Famous Swiss Women

It was only after the mid-20th century that legal and social role of the women of Switzerland took shape. The Swiss women were expected to adhere to the old traditions and strong patriarchal authority. But things started to take a better shape when the Swiss women won rights to vote and even gained the status of equal rights with men. Now that we know the role of Swiss women in their country's growth, let's take a look at what the standards of beauty are according to the Swiss women. Well, to begin with, Swiss women are perceived to be the perfectionist. They are known for their charisma and their flair for pulling off natural looks yet looking nothing less than a goddess. Swiss women have already put themselves on the map for their gorgeous hair, and even for their tall, model-like built physique. But that's not all that these women are celebrated for. Most of the international titles like 'Hottest' and 'Beautiful' women in the world are bestowed on the Swiss women like Julie Ordon and Sonja Kinski. You might know popular Swiss women Ursula Andress as one of the infamous 'Bond Girls', and even Johanna Spyri as the author of the 'Heidi'. That’s not it! Keep reading to find out more about the amazing Swiss women!

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Tina Turner
(The "Queen of Rock 'n' Roll")
Tina Turner
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Birthdate: November 26, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Nutbush, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 24, 2023

Known as the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll, Tina Turner was one of the best-selling recording artists of all time and had a very long and successful career. Let's Stay Together, What's Love Got to Do with It, Private Dancer and Golden Eye are some of her chartbuster songs. She was also a songwriter and had acted in films too.

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Martina Hingis
(Swiss Former Professional Tennis Player)
Martina Hingis
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Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Košice, Slovakia

Swiss tennis sensation Martina Hingis made waves when she won the Australian Open at age 16, becoming the youngest Grand Slam singles winner of the 20th century. The youngest world number 1, too, she was named after Martina Navratilova and was the daughter of a Czech tennis player and a tennis coach.

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Ursula Andress
(Swis Actress Best Known for Her Role of Bond Girl 'Honey Ryder' in the Film 'Dr.No')
Ursula Andress
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Birthdate: March 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Swiss actress, yesteryear model and sex symbol Ursula Andress gained attention playing Honey Ryder, widely regarded as the first Bond girl, in the first James Bond film titled Dr. No. In the ensuing years, she bolstered her career starring in films like The Southern Star, Clash of the Titans, and particularly as Vesper Lynd in spy parody film Casino Royale.    

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Mabel
(Singer-songwriter)
Mabel
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Birthdate: February 20, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain

Born to a music producer father, Cameron McVey, and a singer mother, Neneh Cherry, Mabel McVey was destined to make a career in music. The English singer-songwriter debuted on SoundCloud with her track Know Me Better. It is believed she had initially used music as a therapy for her anxiety.

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Kate Burton
(Best Known for Her Portrayal of Ellis Grey in the Popular Medical Drama Television Series, 'Grey's Anatomy')
Kate Burton
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Birthdate: September 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Geneva

Kate Burton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Ellis Grey in the popular medical drama television series, Grey's Anatomy. The daughter of famous actors, Sybil Christopher and Richard Burton, Kate is also renowned for her stage work and has received three Tony Award nominations so far. 

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Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
(Swiss-American Psychiatrist, a Pioneer in Near-Death Studies and Author of the Book ‘On Death and Dying')
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
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Birthdate: July 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: August 24, 2004

Best known for her pathbreaking bestseller On Death and Dying, Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross also made pioneering research in areas such as near-death studies. Her five stages of grief, or the Kübler-Ross model, has been adopted by corporates to help employees deal with loss and change.

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Belinda Bencic
(Swiss Professional Tennis Player)
Belinda Bencic
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Birthdate: March 10, 1997
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Flawil, Switzerland

Known for her tactics and positions on field, Swiss tennis star Belinda Bencic first made waves when she made it to the US Open quarterfinal at age 17. Her aggressive style of play has already helped her win 5 singles titles, including an Olympic gold medal.

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Mirka Federer
(Swiss Former Professional Tennis Player)
Mirka Federer
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Birthdate: April 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bojnice, Slovakia

Mirka Federer is a Swiss former tennis player best known as the wife of legendary tennis player Roger Federer whom she met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Having supported Federer throughout his career, Mirka is often praised for being a pillar of strength and is largely credited for Roger Federer's achievements on the tennis court. 

