My List of the Greatest Film Actresses

I'm sure I'll never be completely happy with this list. The only thing harder than ranking movies is ranking those in them. There will probably always be greats that I'm overlooking, or ladies who should be ranked higher than other ladies, etc. But, for the most part, these are in order of greatness starting with Meryl, whom I consider the best. Sure she's an obvious choice, but let's face it - no one else really comes close.
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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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Sophie’s Choice
2. The Bridges of Madison County
3. Kramer vs. Kramer
4. The Iron Lady
5. August: Osage County
6. Out of Africa
7. Ironweed
8. A Cry in the Dark
9. Doubt
10. The French Lieutenant's Woman
11. Heartburn
12. Postcards from the Edge
13. Julie & Julia
14. The Hours
15. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
16. Silkwood
17. Adaptation.
18. Into the Woods
19. The Deer Hunter
20. The Devil Wears Prada
21. Death Becomes Her
22. Defending Your Life
23. Julia
24. Suffragette ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. I’m Not There.
2. Elizabeth
3. Blue Jasmine
4. Carol
5. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
6. Notes on a Scandal
7. The Aviator
8. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9. The Talented Mr. Ripley
10. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
11. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Glenn Close
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dangerous Liaisons
2. Reversal of Fortune
3. Fatal Attraction
4. The World According to Garp
5. The Big Chill
6. Jagged Edge
7. The Stepford Wives
8. The Natural
9. Mars Attacks! ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Heavenly Creatures
2. Revolutionary Road
3. Sense and Sensibility
4. The Reader
5. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
6. Quills
7. The Life of David Gale
8. Finding Neverland
9. Titanic ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
She was one of the hottest actresses in the 1970s playing neurotic, highly driven women with sex appeal. Life in the 1990s has not been as good. In a much-publicized incident, she was dropped as the lead in the Broadway musical "Sunset Boulevard," and her attempt at starring in a television comedy was an unmitigated bomb.
“ Greatest performances:

