My favourite actresses of all time

A list of my favourite actresses of all time.

In the description you see the film I rate as this actress' three "Key Films". Others are mentioned in the two categories "Honorable mention" and "Also seen in".

If you miss certain films in an actor's description, it could be due to the fact that I only listed films that I have really watched.

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Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Belle de Jour" (1967)
2. "Le dernier métro" (1980)
3. "Repulsion" (1965)
- Honorable mention: "Les demoiselles de Rochefort", "La sirène du Mississipi", "Tristana", "Un flic", "Hustle", "Indochine", , "Place Vendôme", "8 Femmes". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Northern Irish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Annie Hall" (1977)
2. "The Godfather" (1972)
3. "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
- Honorable mention: "Interiors", "Manhattan", "The Godfather: Part III", "Manhattan Murder Mystery"
- Also seen in: "Father of the Bride", "Father of the Bride Part II", "The First Wives Club", "Something's Gotta Give", "The Family Stone". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Lost in Translation" (2003)
2. "Match Point" (2005)
3. "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008)
- Honorable mention: "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "Scoop", "The Prestige"
- Also seen in: "Home Alone 3", "The Horse Whisperer", "My Brother the Pig", "The Black Dahlia", "He's Just Not That Into You", "Iron Man 2". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Liv Ullmann
Actress, Persona
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Persona" (1966)
2. "Skammen" (1968)
3. "En passion" (1969)
- Honorable mention: "Vargtimmen", "Viskningar och rop", "Ansikte mot ansikte"
- Also seen in: "A Bridge Too Far", "The Serpent's Egg". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Ingrid Thulin
Along with the legendary Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Eva Dahlbeck, and Harriet Andersson, icy blonde Ingrid Thulin became one of the preeminent Swedish femme stars of Ingmar Bergman's grim, emotional film masterpieces. Born in northern Sweden, she studied ballet as a child and attended the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Tystnaden" (1963)
2. "Smultronstället" (1957)
3. "Viskningar och rop" (1972)
- Honorable mention: "Nära livet", "Ansiktet", "Nattvardsgästerna"
- Also seen in: "Vargtimmen". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten years old...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Blue Jasmine" (2013)
2. "Babel" (2006)
3. "The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou" (2004)
- Honorable mention: "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "The Shipping News", "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers", "Coffee and Cigarettes", "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Hanna"
- Also seen in: "Bandits", "Hot Fuzz", "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She is one of the great models who transitioned successfully into acting! "Thomas Crown Affair" being one of the greatest performances causing all to take notice! Playing intelligent women with ability to match her contemporary male powerful counterparts into in-depth presence of the changes appearing...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Chinatown" (1974)
2. "Network" (1976)
3. "Bonnie and Clyde" (1967)
- Honorable mention: "The Thomas Crown Affair", "Three Days of the Condor"
- Also seen in: "The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Bibi Andersson
Actress, Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom, playing against Nils Poppe...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Persona" (1966)
2. "Smultronstället" (1957)
3. "Nära livet" (1958)
- Honorable mention: "Det sjunde inseglet", "Ansiktet", "En Passion"
- Also seen in: "Sommarnattens leende", "The Concorde... Airport '79". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Nicole Kidman
Actress, Moulin Rouge!
Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas. Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and clinical psychologist...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999)
2. "Dogville" (2003)
3. "Moulin Rouge!" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "Batman Forever", "The Others", "The Hours", "The Invasion"
- Also seen in: "Days of Thunder", "Far and Away", "The Peacemaker", "Birthday Girl", "Panic Room", "The Human Stain", "Australia". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Eastern Promises" (2007)
2. "Mulholland Dr." (2001)
3. "Funny Games U.S." (2007)
- Honorable mention: "King Kong", "The International", "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger"
- Also seen in: "Inland Empire". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jennifer Connelly
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
2. "A Beautiful Mind" (2001)
3. "Pollock" (2000)
- Also seen in: "Once Upon a Time in America", "Hulk", "Blood Diamond", "Reservation Road", "He's Just Not That Into You", "The Dilemma". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jessica Chastain
Actress, The Martian
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Tree of Life" (2011)
2. "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012)
3. "Take Shelter" (2011)
- Also seen in: "Lawless". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, Welsh, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Kids Are All Right" (2010)
2. "Boogie Nights" (1997)
3. "The Big Lebowski" (1998)
- Honorable mention: "Magnolia", "The Shipping News", "The Hours"
- Also seen in: "The Fugitive", "Nine Months", "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", "Laws of Attraction". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Kirsten Dunst
Actress, Spider-Man 2
Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, born in 1987...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Virgin Suicides" (1999)
2. "Spider-Man 2" (2004)
3. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
- Honorable mention: "Spider-Man", "Wimbledon", "Elizabethtown"
- Also seen in: "Jumanji", "Wag the Dog", "Small Soldiers", "Drop Dead Gorgeous", "Bring It On", "Crazy/Beautiful", "Mona Lisa Smile", "Spider-Man 3", "The Bling Ring". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Volver" (2006)
2. "Los abrazos rotas" (2009)
3: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" (2008)
- Honorable mention: "Abre los ojos", "Todo sobre mi madre", "Vanilla Sky"
- Also seen in: "Blow", "Elegy", "Sex and the City 2". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Casablanca" (1942)
2. "Viaggio in Italia" (1954)
3. "Notorious" (1946)
- Honorable mention: "Spellbound", "Murder on the Orient Express"
- Also seen in:-. ” - ArcadeDoinel
Anna Karina
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless, but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Bande à Part" (1964)
2. "Pierrot le fou" (1965)
3. "Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution" (1964)
- Honorable mention: "Une femme est une femme". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a physical education instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Rear Window" (1954)
2. "To Catch a Thief" (1955)
3. "Dial M for Murder" (1954). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Rosemary's Baby" (1968)
2. "Zelig" (1983)
3. "Hannah and Her Sisters" (1986). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with The Unbearable Lightness of Being...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Trois couleurs: Bleu" (1993)
2. "Caché" (2005)
2. "The English Patient" (1996)
- Honorable mention: "Chocolat"
- Also seen in: "Trzy kolory: Bialy", "Trois couleurs: Rouge", "Paris, je t'aime". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Harriet Andersson
Actress, Dogville
Harriet Andersson came to Malmö Stadsteater and met Ingmar Bergman in 1953. Her career is strongly tied to Bergman. Especially her film career in which she often appeared as strong, independent women, not rarely from the working class, with an erotic charisma. Andersson got her breakthrough with the title role in Summer with Monika...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Sommaren med Monika" (1953)
2. "Viskningar och rop" (1972)
3. "Dogville" (2003)
- Honorable mention:-
- Also seen in: "Sommarnattens leende". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Fargo" (1996)
2. "Blood Simple." (1984)
3. "Almost Famous" (2000)
- Honorable mention: "Burn After Reading", "Moonrise Kingdom"
- Also seen in: "Raising Arizona", "Miller's Crossing", "Barton Fink", "Short Cuts", "Laurel Canyon", "City By The Sea", "Something's Gotta Give", "Transformers: Dark of the Moon". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955)
2. "West Side Story" (1961)
3. "The Searchers" (1956). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Nina Hoss
Actress, Phoenix
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Barbara" (2012)
2. "Yella" (2007)
3. "Wolfsburg" (2003)
- Honorable mention: "Toter Mann", "Anonyma - Eine Frau in Berlin"
- Also seen in: "Die weisse Massai". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Carey Mulligan
Actress, Drive
