Actresses From Iowa

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Iowa has produced a number of Actresses who have made it big. These include Michelle Monaghan, Cloris Leachman, Lara Flynn Boyle, Danai Gurira, Kate Mulgrew and others.
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Michelle Monaghan
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Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
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Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
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Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 27, 2021

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

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Danai Gurira
(Actress and Playwright)
Danai Gurira
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Birthdate: February 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Danai Gurira is best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead and as Okoye from the Marvel films Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. She earned a Tony nomination for writing the Broadway play Eclipsed. She has been a UN Goodwill Ambassador and promotes arts and women empowerment.
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Donna Reed
(American Actress Known for Her Portrayal of 'Mary Hatch Bailey' in 'It’s a Wonderful Life')
Donna Reed
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Birthdate: January 27, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: January 14, 1986

Donna Reed was an American actress whose career spanned over four decades. She is best remembered for her performance in the 1953 film From Here to Eternity, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Donna Reed is also remembered for her TV work and received the Golden Globe Award for her role in The Donna Reed Show.

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Kate Mulgrew
(Actress and Author)
Kate Mulgrew
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Birthdate: April 29, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus

Kate Mulgrew is an American actress known for her contribution across all three major acting mediums. An opponent of capital punishment and abortion, Kate Mulgrew was honored with an award from an anti-abortion feminist group called Feminists for Life. She is also a member of the Alzheimer's Association's National Advisory Committee.

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Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
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Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 30, 1979
Jean Seberg, a French New Wave cinema heroine, had also appeared in many Hollywood films. Some of her notable films were Breathless, Macho Callahan, and Gang War in Naples. The FBI was blamed for causing her suicide by spreading derogatory rumors due to her support for the Black Panther Party.
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Lara Flynn Boyle
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Donna Hayward’ in the TV Series ‘Twin Peaks’)
Lara Flynn Boyle
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Birthdate: March 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries

Lara Flynn Boyle is an American actress best known for playing Donna Hayward in the cult TV series Twin Peaks. Boyle serves as an inspiration to those suffering from dyslexia as she was diagnosed with the condition before she went on to establish herself as a successful actress.

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Terry Farrell
(Actress and Fashion Model Best Known for Her Role in the TV Series ‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’)
Terry Farrell
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Birthdate: November 19, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Terry Farrell is an American fashion model and actress whose modeling journey began in her junior year of high school when she submitted her photograph to the Elite modeling agency, which led to a contract with Mademoiselle. She then studied acting with Stella Adler before appearing in popular TV series like Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Becker.

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India Summer
(Adult Film Stars)
India Summer
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Birthdate: April 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Sue Lyon
(Actress)
Sue Lyon
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Birthdate: July 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 26, 2019
Sue Lyon began her career as a model at 13. She then soared to fame with her controversial and Golden Globe-winning titular role in Stanley Kubrick's 1962 version of Lolita. She had also been part of cult films such as The Night of the Iguana and Alligator.
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Marcia Joan Wallace
(Primarily known for her roles in television situation comedies)
Marcia Joan Wallace
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Birthdate: November 1, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 25, 2013
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Laura Leighton
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Birthdate: July 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
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Julie Adams
(Actress Known for Her Small Screen Role as 'Paula Denning' on the 1980s Soap Opera 'Capitol')
Julie Adams
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Birthdate: October 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 3, 2019

Born to a cotton buyer, Betty May Adams, or Julie Adams, grew up to be a popular actor, best known for her classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon. She had also been part of series such as Murder, She Wrote and had co-written a book with her son.

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Beverley Owen
(Actress)
Beverley Owen
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Birthdate: May 13, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: February 21, 2019
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Hynden Walch
(Actress)
Hynden Walch
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Birthdate: February 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Mary Beth Hurt
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Birthdate: September 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
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Marilyn Maxwell
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Birthdate: August 3, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: March 20, 1972
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Kiersten Warren
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Birthdate: November 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Patricia Barry
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Birthdate: November 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: October 11, 2016
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Priscilla Lane
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Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 4, 1995
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Nedra Volz
(Actress, Singer)
Nedra Volz
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Birthdate: June 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 20, 2003
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Sada Thompson
(Actress)
Sada Thompson
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Birthdate: September 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 4, 2011
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Phyllis Somerville
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Birthdate: December 12, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 16, 2020
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Lillian Russell
(Former Actress, Singer known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence)
Lillian Russell
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Birthdate: December 4, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 6, 1922
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Michelle Vieth
(Television Personality, Actress who is known for her roles in telenovelas such as Sonadoras and Amigas y Rivales.)
Michelle Vieth
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Birthdate: November 19, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Susan Glaspell
(Playwright)
Susan Glaspell
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Birthdate: July 1, 1876
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 28, 1948
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Meridel Le Sueur
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Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 14, 1996