The Greatest Singers

by elephant999 | created - 25 Nov 2013 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

In my honest opinion.

All of them are alphabetical by their first name.

1. Adele

Soundtrack | Skyfall

Adele was born on May 5, 1988 in Tottenham, London, England as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She has been married to Simon Konecki since 2017. They have one child.

2. Adriana Caselotti

Self | Disneyland

Adriana was born into an operatic family - her father Guido, an immigrant from Italy, taught music in New York City, her mother Maria (from Naples) sang at the Royal Opera, and a sister Louise was a noted opera singer and voice teacher. She was 18 when Walt Disney personally chose her for the voice...

3. Alfie Boe

Soundtrack | Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary

Alfie Boe was born in 1973 in Fleetwood, Lancashire, England as Alfred Giovanni Roncalli Boe. He has been married to Sarah Boe since 2004. They have one child.

4. Alicia Keys

Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees

Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...

5. Allan Jones

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Allan Jones was born Theodore Allen Jones in Old Forge, Pennsylvania. A coal miner's son, he worked in the mines until 1926. At that point in time, he received a scholarship from Syracuse University, but chose instead to study music at New York University with Claude Warford and then with Felix ...

6. Amelita Galli-Curci

Soundtrack | Hotaru no haka

Amelita Galli Curci was an opera singer, considered by many to be one of the greatest coloratura sopranos of the 20th century. She sang with such opera legends as Enrico Caruso and Beniamino Gigli. A throat tumor cut short her career in the 1930s. Legendary opera star Beverly Sills has stated that ...

7. Andy Williams

Soundtrack | Lord of War

The extraordinary, easy-listening crooning talents of Andy Williams were first unveiled when he was 8 years old and inducted into the Williams Brothers Quartet as its youngest member. Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, Andy started singing with his three older brothers (Bob Williams, Dick...

8. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

British character actress, long in the United States. The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States as the Second World War began. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated ...

9. Anika Noni Rose

Actress | The Princess and the Frog

Anika Noni Rose followed her work in the feature film "Dreamgirls" with a role in the comedy feature "Just Add Water," in which she co-stars with Danny DeVito, Dylan Walsh, Jonah Hill and Justin Long, under the direction of Hart Bochner.

In 2004, Rose was honored with a Tony Award for Best ...

10. Anita Ellis

Soundtrack | Gilda

Anita Ellis was born on April 12, 1920 in Montréal, Québec, Canada as Anita Kert. She was previously married to Mortimer F. Shapiro.

11. Anita Gordon

Actress | Fun & Fancy Free

At the age of 6, Anita Gordon and her family moved in 1935 from Texas to Hollywood where she became a successful child star. As a teenager on network radio, she achieved singing fame as a regular on ventriloquist Edgar Bergen's show (Edgar's famous dummy Charlie McCarthy allegedly was smitten with ...

12. Ann Blyth

Actress | The Helen Morgan Story

The dark, petulant beauty of this petite American film and musical star worked to her advantage, especially in her early dramatic career. Ann Marie Blyth was born of Irish stock to Harry and Nan Blyth on August 16, 1928, in Mt. Kisco, New York. Her parents split while she was young and she, her ...

13. Annette Warren

Actress | Lured

Annette Warren was born on July 11, 1922 in the USA. She is an actress, known for Lured (1947), Sorrowful Jones (1949) and The Devil's Sleep (1949). She was previously married to Paul T. Smith.

14. Anthony Crivello

Actor | Feud

On Television: In 2017 Crivello stars portraying British Academy Award winning director David Lean in the FOX21 8 part Miniseries Feud directed by the acclaimed Ryan Murphy, (starring Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Stanley Tucci, Kathy Bates, Judy Davis and Alfred Molina). In ...

15. Anthony Warlow

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Anthony Warlow was born on November 18, 1961 in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He is an actor, known for The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall (2011), The Pirates of Penzance (2006) and Reckless Kelly (1993). He is married to Celia.

16. Aretha Franklin

Actress | The Blues Brothers

Several Grammy award wins, the first women to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and dubbed as the Queen Of Soul. Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. Aretha was born to parents, Barbra Singers homemaker, and Clarence Franklin a baptist minster. Aretha Franklin ...

17. Ariana Grande

Actress | Sam & Cat

Ariana was born in Boca Raton to Joan Marguerite Grande, a chief executive officer for Hose-McCann Communications & Edward Charles Butera, a graphic designer/founder of IBI Designs Inc. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the ...

