Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry...
“ 2013 - BA: American Hustle
2012 - BSA: The Master
2010 - BSA: The Fighter
2008 - BSA: Doubt
2005 - BSA: Junebug ” - spearsdw
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school recitation contest...
“ 1989 - BA: Camille Claudel
1975 - BA: The Story of Adele H ” - spearsdw
Shohreh Aghdashloo was born Shohreh Vaziri-Tabar on May 11, 1952 in Tehran, Iran. In the 1970s at age 20, she achieved nationwide stardom in her homeland of Iran, starring in some prominent pictures such as The Report
directed by the renowned Abbas Kiarostami
, which won critics awards at the Moscow Film Festival...
“ 2003 - BSA: The House of Sand and Fog ” - spearsdw
“ 1966 - BA: A Man and a Woman ” - spearsdw
Norma Aleandro is the Grande Dame of Argentine theater and cinema not only because she was not content to have trodden the stage as early as the the age of nine, she is still active in theater and cinema in 2011. Her last film to date, Daniel Burman
's La suerte en tus manos
is in pre-production), that is sixty-six years later...
“ 1987 - BSA: Gaby: A True Story ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1983 - BA: Testament
1979 - BSA: Kramer vs. Kramer
1976 - BSA: All the President's Men
1970 - BA: The Great White Hope ” - spearsdw
Joan Allen was born on August 20, 1956 in Rochelle, Illinois, the youngest of four children. She is the daughter of homemaker Dorothea Marie (Wirth) and gas station owner James Jefferson Allen. Her mother's family was German, and her father had English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. She attended Rochelle Township High School where she was voted most likely to succeed...
“ 2000 - BA: The Contender
1996 - BSA: The Crucible
1995 - BSA: Nixon ” - spearsdw
Dublin-born Sara Allgood started her acting career in her native country with the famed Abbey Theatre. From there she traveled to the English stage, where she played for many years before making her film debut in 1918. Her warm, open Irish face meant that she spent a lot of time playing Irish mothers...
“ 1941 - BSA: How Green Was My Valley ” - spearsdw
Dame Judith Anderson was born Frances Margaret Anderson on February 10, 1897 in Adelaide, South Australia. She began her acting career in Australia before moving to New York in 1918. There she established herself as one of the greatest theatrical actresses and was a major star on Broadway throughout the 1930s...
“ 1940 - BSA: Rebecca ” - spearsdw
Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her childhood and teens...
“ 1982 - BA: Victor Victoria
1965 - BA: The Sound of Music
1964 - BA: Mary Poppins * ” - spearsdw
Actress and singer Ann-Margret is one of the most famous sex symbols and actresses of the 1960s and beyond. She continued her career through the following decades and into the 21st century. Ann-Margret was born Ann-Margret Olsson in Valsjöbyn, Jämtland County, Sweden, to Anna Regina (Aronsson) and Carl Gustav Olsson...
“ 1975 - BA: Tommy
1971 - BSA: Carnal Knowledge ” - spearsdw
Anne Archer was nominated for an Academy Award®, a Golden Globe and the British (BAFTA) Academy Award for her role as Michael Douglas
' sympathetic, tortured wife, "Beth Gallagher", in Adrian Lyne
's 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction
. Archer is also well-known for her poignant Golden Globe-winning performance...
“ 1987 - BSA: Fatal Attraction ” - spearsdw
Eve was born just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley and was interested in show business from an early age. At 16, she made her stage debut after quitting school to joined a stock company. After appearing in minor roles in two films under her real name, Eunice Quedens, she found that the stage offered her the same minor roles...
“ 1945 - BSA: Mildred Pierce ” - spearsdw
With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed just under the radar of true stardom, despite a 1995 marriage to Nicolas Cage
“ 2014 - BSA: Boyhood * ” - spearsdw
This marvelous screen comedienne's best asset was only muffled during her seven years' stint in silent films. That asset? It was, of course, her squeaky, frog-like voice, which silent-era cinema audiences had simply no way of perceiving, much less appreciating. Jean Arthur, born Gladys Georgianna Greene in upstate New York...
