates podcasts and videos for social media.

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Juman Malouf
(Lebanese Author, Set Designer and Wife of American Filmmaker Wes Anderson)
Juman Malouf
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon

Lebanese-born author and set designer Juman Malouf mostly grew up in London. Educated in art history and costume design in the US, she later designed sets for various films and plays. She penned the novel The Trilogy of Two. Married to filmmaker Wes Anderson, she has also been part of his films.

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Dalal Mughrabi
(Militant)
Dalal Mughrabi
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Birthdate: 1959 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Died: March 11, 1978
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Aya Jamal-Eddine
(Lebanese Footballer Who Plays as a Defender)
Aya Jamal-Eddine
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Birthdate: October 11, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
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Billie Eilish
(The Youngest Recipient of the Grammy Award for Album of the Year and Record of the Year)
Billie Eilish
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Birthdate: December 18, 2001
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

A young singer and songwriter who rose to international fame while still in her teens, Billie Eilish is blessed with a soprano vocal range and an ethereal voice. Already the recipient of numerous accolades, including five Grammy awards, she was named in Time magazine’s  inaugural "Time 100 Next" list in 2019.

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Ariana Grande
(The Most Streamed Female Artist Ever)
Ariana Grande
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Birthdate: June 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida, United States

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.

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Queen Elizabeth II
(Queen of the United Kingdom from 1952 to 2022)
Queen Elizabeth II
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Birthdate: April 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: September 8, 2022

The Queen of the United Kingdom and 15 other Commonwealth realms, Queen Elizabeth II was the longest-reigning British monarch in history. The first child of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother , she ascended to the throne in 1952. Despite the media criticism of the royal family, she continued to be a popular figure in the UK.

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Taylor Swift
(Pop Icon & One of the Best-Selling Musicians of All Time)
Taylor Swift
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Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Reading, Pennsylvania, United States

American pop and country music singer-songwriter, Taylor Swift is a multiple Grammy award winning artist who has inspired a number of hopeful musicians. A talented artist since a young age, she achieved success with her first single and debut album in 2006. Since then, the Fearless star has not looked back and also made her acting debut in 2009.

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Scarlett Johansson
(Actress Known for Her Films: 'Marriage Story', 'Jojo Rabbit' and Her Role of 'Black Widow' in MCU Films)
Scarlett Johansson
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Birthdate: November 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

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.

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Selena Gomez
(Singer-Songwriter)
Selena Gomez
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Birthdate: July 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, United States

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.

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Emma Watson
(Actress and Activist Best Known for Her Role of 'Hermione Granger' in the 'Harry Potter' Film Series)
Emma Watson
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Birthdate: April 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

English actress, model, and activist, Emma Watson first gained prominence as a child artiste in the Harry Potter film series. The daughter of lawyers, she was determined to go to college despite her busy acting career and graduated from Brown University. A staunch feminist, she is actively involved with organizations that work for the betterment of women.

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Princess Diana
(First Wife of Charles, Prince of Wales)
Princess Diana
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Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Norfolk, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 31, 1997

The first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, Princess Diana was a member of the British royal family. As a princess, she became known for her unconventional approach to charity work. She was celebrated as a style icon and fashionista as well. She divorced Charles in 1996 and died in a tragic car accident the following year.

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Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
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Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

Actress and singer Zendaya is best known for her role in the Disney Channel sitcom, Shake It Up. She began her career as a model and is trained in different forms of dance. As a singer, she has released one studio album and several singles. She identifies as a feminist and has shown support for the 'Black Lives Matter' movement.

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Marilyn Monroe
(American Actress Who Became One of the Most Popular Sex Symbols of the 1950s and Early 1960s)
Marilyn Monroe
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Birthdate: June 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 4, 1962

A legendary American actress, model, comedienne and singer, Marilyn Monroe emerged as a major sex symbol in Hollywood in the 1950s and early 1960s. 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.

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Angelina Jolie
(Hollywood's Highest-Paid Actress In Her Hey Days)
Angelina Jolie
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Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

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Jennifer Aniston
(Best Known For Her Role of 'Rachel Green' on the TV Sitcom 'Friends')
Jennifer Aniston
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Birthdate: February 11, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

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Millie Bobby Brown
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Birthdate: February 19, 2004
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marbella, Spain

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.

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Beyonce Knowles
(Singer-Songwriter, Actress and Lead Singer of the R&B Group ‘Destiny’s Child’)
Beyonce Knowles
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Birthdate: September 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Beyonce Knowles is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She developed an interest in music as a child. As a teenager, she became the lead singer of Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling girl groups of all time. She is one of the world's best-selling recording artists and one of the highest-earning black musicians of all time

While talking of famous Lebanese women, the names that top the list include human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin whose stellar achievements in law and order have led her to be at the top of her game. Apart from several high profile clients, Amal Alamuddin has served as the adviser to the King of Bahrain. One of the biggest watch companies of the world, Swatch Group has its reins in the hands of a Lebanese woman, Nayla Hayek. The world of fashion would have been miser had it not had renowned Lebanese fashion designer Reem Acra. And these are just a handful of the long list of famous, powerful and influential Lebanese women the world takes pride in. Have a look.