Top 150 Actresses

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1.
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...
“ "All About Eve", "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Jezebel", "All This, and Heaven Too", "The Petrified Forest" ” - kinoholik
 
2.
Jane Fonda
Actress, Nine to Five
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...
“ "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", "The China Syndrome", "Coming Home", "On Golden Pond", "Julia" ” - kinoholik
 
3.
Giulietta Masina
Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of newlyweds Cico and Pallina from scripts written by Federico Fellini...
“ "La strada", "Le notti di Cabiria", "Ginger e Fred", "Giulietta degli spiriti", "Il bidone" ” - kinoholik
 
4.
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...
“ "Sophie's Choice", "The Iron Lady", "The Deer Hunter", "August: Osage County", "The Bridges of Madison County" ” - kinoholik
 
5.
Marlene Dietrich
Marie Magdelene Dietrich von Losch (aka Marlene) was born in Berlin, Germany on December 27, 1901. Her father was an army officer who had served in the Franco-Prussian War. Because of his constant absences from the family due to his army duties, Marlene and the rest had to rely on themselves. When he died...
“ "Der Blaue Engel", "Touch of Evil", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Morocco", "Judgment at Nuremberg" ” - kinoholik
 
6.
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...
“ "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "Roman Holiday", "Sabrina", "Wait Until Dark", "The Nun's Story" ” - kinoholik
 
7.
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...
“ "Bellissima", "Roma, città aperta", "Mamma Roma", "L'onorevole Angelina", "The Rose Tattoo" ” - kinoholik
 
8.
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...
“ "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?", "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof", "A Place in the Sun", "Giant", "Cleopatra" ” - kinoholik
 
9.
Catherine Deneuve
Catherine Deneuve was born October 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue. But her breakthrough came with the excellent musical The Umbrellas of Cherbourg...
“ "Repulsion", "Belle de jour", "8 femmes", "Tristana", "Les parapluies de Cherbourg" ” - kinoholik
 
10.
Gloria Swanson
Actress, Sunset Blvd.
Gloria Swanson was born Gloria May Josephine Svensson in Chicago, Illinois. She was destined to be perhaps one of the biggest stars of the silent movie era. Her personality and antics in private definitely made her a favorite with America's movie-going public. Gloria certainly didn't intend on going into show business...
“ "Sunset Boulevard", "Male and Female" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "Ilektra", "Alexis Zorbas", "Ifigeneia", "Noces de sang", "Cristo si è fermato a Eboli" ” - kinoholik
 
12.
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...
“ "The Philadelphia Story", "Long Day's Journey Into Night", "Adam's Rib", "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner", "On Golden Pond" ” - kinoholik
 
13.
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...
“ "Wit", "The Remains of the Day", "Much Ado About Nothing", "Henry V", "In the Name of the Father" ” - kinoholik
 
14.
Li Gong
Actress, 2046
Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated in 1989...
“ "Da hong deng long gao gao gua", "Gui Lai", "2046", "Memoirs of a Geisha" ” - kinoholik
 
15.
Isabelle Huppert
Actress, Elle
Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then studied at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique and followed an illustrious theatrical career...
“ "La pianiste", "La dentellière", "8 femmes", "La cérémonie", "Amour" ” - kinoholik
 
16.
Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and death are still the subjects of much controversy and speculation...
“ "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Some Like It Hot", "The Seven Year Itch", "Niagara" ” - kinoholik
 
17.
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...
“ "Gone with the Wind", "A Streetcar Named Desire", "Ship of Fools", "The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone" ” - kinoholik
 
18.
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...
“ "Trois couleurs: Bleu", "The English Patient", "Caché", "Copie conforme", "Camille Claudel 1915" ” - kinoholik
 
19.
Greta Garbo
Actress, Ninotchka
Greta Garbo was born Greta Lovisa Gustafsson on September 18, 1905, in Stockholm, Sweden, to Anna Lovisa (Johansdotter), who worked at a jam factory, and Karl Alfred Gustafsson, a laborer. She was fourteen when her father died, which left the family destitute. Greta was forced to leave school and go to work in a department store...
“ "Queen Christina", "Mata Hari", "Ninotchka", "Anna Christie", "Grand Hotel" ” - kinoholik
 
