Favorite Actresses

By section, the order is by birthdate since I had a hard time putting them in order of favorite.
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Jeanette MacDonald
Actress, San Francisco
Jeanette MacDonald began her career at age 6, where she had small roles in theaters and operas. By age 13, she was winning singing contests along the eastern United States. Jeanette was a very talented operatic singer/lyrical soprano, with a wide vocal range, E above high C, close to 3 octaves. Her talent soon was spotted by Ernst Lubitsch...
“ 1903, June 18 -- DECEASED 1965, January 14

Bitter Sweet, Rose Marie, The Firefly, Naughty Marietta, Three Daring Daughters ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Greer Garson
Actress, Mrs. Miniver
Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904 in London, England, to Nancy Sophia (Greer) and George Garson, a commercial clerk. She was of Scottish and Ulster-Scots descent. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress...
“ 1904, September 29 -- DECEASED 1996, April 6

Mrs. Miniver, Mrs. Parkington, Blossoms in the Dust ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Myrna Loy
Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was the youngest person ever elected to the Montana State legislature...
“ 1905, August 2 -- DECEASED 1993, December 14

Thin Man movies, The Best Years of Our Lives, The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1907, May 12 -- DECEASED 2003, June 29

On Golden Pond, The Lion in Winter, The Philadelphia Story, Bringing Up Baby ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Barbara Stanwyck
Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley, wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys. But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the period from 1927 until 1964...
“ 1907, July 16 -- DECEASED 1990, January 20

All I Desire, Double Indemnity, Christmas in Connecticut

Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Big Valley ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Bette Davis
Actress, All About Eve
Ruth Elizabeth Davis was born April 5, 1908, in Lowell, Massachusetts, to Ruth Augusta (Favor) and Harlow Morrell Davis, a patent attorney. Her parents divorced when she was 10. She and her sister were raised by their mother. Her early interest was dance. To Bette, dancers led a glamorous life, but then she discovered the stage...
“ 1908, April 5 -- DECEASED 1989, October 6

All About Eve, Now Voyager, Dark Victory, ETC. ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Ginger Rogers
Actress, Top Hat
Ginger Rogers was born Virginia Katherine McMath in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. Her mother, known as Lelee, went to Independence to have Ginger away from her husband. She had a baby earlier in their marriage and he allowed the doctor to use forceps and the baby died. She was kidnapped by her father several times until her mother took him to court...
“ 1911, July 16 -- DECEASED 1995, April 25

Top Hat, Follow the Fleet, Shall We Dance, Kitty Foyle, Once Upon a Honeymoon, The Barkleys of Broadway ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lucille Ball
Actress, I Love Lucy
The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their grandparents...
“ 1911, August 6 -- DECEASED 1989, April 26

TV: I Love Lucy as Lucy Ricardo
The Lucy Show as Lucy Carmichael
Here's Lucy as Lucy Carter

assorted radio and film work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lilli Palmer
A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish surgeon...
“ 1914, May 29 -- DECEASED 1986, January 27

Cloak and Dagger, Body and Soul, The Pleasure of His Company, The Counterfeit Traitor ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ 1915, August 29 -- DECEASED 1982, August 29

Casablanca, Gaslight ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Olivia de Havilland
Olivia Mary de Havilland was born July 1, 1916, in Tokyo, Japan, to British parents Lilian Augusta (Ruse), a former actress, and Walter Augustus de Havilland, an English professor and patent attorney. Her sister, Joan, later to become famous as Joan Fontaine, was born the following year. Her surname comes from her paternal grandfather...
“ 1916, July 1

To Each His Own, The Heiress, They Died with Their Boots On ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Jane Wyman
Actress, Falcon Crest
Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help of her mother...
“ 1917, January 5 -- DECEASED 2007, September 10

FILM: The Yearling, Johnny Belinda, The Blue Veil, Magnificent Obsession, All That Heaven Allows, How to Commit Marriage, Pollyanna
TV: Falcon Crest ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1920, August 17

