Actresses From Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has produced a number of Actresses who have made it big. These include Uma Thurman, Jenny Slate, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Coolidge, Elizabeth Banks and others.
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Bette Davis
(Actress)
Bette Davis
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Birthdate: April 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: October 6, 1989

Two-time Academy Award-winner Bette Davis, a prominent figure from the Golden Age of Hollywood, was known for playing unlikeable characters and her addiction to cigarettes both off and on screen. Fans loved her in All About Eve and Human Bondage. Bette was also the first female AFI Lifetime Achievement Award-winner.

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Elizabeth Banks
(Actress Known for Her Role in 'The Hunger Games' and 'Pitch Perfect' Movie Series)
Elizabeth Banks
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Birthdate: February 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Elizabeth Banks is famous for The Hunger Games film series and Pitch Perfect film series. The 2019 action comedy film Charlie's Angels was directed, written and produced by her, in which she acted too. The Spider-Man trilogy, Seabiscuit, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, The Next Three Days and Power Rangers are some of her other notable films. 

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Uma Thurman
(Best Known for Her Roles in the Films: 'Pulp Fiction' and 'Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2')
Uma Thurman
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Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus

From being a lanky girl who was made fun of in school to becoming Hollywood’s A-list star, actress Uma Thurman has had quite a journey. She worked in various movies before landing on the film that earned her international appreciation, Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. Later, Tarantino's two Kill Bill movies and Mira Nair’s miniseries Hysterical Blindness further boosted her stardom.

 4 
Allison Janney
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Birthdate: November 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio

One of the most revered and decorated actresses of her generation, Allison Janney is famous for playing C. J. Cregg, a role which is regarded as one of the greatest female characters in the history of American television. Also known for her work as an activist, Allison campaigns for issues like addiction recovery, mental health, women's rights, and gay rights.

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Mindy Kaling
(Actress and Comedian Known for Her Role in the Series: 'The Office' and 'The Mindy Project')
Mindy Kaling
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Birthdate: June 24, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer

Actress, comedian, and writer Mindy Kaling first gained international fame with her work in the NBC sitcom, The Office, for which she was nominated for several Primetime Emmy Awards. She earned a bachelor's degree in playwriting before beginning her career. As the child of immigrants from India, she is one of the few Indian-American women active in the industry.

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Geena Davis
(Actress Known for Her Role in Films: 'The Accidental Tourist', 'Thelma & Louise' and 'The Fly')
Geena Davis
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Birthdate: January 21, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius

An Academy Award-winning actress, Geena Davis is also known for her work to fight gender bias, for which she was presented with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. An ardent archer, who vied for a semifinals spot in the U.S. Olympic archery team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, Geena supports the Women's Sports Foundation among other initiatives that support women.

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Jennifer Coolidge
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Role as ‘Jeanine Stifler’ in ‘American Pie’ Film Series)
Jennifer Coolidge
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Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo

Jennifer Coolidge is an American actress. She is known for playing Jeanine Stifler in the sex comedy film series American Pie. Also known for her charity work, Coolidge has had a major impact working with organizations that support animal rights and AIDS assistance. Thanks to her performance in Legally Blonde, her voice has been the subject of a famous impression.

 8 
Eliza Dushku
(Best Known for Her Drama Series ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and its Spin-off Series ‘Angel’)
Eliza Dushku
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Birthdate: December 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Eliza Dushku is an American actress and model. She inspired a lot of people to stay sober by sharing her story of struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Also a well-known activist, Dushku has raised funds for several charitable causes. She also works closely with the THRIVE-Gulu organization, which works towards helping the survivors of war.

 9 
Ellen Pompeo
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Meredith Grey’ on the TV Series ‘Grey's Anatomy’)
Ellen Pompeo
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Birthdate: November 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio

American actress Ellen Pompeo attained fame when she acted in the 2002 film Moonlight. But she gained worldwide recognition for the portrayal of Dr Meredith Grey in the critically acclaimed and successful television series Grey’s Anatomy. She has also acted in films like Old School, Catch Me If You Can, In the Weeds, Art Heist, Daredevil and Life of the Party.