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Sofia Milos
(Swiss-Born Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Yelina Salas’ in the TV Series ‘CSI: Miami’)
Sofia Milos
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Birthdate: September 27, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Sofia Milos is an Italian Greek actress and model best known for her portrayal of Yelina Salas in the popular American police procedural TV series, CSI: Miami. Before establishing herself as an actress, Milos entered several beauty pageants, winning provincial, regional, and national contests.

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Carla Juri
(Actress)
Carla Juri
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Birthdate: January 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Locarno, Switzerland

Carla Juri is a Swiss actress best known for her role in the biographical film Paula. She studied theater in London and Los Angeles and traveled across Berlin, London, and Rome to find jobs early in her career. She started acting professionally in the mid-2000s and has since appeared in many critically acclaimed films and TV shows. 

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Marie Laforêt
(French Singer and Actress)
Marie Laforêt
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Birthdate: October 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Soulac-sur-Mer, France
Died: November 2, 2019
French singer-actor Marie Laforêt had lost the ability to speak for a while after being raped by a neighbor at age 3. The Girl with Golden Eyes, Laforêt was famous for her drama-laced singing and films such as Rat Trap. She later moved to Switzerland and launched an art gallery.
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Aomi Muyock
(Swiss Actress Who is Known for Her Portrayal of 'Electra' in the Erotic Drama Art Film, 'Love')
Aomi Muyock
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Birthdate: January 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ticino, Switzerland

Aomi Muyock is a Swiss actress who is renowned for her portrayal of Electra in the 2015 erotic drama art film, Love. The film achieved fame and notoriety for its unsimulated and often unchoreographed sex scenes. In addition to appearing in films, Aomi Muyock also pursues her interest in arts. 

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Sophie Taeuber-Arp
(Swiss Artist, Textile Designer, and Sculptor Whose Multimedia Works Bridged the Gap Between Fine and Applied Arts)
Sophie Taeuber-Arp
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Birthdate: January 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Davos, Switzerland
Died: January 13, 1943

Swiss-French artist Sophie Taeuber-Arp initially studied textile design and later began creating multimedia art called Duo-Collages, along with her husband, German-French abstract artist Jean Arp. Apart from teaching at an art and craft school, the Dadaist had also used dance, painting, and sculpture to showcase her artistic talent.

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Michelle Hunziker
(Television Presenter and Former Model)
Michelle Hunziker
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Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland

Michelle Hunziker is a Swiss-Italian model, actress, and television hostess. After starting her career as a model by posing for brands, such as Armani, La Perla, and Rocco Barocco, Hunziker established herself as a TV personality, hosting popular shows like Paperissima Sprint and Colpo di Fulmine. Over the years, she has also acted in films and TV series.

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Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
(Businesswoman)
Margarita Louis-Dreyfus
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Birthdate: July 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Born in Russia, Swiss billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus initially studied law and economics. She became an heir to the agricultural and food-processing commodities giant Louis-Dreyfus group after her husband Robert Louis-Dreyfus’s death. At 53, she became a mother of twins, with her partner Philipp Hildebrand. She was featured on Forbes Billionaires 2021.

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Lara Gut-Behrami
(Swiss World Cup Alpine Ski Racer)
Lara Gut-Behrami
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Birthdate: April 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
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Sandra Hess
(Swiss Fashion Model and Actress)
Sandra Hess
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Birthdate: March 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Simona de Silvestro
(Swiss-Italian Racing Driver)
Simona de Silvestro
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Birthdate: September 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thun, Switzerland
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Venus Palermo
(Swiss YouTube Star)
Venus Palermo
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Birthdate: February 8, 1997
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brugg, Switzerland

While her younger fans loved her earlier content that focused on looking doll-like, Swiss YouTuber Venus Palermo, better known as Venus Angelic, later began limiting her content to the adult platform OnlyFans. Apparently, her old content had been controlled by her mother, and Venus drifted away from her later.

