Actresses in alphabetical order

Not everyone in this list are here because they act really well, some are here just 'cause I happen to like them for some reason or the other ! ;)
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1.
Jessica Alba
Actress, Sin City
Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish, Indigenous Mexican and distant Sephardic Jewish...
“ I wonder if somebody who thinks Dark Angel is watchable doesn't like her. ” - moiraine89
 
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“ Well, what can I say. Claire in Six Feet Under ” - moiraine89
 
3.
Kathy Bates
Actress, Titanic
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish...
“ Unsinkable Molly Brown in Titanic. :D And she's marvellous in many roles such as Harriet Korn in David E. Kelley's newest series Harry's Law. ” - moiraine89
 
4.
Kristin Bauer van Straten
Actress, True Blood
Kristin grew up in Wisconsin playing sports, riding horses, and shooting guns. Her father was an avid horseman and gun collector and her mother a housewife involved in charities. Kristin moved to Los Angeles and began acting in 1994 after studying fine arts in St. Louis, Boston and New York. She still studies drawing and painting...
“ She can be an incredibly dumb blond like Candy in That's Life or sarcastic vampire bitch like Pam in True Blood.  ” - moiraine89
 
5.
Julie Benz
Actress, Dexter
Julie Benz was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA on May 1, 1972. Julie's father is a Pittsburgh surgeon and her mother is a figure skater. The family settled in nearby Murrysville, when Julie was two, and she started ice skating at age three. She competed in the 1988 U.S. Championships in junior ice dancing with her partner David Schilling...
“ I got to know her as undercover agent Ms. Topolsky in Roswell, but the reason she's on this list is her role as Rita in Dexter. I just can't believe those douche bag storywriters killed her! ” - moiraine89
 
6.
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel, with her good looks and talent, has become one of Hollywood's most sought-out actresses. She was born in Ely, Minnesota, to Kimberly (Conroe) and Jonathan Edward Biel, who is a business consultant and GM worker. She is of German, French, English, Irish, and some Choctaw ancestry. Biel was raised in Boulder...
“ There's just something about her I can't put my finger on. As kid I watched her in 7th Heaven as Mary. ” - moiraine89
 
7.
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...
“  I just love her! Why doesn't everyone? Come on, her magnificent role as Queen Elizabeth I and many many others.  ” - moiraine89
 
8.
Alexis Bledel
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Kimberly Alexis Bledel was born in Houston, Texas, to Nanette (Dozier) and Martin Bledel. Her parents are both Spanish-speakers (her mother was born in Arizona and raised in Mexico, and her father was born in Argentina), and Alexis's ancestry includes Danish, German, English, Scottish, Irish, and French...
“ Lorelai Gilmore III, better known as Rory in Gilmore Girls. ” - moiraine89
 
9.
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...
“ If she wasn't married to Tim Burton I think she wouldn't be on the list. What comes to the roles, I think I'll mention her as Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland and Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. ” - moiraine89
 
10.
Jennifer Carpenter
Actress, Dexter
Jennifer was born in Kentucky. Her mother is Catherine Mitchell and her father is Robert Carpenter. She attended St. Raphael the Archangel and then the Sacred Heart Academy. During her last two years of high school, she studied drama at the Walden Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky. She then trained at the Juilliard School in New York City...
“ What else could make her worth of listing than her role as Debra Morgan (nowadays a *beep* lieutenant) in Dexter. ” - moiraine89
 
11.
Frances Conroy
Veteran stage actress Frances Conroy was introduced and encouraged by her parents to explore the elements of theater. Born in Georgia in 1953, she attended high school in Long Island and experienced classes at the Neighborhood Playhouse as a teenager. The pale, blue-eyed redhead also studied at Juilliard where she was taught by theater greats John Houseman and Marian Seldes...
“ She is Mother Fisher from Six Feet Under and apparently dead housekeeper Moira O'Hara in American Horror Story. ” - moiraine89
 
12.
Marion Cotillard
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 and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ I don't normally like French, but she's just so elegant in the screen. I still haven't watched her as Edith Piaf which I probably should. When I first saw her in Public Enemies as Billie I was sold. ” - moiraine89
 
13.
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 Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Almost everything she plays is just marvellous. E.g. Armande in Chocolat and Jean in British TV-series As Time Goes By. ” - moiraine89
 
14.
Emily Deschanel
Actress, Bones
Emily Erin Deschanel (born October 11, 1976) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for starring in the Fox crime procedural comedy-drama series Bones as Dr. Temperance Brennan since 2005. Deschanel was born in Los Angeles, California, to cinematographer and director Caleb Deschanel and actress Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir)...
“ I've got only one word for you: Bones ” - moiraine89
 
