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Actress | The Hateful Eight
Jennifer Jason Leigh was born Jennifer Lee Morrow in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of writer Barbara Turner and actor Vic Morrow. Her father was of Russian Jewish descent and her mother was of Austrian Jewish ancestry. She is the sister of Carrie Ann Morrow and half-sister of actress Mina ...
Actress | A Night at the Opera
Kitty Carlisle Hart wore a cloak of many professional and elegant colors. Actress, opera singer, Broadway performer, TV celebrity, game show panelist, patron of the arts, and, at age 95, this vital woman continued her six-decade musical odyssey with songs and reminisces in her one-woman show: "...
Actress | To Have and Have Not
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...
4. Barbara Bain
Actress | Mission: Impossible
Barbara Bain was born in Chicago, graduating from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology. She then relocated to New York City where she gained work as a dancer and high-fashion model. Ms. Bain studied with Martha Graham, permanently cementing her love of dance; however, it...
6. Mia Kirshner
Actress | The Black Dahlia
Mia Kirshner was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 25, 1975, to Etti, a teacher, and Sheldon Kirshner, a journalist. Her father is of Polish Jewish descent and her mother is a Bulgarian Jewish immigrant. Mia had a middle class upbringing and graduated from the prestigious McGill University with a...
Actress | Black Swan
Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).
Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...
Producer | The Barbara Walters Special
Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Barbara Jill Walters. She is a producer and writer, known for The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976), The View (1997) and 20/20 (1978). She was previously married to Merv Adelson, Lee Guber and Robert Henry Katz.
10. Shari Lewis
Actress | Lamb Chop's Play-Along
Shari Lewis was born on January 17, 1933 in New York City, New York, USA as Phyllis Naomi Hurwitz. She was an actress and writer, known for Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992), The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998) and Star Trek (1966). She was married to Jeremy Tarcher and Stanley Lewis. She died on ...
Actress | Showgirls
Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her mother, Jere, owns a gift basket business and her father, Fred, is a lawyer. Her family is Jewish. When Elizabeth was five her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ...
12. Fran Drescher
Writer | The Nanny
Francine Joy Drescher was born on September 30, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York, to Mort Drescher, a bridal consultant, and Sylvia Drescher, a naval systems analyst. Fran, as she is called, attended Hillcrest High school in New York with another now-famous name, Ray Romano. She was a studious ...
13. Louise Sorel
Actress | Days of Our Lives
A flashy, aggressive villainess and eternally hopeless meddler on a number of soaps, Louise Sorel has given her opulent, show-stopping characters major doses of humor and grit that have allowed her to become one of daytime's more popular figures for over two decades. She joined Days of Our Lives (...
14. Michele Lee
Actress | Knots Landing
The daughter of a premier makeup artist and the sister of a United States District Attorney, Michele Lee was born Michele Lee Dusick on June 24, 1942 in Los Angeles, California. Her childhood was consumed by the Hollywood entertainment industry. Lee was outgoing and had taken every chance to do ...
15. Madeline Kahn
Actress | Paper Moon
Madeline Kahn was born Madeline Gail Wolfson on September 29, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, to Freda (Goldberg) and Bernard B. Wolfson, a garment manufacturer. She was of Russian Jewish descent. Madeline began her acting career in high school and went on to university where she trained as an opera...
16. Jamie Luner
Actress | Murder in the First
Jamie Michelle Luner was born on Thursday, May 12, 1971 to Stuart and Susan Luner in Palo Alto, California. She grew up with her older brother, David Luner, and her mom Susan in California. Before landing her roles on Just the Ten of Us (1987) as dizzy "Cindy Lubbock", Jamie began her career in ...
17. Linda Cohn
Actress | The Break-Up
Linda Cohn grew up in New York and played ice hockey in high school and college. She graduated from SUNY at Oswego in 1981, and for the next decade, was a sports anchor at various radio stations. In 1992, Cohn was hired by ESPN to be an anchor for SportsCenter (1979), and the show helped make her ...
