With strong performances in movies like The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad and I, Tonya, Australian actress Margot Robbie has become one of the most famous actresses of her generation and also one of the world's highest-paid actresses. In her short career till now, she has won numerous award nominations and has become a significant name in the advertising world.
Best known for playing real-life black women in biopics, Angela Bassett does not mind being typecast as someone who often plays biographical roles. She has portrayed prominent personalities like Tina Turner, Betty Shabazz, Katherine Jackson, and Coretta Scott King. Also a director, producer, and activist, Angela Bassett works toward bettering the lives of African-Americans.
4 Tina Fey
Sharon Stone is an American actress who is best known for her performance in the erotic thriller Basic Instinct in 1992. The film gave her the tag of sex symbol. Thereafter, she went on to do notable films like Casino, The Muse, The Mighty, The Last Dance and Alpha Dog. By 2010s, she gravitated towards the small screen.
The daughter of Howard Deutch and Lea Thompson, Zoey Deutch is one of the most successful Hollywood actresses under the age of 30. Apart from acting and appearing on the cover pages of famous magazines, Zoey also participates in fundraising campaigns for charity. She was the star attraction at the 2017 and 2018 Women's March.
Mexican-American actress, producer and director, Eva Longoria gained global recognition after portraying Gabrielle Solis in the ABC’s hit series Desperate Housewives. Prior to this, she was also a part of the popular series, The Young and the Restless. A multitalented personality, Eva has also been a face of L'Oreal Paris, has written a cookbook and participates in numerous philanthropic activities.
Actress and producer, Mary Tyler Moore, was well known for appearing in popular sitcoms in the 1960s and 1970s. She also appeared in a few movies and was nominated for an Academy Award. She advocated for animal rights and diabetes prevention and was the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Actress and producer, Lori Loughlin, has been active in the entertainment world for over four decades. Beginning her career as a print model at the age of 11, she started acting as a teenager. With time, she moved on to play more mature roles. In 2020, she was sentenced to two months in prison after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud.
11 Hilary Swank
The recipient of two Golden Globes and two Academy Awards, Hilary Swank is known for her dedication to her craft. To prepare for her role in Boys Don't Cry, she reduced her body fat and pretended to be a man for a month. Later, she gained 19 pounds of muscle and underwent extensive training to play a boxer in Million Dollar Baby.
American actress, Kerry Washington, attained fame when she starred in the television series, Scandal, which ran from 2012 to 2018. She was also commended for her role in the television film, Confirmation, and for the miniseries, Little Fires Everywhere. She has also acted in films like The Last King of Scotland, Django Unchained, Our Song, The Dead Girl and American Son.
13 Geena Davis
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.
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.
Mackenzie Davis is a Canadian actress who made headlines after being cast in the popular science-fiction film Terminator: Dark Fate. In the film, she played a super soldier from the future. Mackenzie Davis serves as an inspiration to many young aspiring actors and actresses from Canada.
16 Mimi Rogers
Mimi Rogers is an American actress and producer. She is credited with introducing Scientology to her ex-husband Tom Cruise, which later on to had a major impact on Tom's life. Also a former poker player, Mimi Rogers has competed in several poker tournaments and is currently on the board of directors of the World Poker Tour.
17 Lily Tomlin
Lily Tomlin is an American comedian, actress, singer, and writer. Tomlin has earned several award nominations for her performance in films and TV series, such as Nashville and Grace and Frankie. An openly lesbian actress, Lily Tomlin serves as an inspiration to the LGBTQ community.
Shonda Rhimes is a screenwriter, author, and television producer. She is credited with creating, writing, and executive producing one of the most popular American medical drama TV series ever, Grey's Anatomy. She is also credited with creating series like Private Practice and Scandal. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 People Who Help Shape the World.
19 Eliza Dushku
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.
Born to actor-director John Huston and ballerina Enrica Soma, Anjelica Huston was no stranger to the world of entertainment as a child. Initially a model, she later became full-time actor and won an Academy Award for her role in Prizzi's Honor. She later became a regular in Wes Anderson’s films.
Malin Akerman is a Swedish-American model, actress, singer, and producer. She is known for playing important roles in such films like The Heartbreak Kid and Watchmen in which her nude scenes garnered much attention. She also works closely with a nonprofit organization called Opportunity International.
Kyra Sedgwick is a popular American filmmaker and actress. Such is her popularity as a TV actress that Kyra Sedgwick started earning around US$300,000 per episode in 2007. Among many other prestigious awards, such as an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, she has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
27 Kelly Ripa
Kirstie Alley graduated from being an interior designer to participating in game shows, and then stepped into showbiz. She is known for her rib-tickling comedy and her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Rebecca Howe in Cheers. She was also part of Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother.
30 Lea Thompson
Initially a ballerina, Lea Thompson later deviated to acting, after being told she didn’t have the perfect body to pursue ballet. She then modeled for Burger King and eventually bagged a role in Jaws 3-D. She later gained fame with Caroline in the City and the Back to the Future trilogy.
Catherine Bell is an actress, producer, and model. She is best known for her roles in the TV series JAG and Army Wives. As a young woman, she enrolled at UCLA but dropped out to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. She struggled for a few years but was eventually able to establish herself as a versatile actress.
32 Lana Condor
Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.
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Sally Hawkins is a prominent English actress who has been nominated for two Academy Awards and five British Independent Film Awards. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and began her career as a stage actress and became immensely successful. She eventually ventured into films as well and acted in numerous hit films.
38 Alice Braga
Alice Braga is one of the most popular Hollywood actresses from Brazil, having appeared in popular films like I Am Legend, Repo Men, The Rite, Predators, and Elysium. An openly bisexual actress, Alice Braga serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community, especially bisexuals.
39 Issa Rae
Issa Rae is known for her award-winning YouTube series Awkward Black Girl and the HBO series Insecure. Her YouTube channel has promoted the works of Black artists. She made it to the Glamour 35 Under 35 and the Forbes 30 Under 30 lists and was also featured on TIME 100.
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.
41 Susan Downey
Susan Downey is an American film producer. She is credited with forming a production house called Team Downey, along with her husband Robert Downey Jr. Robert credits Susan for helping him resurrect his Hollywood career after staying by his side throughout his struggle against drugs and alcohol addiction.
43 Jenna Elfman
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46 Diane Ladd
Diane Ladd is an American actress, author, and filmmaker. Over the years, Diane Ladd has contributed immensely to the success of several films and TV series. Perhaps, her greatest contribution to Hollywood is guiding and mentoring her daughter and Academy Award-winning actress Laura Dern. Both Ladd and Dern received Academy Award nominations for Best Actress for the film Rambling Rose.