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Angelica Kauffman
(Swiss Neoclassical Painter and One of 18th-Century Europe’s Most Famous Portraitists)
Angelica Kauffman
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Birthdate: October 30, 1741
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chur, Switzerland
Died: November 5, 1807

One of the two women founder members of London’s Royal Academy, Angelica Kauffman was born to a painter father in Switzerland and was quite a prodigy, who mastered several languages and the arts of music and painting quite quickly. The history painter is best remembered for her landscapes and portraits.

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Noemie Schmidt
(Swiss Actress)
Noemie Schmidt
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Birthdate: November 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sion, Switzerland
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Maya Stojan
(Swiss Actress)
Maya Stojan
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Birthdate: June 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark
(Businesswoman, heiress and socialite)
Princess Nina of Greece and Denmark
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Birthdate: January 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Moritz, Switzerland
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Johanna Spyri
(Swiss Novelist and Children’s Story Writer Best Known for Her Book 'Heidi')
Johanna Spyri
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Birthdate: June 12, 1827
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hirzel, Switzerland
Died: July 7, 1901

Johanna Spyri made a significant contribution to children’s literature with her novel Heidi. After the death of her husband and her child, the Swiss author focused on charitable causes. A professor later claimed Heidi had been plagiarized by Spyri, though later studies proved the claim was baseless.

 25 
Emma Jung
(Swiss Jungian Analyst and Author)
Emma Jung
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Birthdate: March 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaffhausen, Switzerland
Died: November 27, 1955

Better known as Carl Jung’s wife, Emma Jung was the daughter of one of the most affluent businessmen in Switzerland. Though she initially wished to study natural sciences, being a woman in her time, she couldn’t. Later a co-owner of a luxury watch company, she helped her husband financially in his career.

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Li Tobler
(Swiss Model and Actress)
Li Tobler
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Birthdate: November 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: May 19, 1975
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Isabelle Eberhardt
(Explorer)
Isabelle Eberhardt
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Birthdate: February 17, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1904
 28 
Anna Murphy
(Musician and audio engineer)
Anna Murphy
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Birthdate: August 10, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lucerne, Switzerland

While she gained recognition with the folk metal band Eluveitie, which she joined at age 16, Swiss musician Anna Murphy later also led the 3-member folk rock band Cellar Darling. Born to opera singer parents, she was never a stranger to music. Proficient in hurdy-gurdy, she also plays the flute at times.

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Katharina Bohm
(Actress)
Katharina Bohm
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Birthdate: November 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sorengo, Switzerland
 30 
Méret Oppenheim
(Swiss Surrealist Artist and Photographer)
Méret Oppenheim
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Birthdate: October 6, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: November 15, 1985
Méret Oppenheim is best remembered for her surrealist art such as Object: Breakfast in Fur. She also modeled for artists. Throughout her career, she had created furniture, jewelry, and even poetry. In her performance piece Spring Feast, she laid out a banquet on top of a nude woman.
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Viktorija Golubic
(Swiss Professional Tennis Player)
Viktorija Golubic
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Birthdate: October 16, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland

With a career-high ranking of 36 in singles, Swiss tennis player Viktorija Golubic is definitely showing a lot of promise. While she began training in the game at age 5, she now has an Olympic doubles silver medal in her kitty, and that too, in her debut Olympic game, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Luna Wedler
(Swiss Actress)
Luna Wedler
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Birthdate: October 26, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Jil Teichmann
(Swiss Professional Tennis Player)
Jil Teichmann
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Birthdate: July 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain

Spanish-born Swiss-origin tennis player Jil Teichmann not only experimented with various sports in her early days, before choosing tennis, but also learned 5 languages. With a career-best singles ranking of 31, she has 2 WTA singles and 6 ITF singles titles in her kitty. She has also defeated stars such as Naomi Osaka.

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Simone Tata
(Businessperson)
Simone Tata
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Birthdate: 1930 AD
Birthplace: Geneva

Swiss-born Simone Tata met her husband, Naval H. Tata., the adopted son of Sir Ratanji Tata and part of the Tata Group, on a trip to India. She later joined the board of Lakmé and transformed the Indian make-up industry, which, till then, relied on nothing more than cream and talcum powder.

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Toni Wolff
(Psychologist)
Toni Wolff
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Birthdate: September 18, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: March 21, 1953

Denied formal education for being a woman, Toni Wolff later became one of psychoanalyst Carl Jung’s closest collaborators. She entered Jung’s life as a patient of depression after her father’s death. She later headed the Psychologischer Club Zürich as its president and is often described as an intellectual rival of Jung’s wife.