20.
Romy Schneider
Actress, Sissi
Romy Schneider was born on 23 September 1938 in Vienna, Austria into a family of actors. Making her film debut at the age of 15, her breakthrough came two years later in the very popular trilogy Sissi. Her mother, supervising her daughter's career, immediately approved Romy's participation in Christine...
“ "Ludwig", "Les choses de la vie", "Max et les ferrailleurs", "Le procès", "Sissi" ” - kinoholik
 
21.
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...
“ "La vie devant soi", "Le chat", "Les diaboliques", "Room at the Top", "Les sorcières de Salem" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "Przesłuchanie", "Człowiek z marmuru", "Parę osób, mały czas", "Dyrygent", "Tatarak" ” - kinoholik
 
23.
Lillian Gish
Lillian Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Lillian and her sister Dorothy were old enough, they became part of the act...
“ "Broken Blossoms", "The Wind", "The Night of the Hunter", "A Wedding", "Duel in the Sun" ” - kinoholik
 
24.
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...
“ "Misery", "Titanic", "Primary Colors", "About Schmidt", "Midnight in Paris" ” - kinoholik
 
25.
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)...
“ "La ciociara", "Una giornata particolare", "Matrimonio all'italiana", "Ieri, oggi, domani", "I girasoli" ” - kinoholik
 
26.
Ingrid Bergman
Actress, Casablanca
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with Meryl Streep, both second only to Katharine Hepburn...
“ "Höstsonaten", "Casablanca", "Gaslight", "Notorious", "Murder on the Orient Express" ” - kinoholik
 
27.
Jeanne Moreau
Actress, Jules and Jim
When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows immediately followed by The Lovers, he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie Française in her 20s...
“ "Ascenseur pour l'échafaud", "Le journal d'une femme de chambre", "La notte", "Le procès", "Les amants" ” - kinoholik
 
28.
Vanessa Redgrave
On January 30, 1937, renowned theatre actor Michael Redgrave was performing in a production of Hamlet in London. During the curtain call, the show's lead, Laurence Olivier, announced to the audience: "tonight a great actress was born". This was in reference to his co-star's newborn daughter, Vanessa Redgrave...
“ "Isadora", "Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment", "Mary, Queen of Scots", "Blow Up", "Julia" ” - kinoholik
 
29.
Ingrid Thulin
Along with the legendary Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Eva Dahlbeck, and Harriet Andersson, icy blonde Ingrid Thulin became one of the preeminent Swedish femme stars of Ingmar Bergman's grim, emotional film masterpieces. Born in northern Sweden, she studied ballet as a child and attended the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm...
“ "La caduta degli dei", "Tystnaden", "Viskningar och rop", "Nattvardsgästerna", "Smultronstället" ” - kinoholik
 
30.
Isabelle Adjani
Actress, Queen Margot
Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school recitation contest...
“ "L'histoire d'Adèle H.", "Camille Claudel", "La reine Margot", "Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht", "Le locataire" ” - kinoholik
 
31.
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,...
“ "Funny Girl", "The Prince of Tides", "Yentl", "Hello, Dolly!", "The Mirror Has Two Faces" ” - kinoholik
 
32.
Louise Brooks
Actress, Pandora's Box
Louise Brooks was one of the most fascinating personalities of Hollywood, always being compared with her most important characterization as protagonist: Lulu in Georg Wilhelm Pabst's Pandora's Box. Along with her beauty and talent she had an independent streak and refused to accept the restrictive role that women had in American society...
“ "Das Tagebuch einer Verlorenen", "Die Büchse der Pandora", "A Girl in Every Port" ” - kinoholik
 
33.
Harriet Andersson
Actress, Dogville
Harriet Andersson came to Malmö Stadsteater and met Ingmar Bergman in 1953. Her career is strongly tied to Bergman. Especially her film career in which she often appeared as strong, independent women, not rarely from the working class, with an erotic charisma. Andersson got her breakthrough with the title role in Summer with Monika...
“ "Viskningar och rop", "Såsom i en spegel", "Sommaren med Monika", "Gycklarnas afton", "Sommarnattens leende" ” - kinoholik
 
34.
Tatyana Samoylova
Tatiana Samoilova (Tatyana Samojlova) is a Russian film actress known for the leading roles in The Cranes Are Flying and Anna Karenina. She was born Tatiana Evgenievna Samoilova on May 4, 1934, in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), Russia. Her father, Evgeniy Samoylov, was a notable Russian actor, Her mother, Zinaida Ilyinichna...
“ "Letyat zhuravli", "Anna Karenina" ” - kinoholik
 