McLintock, The Rare Breed, The Parent Trap, The Quiet Man, Mr. Hobbs' Vacation ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lana Turner
Lana Turner had an acting ability that belied the "Sweater Girl" image MGM thrust upon her, and even many of her directors admitted that they knew she was capable of greatness (check out The Postman Always Rings Twice). Unfortunately, her private life sometimes overshadowed her professional accomplishments. Lana Turner was born Julia Jean Mildred Francis Turner in Wallace...
“ 1921, February 8 -- DECEASED 1995, June 29

Imitation of Life, Madame X, Peyton Place ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory Company 1939-40...
“ 1921, September 30 -- DECEASED 2007, October 16

An Affair to Remember, The King and I, From Here to Eternity ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on December 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her British-born parents moved to California while she was still young, and her singing voice soon had talent scouts knocking at her door. She signed a contract with MGM in 1936, at the age of 14, which resulted in her appearance in Every Sunday...
“ 1921, December 4 -- DECEASED 2013, April 20

Three Smart Girls, Because of Him, Something in the Wind ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Betty White
Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent. Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore and the ditzy Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls...
“ 1922, January 17

various game shows
The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Sue Ann Nivens
The Golden Girls & The Golden Palace as Rose Nylund
Boston Legal as Catherine Piper
Hot in Cleveland as Elka Ostrovsky
hosted Off Their Rockers ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ 1922, June 10 -- DECEASED 1969, June 22

The Wizard of Oz, The Harvey Girls, Meet Me in St. Louis, Summer Stock, A Star is Born ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Eleanor Parker
Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer Theatre on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts beginning when she was 15 years old...
“ 1922, June 26 -- DECEASED 2013, December 9

The Sound of Music, Home From the Hill ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Anne Baxter
Actress, All About Eve
Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was still the hub of the entertainment industry even though the film colony was moving west...
“ 1923, May 7 -- DECEASED 1985, December 12

Film: The Razor's Edge, All About Eve, I Confess, Ten Commandments

TV: Hotel ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lauren Bacall
Actress, The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
“ 1924, September 16 -- DECEASED 2014, August 12

To Have or Have Not ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Dorothy Malone
Actress, Peyton Place
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American filmgoing audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite unlike the classy and straight-laced lady herself...
“ 1925, January 30

FILM: Written on the Wind, Tarnished Angels

TV: Peyton Place ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Katherine Helmond
Katherine Marie Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. She was raised by her mother, Thelma Malone, and her grandmother; they were Irish Catholics. Young Katherine attended Catholic school, and appeared in numerous school plays and pageants. She took a job at a local theater while still in high school...
“ 1929, July 5

Soap as Jessica Tate
Who's the Boss? as Mona Robinson
Everybody Loves Raymond as Lois Whelan

assorted film work such as Brazil ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Anne Bancroft
Actress, The Graduate
Anne Bancroft was born on September 17, 1931 in the Bronx, the daughter of Michael Italiano (1905-2001), a dress pattern maker, and Mildred DiNapoli (1908-2010), a telephone operator. She made her cinema debut in Don't Bother to Knock in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of undistinguished movies as a supporting actress...
“ 1931, September 17 -- DECEASED 2005, June 6

The Miracle Worker, The Pumpkin Eater, The Graduate, To Be or Not to Be ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Angie Dickinson
Actress, Police Woman
Angie Dickinson was born in Kulm, North Dakota, the daughter of Fredericka (Hehr) and Leo Henry Brown, a newspaper editor and publisher of The Kulm Messenger. Her parents were both of German descent, with the family surname originally being "Braun"(which in German is pronounced as brown). The family left North Dakota in 1942...
“ 1931, September 30

Police Woman as Sgt. Suzanne "Pepper" Anderson

also 50+ films ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1932, February 27 -- DECEASED 2011, March 21

BUtterfield 8, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, National Velvet ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1933, May 23

Dynasty as Alexis Morell Colby Carrington Dexter Rowan
assorted film & theatre work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Rue McClanahan
A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on All in the Family and later Maude. For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on Mama's Family until her character was killed off and she joined the cast of Golden Girls. She hit her comedic stride as a sharp tongued oversexed Southern belle on The Golden Girls.
“ 1934, February 21 -- DECEASED 2010, June 3

