Actresses From Illinois

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Illinois has produced a number of Actresses who have made it big. These include Keke Palmer, Melissa McCarthy, Denise Richards, Betty White, Patricia Arquette and others.
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Betty White
(Referred the 'First Lady of Television', She Holds the Record for the ‘Longest TV Career by a Female’)
Betty White
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Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: December 31, 2021

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

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Frances McDormand
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Birthdate: June 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer

Frances McDormand has earned the "Triple Crown of Acting," with two Academy Awards, a Tony, and two Primetime Emmys. She is best known for her roles of headstrong women in Coen brothers’ films, such as Fargo. She has also been vocal about the Me Too and Time's Up movements.

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Melissa McCarthy
(One of the Highest-Paid Actresses in the World)
Melissa McCarthy
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Birthdate: August 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo

American actress, Melissa McCarthy, became famous when she starred in the television series, Gilmore Girls, which ran from 2000 to 2007. The sitcom, Mike & Molly, which ran from 2010 to 2016, further brought her accolades. She has also been part of films like This is 40, Identity Thief, The Heat, The Boss, Bridesmaids, Tammy, Spy and Can You Ever Forgive Me.

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Gillian Anderson
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Birthdate: August 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
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Jenny McCarthy
(American Actress, Model and Activist)
Jenny McCarthy
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Birthdate: November 1, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Actress, model, and TV host, Jenny McCarthy has been active in the entertainment industry for around three decades. She started her career as a model for Playboy and moved on to host TV shows. She made her film debut in the late 1990s. Her son has autism and she promotes research in alternative medical treatments for autism.

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Jennifer Hudson
(Singer & Actress Known for Her Role in the Musical 'Dreamgirls')
Jennifer Hudson
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Birthdate: September 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Jennifer Hudson shot to fame after reaching the finals of the third season of American Idol. She is known for her Academy Award-winning role of Effie White in Dreamgirls. She also won the Grammy twice, one for her self-titled debut album and the other for the musical The Color Purple
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Denise Richards
(Actress & Television Personality Known for Her Films: 'Starship Troopers' & 'Bond Girl' in 'The World Is Not Enough')
Denise Richards
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Birthdate: February 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Denise Richards is an actress, television personality and a former fashion model. Some of her well known films are Starship Troopers, Wild Things, The World Is Not Enough and Love Actually. She’s also worked in many television sitcoms and has made it to top 50 and top 100 ‘Sexiest Women’ list of several magazines. She supports numerous charities.

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Raquel Welch
(Actress)
Raquel Welch
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Birthdate: September 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Raquel Welch is best known for appearing in a trendsetting bikini in One Million Years B.C. She also delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance in The Three Musketeers. A trained ballerina, she later launched her beauty and fitness book and videos, and her own line of wigs, jewelry, and skincare products. 
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Kathryn Hahn
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Lily Lebowski' in the NBC Crime Drama Series 'Crossing Jordan')
Kathryn Hahn
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Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
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Cindy Crawford
(One of the Most Popular Supermodels During the 1980s and 1990s and a Ubiquitous Presence on Magazine Covers)
Cindy Crawford
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Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Supermodel Cindy Crawford ruled the fashion industry in the 1990s. Her trademark mole and the red Versace dress she wore at the Oscars set fashion trends. She has endorsed scores of products, appeared in all top-notch magazines, hosted a TV show, and owns a make-up line and a furniture line. 
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Patricia Arquette
(Best Known for Her Academy-Award Winning Role of ‘Olivia Evans’ in the Film ‘Boyhood’)
Patricia Arquette
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Birthdate: April 8, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Belonging to a family of actors, Patricia Arquette is best known for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning role of divorced mother Olivia Evans in Boyhood. She has promoted breast cancer research, has worked for the Haiti earthquake victims, and was part of the Women's March against Donald Trump.
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Daryl Hannah
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Films: 'Kill Bill', 'Blade Runner' and 'Splash')
Daryl Hannah
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Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Daryl Hannah is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performances as Madison in Splash and Elle Driver in the Kill Bill movies. In 2017, she claimed she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein in the past. Hannah is a vegan and has struggled with autism in childhood.
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Kiernan Shipka
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Sally Draper’ in the TV Series ‘Mad Men’)
Kiernan Shipka
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Birthdate: November 10, 1999
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Kiernan Shipka is best known as Sally Draper from Mad Men, a role that earned her multiple awards, such as the Young Artist Award and the Screen Actors Guild Award. She also amazed fans with her portrayal of Sabrina in a 2018 remake of the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch
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Jennifer Morrison
(Actress and Director, Best Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Allison Cameron’ in the Film ‘House')
Jennifer Morrison
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Birthdate: April 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries

Former child model turned actress Jennifer Morrison gained international fame for her role in the medical drama series House. After beginning her career as a child model, she developed a love for acting. She studied at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before taking up acting projects. She eventually ventured into direction, making her directorial debut in 2017.    