1. Mommie Dearest
2. Bonnie and Clyde
3. Little Big Man
4. Network
5. Chinatown
6. Three Days of the Condor
7. Barfly ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first acting part was as Helen Keller in a fifth-grade play...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Raising Arizona
2. The Piano
3. Broadcast News
4. The Firm
5. Crash
6. Copycat
7. O Brother, Where Art Thou?
8. Thirteen ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Silence of the Lambs
2. The Accused
3. Nell
4. Taxi Driver
5. Contact
6. Panic Room
7. Flightplan
8. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dogville
2. The Others
3. The Hours
4. Cold Mountain
5. To Die For
6. The Paperboy
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. The Human Stain
9. Malice
10. Dead Calm
11. The Stepford Wives ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Remains of the Day
2. Sense and Sensibility
3. Saving Mr. Banks
4. In the Name of the Father
5. Love Actually
6. Howards End
7. Primary Colors ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Coal Miner's Daughter
2. In the Bedroom
3. Badlands
4. Carrie
5. JFK
6. The Help
7. The Straight Story ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Steel Magnolias
2. Sybil
3. Places in the Heart
4. Absence of Malice
5. Norma Rae
6. Lincoln
7. Forrest Gump
8. Soapdish
9. Punchline ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. American Beauty
2. Regarding Henry
3. Bugsy
4. The Grifters
5. Postcards from the Edge
6. Mars Attacks! ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Dianne Wiest
One of three children (she has two brothers, Greg and Don), Dianne Wiest was born in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. Her mother, Anne Stewart (Keddie), was a nurse from Auchtermuchty, Scotland, and her father, Bernard John Wiest, was a college dean and social worker who was born in Pennsylvania, of German and Croatian descent...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Parenthood
2. Hannah and Her Sisters
3. Synecdoche, New York
4. Edward Scissorhands
5. The Lost Boys
6. The Birdcage ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Moonstruck
2. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
3. Silkwood
4. The Witches of Eastwick
5. Mermaids ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
2. Long Day's Journey Into Night
3. The Philadelphia Story
4. On Golden Pond
5. Holiday
6. Suddenly, Last Summer
7. The African Queen
8. Bringing Up Baby ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
2. All About Eve ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Judi Dench
Actress, Skyfall
Judi Dench was born in York, England, to Eleanora Olive (Jones), who was from Dublin, Ireland, and Reginald Arthur Dench, a doctor from Dorset, England. She attended Mount School in York, and studied at the Central School of Speech and Drama. She has performed with Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Philomena
2. Notes on a Scandal
3. Chocolat
4. Shakespeare in Love
5. A Room With a View
6. J. Edgar ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
2. Suddenly, Last Summer
3. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
4. Giant
5. A Place in the Sun
6. Little Women
7. Father of the Bride ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Queen
2. The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
3. Trumbo
4. 2010
5. The Mosquito Coast
6. Excalibur ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Fight Club
2. A Room With a View
3. The King’s Speech
4. Alice in Wonderland
5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince/ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2
6. Howard’s End
7. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
8. Suffragette
9. Dark Shadows
10. Big Fish ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ellen Burstyn
Actress, Interstellar
Ellen Burstyn was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Correine Marie (Hamel) and John Austin Gillooly. She is of mostly Irish, German, and French-Canadian descent. Ellen worked a number of jobs before she became an actress. At 14, she was a short-order cook at a lunch counter. After graduating from Detroit's Cass Technical High School...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Requiem for a Dream
2. The Exorcist
3. Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore
4. The Last Picture Show
5. W.
6. Harry and Tonto ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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 are second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Notorious
2. Autumn Sonata
3. Casablanca
4. Gaslight
5. Murder on the Orient Express
6. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Juliette Binoche
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
2. Three Colors: Blue
3. The English Patient
4. Chocolat
5. Damage
6. Caché ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Phyllis Lange was born 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, to Dorothy Florence (Sahlman) and Albert John Lange, a traveling salesman and teacher. She is of Finnish (mother) and Dutch and German (father) descent. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Rob Roy
2. Frances
3. Tootsie
4. The Postman Always Rings Twice
