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Movie history has been marked by remarkable performances and personalities of Hollywood's leading ladies. Whether it be Judy Garland’s timeless portrayal of Dorothy in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz” or Jennifer Lawrence’s 2012 mastery of Katniss Everdeen in “The Hunger Games,” film actresses have been turning out performances with grace and talent time and time again. While films such as these will definitively and rightfully mark these women’s places in history, it is not uncommon that the people they’ve fashioned themselves into in real life are even more impressive than the characters they portray. Many of the women on this list not only made a name for themselves through their collection of iconic performances, but also through the selfless, philanthropic nature with which many of them approached their stardom.
By analyzing Wikipedia pageview statistics, Stacker has compiled a list of the most famous actress born in every year between 1920 and 2004. The list includes not only all of these iconic female entertainers, but also their incredibly impressive contemporaries whose Wikipedia pages received, in many cases marginally, fewer views. Read on to learn which actress beat out the competition to be dubbed the most famous entertainer from her year of birth.
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Date of birth: August 17
Born Maureen FitzSimmons, the Queen of Technicolor herself ultimately decided to opt for a shorter, catchier name once thrust into the limelight. Having played key roles in classics like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Sitting Pretty,” and “The Parent Trap,” O’Hara’s legendary legacy looms large even a century later.
Other notable actresses: Shelley Winters, Nanette Fabray
Date of birth: February 8
The pride and joy of Wallace, Idaho, Turner’s face first became widely-recognized as the heartthrob “sweater girl” in 1938’s “Love Finds Andy Hardy.” Not only did she have an incredibly diverse skill set, taking on a handful of varying roles throughout her long, illustrious career, but she also had a diverse taste in men, having cycled through eight different spouses in her lifetime.
Other notable actresses: Vera Ellen, Donna Reed
Date of birth: June 10
There really is no place like home, and what better way to feel at home than watching Garland classics like “The Wizard of Oz?” Though the genius behind the original Dorothy won fans over during her timeless journey back to Kansas, she tragically befell an all-too-soon death at the young age of 47.
Other notable actresses: Betty White, Doris Day
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Date of birth: July 25
A city girl who grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, “The Golden Girls” legend may be remembered as an even bigger hero off the screen than on it. During her time in the public eye, Getty made sure to use her impactful voice to fight for the rights of marginalized social groups such as the LGBT community as well as the elderly.
Other notable actresses: Rose Marie, Jean Stapleton
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Date of birth: September 16
The Obamas, the Clintons, and Jay Z and Beyonce come to mind when one thinks of contemporary power couples, but the fact that Bacall was married to “Casablanca” star Humphrey Bogart for 12 years has seemed to slip through the cracks of time. The two co-starred in classics like “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep,” though Bacall also found great success independent of her late husband in more recent hits like “Harper” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”
Other notable actresses: Eva Marie Saint, Cicely Tyson
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Date of birth: October 16
If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t accomplish enough during your first 20 years, this probably will not help: consider the fact that Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award for performances in two different films in that same time frame. Also consider the fact that she was still making smash hits more than three decades later when she starred in “Murder, She Wrote.”
Other notable actresses: Doris Roberts, June Lockhart
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Date of birth: June 1
Need we really say more about the superstar whose face you’ve probably seen depicted by pop art legend Andy Warhol over and over again? A universally recognizable face whose life and career will always remain a subject of controversy, the “Some Like it Hot” star is not just a legend in the acting world, but an icon whose name will always represent a central pillar in the history of popular culture.
Other notable actresses: Cloris Leachman, Patricia Neal
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Date of birth: July 6
Undoubtedly remembered best for role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller “Psycho,” for which she received a Golden Globe in spite of her character’s early death, Leigh was a somewhat lonely child who spent much of her time going to movie theaters as she grew up. This interest that she took in film at such a young age would prove to be a catalyst for a successful career on the big screen which was characterized not only by a memorable face, but an iconic voice as well.
Other notable actresses: Gina Lollobrigida, Estelle Parsons
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Date of birth: April 23
Temple is perhaps the best example of somebody throughout history who epitomizes the trope of “child star.” Though her singing, dancing, and acting brought her to the height of her successes before she could even be enrolled in Kindergarten, she spent her later years serving as an ambassador both to Ghana and Czechoslovakia while likely sipping on beverages named after her.