35.
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...
“ "Dangerous Liaisons", "Fatal Attraction", "Das Geisterhaus", "Hamlet", "The Paper" ” - kinoholik
 
36.
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 the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre...
“ "Shakespeare in Love", "Notes on a Scandal", "Philomena", "Mrs. Brown", "Henry V" ” - kinoholik
 
37.
Emmanuelle Riva
Actress, Amour
An only child, Emmanuelle was born Paulette Germaine Riva in Cheniménil, but eventually grew up in Remiremont. Her mother, Jeanne Fernande Nourdin, was a seamstress. Her father, René Alfred [Alfredo] Riva, was a sign writer. Her paternal grandfather was Italian. She dreamed of becoming an actress since she was six...
“ "Hiroshima, mon amour", "Amour", "Niezwykła podróż Baltazara Kobera", "Trois couleurs: Bleu", "Les risques du métier" ” - kinoholik
 
38.
Penélope Cruz
Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to focus her energies on dance...
“ "Volver", "Todo sobre mi madre", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Abre los ojos", "Elegy" ” - kinoholik
 
39.
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...
“ "The Silence of the Lambs", "Taxi Driver", "The Accused", "Bugsy Malone", "Carnage" ” - kinoholik
 
40.
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 Northern Irish. Keaton studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York...
“ "Manhattan", "Annie Hall", "Interiors", "The Godfather", "Marvin's Room" ” - kinoholik
 
41.
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...
“ "The Queen", "Gosford Park", "The Madness of King George", "Calendar Girls", "O Lucky Man!" ” - kinoholik
 
42.
Hanna Schygulla
Lead icon of the influential New German Cinema of the 70's & 80's, Schygulla's natural blonde beauty and amazing versatility keep her among the world's top actresses. She won best actress at Cannes in 1983 for The Story of Piera (aka "The Story of Piera"), an Italian/German co-production. The Turkish/German co-production...
“ "Die Ehe der Maria Braun", "Händler der vier Jahreszeiten", "Auf der anderen Seite", "Tragarz puchu", "Faust" ” - kinoholik
 
43.
“ "L'avventura", "L'eclisse", "Il deserto rosso", "La notte", "La ragazza con la pistola" ” - kinoholik
 
44.
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...
“ "Cabaret", "Arthur" ” - kinoholik
 
45.
Brigitte Bardot
Actress, Contempt
Brigitte Bardot was born on September 28, 1934 in Paris, France. Her father had an engineering degree and worked with his father in the family business. Brigitte's mother encouraged her daughter to take up music and dance, and she proved to be very adept at it. By the time she was 15, Brigitte was trying a modeling career...
“ "Le mépris", "Viva Maria!", "Et Dieu... créa la femme", "Histoires extraordinaires" ” - kinoholik
 
46.
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...
“ "Fargo", "Olive Kitteridge", "Blood Simple", "Almost Famous", "The Man Who Wasn't There" ” - kinoholik
 
47.
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...
“ "Terms of Endearment", "The Apartment", "Sweet Charity", "Steel Magnolias", "Postcards from the Edge" ” - kinoholik
 
48.
Michèle Morgan
A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the eye of director Marc Allégret...
“ "Le quai des brumes", "La symphonie pastorale", "Destinées" ” - kinoholik
 
49.
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...
“ "Orlando", "We Need to Talk About Kevin", "Michael Clayton", "Moonrise Kingdom", "Io sono l'amore" ” - kinoholik
 
50.
Silvana Mangano
Actress, Dune
Silvana Mangano was born on April 21, 1930 in Rome, Italy and was raised in poverty during World War II. She trained as a dancer for seven years and supported herself as a model. In 1946, at age 16, she won the Miss Rome beauty pageant and through this, she obtained role in a Maria Della Costa film...
“ "Edipo re", "Riso amaro", "Le streghe", "Morte a Venezia", "Gruppo di famiglia in un interno" ” - kinoholik
 
51.
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...
“ "The Hours", "Dogville", "Moulin Rouge!", "The Others", "Eyes Wide Shut" ” - kinoholik
 
