Seriously Underappreciated Actresses

Some of the outstanding talents few audiences appreciate.

(Also known as Underwatched Actresses.)
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1.
Nancy Allen
Actress, RoboCop
Nancy Anne Allen was the daughter of a police lieutenant from Yonkers, New York. At a young age, she trained for a dancing career at the High School of Performing Arts, and then attended Jose Quintano's School for Young Professionals. In dozens of television commercials from the age of 15, Nancy made her first film appearance in The Last Detail with Jack Nicholson...
“ RoboCop's Officer Anne Lewis should arrest Chris Hargensen (from Carrie). For what? For being a perpetual bitch! :P ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Martyrs ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
3.
Jane Alexander
Actress, The Ring
Angular in features, reserved in demeanor and more-or-less plaintive in appearance, actress Jane Alexander's has played down the glamor card for the most part. Her true brilliance has come from the remarkable range and depth of her talent. Heralded as one of the finest 70s actresses to arrive in films following a towering Broadway success...
“ Kramer vs. Kramer ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
4.
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...
“ Persona
Scenes from a Marriage
The Seventh Seal
Wild Strawberries ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
5.
“ Babette's Feast
Les biches
La femme infidèle
Le boucher
Mortelle randonée ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Kathy Baker
For someone who has made an award-winning impact in all three mediums (stage, film and TV), actress Kathy Baker has been strangely denied all-out stardom, yet continues to demonstrate her versatility in whatever material comes her way. The comely blonde was born Katherine Whitton Baker in Midland, Texas...
“ Street Smart ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ The Good Wife ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
8.
Ellen Barkin
Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...
“ Drop Dead Gorgeous
Sea of Love
This Boy's Life ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
9.
Angela Bassett
Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters, stages, and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a preacher's son...
“ Strange Days
Malcolm X
What's Love Got to Do With It ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
10.
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...
“ Misery
Dolores Claiborne
Fried Green Tomatoes ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
11.
Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario, daughter of producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt, made her film debut at the age of 3 in Last Rites. She made several TV and movie appearances in her teens (most of the TV appearances were in shows produced by her father) before attending the University of Southern California. She rose to worldwide prominence as Spencer in the hit TV series, Pretty Little Liars.
“ Lauren ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
12.
“ Finding Forrester
The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
13.
Angela Bettis
Actress, May
Angela Bettis was born January 9, 1973 in Austin, Texas, to Mary Lynn and Richard Joseph Bettis. She graduated from Westlake High School before making her debut film appearance in Franco Zeffirelli's Sparrow, after the film, she enrolled at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and later went on to support Winona Ryder in Girl, Interrupted...
“ May
Girl, Interrupted ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
14.
Eleanor Bron
There is one strange, mesmerizing film scene that easily sums up the disturbing fascination Eleanor Bron brought to her characters on stage, TV and in the cinema. This is the classic fig-eating scene which she shares with Alan Bates in the Oscar-winning drama Women in Love. It is not to be missed...
“ A Little Princess
Women in Love ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
15.
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...
“ The Exorcist
Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
Requiem for a Dream ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
16.
“ The Color Purple ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
17.
Lizzy Caplan
Actress, Cloverfield
Actress Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan was born in Los Angeles, California, to Barbara (Bragman), a political aide, and Richard Caplan, a lawyer. She has two older siblings, Julie and Benjamin, and was raised in a Jewish household. Her mother was a cousin of publicist Howard Bragman. Caplan was educated at Alexander Hamilton High School...
“ Mean Girls ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
18.
Veronica Cartwright
Actress, Alien
Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
“ The Children's Hour
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Alien ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
19.
“ Fingersmith
Uncle Adolf
Felicia's Journey
Disco Pigs ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
20.
Geraldine Chaplin
Actress, Chaplin
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin (A.K.A. Charlie Chaplin). She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O'Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London...
“ Remember My Name
Le voyage en douce
Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor
Nashville
Peppermint Frappe ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
21.
Patricia Clarkson
This remarkable, one-of-a-kind actress has, since the early 1990s, intrigued film and TV audiences with her glowing, yet careworn eccentricity and old world-styled glamour. Very much in demand these days as a character player, Patricia Clarkson nevertheless continues to avoid the temptation of money-making mainstream filming while reaping kudos and acting awards in out-of-the-way projects...
“ All the King's Men
Dogville
Good Night, and Good Luck. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
22.
Beverly D'Angelo
Intriguing, inspiring, and never less than interesting -- key adjectives in describing the career of Beverly D'Angelo, which has well passed the three-decade mark. Perhaps deserving better movies than she generally found herself in, she nevertheless was always an object of fascination and the one to watch...
“ "I'm ashamed that you came out of my body!" - Doris Vinyard

