Famous Dutch Women

From one of the most liberal places on Planet Earth Netherlands comes liberated, free-thinking blondes who are beautiful, attractive, lovely and gorgeous to look at! But that is not all what Dutch women are about – they may not be fiercely independent but know how to take things in their stride, they may seem subservient but when times come they take complete control over matters, they have a sense of both wit and wisdom! For centuries, Dutch women have stamped their excellence over diverse fields, be it as painter or artists, scientists or writers, revolutionaries or military leaders.

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 1 Anne Frank

Anne Frank
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Famous As: Diarist
Birthdate: June 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 12, 1945

One of the numerous Jewish victims of the Holocaust, Anne Frank gained recognition posthumously after her diary Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was published. The diary, which has been widely read and translated into numerous other languages, details the lives of Anne Frank and her family when they went into hiding for two years, after Germany occupied Netherlands.

 2 Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen
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Famous As: Actress who played mutant Jean Grey in the X-Men film franchise and played Xenia in GoldenEye
Birthdate: November 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amstelveen, Netherlands

Famke Janssen is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular Hollywood films like the X-Men film series and the Taken film trilogy. A former fashion model, Janssen achieved international recognition when she played Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Over the course of her acting career, Famke Janssen has recieved several awards, including the Saturn Award.

 3 Mata Hari

Mata Hari
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Famous As: Exotic dancer & Spy
Birthdate: August 7, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Died: October 15, 1917
Mata Hari was a Dutch courtesan and exotic dancer, charged with spying for Germany during World War I. She was executed by a firing squad in France, and her head was preserved in a museum, but later went missing. The “femme fatale” has been immortalized in many films and books.
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 4 Jeon So-mi

Jeon So-mi
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 9, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

 5 Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Famous As: Civil Rights Activist
Birthdate: November 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Somalia

Somali-born Dutch-American activist, feminist, and scholar Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the founder of an organization for the defense of women's rights, the AHA Foundation. She actively opposes forced marriage, honor violence, and child marriage. A former Muslim, she now identifies as an atheist and is a vocal critic of Islam. She is a recipient of the Lantos Human Rights Prize.

 6 Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Eastermar, Netherlands

Dutch supermodel and actor Doutzen Kroes has been a Victoria's Secret Angel and the face of L'Oréal Paris. Known as the Helen of Troy of advertising, she has also been dragged into controversies for promoting an unscientific liver cleanse diet and for her comments against the COVID-19 vaccine on Instagram.

 7 Beatrix of the Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1980-2013)
Birthdate: January 31, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Soestdijk Palace, Baarn, Netherlands

Beatrix of the Netherlands reigned as Queen of the Netherlands for 33 years. At the time of her abdication in favor of her son, she was the oldest-reigning monarch in the history of the monarchy of the Netherlands. As the queen, Beatrix had a huge impact on the Dutch people and continues to serve as a patron of several organizations.

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 8 Lara Stone

Lara Stone
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: December 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Geldrop, Netherlands
Born to a British father and a Dutch mother, model Lara Stone was scouted at the Paris metro at 12. Known for her signature gap-toothed smile and her unusually clumsy gait, she was named an “anti-model" who was far removed from the typical perfect models of the industry. 

 9 Floor Jansen

Floor Jansen
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Goirle, Netherlands

Floor Jansen is a Dutch singer best known for her association with the Finnish band Nightwish. She is also widely known for her role in the popular TV program Beste Zangers. In 2018, she was honored with the Buma Rocks! Export prize. In 2020, Floor Jansen won the Popprijs at the Noorderslag festival.

 10 Queen Máxima of the Netherlands

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen
Birthdate: May 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

The queen consort of the Netherlands, Queen Máxima is the daughter of Argentine politician Jorge Zorreguieta. She initially worked in the sales departments of HDFC and Deutsche Bank. She apparently didn’t know she was meeting a prince when she met her husband, King Willem-Alexander, at the Seville Spring Fair.

 11 Juliana of the Netherlands

Juliana of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80)
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20, 2004

Juliana of the Netherlands was the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980, during which she remained a popular member of the Dutch royal family. Her reign witnessed the decolonization and independence of Suriname and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Several important places, including the Princess Juliana International Airport, are named after her.

 12 Miep Gies

Miep Gies
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 11, 2010

Miep Gies was one of the Dutch nationals who hid many Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family, from the Nazis during the Second World War. In 1994, she was honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her bravery. In 1995, she received the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

 13 Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zoetermeer, Netherlands

Dutch model Romee Strijd has been a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2015. She has also worked for brands like Alexander McQueen (brand), Michael Kors, and H&M. She began modeling as a teenager and has appeared in magazines, such as Vogue, Elle, and Maxim. She has also walked numerous runway shows for prominent designers. She is married with one child.

 14 Wilhelmina of the Netherlands

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Queen of the Netherlands (1890-1948)
Birthdate: August 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: November 28, 1962

Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, the only child of the King William III and his second wife, Emma of Waldeck and Pyrmont, became queen at age 10. While she remained neutral during World War I, she went into exile to England during World War II. Her autobiography revealed her religious devotion.