“ 1943 - BA: The More the Merrier ” - spearsdw
Academy Award-winning, legendary English actress - who maintained her status in the British acting elite for decades. Made a Dame of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II
in 1956. Almost always on stage, she appeared rarely in film, her first being The Wandering Jew
. On stage she was cast in many a Shakespearean role...
“ 1984 - BSA: A Passage to India * ” - spearsdw
Her German immigrant father pushed her into a beauty contest at 14 and her first movie Sentimental Tommy
at 15. After a number of minor parts she starred in John Barrymore
's Beau Brummel
. She had a lively affair with Barrymore, over with before she starred a second time with him, in Don Juan
“ 1941 - BSA: The Great Lie * ” - spearsdw
Slender, attractive actress Margaret Avery, spellbinding in her role of Shug in Steven Spielberg
's The Color Purple
, is certainly no "one-hit wonder". Although filmgoers may be able to trace her back only to that once-in-a-lifetime part, Margaret has been a talented player on the large and small screens for well over three decades...
“ 1985 - BSA: The Color Purple ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1996 - BSA: The Mirror Has Two Faces ” - spearsdw
A brash character actress who specialized in cinema, television, and theater, Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley was born on November 13, 1906 in Broseley, Shropshire. She was the youngest of four sisters - including Angela Baddeley
, also an actress - and her half-brother, Very Rev William Baddeley, was a Church of England Minister...
“ 1959 - BSA: Room at the Top ” - spearsdw
“ 1962 - BSA: To Kill a Mockingbird ” - spearsdw
Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous failures...
“ 1961 - BSA: The Children's Hour
1938 - BA: White Banners
1938 - BSA: Jezebel * ” - spearsdw
Carroll Baker was born Karolina Piekarski on May 28, 1931 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of a traveling salesman. She attended community college for a year and then worked as a dancer and magician's assistant. After a brief marriage, she had a small part in Easy to Love
, did TV commercials...
“ 1956 - BA: Baby Doll ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1985 - BA: Agnes of God
1977 - BA: The Turning Point
1967 - BA: The Graduate
1964 - BA: The Pumpkin Eater
1962 - BA: The Miracle Worker * ” - spearsdw
“ 1976 - BA: Cousin cousine ” - spearsdw
“ 2006 - BSA: Babel ” - spearsdw
Chicago-born, Texas-raised Barbara Barrie already had a prolific theater career behind her when she came to prominence as the lead in One Potato, Two Potato
, for which she received the award for Prix d'interprétation féminine (best actress - tied with Anne Bancroft
) at the 1964 Cannes Film Festival.
“ 1979 - BSA: Breaking Away ” - spearsdw
Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of Philadelphia acted in her parents' stage company...
“ 1949 - BSA: Pinky
1947 - BSA: The Paradine Case
1946 - BSA: The Spiral Staircase
1944 - BSA: None But the Lonely Heart * ” - spearsdw
Kim Basinger was born December 8, 1953, in Athens, Georgia, the third of five children. Both her parents had been in entertainment, her dad had played big-band jazz, and her mother had performed water ballet in several Esther Williams
movies. Kim was introspective, from her father's side. As a schoolgirl...
“ 1997 - BSA: L.A. Confidential * ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1993 - BA: What's Love Got to Do with It ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2002 - BSA: About Schmidt
1998 - BSA: Primary Colors
1990 - BA: Misery * ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1950 - BA: All About Eve
1946 - BSA: The Razor's Edge * ” - spearsdw
Actress Bérénice Bejo was born in Buenos Aires, the daughter of Silvia De Paoli, a lawyer, and Miguel Bejo
, a filmmaker. When she was three, Bejo's family relocated to Paris, France. She embarked on a successful acting career in the 1990s, with various roles in French television and film productions...