American History X ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
23.
Judy Davis
Judy Davis was born April 23, 1955 in Perth, Western Australia. She was educated at Loreto Convent and the Western Institute of Technology, and graduated from the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in 1977. She came to prominence as Sybylla Melvyn in the film adaptation of Miles Franklin's novel...
“ "This, Madame, is Versailles." - Comtesse de Noailles

Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows
Marie Antoinette
A Passage to India
Barton Fink ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
24.
Maria de Medeiros
Actress, Pulp Fiction
Maria de Medeiros is the oldest of three daughters by the pianist, maestro and composer António Vitorino D'Almeida and Maria Armanda Esteves. Her sisters are Inês de Medeiros, stage actress and film and stage director and Ana Medeiros, violinist, composer, and music teacher. Studied at Lycée Français Charles Le Pierre...
“ Henry & June
My Life Without Me
Pulp Fiction
Shelter Me ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
25.
Rebecca De Mornay
Rebecca De Mornay was born 1959 as Rebecca Jane Pearch in Santa Rosa, California. She is the daughter of Julie (Eagar) and Wally George (born George Walter Pearch), a television and radio commentator. Her paternal grandmother was child actress Eugenia Clinchard. Her parents divorced when she was young...
“ The Hand That Rocks the Cradle
Risky Business ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
26.
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...
“ Notes on a Scandal
Iris ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Rosetta ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
28.
Loretta Devine
Actress, Crash
Loretta Devine was born August 21, 1949 in Houston, Texas, to Eunice O'Neal (née Toliver), a beautician, and James Devine, who worked as a laborer. Loretta grew up in the Acres Home area of Houston and later enrolled at the University of Houston, where she earned a a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama...
“ Crash ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
29.
Jenna Dewan Tatum
Actress, Step Up
Jenna Dewan is an actress, former model, and dancer. She was born on December 3, 1980 in Hartford, Connecticut, to Nancy (Bursch) and Darryll Dewan. Her father is of half Syrian Lebanese and half Polish descent, and her mother has German and English ancestry. Jenna grew up in Grapevine, Texas and discovered a love for dancing at the age of five...
“ Tamara
Step Up ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
30.
Melinda Dillon
Melinda Dillon was born October 13, 1939, in Hope, Arkansas, to Norine and W.S Dillon. She attended Hyde Park High School. Melinda started in improvisational comedy, and stage acting before she made her feature-film debut as an eccentric neighbor of Catherine Deneuve's in The April Fools. After a seven year absence...
“ Magnolia
Absence of Malice
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
A Christmas Story ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
31.
Shelley Duvall
Actress, The Shining
Shelley Alexis Duvall was born in Houston, Texas, to Bobbie Ruth (Massengale) and Robert Richardson Duvall, a lawyer. During her childhood, Shelley's mother humorously gave Shelley the nickname "Manic Mouse", because she would often run around her house and tip over furniture. Shelley however was more than a mouse...
“ 3 Women
The Shining ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
32.
“ The Passion of Joan of Arc ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
33.
Siobhan Fallon Hogan
Actress, Forrest Gump
Siobhan Fallon Hogan has been seen in several blockbusters over the past twenty years. She is playing Arlene Moran, Sheriff Arnold Pope's (Terrence Howard) secretary in FX's Wayward Pines by Chad Hodge and Blake Crouch. The redheaded character actress has had many memorable roles in film and television...
“ Dancer in the Dark
Forrest Gump
Men in Black ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
34.
Sherilyn Fenn
Her childhood was filled with change. Sheryl Ann (later "Sherilyn") was the youngest of 3 kids. She and her two older brothers were raised by their musician mom, Arlene Quatro, who moved the family around Michigan. She and her mom went to L.A. when Sherilyn was 17. Within a couple of years, Sherilyn was working in TV and film...
“ Rude Awakening
Twin Peaks
Boxing Helena ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
35.
Jodelle Ferland
Actress, Tideland
Jodelle Micah Ferland has built up an impressive resume filled with roles in film, television and, at the beginning of her career, commercials. Born on October 9, 1994, she got her start in an episode of CTV's Cold Squad, before landing the lead role in her first film, Mermaid at an early age...
“ Pictures of Hollis Woods
Tideland
Case 39 ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Matilda ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
37.
Frances Fisher
Actress, Titanic
Frances Fisher began by apprenticing at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She spent 14 years based in New York City, playing leads in over 30 productions of plays by such noted writers as John Arden, Noël Coward, Emily Mann, Joe Orton, Sam Shepard, William Shakespeare, Jean Claude Van Italie...
“ Unforgiven
Titanic ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
38.
“ French and Saunders ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
39.
Gina Gershon
Actress, Face/Off
Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania, Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading light of a Las Vegas leg-line in director Paul Verhoeven's kitsch classic Showgirls...
“ Who would've thought that the very butch Corky ("Bound") and the bitchy Cristal ("Showgirls") were played the same actress? ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
40.
Annabeth Gish
Actress, Mystic Pizza
A versatile actress, Annabeth Gish weathered the transition from child actor to adult, with a variety of dramatic and comedic roles on film and television. Anne Elizabeth Gish was born on March 13, 1971 in Albuquerque, New Mexico and moved with her family to Cedar Falls, at the age of two. Her parents were both teachers; her father...
“ Double Jeopardy
Wyatt Earp
Mystic Pizza ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
41.
Paulette Goddard
Actress, Modern Times
Paulette Goddard was a child model who debuted in "The Ziegfeld Follies" at the age of 13. She gained fame with the show as the girl on the crescent moon, and was married to a wealthy man by the time she was 16. After her divorce she went to Hollywood in 1931, where she appeared in small roles in pictures for a number of studios...
“ The Great Dictator
Modern Times ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
42.
“ Brokedown Palace
Timecode ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
43.
Lee Grant
Academy Award winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee made her stage debut at age 4 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City...
“ Shampoo
In the Heat of the Night
Mulholland Dr.
Voyage of the Damned ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
44.
Pam Grier
Actress, Jackie Brown
Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched her with The Big Doll House...
“ Jackie Brown
Foxy Brown
The L Word ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ "Well, I can't make love to a bush!" - Lina Lamont