Maude as Vivian Harmon
The Golden Girls & The Golden Palace as Blanche Devereaux ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sophia Loren
Actress, Two Women
Sophia Loren was born as Sofia Scicolone at the Clinica Regina Margherita in Rome, Italy, on September 20, 1934. Her father, Riccardo Scicolone, was married to another woman and refused to marry her mother, Romilda Villani, despite the fact that she was the mother of his two children (Sophia and her younger sister Maria Scicolone)...
“ 1934, September 20

Marriage Italian Style, Houseboat, Two Women ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly's partner in Singin' in the Rain...
“ 1932, April 1

Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy and the Bachelor ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Diahann Carroll
Actress, Julia
One of television's premier African-American series stars, elegant actress, singer and recording artist Diahann Carroll was born Carol Diann (or Diahann) Johnson on July 17, 1935, in the Bronx, New York. The first child of John Johnson, a subway conductor, and Mabel Faulk Johnson, music was an important part of her life as a child...
“ 1935, July 17

Julia as Julia Baker
Dynasty as Dominique Devereaux ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Mary Tyler Moore
Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936 in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled...
“ 1936, December 29

TV: The Dick Van Dyke Show as Laura Petrie
The Mary Tyler Moore Show as Mary Richards

FILM: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Change of Habit, Ordinary People

assorted stage/theatre work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Marlo Thomas
Many well-known and highly identifiable actresses have tried and failed to make the arduous crossover from fizzy TV sitcom star to mature, dramatic artist. Usually, it was their hardcore fans who refused to accept them in any other light. Sally Field and Elizabeth Montgomery come to mind first as two actresses who somehow managed to make the none-too-easy adjustment...
“ 1937, November 21

That Girl as Ann Marie ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Jane Fonda
Actress, 9 to 5
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by...
“ 1937, December 21

The Morning After, The China Syndrome, Georgia Rule, Monster-in-Law ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Dixie Carter
A talented actress in both stage and screen and television and also a singer of opera and dancer, Dixie Carter is best known for her portrayal as the soft spoken Southerner Julia Sugarbaker in Designing Women. She's been known for performing in a number of Broadway plays and with her marriage to actor Hal Holbrook...
“ 1939, May 25 -- DECEASED 2010, April 10

TV: The Edge of Night as ADA Olivia Brandeis Henderson
Diff'rent Strokes as Maggie McKinney
Designing Women as Julia Sugarbaker
Family Law as Randi King
Desperate Housewives as Gloria Hodge

STAGE: Master Class, Pal Joey ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Linda Gray
Actress, Dallas
“ 1940, September 12

Dallas (1978 & 2012) as Sue Ellen Ewing (Farlow)
Models Inc. as Hillary Michaels ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Donna Mills
Actress, Knots Landing
Donna Mills was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. Her father was an oil executive and her mother was a dance instructor. Donna studied ballet throughout her teens. After spending a year studying drama at the University of Illinois, she made her way to New York, where she landed an understudy role in Woody Allen's play...
“ 1940, December 11

Love is a Many Splendored Thing as Laura Donnelly Elliott
The Good Life as Jane Miller
Knots Landing as Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner
General Hospital as Madeline Reeves ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Barbra Streisand
Actress, Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
“ 1942, April 24

ACTOR: The Way We Were, Hello Dolly, Funny Girl, A Star is Born
DIRECTOR: Yentl, The Prince of Tides, The Mirror Has Two Faces
SINGER ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Stefanie Powers
Actress, Hart to Hart
Stefanie Powers, a graduate of Hollywood High, is a veteran of over 200 television appearances as well as the star of ABC's '80s hit Hart to Hart. At the early age of 15, Stefanie was signed to a movie deal with Columbia Pictures and labeled as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in America...
“ 1942, November 2

The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. as April Dancer
Hart to Hart as Jennifer Hart

film work includes Herbie Rides Again & McLintock! ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Susan Sullivan
Actress, Castle
Originally groomed for the theater, Sullivan worked at the National Repertory Theatre in Washington D.C. before landing a role in Broadway opposite Dustin Hoffman in "Jimmy Shine". Sullivan continued appearing in theater while working on Falcon Crest in the 1980s. In the 1960s, Susan played "Lenore Curtin" on Another World for four years...
“ 1942, November 18