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Gina Rodriguez
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Birthdate: July 30, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo

American actress Gina Rodriguez, who portrayed Jane Villanueva in the popular TV series Jane the Virgin, is also known for her involvement with charities and philanthropic efforts; in 2016, she was named in Oprah Winfrey's SuperSoul 100, a list of influential leaders and visionaries. Rodriguez also serves as an inspiration to several young Latina actresses.

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Keke Palmer
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Akeelah and the Bee’ and the Sitcom 'True Jackson, VP')
Keke Palmer
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Birthdate: August 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo

Keke Palmer is an American actress, television personality, and singer. In 2019, she was recognized by Time magazine as one of the 100 celebrities who are shaping the future of health, entertainment, business, politics, and more. Palmer, who has been open about her struggle with depression and anxiety, supports movements, such as Black Lives Matter.

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Gloria Swanson
(Actress and Producer Best Known for Her Motion Picture Drama ‘Sunset Boulevard’)
Gloria Swanson
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Birthdate: March 27, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: April 4, 1983

Actress and producer, Gloria Swanson, appeared in dozens of silent films in the 1920s and became a prominent Hollywood figure. As a teenager, she ventured into acting by chance and became a popular face soon after. After establishing herself as an actress, she became a filmmaker as well and is considered one of the film industry's pioneering women filmmakers.

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Calista Flockhart
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Birthdate: November 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Jennifer Beals
(Actress and Former Teen Model)
Jennifer Beals
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Birthdate: December 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Jennifer Beals is an American actress who received appreciation for her portrayal of Alex Owens in the 1983 romantic drama film Flashdance. Over the years, she has also been an ardent advocate for gay rights; she received the Ally For Equality Award for her support for the LGBT community. She also works closely with charities like the Matthew Shepard Foundation.

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Chloe Bennet
(Actress and Singer Known for Her TV Series ‘Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’)
Chloe Bennet
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Birthdate: April 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aries

Chloe Bennet is an American singer and actress best known for playing Daisy Johnson / Quake in the superhero TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. She serves as an inspiration to those suffering from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and anxiety as she revealed in 2018 that she has been suffering from these conditions since childhood.

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Laurie Metcalf
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Birthdate: June 16, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini

A self-proclaimed workaholic, Laurie Metcalf is an influential personality in the American theatre scene. She has won two Tony Awards in her four decades old career. A three-time Primetime Emmy winner, Metcalf is also known for her work on TV. Also a humanitarian, she has worked with Plan USA, an organization that helps children around the world.

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Anna Chlumsky
(Actress)
Anna Chlumsky
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Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Anna Chlumsky is an American actress best known for portraying Vada Sultenfuss in the 1991 coming-of-age comedy-drama film My Girl. Chlumsky, who started her career as a child artist, went on to establish herself as an actress in the film and TV industry. She contributed immensely to the success of the comedy television series Veep.

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Cecily Strong
(Actress)
Cecily Strong
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Birthdate: February 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Cecily Strong is an American comedian and actress best known for her work in the popular sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live. In 2015, she was part of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner where she was the featured entertainer; she took digs at the US Secret Service, news organizations, the state of Indiana, and President Barack Obama.

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Virginia Madsen
(Actress Best Known for Her Roles in Films: 'Candyman', 'Sideways' and the Mystery Series 'Monk')
Virginia Madsen
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Birthdate: September 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo

Virginia Madsen is an American actress. Over the years, Madsen has contributed to the success of several films and TV series, such as Fire with Fire, Modern Girls, Moonlighting, and American Dreams. She is also credited with establishing Title IX Productions, a film production company which she started in 2008.

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Busy Philipps
(Actress)
Busy Philipps
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Birthdate: June 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Karen Allen
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Marion Ravenwood’ in the Film ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’)
Karen Allen
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Birthdate: October 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Karen Allen is best known as Marion Ravenwood from the Indiana Jones movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. She has also performed on Broadway and directed both stage and screen projects. She now owns a textile company, and spends her time teaching at a college and knitting.
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Marcheline Bertrand
(American Actress and Former Wife of Actor ‘Jon Voight’)
Marcheline Bertrand
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Birthdate: May 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 27, 2007

Marcheline Bertrand was an American actress. The former wife of Jon Voight and the mother of Angelina Jolie, Marcheline Bertrand had a brief acting career. She had a greater impact as a humanitarian as she co-founded an organization called All Tribes Foundation in an attempt to provide economic and cultural benefits to Native Americans.