Other notable actresses: Marion Ross, Katherine Helmond
Date of birth: May 4
When one considers the hardships Hepburn experienced during her childhood, it really underscores the incredible nature of the feats she was able to accomplish during her adult life. The Belgian-born superstar was forced to live under German occupation when Hitler’s army invaded during her family vacation to a Dutch village, but she was eventually able to overcome the depression these events instilled in her en route to earning legendary roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
Other notable actresses: Grace Kelly, Anne Meara
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Date of birth: February 27
Not only was Woodward born for a career in movies, but she claims to have been born during one as well! The future “Rachel, Rachel” star alleges that her mother brought her into the world during a screening of Joan Crawford’s “Our Modern Maidens,” and that she wanted to name her after Crawford but came about at “Joanne” instead because she wanted to give the name a Southern twist.
Other notable actresses: Tippi Hedren, Carolyn Jones
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Date of birth: September 30
Since she was the winner of an NBC-sponsored beauty contest, it is unsurprising to learn that Dickinson had an on-and-off relationship with legendary jazz and swing singer Frank Sinatra. She will always be best remembered, however, for her iconic performance alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in “Rio Bravo.”
Other notable actresses: Barbara Eden, Marla Gibbs
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Date of birth: April 1
Though her acting skills would have likely been sufficient in and of themselves, Reynolds’ knack for dancing which she developed alongside Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain” made her a diverse talent who was at the top of every producer’s list when filling a dance-heavy role. Not only was she an Academy Award-nominated talent in her own right, but she passed on her talents genetically when she gave birth to Star Wars legend Carrie Fisher.
Other notable actresses: Elizabeth Taylor, Piper Laurie
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Date of birth: April 19
In spite of being one of the most widely-recognized sex symbols of the mid-twentieth century, Mansfield’s ability to nail characters who were not necessarily indicative of her real-life persona was incredibly impressive. During her short life, she thrived in several instances where she played the stereotypical “dumb blonde” character in 50s hits like “The Girl Can’t Help it” and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” in spite of allegedly boasting an IQ of 163!
Other notable actresses: Joan Collins, Elizabeth Montgomery
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Date of birth: December 9
Simply put, Dench is somebody who has done it all and continues to do it all. Not only did the ten-time BAFTA winner rack up almost every award imaginable for a series of powerful performances in 80s films, but her experience and wisdom have landed her key roles as the older voice of reason in contemporary smash hits like 2012’s Bond classic “Skyfall.”
Other notable actresses: Sophia Loren, Maggie Smith
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Date of birth: October 1
Ever heard of “The Sound of Music?” That’s Julie Andrews. What about “Mary Poppins?” Also Andrews. It goes without saying that the Surrey, England native had some serious hits back in the day, but roles in world-renowned 21st-century productions like the “Shrek” series as well as “The Princess Diaries” series.
Other notable actresses: Diahann Carroll, Christina Pickles
Date of birth: December 29
Someone who experienced a troubling childhood marked by moving around a lot and a mother who struggled with an alcohol addiction, Moore remarkably overcame her early setbacks and first found success as Dick van Dyke’s wife on “The Dick van Dyke Show.” Though her future career endeavors included appearances in a myriad of successful feature films, she will always best be known for her own “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” which captured the attention of Americans from 1970 until 1977.
Other notable actresses: Ursula Andress
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Date of birth: December 21
Born in New York City, Fonda has always attacked the universe with a can-do attitude, tearing down every obstacle which has ever stood in her way. Not only is she a recipient of multiple Academy Awards for her performances in 1971’s “Klute” and 1978’s “Coming Home,” but she’s also been nominated for a handful of Oscars for Best Actress, and she has spent a significant portion of her life going against the grain and championing anti-war and anti-establishment causes.
Other notable actresses: Vanessa Redgrave, Loretta Swit
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Date of birth: July 20
Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko to two Russian-born immigrants, Wood’s career in motion pictures began very early on, with her first major role, in 1943’s “Happy Land,” coming when she was only four years old. It’s safe to say this was not her biggest role, however, as her adult years were filled with timeless roles including Maria from “West Side “Story” and Judy in “Rebel Without a Cause.”
Other notable actresses: Diana Rigg, Connie Stevens
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Date of birth: September 1
Detroit’s Lily Tomlin first got her start on “The Merv Griffin Show,” an appearance which would ultimately catapult her to stardom, as her quirky personality would capture the hearts and minds of viewers everywhere. Her time on the big screen included features in memorable classics such as Robert Altman’s 1975 production “Nashville,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.
Other notable actresses: Valerie Harper, Dixie Carter
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Date of birth: September 5
Shortly after the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, a new face emerged stole away not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of millions of Americans. Welch’s iconic, timeless looks, which won her a series of beauty pageant titles as a teenager, ultimately proved instrumental in boosting her acting career to astronomical heights, the likes of which included appearances in fan-favorites such as “The Three Musketeers” and “Fantastic Voyage.”