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Alisha Lehmann
(Swiss Professional Footballer Who Plays as a Forward)
Alisha Lehmann
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Birthdate: January 21, 1999
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tägertschi, Switzerland

Known for her stint with the WSA club Aston Villa, Swiss footballer Alisha Lehmann was always openly lesbian and even gearing up for a wedding with her Swiss teammate Ramona Bachmann. She later stunned her fans with an Instagram post, confirming her relationship with Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz.

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Lys Assia
(Singer)
Lys Assia
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Birthdate: March 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rupperswil, Switzerland
Died: March 24, 2018

Lys Assia created history by becoming the first winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. The Swiss-born singer was initially a dancer but had her first brush with music when she filled in for an absentee singer. She later released hits such as Moulin Rouge and O Mein Papa.

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Jocelyn Wildenstein
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Birthdate: August 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lausanne
Catwoman Jocelyn Wildenstein apparently spent $5 million on surgical procedures to please her former husband, Alec Wildenstein, who loved cats. The Swiss-born American model and socialite later secured one of the costliest divorce settlements. She has reportedly denied having gone under the knife for any cosmetic surgery.
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Marthe Keller
(Swiss Actress and Opera Director)
Marthe Keller
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Birthdate: January 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland

Marthe Keller is a Swiss actress best known for her portrayal of Elsa Opel in the 1976 film Marathon Man, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination under the Best Supporting Actress category. Marthe Keller is also renowned for her theater and opera work. She made her debut as an opera director with Dialogues des Carmélites in 1999.

 40 
Ladyva
(Pianist)
Ladyva
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Birthdate: December 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ipsach, Switzerland

Ladyva began learning the piano at 14 and is now one of the greatest boogie woogie musicians of all time. In April 2020, the Swiss artist performed a piano piece, Quarantine Boogie, from her home, owing to the COVID-19 lockdown. The piece got her 100,000 YouTube hits in less then 5 days.

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Pipilotti Rist
(Swiss Visual Artist Best Known for Her Video Art and Installation Art)
Pipilotti Rist
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Birthdate: June 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grabs, Switzerland

Pipilotti Rist is a Swiss visual artist renowned for producing experimental installation art and video art. Categorized as feminist art, Rist's artwork is also described as abstract art, intimate, and surreal. Over the years, Pipilotti Rist's work has earned her prestigious awards like the Wolfgang Hahn Prize, Joan Miró Prize, and Best Architects '11 Award.

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Melia Kreiling
(Swiss Actress)
Melia Kreiling
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Birthdate: October 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Daniela Ryf
(Swiss Triathlete)
Daniela Ryf
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Birthdate: May 29, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Solothurn, Switzerland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Mia Kang
(Model and Martial artist)
Mia Kang
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Birthdate: December 30, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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Doris Leuthard
(Swiss Lawyer and Politician)
Doris Leuthard
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Birthdate: April 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merenschwand, Switzerland
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Irène Jacob
(French-Swiss Actress Best Known for Her Collaboration with Polish Filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski)
Irène Jacob
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Birthdate: July 15, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Suresnes, France

Irène Jacob is a French-Swiss actress best known for her collaboration with Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski. In 1991, she won the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the Kieślowski movie, The Double Life of Veronique. The following year, Irène Jacob received a César Award nomination under the Best Actress category for the film. 

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Emma Pooley
(British-Swiss Athlete)
Emma Pooley
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Birthdate: October 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wandsworth, England, United Kingdom
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
(Queen of Prussia and the wife of King Frederick William III)
Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
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Birthdate: March 10, 1776
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: July 19, 1810
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Ella Rumpf
(Swiss Actress)
Ella Rumpf
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Birthdate: February 4, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Nora En Pure
(DJ)
Nora En Pure
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Birthdate: July 20, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

South African-born Daniela Di Lillo, or Nora En Pure, grew up in Switzerland, where she was introduced to music as a child. Now a world-renowned sensation in electronic music, she is known as the Queen of Deep House. The International Dance Music Award winner was previously also part of the Helvetic Nerds.

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