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Elizabeth McGovern
(American film actor)
Elizabeth McGovern
4
Birthdate: July 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Sarah Wayne Callies
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Birthdate: June 1, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Sarah Wayne Callies is best known as Lori Grimes from The Walking Dead. and as Sara Tancredi from Prison Break. She was also part of the Nigerian movie Black Gold and the Canadian thriller Faces in the Crowd. A screenplay written by her has been optioned by a French company.
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Marlee Matlin
(The First Deaf Performer to Win an Academy Award and the Youngest Winner in the 'Best Actress' Category)
Marlee Matlin
3
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo

Marlee Matlin is an American actress and author. Her portrayal of Sarah Norman in the 1986 film Children of a Lesser God earned her the Academy Award for Best Actress, making her the only deaf performer to have received an Oscar. Apart from being an accomplished actress, Matlin is also an important member of the National Association of the Deaf.

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Zoe Perry
(Film actress)
Zoe Perry
4
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
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Jami Gertz
(Actress)
Jami Gertz
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Birthdate: October 28, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Kim Novak
(Actress Known for Her Hit Films: 'Vertigo', ‘Picnic’, ‘The Man with the Golden Arm’ and ‘Pal Joey’)
Kim Novak
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Birthdate: February 13, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Kim Novak is best known as Madeleine Elster/Judy Barton from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. The two-time Golden Globe-winning actor also starred in movies such as The Mirror Crack'd and The Man with the Golden Arm, and the series Falcon Crest. She quit acting after an unpleasant experience while shooting for Liebestraum.
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Bonnie Hunt
(Actress, comedian whose roles include Rain Man, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, Jumanji, Jerry Maguire, The Green Mile, Cheaper by the Dozen)
Bonnie Hunt
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Birthdate: September 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Robin Tunney
(Actress)
Robin Tunney
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Birthdate: June 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Alex Borstein
(Best Known for Voicing ‘Lois Griffin’ on the Animated Comedy TV Series ‘Family Guy’)
Alex Borstein
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Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Alexandrea Borstein is best known as the voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy and as Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both of which fetched her Emmys. She also appeared on MADtv, both as a writer and a performer, and wrote for Casper and Pinky and the Brain.
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Jane Lynch
(Actress)
Jane Lynch
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Birthdate: July 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Best known for her Emmy-winning performance as Sue Sylvester in Glee, Jane Lynch has also played major roles in the series Two and a Half Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She has also voiced characters in animated films such as Wreck-It Ralph
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Jennie Garth
(Actress)
Jennie Garth
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Birthdate: April 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries

Best known for starring as Kelly Taylor in the Beverly Hills, 90210 franchise, actress Jennie Garth has been active in the entertainment industry for over three decades. She began modeling at a young age and soon found an agent who helped her get acting roles. She established a successful acting career after going through her share of struggles.

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Danielle Campbell
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Birthdate: January 30, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Danielle Campbell is best known as Davina Claire from The Originals and Kayla Powell/Olivia Moon from Tell Me a Story. She was scouted at a salon and later made her debut with the series Prison Break. She has also appeared in the Disney movies Prom and Starstruck.

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Laura Harrier
(Actress)
Laura Harrier
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Birthdate: March 28, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
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Phillipa Soo
(American Actress Best Known for Originating the Role of ‘Eliza Schuyler Hamilton’ in the Broadway Musical ‘Hamilton’)
Phillipa Soo
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Birthdate: May 31, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini

An actress who first gained fame with her role in the Broadway musical Hamilton, Phillipa Soo is currently living her dream of performing in plays, TV shows, and films. Interested in acting from a young age, she graduated from The Juilliard School's acting program before beginning her career. A socially conscious individual, she is also involved in philanthropy.

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Nichelle Nichols
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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 30, 2022
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Christy Mack
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Birthdate: May 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Lauren Lapkus
(Actress)
Lauren Lapkus
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Birthdate: September 6, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Marilu Henner
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Sitcom 'Taxi')
Marilu Henner
3
Birthdate: April 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Marilu Henner is best known as Elaine Nardo from the sitcom Taxi, a role that fetched her five Golden Globe nominations. She also appeared in movies such as Hammett and shows such as The Celebrity Apprentice. She has total recall memory and has spoken about it on various shows.
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Marisol Nichols
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Birthdate: November 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Brit Marling
(Actress)
Brit Marling
4
Birthdate: August 7, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
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Natasha Leggero
(Actress & Comedian Known for Her Work in the MTV Series 'The 70s House' and 'Chelsea Lately' Talk Show)
Natasha Leggero
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Birthdate: March 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries

Natasha Leggero hosted the MTV reality series The 70s House. She has also been a panelist on Chelsea Lately. She is known for her satirical stance on celebrity culture and gained fame with the period sitcom Another Period. She has also voiced Shannon in Netflix's animated sitcom Hoops.

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Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
(Actress and Singer)
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
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Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Carmen in The Color of Money. She has also delivered stellar performances in movies such as Scarface and The Perfect Storm, and plays such as Man of La Mancha. She appeared as Naz Pouran in the series Limitless.
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Lili Taylor
(Actress)
Lili Taylor
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Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces