Actresses From Missouri

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Missouri has produced a number of Actresses who have made it big. These include Kathleen Turner, Jean Harlow, Ellie Kemper, Taylor Momsen, Shelley Winters and others.
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Josephine Baker
(First Black Woman to Star in a Major Motion Picture, the 1927 Silent Film 'Siren of the Tropics')
Josephine Baker
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Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: April 12, 1975
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.
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Jean Harlow
(Hollywood Sex Symbol of the 1930s)
Jean Harlow
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Birthdate: March 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: June 7, 1937

Jean Harlow was an actress and sex symbol. Nicknamed the Platinum Blonde and Blonde Bombshell, Harlow was famous for her femme fatale screen persona. She became one of the biggest Hollywood stars despite being in the industry for not more than nine years. Her life and career inspired several movies, such as Harlow and Hughes and Harlow: Angels in Hell.

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Ginger Rogers
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Film ‘Kitty Foyle’)
Ginger Rogers
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Birthdate: July 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: April 25, 1995

Ginger Rogers was an American actress, singer, and dancer. Often regarded as an American icon, Rogers played an important role in popularizing the Golden Age of Hollywood. After winning the Academy Award for portraying the title character in Kitty Foyle, Rogers became one of the highest-paid actresses during the 1940s. Her life inspired a musical titled Backwards in High Heels.

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Jane Wyman
(Actress, Singer)
Jane Wyman
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Birthdate: January 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 10, 2007

Jane Wyman was an American actress, dancer, and singer. In an illustrious acting career spanning over 70 years, Wyman received three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress. One of the leading ladies of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, Jane Wyman is also credited with popularizing two-piece bathing suit, a predecessor to the bikini.

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Shelley Winters
(American Actress Best Known for Her Films: 'The Diary of Anne Frank' and 'A Patch of Blue')
Shelley Winters
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Birthdate: August 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: January 14, 2006

Shelley Winters was an American actress who contributed immensely to all the three major acting mediums in a career spanning almost sixty years. The winner of two Academy Awards, Shelley Winters remained popular throughout her life. She was also known for her much-publicized personal life, which included her four marriages and the romance with actor Farley Granger.

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Ellie Kemper
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Roles in TV Series ‘The Office’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’)
Ellie Kemper
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Birthdate: May 2, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Ellie Kemper is best known for her SAG Award-nominated role of Erin Hannon in The Office and her Emmy-nominated role of Kimmy Schmidt in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. She has written comedy skits, contributed to The Onion, and released a book. She has also worked on an audio book.
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Taylor Momsen
(Actress & Frontwoman Of The Rock Band The Pretty Reckless)
Taylor Momsen
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Birthdate: July 26, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo

Taylor Momsen is an American model, singer-songwriter, and former actress. She started her career as a child actress and became famous for playing Cindy Lou Who in the comedy film How the Grinch Stole Christmas. She then quit acting to focus on music; over the years, she has been contributing to the success of the rock band The Pretty Reckless.

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Kathleen Turner
(Actress Who Has Provided the Voice of ‘Jessica Rabbit’ in the Animated Film ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’)
Kathleen Turner
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Birthdate: June 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Kathleen Turner is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role in Peggy Sue Got Married. She also played Chandler's drag queen father in Friends and voiced Jessica Rabbit in the Disney movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit? She has also delivered Tony-winning Broadway performances and promotes rheumatoid arthritis awareness.
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Jessica Capshaw
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Birthdate: August 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Jessica Capshaw, daughter of actor Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of director Steven Spielberg, is best known for her roles of Dr. Arizona Robbins in Grey's Anatomy and Jamie Stringer in The Practice. She has also been seen in the series Bones and Odd Man Out, and the movie Minority Report
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Doris Roberts
(American Actress Who Had a Long Career Spanning Seven Decades)
Doris Roberts
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Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

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Mireille Enos
(Best Known for Her Role as Detective ‘Sarah Linden’ in the TV Series ‘The Killing’)
Mireille Enos
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Birthdate: September 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Mireille Enos is best known for her Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated role of Sarah Linden in The Killing. She has also appeared in significant roles in the series The Catch and Hanna, in movies such as World War Z, and in plays such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
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Katherine McNamara
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Birthdate: November 22, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Katherine McNamara is an American actress best known for playing Clary Fray in the supernatural drama television series, Shadowhunters. Apart from being an actress, McNamara also takes an active part in charitable works. Having been bullied as a child, McNamara has taken part in various anti-bullying efforts. She also participates in campaigns that raise funds for children's hospitals.

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Linda Blair
(Actress)
Linda Blair
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Birthdate: January 22, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Dianne Wiest
(American Actress Best Known for Her Films: ‘Hannah and Her Sisters’ and ‘Bullets over Broadway’)
Dianne Wiest
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Birthdate: March 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries

Dianne Wiest is an American actress best known for appearing in Woody Allen films, such as Bullets over Broadway and Hannah and Her Sisters, with both the films earning her Oscars for Best Supporting Actress. She has also won other prestigious awards like the Primetime Emmy Award for her contribution to the TV industry.

