My Favorite Female Comedians

by melialexander | created - 11 Jul 2019 | updated - 05 Mar 2020 | Public

Just a partial list of my comedic heroes, influences and actors.

1. Gilda Radner

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century, ranked with Lucille Ball and other comedy legends of the highest caliber. She was born on June 28, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, the younger of two children of Henrietta (Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a ...

2. Lily Tomlin

Actress | Nashville

Lily Tomlin was born September 1, 1939 in Detroit, Michigan, to Lillie Mae (Ford) and Guy Tomlin, who moved to Michigan from Paducah, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. Her mother was a nurse's aide and her father was a factory worker. She graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1957, and ...

3. Tamsin Greig

Actress | Green Wing

Tamsin Greig was born on July 12, 1966 in Maidstone, Kent, England as Tamsin Margaret Greig. She is an actress, known for Green Wing (2004), Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Black Books (2000). She has been married to Richard Leaf since May 1997. They have three children.

4. Stephanie Courtney

Actress | The Heartbreak Kid

Stephanie Courtney is main company member of the famed Groundlings Theater in Los Angeles, regularly performing in their sketch and improv shows. She hails from Stony Point, New York. After graduating from the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City, she started doing stand up, which brought her to...

5. Milana Vayntrub

Actress | This Is Us

Milana Vayntrub is an Uzbekistan-born American actress, writer and stand-up comedian. She began her career making YouTube videos amounting over 11 million views, then turned her web content into an MTV pilot. In 2016 is was recognized by Adweek on the cover of their Creative 100 issue for her ...

6. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Taraji Penda Henson. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

7. Jillian Armenante

Actress | Vice

Jillian Armenante was born on July 5, 1968 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Vice (2018), The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Bad Teacher (2011). She has been married to Alice Dodd since June 24, 2000. They have two children.

8. Jean Smart

Actress | 24

Tall (5'10"), lovely, statuesque Seattle native Jean Elizabeth Smart was born on September 13, 1951. The second of four children born to a teacher and his wife, she developed an early interest in acting and attended the University of Washington following her graduation from Seattle's Ballard High ...

9. Vicki Lewis

Actress | Finding Nemo

Lewis was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, the daughter of Marlene, a nursing administrator, and Jim Lewis, an air traffic supervisor. She has a sister, Denise. She most recently starred as Countess Lili in Darko Tresnik's production of 'Anastasia' on Broadway. She starred as Velma Kelly in the...

10. Annie Potts

Actress | Ghostbusters

Annie Potts is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is known for her roles in popular 1980s films such as Ghostbusters (1984) and Pretty in Pink (1986). She made her debut on the big screen in 1978 in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film Corvette Summer (1978), with Mark Hamill, for ...

11. Kaliko Kauahi

Actress | Superstore

Kaliko Kauahi is an actress, known for Superstore (2015).

12. Drew Barrymore

Producer | Never Been Kissed

Since melting audiences' hearts - at the age of six - in Steven Spielberg's beloved sci-fi blockbuster, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Drew Barrymore has emerged as one of the most endearing and talented actresses of her generation.

Drew Blyth Barrymore was born in Culver City, California, to ...

13. Punam Patel

Actress | Special

Punam Patel is an actress, known for Special (2019), Kevin from Work (2015) and I Feel Bad (2018).

14. Tyne Daly

Actress | Judging Amy

Tyne Daly was born on February 21, 1946 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA as Ellen Tyne Daly. She is an actress and writer, known for Judging Amy (1999), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) and Cagney & Lacey (1981). She was previously married to Georg Stanford Brown.

15. Jane Leeves

Actress | Frasier

Jane Leeves has made her mark in the entertainment world, acting in television, theater and film over the past 20 years.

She is most famous for her role as "Daphne" in the award-winning show "Frasier" (1993-2004). Leeves played one of the five main characters of the sitcom, a live-in caretaker hired...

16. Lainie Kazan

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Actress and singer Lainie Kazan first made her mark with her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. The following year, she appeared in another musical, Bravo Giovanni. She eventually served as Barbra Streisand's understudy for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny ...

17. Catherine Keener

Actress | Being John Malkovich

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting ...