Carey Hannah Mulligan is a British actress. She was born May 28, 1985, in Westminster, London, England, to Nano (Booth), a university lecturer, and Stephen Mulligan, a hotel manager. Her mother is from Llandeilo, Wales, and Carey also has Irish and English ancestry. Her first major appearance was playing Kitty Bennet in Pride & Prejudice alongside Keira Knightley...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Drive" (2011)
2. "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013)
3. "Never Let Me Go" (2010)
- Honorable mention: "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"
- Also seen in: "Public Enemies", "Brothers". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Diane Kruger
Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top fashion model...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Inglourious Basterds" (2009)
2. "Pour elle" (2008)
3. "Unknown" (2011)
- Honorable mention: "Troy"
- Also seen in: "National Treasure", "Joyeux Noël", "National Treasure: Book of Secrets". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Cybill Shepherd
Actress, Cybill
Cybill Lynne Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Patty, a homemaker, and William Shepherd, a small business owner. Named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill, Shepherd's career began at a young age in modeling, when she won the "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest in 1966 and the "Model of the Year" contest in 1968...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
2. "Taxi Driver" (1976)
3. "Chances Are" (1989). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Laura Dern
Actress, Jurassic Park
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for several years as a result...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Blue Velvet" (1986)
2. "Jurassic Park" (1993)
3. "Wild at Heart" (1990)
- Also seen in: "A Perfect World", "I am Sam", "The Master". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Truman Show" (1998)
2. "The Squid and the Whale" (2005)
3. "Love Actually" (2003)
- Honorable mention: "The Life of David Gale", "Mystic River"
- Also seen in: "Absolute Power", "The Mothman Prophecies". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Michelle Pfeiffer
Actress, Scarface
Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it their life's work...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Batman Returns" (1992)
2. "Scarface" (1983)
3. "Dangerous Liaisons" (1988)
- Also seen in: "Grease 2", "Dangerous Minds", "The Story of Us", "I am Sam", "New Year's Eve". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Julie Delpy
Actress, Before Sunset
Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors. She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers, Killing Zoe...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Before Midnight" (2013)
2. "Trzy kolory: Bialy" (1994)
3. "Before Sunset" (2004)
- Also seen in: "The Three Musketeers", "Trois couleurs: Bleu", "Trois couleurs: Rouge", "Broken Flowers". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Claudia Cardinale
Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "C'era una volta il West" (1968)
2. "Fitzcarraldo" (1982)
3. "Il gattopardo" (1963)
- Also seen in: "Rocco e i suoi fratelli", "Cartouche", "Les pétroleuses". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Black Swan" (2010)
2. "Léon" (1994)
3. "Garden State" (2005)
- Honorable mention: "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones", "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith", "V for Vendetta", "Hotel Chevalier"
- Also seen in: "Heat", "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace", "The Darjeeling Limited". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Audrey Tautou
Actress, Amélie
Audrey Justine Tautou was born on August 9, 1976 in Beaumont, France, to Evelyne Marie Laure (Nuret), a teacher, and Bernard Tautou, a dental surgeon. Audrey showed an interest for comedy at an early age and started her acting lessons at 'Cours Florent'. In 1998 she won the best young actress award in the ninth 'Jeune Comedien de Cinema Festival' in Bezier...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Le fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain" (2001)
2. "L'auberge espagnole" (2002)
3. "The Da Vinci Code" (2006)
- Also seen in: "Les poupées russes". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jennifer Lawrence
The highest-paid actress in the world, with her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar. Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born August 15, 1990 in Louisville...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012)
2. "Winter's Bone" (2010)
3. "X-Men: First Class" (2011)
- Also seen in: "The Hunger Games". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "There's Something About Mary" (1998)
2. "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
3. "Vanilla Sky" (2001)
- Honorable mention: "Any Given Sunday", "Gangs of New York", "The Holiday"
- Also seen in: "The Mask", "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Charlie's Angels", "The Sweetest Thing", "Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Robin Wright
Actress, Forrest Gump