Falcon Crest as Maggie Channing
Dharma & Greg as Katherine "Kitty" Montgomery
Castle as Martha Rogers ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was thirteen and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg...
“ 1943, October 22

The Last Metro, Indochine, Going My Way, Mississippi Mermaid ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Jacqueline Bisset
Actress, Bullitt
Jacqueline Bisset has been an international film star since the late 1960s. She received her first roles mainly because of her stunning beauty, but over time she has become a fine actress respected by fans and critics alike. Bisset has worked with directors John Huston, François Truffaut, George Cukor and Roman Polanski...
“ 1944, September 13

Rich and Famous ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1945, July 26

FILM: The Queen, RED, The Passion of Ayn Rand, The Last Station, Where Angels Fear to Tread
TV: Prime Suspect, Elizabeth I miniseries ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Candice Bergen
Actress, Murphy Brown
One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the 60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the 70s both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to take a sizable portion of these contradicting qualities to film and, most particularly, to late 80s TV...
“ 1946, May 9

Murphy Brown as Murphy Brown (5 Emmys)
Boston Legal as Shirley Schmidt

assorted film work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1946, May 20

FILM: Moonstruck, The Mask, Mermaids, Tea with Mussolini
SINGER ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, New York, to Lenora Marie (Criscione) and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, a television producer and advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention...
“ 1946, October 4

Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sally Field
Actress, Forrest Gump
Sally Margaret Field was born in 1946 in Pasadena, California, to actress Margaret Field (née Morlan) and salesman Richard Dryden Field. Her parents divorced in 1950 and her mother then married stuntman Jock Mahoney, and they had a daughter, Princess O'Mahoney. She also has a brother, Richard Field. Sally attended Birmingham High School in Van Nuys, California...
“ 1946, November 6

FILM: Sybil, Norma Rae, Absence of Malice, Places in the Heart, Steel Magnolias, Mrs. Doubtfire, Lincoln

TV: Gidget, The Flying Nun, Brothers & Sisters ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1947, February 28

Marked Personal as Georgia Layton
The Colbys & Dynasty as Sable Scott Colby
Bad Girls as Phyllida Oswyn
Coronation Street as Martha Fraser ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Phylicia Rashad
Phylicia Rashad was born in Houston, Texas, to African-American parents, Vivian Elizabeth (Ayers), a poet and art director, and Andrew Arthur Allen, an orthodontist. As a child, Phylicia, her older brother Andrew (called Tex), and younger sister, dancer and actress Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico. She has another brother...
“ 1948, June 19

One Life to Live as Courtney Wright
The Cosby Show as Dr. Claire Huxtable
Cosby as Ruth Lucas

also notable Tony-nominated stage work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Judith Light
Judith Light was born February 9, 1949 in Trenton, New Jersey to Pearl Sue and Sidney Light. Judith later graduated from St. Mary's Hall-Doane Academy in Burlington, New Jersey, and later enrolled at Carnegie-Mellon University, where she earned a degree in drama. With several television appearances, perhaps Judith is best remembered as Angela Bower in the 1980's sitcom Who's the Boss?.
“ 1949, February 9

One Life to Live as Karen Wolek
Who's the Boss as Angela Bower
Phenom as Dianne Doolan
Law & Order: SVU as Elizabeth Donnelly
Ugly Betty as Claire Meade
Dallas as Judith Ryland ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1949, June 22

Sophie's Choice, The Iron Lady, Kramer vs. Kramer ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sigourney Weaver
Actress, Aliens
Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth Inglis (née Desiree Mary Lucy Hawkins)...
“ 1949, October 8

Alien, Gorillas in the Mist, Dave, Avatar

also various theater work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1949, December 25

Coal Miner's Daughter, Crimes of Passion ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1951, February 15

TV: Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman as Dr. Michaela Quinn
FILM: Somewhere in Time, Onassis, The Woman He Loved, Starstruck ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Mary McDonnell
Actress, Donnie Darko
Mary McDonnell is a two-time Oscar®-nominated actress, who is known for her character portrayals in both period and present-day screen roles. Mary Eileen McDonnell was born on April 28, 1952 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Eileen (Mundy) and John McDonnell, a computer consultant, both of Irish descent...
“ 1952, April 28