18. Jaime Ray Newman
Actress | Catch Me If You Can
Jaime Ray Newman originally hails from Detroit, Michigan. She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
She has held major roles in several shows, including Netflix/Marvel series The Punisher (2017), A&E's Bates Motel (2013), ABC's Wicked City (2015), Mind Games (2014), Red ...
20. Elayne Boosler
Actress | Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme
Elayne Boosler was born on August 18, 1952 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Mother Goose Rock 'n' Rhyme (1990), CBS Summer Playhouse (1987) and The Call (1989). She has been married to Bill Siddons since March 7, 2007.
21. Arleen Sorkin
Actress | Batman: Arkham Asylum
Arleen Sorkin was born on October 14, 1955 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009), Days of Our Lives (1965) and DC Universe Online (2011). She has been married to Christopher Lloyd since 1995. They have two children.
Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of Russian Jewish and Hungarian Jewish descent.
Eating in a local restaurant, ...
23. Jane Badler
Actress | V
Jane Badler, the American and Australian actress best known for her role as the evil reptilian Visitor leader "Diana" in the NBC mini-series V (1983), its sequel V: The Final Battle (1984), the subsequent TV series V (1984), and the last season of the latest series V (2009), was born on the last ...
24. Jessica Walter
Actress | Arrested Development
A graduate of New York's High School of the Performing Arts and the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, Walter's extensive theater credits include productions both on- and off-Broadway. On Broadway, she has appeared in Peter Ustinov's "Photo Finish" (which earned her the Clarence Derwent ...
25. Jill St. John
Actress | Diamonds Are Forever
With a career that spans an amazing 8 decades, Jill St. John absolutely smoldered on the big screen. A trendy, cosmopolitan presence in lightweight comedy, spirited adventure and spy intrigue, she appeared alongside some of Hollywood's most handsome male specimens. Although she was seldom called ...
26. Rena Sofer
Actress | Keeping the Faith
Rena was born in Arcadia, California, to Susan (Franzblau), a psychology professor, and Martin Sofer, who was a Conservative Jewish Rabbi. She moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when her parents divorced. She was discovered at age 15 by a New York talent agent and started modeling before turning to ...
28. Zohra Lampert
Actress | Let's Scare Jessica to Death
Solemn, Middle Eastern-looking Zohra Lampert had a touching, understated quality to her talent that should have gone further in the film business than it did. Somehow she never got the bigger breaks necessary for top-flight stardom. Still and all, this comely actress with soft, vulnerable features ...
29. Stella Adler
Actress | Shadow of the Thin Man
Stella Adler was born on February 10, 1901, in New York, the youngest daughter of the Yiddish theater actors, Jacob P. Adler and Sarah Adler, who founded an acting dynasty. In addition to her parents, Stella's family included her siblings Charles Adler, Jay Adler, Julia and Luther Adler, all of whom...
Actress | Raising Cain
Gabrielle Carteris was born on January 2, 1961 in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA as Gabrielle Anne Carteris. She is an actress, known for Raising Cain (1992), Minority Report (2002) and The Event (2010). She has been married to Charles Isaacs since May 3, 1992. They have two children.
32. Robin Strasser
Actress | One Life to Live
Robin Vee Strasser was born on May 7, 1945 in New York City. the daughter of Martin and Anne Strasser. She attended and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts, and later attended the Yale School of Drama on a full scholarship. She is a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre...
33. Samantha Harris
Actress | Baywatch
A seasoned entertainment news journalist and two-time Emmy-nominated TV personality, Samantha Harris is currently seen on the world's #1 entertainment news program, Entertainment Tonight (1981), as a correspondent. In just her first months with the show, she covered the Cannes Film Festival, ...
