Famous Dutch Women

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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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Anne Frank
(Diarist)
Anne Frank
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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.

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Famke Janssen
(Actress who played mutant Jean Grey in the X-Men film franchise and played Xenia in GoldenEye)
Famke Janssen
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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.

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Mata Hari
(Dutch Exotic Dancer Who Was Convicted and Executed for Being a Spy)
Mata Hari
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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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Jeon So-mi
(Singer)
Jeon So-mi
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Birthdate: March 9, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
(Critic of Islam and Advocate of Women Rights)
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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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.

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Doutzen Kroes
(Model and Actress Best Known for Her Work as a Victoria’s Secrets Lingerie Model)
Doutzen Kroes
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Birthdate: January 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gytsjerk, Friesland, 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.

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Floor Jansen
(Lead Vocalist of Finnish Symphonic Metal Band 'Nightwish')
Floor Jansen
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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.

Queen Máxima of the Netherlands
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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.

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Lara Stone
(Dutch Fashion Model & Actress)
Lara Stone
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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. 
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Juliana of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands (1948-80))
Juliana of the Netherlands
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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.

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Miep Gies
(Writer)
Miep Gies
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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.

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Beatrix of the Netherlands
(Former Queen of the Netherlands (1980 - 2013))
Beatrix of the Netherlands
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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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Romee Strijd
(Dutch Model & Former Victoria's Secret Angel)
Romee Strijd
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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.

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Sylvia Kristel
(Best remembered as the eponymous character in five of the seven Emmanuelle films)
Sylvia Kristel
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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.

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Sylvia Hoeks
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Movies: 'Blade Runner 2049' and 'The Girl in the Spider’s Web')
Sylvia Hoeks
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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.

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Dafne Schippers
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Birthdate: June 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
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Katja Herbers
(Actress)
Katja Herbers
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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.

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Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands (1890 - 1948))
Wilhelmina of the Netherlands
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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.

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Anneliese van der Pol
(Actress, She played Chelsea Daniels, Raven's best friend, on Disney's That's So Raven.)
Anneliese van der Pol
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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.

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Lotte Verbeek
(Actress Best Known for Her Role as 'Giulia Farnese' in the TV Series 'The Borgias')
Lotte Verbeek
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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.

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Corrie ten Boom
(Holocaust Survivor Best Known for Her Book 'The Hiding Place')
Corrie ten Boom
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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.

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Germaine de Randamie
(Mixed martial artist)
Germaine de Randamie
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Birthdate: April 24, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
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Tara Elders
(Dutch Actress)
Tara Elders
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Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amsterdam, 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.

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William I of the Netherlands
(King of the Netherlands (1815 - 1840))
William I of the Netherlands
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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. 

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Mariska Veres
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Birthdate: October 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: December 2, 2006
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Stefanie Joosten
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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.

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Caro Emerald
(Singer)
Caro Emerald
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Birthdate: April 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Sifan Hassan
(Ethiopian-Born Dutch Middle-and Long-Distance Runner)
Sifan Hassan
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Birthdate: January 1, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adama, Ethiopia

Sifan Hassan is an Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete who specializes in middle and long-distance running. She is best known for winning two gold medals at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. At the same Olympics, she also won a brone medal. Prior to her success at the 2020 Games, Sifan Hassan also won two gold medals at the 2019 World Championships.

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Lieke Martens
(Dutch Football Winger/Midfielder)
Lieke Martens
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Birthdate: December 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergen, Netherlands

Dutch footballer Lieke Martens plays as a winger/midfielder for the French club Paris Saint-Germain Féminine. She was 5 when she began training in football. She has won the 2020-21 UEFA Women's Champions League with Barcelona and was part of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup runner-up Dutch squad.

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Kiki Bertens
(Tennis player)
Kiki Bertens
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Birthdate: December 10, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wateringen, Netherlands
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Simone Simons
(Dutch Singer-Songwriter Best Known as the Lead Singer of Dutch Symphonic Metal Band 'Epica')
Simone Simons
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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.

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Vivianne Miedema
(One of the World's Greatest Football Strikers)
Vivianne Miedema
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Birthdate: July 15, 1996
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hoogeveen, Netherlands

Dutch footballer Vivianne Miedema is a forward for Arsenal Women FC. She is regarded as one of the world’s greatest strikers and has also had a successful stint with Bayern Munich, winning the Bundesliga twice with them. She was named the BBC Women's Footballer of the Year in 2021.

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Thekla Reuten
(Actress)
Thekla Reuten
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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.

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Yasmin Wijnaldum
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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.

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Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
(Owner of a 25% controlling interest of Heineken N.V.)
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken
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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. 

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Talitha Getty
(Actress)
Talitha Getty
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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.

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Glennis Grace
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Birthdate: June 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Anneke van Giersbergen
(Rock Singer & Lead Singer for the Rock Band 'The Gathering' Between 1994 and 2007)
Anneke van Giersbergen
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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.

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Lucia Rijker
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Birthdate: December 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Karen Mulder
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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.

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Gaite Jansen
(Actress)
Gaite Jansen
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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.

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Sharon den Adel
(Lead Vocalist and One of the Main Songwriters of the Symphonic Metal Band ‘Within Temptation')
Sharon den Adel
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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.

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Danielle van de Donk
(Dutch Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder )
Danielle van de Donk
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Birthdate: August 5, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Valkenswaard, Netherlands
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Touriya Haoud
(Actress)
Touriya Haoud
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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.

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Verona van de Leur
(Artistic gymnast)
Verona van de Leur
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Birthdate: December 27, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gouda, The Netherlands
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Annette Roque
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Birthdate: 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.

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Hannah Hoekstra
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Birthdate: August 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands

Hannah Hoekstra is a Dutch actress known for her portrayal of the title role in the 2012 film Hemel, for which she won the Golden Calf. A critically acclaimed actress, Hoekstra won another Golden Calf in 2016 for playing Tiny in a film titled De Helleveeg. A recipient of the Theo d'Or, Hoekstra is also renowned for her theatre work.

Princess Margriet of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Stefania Liberakakis
(Singer, Actress)
Stefania Liberakakis
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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.

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Laura Gemser
(Actress, Model)
Laura Gemser
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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.

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.