18. Cindy Williams

Actress | American Graffiti

Cindy Williams was born Cynthia Williams in Van Nuys, California on August 22, 1947. The Leo is 5'4" and, during her first years on Laverne & Shirley (1976), weighed a dainty 105 lbs. The brown haired, blue-eyed female was born the daughter of Francesca Bellini and Beachard Williams. Her family...

19. Christine Baranski

Actress | Mamma Mia!

Christine Baranski is an American actress from Buffalo, New York. She has had a relatively lengthy career in both film and television. She has been nominated for 15 Emmy Awards, winning once. One of her most popular roles was that of neuroscientist Dr. Beverly Hofstadter in the sitcom " The Big ...

20. Penny Marshall

Actress | Laverne & Shirley

Penny Marshall was born Carole Penny Marshall on October 15, 1943 in the Bronx, New York. The Libra was 5' 6 1/2", with brown hair and green eyes. She was the daughter of Marjorie (Ward), a tap dance teacher, and Anthony "Tony" Marshall, an industrial film director. She was the younger sister of ...

21. Brooke Dillman

Actress | Wrecked

Brooke Dillman was born on August 22, 1966 in the USA as Brooke Alley. She is an actress and producer, known for Wrecked (2016), Superbad (2007) and Bob's Burgers (2011). She is married to Charlie Dillman.

22. Shakira Barrera

Actress | GLOW

Shakira Barrera is a Nicaraguan-American actress and dancer from Englewood, New Jersey. She is best known for her role as "Yolanda" aka "Yo-Yo" on Netflix's Emmy-nominated "Glow" (2018), for which she and the rest of the cast received a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Shakira graduated from Rutgers...

23. Jennifer Aniston

Actress | Friends

Jennifer Aniston was born in Sherman Oaks, California, to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow. Her father is Greek, and her mother was of English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian descent. Jennifer spent a year of her childhood living in Greece with her family. Her family then relocated to New York City ...

24. Katherine Helmond

Actress | Soap

Katherine Marie Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother, Thelma (nee Malone) Helmond, and her maternal grandmother, both of Irish Catholic descent. She attended Catholic school, and appeared in numerous school plays and ...

25. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".

She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...

26. Jean Stapleton

Actress | All in the Family

Jean Stapleton was born Jeanne Murray in Manhattan, New York City, to Marie A. (Stapleton), an opera singer, and Joseph Edward Murray, a billboard advertising salesman. Her paternal grandparents were Irish. She was a cousin of actress Betty Jane Watson. Other relatives in show business were her ...

27. Bette Midler

Soundtrack | The First Wives Club

Multi Grammy Award-winning singer/comedienne/author Bette Midler has also proven herself to be a very capable actress in a string of both dramatic and comedic roles. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 1, 1945. She is the daughter of Ruth (Schindel), a seamstress, and Fred Midler, a ...

28. Rachel Dratch

Actress | Just Go with It

Rachel Dratch grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Drama and Psychology, she moved out to Chicago, where she studied with Del Close at Improvolympic. She was on the house team, "Victim's Family", with Adam McKay. Rachel went on to tour with ...

29. Carol Burnett

Soundtrack | The Carol Burnett Show

The entertainment world has enjoyed a six-decade love affair with comedienne/singer Carol Burnett. A peerless sketch performer and delightful, self-effacing personality who rightfully succeeded Lucille Ball as the carrot-topped "Queen of Television Comedy," it was Burnett's traumatic childhood that...

30. Margaret Cho

Producer | Margaret Cho: PsyCHO

Margaret Cho was born Dec. 5, 1968 and raised in San Francisco. Her grandfather was a Methodist minister who ran an orphanage in Seoul during the Korean War. Ignoring the traditions of her patriarchal culture, her mother bravely resisted an arranged marriage in Korea and married Margaret's father ...

31. Janeane Garofalo

Actress | Mystery Men

Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe saleswoman, ...

32. Kaye Ballard

Actress | Baby Geniuses

Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she did, in a career spanning eight decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye, the broad and bouncy trouper drew laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the ...

