Female Theater Personalities

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 1 Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evergreen Park, Illinois, U.S.
Best known for her Emmy-winning performance as Sue Sylvester in Glee, Jane Lynch has also played major roles in the series Two and a Half Men and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and the film The 40-Year-Old Virgin. She has also voiced characters in animated films such as Wreck-It Ralph

 2 Anna Friel

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, Lancashire, England, UK

Anna Friel is a British actress who gained international recognition after portraying Charlotte "Chuck" Charles on the popular American fantasy mystery TV series Pushing Daisies. After starting her professional acting career at the age of 13, Friel went on to establish herself as a successful adult actress. Friel also serves as an ambassador for The World Wide Fund for Nature.

 3 Cybill Lynne Shepherd

Cybill Lynne Shepherd
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.

 4 Conchata Ferrell

Conchata Ferrell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Loudendale, West Virginia
Emmy-nominated actor Conchata Ferrell was best known for her portrayal of housekeeper Berta in Two and a Half Men. She began her career with the off-Broadway show The Sea Horse, which won her a Drama Desk and an Obie award. She had also appeared in Krampus and Erin Brockovich.

 5 Nicole Ari Parker

Nicole Ari Parker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Nicole Ari Parker is best known for her role as Becky Barnett in the movie Boogie Nights. Fans also loved her as Teri Joseph in Soul Food and as Giselle Barker in the soap Empire. She also plays Samantha Miller in Chicago P.D. Nicole is an active Democrat.

 6 Maggie Siff

Maggie Siff
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City

Maggie Siff is best known as Tara Knowles from Sons of Anarchy and Rachel Katz from Mad Men. She was also part of the film The 5th Wave and the series Billions. She has promoted Betterment, a robo-advising service, and was part of the podcast You Must Remember This.

 7 Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: October 16, 2007

Deborah Kerr was a Scottish actress who holds the record for having the most Academy Award nominations under the Best Actress category without a win. However, she received an Academy Honorary Award in 1994 for her contribution to the entertainment industry. Deborah Kerr was made a CBE in 1998 and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 8 Brenda Blethyn

Brenda Blethyn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ramsgate

Brenda Blethyn is best known for her Golden Globe- and BAFTA-winning role in Secrets & Lies. She was also appreciated for her performances in the films Little Voice and Saving Grace, and the mini-series Anne Frank: The Whole Story. She has also performed on stage in Manchester. 

 9 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 10 Honor Blackman

Honor Blackman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plaistow, Essex, London, England
Died: April 5, 2020
Honor Blackman became one of the oldest actors to play the "Bond Girl," with the role of Pussy Galore in Goldfinger. Fans also loved her as Cathy Gale in the series The Avengers and as Laura West in The Upper Hand. Blackman was also active in British politics.

 11 Rhea Seehorn

Rhea Seehorn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
First seen in independent comedy films, Rhea Seehorn gained prominence with her performance in Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul. Her works also include a number of supporting roles and short-lived comedy series. 

 12 Rosemarie DeWitt

Rosemarie DeWitt
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Rosemarie DeWitt is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Rachel in Rachel Getting Married. She also appeared as Emily Lehman in the series Standoff and was seen in the 2015 remake of The Poltergeist. Fans also loved her as Charmaine Craine in United States of Tara.

 13 Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Lashana Lynch is best known for her roles of Rosaline Capulet in the series Still Star-Crossed and Maria Rambeau in the film Captain Marvel. She received the Laurence Olivier bursary in drama school. Lynch will be seen as Nomi in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die

 14 Phyllis Smith

Phyllis Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Hill, St. Louis, Missouri

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.

 15 Penelope Wilton

Penelope Wilton
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scarborough, North Riding of Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom

Penelope Wilton is an English actress known for her work in theatre, film, and TV. The winner of several prestigious awards, such as the Olivier Award, Penelope Wilton was appointed an OBE for services to drama in the 2004 New Year Honours. In the 2016 Birthday Honours, she was elevated to become a DBE.

 16 Anne Baxter

Anne Baxter
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Michigan City
Died: December 12, 1985

Anne Baxter is best remembered for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Sophie MacDonald in The Razor's Edge. Her other notable projects were the film All About Eve and the series The Name of the Game. She also actively participated in Republican campaigns.

 17 Janet McTeer

Janet McTeer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne ,England
Janet McTeer soared to fame with her Tony-, Drama Desk-, and Olivier Award-winning performance as Nora in the play A Doll's House. Fans also loved her Academy Award-nominated performances as Mary Jo Walker in Tumbleweeds and Hubert Page in Albert Nobbs, and her Emmy-nominated role in Into the Storm.

 18 Michelle Fairley

Michelle Fairley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 30, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Coleraine, Northern Ireland
Northern Irish actor Michelle Fairley soared to fame as Catelyn Stark in the iconic series Game of Thrones. She is also known for her roles in Suits and 24: Live Another Day. She is an Olivier Award-nominated theater actor, too, and has appeared in films such as The Others.

 19 Polly Walker

Polly Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warrington, United Kingdom
Polly Walker is best for her Golden Globe- and Satellite Award-nominated role of Atia of the Julii in the historical series Rome and her Genie Award-nominated performance as Paula Jackson in the movie Savage Messiah. Fans also loved her in the series Caprica and Pennyworth, and the film John Carter.