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Phyllis Smith
(Actress and Casting Associate Best Known for Her Role as ‘Phyllis Vance’ in the TV Series ‘The Office’)
Phyllis Smith
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Birthdate: July 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer

Phyllis Smith is an American actress best known for portraying Phyllis Vance in the popular mockumentary TV series, The Office, for which she received a couple of Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also known for her skills as a voice actress, Smith was honored with the prestigious Annie Award for voicing Sadness in the 2015 computer-animated comedy film, Inside Out.

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Betty Grable
(Actress and Dancer Best Known for Her Films: ‘Mother Wore Tights’ and ‘How to Marry a Millionaire’)
Betty Grable
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Birthdate: December 18, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 2, 1973

Betty Grable was one of the most popular actresses in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s. She starred in numerous big-budget movies and was at one point the highest-salaried American woman. She began her career as a preteen and gained prominence as a young woman. A celebrated sex symbol, she was the number-one pin-up girl of World War II. 

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Jenifer Lewis
(Actress)
Jenifer Lewis
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Birthdate: January 25, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Geraldine Page
(Theater Actress, Film Actress, Television Actress)
Geraldine Page
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Birthdate: November 22, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: June 13, 1987
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Mary Wickes
(Actress)
Mary Wickes
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Birthdate: June 13, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 22, 1995

Mary Wickes was an American actress who often played professional women, housekeepers, and nuns in films and TV series. A tall woman with a distinctive voice, Wickes proved to be a popular comedian. She was often cast to play wisecracking characters, such as Nurse Dora Pickford in the 1942 drama film Now, Voyager.

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Ryan Michelle Bathe
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Birthdate: July 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo

Ryan Michelle Bathe is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Sara Holt in the legal comedy-drama TV series Boston Legal, for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination under the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series category.

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Ashleigh Murray
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Birthdate: January 18, 1988
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Elaine Joyce
(Actress)
Elaine Joyce
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Birthdate: December 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Mircea Monroe
(Actress)
Mircea Monroe
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Birthdate: March 11, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Kelly Stables
(Actress)
Kelly Stables
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Birthdate: January 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Virginia Mayo
(Actress Best Known for Her Movies: 'The Best Years of Our Lives' and 'White Heat')
Virginia Mayo
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Birthdate: November 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 17, 2005

One of the first to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Virginia Clara Jones was possibly Warner Brothers' biggest box-office money-maker in late 1940s. Beginning her career with vaudevilles, she quickly signed contracts first with Goldwyn and later with Warner Brothers, giving out numerous hits, including Oscar-winning The Best Years of Our Lives and White Heat.

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Janet Jones
(Actress)
Janet Jones
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Birthdate: January 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Marsha Mason
(Actress)
Marsha Mason
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Birthdate: April 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
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Annie Wersching
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Birthdate: March 28, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
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Betty Lynn
(Actress)
Betty Lynn
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Birthdate: August 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Sarah Clarke
(American actress)
Sarah Clarke
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Birthdate: February 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Alice Ghostley
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Birthdate: August 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 21, 2007
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Ellen Foley
(Singer)
Ellen Foley
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Birthdate: June 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
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Pooja Kumar
(Actress)
Pooja Kumar
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Birthdate: February 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
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Wendy Moniz
(TV actress from Guiding Light and Nash Bridges who played Louisa Archer in The Guardian)
Wendy Moniz
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Birthdate: January 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Edie McClurg
(Actress Stand-up comedian)
Edie McClurg
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Birthdate: July 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
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Annalise Basso
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Birthdate: December 2, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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Katie Wright
(Actress)
Katie Wright
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Birthdate: December 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
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Mary Frann
(Actress)
Mary Frann
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Birthdate: February 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 23, 1998
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Sandahl Bergman
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Birthdate: November 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
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Betty Garrett
(Actress)
Betty Garrett
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Birthdate: May 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 12, 2011
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Lori Saunders
(Actress)
Lori Saunders
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Birthdate: October 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
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Kathleen Nolan
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Birthdate: September 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
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Lynn Cohen
(Actress)
Lynn Cohen
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Birthdate: August 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: February 14, 2020
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Kathleen Madigan
(Comedians)
Kathleen Madigan
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Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
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Martha Scott
(Actress)
Martha Scott
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Birthdate: September 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: May 28, 2003
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Kay Thompson
(Author)
Kay Thompson
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Birthdate: November 9, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: July 2, 1998
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Jane Darwell
(Known for Playing the 'Matriarch of the Joad family' in the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ & the 'Bird Woman' in ‘Mary Poppins')
Jane Darwell
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Birthdate: October 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: August 13, 1967

Jane Darwell was an American actress whose career spanned over 50 years, during which she appeared in over 100 movies. She is best remembered for her performance in the 1940 drama film The Grapes of Wrath, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1960, Darwell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Sally Rand
(Actress)
Sally Rand
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Birthdate: April 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 31, 1979
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Ruth Warrick
(Singer)
Ruth Warrick
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Birthdate: June 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 15, 2005
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Jacqueline Scott
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Birthdate: June 25, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 23, 2020