Singin' in the Rain ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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LisaGay Hamilton
Actress, The Practice
Lisa's mother, Tina, is a retired social worker. Her late father, Ira, worked as an engineer and then went into business as a general contractor. A sister, Heidi, is a lawyer. Lisa started acting as a child and played Flip Wilson in a 3rd grade performance. During junior high, she started traveling by train to Manhattan for private acting lessons and acted in summer drama camps...
“ The Practice
True Crime
Jackie Brown (quite a scene stealer as Sheronda)
The Truth About Charlie ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
47.
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...
“ Canvas
Mystic River
The Mist ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Downfall ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
49.
Elizabeth Hartman
Elizabeth Hartman was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She was the middle of three children. She soon appeared in a play, "A Clearing in the Woods", in high school and, at that point, she knew she wanted to be an actress. After high school graduation, she was accepted at Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh...
“ A Patch of Blue ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
50.
Sally Hawkins
Sally Hawkins was born in 1976 in Lewisham hospital, London, England, to Jacqui and Colin Hawkins, authors and illustrators of children's books. She is of English and Irish descent. Hawkins was brought up in Greenwich, in southeast London. She attended James Allen's Girls' School in Dulwich. She graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1998...
“ Happy-Go-Lucky
Fingersmith
Made in Dagenham ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
51.
Barbara Hershey
Actress, Black Swan
Barbara Hershey was born Barbara Lynn Herzstein in Hollywood, California, to Melrose (Moore) and Arnold Nathan Herzstein, a horse racing columnist. Her father, born in Manhattan, was from a Jewish family (from Hungary and Russia), and her mother, originally from Arkansas, had English and Scots-Irish ancestry...
“ A World Apart
Black Swan
The Last Temptation of Christ ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
52.
“ The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
The Myth of Fingerprints
The L Word ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
53.
Jennifer Hudson
Actress, Dreamgirls
Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a childhood dream...
“ Dreamgirls
The Secret Life of Bees ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
54.
Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first acting part was as Helen Keller in a fifth-grade play...
“ The Piano ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
55.
Kim Hunter
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High. According to an in-depth article on Kim Hunter by Joseph Collura in the October 2009 issue of "Classic Images"...
“ A Streetcar Named Desire
Planet of the Apes ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
56.
Isabelle Huppert
Actress, Amour
Isabelle Huppert was born in 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and followed an illustrious theatrical career...
“ The Piano Teacher
La Cérémonie
8 femmes
White Material
Violette