“ 2011 - BSA: The Artist ” - spearsdw
Barbara Bel Geddes
Arguably best remembered for her role as Miss Ellie, the Ewing family matriarch on the long-running TV series Dallas
, Barbara Bel Geddes had earlier scored success on stage and screen long before gaining more lasting fame on television. Born in New York City on Halloween Day 1922, the daughter of noted theatrical and industrial designer Norman Bel Geddes
“ 1948 - BSA: I Remember Mama ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2010 - BA: The Kids Are All Right
2004 - BA: Being Julia
1999 - BA: American Beauty
1990 - BSA: The Grifters ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1979 - BSA: Starting Over ” - spearsdw
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 are second only to Katharine Hepburn
“ 1978 - BA: Autumn Sonata
1974 - BSA: Murder on the Orient Express *
1956 - BA: Anastasia *
1948 - BA: Joan of Arc
1945 - BA: The Bells of St. Mary's
1944 - BA: Gaslight *
1943 - BA: For Whom the Bell Tolls ” - spearsdw
Elisabeth Bergner was the daughter of the merchant Emil Ettel and his wife Anna Rosa Wagner. She grew up in Vienna, and she made her theatre debut in Innsbruck in 1915. In 1916 she obtained a contract in Zürich, where she played Ophelia next to the famous Alexander Moissi
, who fell in love with her. The next stage in her career was Vienna...
“ 1935 - BA: Escape Me Never ” - spearsdw
“ 1972 - BSA: The Heartbreak Kid ” - spearsdw
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
“ 2001 - BA: Monster's Ball * ” - spearsdw
Juliette Binoche was born in Paris, France, to Monique Yvette Stalens, a director, teacher, and actress, and Jean-Marie Binoche, a sculptor, director, and actor. Her mother was born in Czestochowa, Poland, of French, Walloon Belgian, and Polish descent, while her father is French. Juliette was only 23 when she first attracted the attention of international film critics with The Unbearable Lightness of Being
“ 2000 - BA: Chocolat
1996 - BSA: The English Patient * ” - spearsdw
Karen Black was born Karen Blanche Ziegler in Park Ridge, Illinois, to Elsie Mary (Reif), who wrote children's books, and Norman Arthur Ziegler, an engineer and businessman. She was of Norwegian (from her paternal grandmother), German, and Bohemian (Czech) descent. Karen entered Northwestern University at 15 and left two years later...
“ 1970 - BSA: Five Easy Pieces ” - spearsdw
Betsy Blair was born in Cliffside, New Jersey, a child model before finding work as a chorus dancer at the early age of 15. She received her first mini-break on Broadway in "Panama Hattie" in 1940 delivering a single line, but by the next year she had copped the ingénue lead in William Saroyan
's "The Beautiful People." At around the same time...
“ 1955 - BSA: Marty ” - spearsdw
From the age of five, Linda Blair had to get used to the spotlight, first as a child model and then as an actress, when out of 600 applicants she was picked for the role of Regan, the possessed child, in The Exorcist
. Linda quickly rose to international fame, won the Golden Globe, and seemed to be set to take the Academy Award for that role...
“ 1973 - BSA: The Exorcist ” - spearsdw
Ronee Blakley came to prominence as the fictional country superstar Barbara Jean (a role that was originally offered to Susan Anspach
), in Robert Altman
. Her performance in the film won her a National Board of Review for Best Supporting Actress, and garnered Academy Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations.
“ 1975 - BSA: Nashville ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2015 - BA: Carol
2013 - BA: Blue Jasmine *
2007 - BA: Elizabeth: The Golden Age
2007 - BSA: I'm Not There
2006 - BSA: Notes on a Scandal
2004 - BSA: The Aviator *
1998 - BA: Elizabeth ” - spearsdw
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved. Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there...
“ 1998 - BSA: Little Voice
1996 - BA: Secrets & Lies ” - spearsdw
With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a stock company when she was 17...
“ 1951 - BSA: The Blue Veil ” - spearsdw
The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Ann Marie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her mother and sister moved to New York City...
“ 1945 - BSA: Mildred Pierce ” - spearsdw
Character actress Beulah Bondi was a favorite of directors and audiences and is one of the reasons so many films from the 1930s and 1940s remain so enjoyable, as she was an integral part of many of the ensemble casts (a hallmark of the studio system) of major and/or great films, including The Trail of the Lonesome Pine
“ 1938 - BSA: Of Human Hearts
1936 - BSA: The Gorgeous Hussy ” - spearsdw
Character actress Shirley Booth could play everything in all facets of show business, whether it was a smart-mouthed cashier on radio's "Duffy's Tavern", the sassy maid on TV's Hazel
or the pathetic woman in Come Back, Little Sheba
. For those who only know her through her sitcom, it might be hard to believe she was a seasoned theatrical veteran...
