Academy Award Winners For Best Actress

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1.
Janet Gaynor
Actress, Sunrise
Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe store for the princely sum of $18 per week...
“ Year: 1927/28. Movie: Seventh Heaven, Street Angel and Sunrise. Nominated With: Louise Dresser and Gloria Swanson ” - erick-palacios04
 
2.
Mary Pickford
Actress, Coquette
Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater companies...
“ Year: 1928/29. Movie: Coquette. Nominated With: Ruth Chatterton, Betty Compson, Jeanne Eagles (Posthumous Nomination), Corinne Griffith and Bessie Love ” - erick-palacios04
 
3.
Norma Shearer
Actress, The Women
She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to correct her cross-eyed stare caused by a muscle weakness...
“ Year: 1929/30. Movie: The Divorcee. Nominated With: Nancy Carroll, Ruth Chatterton, Greta Garbo (2), Norma Shearer (Also Nominated For: "Their Own Desire") and Gloria Swanson ” - erick-palacios04
 
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Marie Dressler
Once you saw her, you would not forget her. Despite her age and weight, she became one of the top box office draws of the sound era. She was 14 when she joined a theater group and she went on to work on stage and in light opera. By 1892, she was on Broadway and she later became a star comedienne on the vaudeville circuit...
“ Year: 1930/31. Movie: Min and Bill. Nominated With: Marlene Dietrich, Irene Dunne, Ann Harding and Norma Shearer ” - erick-palacios04
 
5.
Helen Hayes
Known as "The First lady of the American Theater", Helen Hayes had a legendary career on stage and in films and television that spanned over eighty years. Hayes was born in Washington, D.C., to Catherine Estelle "Essie" Hayes, an actress who worked in touring companies, and Francis van Arnum Brown, a clerk and salesman...
“ Year: 1931/32. Movie: The Sin of Madelon Claudet. Nominated With: Marie Dressler and Lynn Fontanne ” - erick-palacios04
 
6.
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...
“ Year: 1932/33. Movie: Morning Glory. Nominated With: May Robson and Diana Wynyard ” - erick-palacios04
 
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Claudette Colbert
One of the brightest film stars to grace the screen was born Emilie Claudette Chauchoin on September 13, 1903, in Saint Mandé, France where her father owned a bakery at 57, rue de la République (now Avenue Général de Gaulle). The family moved to the United States when she was three. As Claudette grew up...
“ Year: 1934. Movie: It Happened One Night. Nominated With: Grace Moore, Norma Shearer and Bette Davis ” - erick-palacios04
 
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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...
“ Year: 1935. Movie: Dangerous. Nominated With: Elizabeth Bergner, Claudette Colbert, Katharine Hepburn, Miriam Hopkins and Merle Oberon ” - erick-palacios04
 
9.
Luise Rainer
Rainer returned to Holywood in the 1998 and 2013 Academy Awards ceremony honoring previous Oscar winners and in 2010 for the TCM Classic Film Festival. She was all smiles for the cameras, but her wounds had not healed. "I hated Hollywood," Rainer said in an interview in 2001. "That's why I turned my back on it." She had wanted to be Madame Currie...
“ Year: 1936. Movie: The Great Ziegfeld. Nominated With: Irene Dunne, Gladys George, Carole Lombard and Norma Shearer ” - erick-palacios04
 
10.
Luise Rainer
Rainer returned to Holywood in the 1998 and 2013 Academy Awards ceremony honoring previous Oscar winners and in 2010 for the TCM Classic Film Festival. She was all smiles for the cameras, but her wounds had not healed. "I hated Hollywood," Rainer said in an interview in 2001. "That's why I turned my back on it." She had wanted to be Madame Currie...
“ Year: 1937. Movie: The Good Earth. Nominated With: Irene Dunne, Greta Garbo, Janet Gaynor and Barbara Stanwyck ” - erick-palacios04
 
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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...
“ Year: 1938. Movie: Jezebel. Nominated With: Fay Bainter, Wendy Hiller, Norma Shearer and Margaret Sullavan ” - erick-palacios04
 
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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...
“ Year: 1939. Movie: Gone With The Wind. Nominated With: Bette Davis, Irene Dunne, Greta Garbo and Greer Garson ” - erick-palacios04
 
13.
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...
“ Year: 1940. Movie: Kitty Foyle. Nominated With: Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine, Katharine Hepburn and Martha Scott ” - erick-palacios04
 