33. Melanie Paxson

Actress | Saving Mr. Banks

Melanie Paxson was born in Champaign, Illinois, and received her B.A. degree in theater from the University of Missouri. Relocating to Chicago, she received more training at the famed Second City and performed with another renowned theater troupe, Steppenwolf Theatre. Moving into the television ...

34. Kristen Schaal

Actress | Gravity Falls

Kristen Schaal is an American actress, voice artist, writer, and comedian. She is best known for her roles as Mel on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, Louise Belcher on FOX animated comedy Bob's Burgers, and Mabel Pines on Gravity Falls. Other notable roles include her appearances as a ...

35. Judy Gold

Actress | The Curse of the Jade Scorpion

Two-time 'Emmy Award' winner Judy Gold is a veteran of stand-up comedy, known for her edgy wit, sharp timing, and infamous crowd work. Consistently appealing to all generations and backgrounds, Judy can be found throughout most mediums of entertainment: TV; Film; Web-Series'; Stage; Storytelling; ...

36. Candice Bergen

Actress | Miss Congeniality

One cool, eternally classy lady, Candice Bergen was elegantly poised for trendy "ice princess" stardom when she first arrived on the '60s screen, but she gradually reshaped that débutante image in the '70s, both on- and off-camera. A staunch, outspoken feminist with a decisive edge, she went on to ...

37. 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 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015). She has been married to Bill Siddons since March 7, 2007.

38. Wendy Liebman

Self | The Aristocrats

Wendy Liebman was born on February 27, 1961 in Manhasset, New York, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for The Aristocrats (2005), Katie Sullivan (2006) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). She has been married to Jeff Sherman since April 12, 2003.

39. Phyllis Diller

Actress | A Bug's Life

Diller put out an autobiography in 2005 in her late 80s, and entitled it "Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse", which pretty much says it all when recalling the misfit life and career of the fabulous, one-of-a-kind Phyllis Diller. It may inspire all those bored, discouraged and/or directionless ...

40. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

41. Imogene Coca

Actress | National Lampoon's Vacation

Imogene Coca is best remembered for playing opposite Sid Caesar in the live 90-minute Your Show of Shows (1950), which ran every Saturday night in regular season on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954. Their repertoire of comedy acts included the very memorable, hilarious, timeless and ...

42. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

43. Joan Rivers

Actress | Spaceballs

Joan Rivers was born on June 8, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Joan Alexandra Molinsky. She was a writer and actress, known for Spaceballs (1987), Iron Man 3 (2013) and Serial Mom (1994). She was married to Edgar Rosenberg and James Bennat Sanger. She died on September 4, 2014 in...

44. Aparna Nancherla

Actress | A Simple Favor

Aparna Nancherla was born on August 22, 1982 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for A Simple Favor (2018), Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet (2020) and Crashing (2017).

45. Cloris Leachman

Actress | The Last Picture Show

The legendary actress set a record when at age 82, she appeared on Dancing with the Stars (2005). Cloris Leachman was born on April 30, 1926 in Des Moines, Iowa to Berkeley Claiborne "Buck" Leachman and the former Cloris Wallace. Her father's family owned a lumber company, Leachman Lumber Co. She ...

46. Lizz Winstead

Writer | Wake Up World

As a co-creator and former head writer of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," and Co-founder of Air America Radio; Lizz Winstead has emerged as a critically acclaimed political writer and producer. As a performer, Winstead brought her political wit to "The Daily Show" as a Correspondent and later to...

47. Valerie Harper

Actress | Mary Tyler Moore

Making people laugh was only one facet of Valerie Harper's career, which extended from the stage to television and feature films. A native of Suffern, New York -- "I was born to suffer" -- Harper began her career as a dancer with the corps de ballet at Radio City Hall during its spectacular heyday....

48. Carol Kraft

Actress | Notes from the New World

Carol Kraft is known for her work on Notes from the New World (2011), bAd (2007) and Bagboy (2015).

49. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born in Flatbush, Brooklyn, on December 29, 1936. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her childhood was troubled, due in part to her mother's alcoholism. The eldest of three siblings, she attended a Catholic high school and married upon her graduation, in...

50. Leslie Jones

Actress | Ghostbusters

Leslie Jones was born on September 7, 1967 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Ghostbusters (2016), Coming 2 America (2021) and Masterminds (2016).