“ 1952 - BA: Come Back, Little Sheba * ” - spearsdw
“ 1990 - BSA: Goodfellas ” - spearsdw
Alice Brady was born in New York City on November 2, 1892. She was interested in the stage from childhood, as her father was famed Broadway producer William A. Brady
. After a few stage productions, Alice was discovered by movie producers in New York, since this was the film capital at the time. Her first film was at the age of 22 when she starred in As Ye Sow
“ 1937 - BSA: In Old Chicago *
1936 - BSA: My Man Godfrey ” - spearsdw
A supremely gifted, versatile player who could reach dramatic depths, as exemplified in her weary-eyed, good-hearted waitress in The Last Picture Show
, or comedy heights, as in her sadistic drill captain in Private Benjamin
, Eileen Brennan managed to transition from lovely Broadway singing ingénue to respected film and television character actress within a decade's time...
“ 1980 - BSA: Private Benjamin ” - spearsdw
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama. Most recently, Breslin starred in the first season of the horror-comedy series, "Scream Queens" opposite Emma Roberts...
“ 2006 - BSA: Little Miss Sunshine ” - spearsdw
“ 1977 - BSA: The Turning Point ” - spearsdw
Genevieve Bujold spent her first twelve school years in Montreal's oppressive Hochelaga Convent where opportunities for self-expression were limited to making welcoming speeches for visiting clerics. As a child she felt 'as if I were in a long dark tunnel trying to convince myself that if I could ever get out there was light ahead'...
“ 1969 - BA: Anne of the Thousand Days ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2013 - BA: Gravity
2009 - BA: The Blind Side * ” - spearsdw
Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was the internationally famous clown, Billy Burke, and she would spend most of her early years touring Europe before the family settled in London. In 1903, she appeared on the stage as an actress and came to America in 1907 to star opposite John Drew in "My Wife"...
“ 1938 - BSA: Merrily We Live ” - spearsdw
“ 1969 - BSA: Last Summer ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2000 - BA: Requiem for a Dream
1980 - BA: Resurrection
1978 - BA: Same Time, Next Year
1974 - BA: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore *
1973 - BA: The Exorcist
1971 - BSA: The Last Picture Show ” - spearsdw
The possessor of one of Hollywood's gentlest faces and warmest voices, and about as sweet as Tupelo honey both on-and-off camera, character actress Spring Byington was seldom called upon to play callous or unsympathetic (she did once play a half-crazed housekeeper in Dragonwyck
). Although playing the part of Mrs...
“ 1938 - BSA: You Can't Take It with You ” - spearsdw
Perhaps best known for her trademark curly blond tresses and her faithful appearances at L.A. Lakers basketball games, Dyan Cannon has enjoyed nearly fifty years in the entertainment industry. Born Samille Diane Friesen in Tacoma, Washington, Cannon had early dreams of becoming an actress. She made her screen debut with a small part in the critically acclaimed crime drama The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
“ 1978 - BSA: Heaven Can Wait
1969 - BSA: Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice ” - spearsdw
“ 1968 - BSA: Faces ” - spearsdw
French ballet dancer Leslie Caron was discovered by the legendary MGM star Gene Kelly
during his search for a co-star in one of the finest musicals ever filmed, the Oscar-winning An American in Paris
, which was inspired by and based on the music of George Gershwin
. Leslie's gamine looks and pixie-like appeal would be ideal for Cinderella-type rags-to-riches stories...
“ 1963 - BA: The L-Shaped Room
1953 - BA: Lili ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1974 - BA: Claudine ” - spearsdw
Born Ann Veronica LaHiff in New York on November 19, 1904, Nancy Carroll was to be one of the finest actresses ever to grace the silver screen. She was smitten, early, by the acting bug when she appeared as Fay Larkin in 1918's RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE a film that went absolutely no where. Prior to that she had limited experience on the stages surrounding NYC...