35. Alona Tal
Actress | Veronica Mars
Alona Tal, an Israeli-American singer and actress, was born on October 20, 1983 in Herzlia, Israel. She began her career after serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Her big break came in 2003 starring in an Israeli film. At the time she also starred in two television series in the country, and ...
36. Lee Grant
Actress | In the Heat of the Night
Academy Award-winner Lee Grant was born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal on October 31, 1925 in Manhattan, New York City, to Witia (Haskell), a teacher and actress, and Abraham Rosenthal, an educator and realtor. Her father was of Romanian Jewish descent, and her mother was a Russian Jewish immigrant. Lee ...
37. Dinah Manoff
Actress | Grease
Dinah Manoff was born in New York City, New York, to screenwriter Arnold Manoff and actress, director, and writer Lee Grant. She began her professional career in the PBS production of "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike". After subsequent guest appearances on various television series, she received a...
38. Elaine May
Actress | Small Time Crooks
Elaine May was born on April 21, 1932 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Elaine Iva Berlin. She is an actress and writer, known for Small Time Crooks (2000), A New Leaf (1971) and Primary Colors (1998). She was previously married to David L. Rubinfine, Sheldon Harnick and Marvin May.
Actress | The Bob Newhart Show
Suzanne Pleshette achieved television immortality in her role as Bob Newhart's wife in the 1970s classic situation comedy, The Bob Newhart Show (1972). For her role as "Emily Hartley", wife of psychologist "Bob Hartley" (played by Bob Newhart), Pleshette was nominated for the Emmy Award twice, in ...
40. Jami Gertz
Actress | Twister
Jami Gertz was born on October 28, 1965 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Jami Beth Gertz. She is an actress and producer, known for Twister (1996), The Lost Boys (1987) and Still Standing (2002). She has been married to Antony Ressler since June 16, 1989. They have three children.
41. Claudia Black
Actress | Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars
Claudia Lee Black was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Her parents Jules and Judy Black are both Australian Medical Academics Doctors. She has lived in Australia, New Zealand, England and the US. Throughout her career Black has played in many Australian and New Zealand films and guested on ...
42. Gina Gershon
Actress | Bound
Since making her uncredited debut as a dancer in Beatlemania (1981), Gina Gershon has established herself as a character actress and one of the leading icons of American camp. For it was fourteen years after her movie debut that Gina made movie history as the predatory bisexual who was the leading ...
43. Judith Light
Actress | Who's the Boss?
Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light made her professional stage debut in 1970 and made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House (1973) starring [nm0880521 and Sam Waterston. She made her television breakthrough in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (1968). She assumed the ...
44. Sherry Lansing
Producer | Indecent Proposal
Sherry was born in Chicago and pursued an acting career after graduating from Northwestern University. After appearing in two films, Loving (1970) and Rio Lobo (1970), Sherry decided to leave the acting field. In 1974, Sherry joined Talent Associates, as an executive in charge of development. In ...
45. Debra Messing
Actress | Will & Grace
Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved ...
46. Laraine Newman
Actress | Coneheads
Laraine Newman is a founding member of The Groundlings. After seeing her in The Groundlings, Lorne Michaels cast her in a Lily Tomlin Special and later as an original cast member of Saturday Night Live (1975). She has worked from directors ranging from Woody Allen to Guillermo del Toro. She has a ...
47. Janet Margolin
Actress | David and Lisa
Pretty, demure-looking Janet Margolin was born in New York City in 1943 and educated at the New York High School of Performing Arts. The long-haired brunette was discovered for films by director Frank Perry as she was making great strides as a teen on Broadway. He saw her in the play "Daughter of ...
Soundtrack | The Great Mouse Detective
She attended the Manhattan School of Music and Arts and learned to play the Piano and Harpsicord. Her father is a Basson player in the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. In the early 1970s, Melissa studied songwriting at the University School of the Arts in New York City, under the direction of ...