14.
Joan Fontaine
Actress, Rebecca
Born Joan de Beauvoir de Havilland on October 22, 1917, in Tokyo, Japan, in what was known as the International Settlement. Her father was a British patent attorney with a lucrative practice in Japan, but due to Joan and older sister Olivia de Havilland's recurring ailments the family moved to California in the hopes of improving their health...
“ Year: 1941. Movie: Suspicion. Nominated With: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Greer Garson and Barbara Stanwyck ” - erick-palacios04
 
15.
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...
“ Year: 1942. Movie: Mrs. Miniver. Nominated With: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell and Teresa Wright ” - erick-palacios04
 
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Jennifer Jones
One of the world's most underrated Academy Award-winning actresses, Jennifer Jones was born Phylis Lee Isley on 2 March 1919 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Flora Mae (Suber) and Phillip Ross Isley, who ran a travelling stage show. As a young aspiring actress, she met and fell for young aspiring actor Robert Walker and they soon married...
“ Year: 1943. Movie: The Song of Bernadette. Nominated With: Jean Arthur, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Fontaine and Greer Garson ” - erick-palacios04
 
17.
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...
“ Year: 1944. Movie: Gaslight. Nominated With: Claudette Colbert, Bette Davis, Greer Garson and Barbara Stanwyck ” - erick-palacios04
 
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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...
“ Year: 1945. Movie: Mildred Pierce. Nominated With: Ingrid Bergman, Greer Garson, Jennifer Jones and Gene Tierney ” - erick-palacios04
 
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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...
“ Year: 1946. Movie: To Each His Own. Nominated With: Celia Johnson, Jennifer Jones, Rosalind Russell and Jane Wyman ” - erick-palacios04
 
20.
Loretta Young
Sweet, sweeter, sweetest. No combination of terms better describes the screen persona of lovely Loretta Young. A&E's Biography has stated that Young "remains a symbol of beauty, serenity, and grace. But behind the glamor and stardom is a woman of substance whose true beauty lies in her dedication to her family...
“ Year: 1947. Movie: The Farmer's Daughter. Nominated With: Joan Crawford, Susan Hayward, Dorothy McGuire and Rosalind Russell ” - erick-palacios04
 
21.
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...
“ Year: 1948. Movie: Johnny Belinda. Nominated With: Ingrid Bergman, Olivia de Havilland, Irene Dunne and Barbara Stanwyck ” - erick-palacios04
 
22.
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...
“ Year: 1949. Movie: The Heiress. Nominated With: Jeanne Crain, Susan Hayward, Deborah Kerr and Loretta Young ” - erick-palacios04
 
23.
Judy Holliday
Judy Holliday was born Judith Tuvim in New York City on June 21, 1921. Her mother, a piano teacher, was attending a play when she went into labor and made it to the hospital just in time. Judy was an only child. By the age of four, her mother had her enrolled in ballet school which fostered a life-long interest in show business...
“ Year: 1950. Movie: Born Yesterday. Nominated With: Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Eleanor Parker and Gloria Swanson ” - erick-palacios04
 
24.
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...
“ Year: 1951. Movie: A Streecar Named Desire. Nominated With: Katharine Hepburn, Eleanor Parker, Shelley Winters and Jane Wyman ” - erick-palacios04
 
25.
Shirley Booth
Actress, Hazel
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...
“ Year: 1952. Movie: Come Back, Little Sheba. Nominated With: Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Julie Harris and Susan Hayward ” - erick-palacios04
 
26.
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...
“ Year: 1953. Movie: Roman Holiday. Nominated With: Leslie Caron, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr and Maggie McNamara ” - erick-palacios04
 
27.
Grace Kelly
Actress, Rear Window
Grace Kelly was an American actress who, after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956, became Princess of Monaco. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, at the age of 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television...
“ Year: 1954. Movie: The Country Girl. Nominated With: Dorothy Dandridge, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn and Jane Wyman ” - erick-palacios04
 
28.
Anna Magnani
Anna Magnani was born in Rome, Italy (not in Egypt, as some biographies claim), on March 7, 1908. She was the illegitimate child of Marina Magnani and an unknown father, often said to be from Alexandria, Egypt, but whom Anna herself claimed was from the Calabria region of Italy although she never knew his name...
“ Year: 1955. Movie: The Rose Tattoo. Nominated With: Susan Hayward, Katharine Hepburn, Jennifer Jones and Eleanor Parker ” - erick-palacios04
 