5. Cape Fear
6. Big Fish
7. All That Jazz ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dangerous Liaisons
2. The Fabulous Baker Boys
3. The Age of Innocence
4. A Midsummer Night's Dream
5. The Witches of Eastwick
6. Scarface
7. The Deep End of the Ocean
8. What Lies Beneath
9. Dangerous Minds
10. Dark Shadows ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Closer
2. Erin Brockovich
3. August: Osage County
4. Pretty Woman
5. Steel Magnolias
6. Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
7. Charlie Wilson’s War
8. The Pelican Brief
9. Sleeping with the Enemy
10. Notting Hill
11. Ocean's Eleven ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Iron Man 3
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Shakespeare in Love
2. A Perfect Murder
3. The Talented Mr. Ripley
4. Proof
5. Se7en
6. The Royal Tenenbaums
7. Shallow Hal
8. Iron Man ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Whoopi Goldberg
Self, The View
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in a funeral parlor and as a bricklayer while taking small parts on Broadway...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Color Purple
2. Ghost
3. Ghosts of Mississippi
4. Girl, Interrupted
5. Soapdish
6. The Player
7. The Deep End of the Ocean
8. Sister Act ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Shirley MacLaine
Actress, The Apartment
Shirley MacLaine was born Shirley MacLean Beaty in Richmond, Virginia. Her mother, Kathlyn Corinne (MacLean), was a drama teacher from Nova Scotia, Canada, and her father, Ira Owens Beaty, a professor of psychology and real estate agent, was from Virginia. Her brother, Warren Beatty, was born on March 30, 1937. Her ancestry includes English and Scottish...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Terms of Endearment
2. Steel Magnolias
3. Guarding Tess
4. The Apartment
5. Postcards from the Edge
6. Being There
7. Bewitched
8. Around the World in Eighty Days ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in Los Angeles, California, to Dorothy Deanne (Keaton), an amateur photographer, and John Newton Ignatius "Jack" Hall, a civil engineer and real estate broker. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, German, and Scottish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather: Part II
2. Reds
3. Looking for Mr. Goodbar
4. The Godfather
5. Annie Hall
6. The Godfather: Part III
7. Baby Boom
8. The First Wives Club
9. Father of the Bride ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Joanne Woodward
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward was born on February 27, 1930, in Thomasville, Georgia, to Wade Woodward and Elinor Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward in a modest household. Her one older brother, Wade Jr., who was the favorite of her father, eventually became an architect. Elinor Woodward was a quite a movie buff and enjoyed going to picture shows often...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Long Hot Summer
2. Sybil
3. Philadelphia ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Witches of Eastwick
2. Dead Man Walking
3. The Hunger
4. Thelma & Louise
5. Bull Durham
6. The Client
7. The Lovely Bones
8. The Rocky Horror Picture Show
9. Cloud Atlas ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Frances McDormand
Actress, Fargo
Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and Vernon Weir McDormand, a minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. She earned her B.A. in Theater from Bethany College in 1979 and her MFA from Yale in 1982...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Fargo
2. Raising Arizona
3. Wonder Boys
4. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
5. Mississippi Burning
6. Burn After Reading
7. The Man Who Wasn’t There
8. Almost Famous
9. Blood Simple
10. Moonrise Kingdom ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Angelina Jolie
Actress, Maleficent
Angelina Jolie is an Oscar-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Wanted, Salt and Maleficent. Off-screen, Jolie has become prominently involved in international charity projects, especially those involving refugees...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Changeling
2. Girl, Interrupted
3. Pushing Tin ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Kathy Bates
Actress, Titanic
Multi-talented Kathleen Doyle Bates was born on June 28, 1948, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is the youngest of three girls born to Bertye Kathleen (Talbot), a homemaker, and Langdon Doyle Bates, a mechanical engineer. Her grandfather was author Finis L. Bates. Kathy has English, as well as Irish...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Dolores Claiborne
2. Misery
3. Fried Green Tomatoes
4. Primary Colors
5. Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean
6. Titanic
7. Revolutionary Road
8. About Schmidt ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Vivien Leigh
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Gone With the Wind
2. A Streetcar Named Desire ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California, to prima ballerina Enrica "Ricki" (Soma) and director and actor John Huston. Her mother, who was from New York, was of Italian descent, and her father had English, Scottish, and Scots-Irish ancestry. Huston spent most of her childhood overseas...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Grifters