Other notable actresses: Maria Elena Velasco
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Date of birth: April 28
Hailing from Valsjöbyn in Jämtland County, Sweden, Ann-Margret Olsson eventually achieved a level of notoriety which is only reserved for the best: being known colloquially by only her first name. While her immense acting talent is clear in the likes of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “The Cheap Detective,” many fans did not know she possessed a gift for academia as well, having graduated from Northwestern University before pursuing a career in entertainment.
Other notable actresses: Faye Dunaway
Date of birth: April 23
Behind every successful child, there is more often than not a loving, pushing parent, and Dee openly attributes much of her early career opportunities to the determination of her mother. Young Sandy was enrolled in school a year early to get a head start on the other children, and her age was regularly lied about until she eventually landed a role in 1957’s “Until They Sail” at the age of only 14.
Other notable actresses: Annette Funicello, Charmian Carr
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Date of birth: January 24
In her short 26 years, Tate amazingly managed to build a legacy which keeps fans raving about her to this very day. The young superstar established a name for herself in classics like 1962’s “The Beverly Hillbillies” and 1967’s “Valley of the Dolls” before suffering her tragic death at the hands of Charles Manson’s crazed cult followers.
Other notable actresses: Holland Taylor
Date of birth: February 13
When you think of arguably the most 70s movie ever made in “Grease,” the initial thought probably includes Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, but who could forget about Channing’s quirky, loveable Betty Rizzo character? Though her self-titled 80s show never quite panned out, Channing eventually found more success when she earned a recurring character on “The West Wing.”
Other notable actresses: Swoosie Kurtz, Kelly Bishop
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Date of birth: November 21
Affectionately known by fans as “Go-Go,” Goldie dropped out of college at only 19 years old to follow her passion of becoming a professional dancer. At the time, there is no way she could have known that she was going to earn key roles in blockbuster hits like “The First Wives Club” and “Overboard.”
Other notable actresses: Helen Mirren, Priscilla Presley
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Date of birth: November 6
As she so eloquently states in “Forrest Gump” while portraying Tom Hanks’ mother: “Life’s a box of chocolates, Forest. You never know what you’re gonna get.” While these are wise words for life itself, you always knew what you were getting with Field: consistent, captivating, and moving performances including, but not limited to, Aunt May in “The Amazing Spiderman” and Mary Todd Lincoln in “Lincoln.”
Other notable actresses: Susan Sarandon, Diane Keaton
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Date of birth: February 2
The word “icon” gets thrown around a lot, but perhaps nobody better than Fawcett epitomizes its true, originally intended meaning. Though her personal life was surrounded with a lot of turmoil and controversy, there is no denying that whether it be the her performances in the likes of “Saturn 3” and “Logan’s Run” or what she meant to her fans who faced similar bouts with cancer, Fawcett’s legacy is one which will never be forgotten.
Other notable actresses: Glenn Close
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Date of birth: June 28
Known for great 90s films like “Misery” and “Titanic,” Bates also had an incredibly successful stage career which often goes underappreciated. As a matter of fact, she even got her start alongside Christopher Walken in Buffalo’s world premiere of “Lemon Sky” in 1970.
Other notable actresses: Rhea Perlman, Phylicia Rashad
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Date of birth: June 22
What can be said about Streep that hasn’t already been said? Easily one of the greatest actresses in the history of film, she has astoundingly only taken home 3 of her record-setting twenty-one Academy Award nominations, but that does not take anything away from her list of other-worldly performances: “Out of Africa,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Doubt,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Deer Hunter”...the list just goes on and on.
Other notable actresses: Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver
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Date of birth: January 16
Originally from Texas, Debbie and her family moved south to Mexico when she was a child in order to escape the rampant racism of the time. Thankfully she was eventually able to return and graduate cum laude from Howard University in 1971 and go on to treat the world to all-time great performances in the likes of “Fame,” “Armistad,” and even today with her continuing role “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Other notable actresses: Julie Walters
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Date of birth: July 24
Carter is considered by many to be a hero for young women all over the world because of her superb depiction of “Wonder Woman” in the mid-70s. Not only did she help to dissolve the dated notion that women could not be superheroes, but she also proved to be hugely important to the fashion and beauty worlds, winning the Miss World America crown in 1972.
Other notable actresses: Anjelica Huston, Kirstie Alley
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Date of birth: May 2
Though Baranski has been working the big screen for several decades now, she is easily known best for her contributions to masterpieces which have been produced in the 21st century. Since giving life to the ageless Tanya in 2008’s musical feature “Mama Mia!” she has earned herself recurring television roles on a collection of well-received series, the likes of which include “The Good Wife,” “The Good Fight,” and “The Big Bang Theory.”