29.
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...
“ Year: 1956. Movie: Anastasia. Nominated With: Carroll Baker, Katharine Hepburn, Nancy Kelly and Deborah Kerr ” - erick-palacios04
 
30.
Joanne Woodward
Actress, Philadelphia
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...
“ Year: 1957. Movie: The Three Faces of Eve. Nominated With: Deborah Kerr, Anna Magnani, Elizabeth Taylor and Lana Turner ” - erick-palacios04
 
31.
Susan Hayward
The youngest of three children, Edythe Marrenner was born in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, New York. Her father and mother, who were of Irish and Swedish descent respectively, endowed her with the milky complexion and ruby mane that would become her trademark. She grew up in poverty in the shadow of her older sister Florence who was her mother's favorite...
“ Year: 1958. Movie: I Want To Live!. Nominated With: Deborah Kerr, Shirley McClaine, Rosalind Russell and Elizabeth Taylor ” - erick-palacios04
 
32.
Simone Signoret
Actress, Diabolique
The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord, would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship during World War II, mostly as an extra and occasionally getting to speak a single line...
“ Year: 1959. Movie: Room At The Top. Nominated With: Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor ” - erick-palacios04
 
33.
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...
“ Year: 1960. Movie: BUtterfield 8. Nominated With: Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Shirley McClaine and Melinda Mercouri ” - erick-palacios04
 
34.
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)...
“ Year: 1961. Movie: Two Women. Nominated With: Audrey Hepburn, Piper Laurie, Geraldine Page and Natalie Wood ” - erick-palacios04
 
35.
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...
“ Year: 1962. Movie: The Miracle Worker. Nominated With: Bette Davis, Katharine Hepburn, Geraldine Page and Lee Remick ” - erick-palacios04
 
36.
Patricia Neal
Patricia Neal, the Oscar- and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patricia Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky. Her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug at the age of 10...
“ Year: 1963. Movie: Hud. Nominated With: Leslie Caron, Shirley McClaine, Rachel Roberts and Natalie Wood ” - erick-palacios04
 
37.
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...
“ Year: 1964. Movie: Mary Poppins. Nominated With: Anne Bancroft, Sophia Loren, Debbie Reynolds and Kim Stanley ” - erick-palacios04
 
38.
Julie Christie
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...
“ Year: 1965. Movie: Darling. Nominated With: Julie Andrews, Samantha Eggar, Elizabeth Hartman and Simone Signoret ” - erick-palacios04
 
39.
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...
“ Year: 1966. Movie: Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf. Nominated With: Anouk Aimee, Ida Karminska, Lynn Redgrave and Vanessa Redgrave ” - erick-palacios04
 
40.
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...
“ Year: 1967. Movie: Guess Who's Coming To Dinner. Nominated With: Anne Bancroft, Faye Dunaway, Edith Evans and Audrey Hepburn ” - erick-palacios04
 
41.
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...
“ Year: 1968. Tie With: Barbra Streisand. Movie: The Lion In Winter. Nominated With: Barbra Streisand, Patricia Neal, Vanessa Redgrave and Joanne Woodward ” - erick-palacios04
 
42.
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,...
“ Year: 1968. Tie With: Katharine Hepburn. Movie: Funny Girl. Nominated With: Katharine Hepburn, Patricia Neal, Vanessa Redgrave and Joanne Woodward ” - erick-palacios04
 
43.
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...
“ Year: 1969. Movie: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Nominated With: Genevieve Bujold, Jane Fonda, Liza Minelli and Jean Simmons ” - erick-palacios04
 
44.
Glenda Jackson
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ Year: 1970. Movie: Women In Love. Nominated With: Jane Alexander, Ali McGraw, Sarah Miles and Carrie Snodgress ” - erick-palacios04
 
45.
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...
“ Year: 1971. Movie: Klute. Nominated With: Julie Christie, Glenda Jackson, Vanessa Redgrave and Janet Suzman ” - erick-palacios04
 
46.
Liza Minnelli
Actress, Cabaret
Liza Minnelli was born on March 12, 1946, the daughter of Judy Garland and movie director Vincente Minnelli. She was practically raised at MGM studios while her parents worked long hours there and she made her film debut at fourteen months of age in the movie In the Good Old Summertime. Her parents divorced in 1951 and...
“ Year: 1972. Movie: Cabaret. Nominated With: Diana Ross, Maggie Smith, Cicely Tyson and Liv Ullman ” - erick-palacios04
 