2. The Royal Tenenbaums
3. The Addams Family
4. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
5. The Darjeeling Limited
6. The Crossing Guard ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s 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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Léon: The Professional
2. Goya's Ghosts
3. Black Swan
4. V for Vendetta
5. Brothers
6. Closer
7. Cold Mountain
8. Garden State
9. Hotel Chevalier ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Reese Witherspoon
Actress, Walk the Line
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose and throat...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Wild
2. Walk the Line
3. Election
4. Pleasantville
5. The Man in the Moon
6. Mud
7. Inherent Vice
8. Legally Blonde
9. Cruel Intentions
10. Fear ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Mia Farrow
Mia Farrow was born in Los Angeles, California, to director John Farrow and actress and Tarzan-girl Maureen O'Sullivan. Her father was Australian-born (of English descent) and her mother was Irish-born (of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry). Farrow debuted at the movies in 1959 in very small roles...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Rosemary’s Baby
2. Hannah and Her Sisters
3. The Omen ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Still Alice
2. Boogie Nights
3. A Single Man
4. Short Cuts
5. Children of Men
6. The Hours
7. Magnolia
8. The Big Lebowski
9. Hannibal ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Charlotte Gainsbourg
Actress, Melancholia
Charlotte Gainsbourg was born in London, England in 1971. She is an Anglo-French actress and singer. The daughter of English actress Jane Birkin and French singer and songwriter Serge Gainsbourg, she was raised in Paris. Gainsbourg made her motion picture debut in 1984. In 1986, Gainsbourg won a César Award for "Most Promising Actress"...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Antichrist
2. Melancholia
3. I'm Not There.
4. 21 Grams ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Melanie Lynskey
Actress, Togetherness
At 16 years of age, Melanie Lynskey captivated audiences with her explosive debut in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures, achieving worldwide acclaim and a Best Actress prize for her portrayal of an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend (Kate Winslet) spirals dangerously out of control...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Heavenly Creatures
2. The Informant!
3. Up in the Air
4. Flags of Our Fathers ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Wait Until Dark
2. Roman Holiday
3. Breakfast at Tiffany's
4. My Fair Lady ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Angela Lansbury
British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her first film...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Manchurian Candidate
2. The Long, Hot Summer
3. Gaslight ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Hilary Swank
Hilary was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, to Judith Kay (Clough), a secretary, and Stephen Michael Swank, who served in the National Guard and was also a traveling salesman. Her maternal grandmother, Frances Martha Dominguez, was of Mexican descent, and her other roots include German, English, and Scottish...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Boys Don’t Cry
2. Million Dollar Baby
3. Insomnia ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Emily Watson
Actress, Corpse Bride
Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Breaking the Waves
2. The Book Thief
3. Red Dragon
4. The Boxer
5. War Horse
6. Punch-Drunk Love
7. Synecdoche, New York
8. The Theory of Everything ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Joan Crawford
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
2. Grand Hotel
3. Mildred Pierce ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Renée Zellweger
Renée Kathleen Zellweger was born on April 25, 1969, in Katy, Texas, USA. Her mother, Kjellfrid Irene (Andreassen), is a Norwegian-born former nurse and midwife, of Norwegian, Kven (Finnish), and Swedish descent. Her father, Emil Erich Zellweger, is a Swiss-born engineer. The two married in 1963. Renée has a brother named Drew Zellweger...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Jerry Maguire
2. Cold Mountain
3. Cinderella Man
4. Chicago
5. Bridget Jones's Diary
6. Nurse Betty ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Aliens
2. The Ice Storm
3. Alien
4. Copycat
5. Ghostbusters
6. The Year of Living Dangerously
7. Alien³
8. Dave
9. Working Girl
10. Galaxy Quest
11. Avatar ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Tilda Swinton
The iconoclastic gifts of the visually striking and fiercely talented actress Tilda Swinton have been appreciated by a more international audience of late. She was born Katherine Mathilda Swinton on November 5, 1960, in London, England. Her mother, Judith Balfour, Lady Swinton (née Killen), was Australian...
“ Greatest performances:

