25 Actresses I Admire

It is very important for every girl to have great role models. Here are some of mine.
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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...
“ America is just a likable woman. I watch her and I can relate to her. She has an obvious charisma and irresistibility. She is also so beautiful. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Every time I see Anne in a movie, I have to stand up and cheer. She seems like a normal person and that transcends into her work. Her celebrity does not seem to go to her head. She is really talented and she has the best name for an actress since Anne Hathaway was also William Shakespeare's wife's name. I am so happy to see that she has won an Oscar. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ She may have had royal lineage as well as all the money in the world from being a talented actress but Audrey was always so charitable and philanthropic. She put the needs of others before her own all the time. The world needs more people like her. RIP Audrey -- you are still missed today. ” - margannlaurissa25
Camryn Manheim
Actress, The Practice
Camryn grew up in Peoria, Illinois. Her mother, Sylvia, was a schoolteacher and her father, Jerry, was a math professor. She developed an interest in acting after working at a Renaissance Fair at age 16. She earned a Master's Degree in Fine Arts from New York University in 1987. She studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in Chelsea...
“ Camryn is my muse. As a bigger girl, she is such a great role model. I love her work. Her characters are always honest. I remember one time, in grade 8, our class had to write a story and I had writer's block. I saw Camryn on a Golden Globe Awards pre-show and she inspired me to write a story that I got a good mark on. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ I absolutely love Christina. I named a character in one of my vampire stories/screenplays after her. I love all of the work I have seen her in, from "Mermaids" to "Bless the Child" to "Now and Then." She's just awesome. ” - margannlaurissa25
Conchata Ferrell
It took 30 years since it was first predicted, but Conchata Ferrell finally achieved television stardom, albeit of the supporting variety, as the housekeeper "Berta" in the situation-comedy Two and a Half Men. Ferrell originally had been tipped for stardom with her turn as the prostitute "April" in the Norman Lear-produced series Hot L Baltimore...
“ Conchata is brazen and sassy and she brings those qualities to every role. Watching her as Berta on "Two and a Half Men," it just makes me wish I could be like her. She speaks her mind and there aren't many women who do that with the same acumen she does. Bravo Conchata!!! ” - margannlaurissa25
Darlene Cates
The lovable, impressionable and immeasurably talented Darlene Cates was born December 13, 1947 in Borger, Texas, to Dorothy Ann (née Pfrimmer) and Truman Madison Guthrie. She grew up in Dumas. Darlene's parents divorced when she was 12 years, which lead to overeating, which manifested itself into obesity...
“ I actually think I remember seeing Darlene on "Sally Jessy Raphael." Knowing that she wouldn't leave her house because of her weight broke my heart. She is so beautiful and, if people did not accept her, that's their problem -- not hers. I loved her as Mamma in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?" but I get so sad when Mamma dies. I wonder what she is doing today. I hope she is still doing well. ” - margannlaurissa25
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)...
“ My favourite actress of all time. Drew endured a rough childhood but she has persevered and she is now thriving. Her work is always really good and she seems like she could be your best friend; she seems so kind. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Elizabeth is everything I aspire to be in my life: successful, beautiful on the inside and out, well-loved. Everything about her was just so supernatural. Her supreme beauty, her violet eyes, her romance -- she was, and still is, a classic. I was really saddened when she died. She will be remembered for her movies and her charity. RIP Elizabeth. ” - margannlaurissa25
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's beautiful, talented and Canadian!!! What's not to love about Ellen? She has a great sense of self and she does not like to get into much controversy. Gotta love that. She's a great role model. ” - margannlaurissa25
Fairuza Balk
"Fairuza!" ("Turquoise" in Farsi), her father exclaimed as he saw her blue eyes: Fairuza Alejandra Balk had just been born on May 21, 1974 in Point Reyes, California. Her father, Solomon Feldthouse, was a traveling musician originally from Idaho, and her mother, Cathryn Balk, was a belly dancer. Her parents split up soon after...