47.
Glenda Jackson
Few in modern British history have come as far or achieved as much from humble beginnings as Glenda Jackson has. From acclaimed actress to respected MP (Member of Parliament), she is known for her high intelligence and meticulous approach to her work. She was born to a working-class household in Birkenhead...
“ Year: 1973. Movie: A Touch Of Class. Nominated With: Ellen Burstyn, Marsha Mason, Barbra Streisand and Joanne Woodward ” - erick-palacios04
 
48.
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...
“ Year: 1974. Movie: Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore. Nominated With: Diahann Carroll, Faye Dunaway, Valerie Perrine and Gena Rowlands ” - erick-palacios04
 
49.
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...
“ Year: 1975. Movie: One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. Nominated With: Isabelle Adjani, Ann-Margret, Glenda Jackson and Carol Kane ” - erick-palacios04
 
50.
Faye Dunaway
Actress, Chinatown
Faye Dunaway was born on a farm in Bascom, Florida in 1941, the daughter of Grace April (Smith), a housewife, and John MacDowell Dunaway, Jr., an army officer. After high school she majored in education at the University of Florida, but switched to theatre arts and transferred to Boston University, earning her degree in 1962...
“ Year: 1976. Movie: Network. Nominated With: Marie.Christine Barrault, Talia Shire, Sissy Spacek and Liv Ullman ” - erick-palacios04
 
51.
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...
“ Year: 1977. Movie: Annie Hall. Nominated With: Anne Bancroft, Jane Fonda, Shirley McClaine and Marsha Mason ” - erick-palacios04
 
52.
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...
“ Year: 1978. Movie: Coming Home. Nominated With: Ingrid Bergman, Ellen Burstyn, Jill Clayburgh and Geraldine Page ” - erick-palacios04
 
53.
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...
“ Year: 1979. Movie: Norma Rae. Nominated With: Jill Clayburgh, Jane Fonda, Marsha Mason and Bette Midler ” - erick-palacios04
 
54.
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...
“ Year: 1980. Movie: Coal Miners Daughter. Nominated With: Ellen Burstyn, Goldie Hawn, Mary Tyler Moore and Gena Rowlands ” - erick-palacios04
 
55.
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...
“ Year: 1981. Movie: On Golden Pond. Nominated With: Diane Keaton, Marsha Mason, Susan Sarandon and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
56.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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...
“ Year: 1982. Movie: Sophie's Choice. Nominated With: Julie Andrews, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek and Debra Winger ” - erick-palacios04
 
57.
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...
“ Year: 1983. Movie: Terms of Edearment. Nominated With: Jane Alexander, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters and Debra Winger ” - erick-palacios04
 
58.
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...
“ Year: 1984. Movie: Places In The Heart. Nominated With: Judy Davis, Jessica Lange, Vanessa Redgrave and Sissy Spacek ” - erick-palacios04
 
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Geraldine Page
Actress, The Rescuers
Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl Streep and Michelle Pfeiffer...
“ Year: 1985. Movie: The Trip to Bountiful. Nominated With: Anne Bancroft, Whoopi Goldberg, Jessica Lange and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
60.
Marlee Matlin
Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent. Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a children's...
“ Year: 1986. Movie: Children of a Lesser God. Nominated With: Jane Fonda, Sissy Spacek, Kathleen Turner and Sigourney Weaver ” - erick-palacios04
 
61.
Cher
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...
“ Year: 1987. Movie: Moonstruck. Nominated With: Glenn Close, Holly Hunter, Sally Kirkland and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
62.
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...
“ Year: 1988. Movie: The Accused. Nominated With: Glenn Close, Melanie Griffith, Meryl Streep and Sigourney Weaver ” - erick-palacios04
 
63.
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...
“ Year: 1989. Movie: Driving Miss Daisy. Nominated With: Isabelle Adjani, Pauline Collins, Jessica Lange and Michelle Pfeiffer ” - erick-palacios04
 
64.
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...
“ Year: 1990. Movie: Misery. Nominated With: Anjelica Huston, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep and Joanne Woodward ” - erick-palacios04
 
65.
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...
“ Year: 1991. Movie: The Silence Of The Lambs. Nominated With: Geena Davis, Laura Dern, Bette Midler and Susan Sarandon ” - erick-palacios04
 
