Women I admire:

by Michelle_Gills | created - 07 May 2013 | updated - 28 Feb 2014 | Public

By Michelle.

1. 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 ...

2. 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. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic sitcom Mary Tyler Moore (1970) and the ...

3. Lizzy Caplan

Actress | Cloverfield

Actress Elizabeth Anne "Lizzy" Caplan was born in Los Angeles, California, to Barbara (Bragman), a political aide, and Richard Caplan, a lawyer. She has two older siblings, Julie and Benjamin, and was raised in a Jewish household. Her mother was a cousin of publicist Howard Bragman. Caplan was ...

4. Erin Burnett

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Erin Burnett was born on July 2, 1976 in Mardela Springs, Maryland, USA as Erin Isabelle Burnett. She is an actress, known for Edge of Tomorrow (2014), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) and Street Signs (1996). She has been married to David Rubulotta since December 21, 2012. They have three ...

5. Paula Zahn

Actress | Murphy Brown

Paula Zahn was born on February 24, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA as Paula Ann Zahn. She is a producer and actress, known for Murphy Brown (1988), On the Case with Paula Zahn (2009) and P.S. (1997). She was previously married to Richard Cohen.

6. Elaine Quijano

Self | CBS This Morning

Elaine Quijano is an actress, known for CBS This Morning (1992), Madam Secretary (2014) and CBS News Sunday Morning (1979).

7. Emily Blunt

Actress | Edge of Tomorrow

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is a British actress known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and The Girl on the Train (2016), among many others.

Blunt was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of ...

8. Brittany Snow

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light (1952) for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest ...

9. Norah Jones

Soundtrack | Ted

Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is a daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister.

In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the ...

10. Sigourney Weaver

Actress | Avatar

Sigourney Weaver was born Susan Alexandra Weaver in Leroy Hospital in Manhattan, New York City. Her father, TV producer Sylvester L. Weaver Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already named her elder brother Trajan). Her mother, Elizabeth ...

11. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Rosie Alice Huntington-Whiteley is best known for her work as a Victoria's Secrets lingerie model and as a movie actress. She has appeared in five Victoria's Secret Fashion shows from 2006 through 2010 and became a Victoria's Secret Angel in November 2009. She has appeared on the cover of ...

12. Kerry Washington

Actress | Scandal

Kerry Washington was born on January 31, 1977 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Kerry Marisa Washington. She is an actress and producer, known for Scandal (2012), Django Unchained (2012) and Save the Last Dance (2001). She has been married to Nnamdi Asomugha since June 24, 2013. They ...

13. Sophia Myles

Actress | Tristan + Isolde

Sophia Jane Myles was born on March 18, 1980 in Hammersmith, London, England. She has a younger brother, Oliver. Her parents are Jane and Peter Myles, who is a vicar, a priest in the Anglican Church who is in charge of a parish and receives a salary, but not the tithes of the church. Her mother ...

14. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in England, and has resided in London for most of her life. Her mother is Judy Loe, who has appeared in a number of British dramas and sitcoms and continues to work as an actress, predominantly in British television productions. Her father was Richard ...

15. Hayley Atwell

Actress | Captain America: The First Avenger

Born in London, England, Hayley Elizabeth Atwell has dual citizenship of the United Kingdom and the United States. An only child, Hayley was named after actress Hayley Mills. Her parents, Alison (Cain) and Grant Atwell, both motivational speakers, met at a London workshop of Dale Carnegie's ...

16. Rebel Wilson

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Rebel Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the Australian Theatre for Young People and at Second City in the US. After a successful stage and television career in Australia, this writer/actress/producer now focuses on feature film projects in the United States and is perhaps most ...

17. Anna Kendrick

Actress | Up in the Air

Anna Kendrick was born in Portland, Maine, to Janice (Cooke), an accountant, and William Kendrick, a teacher. She has an older brother, Michael Cooke Kendrick, who has also acted. She is of English, Irish, and Scottish descent.

For her role as "Dinah" in "High Society" on Broadway, Anna Kendrick was...

18. Rosamund Pike

Actress | Gone Girl

Born on January 27, 1979 in London, England, actress Rosamund Mary Elizabeth Pike is the only child of a classical violinist mother, Caroline (Friend), and an opera singer father, Julian Pike. Due to her parents' work, she spent her early childhood traveling around Europe. Pike attended Badminton ...

19. Halle Berry

Actress | Catwoman

Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister, Heidi Berry. Halle ...

20. Deborah Lynn Scott

Costume_designer | Titanic

Deborah Lynn Scott was born in 1954. She is known for her work on Titanic (1997), Minority Report (2002) and Avatar (2009). She is married to Tim Suhrstedt.

21. Mimi Leder

Director | On the Basis of Sex

Mimi Leder was born on January 26, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Miriam Leder. She is a producer and director, known for On the Basis of Sex (2018), The Leftovers (2014) and Deep Impact (1998). She is married to Gary Werntz. They have one child.