Other notable actresses: Roseanne Barr, Isabella Rossellini
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Date of birth: December 8
Easily one of the biggest stars the 90s gave us, Basinger’s alluring roles in “Batman” and “L.A. Confidential” remain fan-favorites even a few decades later. Not only was she a uniquely talented actress, but she clearly had a knack for finance, as started up an investment group and used approximately $20 million dollars to purchase the town of Braselton in her home state of Georgia.
Other notable actresses: Mary Steenburgen, Lynn Whitfield
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Date of birth: January 19
After getting her start as Peg Bundy on “Married with Children” in 1986, Sagal’s career took off in a big way, with a handful of big-time roles coming thereafter. Not only has she been doing the voice of Leela on the science fiction comedy series “Futurama” for multiple decades, but she won a Golden Globe in 2011 for her performance on “Sons of Anarchy.”
Other notable actresses: Catherine O'Hara
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Date of birth: November 13
You’re seriously missing out if you have never seen any installment of the “Sister Act” series, as Goldberg fosters the creation of perhaps one of the most lovable characters in history in the form of Deloris. “The View” panelist is in no way a one-hit wonder, however, as she is responsible for compelling performances in some films which have touched on seriously dark subject matter, including the likes of “The Color Purple” and “Ghost.”
Other notable actresses: N/A
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Date of birth: October 21
Though Fisher sadly passed away fairly recently, the Force is undoubtedly with her wherever she is now. The original Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” series captured the hearts of science fiction fans throughout the galaxy but also managed to play a wide variety of other roles during her long, illustrious career, including “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Blues Brothers.”
Other notable actresses: Kim Cattrall, Geena Davis
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Date of birth: August 9
Griffith has been a star ever since she was barely 6 years old, when director Alfred Hitchcock saw a great deal of potential in her and cast her in 1963’s “The Birds” and 1964’s “Marnie.” By no means did these early opportunities represent the pinnacle of her acting career, however, as she would go on to secure lead roles in huge box office hits like “Working Girl” and “Lolita.”
Other notable actresses: Fran Drescher, Dawn French
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Date of birth: April 29
Pfeiffer has experienced an incredibly illustrious film career including memorable performances in feature films such as “One Fine Day,” “What Lies Beneath,” and “Hairspray.” She has been so successful, in fact, that her name is referenced in hugely popular music including, but not limited to, Vance Joy’s “Riptide” and Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk.”
Other notable actresses: Jamie Lee Curtis, Angela Bassett
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Date of birth: November 19
From Juno’s hilarious stepmother in “Juno” to more serious roles like Charlotte Phelan in “The Help,” Janney can and has done it all. She has even racked up four Emmys and two SAG Awards for her work on “The West Wing,” on which her character is eventually promoted to White House Chief of Staff.
Other notable actresses: Emma Thompson, Linda Blair
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Date of birth: October 18
Moore is simply one of those household names who is not known for any one particular film; she is far too big for that. Moore’s rise to superstardom cannot be unlinked from her performances in 1997’s “Boogie Nights” and 2002’s “The Hours,” the latter of which cast her alongside fellow film legends Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in a story about three generations of women all coping with a suicide in their lives.
Other notable actresses: Erin Moran, Tilda Swinton
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Date of birth: January 13
Though Louis-Dreyfus was born to billionaire businessman in New York City, she has proved time and time again that she was capable of making a name for herself off of raw talent alone. From her time tickling America’s funny bone on “Seinfeld” to her solo efforts such as “Veep” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” Louis-Dreyfus has clearly established herself as one of television’s most recognizable personalities.
Other notable actresses: Meg Ryan, Lea Thompson
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Date of birth: November 11
Though Demi fashioned herself as a controversial figure in her “General Hospital” days, partying to the point that it almost got her fired, her increase in age has brought with it an increase in maturity and self-reflection. Years after having cleaned up and staying clean through box office hits like “G.I. Jane” and “Indecent Proposal,” she and ex-husband Ashton Kutcher co-founded the “Demi and Ashton Foundation,” a non-profit intended to help fight child sex trafficking.
Other notable actresses: Jodie Foster, Jasmine Guy
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Date of birth: August 13
Without a doubt one of the biggest stars in the history of Bollywood, Sridevi was arguably the most recognizable of a star-studded Kapoor family including Anil, Surinder, and Sanjay. Known simply by her first name by many of her biggest fans, Kapoor was involved with more than 200 movies in 4 different languages before she sadly passed away earlier in 2018 while she was on a trip to the United Arab Emirates.