66.
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...
“ Year: 1992. Movie: Howards End. Nominated With: Catherine Deneuve, Mary McDonnell, Michelle Pfeiffer and Susan Sarandon ” - erick-palacios04
 
67.
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...
“ Year: 1993. Movie: The Piano. Nominated With: Angela Bassett, Stockard Channing, Emma Thompson and Debra Winger ” - erick-palacios04
 
68.
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...
“ Year: 1994. Movie: Blue Sky. Nominated With: Jodie Foster, Miranda Richardson, Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon ” - erick-palacios04
 
69.
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...
“ Year: 1995. Movie: Dead Man Walking. Nominated With: Elizabeth Shue, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep and Emma Thompson ” - erick-palacios04
 
70.
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...
“ Year: 1996. Movie: Fargo. Nominated With: Brenda Blethyn, Diane Keaton, Kristin Scott Thomas and Emily Watson ” - erick-palacios04
 
71.
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.
“ Year: 1997. Movie: As Good As It Gets. Nominated With: Helena Bonham Carter, Julie Christie, Judi Dench and Kate Winslet ” - erick-palacios04
 
72.
Gwyneth Paltrow
Actress, Se7en
A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother has German, and some English and Irish, ancestry. When Gwyneth was eleven...
“ Year: 1998. Movie: Shakespeare In Love. Nominated With: Cate Blanchett, Fernanda Montenegro, Meryl Streep and Emily Watson ” - erick-palacios04
 
73.
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...
“ Year: 1999. Movie: Boys Don't Cry. Nominated With: Annette Bening, Janet McTeer, Julianne Moore and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
74.
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...
“ Year: 2000. Movie: Erin Brockovich. Nomianted With: Joan Allen, Juliette Binoche, Ellen Burstyn and Laura Linney ” - erick-palacios04
 
75.
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...
“ Year: 2001. Movie: Monster's Ball. Nominated With: Judi Dench, Nicole Kidman, Sissy Spacek and Renee Zellweger ” - erick-palacios04
 
76.
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...
“ Year: 2002. Movie: The Hours. Nominated With: Salma Hayek, Diane Lane, Julianne Moore and Renee Zellweger ” - erick-palacios04
 
77.
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...
“ Year: 2003. Movie: Monster. Nominated With: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Diane Keaton, Samantha Morton and Naomi Watts ” - erick-palacios04
 
78.
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...
“ Year: 2004. Movie: Million Dollar Baby. Nominated With: Annette Bening, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Imelda Staunton and Kate Winslet ” - erick-palacios04
 
79.
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...
“ Year: 2005. Movie: Walk The Line. Nominated With: Judi Dench, Felicity Huffman, Keira Knightley and Charlize Theron ” - erick-palacios04
 
80.
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...
“ Year: 2006. Movie: The Queen. Nominated With: Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet ” - erick-palacios04
 
81.
Marion Cotillard
Actress, Inception
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...
“ Year: 2007. Movie: La Vie en Rose. Nominated With: Cate Blanchett, Julie Christie, Laura Linney and Ellen Page ” - erick-palacios04
 
82.
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...
“ Year: 2008. Movie: The Reader. Nominated With: Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Melissa Leo and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
83.
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...
“ Year: 2009. Movie: The Blind Side. Nominated With: Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourney Sidibe and Meryl Streep ” - erick-palacios04
 
84.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel, to a Jewish family. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati, Ohio), who also acts as Natalie's agent. She left Israel for Washington...
“ Year: 2010. Movie: Black Swan. Nominated With: Annette Bening, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Williams ” - erick-palacios04
 
85.
Meryl Streep
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 19 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...
“ Year: 2011. Movie: The Iron Lady. Nominated With: Glenn Close, Viola Davis, Rooney Mara and Michelle Williams ” - erick-palacios04
 
86.
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Shrader Lawrence was born on August 15, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, to Karen (Koch), who manages a children's camp, and Gary Lawrence, who works in construction. She has two older brothers, Ben and Blaine, and has English, as well as some German, Irish, and Scottish, ancestry. Her career began when she traveled to Manhattan at the age of 14...
“ Year: 2012. Movie: Silver Linings Playbook. Nominated With: Jessica Chastain, Emmanuelle Riva, Quvenshane Wallis and Naomi Watts. ” - erick-palacios04