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Connie Britton
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Birthdate: March 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Paget Brewster
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role as ‘Emily Prentiss’ in the TV Series ‘Criminal Minds’)
Paget Brewster
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Birthdate: March 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Best known as Emily Prentiss from Criminal Minds, Paget Brewster is one of those rare women who declined an offer to be featured on Playboy. She has been appreciated for her roles in The Big Bad Swim and Community. She was nominated for an Emmy for voicing Della in DuckTales.
 12 
Jenny Slate
(Actress & Comedian)
Jenny Slate
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Birthdate: March 25, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
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Amy Poehler
(Actress, Comedian)
Amy Poehler
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Birthdate: September 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo

The co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade, an improvisational-comedy troupe, Amy Poehler went on to utilize her comedic skills to establish herself as a prominent Hollywood personality. Over the years, she has played a crucial role in enhancing the popularity of American television, for which she was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Nancy Kerrigan
(American Former Figure Skater and Olympic Silver Medalist )
Nancy Kerrigan
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Birthdate: October 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is best known for her 1993 U.S. Figure Skating Championship win. She has also won medals at the 1991 and 1992 World Championships and the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics. She was attacked and injured by a man hired by her rival Tonya Harding’s former husband. 
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Donna Summer
(Singer-Songwriter)
Donna Summer
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Birthdate: December 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 17, 2012
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Taylor Schilling
(Actress known for her role as Piper Chapman on the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019))
Taylor Schilling
4
Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
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Chloë Sevigny
(Actress, Model & Filmmaker Known for Her Work in Independent Films)
Chloë Sevigny
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Birthdate: November 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio

Chloë Sevigny is an American actress known for playing important roles in experimental or controversial independent films. Also a model and fashion designer, Chloë Sevigny is widely regarded as a style icon, thanks to her alternative fashion sense. She has also released many clothing lines designed by herself!

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Alicia Witt
(Actress)
Alicia Witt
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Birthdate: August 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
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Madeline Kahn
(Known for Her Comedic Roles in Films)
Madeline Kahn
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Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 3, 1999

Madeline Kahn was an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best remembered for her comedic roles in movies like Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I, and High Anxiety. Over the course of her career, Madeline Kahn received several prestigious awards such as the Drama Desk Award, People's Choice Award, and Daytime Emmy Award.

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Daniela Ruah
(Actress and Director Known for Her Role as ‘Kensi Blye’ in TV Series ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’)
Daniela Ruah
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Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Portuguese-American actress, Daniela Rua,h is best known for her role in the TV series, NCIS: Los Angeles. She began acting as a teenager and went on to study performing arts at the London Metropolitan University. She then trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute before commencing her professional career. She works in both Portuguese and American films.

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Maura Tierney
(Best Known for Her Roles in TV Series: ‘NewsRadio’, ‘ER’ and ‘The Affair’)
Maura Tierney
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Birthdate: February 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Maura Tierney is an actress who has been contributing immensely to the success of the American film and TV industry since the 1990s. She mainly plays supporting roles, many of which have been worthy of prestigious awards. Maura Tierney is a cancer survivor.

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Michelle Thomas
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Birthdate: September 23, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 22, 1998

Michelle Thomas was an American comedian and actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as The Cosby Show and Family Matters. Thomas had a promising start—even before commencing her acting career Thomas was crowned International Queen in a pageant—but her career and life were cut short by cancer and she died at the age of 30.

 23 
Amy Jo Johnson
(Known for Her Roles as ‘Kimberly Hart’ on ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’, ‘Julie Emrick’ on ‘Felicity’)
Amy Jo Johnson
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Birthdate: October 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra

Amy Jo Johnson is an American-Canadian filmmaker, actress, singer, and songwriter. Over the years, Johnson has been honored at several important film festivals including Long Island Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. A multi-talented personality, Amy Jo Johnson has also directed a couple of films like Tammy's Always Dying and The Space Between.

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Nancy Carell
(Actress)
Nancy Carell
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Birthdate: July 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nancy Carell is best known for her stint on the shows Saturday Night Live, The Office, and The Daily Show. She created the comedy series Angie Tribeca, along with her husband, Steve Carell. She also lent her voice to the character Helen Goode in the animated series The Goode Family.
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Uzo Aduba
(Actress)
Uzo Aduba
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Birthdate: February 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Lisa Edelstein
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Birthdate: May 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Agnes Moorehead
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Endora’ in the TV Series ‘Bewitched’)
Agnes Moorehead
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Birthdate: December 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 30, 1974
Agnes Moorehead is best known for her Emmy-winning performance in the series The Wild Wild West and her Golden Globe-winning roles in the films Mrs. Tarkington and Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte. She was also famous as Endora from the series Bewitched. She was the first female to host the Academy Awards.
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Olympia Dukakis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rose Castorini’ in the Film ‘Moonstruck’)
Olympia Dukakis
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Birthdate: June 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: May 1, 2021
Olympia Dukakis gained recognition for her Obie Award-winning performance in the play Man Equals Man. She was also seen as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, a role that earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Fans also loved her in the TV film Lucky Day and the miniseries Sinatra.
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Paige Turco
(American Actress Best Known for Her Film ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze’)
Paige Turco
3
Birthdate: May 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus

Paige Turco is best known as April O'Neil from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie franchise. She has also played significant roles in series such as All My Children, Person of Interest, and The 100. Though she aspired to be a ballerina, an ankle injury made her change her plans.