Robin Gayle Wright was born in Dallas, Texas, to Gayle (Gaston), a national director at Mary Kay, and Freddie Wright, a pharmaceutical executive. She grew up in San Diego, California. She started her professional career as a model in 1980 at age 14, and worked both in Paris and Japan. After finishing high school she decided to become an actress...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Forrest Gump" (1994)
2. "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (2011)
3. "Unbreakable" (2000)
- Honorable mention: ""The Last Castle". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Edward Scissorhands" (1990)
2. "Reality Bites" (1994)
3. "Mr. Deeds" (2002)
- Honorable mention: "Black Swan", "The Dilemma". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Catherine Keener
Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich and Capote. Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Keener got her start as a casting director in New York City...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Being John Malkovich" (1999)
2. "Capote" (2005)
3. "The 40 Year Old Virgin" (2005)
- Also seen in: "Thelma & Louise", "Out of Sight", "The Interpreter", "Into the Wild", "Where the Wild Things Are". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jodie Foster
Alicia Christian Foster was born in Los Angeles on November 19, 1962. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond) and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and later real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children with Lucius, but the exes had a brief re-encounter in 1962 which resulted in Alicia's birth...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
2. "Taxi Driver" (1976)
3. "Panic Room" (2002)
- Also seen in: "Maverick", "Anna and the King", "Flightplan", "Inside Man". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Julie Christie
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Doctor Zhivago" (1965)
2. "Don't Look Now" (1973)
3. "Fahrenheit 451" (1965)
- Honorable mention: "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Finding Neverland". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Klute" (1971)
2. "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" (1969)
3. "Monster-in-Law" (2005) ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jeanne Moreau
Actress, Jules and Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows immediately followed by The Lovers, he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie Française in her 20s...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Jules et Jim" (1962)
2. "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud" (1958)
3. "La mariée était en noir" (1968)
- Honorable mention: "Une femme est une femme"
- Also seen in: "Les quatre cents coups", "The Last Tycoon". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton. Raised in Orléans, France, she made her acting debut as a child with a role in one of her father's plays...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "La môme" (2007)
2. "Midnight in Paris" (2011)
3. "Inception" (2010)
- Honorable mention: ""Public Enemies"
- Also seen in: "Taxi", "Taxi Taxi", "Taxi 3" ” - ArcadeDoinel
Talia Shire
Actress, Rocky
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Godfather: Part II" (1974)
2. "Rocky" (1976)
3. "The Godfather" (1972)
- Honorable mention: "Rocky III", "The Godfather: Part III"
- Also seen in: "Rocky II", "Rocky IV", "Rocky V". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "The Exorcist" (1973)
2. "The Last Picture Show" (1971)
3. "Requiem for a Dream" (2000)
- Honorable mention: "The Fountain", "W.". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina Badie...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "eXistenZ" (1999)
2. "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982)
3. "Road to Perdition" (2002)
- Honorable mention: ""Backdraft". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Kate Winslet
Actress, Titanic
Ask Kate Winslet what she likes about any of her characters, and the word "ballsy" is bound to pop up at least once. The British actress has made a point of eschewing straightforward pretty-girl parts in favor of more devilish damsels; as a result, she's built an eclectic resume that runs the gamut from Shakespearean tragedy to modern-day mysticism and erotica...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Revolutionary Road" (2008)
2. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (2004)
3. "The Reader" (2008)
- Honorable mention: "Sense and Sensibility", "Titanic", "The Life of David Gale", "Finding Neverland"
- Also seen in: "Enigma", "The Holiday". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Emmanuelle Seigner
Emmanuelle Seigner is the daughter of a well known photographer and her mother is a journalist. She was born in Paris, France on June 22, 1966. Her grandfather was Louis Seigner, chairman of the Comédie Française and who also appeared in several movies. Emmanuelle was raised at a convent school . At age fourteen she became a model...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Le scaphandre et le papillon" (2007)
2. "Frantic" (1988)
3. "La môme" (2007) ” - ArcadeDoinel
Uma Thurman
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and Eurocentric family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander Farrar Thurman)...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)