Other notable actresses: Lisa Kudrow, Helen Hunt
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Date of birth: July 26
Hollywood’s biggest badass has been kicking butt and taking names ever since the release of 2000’s “Miss Congeniality” reaffirmed her well-deserved place on the map. Ever since then, she has displayed an incredibly diverse skill set in many unique performances, including her touching emotional deliveries in “The Blind Side” and her hysterical chemistry with Ryan Reynolds in “The Proposal,” en route to becoming the highest-paid actress in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Other notable actresses: Courteney Cox, Mariska Hargitay
Date of birth: March 25
One half of one of the world’s biggest power couples with husband Matthew Broderick, Parker has become virtually synonymous with perhaps the most influential romantic comedy franchise in the world in “Sex and the City.” Though she is best known as the amazing character that is Carrie Bradshaw, the real-life SJP is equally if not more impressive, spending her off time as a member of Hollywood’s Women’s Political Committee and UNICEF’s representative for the Performing Arts.
Other notable actresses: Diane Lane, Brooke Shields
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Date of birth: September 2
In spite of being known to give hysterical interviews during her television appearances, some of Hayek’s most impressive works delve into some truly dark themes. She exhibited incredible composure in portraying her dream role in Frida Kahlo in 2002’s “Frida,” and she displayed impressive creative ability when she took on a directing role for 2003’s “The Maldonado Miracle.”
Other notable actresses: Halle Berry, Helena Bonham Carter
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Date of birth: June 20
An Australian-American hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Kidman’s career highlights are even more multifaceted than her background. Having played a terrified Grace Stewart in “The Others,” a romantic Satine in “Moulin Rouge!” and a sophisticated Ada Monroe in “Cold Mountain,” Kidman has made it overwhelmingly clear that she is capable of taking on any type of role that’s thrown at her.
Other notable actresses: Lisa Bonet, Julia Roberts
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Date of birth: September 28
Affectionately dubbed the Queen of Remakes most notably for her outstanding role in director Peter Jackson’s re-imagined 2005 version of “King Kong,” Watts is no stranger to finding success in the most terrifying of roles. While she had a smaller, lesser-known role in the 1996 cult classic “Children of the Corn: The Gathering,” she capitalized on this earlier horror success in her big 2002 break “The Ring.”
Other notable actresses: Ashley Judd, Gillian Anderson
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Date of birth: February 11
Aniston is like a fine wine, seemingly getting so much better with age that you would not even believe she’s almost at the mid-century milestone. In spite of being known best for her quirky comedic roles in fan-favorites like “Friends,” “We’re the Millers,” and “The Bounty Hunter,” she has also taken fans back with her outstanding performances in more serious roles, such as in incredibly distressing 2014 picture “Cake.”
Other notable actresses: Cate Blanchett, Catherine Zeta-Jones
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Date of birth: April 29
One of the 21st century’s most charismatic superheroes, Beatrix “The Bride” Kiddo, a.k.a. the Black Mamba a.k.a. Arlene Machiavelli, could not have been played by anybody else but Uma Thurman. The alluring Thurman carried the same mysterious personality with her in every fantastic role she took on, and this mystique is perhaps best exhibited in Mia Wallace, the party-addicted wife of Marcellus Wallace in “Pulp Fiction.”
Other notable actresses: Melissa McCarthy, Leah Remini
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Date of birth: October 29
Ever since stealing the show as Kim in 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands,” Ryder went on an absolute tear with hit after hit in the 1990s. She accepted the roles of the lovable Josephine March in 1994’s “Little Women,” the courageous Annalee Call in “Alien: Resurrection,” and the troubled Susanna Kaysen in “Girl, Interrupted,” each of which she made uniquely her own and relevant even two decades later.
Other notable actresses: Jada Pinkett Smith, Amy Poehler
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Date of birth: August 30
San Diego’s very own, Diaz has experienced a great deal of success making fans laugh in a series of well-performing slapstick comedies such as “There’s Something about Mary,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Bad Teacher.” All the aforementioned films she has crushed are even more impressive when one considers that she kick-started her acting career alongside comedy legend Jim Carrey in 1994’s “The Mask,” getting the gig in spite of having no formal acting experience.
Other notable actresses: Jennifer Garner, Gabrielle Union
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Date of birth: September 5
McGowan has made a name for herself with fierce, powerful roles such as Cherry Darling in “Planet Terror” and Paige Matthews in “Charmed,” but recent events have revealed her to be an empowered figure both and an off the big screen. The fearlessness associated with risking both her own finances and her public reputation in an attempt to bring down Harvey Weinstein is reminiscent of the courageous characters she routinely portrays in feature films.
