All Time Actresses

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1. Meryl Streep

Actress | Out of Africa

Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 21 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 ...

Sophie's Choice; Kramer vs. Kramer; Out of Africa; The Bridges of Madison County; The Hours; The Devil Wears Prada; Doubt; The Deer Hunter; Adaptation; A Prairie Home Companion; The Post; Manhattan; Julia; and ...

2. Liv Ullmann

Actress | Ansikte mot ansikte

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 ...

Persona; Face to Face; Shame; Hour of the Wolf; Cries & Whispers; Autumn Sonata; The Emigrants; Saraband; The Passion of Anna; Mindwalk; Farewell Moscow; Scenes from a Marriage; The New Land; and ...

3. 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...

All About Eve; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; The Little Foxes; Now, Voyager; The Scopone Game; Seed; The Letter; The Catered Affair; Mr. Skeffington; The Old Maid; It's Love I'm After; Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Dark Victory; Jezebel; Old Acquaintance; The Petrified Forest; The Man Who Came to Dinner; All This, and Heaven Too; Waterloo Bridge; The Corn Is Green; Connecting Rooms; The Whales of August; In This Our Life; The Man Who Played God; The Working Man; and ...

4. Deborah Kerr

Actress | The King and I

Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...

The Innocents; From Here to Eternity; The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; Black Narcissus; The Night of the Iguana; An Affair to Remember; The King and I; Separate Tables; The Chalk Garden; and ...

5. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

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 ...

Casablanca; Journey to Italy; Autumn Sonata; Notorious; Spellbound; Gaslight; The Visit; Europe '51; and ...

6. Juliette Binoche

Actress | The English Patient

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...

The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Three Colors: Blue; The English Patient; Certified Copy; Summer Hours; Chocolat; Code Unknown; Caché; Summer Hours; Copie Conforme; Clouds of Sils Maria; The Lovers on the Bridge; 7 Letters; High Life; Non-Fiction; and ...

7. Audrey Hepburn

Actress | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. She was a blue-blood and a cosmopolitan from birth. Her mother, Baroness Ella Van Heemstra, was of a Dutch descent, and her father, Joseph Victor Anthony Hepburn-Ruston, was born in Úzice, Bohemia, and of an English and Austrian ...

My Fair Lady; Breakfast at Tiffany's; Roman Holiday; Charade; Wait Until Dark; The Children's Hour; Sabrina; How to Steal a Million; The Lavender Hill Mob; The Nun's Story; Two for the Road; and ...

8. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

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 ...

The African Queen; The Lion in Winter; The Philadelphia Story; Bringing Up Baby; Guess Who's Coming to Dinner; Holiday; Stage Door; On Golden Pond; Long Day's Journey Into Night; Suddenly, Last Summer; Adam's Rib; and ...

9. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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 ...

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; Cat on a Hot Tin Roof; A Place in the Sun; Giant; Suddenly, Last Summer; and ...

10. Shirley MacLaine

Actress | Terms of Endearment

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 ...

The Apartment; Terms of Endearment; Being There; The Children's Hour; Some Came Running; Irma la Douce; and ...

11. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

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 ...

Blue Jasmine; I'm Not There; Carol; Babel, Notes on a Scandal; The Aviator; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers; Thor: Ragnarok; The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; Elizabeth; The Talented Mr. Ripley; and ...

12. Diane Keaton

Actress | Annie Hall

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. She studied Drama at Santa Ana College, before dropping out in favor of the Neighborhood Playhouse in New ...

The Godfather; The Godfather: Part II; Annie Hall; Manhattan; The Godfather: Part III; Love and Death; Play It Again, Sam; Interiors; Reds; Sleeper; and ...

13. Julie Christie

Actress | Doctor Zhivago

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 and his Welsh wife Rosemary, who was a painter. The young Christie grew up on her father's tea plantation before ...