...the list goes on. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
57.
Glenda Jackson
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ Women in Love
Hedda
A Touch of Class ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
58.
Allison Janney
Actress, The West Wing
Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing. Entertainment Weekly magazine describes Janney's screen presence as "uncommonly beautiful and infinitely expressive"...
“ Drop Dead Gorgeous
American Beauty ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
59.
Madeline Kahn
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera singer and starred in several campus productions...
“ Blazing Saddles
Clue
Young Frankenstein
History of the World: Part I ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
60.
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...
“ Capote
Being John Malkovich ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
61.
Mia Kirshner
Actress, The L Word
Mia Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, 1975, to Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a Bulgarian Jewish immigrant. Mia had a middle class upbringing and graduated from the prestigious McGill University with a degree in English Literature...
“ The L Word
New Best Friend
The Crow: City of Angels ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
62.
Piper Laurie
Actress, Carrie
Piper Laurie was born Rosetta Jacobs in Detroit, Michigan, on January 22, 1932, to Charlotte Sadie (Alperin) and Alfred Jacobs, a furniture dealer. Her father was a Polish Jewish immigrant and her mother was of Russian Jewish descent. Her father moved the family to Los Angeles, California, when she was 6-years-old...
“ Carrie
Children of a Lesser God
The Dead Girl ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
63.
Cloris Leachman
Actress, The Croods
The record-breaking actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars. Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She is of Czech (from her maternal grandmother) and English descent...
“ The Last Picture Show
History of the World: Part I ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
64.
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...
“ Dolores Claiborne
Single White Female ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Ashes of Time
Chungking Express ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
66.
Gunnel Lindblom
After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theater from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek. When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theater he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's 'Faust'...
“ The Seventh Seal
The Virgin Spring
The Silence ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
67.
Mona Lisa
Actress, Insiang
“ Insiang
Cain at Abel ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
68.
Virna Lisi
Actress, Queen Margot
Italian goddess Virna Lisi was merely one of a plethora of European movie beauties who proved over the course of their long careers, that they were capable of more than just visual performances. Born in 1936 as Virna Pieralisi, she began her film career as a teenager in 1953. Cast more for her looks than talent at the onset...
“ She stole the show from Isabelle Adjani in La reine Margot. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
69.
Barbara Loden
Actress, Wanda
A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery Clift's secretary in Wild River...
“ Wanda
Splendor in the Grass ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
70.
Alexandra Lydon
Actress, Nail Polish
Alexandra is originally from Dorchester, Massachusetts and comes from a family of Boston Irish cops. Alexandra moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting when she was 18. She graduated with honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with a dual degree in Drama and Psychology and studied at the Stella Adler Studio...
“ 24 ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
71.
Melanie Lynskey
Actress, Togetherness
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures, achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control...
“ Heavenly Creatures
Ever After: A Cinderella Story ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
72.
Roma Maffia
Actress, Nip/Tuck
From a hit television drama to a medley of feature films, Roma Maffia graces the entertainment mediums with her trademark sophistication and charismatic appeal. Roma portrays the smart, no-nonsense anesthesiologist, 'Dr. Liz Cruz,' on the hit FX drama, "Nip/Tuck." 'Liz' has earned the respect of her physician colleagues...
“ Nip/Tuck
Nick of Time ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
73.
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never knew his name...
“ Rome, Open City
Mamma Roma
The Rose Tattoo ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
74.
Tina Majorino
Tina Majorino is clearly one of the most talented young actresses to come out of the early 1990s. She starred in three feature films that opened within three months of each other. She began her career by appearing in national television commercials before playing Sophie in the ABC television series...
“ Waterworld
When a Man Loves a Woman
Napoleon Dynamite ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
75.
Jena Malone
Actress, Contact
Jena Malone was born in Sparks, Nevada, to Deborah Malone and Edward Berge. Her grandfather owned a casino, Karl's Silver Club, in Sparks. She was raised by her mother and her mother's partner. Beginning as a child actress, and then stepping up to roles as a young adult, Malone's career path has been compared to that of Jodie Foster...
“ Stepmom
Donnie Darko
Ellen Foster ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
76.
Miriam Margolyes
Actress, Babe
A veteran of stage and screen, award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes has achieved success on both sides of the Atlantic. Winner of the BAFTA Best Supporting Actress award in 1993 for The Age of Innocence she also received Best Supporting Actress at the 1989 LA Critics Circle Awards for her role in Little Dorrit and a Sony Radio Award for Best Actress on "Radio" in 1993...
“ William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet
Magnolia
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers

Most people know the face, but not the name. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
77.
Giulietta Masina
Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of newlyweds Cico and Pallina from scripts written by Federico Fellini...
“ Nights of Cabiria
La strada ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
78.
Mary Stuart Masterson
Born in Los Angeles, Mary Stuart Masterson grew up in New York City. Her parents, Peter Masterson (dir.) and Carlin Glynn, (actress) are both known for their quality work in both theater and film. Mary Stuart Masterson's film, TV and theater career, includes roles in At Close Range, Some Kind of Wonderful...
“ Fried Green Tomatoes
Benny and Joon ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
79.
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Actress, Scarface
Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio was born in Lombard, Illinois, to Mary D. (Pagone) and Frank A. Mastrantonio, who ran a bronze foundry. Her parents were of Italian descent. She was raised in Oak Park, IL, and began her career in school plays as a teenager. Mary attended the University of Illinois and got bitten by the acting bug, starring in "Guys and Dolls"...
“ Scarface ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Jodhi May
Jodhi was born in 1975. She was born and brought up in London, England, UK. She went to Wadham College, Oxford University 1994-1997. She studied and received a Masters in English. During her time at Wadham she read a lot of literature. She has been acting since she was twelve.
“ A World Apart
The Last of the Mohicans
Sister My Sister
Tipping the Velvet

Remarkably heartbreaking during her final scene in The Last of the Mohicans. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Vera Miles
Actress, Psycho
Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she attracted the attention of two master directors...
“ Psycho
The Searchers
The Wrong Man
5 Branded Women ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Séraphine
Micmacs
Mammuth ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Maia Morgenstern
Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she has been nationally known since her 1992 role as Nela in Balanta...
“ The Passion of the Christ ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Cathy Moriarty
Actress, Raging Bull
Cathy Moriarty was born November 29, 1960 in the Bronx, New York, to Irish immigrants, Catherine and John Moriarty, a warehouse worker. She was raised in Westchester County, New York and began acting in local dinner theaters while still in high school. At 17, she auditioned for what would be her most memorable role to film aficionados...
“ "Flipper got more money than me!" - Carrigan Crittenden