18. Avril Lavigne

Soundtrack | Bruce Almighty

Avril Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984, to Judith-Rosanne (Loshaw) and Jean-Claude Joseph Lavigne. She is of French-Canadian (father) and English, Scottish, and German (mother) descent. At 16, she moved to Manhattan and began work on her debut album. She dropped...

19. Barbara Bonney

Actress | Live from the Metropolitan Opera

Barbara Bonney was born on April 14, 1956 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA. She is an actress, known for The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977), Der Rosenkavalier (1985) and Les Boréades (2003).

20. Barbra Streisand

Soundtrack | Funny Girl

Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...

21. 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 ...

22. Betty Noyes

Soundtrack | Singin' in the Rain

Betty Noyes was born on October 11, 1912 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Elizabeth Noyes. She was an actress, known for Singin' in the Rain (1952), Cinderella (1965) and I Love Lucy (1951). She died on December 24, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Beyoncé

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...

24. Bill Lee

Soundtrack | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Bill Lee was born on August 21, 1916 in Johnson, Nebraska, USA. He died on November 15, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Bill Shirley

Actor | Sleeping Beauty

Bill Shirley was born on July 6, 1921 in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Sleeping Beauty (1959), Flying Tigers (1942) and I Dream of Jeanie (1952). He died on August 27, 1989 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Billy Joel

Soundtrack | Oliver & Company

Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as William Martin Joel. He has been married to Alexis Roderick since July 4, 2015. They have two children. He was previously married to Katie Lee, Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Weber.

27. Bing Crosby

Actor | White Christmas

Bing Crosby was born Harry Lillis Crosby, Jr. in Tacoma, Washington, the fourth of seven children of Catherine Helen "Kate" (Harrigan) and Harry Lowe Crosby, a brewery bookkeeper. He was of English and Irish descent. Crosby studied law at Gonzaga University in Spokane but was more interested in ...

28. Bobby Darin

Soundtrack | Come September

Walden Robert Cassotto, nicknamed "Bobby", was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1936. Severe rheumatic fever as a child scarred his heart and led to an overprotected and pampered childhood. He was the focal point of a family that fostered and encouraged his love of music. His music career started ...

29. Brad Arnold

Soundtrack | American Pie 2

Brad Arnold was born on September 27, 1978 in Escatawpa, Mississippi, USA as Bradley Kirk Arnold. He has been married to Jennifer Sanderford since September 12, 2009. He was previously married to Terika Roberts.

30. Burl Ives

Actor | The Big Country

Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers' reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher's College ...

31. Carrie Underwood

Actress | Soul Surfer

Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah, Oklahoma, USA as Carrie Marie Underwood. She has been married to Mike Fisher since July 10, 2010. They have one child.

32. CeeLo Green

Soundtrack | Hotel Transylvania

CeeLo Green was born on May 30, 1975 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Thomas DeCarlo Callaway. He was previously married to Christina Johnson.

33. Céline Dion

Soundtrack | Titanic

Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the...

34. Cheryl Freeman

Actress | Hercules

Cheryl Freeman was born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Hercules (1997), Mystery Team (2009) and Dead Presidents (1995).

35. Chris Daughtry

Soundtrack | American Idol: The Search for a Superstar

Chris Daughtry was born on December 26, 1979 in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, USA as Christopher Adam Daughtry. He has been married to Deanna Daughtry since November 11, 2000. They have four children.

36. Chris Martin

Soundtrack | The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

One of the UK's most distinctive and popular singers and songwriters, Chris Martin was educated at the prestigious Sherborne School in Dorset. As a child he was musically inspired by artists such as A-Ha, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Smiths, U2 and Peter Gabriel, who achieved commercial success in the ...

37. Christina Aguilera

Soundtrack | The Voice

Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...

38. Cliff Edwards

Actor | His Girl Friday

Becoming popular with playing the ukulele, his unique singing and supplying the voice of animated movies, Cliff Edwards was one of the most popular singers in America.

Born in Hannibal, Missouri, Edwards left school at the age of 14, moved to St. Louis, and started to work as a singer in saloons. ...

39. Colm Wilkinson

Actor | Les Misérables

After playing in several Irish bands (which included The Action), in 1972 Wilkinson was cast as Judas Iscariot in the Dublin production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar; a role he went on to reprise in London and on the British national tour.

In 1976, Wilkinson sang the part of Ché ...

40. Connie Francis

Soundtrack | When the Boys Meet the Girls

Singer, composer, actress, entertainer and publisher Connie Francis was educated at Arts High School and was a music student of her father. At age 11 she appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts (1948) as a singer and accordionist. She has toured the US, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and ...