E/R as Dr. Eve Sheridan
Battlestar Galactica as Pres. Laura Roslin
Major Crimes & The Closer as Capt. Sharon Raydor

notable film work including 2 Oscar noms ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1952, May 2

Cybill as Maryanne Thorpe
The Good Wife as Diane Lockhart

assorted theatre work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Mary Steenburgen
Mary Steenburgen is an Academy Award-winning American actress. She was born February 8, 1953, in Newport, Arkansas, USA. Her mother, Nellie May (Wall) Steenburgen, was a school-board secretary, and her father, Maurice H. Steenburgen, was a freight-train conductor. Her surname comes from distant Dutch ancestry, and her roots also include English, Scottish, and Welsh...
“ 1953, February 8 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Reba McEntire
Actress, Tremors
Reba Nell McEntire was born on Monday, March 28th, 1955, in McAlester, Oklahoma. The reigning queen of country music has pursued a musical career since she was 5. In Junior High school, she performed with her musical siblings, aka the Singing McEntires. A fine athlete, Reba McEntire followed in the footsteps of her rodeo champion father in competitive barrel racing...
“ 1955, March 28

Reba as Reba Nell Hart
Malibu Country as Reba MacKenzie ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Dana Delany
Actress, China Beach
Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime television and theater...
“ 1956, March 13

China Beach as Colleen Murphy
Desperate Housewives as Katherine Mayfair
Body of Proof as Dr. Megan Hunt ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Delta Burke
Delta Burke is a famous leading lady in television primarily for her role as Suzanne Sugarbaker in Designing Women, created by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason. Before Designing Women, she spent a year on Filthy Rich playing Kathleen Beck. Delta was cast in short-lived TV sitcoms including Delta and Linda Bloodworth-Thomason returned to cast her in Women of the House...
“ 1956, July 30

Filthy Rich as Kathleen Beck
Designing Women as Suzanne Sugarbaker
Boston Legal as Bella Horowitz ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sharon Stone
Actress, Casino
Sharon Yvonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...
“ 1958, March 10 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1958, April 29

Dangerous Minds, Love Field, Scarface, Hairspray, ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Annette Bening
Annette Carol Bening was born on May 29, 1958 in Topeka, Kansas, the youngest of four children of Shirley (Ashley), a soloist and church singer, and Arnett Grant Bening, an insurance salesman. She is of German and British Isles ancestry. Her family moved to California when she was young, and she grew up there...
“ 1958, May 29 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Madeleine Stowe
Actress, Revenge
Madeleine Stowe was born in Los Angeles, California, to Mireya Maria (Mora Steinvorth) and Robert Alfred Stowe, a civil engineer. Her mother was a from a prominent political family in Costa Rica. Stowe grew up in Eagle Rock, a working-class neighborhood of Los Angeles. At age ten she started practicing for a career as a concert pianist and trained every day for hours...
“ 1958, August 18

TV: Revenge as Victoria Grayson

Much film work ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Bebe Neuwirth
Actress, Jumanji
Beatrice "Bebe" Neuwirth is the daughter of Sydney Anne, an artist, and Lee Paul Neuwirth, a mathematician. Born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey, she started out as a dancer. Her New York career started out in "A Chorus Line". She won a Tony Award for her part in "Sweet Charity" and two Emmy Awards...
“ 1958, December 31

TV: Cheers, Frasier, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, The Good Wife, Blue Bloods, Madam Secretary ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Emma Thompson
Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Her father was English-born and her mother is Scottish-born...
“ 1959, April 15

Sense & Sensibility, Howard's End, Saving Mr. Banks ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1960, August 28

General Hospital as Holly Sutton Scorpio
Dynasty (and The Colbys) as Fallon Carrington Colby
Models Inc. as Grayson Louder ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1960, December 3 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1961, September 25