49. Lesley Gore
Soundtrack | Suicide Squad
Lesley Gore was born Lesley Sue Goldstein in Brooklyn, New York City, to Ronny and Leo Goldstein, a manufacturer of children's clothes and swimwear. Her family was Jewish. She grew up in Tenafly, New Jersey. Gore hit the music scene at 17 years of age in 1963 with the teen anthem "It's My Party". ...
51. Barbi Benton
Actress | Fantasy Island
Barbi Benton was born on January 28, 1950 in New York City, New York, USA as Barbara Lynn Klein. She is an actress, known for Fantasy Island (1977), The Love Boat (1977) and McCloud (1970). She has been married to George Gradow since October 14, 1979. They have two children.
52. Pamela Hensley
Actress | Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Pamela Gail Hensley was born on October 3, 1950 in Glendale, California, and is one of those rare screen stars who grew up in the heart of Los Angeles. Her father still maintains a thriving veterinary practice on Coldwater Canyon, where his patients include Pamela's Persian cats, "Hot Tin" and "...
53. Theda Bara
Actress | A Fool There Was
Theda Bara was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, as Theodosia Goodman, on July 29, 1885. She was the daughter of a local tailor and his wife. As a teenager Theda was interested in the theatrical arts and once she finished high school, she dyed her blond hair black and went in pursuit of her dream. By 1908 ...
54. Alla Nazimova
Actress | Eye for Eye
The grand, highly flamboyant Russian star Alla Nazimova of Hollywood silent films lived an equally grand, flamboyant life off-camera, though her legendary status has not held up as firmly as that of a Rudolph Valentino today.
Alla Nazimova was born Miriam Edez Adelaida Leventon in 1879, in Yalta, ...
55. Mélanie Laurent
Actress | Inglourious Basterds
Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Annick, a ballet teacher, and Pierre, a voice actor, who is most recognized for the French version of The Simpsons (1989). She has a younger brother, Mathieu, and has both Sephardi Jewish (from Tunisia) and Ashkenazi Jewish (from ...
56. Shirly Brener
Actress | Employee of the Month
Shirly Brener was born on September 24, 1974 in Haifa, Israel. She is an actress and producer, known for Employee of the Month (2006), The Chicago 8 (2011) and G.I. Joe: Retaliation (2013). She has been married to Bruce Rubenstein since 2004. They have two children.
57. Kat Dennings
Actress | Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
Kat Dennings was born Katherine Victoria Litwack in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, to Ellen (Schatz), a speech therapist and poet, and Gerald Litwack, a molecular pharmacologist. She is the youngest of five children. Her family is of Russian Jewish descent. Kat was predominantly ...
58. Lara Jill Miller
Actress | Gimme a Break!
Lara Jill is best known as "Samantha" from the NBC series Gimme a Break! (1981) for 6 seasons. Prior to her TV debut, she toured the US and starred on Broadway along side Dick Van Dyke in "The Musica Man." Lara Jill graduated from NYU, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She then earned her JD from...
Actress | Animal House
Mary Louise Weller was born September 1, 1946, and raised in Los Angeles. The onetime top New York model made her film debut with a small uncredited role in Serpico (1973).
Weller was especially memorable as a beautiful marine biologist in the made-for-TV picture Hunters of the Reef (1978) and, ...
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60. Lisa Edelstein
Actress | House M.D.
From her role as Dr. Lisa Cuddy on the hit Fox series "House" to her starring role as Abby McCarthy in Bravo's first scripted series "Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce," Lisa Edelstein's range of roles are as diverse as her talent. Set for a Summer 2018 Season 5 premiere, "Girlfriends' Guide" is a ...
61. Nigella Lawson
Self | Nigella Express
Nigella Lawson was born on January 6, 1960 in Wandsworth, London, England as Nigella Lucy Lawson. She is a producer and writer, known for Nigella Express (2007), Nigellissima (2012) and Nigella Feasts (2006). She was previously married to Charles Saatchi and John Diamond.