Doctor Zhivago; Don't Look Now; Finding Neverland; Away from Her, Hamlet; McCabe & Mrs. Miller; Billy Liar; The Secret Life of Words; and ...

14. Jeanne Moreau

Actress | Jules et Jim

When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), 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 ...

Jules and Jim; La Notte; Elevator to the Gallows; The Fire Within; The Train; Chimes at Midnight; The Trial; Mr. Klein; Diary of a Chambermaid; The Suspended Step of the Stork; Bay of Angels; and ...

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...

The Piano Teacher; Amour; Elle; Things to Come; Happy End; The Lacemaker; La Cérémonie; Coup de Torchon; Story of Women; César and Rosalie; The Judge and the Assassin; Private Property; White Material; and ...

16. Frances McDormand

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

Fargo; Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Barton Fink; Almost Famous; Moonrise Kingdom; Mississippi Burning; Primal Fear; Blood Simple; The Man Who Wasn't There; and ...

17. Jodie Foster

Actress | The Silence of the Lambs

Jodie Foster was born Alicia Christian Foster on November 19, 1962 in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of Evelyn Ella "Brandy" (Almond), a producer, and Lucius Fisher Foster III, an Air Force lieutenant colonel and real estate broker. Brandy had filed for divorce in 1959 after having three children...

Taxi Driver; The Silence of the Lambs; A Very Long Engagement; Inside Man; and ...

18. Kate Winslet

Actress | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

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...

Sense and Sensibility; Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Finding Neverland; Little Children; Revolutionary Road; The Reader; Titanic; Hamlet; The Life of David Gale; and ...

19. Catherine Deneuve

Actress | 8 femmes

Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 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 Le vice et la vertu (1963). But her ...

Repulsion; Belle de Jour; Dancer in the Dark; Tristana; A Christmas Tale; The Umbrellas of Cherbourg; The Young Girls of Rochefort; East/West; Kings & Queen; I'm Going Home; A Talking Picture; and ...

20. Julianne Moore

Actress | The Hours

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 ...

The Hours; Far from Heaven; The Kids Are All Right; Boogie Nights; The Big Lebowski; Children of Men; A Single Man; Magnolia; Short Cuts; The Fugitive; Still Alice; What Maisie Knew; Vanya on 42nd Street; Safe; Gloria Bell; and ...

21. Sissy Spacek

Actress | In the Bedroom

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.

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In the Bedroom; Badlands; Carrie; 3 Women; Missing; 'night, Mother; The Straight Story; The Help; Coal Miner's Daughter; Get Low; Affliction; The Old Man & the Gun; and ...

22. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal ...

Citizen Kane; The Magnificent Ambersons; Johnny Belinda; All That Heaven Allows; Caged; Dark Passage; Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte; Jane Eyre; Since You Went Away; Our Vines Have Tender Grapes; The Blue Veil; and ...

23. Judi Dench

Actress | Skyfall

Dame Judi Dench was born Judith Olivia Dench 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 ...

84 Charing Cross Road; Shakespear in Love; Notes on a Scandal; Casino Royale; Skyfall; Hamlet; Philomena; 84 Charing Cross Road; A Room with a View; Iris; and ...

24. Laura Linney

Actress | The Big C

Laura Leggett Linney was born in New York City on February 5, 1964, into a theatre family. Her father was prominent playwright Romulus Linney, whose own great-grandfather was a congressman from North Carolina. Her mother, Miriam Anderson (Leggett), is a nurse. Although she did not live in her ...

The Truman Show; Love Actually; Mystic River; The Exorcism of Emily Rose; The Squid and the Whale; The Savages; Primal Fear; The Life of David Gale; You Can Count on Me; Nocturnal Animals; Sully; Searching for Bobby Fischer; Kinsey; The House of Mirth; Dave; and ...

25. 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 (1953), playing ...

Persona; The Seventh Seal; Wild Strawberries; Smiles of a Summer Night; Scenes from a Marriage; The Passion of Anna; The Magician; Brink of Life; Blow Hot, Blow Cold; Babette's Feast; and ...