2. "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003)
3. "Pulp Fiction" (1994)
- Honorable mention: "Dangerous Liaisons"
- Also seen in: "Les Misérables", "Be Cool", "The Accidental Husband". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Michelle Williams
A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was first known as bad girl Jen Lindley in the television series Dawson's Creek...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Blue Valentine" (2010)
2. "Brokeback Mountain" (2005)
3. "Shutter Island" (2010)
- Honorable mention:-
- Also seen in: "Mammut". ” - ArcadeDoinel
Françoise Dorléac
Actress, The Soft Skin
The radiant Francoise Dorleac is better remembered today as the elder, ill-fated sister of French film star Catherine Deneuve. The Paris-born actress, however, was actually the first to become a star and had quite a formidable career of her own in the 1960s until it was cut short. Born into a theatrical family in 1942 (her father was actor Maurice Dorléac)...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "La peau douce" (1964)
2. "Les demoiselles de Rochefort" (1967)
3. --. ” - ArcadeDoinel
Jean Seberg
Actress, Breathless
Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry. One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in Otto Preminger's Saint Joan after a much-publicized contest involving some 18,000 hopefuls...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "À bout de souffle" (1960)
2. "Bonjour Tristesse" (1958)
3. "Airport" (1970). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Claude Jade
Actress, Stolen Kisses
Claude Jade, daughter of English-teachers, was a student on the "Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique" in Dijon. In 1966, she won a Prize for best actress on stage (Agnès in Molière's "L'école des femmes"). She was also a student on the Acedemy in Paris (teacher: Jean-Laurent Cochet), played in TV series and...
“ - Her Key Films:
1. "Baisers volés" (1968)
2. "Domicile conjugal" (1970)
3. "L'amour en fuite" (1979). ” - ArcadeDoinel
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William Streep...
Jamie Lee Curtis
Actress, True Lies
Jamie Lee Curtis was born on November 22, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of legendary actors Janet Leigh and Tony Curtis. She got her big break at acting in 1978 when she won the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween. After that, she became famous for roles in movies like Trading Places...
Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
Nastassja Kinski
Actress, Paris, Texas
Nastassja Kinski was born Nastassja Aglaia Nakszynski on January 24, 1961 in Berlin, Germany, the daughter of German actor Klaus Kinski. In 1976, she met director Roman Polanski, who urged her to study method acting with Lee Strasberg in the United States. Kinski starred in the Italian romantic drama Stay as You Are with Marcello Mastroianni...
Tippi Hedren
Actress, The Birds
Tippi Hedren was born Nathalie Kay Hedren in New Ulm, Minnesota, to Dorothea Henrietta (Eckhardt) and Bernard Carl Hedren, who ran a general store. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of German and Norwegian ancestry. Tippi was working as a New York fashion model when she married her first husband...
Alexandra Maria Lara
Actress, Downfall
Born on 12 November 1978 in Bucharest, Romania, Alexandra Maria Lara fled to Germany with her parents when she was four and half years old. After graduating at the French High School, she studied acting at the Theaterwerkstatt Charlottenburg from 1997 and 2000, but had already played leading characters in several TV shows and movies such as Die Bubi Scholz Story...
Irène Jacob
This beautiful, dark-haired Swiss actress made a hit with a supporting role in her first film, as the piano teacher in Louis Malle's "Au revoir, les enfants" (1987). Educated in London and Geneva, and a Paris resident since the age of 18, Jacob became a promising starlet with her Malle success and followed...
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Se7en
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When Gwyneth was eleven...
Marcia Gay Harden
Actress, Into the Wild
Marcia Gay Harden was born on August 14, 1959, in La Jolla, California, the third of five children. Her mother, Beverly (Bushfield), was a homemaker, and her father, Thad Harold Harden, was in the military. The family relocated often -- she first became interested in the theater when the family was living in Greece...
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York, to Patricia "Addie" (Bianchi), a teacher of English, and Gary Tomei, a lawyer, both of Italian descent. Marisa has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Swedish, English, Swiss-German, and German ancestry...
Isabelle Adjani
Actress, Queen Margot
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school recitation contest...
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
Heather Graham
Actress, The Hangover
Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's occupation...
Isabella Rossellini
Actress, Blue Velvet
Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress Ingrid Bergman and neo-realist master Italian director Roberto Rossellini...