Other notable actresses: Kate Beckinsale, Portia de Rossi
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Date of birth: March 5
An icon in both the movie and fashion industries, Mendes works as a spokeswoman for Revlon Cosmetics when she’s not engaged in filming blockbuster hits like “Hitch” and “Ghost Rider.” Though she is undisputedly one of the best actresses alive today, she is incredibly determined to improve her craft by working in conjunction with and taking pointers from renowned contemporary directors in Steven Soderbergh, Spike Jonze, and Michelangelo Antonioni.
Other notable actresses: Sarah Paulson, Amy Adams
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Date of birth: August 7
The pride of Benoni, South Africa got her first gig as a silent, three-second cameo in 1995’s “Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest,” and it’s safe to say her roles have grown slightly more substantial since then. More than a decade after winning her first Academy Award for her appearance in “Monster,” Theron is still easily one of Hollywood’s biggest names, starring in two of the most-anticipated movies of the past two years in “Atomic Blonde” and “Tully.”
Other notable actresses: Angelina Jolie, Kate Winslet
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Date of birth: March 22
Though she began modeling at the age of 7 and got her first acting role in 1991’s “The Man on the Moon,” it wouldn’t be until she took on sorority-queen-turned-lawyer Elle Woods in 2001’s hysterical “Legally Blonde” that Witherspoon would truly become a household name. Since then, she has exhibited immense range with comedies like “Four Christmases” as well as more serious, moving displays in the likes of “Wild,” the journey of a woman who embarks on a long solo hike in the hopes of coping with and overcoming immense tragedy.
Other notable actresses: Anna Faris, Isla Fisher
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Date of birth: November 10
Murphy is one of the more tragic cases of promising young actresses who died far too young, as a bad case of pneumonia ended her life at only 32 years old. In her brief time in the limelight, she managed to make some huge waves as Eminem’s primary love interest Alex in 2002’s “8 Mile” and the newlywed trying to make her marriage to Ashton Kutcher work out in 2003’s “Just Married.”
Other notable actresses: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kerry Washington
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Date of birth: November 17
Though the film is now only a little less than 14 years old now, “The Notebook” is one of those stories whose lasting power and cult appeal doesn’t seem like it's going anywhere for a very long time, and that has to do, in a large part, with co-stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. As a matter of fact, McAdams has proved capable of churning out cult classic after cult classic with her memorable leads as Regina George in “Mean Girls” and Paige in “The Vow.”
Other notable actresses: Zoe Saldana, Katie Holmes
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Date of birth: April 19
Though some may more directly associate Hudson with more light-hearted, playful roles in her more recent romantic comedies like “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Bride Wars,” arguably her most transcendent, impressive performance came back in 2000’s “Almost Famous.” Though the film is formally labeled a comedy, it deals with a myriad of darker themes surrounding music, love, lust, and drug use, and it revealed Hudson to be one of Hollywood’s most talented, multifaceted talents.
Other notable actresses: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Mindy Kaling
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Date of birth: July 18
Though her memorable face and charismatic personality are each infectious to the point that they lifted her live-action films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Veronica Mars” to incredible levels of popularity, one of her biggest successes in recent years came as a character who did not even share Bell’s body! Her incredible voice captured the hearts of children and parents alike when she performed classics such as “For the First Time in Forever” and “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” as Anna in Disney’s 2013 smash hit “Frozen.”
Other notable actresses: Zooey Deschanel, Kareena Kapoor
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Date of birth: August 4
As an actress, Markle is best known for supporting roles in the likes of “Remember Me,” “Horrible Bosses,” and the television series “Suits,” though it is safe to say that her primary source of fame is no longer her career on the big screen. On May 19th, 2018, Markle married England’s Prince Harry, following in the footsteps of Kate Middleton by becoming the second American member of the British Royal Family.
Other notable actresses: Natalie Portman, Jessica Alba
Date of birth: July 18
Though best known for her Bollywood stardom in recent hits like 2009’s “Kaminey” and 2015’s “Bajirou Mastani,” Priyanka has been making waves in the United States as of recently. In 2017, she delighted fans by starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in taking on the role of Victoria Leeds in the movie remake of the classic television series “Baywatch.”
Other notable actresses: Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway
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Date of birth: August 14
Though Kunis is best known for her playful Jim Beam commercials and her lighthearted roles in comedies such as “Ted,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “Friends with Benefits,” her role in 2010’s dark and mysterious “Black Swan” is perhaps her best. The gig earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role and reinforced her as a diverse talent not limited to tongue-in-cheek comedic roles.