Casper
Raging Bull
Cop Land ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ A World Apart ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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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...
“ How Green Was My Valley
Miracle on 34th Street ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Gina Pareño
Actress, Tayong dalawa
Geraldine Acthley was born in 1950 to Patricia Dory Ocura of Bacolod, a ticket taker at the Mayfair Theater in Avenida, Manila, and to Bouffard Acthley, a German-American who didn't stay long after Geraldine's birth. Geraldine grew up in the rough neighborhood of Gagalangin, Tondo, accompanying her mother to work...
“ The Bet Collector
Serbis ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Anne Parillaud
Anne Parillaud was born in Paris, France on May 6, 1960 and even though all her travels took her to many lands, is still a Paris resident. Anne studied ballet in school, and her first appearance was in the film Un amour de sable where she played "La jeune fille avec un petit chat" ("The girl with a kitten")...
“ Nikita ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ Heavenly Creatures ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Marie-France Pisier
Marie-France first came to the fore as an actress of the Nouvelle Vague movement in the 1960's. She had spent her early childhood in French Indochina, where her father was employed as colonial governor, but the family moved to Paris when she was twelve. Just five years later, she was spotted by a casting director...
“ The Other Side of Midnight
The Brontë Sisters
Love on the Run ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Joan Plowright
Dame Joan Ann Plowright, the Baroness Olivier, is one of the most distinguished actors of her generation. She may be best remembered as the third wife and widow of Laurence Olivier, generally considered the greatest anglophone actor of the 20th Century, but she had a distinguished career of her own on stage and screen spanning six decades...
“ Drowning by Numbers
Bringing Down the House ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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“ My Summer of Love ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Kathleen Quinlan
Actress, Apollo 13
Kathleen Quinlan was born in Pasadena, California, the only child of Josephine (Zachry), a military supply supervisor, and Robert Quinlan, a television sports director. She grew up in Mill Valley, Ca, and got her break in acting when George Lucas came to her high school to cast for his movie American Graffiti...
“ I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
Apollo 13
Event Horizon ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Lynn Redgrave
Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy Redgrave and Margaret Scudamore...
“ Gods and Monsters ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ Isadora
The Bostonians
If These Walls Could Talk 2
The Devils
Julia
Howards End ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Kate Reid
Actress, Atlantic City
Esteemed London-born stage, radio and TV actress Kate Reid was actually born Daphne Katherine Reid in 1930 of Canadian parents. The family moved back to Ontario before she was a year old. An introverted child of delicate health, Kate sought refuge in books and role-playing and began studying drama in her mid-teens...
“ This Property is Condemned ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Joely Richardson
Actress, The Patriot
For Joely the theater must be in her genes. Daughter of Tony Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave, and granddaughter of actor Sir Michael Redgrave, she is the niece of Lynn Redgrave and her late sister Natasha Richardson was also an actress. Former husband Tim Bevan is a producer. However the genes were slow...
“ Sister My Sister
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Miranda Richardson
Actress, Sleepy Hollow
Miranda Richardson was born in Southport, Lancashire, England on March 3, 1958, to Marian Georgina (Townsend) and William Alan Richardson, a marketing executive. She has one sister, eight years her senior. Her parents and sister are not involved in the performing arts. At an early age she performed in school plays...
“ The Crying Game
Tom & Viv
Comic Relief 2003: The Big Hair Do (TV Movie) ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Natasha Richardson
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson...
“ Nell
The Parent Trap
Maid in Manhattan ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass
 
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Lolita Rodriguez
Actress, Paradise Inn
Lolita Rodriguez, Dolores Clark in real life, was born on January 29, 1935 in Urdaneta Pangasinan. In 1953, at the age of 18, she entered the movies. She was given walk-on roles. As an extra, she used to earn 5 pesos per appearance. Her first movie was Ating Pag-ibig, followed by Gorio at Tekla, El Indio, Cofradia, Kiko, Reyna Bandida, Sa Isang Sulyap mo Tita and Diwani...
“ Weighed But Found Wanting
Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa
Tubog sa Ginto

One of the most respected actresses in the Philippines, Rodriguez is known for her soulful, haunting performances in director Lino Brocka's finest films. ” - Varla_Kicked_Ass