Actress | ER
Julianna Margulies was born on June 8, 1966 in Spring Valley (near New York City), as the youngest of three daughters of Francesca (Goldberg), a teacher and dancer in American Ballet, and Paul Margulies, an advertising writer and philosopher. She is of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage (from Romania, ...
63. Julie Warner
Actress | Tommy Boy
Julie grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Her father, Neil Warner, was a musical arranger, who wrote jingles for products such as Tic-Tacs and Fig Newtons. Her mother, Naomi, is a freelance book agent. A 10-years younger brother, James, works for the New York City Parks Department. At 12, ...
64. Ina Balin
Actress | The Comancheros
Brooklyn-native actress Ina Balin (née Rosenberg) was born on November 12, 1937, into a Jewish family of entertainers. Her father, Sam Rosenberg, was a dancer/singer/comedian who worked the Borscht Belt. He later quit show business to join his family's furrier business. Her mother was a ...
65. Dani Behr
Actress | Like It Is
Dani Behr began her career in London, England, where she was born and raised. She started dancing at the young age of three, always knowing she wanted to perform. Years later at the age of 14, she signed her first big music contract with WEA, whilst attending one of the most prestigious performing ...
66. Abbe Lane
Actress | Twilight Zone: The Movie
Abbe Lane was born on December 14, 1932 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Abigail Francine Lassman. She is an actress, known for Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), Caesar Against the Pirates (1962) and A sud niente di nuovo (1957). She has been married to Perry Leff since December 16, 1964...
68. Claudia Lonow
Writer | Bummed
Claudia Lonow started her career as an actress, playing Michele Lee's chubby, loud-mouthed teenage daughter on "Knots Landing." Favorite episodes include: the one where she has kidney failure and is saved by Donna Mills's kidney; the one where she runs away with the town murderer, "Chip," and ...
71. Audrey Landers
Actress | Dallas
Audrey Landers is an accomplished actress, singer, writer, composer and producer. She is best known to fans all over the world for her memorable role as Afton Cooper for eight years on Dallas (1978), her controversial Playboy pictorial (with her clothes on) and hundreds of television gigs in the ...
72. Mila Kunis
Actress | Black Swan
Mila Kunis was born Milena Markovna Kunis to a Jewish family in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, USSR (now independent Ukraine). Her mother, Elvira, is a physics teacher, her father, Mark Kunis, is a mechanical engineer, and she has an older brother named Michael. Her family moved to Los Angeles, California, ...
73. Lisa Kudrow
Actress | Friends
Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...
75. Lilli Palmer
Actress | Anastasia - Die letzte Zarentochter
A charming, elegant, and exceedingly popular international film star with a gentle, understated beauty, actress Lilli Palmer was born as Lilli Marie Peiser on May 24, 1914, in Posen, Prussia. She was the daughter of Rose Lissman, an Austrian Jewish actress, and Alfred Peiser, a German Jewish ...
76. Pola Illéry
Actress | Le tigre du Bengale
Pola Illéry was an exotic silent film star in France and Romania during the 1920s and made a modest transition to sound films in the 1930s. She was known for portraying sexually liberated women and was considered the most glamorous film star in Romania. After she left films feeling she achieved her...
77. Judy Landers
Actress | Armed and Dangerous
Judy Landers' pleasing personality and physical attributes have made this former Juilliard music student one of the popular character actresses in both action series like B.J. and the Bear (1978) and Vega$ (1978), as well as in a multitude of situation comedies during the 1980s. Although a student ...
78. Natalie Schafer
Actress | Gilligan's Island
Natalie Schafer got her start doing Broadway plays then making the move to the big screen. Even before Gilligan's Island (1964), she was typecast in roles as society women, or elegant, fashionable ladies. It was her role as "Eunice 'Lovey' Wentworth Howell" wife of multi-millionaire Thurston Howell...