22. Penka Kouneva

Composer | Heroes and Legends Featuring the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame

Recognized across Hollywood as an extraordinary talent and artist of uncommon passion, Penka Kouneva has scored enduring titles such as Prince of Persia game, The Mummy VR game, and the NASA multimedia exhibit Heroes and Legends at the Kennedy Space Center. Her music has received national press as ...

23. Loni Love

Actress | Mother's Day

Loni Love is a Detroit native, born from Houston, Texas that went to Prairie View A&M University in the Lone Star State for about four years, and got her degree in engineering. Though Loni Love is a stand-up comedian, Loni worked as an engineer for IBM and other companies for about ten years. Then,...

24. Susan Downey

Producer | Sherlock Holmes

Susan Downey was born on November 6, 1973 as Susan Nicole Levin. She is known for her work on Sherlock Holmes (2009), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and Unknown (2011). She has been married to Robert Downey Jr. since August 27, 2005. They have two children.

25. Michelle Branch

Soundtrack | The Hot Chick

Michelle Jaquet DeSevren Branch was born in Phoenix, Arizona on July 2nd 1983. Michelle was born seven weeks early weighing only 3lbs 11oz, and says she was eager to get into the world. Her whole life she has loved music, listening to The Beatles since she was in the womb. At the time of her birth,...

26. Michelle Obama

Actress | Lil Bub's Big Show

Michelle Obama was born on January 17, 1964 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Michelle LaVaughn Robinson. She is an actress, known for Lil Bub's Big Show (2013), NCIS (2003) and The Oscars (2013). She has been married to Barack Obama since October 3, 1992. They have two children.

28. Neve Campbell

Actress | Scream 2

Neve Campbell was born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, to Marnie (Neve), a Dutch-born psychologist and yoga instructor (from Amsterdam), and Gerry Campbell, a Scottish-born teacher (from Glasgow). Campbell first came to our TV screens in the hit Drama series Party of Five (1994). Described as TV's ...

29. Maggie Q

Actress | Divergent

Margaret Denise Quigley was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to a father of Polish and Irish descent (originally based in New York) and a Vietnamese mother. Her parents met during the Vietnam War. Maggie has two older half-siblings from her mother's previous marriage, and two older sisters. The family ...

30. Deborah Kaplan

Writer | Liza on Demand

Writer/director Deborah Kaplan met partner, writer/director Harry Elfont, at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts' prestigious film school. In a strange coincidence, they discovered that their parents were friends and that they both attended neighboring high schools in Philadelphia. Kaplan had spent time...

31. Mira Nair

Director | Salaam Bombay!

Accomplished Film Director/Writer/Producer Mira Nair was born in India and educated at Delhi University and at Harvard. She began her film career as an actor and then turned to directing award-winning documentaries, including So Far From India and India Cabaret. Her debut feature film, Salaam ...

32. Jeanine Basinger

Actress | A Better Way to Die

Jeanine Basinger was born on February 3, 1936.

33. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Vonne Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania, to Dorothy Marie (Lawson), an accountant and homemaker, and Joseph William Stone II, a factory worker. Her father was strict. She was the second of four children, and has English, German, Scottish, and Irish ancestry...

34. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | When Harry Met Sally...

On Saturday, June 15th, 1996, an era in jazz singing came to an end, with the death of Ella Fitzgerald at her home in California. She was the last of four great female jazz singers (including Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRae) who defined one of the most prolific eras in jazz vocal ...

35. Aretha Franklin

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...

36. Amy Pascal

Producer | The Post

Amy Pascal was born on March 25, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She is a producer, known for The Post (2017), Molly's Game (2017) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). She has been married to Bernard Weinraub since August 9, 1997. They have one child.

37. Jennifer Nicole Lee

Actress | Pain & Gain

Jennifer Nicole Lee was born Jennifer Nicole Siciliano on in Rochester, New York. Lee serves as the pitch-person for the Ab Circle Pro trainer on the TV infomercial circuit, seen nationally in the US. She is also noted as as a top fitness model, and has won several fitness and entertainment awards ...

38. 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,...

39. Bar Paly

Actress | Pain & Gain

Bar Paly was born on April 29, 1985 in Nizhniy Tagil, Sverdlovskaya oblast, RSFSR, USSR as Barbara Phaly. She is an actress, known for Pain & Gain (2013), Million Dollar Arm (2014) and The Ruins (2008). She has been married to Ian Kessner since August 14, 2016.

40. Brittany Daniel

Actress | Skyline

Brittany Daniel played the role of Jessica Wakefield on Sweet Valley High (1994). Jessica is the Star Cheerleader at SVH, she is snobbish and conniving and always gets what she wants. Brittany was actually more like Elizabeth Wakefield, her sister's character in real life, reading, good friends and...

41. 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).

42. Rachel McAdams

Actress | The Notebook

Rachel Anne McAdams was born on November 17, 1978 in London, Ontario, Canada, to Sandra Kay (Gale), a nurse, and Lance Frederick McAdams, a truck driver and furniture mover. She is of English, Welsh, Irish, and Scottish descent. Rachel became involved with acting as a teenager and by the age of 13 ...

43. Vanessa Williams

Actress | Ugly Betty

Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...

44. 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, ...



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