41. Darleen Carr

Actress | The Jungle Book

Darleen Carr was born on December 12, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Darleen Farnon. She is an actress, known for The Jungle Book (1967), Magnum, P.I. (1980) and Once an Eagle (1976). She has been married to Jameson Parker since June 18, 1992. She was previously married to Jason Laskay.

42. Deanna Durbin

Soundtrack | Mad About Music

The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business...

43. Debbie Reynolds

Actress | Singin' in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...

44. Debra Byrne

Actress | Rebel

Debra Byrne was born on March 30, 1957 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia as Debra Anne Byrne. She is an actress, known for Rebel (1985), Tricky Business (2012) and Fat Tony & Co (2014).

45. Dennis Day

Actor | Buck Benny Rides Again

Always bright and beaming from ear to ear, Irish singer Dennis Day's name and career remains synonymous with that of Jack Benny's, working with the star comedian on radio and TV for the entire duration. It was Jack who gave him his break in 1939 and Jack who kept him employed as a singer and naive ...

46. Dennis Morgan

Actor | My Wild Irish Rose

Dennis Morgan was born Stanley Morner in the small town of Prentice, Wisconsin. His first jobs in Hollywood were mostly bit parts, but he scored big after playing opposite Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). He starred in films like My Wild Irish Rose (1947), God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) and The Very...

47. Diana Ross

Actress | Lady Sings the Blues

Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...

48. Dinah Shore

Soundtrack | The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

Her real name was Frances "Fanny" Rose Shore, and she was born in Winchester, Tennessee. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered after receiving the Sister Kenny treatment. She became a cheerleader at Hume-Fogg High School in Nashville and went on to graduate from Vanderbilt ...

49. Dolly Parton

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label...

50. Dolores Gray

Actress | It's Always Fair Weather

Dabbling in practically every facet of the business during her over six-decade career -- nightclubs, cabaret, radio, recordings, TV, film and Broadway -- sultry, opulent, hard-looking singing star Dolores Gray, distinctive for her sharp, somewhat equine features, lived the high life for most of her...

51. Donald Novis

Actor | The Big Broadcast

Donald Novis was born on March 3, 1906 in Hastings, East Sussex, England as Donald George Novis. He was an actor, known for The Big Broadcast (1932), One Hour with You (1932) and The Policy Girl (1934). He was married to Dorothy Bradshaw and Julietta Novis. He died on July 23, 1966 in Norwalk, ...

52. Donny Osmond

Soundtrack | Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Donald Clark "Donny" Osmond was born December 9, 1957 in Ogden, Utah, to Olive Osmond (née Davis) and George Osmond on . He was the seventh of eight brothers and has one sister. When Donny was young, his family went to see Lawrence Welk in California. They were unable to meet with him so they ...

53. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Love Me or Leave Me

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

54. Dorothy Lamour

Actress | Road to Bali

In addition to being Miss New Orleans in 1931, Dorothy Lamour worked as a Chicago elevator operator; band vocalist for her first husband, band leader Herbie Kaye; and radio performer. In 1936 she donned her soon-to-be-famous sarong for her debut at Paramount, The Jungle Princess (1936), and ...

55. Earl Grant

Soundtrack | Imitation of Life

Earl Grant was born on January 20, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. He died on June 11, 1970 in Lordsburg, New Mexico, USA.

56. Eartha Kitt

Actress | The Emperor's New Groove

An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Her father's identity is unknown. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine. At 15, she quit high school...

57. Édith Piaf

Soundtrack | Inception

When one thinks of Edith Piaf, one thinks of love, sorrow and music. One did not breathe without the other two. Born in Paris practically on the streets on December 19, 1915, she struggled from day one, the daughter of street performers. The mother, a singer, eventually abandoned both Edith and her...

58. Ella Fitzgerald

Soundtrack | Assassin's Creed

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 ...

59. Elton John

Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle

Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...

60. Elvis Presley

Soundtrack | Girls! Girls! Girls!

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School. ...

61. Ethel Merman

Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman surely is the pre-eminent star of 'Broadway' musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having ...

62. Ethel Waters

Actress | Cabin in the Sky

The child of a teenage rape victim, Ethel Waters grew up in the slums of Philadelphia and neighboring cities, seldom living anywhere for more than a few weeks at a time. "No one raised me, " she recollected, "I just ran wild." She excelled not only at looking after herself, but also at singing and ...