 20 Shawnee Smith

Shawnee Smith
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States

Actress and singer, Shawnee Smith, is best known for her role of Amanda Young in the Saw horror franchise. She began acting as a child and joined the Screen Actors Guild when she was just nine. Making her feature film debut as a young teenager, she went on to establish herself as a popular character actress in the ensuing years. 

 21 Glynis Johns

Glynis Johns
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 22 Jan Hooks

Jan Hooks
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia
Died: October 9, 2014
Jan Hooks is best remembered for her stint on Saturday Night Live, where she played characters such as Candy Sweeney. Fans also loved her in Designing Women and 3rd Rock from the Sun. She was initially part of the comedy troupe The Groundlings and voiced Manjula Nahasapeemapetilon in The Simpsons.

 23 Ann B. Davis

Ann B. Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: June 1, 2014

 24 Yolanda King

Yolanda King
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 25 Ally Walker

Ally Walker
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tullahoma, Tennessee, US

 26 Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Mariette Hartley is an American actress who won the Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Dr. Carolyn Fields in the popular television series, The Incredible Hulk. She also has several Primetime Emmy Award nominations under her belt. An advocate of suicide prevention and medications for bipolar disorder, Mariette Hartley works towards increasing awareness of the disorder.

 27 Sami Gayle

Sami Gayle
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 22, 1996
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florida, United States

 28 Diana Hyland

Diana Hyland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 25, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Died: March 27, 1977

Diana Hyland is best remembered as Heavenly Finley from the Broadway production of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth. She had also appeared in series such as The Twilight Zone and in films such as The Chase. She won a posthumous Emmy for The Boy in the Plastic Bubble.

 29 Alison Lohman

Alison Lohman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California

 30 Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 20, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England, United Kingdom

Sophie Thompson is a British actress known for her portrayal of the Baker's Wife in the London revival of Into the Woods, for which she received the Olivier Award under the Best Actress in a Musical category. She has received six other nominations at the Olivier Awards. Also a writer, Thompson has authored a recipe book and a children's book.

 31 Emily Swallow

Emily Swallow
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Emily Swallow is an American actress known for portraying prominent roles in popular TV series, such as The Mentalist and Supernatural. After starting her career in Broadway, Emily Swallow has managed to successfully establish herself in the American TV industry.

 32 Jessica Hynes

Jessica Hynes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lewisham, London,England, United Kingdom
BAFTA-winning actor Jessica Hynes, also known as Jessica Stevenson, created, wrote, and appeared in the British sitcom Spaced. She began her career with theater and was nominated for a Tony for The Norman Conquests. Fans also loved her in the series Twenty Twelve and the film Tomorrow La Scala!

 33 Gemma Jones

Gemma Jones
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London

Gemma Jones is an English actress best known for playing Madam Poppy Pomfrey in the popular Harry Potter film series. A talented actress, Jones won the prestigious British Academy Television Award for playing Mary in the critically acclaimed television film, Marvellous.

 34 Elaine Paige

Elaine Paige
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Famous As: Actor, Singer, Radio personality
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chipping Barnet

 35 Samantha Bond

Samantha Bond
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Samantha Bond, daughter of actor Philip Bond, gained fame as Miss Moneypenny in four James Bond movies, including Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day, all of them with Pierce Brosnan in the lead role. She also appeared in Downton Abbey and is an eminent Royal Shakespeare Company stage actor.

 36 Elaine Joyce

Elaine Joyce
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

 37 Alison Steadman

Alison Steadman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Alison Steadman is best known for her BAFTA-nominated roles in the series The Singing Detective and Fat Friends and for the film Life Is Sweet. A seasoned theater actor, she made it to Channel 4’s 50 Greatest Actors list. She is also an ambassador for the London Wildlife Trust.

 38 Rosemary Harris

Rosemary Harris
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom

Rosemary Harris is an English actress known for playing Aunt May in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man film series. The winner of several awards, including a Golden Globe Award and Tony Award, Harris was inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1986. In 1994, she received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in the 1994 film Tom & Viv.

 39 Susannah Fielding

Susannah Fielding
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Poole, United Kingdom

 40 Roxann Dawson

Roxann Dawson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

 41 Elizabeth Ashley

Elizabeth Ashley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 30, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ocala, Florida

 42 Brenda Strong

Brenda Strong
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States

 43 Hope Davis

Hope Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Hope Davis is best known for her roles in films such as About Schmidt and Synecdoche, New York. She also delivered a Tony-winning performance in the Broadway play God of Carnage. Fans also loved her Emmy-nominated performances in the series In Treatment and the TV film The Special Relationship.

 44 KaDee Strickland

KaDee Strickland
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Patterson, Georgia, United States

 45 Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 46 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 47 Sarah Alexander

Sarah Alexander
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London

 48 Jamie Brewer

Jamie Brewer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: California, United States

 49 Wanda De Jesus

Wanda De Jesus
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City

 50 Mary Ann Mobley

Mary Ann Mobley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Biloxi, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 9, 2014