51. Molly Shannon

Actress | Never Been Kissed

Molly Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live (1995 - 2001), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher, Sally O'Malley, Helen Madden: Licensed Joyologist, and Terry Rialto, the National Public Radio host ...

52. Wanda Sykes

Actress | Monster-in-Law

Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.

She was recently seen in Comedy Central's Wanda Does It (2004), where she tried ...

53. Judy Greer

Actress | 13 Going on 30

Judy Greer was born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, as Judith Therese Evans. She is the daughter of Mollie Ann (née Greer), a hospital administrator and former nun, and Richard Evans, a mechanical engineer. She has German, Irish, English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. After training for ...

54. Leslie Mann

Actress | Knocked Up

Leslie Jean Mann was born in San Francisco, California. She was raised in Newport Beach, California by her mother, Janet Ann Ayres. At the age of seventeen, she launched her career, appearing in various TV commercials.

Her screen break came when she was cast as Nurse Mary in the short-lived Birdland...

55. Lauren Ash

Actress | Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2

Lauren Ash is a recent alumna of the Second City Chicago Mainstage. She is also an alumna of the Second City Toronto Mainstage and is one half of sketch comedy duo "Cory!". She is a two-time Canadian Comedy Award winner for Best Female Improviser and has also won for Best Comedic Play in 2008 and ...

56. Mayim Bialik

Actress | Beaches

Mayim Bialik grew up in San Diego and got her first acting job (Pumpkinhead (1988)) when she was just 12 years old. A number of TV roles followed until in 1990 she was cast in Blossom (1990), the role which made her famous.

By 1993, while Blossom was still airing, she had already won a deferred ...

57. Maya Rudolph

Actress | Bridesmaids

Maya Rudolph was born on July 27, 1972 in Gainesville, Florida, to Richard Rudolph, a music producer, and soul singer Minnie Riperton. Her mother was African-American and her father is Ashkenazi Jewish (from a family from Lithuania, Russia, Germany, and Hungary). In 1973, Maya, her parents, and her...

58. Lucille Ball

Actress | I Love Lucy

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their ...

59. Melissa McCarthy

Actress | The Heat

Melissa McCarthy was born in Plainfield, Illinois, to Sandra and Michael McCarthy, and was raised on her family's corn and soybean farm. She 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 ...

60. Amy Sedaris

Actress | Strangers with Candy

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York, USA as Amy Louise Sedaris. She is an actress and writer, known for Strangers with Candy (1999), Puss in Boots (2011) and BoJack Horseman (2014).

61. Kate Micucci

Actress | When in Rome

Kate Micucci was born in New Jersey and spent most of her school years in Pennsylvania. As a kid, she focused on playing outside in the woods and playing classical piano. In college, she majored in art, focusing on painting and making puppets. She received an A.A. in Fine Arts from Keystone College.

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62. Wendi McLendon-Covey

Actress | Bridesmaids

Wendi McLendon-Covey is best known for her playing Beverly Goldberg on "The Goldbergs", Deputy Clementine Johnson on "Reno 911!", Liz the crazy cat lady on "Rules of Engagement", Lydia Mayhew on "Lovespring International", and Rita in "Bridesmaids." Wendi was in the Sunday Company at L.A.s famed ...

63. Jenny Slate

Actress | Zootopia

Jenny Slate was born on March 25, 1982 in Milton, Massachusetts, USA as Jenny Sarah Slate. She is an actress and writer, known for Zootopia (2016), Obvious Child (2014) and The Secret Life of Pets (2016). She was previously married to Dean Fleischer-Camp.

64. Jen Kirkman

Writer | The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Jen Kirkman was born as Jennifer A. Kirkman. She is a writer and actress, known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017), Home Again (2017) and Lez Chat (2010). She was previously married to Neil Mahoney.

65. Lauren Lapkus

Actress | Jurassic World

Lauren Lapkus was born on September 6, 1985 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Jurassic World (2015), Crashing (2017) and Orange Is the New Black (2013). She has been married to Mike Castle since October 5, 2018. She was previously married to Chris Alvarado.