15.
America Ferrera
Actress, Ugly Betty
America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy...
“ Even though I'm not very impressed with Ugly Betty, I liked her so much in both Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants-movies as Carmen and loved her minor supporting role in The Good Wife. ” - moiraine89
 
16.
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias, has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John Garner...
“ She is a real badass as Elektra and as Sidney Bristow in Alias. ” - moiraine89
 
17.
Lauren Graham
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Lauren Graham was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Donna Grant and Lawrence Graham, a candy industry lobbyist. Her father was from New York and her mother was from the American South, and Lauren has Irish, English, and Scottish ancestry. She grew up in Northern Virginia, USA (Fairfax, Arlington, and Great Falls...
“ If I had a daughter, I would want to be a mom like Lorelai in Gilmore Girls. Another role as a mother she plays in Parenthood as Sarah Braverman ” - moiraine89
 
18.
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...
“ Of course there are The Princess Diaries where it all started for her, but I'm going to say her roles as Jane Austen and as White Queen in Alice in Wonderland are definitely worth mentioning. ” - moiraine89
 
19.
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Marie Heigl was born on November 24, 1978 in Washington, D.C., to Nancy Heigl (née Engelhardt), a personnel manager, and Paul Heigl, an accountant and executive. Her father is of German/Swiss-German and Irish descent, and her mother is of German ancestry. A short time after her birth, the family moved to New Canaan...
“ My journey with her started from Roswell where she played the role of Isabel, one of the hottest aliens I've ever seen ;) And then there's Izzie, a lingerie model who became a doctor. Who wouldn't like that? :D ” - moiraine89
 
20.
Angelina Jolie Pitt
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Where would I start with her... My all-time favorite woman on earth! I think this time I'll go with Lisa from Girl, Interrupted and (even I couldn't be anymore mainstream) Lara Croft 'cause you can't get much cooler than her. ” - moiraine89
 
21.
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...
“ Ah, spoiled and zappy little Jackie from That 70's Show and Lily from Black Swan. I so want to look like her! ” - moiraine89
 
22.
Chiaki Kuriyama
Chiaki Kuriyama she was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shojo (Girl of Myth) and Shojokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shojo became a best-seller but...
“ The crazy bitch Gogo Yubari from Kill Bill vol.1 and Takako Chigusa from Battle Royale ” - moiraine89
 
23.
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...
“ She had a thing for Viggo as Pearl in A Walk on the Moon.
She was owner of the greatest race horse of all times in Secretariat.
And I liked her in both.
 ” - moiraine89
 
24.
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...
“ First there was bitchy Ling in Ally McBeal and then she fought with Uma Thurman in Kill Bill Vol. 1 as O-Ren Ishii ” - moiraine89
 
25.
Blake Lively
Actress, Gossip Girl
Blake Lively was born Blake Ellender Brown in Tarzana, California, to a show business family. Her mother, Elaine Lively (née McAlpin), is an acting coach and talent manager, and her father, Ernie Lively (born Ernest Wilson Brown, Jr.), is an actor and teacher. Her brother is actor Eric Lively...
“ Again I have to start with Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants where she was a soccer playing Bridget and then... Serena van der Woodsen from Gossip Girl. ” - moiraine89
 
26.
Julianna Margulies
Actress, The Good Wife
Julianne Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, Austria...
“ Apparently I like her because she can play role of a woman who is unsecure and powerful at the same time. Two examples of this are Morgaine in The Mists of Avalon and Alicia Florrick in The Good Wife. ” - moiraine89
 
27.
Rose McGowan
Actress, Charmed
Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival...
“ She is definitely The Most Coolest zombie killing Go-Go dancer Cherry in Planet Terror. I mean, come on, machine gun as a leg! It just screams badass :D ” - moiraine89
 
28.
Helen Mirren
Actress, The Queen
Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. Mirren attended St...
“ If you've seen her as The Queen Elizabeth II you should know why she is on this list. ” - moiraine89
 
29.
Demi Moore
Actress, Ghost
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
“ What would you expect; She is G.I. Jane! And her role as Madison Lee in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle isn't bad either. ” - moiraine89
 
30.
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, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ I think she suited very well in her role as Colin Firth's co-star in A Single Man and also liked her very much as Jules in The Kids Are Allright. ” - moiraine89
 
31.
Ellen Page
Actress, Inception
Ellen Philpotts-Page was born on February 21, 1987, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Martha Philpotts, a teacher, and Dennis Page, a graphic designer. Page wanted to start acting at an early age and attended the Neptune Theater School. She began her career at the age of 10 on the award-winning television series Pit Pony...
“ She was just amazing as Juno and did also very convincing job as Ariadne in Inception. ” - moiraine89
 
32.
Anna Paquin
Actress, The Piano
Anna Paquin was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1982, to Mary (Brophy), an English teacher from Wellington, New Zealand, and Brian Paquin, a Canadian phys-ed teacher of part French-Canadian descent. Anna moved to her mother's native country when she was four years old. Her first acting job ever was at age nine in the film The Piano...
“ Sookie!