“ 1929/30 - BA: The Devil's Holiday ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2010 - BSA: The King's Speech
1997 - BA: The Wings of the Dove ” - spearsdw
Mary Margaret Cass was born May 21, 1924, in Boston, Massachusetts. After three years in the Cambridge Latin School drama club without one speaking part, she moved to New York, where she worked as a secretary, telephone operator, advertising solicitor and model. She joined a USO troupe that took her to Australia for seven months...
“ 1958 - BSA: Auntie Mame ” - spearsdw
“ 2003 - BA: Whale Rider ” - spearsdw
Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...
“ 1967 - BSA: Thoroughly Modern Millie ” - spearsdw
One of Broadway and Hollywood's cleverer talents who tends to shine a smart, cynical light on her surroundings, Stockard Channing was born Susan Williams Antonia Stockard on February 13, 1944, in New York City, to a Catholic family, with English and Irish ancestry. The daughter of Lester Napier Stockard...
“ 1993 - BA: Six Degrees of Separation ” - spearsdw
Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and was in a dance troupe by age thirteen...
“ 2012 - BA: Zero Dark Thirty
2011 - BSA: The Help ” - spearsdw
Ruth Chatterton was born in New York City on Christmas Eve, 1893. Aspiring to be an actress early during her girlhood, she was active in various school productions. The result of her amateur stage plays left no doubt in her mind that acting was to be a way of life for her. While on a school vacation in Washington...
“ 1929/30 - BA: Sarah and Son
1928/29 - BA: Madame X (Note: This is not an official nomination. There were no nominations announced for this awards year; according to AMPAS records, this was one of the names under consideration in this category.) ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1987 - BA: Moonstruck *
1983 - BSA: Silkwood ” - spearsdw
Julie Christie, the British movie legend whom Al Pacino
called "the most poetic of all actresses", was born in Chukua, Assam, India, on April 14, 1941, the daughter of a tea planter, Frank St. John Christie, and his wife, Rosemary (Ramsden), who was a painter. Her family was of English, and some Scottish...
“ 2007 - BA: Away from Her
1997 - BA: Afterglow
1971 - BA: McCabe & Mrs. Miller
1965 - BA: Darling * ” - spearsdw
She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones
and appeared in The Third Secret
the following year but she allowed her film career to decline following her marriage to actor Sean Connery
, the second of her three husbands, to whom she was married from 1962-1973...
“ 1963 - BSA: Tom Jones ” - spearsdw
“ 1973 - BSA: American Graffiti ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 2003 - BSA: Pieces of April ” - spearsdw
It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles. Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, the daughter of Julia Louise (Dorr)...
“ 1979 - BA: Starting Over
1978 - BA: An Unmarried Woman ” - spearsdw
Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Mary Hester "Bettine" (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close
), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families. Glenn...
“ 2011 - BA: Albert Nobbs
1988 - BA: Dangerous Liaisons
1987 - BA: Fatal Attraction
1984 - BSA: The Natural
1983 - BSA: The Big Chill
1982 - BSA: The World According to Garp ” - spearsdw
Claudette Colbert was born in Paris and brought to the United States as a child three years later. Born Lily Claudette Chauchoin, she went to high school in New York. She was studying at the Art Students League when, in 1923, she took the name Claudette Colbert for her first Broadway role in "The Wild Westcotts"...
“ 1944 - BA: Since You Went Away
1935 - BA: Private Worlds
1934 - BA: It Happened One Night * ” - spearsdw
Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense
and Little Miss Sunshine
. Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three children of Judith (Cook)...
“ 1999 - BSA: The Sixth Sense ” - spearsdw
Irish-born stage actress, in London from 1904, on Broadway from 1908. After appearing as a flower girl in 'The Queen of the Moulin Rouge', she became a celebrated theatrical star of many classic plays by George Bernard Shaw
, Henrik Ibsen
, J.M. Barrie
and others. From 1947 to 1948, she starred as Lavinia Penniman in 'The Heiress' at the Biltmore Theatre...