Dynasty as Sammy Jo Dean Carrington
T.J. Hooker as Officer Stacy Sheridan
Melrose Place as Amanda Woodward
Spin City as Caitlin Moore
Franklin & Bash as Rachel King ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Marcia Cross
Marcia Anne Cross was born on March 25, 1962 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. As a child, Marcia always wanted to be an actress, so she set out to have a career in acting. Cross graduated from the Julliard School in New York, a naturally gifted girl. Her career began in 1984, when she joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night...
“ 1962, March 25

The Edge of Night as Liz Correll
Another World as Tanya
One Life to Live as Kate Sanders
Melrose Place as Dr. Kimberly Shaw
Desperate Housewives as Bree Van de Kamp (Hodge) ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Michelle Yeoh
Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, she moved to London...
“ 1962, August 6

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, The Lady, Tomorrow Never Dies ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lisa Kudrow
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion, Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), was a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, was a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish immigrant families (from Belarus, Russia, and Hungary). Lisa was raised in Tarzana and played varsity-level tennis in high school and college...
“ 1963, July 30 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1964, July 26

The Blind Side, The Proposal ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Lori Loughlin
Actress, Full House
Lori Loughlin is an American actress who was born on July 28, 1964 in Queens, New York, USA. She was a junior lifeguard before becoming an actress. Lori began her career at the age of 12 as a print model. During her early teen years she appeared in television commercials and was frequently seen in national print advertisements...
“ 1964, July 28

The Edge of Night as Jody Travis
Full House as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis
90210 as Debbie Wilson
When Calls the Heart as Abigail Stanton ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1965, January 22

The Outsiders, Secretariat, Nights in Rodanthe ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Kyra Sedgwick
Actress, The Closer
Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965 in New York City, to Patricia (Rosenwald), a family and speech therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her mother was from an upper-class German Jewish family, and her father was from a wealthy Massachusetts clan of English descent...
“ 1965, August 19

The Closer as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Howard) ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Constance Marie
Actress, George Lopez
Constance Marie was a very busy actress in 2002, juggling two primetime series: a short-lived one-hour drama American Family, which aired on PBS and a half-hour sitcom, George Lopez on ABC. On the critically praised American Family, Marie starred alongside Edward James Olmos, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Raquel Welch,as Nina...
“ 1965, September 9

The George Lopez Show as Angie Lopez
Switched at Birth as Regina Vasquez ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Li Gong
Actress, 2046
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989...
“ 1965, December 31 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1966, May 26

The King's Speech, A Room with a View, The Lone Ranger ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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, British, and Scottish ancestry. She grew up in Northern Virginia, USA (Fairfax, Arlington, and Great Falls...
“ 1967, March 16

Gilmore Girls as Lorelai Gilmore
Parenthood as Sarah Braverman ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1967, June 20 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Julia Roberts
Actress, Notting Hill
Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her love of animals...
“ 1967, October 28

Erin Brokovich, I Love Trouble, My Best Friend's Wedding, Steel Magnolias, Pretty Woman ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Megan Follows
Actress, Reign
Megan (pronounced Mee-gan) has two children, a daughter, Lyla, and a son, Russel. Megan comes from a showbiz family: father Ted Follows, mother Dawn Greenhalgh, and sister Samantha Follows are all actors; her other sister, Edwina Follows, is a producer and writer; and her brother Laurence Follows is a producer...
“ 1968, March 14

Anne of Green Gables as Anne Shirley
Reign as Catherine de Medici ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Ashley Judd
Actress, Divergent
American actress and political activist Ashley Judd was born Ashley Tyler Ciminella on April 19, 1968, in Granada Hills, California. She grew up in a family of successful performing artists as the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the sister of Wynonna Judd. While she is best known for an ongoing acting career spanning more than two decades...
“ 1968, April 19

Kiss the Girls, Double Jeopardy, De-Lovely, Divergent ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Naomi Watts
Actress, King Kong
Naomi Ellen Watts was born on September 28, 1968 in Shoreham, England, to Myfanwy Edwards "Miv" (Roberts), an antiques dealer and costume/set designer, and Peter Watts (Peter Anthony Watts), the road manager to Pink Floyd. Her maternal grandfather was Welsh. Her father died when Naomi was seven and she began to follow her mother and her brother around England...
“ 1968, September 28 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1968, December 2

