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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Dahlia was an American murder victim whose case gained national attention due to the gruesome nature of the crime. Her murder is often cited as one of Los Angeles County's oldest unsolved cases and the most popular unsolved murders in the history of the United States. Dahlia's life and death have inspired a number of books and films.
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.
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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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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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 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.
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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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.
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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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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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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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.
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 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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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.