“ 1941 - BSA: The Little Foxes ” - spearsdw
Pauline Collins, OBE, came to prominence with portraying Sarah Moffat in BBC's Upstairs, Downstairs
and its spin-off Thomas and Sarah
during the 1970s. After having played the title-role in the play "Shirley Valentine" for which she earned Laurence Olivier, Tony, and Drama Desk awards, she reprised the role in its film adaptation Shirley Valentine
“ 1989 - BA: Shirley Valentine ” - spearsdw
A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on Alexander Pantages Theatre Circuit...
“ 1928/29 - BA: The Barker (Note: This is not an official nomination. There were no nominations announced for this awards year; according to AMPAS records, this was one of the names under consideration in this category.) ” - spearsdw
Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across the Brooklyn Bridge from Manhattan...
“ 2001 - BSA: A Beautiful Mind * ” - spearsdw
Gladys Cooper was the daughter of journalist William Frederick Cooper and his wife Mabel Barnett. As a child she was very striking and was used as a photographic model beginning at six years old. She wanted to become an actress and started on that road in 1905 after being discovered by Seymour Hicks to tour with his company in "Bluebell in Fairyland"...
“ 1964 - BSA: My Fair Lady
1943 - BSA: The Song of Bernadette
1942 - BSA: Now, Voyager ” - spearsdw
Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited
in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered
. In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor roles. One of them was in the Christmas classic It's a Wonderful Life
“ 1948 - BSA: I Remember Mama ” - spearsdw
Valentina Cortese was born in Milan, Lombardy, Italy, in 1923. She made her movie debut in 1940 and played many "ingenue" parts in Italian films of that period, before making a real sensation in Les Misérables
and Tempesta su Parigi
, playing both female leads, Fantine and Cosette (the film was a competent screen adaptation of the Victor Hugo classic "Les misérables")...
“ 1974 - BSA: Day for Night ” - spearsdw
Academy Award-winning Actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard
, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud
, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton and her mother has Kabyle ancestry. Raised in Orléans...
“ 2014 - BA: Two Days, One Night
2007 - BA: La vie en rose * ” - spearsdw
Jeanne Crain was born in Barstow, California, on May 25, 1925. The daughter of a high school English teacher and his wife, Jeanne was moved to Los Angeles not long after her birth after her father got another teaching position in that city. While in junior high school, Jeanne played the lead in a school production which set her on the path to acting...
“ 1949 - BA: Pinky ” - spearsdw
Joan Crawford was born Lucille Fay LeSueur on March 23, 1905, in San Antonio, Texas, to Anna Belle (Johnson) and Thomas E. LeSueur, a laundry laborer. By the time she was born, her parents had separated, and by the time she was a teenager, she'd had three stepfathers. It wasn't an easy life; Crawford worked a variety of menial jobs...
“ 1952 - BA: Sudden Fear
1947 - BA: Possessed
1945 - BA: Mildred Pierce * ” - spearsdw
“ 1984 - BSA: Places in the Heart ” - spearsdw
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ 2009 - BSA: Nine
2008 - BSA: Vicky Cristina Barcelona *
2006 - BA: Volver ” - spearsdw
“ 1977 - BSA: The Goodbye Girl ” - spearsdw
Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack
. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack
, John Cusack
, Ann Cusack
and Bill Cusack
also act. Her family is of Irish descent...
“ 1997 - BSA: In & Out
1988 - BSA: Working Girl ” - spearsdw
Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge
(née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge
began performing publicly, usually in black Baptist churches throughout the country...
“ 1954 - BA: Carmen Jones ” - spearsdw
Missouri-born Jane Darwell was the daughter of a railroad president and grew up on a ranch in Missouri. She nursed ambitions to be an opera singer, but put it off because of her father's disapproval (she eventually changed her name to Darwell from the family name of Woodward so as not to "sully" the family name)...
“ 1940 - BSA: The Grapes of Wrath * ” - spearsdw
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...
“ 1962 - BA: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
1952 - BA: The Star
1950 - BA: All About Eve
1944 - BA: Mr. Skeffington
1942 - BA: Now, Voyager
1941 - BA: The Little Foxes
1940 - BA: The Letter
1939 - BA: Dark Victory
1938 - BA: Jezebel *
1935 - BA: Dangerous *
1934 - BA: Of Human Bondage (Note: This is not an official nomination; Davis was a write-in candidate.) ” - spearsdw