Evan Rachel Wood
Actress, The Wrestler
Evan Rachel Wood was born September 7, 1987, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her father, Ira David Wood III, is a theatre actor, writer and director, and her mother, Sara Wood, is an actress and acting coach. She has two older brothers--Dana Wood, a musician, and Ira David Wood IV, who has also acted...
Rebecca Hall
Actress, The Prestige
Rebecca Hall was born in London, UK, the daughter of Peter Hall, a stage director and founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and Maria Ewing, an opera singer. Her father is English. Her mother, who is American, is of Dutch, Scottish, Sioux, and African American origin. Her parents separated when she was still young...
Rachel Weisz
Actress, The Mummy
Rachel Hannah Weisz was born on 7 March, 1970, in London, U.K., to Edith Ruth (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her parents both came to England around 1938. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her mother, from Vienna, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
Samantha Morton
Actress, John Carter
Born in Nottingham, England and trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop, Samantha's first television work came at the age of 13. Since then, she has played many minor TV roles in such dramas as Cracker, Peak Practice, Boon, Soldier Soldier and Medics, before reaching the big time with major roles in such TV movies and mini-series as Band of Gold...
Hanna Schygulla
Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The Turkish/German co-production...
Simone Signoret
Actress, Diabolique
The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord, would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and occasionally getting to speak a single line...
Romy Schneider
Actress, Sissi
Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi. Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine...
Vera Farmiga
Actress, The Conjuring
Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Up in the Air and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role in Bates Motel. She was born Vera Ann Farmiga, the second of seven children...
Tilda Swinton
The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian...
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there was...
Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful. Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant banker...
Andie MacDowell
Actress, Groundhog Day
Andie MacDowell was born Rosalie Anderson MacDowell on April 21, 1958 in Gaffney, South Carolina, to Pauline Johnston (Oswald), a music teacher, and Marion St. Pierre MacDowell, a lumber executive. She was enrolled at Winthrop College located in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Initially discovered by a rep from Wilhelmina Models while on a trip to Los Angeles...
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
Gena Rowlands
Actress, The Notebook
Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes in 10 films...
Emily Mortimer
English actress Emily Kathleen Anne Mortimer was born in Hammersmith, London, England, to writer and barrister Sir John Mortimer and his second wife, Penelope (née Gollop). She was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in West London, and it was whilst there she began acting. Mortimer moved on from school to Lincoln College...
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
Fanny Ardant
Fanny Ardent was the youngest of 5 children born to a cavalry officer and his wife. She was raised in Monte Carlo where she was educated at a convent school. A voracious reader, she discovered Proust at age 15 and felt as though his writings were for her. When she was 17 her father died and the shock of his loss never left her...
Bernadette Lafont
Bernadette Lafont was born at the Protestant Health Home of Nîmes in Gard, the only child of a pharmacist and a housewife from the Cévennes. Her mother always wanted a boy to name Bernard and, once she gave birth to a girl, she enjoyed to hold this against all the catholics she knew as the proof that their God either was blind or didn't exist...
Sissy Spacek
Actress, Carrie
As a kid, Sissy Spacek climbed trees, rode horses, swam, and played in the woods. She was born Mary Elizabeth Spacek on December 25, 1949, in Quitman, Texas, to Virginia Frances (Spilman) and Edwin Arnold Spacek, Sr., a county agricultural agent. Her father's family was of Czech and German origin. Sissy attended Quitman High School and was homecoming queen...
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
Greta Gerwig
Actress, Frances Ha
Greta Celeste Gerwig is an American actress and filmmaker. She was born in Sacramento, California, to Christine Gerwig (née Sauer), a nurse, and Gordon Gerwig, a financial consultant and computer programmer. She has German, Irish, and English ancestry. Gerwig was raised as a Unitarian Universalist...
Brie Larson
Actress, Room
Brie Larson has built an impressive career as an acclaimed television actress, rising feature film star and emerging recording artist. A native of Sacramento, Brie started studying drama at the early age of 6, as the youngest student ever to attend the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco...
Diane Lane
Actress, Man of Steel
Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the age of six...