A list of actresses who are or have been overweight.
Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté
), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Owens on March 18th, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a police family--both her father and older brother were cops...
Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, a farmer. McCarthy began her performing career as a stand-up comedian in New York where she appeared at the famous clubs, Stand Up New York and The Improv. She worked on her acting skills at The Actors Studio and appeared in many stage productions in the city before moving to Los Angeles in the late-1990s...
Born in Nottingham, England and trained at the Central Junior Television Workshop, Samantha's first television work came at the age of 13. Since then, she has played many minor TV roles in such dramas as Cracker
, Peak Practice
, Soldier Soldier
, before reaching the big time with major roles in such TV movies and mini-series as Band of Gold
Monique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in the hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, the star of Precious
, was born in the Bedford-Stuyvesant community in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, Alice Tan Ridley
, is a former special education teacher who gave up her career and became a street performer/singer, while her father, Ibnou Sidibe, is a cab driver. Her mother is African-American and her father is Senegalese...
Marianne Sägebrecht, aka, "mother of Munich's sub-culture", a name that was dubbed to her while she was working as a producer and performer in avant garde theater productions, was discovered by Percy Adlon
in 1977. The director gave her a minor part in his feature "The Swing" before he gave her the leading role of Marianne...
America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006-10). Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Television Series Musical or Comedy...
Grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she attended Princeton High School. Attended Stephens College in Columbia, MO. and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre. First play in LA was "Miss Pell is Missing" at the Long Beach Playhouse where she won the Ethel Case Award for Major Supporting Female. Was a member of the Blue Sphere Alliance theatre company...
Ashley Fink was born in Houston, Texas and began acting at a very early age. By the time she reached the age of 2, she was putting on full productions for her parents: she was no dummy, though - she charged them admission. As luck would have it, her family ended up moving to Los Angeles where Ashley began attending a performing arts high school...
Roseanne Barr's story is one of the most controversial of any actresses. She dropped out of high school when she was 17 years old. After a car accident, she was admitted to a mental institution, claiming she was having nightmares and memory loss. She left the institute less than a year later. Soon after...
Ricki Lake was born in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, surprisingly as a blond. She has one sister, who is one year younger than she, named Jennifer. Her father, Barry, is a pharmacist, and her mother, Jill, is a homemaker. The two currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ricki attended Hastings Elementary as a child...
Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of Michigan at Ann Arbor...
Her homely, pudding face was Laughtonesque in style, incapable of warmth much less a smile. It was held up by an immense frame that was both intimidating and foreboding at the same time. In return, it allowed her to play a couple of the most loathsome and terrifying women ever presented onscreen. Born to Polish-Jewish immigrants on March 30...
Brooke Elliott was the star of Lifetime's hit television series Drop Dead Diva for six seasons. For her work on Drop Dead Diva
, she received the 2012 Women's Image Network Award for "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series" as well as the 2010 Gracie Award for "Female Rising Star in a Comedy Series"...