1. We Need to Talk About Kevin
2. Michael Clayton
3. War Requiem
4. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
5. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
6. Trainwreck
7. The Grand Budapest Hotel
8. Constantine
9. Vanilla Sky
10. Burn After Reading
11. Moonrise Kingdom
12. Aria ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Eva Marie Saint
Actress and producer Eva Marie Saint was born on July 4, 1924 on Newark, New Jersey. She is known for starring in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront, for which she won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest. Her film career also includes roles in Raintree County...
“ Greatest performances:

1. On the Waterfront
2. North by Northwest
3. Nothing in Common
4. Exodus ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Kathleen Turner
Kathleen Turner was born June 19, 1954 in Springfield, Missouri, to Patsy (Magee) and Allen Richard Turner, a U.S. Foreign Service officer. She graduated from American School in London in 1972. After the death of her father, the Turner family moved back to the United States where Kathleen later enrolled at Missouri State University for two years...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Accidental Tourist
2. Body Heat
3. The Virgin Suicides
4. Peggy Sue Got Married
5. Serial Mom ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Toni Collette
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)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Sixth Sense
2. Little Miss Sunshine
3. The Way Way Back ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Debra Winger
Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an officer manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra (her father named her Debra after his favorite actress...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Terms of Endearment
2. Shadowlands
3. An Officer and a Gentleman
4. Rachel Getting Married
5. Forget Paris
6. Legal Eagles ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Keira Knightley
Keira Christina Knightley was born in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond on March 26th 1985. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born mother is of Scottish and Welsh origin...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Atonement
2. The Imitation Game
3. Never Let Me Go
4. Love Actually
5. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Juliette Lewis
Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear. To date, she has worked with some of the most revered directors in the industry...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Cape Fear
2. From Dusk Till Dawn
3. Natural Born Killers
4. What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
5. August: Osage County
6. Strange Days ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jennifer Connelly
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Requiem for a Dream
2. A Beautiful Mind
3. Dark City
4. Blood Diamond
5. Labyrinth ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Olympia Dukakis
Long a vital, respected lady of the classic and contemporary stage this grand lady did not become a household name and sought-after film actress until age 56 when she turned in a glorious, Oscar-winning perf as Cher's sardonic mother in the romantic comedy Moonstruck. Since then movie...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Moonstruck
2. Steel Magnolias ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Geena Davis
Actress, Beetlejuice
As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston University...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Accidental Tourist
2. Thelma & Louise
3. A League of Their Own ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Charlize Theron
Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg-area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Gerda Jacoba Aletta Maritz) and Charles Jacobus Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner military figure Danie Theron was her great-great-uncle...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Monster
2. The Devil’s Advocate
3. The Cider House Rules
4. 2 Days in the Valley
5. The Road ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. On Golden Pond
2. The China Syndrome
3. Julia
4. Klute
5. Nine to Five ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Louise Fletcher
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, to Episcopal minister Robert Fletcher and his wife Estelle, both of whom were deaf, Louise Fletcher was introduced to performing at a young age by the aunt who taught her to speak. After graduating from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, she took a trip out west with her roommates...
“ Greatest performances:

1. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
2. Flowers in the Attic
3. Brainstorm ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Viola Davis
Actress, The Help
Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), a maid and factory worker...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Doubt
2. The Help
3. Prisoners ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Julie Andrews
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Sound of Music
2. Mary Poppins
3. 10 ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Veronica Cartwright
Actress, Alien
Born in Bristol, England, Veronica is the older sister of the popular child actress Angela Cartwright. In her early career, Veronica was cast in a number of popular movies such as The Children's Hour, Spencer's Mountain and Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. As such, she was cast as "Jemima Boone" in the popular television series Daniel Boone...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Witches of Eastwick
2. Alien
3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
4. The Right Stuff
5. The Birds ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Amy Adams
Actress, Arrival
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Junebug
2. Catch Me If You Can
3. American Hustle
4. Doubt
5. Julie & Julia
6. Her
7. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
8. The Master
9. Charlie Wilson's War
10. Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Maggie Smith
One of the world's most famous and distinguished actresses, Dame Maggie Smith was born Margaret Natalie Smith in Essex. Her Scottish mother, Margaret (Hutton), worked as a secretary, and her English father, Nathaniel Smith, was a teacher at Oxford University. Smith has been married twice: to actor Robert Stephens and to playwright Beverley Cross...
“ Greatest performances:

1. A Room With a View
2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone/Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets/Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban/Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire/Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix/Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince/Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
3. The First Wives Club
4. Sister Act
5. Hook
6. Murder by Death ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Patricia Kelly was born on November 12, 1929 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to wealthy parents. She was the daughter of Margaret Katherine (Majer), a phys ed instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly. She was of half Irish and half German descent...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Rear Window
2. Dial M for Murder
3. To Catch a Thief ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue was born in Wilmington, Delaware, to Anne Brewster (Wells), who worked for the Chemical Banking Corporation, and James William Shue, a lawyer and real estate developer. She is of German and English ancestry, including descent from Mayflower passengers. Shue's parents divorced while she was in the fourth grade...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Leaving Las Vegas
2. Soapdish
3. The Saint
4. Hollow Man ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Goldie Hawn
Goldie Jeanne Hawn was born in Washington D.C., to Laura Hawn (née Steinhoff), a jewelry shop/dance school owner, and Rut Hawn, a band musician. She has a sister, Patti Hawn, and a brother, Edward, who died in infancy before her birth. She was raised in the Jewish religion. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter of Hungarian immigrants...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Death Becomes Her
2. The First Wives Club
3. Private Benjamin
4. Seems Like Old Times
5. Foul Play ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Laura Linney
Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her father's house (her parents having divorced when she was an infant)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Savages
2. The Squid and the Whale
3. The Truman Show
4. Primal Fear
5. The Life of David Gale
6. Sully
7. Love Actually
8. The Mothman Prophecies
9. The Exorcism of Emily Rose
10. Mystic River
11. Hyde Park on Hudson ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Talia Shire
Actress, Rocky
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Godfather
2. Rocky
3. The Godfather: Part II
4. The Godfather: Part III ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. I Heart Huckabees
2. Funny Games
3. Mulholland Drive
4. J. Edgar
5. Birdman
6. 21 Grams
7. The Ring
8. King Kong ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jennifer Lawrence
America's Sweetheart and star of the wildly popular Hunger Games series, Jennifer Lawrence is the first, and thus far only, person born in the 1990s to have received an acting Oscar (for Silver Linings Playbook). Lawrence was born Jennifer Shrader Lawrence on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Winter's Bone
2. American Hustle
3. Silver Linings Playbook
4. The Hunger Games ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Unfaithful
2. The Outsiders
3. Rumble Fish
4. The Perfect Storm
5. A Little Romance
6. Trumbo
7. Chaplin
8. The Glass House
9. The Cotton Club ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Twelve Monkeys
2. The Last of the Mohicans
3. Unlawful Entry
4. Short Cuts ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Emma Stone
Actress, The Help
Emily Jean "Emma" Stone was born in Scottsdale, Arizona, to Krista (Yeager), a homemaker, and Jeffrey Charles Stone, a contracting company founder and CEO. She is of Swedish (from her paternal grandfather), English, German, Scottish, and Irish descent. Stone began acting as a child as a member of the Valley Youth Theatre in Phoenix...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Help
2. Birdman: Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
3. Easy A
4. Superbad
5. Zombieland ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jennifer Jason Leigh
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina Badie...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Bastard Out of Carolina
2. Dolores Claiborne
3. The Hateful Eight
4. The Hudsucker Proxy
5. Synecdoche, New York
6. Single White Female ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Monster's Ball
2. Cloud Atlas
3. Bulworth
4. Boomerang ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Les Misérables
2. Rachel Getting Married
3. The Devil Wears Prada
4. Interstellar
5. Brokeback Mountain
6. Alice in Wonderland ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ Greatest performances:

1. In the Bedroom
2. My Cousin Vinny
3. Chaplin
4. The Ides of March
5. Trainwreck ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Joan Cusack
Actress, Working Girl
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. High Fidelity
2. Say Anything...
3. School of Rock
4. My Blue Heaven ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Rebel Without a Cause
2. West Side Story
3. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice
4. Brainstorm
5. The Searchers ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Claire Danes
New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art and Architecture. She is of mostly German and British Isles descent...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Romeo + Juliet
2. The Rainmaker
3. Brokedown Palace
4. The Hours ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jessica Tandy
A beloved, twinkly blue-eyed doyenne of stage and screen, actress Jessica Tandy's career spanned nearly six and a half decades. In that course of time, she enjoyed an amazing film renaissance at age 80, something unheard of in a town that worships youth and nubile beauty. She was born Jessie Alice Tandy in London in 1909...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Driving Miss Daisy
2. Fried Green Tomatoes
3. The Birds
4. Cocoon
5. The World According to Garp ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
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...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Miracle Worker
2. The Graduate
3. The Elephant Man
4. The Hindenburg
5. Malice ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Salma Hayek
Producer, Frida
One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her opera-singing mother...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Fools Rush In
2. From Dusk Till Dawn ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Carol Kane
Actress, Annie Hall
Carol Kane was born Carolyn Laurie Kane on June 18, 1952 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Elaine Joy (Fetterman), a jazz singer and pianist, and Michael Myron Kane, an architect. Her family is Jewish (from Russia, Poland, and Austria). Due to her parents' divorce, Carol spent most of her childhood in boarding schools...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Princess Bride
2. Scrooged
3. Annie Hall
4. Addams Family Values
5. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues
6. Carnal Knowledge ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Jeanne Tripplehorn
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 10, 1963, Jeanne Tripplehorn developed an interest in performing through her father, guitarist Tom Tripplehorn, who at one time recorded with the pop group Gary Lewis & The Playboys on such hits as "This Diamond Ring". (Note: many references list Jeanne's father's birth date as February 2...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Firm
2. Basic Instinct ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Cybill Shepherd
Actress, Cybill
Cybill Lynne Shepherd was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Patty, a homemaker, and William Shepherd, a small business owner. Named after her grandfather, Cy, and her father, Bill, Shepherd's career began at a young age in modeling, when she won the "Miss Teenage Memphis" contest in 1966 and the "Model of the Year" contest in 1968...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Taxi Driver
2. The Last Picture Show ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Rachel McAdams
Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 was...
“ Greatest performances

1. The Notebook
2. Mean Girls
3. Sherlock Holmes
4. Spotlight
5. Wedding Crashers
6. Red Eye ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Lena Olin
Swedish-born Lena Olin already had a successful career as an actress before she came to Hollywood. She acted at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and was directed by Ingmar Bergman. She was born in Stockholm, to actors Britta Holmberg and Stig Olin, who appeared in six of Bergman's films. Lena also belongs to the Bergman "family"...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
2. The Reader
3. Fanny and Alexander ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Laura Dern
Actress, Jurassic Park
Laura Dern was born on February 10, 1967 in Los Angeles, the daughter of actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. Dern was exposed to movie sets and the movie industry from infancy, and obtained several bit parts as a child. Her parents divorced when Dern was two and Dern lost contact with her father for several years as a result...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Inland Empire
2. Wild
3. Blue Velvet
4. Jurassic Park
5. Wild at Heart
6. October Sky ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Catherine Zeta-Jones
Actress, Chicago
Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales, UK. She is the daughter of Patricia (Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a candy factory. Her father is of Welsh descent and her mother is of English, Irish, and Welsh ancestry. Her brothers are David Jones (born 1967)...
“ Greatest performances:

1. The Terminal
2. Intolerable Cruelty
3. Chicago
4. Traffic
5. High Fidelity ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Helen Hunt
Actress, Mad About You
Helen Hunt began studying acting at the age of eight with her father, respected director and acting coach Gordon Hunt. A year later she made her professional debut and afterwards worked steadily in films, theatre and television.
“ Greatest performances:

1. As Good as It Gets
2. Pay It Forward
3. Cast Away ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Dee Wallace
This attractive, happy go lucky blonde actress, educated at the University of Kansas and a former ballet soloist, first broke into both TV and cinema screens in the mid 1970s and through her appearances in several well remembered horror and sci-fi films, and Dee quickly gained a cult following among the fantasy film fans...
“ Greatest performances:

1. Cujo
2. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Meg Ryan
Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She has Rusyn/Ruthenian, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Ruthenian surname...
“ Greatest performances:

1. When Harry Met Sally...
2. Proof of Life
3. You've Got Mail
4. Sleepless in Seattle
5. Joe Versus the Volcano
6. The Doors
7. City of Angels ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
Ellen Barkin
Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...
“ Greatest performances:

1. This Boy's Life ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane
“ Greatest performances:

1. The World According to Garp ” - Gov_William_J_LePetomane