Other notable actresses: Emily Blunt
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Date of birth: November 22
Born in New York City to a Danish immigrant and a Jewish mother from the Bronx, Johansson trudged through many minor roles in her early career before receiving notoriety for her depiction of Grace MacLean in “The Horse Whisperer.” Since then, her career has skyrocketed, with the height of her powers taking shape in the form of Marvel’s Black Widow, who’s appeared in all three “Avengers” installments as well as “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”
Other notable actresses: Katrina Kaif, Gina Rodriguez
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Date of birth: April 30
The pride of Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel has been well-known for some time now due to her appearances in a handful of the “Fast & Furious” films, but it wasn’t until she was first cast as the new Wonder Woman that she achieved true superstardom. The superhero not only appears in her own self-titled feature film which was released in 2017, but also as a key component of the DC Comics collaborative project “Justice League.”
Other notable actresses: Anna Kendrick, Keira Knightley
Date of birth: October 23
The London-born Clarke has been best-known, up until this point, for her portrayal of Daenerys Targaryen in the world-renowned television series “Game of Thrones.” This year, however, she is slated to become a part of the storied Star Wars family as she plays Qi’ra in the heavily-anticipated “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” a spinoff of the original franchise which centers around the sidekick pilot Han Solo.
Other notable actresses: Alexandra Daddario, Deepika Padukone
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Date of birth: August 25
Lively is almost exclusively associated with her starring role as Serena van der Woodsen in the hit television series “Gossip Girl,” she has a fair deal more range than she is often given credit for. She even has a few significant roles intense thrillers to her credit, having played Nancy in “The Shallows” and Krista in “The Town,” each of which earned her a fair deal of critical acclaim.
Other notable actresses: Hilary Duff, Shay Mitchell
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Date of birth: November 6
Stone’s astronomical improvement and maturation in recent years has been impressive to watch, especially when one considers that her first major film appearance was in a slapstick comedy, albeit a classic, in 2007’s “Superbad.” Since then, she has earned major roles in 2014’s “Birdman” and 2016’s “La La Land,” the second of which earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Other notable actresses: Melissa Benoist, Brenda Song
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Date of birth: February 16
Olsen first broke onto the scene when she starred in the critically acclaimed 2011 picture “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” which addresses a woman trying to repair a damaged relationship with her family. In recent years, her star has shined even brighter as has made Marvel’s Scarlet Witch her very own in films like “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Other notable actresses: Nina Dobrev, Lily Collins
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Date of birth: August 15
In spite of being cast in a handful of minor roles up until that point, 2012 will undoubtedly go down in movie history as the year of Jennifer Lawrence, as she starred in both the massively successful “Silver Linings Playbook” alongside Bradley Cooper and made Katniss Everdeen her own in the first installment of the “The Hunger Games” franchise. She has anything but fallen off since then, racking up both critical acclaim and humongous paychecks for her work in the more recent Hunger Games films as well as “American Hustle” and “Red Sparrow.”
Other notable actresses: Emma Watson, Margot Robbie
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Date of birth: February 10
When one considers that Emma is the niece of Oscar-winning Julia Roberts and the daughter of Oscar-nominated Eric Roberts, it’s somewhat unsurprising that she is as talented as she is. At the end of the day, though, her charismatic performances in the likes of 2013’s “We’re the Millers” and 2016’s “Nerve,” in which she starred opposite Dave Franco, are still remarkably impressive nonetheless.
Other notable actresses: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Lynn Spears
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Date of birth: June 26
To date, McCurdy has had no bigger role than starring opposite Miranda Cosgrove as Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon live action television series “iCarly.” The eclectic duo’s massive success on the show eventually earned McCurdy notoriety to the point that she was offered the role of Sarah Bronson in 2014’s “What’s Next for Sarah?”
Other notable actresses: Bridgit Mendler
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Date of birth: May 14
Before starring as Carly Shay in her own “iCarly” opposite Jennette McCurdy, Cosgrove had already established herself as a child superstar by capturing the hearts of Americans as Drake Bell and Josh Peck’s little sister in Nickelodeon’s “Drake and Josh.” Though she has not had many live action roles to speak of since the original two Nickelodeon series, Cosgrove found great success voicing Margo in the animated “Despicable Me” franchise, of which three movies have been made to date.
Other notable actresses: Victoria Justice, Debby Ryan
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Date of birth: June 29
Having attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and earned a BFA, Mendes’ academic resume could only be outdone by what she has already managed to accomplish since graduation. She has continued starring as Veronica Lodge in the hit CW mystery series “Riverdale” and even made an appearance in the feature film “The New Romantic” earlier in 2018.