26. Ingrid Thulin

Actress | Smultronstället

Ingrid trained as a ballet dancer and attended Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theatre. She came to fame thanks to Bergman's "Wild Strawberries". She acted in 9 Ingmar Bergman's films. Her fame allowed her to act in Luchino Visconti's "The Damned" in 1969. Ingrid Thulin lived in Rome since the 1960's. ...

Wild Strawberries; Winter Light; The Silence; Hour of the Wolf; Cries and Whispers; The Magician; The Damned; Brink of Life; The War Is Over' and ...

27. Julie Delpy

Actress | Trois couleurs: Blanc

Julie Delpy was born in Paris, France, in 1969 to Albert Delpy and Marie Pillet, both actors.

She was first featured in Jean-Luc Godard's Détective (1985) at the age of fourteen. She has starred in many American and European productions since then, including Disney's The Three Musketeers (...

Three Colors: White; Before Sunrise; Before Sunset; Broken Flowers; Before Midnight; and ...

28. 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 (1952) in 1952 and over the next five years appeared in a lot of...

The Miracle Worker; The Graduate; 'night, Mother; 84 Charing Cross Road; and ...

29. Vera Miles

Actress | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Born in Boise City, Oklahoma, Vera Miles attended school in Pratt, Kansas and Wichita, Kansas. The patrician beauty of Miss Miles won her the title of "Miss Kansas" in 1948, leading soon to small roles in Hollywood films and television series. Fame came to the forthright, spirited Miles when she ...

The Wrong Man; The Searchers; Psycho; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; and ...

30. Monica Vitti

Actress | Il deserto rosso

Monica Vitti was born on November 3, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli. She is an actress, known for Red Desert (1964), L'Avventura (1960) and L'Eclisse (1962). She has been married to Roberto Russo since 1995.

L'Avventura; La Notte; L'Eclisse, Red Desert; The Phantom of Liberty; and ...

31. 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 ...

Rebecca; Suspicion; Letter from an Unknown Woman; The Women; Jane Eyre; Gunga Din; and ...

32. Giulietta Masina

Actress | Le notti di Cabiria

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 ...

La Strada; The Nights of Cabiria; Juliet of the Spirits; The Feather Fairy; Angels of Darkness; Europe '51; Il Bidone; Jons und Erdme; and ...

33. Anna Lee

Actress | The Sound of Music

The daughter of a clergyman, Anna Lee was born Joan Boniface Winnifrith and encouraged to pursue an acting career by her father. After training at London's Royal Albert Hall, she took to the boards and later began appearing in English films, first as an extra, then working her way up to featured ...

How Green Was My Valley; The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance; The Sound of Music; What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?; High Conquest; Hangmen Also Die!; Fort Apache; and ...

34. Annette Bening

Actress | American Beauty

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 ...

American Beauty; The Kids Are All Right; Richard III; Open Range; 20th Century Women; The Grifters; Bugsy; and ...

35. Vivien Leigh

Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire

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 ...

Gone with The Wind; A Streetcar Named Desire; The Village Squire; Waterloo Bridge; and ...

36. Silvia Pinal

Actress | Viridiana

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...

Virdiana; The Exterminating Angel; The King of the Neighborhood; La mujer que yo perdí; Twenty-Four Hours of Pleasure; and ...

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 ...

Three Colors: Blue; Amour; Hiroshima Mon Amour; Léon Morin, Priest; Kapò; Hungry for Love; and ...

38. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

Late Spring; Early Summer; Tokyo Story; Tokyo Twilight; Late Autumn; The End of Summer; Ahen senso; Yama no oto; Tokyo Sweetheart; Repast; Chushingura; The Idiot; and ...

39. Natalie Portman

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...

Léon: The Professional; Heat; Cold Mountain; Closer; V for Vendetta; Black Swan; Jackie; Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith; Garden State; and ...

40. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

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?; On Golden Pond; The China Syndrome; and ...