 15 Dafne Schippers

Dafne Schippers
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 16 Sylvia Kristel

Sylvia Kristel
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Famous As: Best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: October 17, 2012

Best known for her title role in the Emmanuelle series of soft-core erotica, Dutch actor Sylvia Kristel ran away from her strict Calvinist home in Utrecht to Amsterdam, where she took up odd jobs. She began modeling at 17 and won a couple of beauty pageants, before stepping into films full-time.

 17 Katja Herbers

Katja Herbers
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Katja Herbers is a Dutch actress best known for playing Dr. Helen Prins in the television series Manhattan. She also has a successful theatre career and is among the few Dutch actresses to have made it big in Hollywood. Over the years, Herbers has become a household name in the USA by appearing in TV series like Westworld and Evil.

 18 Lotte Verbeek

Lotte Verbeek
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Venlo, Limburg, Netherlands

Apart from winning a Leopard Award at Locarno, Dutch actor Lotte Verbeek has also been nominated for a Golden Calf. Known for her love for strong female roles, she has also been trained as a circus performer. Her best-known role have come in Giulia Farnese in The Borgias.

 19 Corrie ten Boom

Corrie ten Boom
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Famous As: Writer and watchmaker
Birthdate: April 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Haarlem, Netherlands
Died: April 15, 1983

Born to jeweler and watchmaker Casper ten Boom, Corrie ten Boom followed in her father’s footsteps and became the first female licensed watchmaker in the Netherlands. She and her family hid scores of Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. Corrie later penned The Hiding Place, based on her experiences.

 20 Sylvia Hoeks

Sylvia Hoeks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Maarheeze, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Sylvia Hoeks was 14 when she started modeling. She later switched to acting and soared to fame after winning the Golden Calf for the Dutch film Duska. The star of films such as The Girl in the Spider's Web, she put on over 10 pounds of muscle for Blade Runner 2049.

 21 William I of the Netherlands

William I of the Netherlands
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Famous As: King of the Netherlands (1815-1840)
Birthdate: August 24, 1772
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: December 12, 1843

William I of the Netherlands reigned as the king of the Netherlands from 1815 to 1840. Before declaring himself King of the Netherlands, William I had an influential career in the military. In 1790, he was made the Dutch States Army's general of infantry where he served under his father William V, who served as Captain-General. 

 22 Tara Elders

Tara Elders
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Tara Elders is a Dutch actress who achieved popularity in 2007 when she played Maggie in the American remake of filmmaker Theo van Gogh's 2003 drama film Interview. The 2007 film starred Sienna Miller and Steve Buscemi in lead roles. Tara Elders has also appeared in several popular TV series like Najib en Julia, TV7, and Medea.

 23 Mariska Veres

Mariska Veres
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: December 2, 2006

 24 Anneliese van der Pol

Anneliese van der Pol
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Famous As: Actress, She played Chelsea Daniels, Raven's best friend, on Disney's That's So Raven.
Birthdate: September 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Naaldwijk, Netherlands

Anneliese van der Pol is a Dutch-American singer and actress renowned for her theatre and TV work. She achieved prominence in 2003 when she started appearing on the popular series That's So Raven. Apart from the series, Anneliese's association with The Walt Disney Company can also be seen in the form of many songs released by her for the company.

 25 Caro Emerald

Caro Emerald
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 26 Germaine de Randamie

Germaine de Randamie
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Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: April 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

 27 Stefanie Joosten

Stefanie Joosten
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: August 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Roermond, Netherlands

Dutch-born Stefanie Joosten initially studied Japanese language and culture at Leiden. Her interest later took her to Japan, where she began modeling. She voiced the character Quiet in a Metal Gear game in both its English and Japanese versions. She has also appeared in TV series, short films, and feature films.

 28 Lieke Martens

Lieke Martens
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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: December 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Netherlands

 29 Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens
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Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: December 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wateringen, Netherlands

 30 Simone Simons

Simone Simons
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: January 17, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hoensbroek, Heerlen, Netherlands

Popular Dutch mezzosoprano Simone Simons has also been the lead vocalist of the symphonic metal band Epica, a band she joined at age 17. She has collaborated with bands and projects such as Kamelot and Ayreon. She runs a lifestyle blog and is married to Kamelot keyboard player Oliver Palotai.

 31 Thekla Reuten

Thekla Reuten
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bussum, Netherlands

Thekla Reuten is a Dutch actress best known for playing important roles in popular Dutch film and theatre productions. She achieved popularity in 2004 when she was honored at the Berlin Film Festival with the Shooting Star Award for her performance in the film Twin Sisters where she played Jonge Lotte. Since then, she has been appearing in noteworthy films.

 32 Talitha Getty

Talitha Getty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mojokerto, Indonesia
Died: July 11, 1971

A Bohemian style icon of the late 1960s, Dutch actor-model Talitha Getty was also the wife of oil magnate John Paul Getty Jr., who was one of the richest men of his time. She spent her childhood in a WWII Japanese prison camp and later studied acting at RADA in London.