66. Samantha Bee

Producer | Full Frontal with Samantha Bee

Studied at George Brown Theatre School in Toronto. She waited tables for five years, did some theatre work and the odd commercial. Even kept her comedic bent alive in the Toronto sketch comedy group, the Atomic Fireballs, she formed with three other women.

67. Jillian Bell

Actress | 22 Jump Street

Jillian Bell was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She began studying improv at the age of eight. She graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 2002, and then moved to Los Angeles, where she became a member of the Groundlings. She auditioned for Saturday Night Live, and though she did not join the ...

68. Irene White

Actress | Superstore

Irene White was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She is an actress, known for Superstore (2015), The 15:17 to Paris (2018) and Modern Family (2009).

69. Sarah Silverman

Actress | Wreck-It Ralph

Sarah Silverman was most recently the host of the two-time Emmy-nominated weekly topical series, I Love You America, which streamed on Hulu and also received a Writers Guild Awards nomination.

Silverman is currently working on a musical adaptation of her 2010 memoir and New York Times Bestseller ...

70. Megan Mullally

Actress | Will & Grace

Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up ...

71. Kathy Griffin

Actress | Suddenly Susan

Kathy Griffin was raised in the near-west Chicago suburbs, in an Irish-American family. She has three older brothers and an older sister. When her parents retired to California, Kathy moved west with them after graduating from Oak Park River Forest High School and began trying to break into show ...

72. Ilana Becker

Actress | Love Magical

Ilana Becker is an actress, known for Love Magical (2018), Gotham (2014) and Future '38 (2017).

73. Gracie Allen

Actress | A Damsel in Distress

Gracie Allen was born on July 26, 1895 in San Francisco, California, USA as Grace Ethel Cecile Rosalie Allen. She was an actress, known for A Damsel in Distress (1937), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950) and The Gracie Allen Murder Case (1939). She was married to George Burns. She died ...

74. Tina Fey

Writer | 30 Rock

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

75. Amy Poehler

Actress | Inside Out

Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...

76. Aida Rodriguez

Actress | The Comedian

Aida Rodriguez was born on August 29, 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Aida Margarita Paradas Rodriguez. She is a producer and actress, known for The Comedian (2016) and Truth Serum with Aida Rodriguez (2015).

77. Nikki Glaser

Actress | Trainwreck

Nikki Glaser was born on June 1, 1984 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Nicole Rene Glaser. She is a writer and producer, known for Trainwreck (2015), I Feel Pretty (2018) and Punching the Clown (2009).

78. Wendie Malick

Actress | The American President

The actress Wendie Malick was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1950 and attended Ohio Wesleyan University, from which she graduated in 1972. The 5-foot, 10-inch beauty was a Wilhelmina model in the 1970s, giving it up to go to work for Buffalo-area Congressman Jack Kemp. She quickly left Washington, ...

79. Paula Poundstone

Actress | Inside Out

Paula Poundstone was born on December 29, 1959 in Huntsville, Alabama, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Inside Out (2015), Home Movies (1999) and Hyperspace (1984).

80. Debra Jo Rupp

Actress | That '70s Show

Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New...

81. Ellen DeGeneres

Producer | Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Emmy-winning talk show host Ellen Lee DeGeneres was born in Metairie, Louisiana, a New Orleans suburb. She is the daughter of Betty DeGeneres (née Elizabeth Jane Pfeffer), a speech therapist, and Elliott Everett DeGeneres, an insurance agent. Her brother is musician and producer Vance DeGeneres. ...

82. Ruth Buzzi

Actress | Laugh-In

Ruth Buzzi was Born July 24, 1936 in South County (Westerly), Rhode Island to Rena Pauline and Angelo Peter Buzzi, a nationally recognized stone sculptor. She Raised in Wequetequock, Connecticut, and attended Stonington High School. She Gained experience as a cheerleader performing before crowds at...

83. Laurie Metcalf

Actress | Lady Bird

Laurie Metcalf was born June 16, 1955 in Carbondale, Illinois, the oldest of three children of Libby (Mars), a librarian, and James Metcalf, a budget director. She was raised in Edwardsville, Illinois. Laurie attended Illinois State University, where she obtained her bachelor of arts in theater in ...