41. Ellen Burstyn

Actress | Requiem for a Dream

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 ...

The Exorcist; Requiem for a Dream; Interstellar; The Last Picture Show; Providence; Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore; The Tale; and ...

42. Susan Sarandon

Actress | Thelma & Louise

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.

It was after the 1968 Democratic convention and ...

Thelma & Louise; The Player; Little Women; Cloud Atlas; Dead Man Walking; Atlantic City; Lorenzo's Oil; and ...

43. Glenn Close

Actress | Fatal Attraction

Six time Academy Award-nominated actress Glenn Close was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut. She is the daughter of Bettine (Moore) and William Taliaferro Close (William Close), a prominent doctor. Both of her parents were from upper-class northeastern families.

Glenn was often seen on ...

The Wife; Dangerous Liaisons; The Natural; Reversal of Fortune; Nine Lives; Guardians of the Galaxy; and ...

44. Maggie Smith

Actress | Gosford Park

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 ...

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Richard III; A Room with a View; Gosford Park; and ...

45. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

Doubt; The Master; American Hustle; Her; Arrival; Charlie Wilson's War; Catch Me If You Can; The Fighter; Nocturnal Animals; The Muppets; Junebug; and ...

46. Michelle Williams

Actress | Blue Valentine

A small-town girl born and raised in rural Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Ingrid Williams is the daughter of Carla Ingrid (Swenson), a homemaker, and Larry Richard Williams, a commodity trader and author. Her ancestry is Norwegian, as well as German, British Isles, and other Scandinavian. She was ...

My Week with Marilyn; Wendy and Lucy; Blue Valentine; Shutter Island; Manchester by the Sea; I'm Not There; The Station Agent; The Greatest Showman; Certain Women; Brokeback Mountain; Synecdoche, New York; and ...

47. Emma Thompson

Actress | Sense and Sensibility

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...

Sense and Sensibility; In the Name of the Father; Howards End; The Meyerowitz Stories; Love Actually; Stranger Than Fiction; The Remains of the Day; Saving Mr. Banks; and ...

48. Kristin Scott Thomas

Actress | The English Patient

The acclaimed Cornish actress Dame Kristin Scott Thomas was born in Redruth, Cornwall, to Deborah (Hurlbatt) and Lieutenant Commander Simon Scott Thomas. Her father was a pilot for the British Royal Navy and died in a flying accident in 1964. Her stepfather, Lt. Cdr Simon Idiens, was also a pilot, ...

I've Loved You So Long; The English Patient; Gosford Park; Tell No One; Bitter Moon; and ...

49. Olivia de Havilland

Actress | The Heiress

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 ...

The Heiress; The Adventures of Robin Hood; Captain Blood; To Each His Own; It's Love I'm After; Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte; The Snake Pit; In This Our Life; Hold Back the Dawn; Gone with the Wind; and ...

50. 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 ...

Random Harvest; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; On Golden Pond; Mrs. Miniver; and ...

51. Norma Shearer

Actress | The Divorcee

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 ...

The Restless Sex; The Women; He Who Gets Slapped; The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg; Marie Antoinette; The Tower of Lies; Waking Up the Town; and ...

52. Vanessa Redgrave

Actress | Atonement

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, ...

Blow-Up; Howards End; The Devils; Breath of Life; A Wall of Silence; Isadora; and ...

53. Barbara Stanwyck

Actress | Double Indemnity

Today Barbara Stanwyck is remembered primarily as the matriarch of the family known as the Barkleys on the TV western The Big Valley (1965), wherein she played Victoria, and from the hit drama The Colbys (1985). But she was known to millions of other fans for her movie career, which spanned the ...

Double Indemnity; The Lady Eve; Ball of Fire; Meet John Doe; Remember the Night; Baby Face; There's Always Tomorrow; Sorry, Wrong Number; The Strange Love of Martha Ivers; Stella Dallas; No Man of Her Own; and ...



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