 33 Anneke van Giersbergen

Anneke van Giersbergen
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sint-Michielsgestel, Netherlands

Anneke van Giersbergen is a Dutch singer best known for leading her band Agua de Annique where she is the main vocalist. Over the years, her contribution to Dutch music has been honored with several prestigious awards like the Edison Music Award and the Buma Rocks! Award.

 34 Vivianne Miedema

Vivianne Miedema
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Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: July 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hoogeveen, Netherlands

 35 Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
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Famous As: Owner of a 25% controlling interest of Heineken N.V.
Birthdate: June 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken is a Dutch-British billionaire businesswoman. She is the owner of a 25% controlling interest in Heineken N.V., the world's second-largest brewer. The daughter of a prominent industrialist, she has a law degree from Leiden University. Upon her father’s death in 2002, she inherited about £3 billion, becoming one of the richest people in the country. 

 36 Laura Gemser

Laura Gemser
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Semarang, Indonesia

Indonesian-born Laura Gemser moved to the Netherlands with her parents at age 4. After beginning her career as a nude model for men’s magazines, she later soared to fame with her appearances in the Black Emanuelle sexploitation films. She also created headlines for her romance and then for her marriage to co-star Gabriele Tinti.

 37 Yasmin Wijnaldum

Yasmin Wijnaldum
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 10, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Reputed for her confident runway walk, Dutch fashion-model Yasmin Wijnaldum made her modelling debut during the 2014 Elite Model Look competition and bagged a contract with the Amsterdam branch of Elite Model Management. Moving on, she signed with Elite Worldwide and The Society, became face of Prada, walked for noted designers and made it to the cover page of Vogue Magazine.

 38 Fanny Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004

 39 Gaite Jansen

Gaite Jansen
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Gaite Jansen is a Dutch actress who has achieved critical acclaim for many of her roles in films and TV series like 170 Hz and In therapie. When she was just 12 years old, Gaite was awarded the Best Actress Award at the 48 Hour Film Project in Amsterdam for her role in Luwte.

 40 Glennis Grace

Glennis Grace
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 41 Sharon den Adel

Sharon den Adel
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waddinxveen, Netherlands

Dutch singer Sharon den Adel began training in music at 14 and later soared to fame as the lead singer and the main songwriter of the Dutch symphonic metal band Within Temptation. Well-traveled, she has lived in 10 countries and often incorporates the moves of Balinese dancers she has grown up watching.

 42 Lucia Rijker

Lucia Rijker
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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: December 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 43 Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: June 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vlaardingen, Netherlands

Dutch supermodel Karen Mulder has not just been associated with iconic brands, such as Dior and Chanel but has also graced the cover of Vogue. She chanced upon modeling after a friend sent her photos to Elite without her knowledge. She once overdosed on sleeping pills, in an apparent suicide attempt.

 44 Candy Dulfer

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Famous As: Saxophonist
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Candy Dulfer is a Dutch saxophonist best known for her solo career as well as for her association with the band The Ladies of Soul. Dulfer became a household name in the Netherlands in 2013 when she started appearing as a jury member in the popular TV show X-Factor. During the 1990s, Candy Dulfer won many Conamus Export Prizes.

 45 Anouk

Anouk
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Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands

Anouk is a Dutch singer widely regarded as the most famous rock singer in the Netherlands. She achieved popularity in 2013 when she represented her country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden with the song, Birds. Anouk is one of the most decorated singers of her generation; she has won several awards like TMF Awards and Edison Music Awards.

 46 Stefania Liberakakis

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Famous As: Singer, Actress
Birthdate: December 17, 2002
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands

Stefania Liberakakis is a Greek-Dutch singer, YouTuber, and voice actress. She is best known for her participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2021 where she represented Greece with the song Last Dance; Stefania finished tenth in the contest. Stefania Liberakakis has also voiced important characters in the Dutch version of films like Dolittle and Wonder Park.

 47 Annette Roque

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: November 30, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands

Dutch-Indonesian model Annette Roque started her career under the pseudonym Jade Roque. She has also been the face of Revlon and is an equestrian who manages her own horse farm. She was in the news for her bitter divorce from TV journalist Matt Lauer, who was accused of sexual assault by multiple women.

 48 Danielle van de Donk

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Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: August 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Valkenswaard, Netherlands

 49 Touriya Haoud

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rhenen, Netherlands

After graduating with a communication degree, Touriya Haoud won a modeling contest and landed campaigns with brands such as Tommy Hilfiger. She later gained fame with a lead role in the series Heartbeat and appeared in movies such as Five Fingers. She was also previously married to actor Greg Vaughan.

 50 Princess Margriet of the Netherlands

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
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Famous As: Aristocrat
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Remember Corrie Ten Boom, an activist who helped save nearly 800 lives of Jews during World War II’s Nazi Holocaust or Mata Hari, a dancer and socialite who rose to fame during World War I for her exotic dance performances and stage shows. Anne Frank, the noted Jewish diarists, was a Dutch and so was the ‘Grand Old Lady’ of Dutch literature Hella Haasse, whose novel ‘Oeroeg’ was a staple for Dutch school children for generations. But this is just a handful list of famous Dutch women and their accomplishments. The complete record is presented to you in the following segment. Discover some interesting facts about Dutch women, their life and their works.