And also Rogue from X-Men.
 ” - moiraine89
 
33.
Laura Prepon
Laura Helene Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watchung, New Jersey. Her father, Michael, died in 1994. Her mother's name is Marjorie. Laura is the youngest of five children--she has a brother named Brad and three sisters: Danielle, Jocelyn, and Stephanie. She attended Watchung Hills Regional High School...
“ Hot redhead from next door aka That 70's Show's Donna ” - moiraine89
 
34.
Nikki Reed
Actress, Thirteen
Actress and screenwriter Nicole Houston Reed was born in Los Angeles, California. She is the daughter of Cheryl Houston, a hairdresser and beautician, and Seth Reed, a set designer. She has two brothers. Her ancestry includes Ashkenazi Jewish, German, British Isles, and one eighth Italian. Reed's parents divorced when she was two and she lived with her mother...
“ She was the bad girl Evie in Thirteen and is gorgeous undead blond Rosalie in Twilight Saga. ” - moiraine89
 
35.
Michelle Rodriguez
Actress, Avatar
Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in Bexar County, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. Army and was originally from Puerto Rico...
“ If you ask me, she is the toughest chick in flicks. E.g. Letty in The Fast and the Furious and S.W.A.T.'s Chris ” - moiraine89
 
36.
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...
“ She wouldn't be on the list without her role as Susanna Kaysen in Girl, Interrupted. And also, don't forget her role in Beetlejuice as Lydia ” - moiraine89
 
37.
Kristen Stewart
Actress, Twilight
Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is Australian...
“ Well, after all she is Bella. ” - moiraine89
 
38.
Julia Stiles
Julia O'Hara Stiles was born on March 28, 1981 in New York City, the outgoing daughter of a Greenwich Village artist mother, Judith Newcomb Stiles, and an elementary school teacher father, John O'Hara. She is the eldest of three children, and has Irish, English, and German ancestry. Encouraged to take modern dance lessons at an early age...
“ First reason why I like her is Kat in 10 Things I Hate About You, but the main reason is her supporting role as Lumen in Dexter's season 5. ” - moiraine89
 
39.
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)...
“ Duh, she's The Bride ” - moiraine89
 
40.
Liza Weil
Actress, Gilmore Girls
Liza Weil's childhood was spent traveling around the world with her parents, who were members of The Mad House of London, a prestigious comedy troupe known throughout Europe. At the age of 7, Liza's family settled in a small town in Pennsylvania, and soon after, she began performing in local theater...
“ Paris Geller Rory's best frenemy from the Gilmore Girls. ” - moiraine89
 
41.
Rutina Wesley
Actress, True Blood
Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty Southern vampire drama, True Blood. She was born in the city most renowned for glitz and glamour, Las Vegas, Nevada and was exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs through her veins. Her father, Ivery Wheeler...
“ Again, from True Blood: Tara Sookie's loyal friend with a bad mouth and strong attitude. ” - moiraine89
 
42.
Olivia Wilde
Actress, Rush
Actress and activist Olivia Wilde is a modern-day renaissance woman. Starring in films and popular television shows, Wilde shares the screen with renowned actors while simultaneously giving back to the community. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn in New York City, to journalists Leslie Cockburn (née Leslie Corkill Redlich) and Andrew Cockburn...
“ Alex, cool rocker chick from The O.C. and House's doctor candidate Thirteen ” - moiraine89
 
43.
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...
“ Like probably many others loved her as Rose in Titanic. Another great role of hers is Sylvia in Finding Neverland. ” - moiraine89
 
44.
Reese Witherspoon
Actress, Walk the Line
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose and throat...
“ My favorite roles of her are Melanie Smooter in Sweet Home Alabama and June Carter in Walk the Line. ” - moiraine89
 
45.
Deborah Ann Woll
Actress, Daredevil
Deborah was born in 1985, in Brooklyn, New York, from Irish and German heritage. She took acting, piano and dance classes. She went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute and graduated from the BFA program at the USC School of Theatre at the University of Southern California. Deborah started to work as an actress on television and her breakout was in the highly-acclaimed HBO vampire drama...
“ Baby vamp Jessica from True Blood. ” - moiraine89
 
46.
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...
“ She is good-girl-gone-bad in Thirteen and vampire queen Sophie-Anne in True Blood. ” - moiraine89
 
47.
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ She is the one and only Bridget Jones and lovable children books writer Beatrix Potter ” - moiraine89