Greatest Actresses

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1.
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...
“ My wife!! (she just doesn't know it yet) ” - jacenlittle
 
2.
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder is an American actress. One of the most profitable and iconic 1990s actresses, she made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. In 1988 she stars as a goth teenager in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice. She later appeared in the coming of age drama Mermaids (1990), earning a Golden Globe nomination...
“ Personally, I fell in love with her after seeing her defining role as Mina Harker in Bram Stoker's Dracula. Also she was really good in Beetlejuice and Little Women. ” - jacenlittle
 
3.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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...
“ She is fantastic. I always believe what she says no matter what character she is playing. Not to mention she has that classic Hollywood look about her. ” - jacenlittle
 
4.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ If she doesn't receive an award for Black Swan, then obviously people have something stuck up their arse. Honestly, she sold that role. I believed every little thing she said! It was a defining moment that told me not only is she easy on the eyes, but she told the world that she can act. Her roles up to Black Swan, minus V for Vendetta because she was excellent in that movie, I went to go see mainly for her face and Star Wars! ” - jacenlittle
 
5.
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...
“ The Scream Queen!! Oh and she happens to be amazing when it comes to A Fish Called Wanda! Which happens to be one of my all time favorite movies. ” - jacenlittle
 
6.
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born in Paris, France, to English parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both lawyers. She moved to Oxfordshire when she was five, where she attended the Dragon School. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts...
“ HERMIONE! YOU'RE STUNNING! and If Jennifer Connelly and I don't work out... Give me a call :) ” - jacenlittle
 
7.
Ali Larter
A native of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Ali began modeling at age 13 and traveled the world before moving to Los Angeles to study acting. Her first professional acting job was a role on the television series Chicago Sons. She received her breakthrough in the high school football drama Varsity Blues which included her infamous whipped cream bikini scene...
“ Alright well first she is an amazing Claire Redfield and (first season only) her split personality super awesomeness from Heroes was fantastic. ” - jacenlittle
 
8.
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...
“ Defining Moment: has to be Moulin Rouge! mainly because I was blown away by her singing. ” - jacenlittle
 
9.
“ Well I love Legend and Birds of Prey has recently become a favorite of mine. She played a great Harley Quinn! She's beautiful, sexy, and not to mention crazy! :D ” - jacenlittle
 
10.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series Get Real...
“ I was there when her first film debuted and I will be here when her last film debuts. Devout Hathaway lover! ” - jacenlittle
 
11.
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...
“ I mean yeah Titanic wasn't GREAT but I thought she did a marvelous job. Only thing I'm waiting for her to really strike me as a SUPERB actress is when she does a SOLID action flick. ” - jacenlittle
 
12.
Julie Andrews
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ Defining moment: Le Jazz Hot from Victor Victoria. Yes, Sound of Music is a great movie, but her chemistry with James Garner was phenominal. It portayed gays in a positive light during the 1980s! and her voice. OH beautiful. Mary Poppins could be my nanny any day! ” - jacenlittle
 
13.
Milla Jovovich
Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element, Ultraviolet, and the Resident Evil franchise. Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich was born on December 17...
“ ALICE!!!! ” - jacenlittle
 
14.
Maureen O'Hara
In America, the early performing arts accomplishments of young Maureen FitzSimons (who we know as Maureen O'Hara) would definitely have put her in the child prodigy category. However, for a child of Irish heritage surrounded by gifted parents and family, these were very natural traits. Maureen made her entrance into this caring haven on August 17...
“ Whenever she is opposite John Wayne I just feel the passion and raw tension between the two. She constantly played hard to get, but when The Duke cornered her I never wanted the moments to end... A classic Icon of female wonder :) ” - jacenlittle
 
15.
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)...
“ Pulp fiction. Kill Bill. Do I have to go on? :) ” - jacenlittle
 
16.
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...
“ The first time I saw her was in Merlin and she portrayed Morgan La Fey perfectly! Since then her jaw dropping performance in both Harry Potter and Sweeney Todd! She mixes crazy with beauty, not to mention she can be very fun to watch :) NEVER MARK UP HERMIONE'S ARM AGAIN!!! sorry. I just don't like it when Emma gets hurt... ” - jacenlittle
 
17.
Rachel Weisz
Actress, The Mummy
Rachel Weisz was born on 7th March 1970, in London, UK, to Edith (Teich), a psychoanalyst, and George Weisz, an inventor. Her father is a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and her Austrian-born mother, who left Vienna in the 1930s, is of Italian and Austrian Jewish heritage. Rachel has a sister, Minnie, a curator and photographer...
“ She was the ONLY good thing about Eragon and that was just her voice! ” - jacenlittle
 
18.
Alyson Hannigan
Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
“ Uhm... she was a pretty amazing witch. Not only that but her on screen chemistry with Tara was a huge risk and turn for her. And guess what... She's still rocking the TV life! ” - jacenlittle
 