Ally McBeal as Ling Woo
Dirty Sexy Money as Nola Lyon
Elementary as Joan Watson ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Jennifer Aniston
Actress, Friends
Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City where her parents divorced when she was nine...
“ 1969, February 11

FRIENDS, The Bounty Hunter, Just Go With It ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1969, May 14

Elizabeth, The Aviator, Blue Jasmine, Cinderella, Truth ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Bellamy Young
Actress, Scandal
Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Bellamy is a graduate of Yale University. She also studied at Oxford University in England. In New York, she starred on Broadway as Mary in Cy Coleman's "The Life" and also as Meg in the revival of Stephen Sondheim's "Merrily We Roll Along". Other notable theater...
“ 1970, February 19

Dirty Sexy Money as Ellen Darling
Criminal Minds as Beth Clemmons
Scandal as Mellie Grant ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Julie Bowen
Actress, Modern Family
Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer Jr., a real estate developer. Her early education was at Calvert School in Baltimore, and Garrison Forest School, Maryland. She moved on to St. George's School, Rhode Island and then attended Brown University, graduating with a BA in Renaissance Studies...
“ 1970, March 3

Ed as Carol Vessey
Boston Legal as Denise Bauer
Modern Family as Claire Dunphy ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Kim Raver
Actress, 24
“ 1969, March 15

Third Watch as Kim Zambrano
24 & 24: Live Another Day as Audrey Raines/Boudreau
The Nine as Kathryn Hale
Lipstick Jungle as Nico Reilly
Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Teddy Altman
Revolution as Julia Neville ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Elizabeth Mitchell
Actress, Frequency
Elizabeth Mitchell was born in Los Angeles in 1970. Shortly after her birth, her parents moved to Dallas, Texas. She was graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts located in the Arts District of downtown Dallas. Later, she earned a BFA degree in acting from Stephens College and also studied at the British American Drama Academy...
“ 1970, March 27

ER as Dr. Kim Legaspi
Lost as Juliet Burke
V as Erica Evans
Revolution as Rachel Matheson
Once Upon a Time as Snow Queen Ingrid
Crossing Lines as Carine Strand ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1970, September 11

Boston Legal as Whitney Rome
Person of Interest as Jocelyn "Joss" Carter
Empire as Cookie Lyon ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sandra Oh
Sandra Oh was born to Korean parents in the Ottawa suburb of Nepean, Ontario, Canada. Her father, Oh Junsu, a businessman, and her mother, Oh Young-nam, a biochemist, were married in Seoul, South Korea. They both attended graduate school at the University of Toronto. Sandra began her career as a ballet dancer and eventually studied drama at the National Theatre School in Montreal...
“ 1971, July 20

Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Cristina Yang (Hunt) ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Cameron Diaz
A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and an Anglo-German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied locales as Japan...
“ 1972, August 30 ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Jennifer Esposito
Actress, Crash
Jennifer Esposito was born on April 19, 1973 in Brooklyn, New York, to Phyllis, an interior decorator, and Robert Esposito, a computer consultant and music producer. Esposito launched her career with an appearance on Law & Order in 1996. She went on to play the character of "Stacey Paterno" in 36 episodes on the hit TV series, Spin City, starring alongside Michael J. Fox...
“ 1973, April 11

Spin City as Stacey Paterno
Samantha Who? as Andrea Belladonna
Blue Bloods as Jackie Curatola
Mistrisses as Calista Raines ” - AlexandraDrakewood
Sasha Alexander
Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on, Sasha used her comedic skills and threw herself into the role...
“ 1973, May 17

Dawson's Creek as Gretchen Witter
NCIS as Special Agent Caitlin Todd
Rizzoli & Isles as Dr. Maura Isles ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1975, March 17

Passions as Gwen Hotchkiss
Dirty Sexy Money as Karen Darling
Justified as Winona Hopkins
The Following as Claire Matthews ” - AlexandraDrakewood
“ 1975, March 18

Bunheads as Michelle Simms
Younger as Liza Miller ” - AlexandraDrakewood
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...
“ 1975, October 5

Sense & Sensibility, Titanic, The Reader, The Holiday
Mildred Pierce miniseries ” - AlexandraDrakewood