“ Fairuza is an actress who brings both her darkness and her quirkiness to roles. I love her as Nancy from "The Craft." She is one of the reasons when I got my nose pierced that I wanted a ring instead of a stud. I still have that nose ring today. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Gwyneth has an evident likable quality. She seems so kind and warm offscreen. It is apparent that she thinks her roles through carefully. She can also do a British accent quite easily. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Halle is just amazing. She is a true inspiration. Being the first African-American woman to win Best Actress at the Oscars is an amazing accomplishment. That kiss from Adrien Brody -- I wish I was her that night. She has been unlucky at love, unfortunately, but I hope that she finds a good man to love her purely. She's so talented and she brings such realism and professionalism to roles. ” - margannlaurissa25
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Jennifer Love Hewitt was born in Waco, Texas, to Patricia Mae (Shipp), a speech-language pathologist, and Herbert Daniel Hewitt, a medical technician. She has English, Scottish, and German ancestry. She got her first name from her older brother Todd Daniel Hewitt (b. November 8, 1970), who picked the name after a little blonde girl he then had a crush on...
“ I "love" Jennifer's work. It is only fitting that I am putting her on a list with her own role model in Audrey Hepburn. I have watched her as long as I can remember, even when she was on "Kids Incorporated." (Oh my God; am I that old???) ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Jodie has done it all over her career and then some. I have always admired her. Not only is she really talented but she is intelligent and articulate. She is a great role model for girls who want to thrive in all aspects of life. ” - margannlaurissa25
“ Jordan has gone from an adorable child actress to a major threat. When I watch her as Adam on "Degrassi," I sometimes have to stop and remember that I'm not watching a boy. She is that convincing in the role and she has such honesty. She should be recognized for her work on that show; not many actresses could play that role better. Way to go Jordy!!! ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Everything I have watched Kate in, I have loved. I want to see every movie she has done. I can't believe she has only one Oscar. She is so talented. She will win more in the future for sure. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Kirsten brings an honesty and an innocence to every role she plays. She has such wide range and she has that likable quality that makes her a presence on screen. She has been doing this for over 15 years now and she continues to do it well. ” - margannlaurissa25
Kirsten Vangsness
While Kirsten is best known as the bespectacled-brainiac-tech-kitten Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit drama Criminal Minds(and its spin-off Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior), she has had a long and varied career prior to joining the cast of the hit CBS series. Stage appearances include Perfuct, The Book...
“ Kirsten is just awesome as Penelope Garcia on "Criminal Minds." I love that character. I really hope she and Derek Morgan (Shemar Moore) get together when the show ends. I love her outfits, hairstyles and makeup on that show. As well, some of the things she says are great. I especially love, "This case has severely affected my ability to giggle." ” - margannlaurissa25
Marlee Matlin
Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's...
“ Being deaf definitely does not stop Marlee. She has been one of the most well-respected actresses I know of and her talents are undeniable. She shows that nothing should stop you from pursuing your dreams. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Meryl is perhaps the most prolific actress I know of. She has won every award I can think of and then some. The Oscars are not the same unless she's nominated. I can't think of a year when she hasn't been. She's what every actress should aspire to be. ” - margannlaurissa25
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first millennial to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan). Natalie 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...
“ Being Ivy League educated, Natalie knows a great deal about intelligent choices. She is a very smart and beautiful woman with amazing talent. I have not seen much of her work but I want to. I heard her acceptance speech at the Oscars and it was so amazing. She has a great sense of what matters to her. ” - margannlaurissa25
“ Nikki can act, sing and dance -- and always get the guy. I love her in "Hairspray." In Hollywood, it is very rare for the bigger girl to get the handsome guy but she does. And rightfully so. She's beautiful and she has a great personality. In all my stories, the bigger girl gets the guy too. She's a great inspiration to me and other girls. ” - margannlaurissa25
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...
“ Sissy is one of the bona fide method actors. I learned about method acting in high school drama class and I immediately thought of her. When I learned that, in "Carrie," she did her own stunts -- and was even willing to use real blood during the infamous prom scene -- I was blown away. No wonder she was nominated for an Oscar for that movie. She's just great. ” - margannlaurissa25
Thora Birch
From Monkey Trouble to American Beauty-- that's Hollywood "Hocus Pocus"! Thora Birch was born on Thursday (as in Thor's Day) March 11, 1982. Her father, Jack Birch, and mom, Carol Connors, named her after the Norse God Thor ("Thora" being the feminine), the God of Thunder; she has a younger brother named Bolt Birch...
“ Thora has a quirkiness that just seems to make her so attractive. I have seen three of her movies and I love them all. She has a natural ability to get into the character so that she makes them her own. ” - margannlaurissa25