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Jasmine Guy
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role in the Series 'School Daze' and 'A Different World')
Jasmine Guy
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Birthdate: March 10, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Jasmine Guy gained recognition as Dina in the film School Daze. She also won six NAACP Image Awards for playing Whitley Gilbert-Wayne on A Different World, a spin-off of The Cosby Show. She has also played a recurring role in The Vampire Diaries and has released a few R&B hits.
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Marcia Cross
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Bree Van de Kamp’ in the TV Series ‘Desperate Housewives’)
Marcia Cross
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Birthdate: March 25, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries

Marcia Cross is an American actress best known for playing Bree Van de Kamp in the popular TV series, Desperate Housewives, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award and nominations for Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award.

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Jane Curtin
(Actress)
Jane Curtin
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Birthdate: September 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo

Jane Curtin is an American comedian and actress. Dubbed the Queen of Deadpan, Curtin won two consecutive Emmy Awards for playing Allison Lowell in the sitcom Kate & Allie. In 1986, she was named in the Top Prime Time Actors and Actresses of All Time list. She has also hosted events like the Emmy Awards and Golden Globe Awards.

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Julianne Nicholson
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Birthdate: July 1, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
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Lee Remick
(Actress)
Lee Remick
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Birthdate: December 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 2, 1991
 35 
Rachel Dratch
(Actress, Comedian and Writer Known for Her Role in the TV Show ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Rachel Dratch
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Birthdate: February 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces

Rachel Dratch is an American actress, writer, and comedian. She established herself as a comedian after appearing on Saturday Night Live (SNL), where she played several recurring characters from 1999 to 2006. A multi-talented individual, Rachel Dratch released her autobiographical audiobook titled Girl Walks Into a Bar in 2012.

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Ann Dowd
(Best Known for Her Supporting Roles in the Films: ‘Compliance’, ‘Mass’ and ‘The Handmaid's Tale’)
Ann Dowd
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Birthdate: January 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius

Ann Dowd is an American actress best known for portraying Aunt Lydia on the popular dystopian tragedy television series The Handmaid's Tale, for which she received the Primetime Emmy Award. She is also known for playing Sandra in the 2012 thriller film Compliance, for which she won the National Board of Review Award under the Best Supporting Actress category.

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Julia Jones
(Actress)
Julia Jones
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Birthdate: January 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Kathryn Erbe
(Actress)
Kathryn Erbe
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Birthdate: July 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
 39 
Shar Jackson
(Actress)
Shar Jackson
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Birthdate: August 31, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
 40 
Ruth Gordon
(Actress)
Ruth Gordon
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Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: August 28, 1985
 41 
Alisan Porter
(Singer, Actress)
Alisan Porter
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Birthdate: June 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
 42 
Maria Menounos
(Actress, Journalist & Television Presenter)
Maria Menounos
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Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

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Anne Dudek
(Actress)
Anne Dudek
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Birthdate: March 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
 44 
Erinn Bartlett
(American Actress and Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 1991)
Erinn Bartlett
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Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces

Erinn Bartlett is an American actress and beauty pageant titleholder. In 1991, she was crowned Miss Massachusetts Teen USA after which she went on to participate in the Miss Teen USA beauty pageant. She also established herself as an actress, appearing in TV series, such as CSI: Miami, How I Met Your Mother, and Rules of Engagement.

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Ari Graynor
(Actress)
Ari Graynor
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Birthdate: April 27, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
 46 
June Foray
(Former Voice actress who Provided the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in the animated series Rocky and Bullwinkle from 1959 to 1964)
June Foray
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Birthdate: September 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 25, 2017
 47 
Cazzie David
(Actress)
Cazzie David
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Birthdate: May 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Illeana Douglas
3
Birthdate: July 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
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Estelle Parsons
3
Birthdate: November 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Beth Howland
(Actress)
Beth Howland
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Birthdate: May 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 31, 2015