63. Faith Hill

Actress | The Stepford Wives

Faith Hill was born on September 21, 1967 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as Audrey Faith Perry. She is a producer, known for The Stepford Wives (2004), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Practical Magic (1998). She has been married to Tim McGraw since October 6, 1996. They have three children. She was ...

64. Fats Waller

Soundtrack | Eraserhead

Thomas Waller was born in 1904. He was one of the most important pianist in the history of jazz. He studied piano with James P. Johnson, one of the masters of the stride piano in the 1920s. Fats began recording his first piano solos in 1923. He worked in the revue "Hot Chocolates" in the late 1920s...

65. Frances Ruffelle

Actress | Les Misérables

Frances Ruffelle has been performing from a young age, appearing in her first West End musical at the age of 16. She went on to create the role of "Eponine" in the blockbuster musical, Les Misérables, for which she won a Tony award when she took the role to Broadway. After New York, she returned to...

66. Frank Sinatra

Actor | The Manchurian Candidate

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

67. Frankie Valli

Soundtrack | Grease

Frankie Valli was born on May 3, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Francis Stephen Castelluccio. He was previously married to Randy Clohessy, MaryAnn Hannigan and Mary Mandel.

68. Freddie Mercury

Soundtrack | Metropolis

Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He ...

69. Ginny Simms

Actress | Night and Day

War-era songstress Ginny Simms was born Virginia Simms on May 23, 1913, in Texas but was raised in California, which accounts for her lack of a Southern accent in her speaking/singing voice. Though she studied piano as a child, it was her vocal gifts that launched her career, which started when she...

70. Gisele MacKenzie

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Gisele MacKenzie was born on January 10, 1927 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada as Gisele Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFleche. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Firestar: First Contact (1991) and The Sid Caesar Show (1963). She was married to Robert F. Klein and Robert J. ...

71. Gloria DeHaven

Actress | Two Girls and a Sailor

Gloria Mildred DeHaven was born on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles, California, to vaudeville headliners Carter and Flora DeHaven. Her parents made sure their daughter would be educated at the very best private schools. They also indulged her ambition to be in show business by packing her off to the ...

72. Gogi Grant

Soundtrack | The Helen Morgan Story

Gogi Grant was born on September 20, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg. She was married to Robert Gore Rifkind and Sherman Yettra. She died on March 10, 2016 in California, USA.

73. Gordon MacRae

Actor | Oklahoma!

Albert Gordon MacRae was born on March 12, 1921, in East Orange, NJ. During his early years, he resided in Syracuse, NY, and, while in high school, spent much of his time singing and acting in the Drama Club. It was also during this time that he learned to play the piano, clarinet and the saxophone...

74. Hadley Fraser

Actor | The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall

Hadley Fraser (born Robert Hugh Fraser) is the son of Jack and Carol Fraser, and brother of Ed Fraser, an officer in the British Army. He holds a BA from Birmingham University and a Postgraduate Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music. In 2011 he was made an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music,...

75. Harry Connick Jr.

Actor | The Iron Giant

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr. was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He is the son of Anita Frances (Levy), a lawyer and judge, and Harry Connick, Sr. (Joseph Harry Fowler Connick), who served as District Attorney of New Orleans from 1973 to 2003. His father is of Irish, English, and German ...

76. Harry Stockwell

Actor | Here Comes the Band

Harry Stockwell was born on April 27, 1902 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Here Comes the Band (1935), All Over Town (1937) and Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935). He was married to Nina Olivette. He died on July 19, 1984 in New York City, New York, USA.

77. Harve Presnell

Actor | Fargo

By the time handsome, brawny baritone Harve Presnell arrived on the film scene, the "Golden Age" of musicals had long dissipated. Born in Modesto, California in 1933 and spending part of his youth on a family ranch near Yosemite Valley where he labored in the fields, it was discovered he had quite ...

78. Hattie McDaniel

Actress | Gone with the Wind

After working as early as the 1910s as a band vocalist, Hattie McDaniel debuted as a maid in The Golden West (1932). Her maid-mammy characters became steadily more assertive, showing up first in Judge Priest (1934) and becoming pronounced in Alice Adams (1935). In this one, directed by George ...

79. Heidi Mollenhauer

Soundtrack | The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Before Heidi Mollenhauer performed the singing voice of Esmeralda in Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996), she was a singer at a local night-bar. Heidi was then approached by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, who were looking for someone to provide the singing voice for "Esmeralda." It was ...

80. Helen Morgan

Actress | Show Boat

Before the tragic legacies of songbird icons Édith Piaf, Billie Holiday and Judy Garland took hold, there was the one...the original...lady who sang the blues and started the whole "bawl" rolling. Like her successors, Helen Morgan lived the sad songs she sang...and more.