52.
Brenda Blethyn
Actress, Atonement
After twenty years of hard work on stage and both television and film, there are not many other actresses who deserved the success, recognition and stardom which Brenda Blethyn has now achieved. Born in 1946 in Ramsgate, Kent, England, she started her career at British Rail in the 1960s. Saving money during her time there...
“ "Secrets and Lies", "London River", "Little Voice", "Atonement", "A River Runs Through It" ” - kinoholik
 
53.
Susan Sarandon
Susan Sarandon was born Susan Abigail Tomalin in New York City, NY, to Lenora Marie (Criscione), no profession, and Phillip Leslie Tomalin, an advertising executive. She is of Italian (mother) and English, Irish, Welsh, and German (father) descent. Soon after the 1968 Democratic convention, there was...
“ "Dead Man Walking", "Thelma and Louise", "Lorenzo's Oil", "The Client", "In the Valley of Elah" ” - kinoholik
 
54.
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...
“ "Gosford Park", "A Room with a View", "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel", "Ladies in Lavender", "Sister Act" ” - kinoholik
 
55.
Emmanuelle Béart
Emmanuelle Béart was born August 14, 1963, in Gassin, France. She lived with her mother, brothers, and sister on a farm not far from Saint-Tropez in Provence (southern France), because her father, singer and poet Guy Béart, did not want his children to be affected by the glamour world of Paris...
“ "La belle noiseuse", "8 femmes", "Les destinées sentimentales", "Le temps retrouvé" ” - kinoholik
 
56.
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...
“ "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?", "Mildred Pierce", "The Unknown", "Grand Hotel" ” - kinoholik
 
57.
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 physical education instructor, and John Brendan Kelly, Sr., a three-time Olympic Gold winner for rowing. Her uncle was playwright George Kelly...
“ "Rear Window", "To Catch a Thief", "The Country Girl", "High Noon" ” - kinoholik
 
58.
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...
“ "Blue Jasmine", "Elizabeth", "Carol", "The Aviator", "Coffee and Cigarettes" ” - kinoholik
 
59.
Bibi Andersson
Actress, Persona
Her artistic dreams came early in life and were further supported by her older sister Gerd Andersson who became a ballet dancer at the Royal Opera and made her acting debut in 1951. Bibi, on the other side, had to make do with bit parts and commercials. She debuted in Dum-Bom, playing against Nils Poppe...
“ "Persona", "Nära livet", "Det sjunde inseglet", "Ansiktet", "Smultronstället" ” - kinoholik
 
60.
“ "Todo sobre mi madre", "El coronel no tiene quien le escriba", "La piel que habito" ” - kinoholik
 
61.
Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning first runner-up...
“ "Fa yeung nin wa", "Clean", "2046", "Ying xiong" ” - kinoholik
 
62.
“ "Grbavica", "Underground", "Dobra žena", "Otac na službenom putu", "Život je čudo" ” - kinoholik
 
63.
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...
“ "The Go-Between", "Fahrenheit 451", "Far from the Madding Crowd", "Doctor Zhivago", "Heaven Can Wait" ” - kinoholik
 
64.
Nonna Mordyukova
Actress, The Commissar
Nonna Mordyukova, one of the foremost actresses of the Soviet Cinema, was frequently cast as a Russian peasant woman. She was born Noyabrina (Nonna) Viktorovna Mordyukova on the 25th of November 1925 into a Cossack family in Konstantinovka settlement, Donetsk province, Ukraine, Soviet Union (now Ukraine)...
“ "Komissar", "Mama", "Rodnya", "Vokzal dlya dvoikh", "Brilliantovaya ruka" ” - kinoholik
 
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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, Welsh, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ "The Hours", "Far from Heaven", "Still Alice", "The Kids Are All Right", "Short Cuts" ” - kinoholik
 
66.
Silvia Pinal
Now a living legend and still very active, Silvia Pinal began her career in theater and became a leading lady in her first movie roles, in the late 1940s. Always a smart urban girl, she belongs to the second and most versatile generation of Mexican movie stars of the Golden Era, together with Pedro Infante...
“ "Viridiana", "El angel exterminador", "Simón del desierto" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "The Piano", "Crash", "Broadcast News", "The Firm", "Home for the Holidays" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "Za ścianą", "Życie rodzinne", "Rok spokojnego słońca", "Jak daleko stąd, jak blisko", "Wesele" ” - kinoholik
 
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Jessica Tandy
Actress, The Birds
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...
“ "Driving Miss Daisy", "Fried Green Tomatoes", "The Birds", "Cocoon", "Nobody's Fool" ” - kinoholik
 