84. Busy Philipps

Actress | He's Just Not That Into You

Busy was born Elizabeth Jean Philipps in Illinois, US. She became interested in acting when she was in fourth grade and was always starring in school productions. In the summer, she would attend theater camp.

She is more commonly known as a television actress, getting her first break on Freaks and ...

85. Tracee Chimo Pallero

Actress | The Five-Year Engagement

Tracee Chimo Pallero was born Tracee Ann Chimo to parents Deborah and Bruce Chimo, in a small town just north of Boston, Massachusetts called Saugus. She has Albanian, Irish, and Italian ancestry. Kevin Chimo is her younger brother.

Due to audience and critical acclaim in three dynamic and ...

86. Mary Lynn Rajskub

Actress | 24

Mary Lynn Rajskub is an American actress, comedienne and singer who is best known as a co-star of Kiefer Sutherland on the popular television series 24 (2001).

Born June 22, 1971, in Detroit, Michigan, Rajskub comes from a family of Irish, Czech, and Polish ancestry. In 1989 she graduated from ...

87. Kathryn Hahn

Actress | Afternoon Delight

Kathryn Marie Hahn was born in Westchester, Illinois, but her family then moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where she spent most of her time growing up. She is of German, Irish, and English descent. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theater from Northwestern University. She later attended Yale, ...

88. Michelle Wolf

Actress | Horace and Pete

Michelle Wolf is a writer and actress, known for Horace and Pete (2016), The Oscars (2016) and Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014).

89. Natasha Leggero

Actress | Let's Be Cops

Natasha Leggero was born on March 26, 1974 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Natasha Terese Leggero. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Be Cops (2014), He's Just Not That Into You (2009) and Another Period (2013). She has been married to Moshe Kasher since October 11, 2015. They have one ...

90. Martha Raye

Actress | Billy Rose's Jumbo

Known as "The Big Mouth" and considered the female equivalent to Bob Hope, Martha Raye was an American icon in her own right.

She was born Margy Reed in Butte, Montana, to Maybelle Hazel (Hooper) and Peter Reed, Jr., vaudeville performers. She had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Raye made her ...

91. Riki Lindhome

Actress | The Last House on the Left

Riki Lindhome was born in Coudersport, Pennsylvania but grew up primarily in Portville, New York (about 80 miles south of Buffalo). Her first break came when Tim Robbins cast her in his hit play, "Embedded", which played at the Public Theater in New York City, Riverside Studios in London and The ...

92. Abbi Jacobson

Actress | Broad City

Abbi Jacobson was born on February 1, 1984 in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA as Abbi Lee Jacobson. She is an actress and producer, known for Broad City (2014), The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021) and Broad City (2010).

93. Rachel Brosnahan

Actress | House of Cards

Rachel Brosnahan was born in in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1990 and is an American actress. She is best known for her role as 'Midge' Maisel in the Amazon Prime Video series The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017) for which she has won two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television ...

94. Kate McKinnon

Actress | Ghostbusters

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress and comedienne, who is best known as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and for playing the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 Ghostbusters ...

95. Aidy Bryant

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Aidy Bryant was born on May 7, 1987 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Aiden Makenzy Bryant. She is an actress and writer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Shrill (2019) and The Big Sick (2017). She has been married to Conner O'Malley since April 28, 2018.

96. Aubrey Plaza

Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...

97. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

98. Cecily Strong

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Cecily Strong was born on February 8, 1984 in Springfield, Illinois, USA as Cecily Legler Strong. She is an actress and producer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Ghostbusters (2016) and The Boss (2016).

99. Kerri Kenney

Actress | Reno 911!

Kerri Kenney was born on January 20, 1970 in Westport, Connecticut, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Reno 911! (2003), Reno 911! Miami (2007) and The State (1993). She has been married to Steven V. Silver since June 12, 2004. They have one child.

100. Fran Drescher

Writer | The Nanny

Francine Joy Drescher was born on September 30, 1957 in Queens, New York City, New York to Sylvia Drescher, a bridal consultant & Mort Drescher, a naval systems analyst. Fran attended Hillcrest High School in New York with another now-famous name, Ray Romano. She was a studious girl and was quite ...



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