19.
Catherine O'Hara
Born March 4, 1954 in Ontario, Canada. Attended Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute. Began career with starring on television series SCTV. Notable films roles include: the over-dramatic and self-centered Delia Deetz in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, Kate McCallister, Macaulay Culkin's on-screen mother in Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York...
“ Whether it is Home Alone or The Nightmare Before Christmas, Catherine O'Hara constantly amazes me. Home Alone obviously because her fainting spells are legendary and well rather fun to watch over and over again ;). And I love TNBC! Oh and I loved her in Beetlejuice. ” - jacenlittle
 
20.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ She mixed vampires with fashion! now that's hot :) ” - jacenlittle
 
21.
Alyssa Milano
Actress, Charmed
Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring dancer...
“ Charmed forever! ” - jacenlittle
 
22.
Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
“ Uhm... I loved Twister only because Helen Hunt was beautifully consumed by the loss of her father and obsession to find herself :) ” - jacenlittle
 
23.
Mila Kunis
Actress, Black Swan
The talented Milena "Mila" Markovna Kunis was born to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. After attending one semester of college between gigs...
“ Ok she's got moves and held her own against Portman. Now that's impressive! ” - jacenlittle
 
24.
“ Jumanji, Cars, and Cheaper by the Dozen! ” - jacenlittle
 
25.
Lucy Liu
Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. Once relegated to "ethnic" parts...
“ Sexy, smart, funny, and can she handle a sword or what?! I find her MOST of her performances to be rather delightful. ” - jacenlittle
 
26.
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...
“ Uhm... Ever After, Addams Family, pretty much any and every film she has ever done is amazing and she sells her roles. Very professional like Meryl. ” - jacenlittle
 
27.
Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn was born Audrey Kathleen Hepburn-Ruston on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Ella van Heemstra, was a Dutch baroness; Audrey's father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, of English and Austrian descent, and worked in business...
“ Not only is she easy on the eyes, but man can she ACT! ” - jacenlittle
 
28.
Christina Ricci
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Precocious, outspoken child-teen starlet of the 1990s, Christina Ricci was born in 1980 in Santa Monica, California, the youngest of four children of Sarah (Murdoch), a realtor, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and therapist. She is of Italian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, and Scots-Irish descent...
“ So every Halloween I have a tradition of watching Sleepy Hollow, mainly because Ricci is a fantastic actress who portrayed a woman split by desire and witchery; she nailed it! Not to mention how Wednesday Addams is one of my all time favorite characters, and her admiration comes direct from Ricci's charming, mysteriousness that is always about her. ” - jacenlittle
 
29.
Cher
Actress, Mask
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups and downs than the 2008 Dow Jones Industrial Average...
“ She deserved an award for Mask! ” - jacenlittle
 
30.
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...
“ Excluding Indiana Jones, she does a great job of acting. ” - jacenlittle
 
31.
Katharine Hepburn
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was devastated at age 14 to find him dead...
“ Drop dead gorgeous. ” - jacenlittle
 
32.
Dina Meyer
Dina Meyer is an American film and television actress best known for her roles as Barbara Gordon in Birds of Prey, Dizzy Flores in Starship Troopers and Detective Allison Kerry in the Saw installments. Meyer started acting in 1993, with her first major role playing Lucinda Nicholson in the TV series Beverly Hills...
“ I think it's her good looks and the fact that she is in Birds of Prey that make me like her so much :) ” - jacenlittle
 
33.
Holly Marie Combs
Actress, Charmed
Holly moved to New York at the tender age of 7. Already her stunning looks had turned heads, resulting in jobs in print ads and commercials. Soon these experiences lead to a desire to act, a dream shared by Holly's mother, who herself was only 24. After a few bit parts, Holly landed a leading role as Kimberly in TV drama Picket Fences...
 
34.
Drew Barrymore
Producer, Donnie Darko
Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation. Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to actors John Drew Barrymore and Jaid Barrymore (née Ildiko Jaid Mako)...
“ Well... Drew makes the list because of Ever After... and I'll leave it at that. ” - jacenlittle
 
35.
Dakota Fanning
Hannah Dakota Fanning was born on the 23rd of February 1994, in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel Islander descent...
“ NOT for Twilight. I enjoyed her performance in Coraline, even though it was simply her voice. Also, she was not at all bad in Man on Fire. Hence she makes my list. Plus... she makes a very creepy Jane. ” - jacenlittle
 
36.
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is Danish. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson, born three minutes after her, and a paternal half-brother, Christian. Her grandfather was writer Ejner Johansson...
“ Well... acting wise... eh she has some moments. But I will say that her Black Widow was pretty B.A. ” - jacenlittle
 
37.
Halle Berry
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister named Heidi Berry...
 
38.
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...
“ CATWOMAN!! ” - jacenlittle
 
39.
Sandra Bullock
Actress, Gravity
Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of Irish, English, French, and German descent. Sandra grew up on the road with her parents and younger sister...
“ LOVE!! She is a terrific actress and is wonderful at all she does :) ” - jacenlittle