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Ziyi Zhang
Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005). She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999). For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was nominated for an Golden Globe for Best Actress.
“ "Wo hu cang long", "2046", "Ying xiong", "Memoirs of a Geisha" ” - kinoholik
 
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Jessica Lange
Actress, Big Fish
Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis cast her as the female lead in King Kong...
“ "Music Box", "All That Jazz", "Blue Sky", "Crimes of the Heart", "American Horror Story" ” - kinoholik
 
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Lyubov Orlova
Actress, Spring
Lyubov Orlova was a Russian film star of the 1930s who enjoyed the sympathy of Joseph Stalin. She was born Lyubov Petrovna Orlova on January 29, 1902 in Zvenigorod, a suburb of Moscow, Russia. Her father, Petr Orlov, was an officer in the Russian Imperial Army, her mother, Evgenia Sukhotina, belonged to Russian Landed Gentry...
“ "Vesyolyye rebyata", "Volga-Volga" ” - kinoholik
 
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Claudia Cardinale
Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy interpretations of Sicilian women got her noticed by Italian producers...
“ "C'era una volta il West", "Vaghe stelle dell'Orsa", "Il gattopardo", "Otto e mezzo", "The Pink Panther" ” - kinoholik
 
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Deborah Kerr
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal...
“ "From Here to Eternity", "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison", "The Night of the Iguana", "Quo Vadis?", "An Affair to Remember" ” - kinoholik
 
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Charlotte Rampling
Actress, Swimming Pool
Tessa Charlotte Rampling was born 5 February 1946 in Sturmer, England, to Isabel Anne (Gurteen), a painter, and Godfrey Lionel Rampling, an Olympic gold medalist, army officer, and colonel, who became a NATO commander. She was educated at Jeanne d'Arc Académie pour Jeunes Filles in Versailles, France and at the exclusive St...
“ "Il portiere di notte", "45 Years", "Swimming Pool", "The Verdict", "Le chiavi di casa" ” - kinoholik
 
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Lauren Bacall
Actress, The Big Sleep
Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She is the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a salesman and her mother as a secretary...
“ "The Big Sleep", "Key Largo", "How to Marry a Millionaire", "Designing Woman", "The Mirror Has Two Faces" ” - kinoholik
 
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Geraldine Chaplin
Actress, Chaplin
Geraldine Leigh Chaplin was born in Santa Monica, California, to Oona Chaplin (née O'Neill) and legendary entertainer Charles Chaplin (A.K.A. Charlie Chaplin). She is a granddaughter of playwright Eugene O'Neill and a great-granddaughter of stage actor James O'Neill. She attended the Royal Ballet Academy in London...
“ "Cría cuervos", "Ana y los lobos", "Elisa, vida mía", "Peppermint frappé", "Doctor Zhivago" ” - kinoholik
 
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Liv Ullmann
Actress, Persona
Liv Ullmann's father was a Norwegian engineer who used to work abroad, so as a child she lived in Tokyo, Canada, New York and Oslo. In the mid-'50s she made her stage debut and in 1957 made her film debut. She really became successful, however, when she began to work for Swedish director Ingmar Bergman in such films as Persona...
“ "Persona", "Viskningar och rop", "Scener ur ett äktenskap", "Vargtimmen", "Ansikte mot ansikte" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "Revolutionary Road", "The Reader", "Heavenly Creatures", "Sense and Sensibility", "Carnage" ” - kinoholik
 
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Pola Negri
Actress, The Wildcat
Pola Negri was born in Lipno, Poland, and moved to Warsaw as a child. Living in poverty with her mother, a teenage Pola auditioned and was accepted to the Imperial Ballet. Due to an illness that ended her dancing career, she soon switched to the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became an actress...
“ "The Way of Lost Souls", "Die Bergkatze", "Sumurun", "Madame DuBarry", "Hotel Imperial" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "American Beauty", "The Kids Are All Right", "Bugsy", "Valmont", "Guilty by Suspicion" ” - kinoholik
 
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Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter Johansson...
“ "Lost in Translation", "Match Point", "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", "Girl with a Pearl Earring", "Ghost World" ” - kinoholik
 