Other notable actresses: Madelaine Petsch
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Date of birth: November 29
In her young career, Marano has managed to accomplish a ton in a surprisingly short period of time. She was originally known best as the voice of Mei Mei in the interactive children’s series “Ni-Hao Kai-Lan” and then earned her own live-action Disney show, where she portrayed Ally Dawson in “Austin & Ally.”
Other notable actresses: Brittany Raymond
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Date of birth: September 1
Zendaya, which loosely translates to “give thanks” in the Bantu language of Shona, got her first big break on the Disney Channel, much like many of her contemporaries. Since the end of her “Shake It Up” days, however, she has already earned a myriad of key roles on the big screen, most notably as Peter Parker’s love interest in the 2017 release of “Spider-man: Homecoming.”
Other notable actresses: Hailee Steinfeld, Dove Cameron
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Date of birth: October 8
Best known for her contributions to “Shake It Up,” “The DUFF,” and “Blended,” Thorne is universally recognized as one of the world’s brightest young actresses on the rise. This should come as a surprise to nobody, though, since all three of her siblings, Remy, Dani, and Kaili, each has experience acting, as well.
Other notable actresses: Chloe Grace Moretz, Olivia Holt
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Date of birth: January 28
Though best known for playing the quirky brainiac teenager Alex Dunphy on the Emmy-winning ABC series “Modern Family,” Winter has demonstrated a knack for taking on a myriad of different characters in her young career thus far. In addition to appearing in a handful of live action films including “Duress” and “Speed Racer,” she has made the role of Sofia her own in Disney Junior’s super successful animated series “Sofia the First.”
Other notable actresses: Peyton List, China Anne McClain
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Date of birth: May 11
Carpenter has a good deal of television and movie experience to her credit, having played a part in the making of a sizeable selection of Disney productions as well as earning a role in Daniel Radcliffe’s 2013 release “Horns.” In spite of her impressive on-screen resume, Carpenter is actually known best for her vocal work, having amassed hundreds of millions of Spotify streams from hits like “Why” and “Thumbs.”
Other notable actresses: Bailee Madison, Brec Bassinger
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Date of birth: January 8
Though Cyrus has a fairly extensive filmography under her belt, most notably providing the voice of Ponyo in the animated love story “Ponyo,” she is much like her contemporary Sabrina Carpenter in that she is known first as a vocalist and second as an actress. Taking after her older sister Miley Cyrus, who was originally known as the Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana before she became a pop superstar in her own right, Noah has already seen massive success on collaborations with mainstream artists like rapper XXXtentacion and disk jockey Matoma.
Other notable actresses: Mackenzie Foy, Meg Donnelly
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Date of birth: July 10
Known primarily as CJ Martin, one of the stars of Nickelodeon “100 Things to Do Before High School,” this 16-year-old superstar on the rise has been earning bigger roles in recent years which are sure to propel her career to impressive heights. In 2017, she took on a sizable role in the form of Izabella in “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and her spotlight is only set to grow larger as she portrays everyone’s favorite explorer in the 2019 release of director James Bobin’s live-action adaptation of “Dora the Explorer.”
Other notable actresses: Rowan Blanchard, Luna Blaise
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Date of birth: April 16
Though she is yet to have starred in a feature film, Sink has already exhibited a great deal of big-screen potential through supporting roles in the likes of “Chuck” and “The Glass Castle,” and she has many years ahead of her to build on promising performances. What is clear, though, is that she as already made her mark as a television superstar, first through her transcendent portrayal of Suzanne Ballard in the 2015 series “American Odyssey” and more recently as Max Mayfield in the international Netflix megahit “Stranger Things.”
Other notable actresses: Skai Jackson, Jenna Ortega
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Date of birth: May 1
A singer, soccer player, swimmer, and music fanatic, Greene has a whole lot going for her in addition to her budding Nickelodeon career. Her ability to steal the show as Dawn in “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky, & Dawn” has been indicative of somebody whose trajectory can only be headed upward if she continues to work hard and improve upon all the lovable characteristics that have brought her success in the role thus far.
Other notable actresses: Breanna Yde, Olivia Rodrigo
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Date of birth: February 1
It’s been some time since somebody not even 15-year-old has amassed such an outrageous body of work and achieved so much international notoriety, but Brown has done exactly that and does not appear to be going anywhere any time soon. Nothing short of an A-list celebrity, Brown has become synonymous with her world-renowned role as Eleven from Netflix’s “Stranger Things” in spite of already having established herself in 2014’s BBC series “Intruders.”
Other notable actresses: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Francesca Capaldi