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Arletty
Before Arlette-Leonie Bathiat went to the movies she was a secretary and had posed several times as a model for different painters and photographers. In 1920 she debuted on stage at a theatre. She only began to work in movies after 1930. After World War II she was condemned to prison for having been the lover of a German official during the ocupation of France...
“ "Les enfants du paradis", "Les visiteurs du soir", "Le jour se lève", "Hôtel du Nord" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "Boys Don't Cry", "Million Dollar Baby", "Insomnia" ” - kinoholik
 
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Fernanda Montenegro
Arlette Pinheiro Esteves da Silva was born on 16th October 1929 in Rio de Janeiro. She adopted the name "Fernanda" because she thought it sounded good. "Montenegro" came after her family doctor. In late 40s she was translating and adapting famous theater plays to radio. She begun her artistic life in the theater with the play "Alegres Canções nas Montanhas" in 1950...
“ "Central do Brasil" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "Batman Returns", "Dangerous Liaisons", "The Age of Innocence", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Married to the Mob" ” - kinoholik
 
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Maia Morgenstern
Maia Morgenstern is a Romanian film and stage actress, described by Florin Mitu of AMOS News as "a symbol of Romanian theater and film". In the English-speaking world, she is probably best known for the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus, in Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. In Romania, she has been nationally known since her 1992 role as Nela in Balanta...
“ "Balanta", "The Passion of the Christ" ” - kinoholik
 
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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. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, an Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born artist (from Cincinnati...
“ "Black Swan", "Léon", "Closer", "Heat", "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" ” - kinoholik
 
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Gunnel Lindblom
After acting studies at the Gothenburg City Theater from 1950-52, she made her breakthrough debut in Gustaf Molander's Kärlek. When Ingmar Bergman became head of the Malmö City Theater he asked her to join him there and with him as a director she played the role of Margareta in Goethe's 'Faust'...
“ "Tystnaden", "Jungfrukällan", "Nattvardsgästerna", "Sult", "Smultronstället" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "La passion de Jeanne d'Arc" ” - kinoholik
 
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Anna Karina
Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless, but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "Nouvelle vague" movies directed by him, Jacques Rivette or Agnès Varda...
“ "Vivre sa vie", "Une femme est une femme", "Pierrot le fou", "Lo straniero", "Alphaville" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "Ghost", "The Color Purple", "Sister Act", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "The Player" ” - kinoholik
 
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Inna Churikova
Actress, Mat
Inna Mikhailovna Churikova was born on October 5, 1943, in Belebey, near Ufa, Bashkiria Republic, Russia (at that time USSR). Her parents were from peasant families. Her father, Mikhail Kuzmich Churikov, was a veteran of the Second World War, he worked at Academy of Agriculture. Her mother, Elisaveta Zakharovna (nee Mantrova)...
“ "V ogne broda net", "Nachalo", "Proshu slova", "Kurochka Ryaba", "Tema" ” - kinoholik
 
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Annie Girardot
Over the course of a five-decade career, she starred in nearly 150 films. She is a three-time César Award winner (1977, 1996, 2002), a two-time Molière Award winner, a BAFTA nominee, and a recipient of several international prizes including the Volpi Cup (Best actress) at the 1965 Venice Film Festival for Three Rooms in Manhattan...
“ "Rocco e i suoi fratelli", "La pianiste", "Il n'y a pas de fumée sans feu", "Caché", "Mourir d'aimer" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "Sophie Scholl - Die Letzten Tage", "Die Fetten Jahre Sind Vorbei", "Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále", "33 sceny z życia" ” - kinoholik
 
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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...
“ "Serial Mom", "Prizzi's Honor", "The War of the Roses", "Romancing the Stone", "Body Heat" ” - kinoholik
 
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“ "Rashômon", "Jigokumon", "Ugetsu monogatari", "Akasen chitai", "Yôkihi" ” - kinoholik
 
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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"...
“ "Melancholia", "Nuovomondo", "La science des rêves", "Antichrist", "Nymphomaniac" ” - kinoholik
 
99.
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...
“ "Mary, Queen of Scots", "Sunday, Bloody Sunday", "The Romantic Englishwoman" ” - kinoholik
 
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Kristin Scott Thomas
Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, England, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her ancestry includes Welsh, English, and Dutch. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather was also a pilot and died six years later under similar circumstances...
“ "Il y a longtemps que je t'aime", "Four Weddings and a Funeral", "Gosford Park", "The English Patient", "Easy Virtue" ” - kinoholik