She started her life ...

81. Howard Keel

Actor | Annie Get Your Gun

He was the Errol Flynn and Clark Gable of "golden age" movie musicals back in the 1950s. With a barrel-chested swagger and cocky, confident air, not to mention his lusty handsomeness and obvious athleticism, 6'4" brawny baritone Howard Keel had MGM's loveliest songbirds swooning helplessly for over...

82. Idina Menzel

Actress | Frozen

Idina Menzel was born on May 30, 1971 in Syosset, New York, USA as Idina Kim Mentzel. She is an actress, known for Frozen (2013), Rent (2005) and Enchanted (2007). She has been married to Aaron Lohr since September 2017. She was previously married to Taye Diggs.

83. Ilene Woods

Actress | Cinderella

Ilene Woods was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the daughter of "a backstage mom" who was responsible for Ilene getting her show biz start on the stage--at age two! At 14, during a vacation in New York City, she received an offer to top-line her own radio show once she became available at the ...

84. India Adams

Actress | Fake

India Adams was born in the USA. She is an actress, known for Fake (2013), Fake (2015) and Torch Song (1953).

85. Irene Dunne

Actress | The Awful Truth

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age...

86. Isaac Slade

Soundtrack | Jumper

Isaac Slade was born on May 26, 1981 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He has been married to Anna Slade since April 16, 2006. They have one child.

87. Jane Powell

Actress | A Date with Judy

Jane Powell was singing and dancing at an early age. She sang on the radio and performed in theaters before her screen debut in 1944. Through the 1940s and 1950s, she had a successful career in movie musicals. However, in 1957, her career in films ended, as she had outgrown her innocent ...

88. Jane Russell

Actress | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on June 21, 1921 in Bemidji, Minnesota. Her father was a United States Army lieutenant and her mother had been a student of drama and an actress with a traveling troupe. Once Mr. Russell was mustered out of the service, the family took up residence in ...

89. Jason Wade

Soundtrack | Two for the Money

Jason Michael Wade was born in Camarillo, California. He was brought up in a Christian family along with his older sister Jamie. His parents were missionaries, and he traveled with them to Hawaii, Japan, Thailand, Sinagpore and Hong Kong, before finally returning to the US after four years away. ...

90. Jane Froman

Soundtrack | Radio City Revels

Jane Froman was born on November 10, 1907 in University City, Missouri, USA as Ellen Jane Froman. She was married to Rowland H. Smith, John Curtis Burn and Donald McKaig Ross. She died on April 22, 1980 in Columbia, Missouri.

91. Jeanette MacDonald

Soundtrack | San Francisco

She was the third daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald, younger sister to Blossom (MGM's character actress Marie Blake), whom she followed to New York and a chorus job in 1920. She was busy in a string of musical productions. In 1928 Paramount tested and rejected her, but a year later Ernst ...

92. Jennifer Hudson

Soundtrack | Dreamgirls

Jennifer Hudson is a Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author. Bright and booming talent Hudson is a perfect example of how NOT winning the title of American Idol (2002) can actually be a boon to your career and not necessarily the end of a ...

93. Jessie J

Soundtrack | Ice Age: Collision Course

Jessie J was born on March 27, 1988 in Chadwell Heath, Essex, England as Jessica Ellen Cornish.

94. Jo Ann Greer

Soundtrack | Jupiter's Darling

Jo Ann Greer was a popular band vocalist who began singing in the late 1940's and made many Hollywood connections through her first marriage to pianist Freddie Slack. Morris Stoloff, musical director for Columbia Pictures, used her as the "ghost" singer for many actresses, most prominent of whom ...

95. Joan Sutherland

Soundtrack | Spectre

Joan Sutherland was born on November 7, 1926 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Joan Alston Sutherland. She was an actress, known for Spectre (2015), Carlito's Way (1993) and The Metropolitan Opera Presents (1977). She was married to Richard Bonynge. She died on October 10, 2010 in Montreux, ...

96. JoJo

Actress | Aquamarine

Joanna Levesque was born in Brattleboro, Vermont, to Diana (Blagden) and Joel Levesque. She has French-Canadian (father) and Polish, English, Irish, and Scottish (mother) ancestry. Her mother, a church soloist and theatre performer, would sing hymns when Joanna was a baby. She grew up being a big ...

97. Jodi Benson

Actress | The Little Mermaid

Jodi Benson, a native of Rockford, Illinois, has received worldwide recognition and critical acclaim as the voice of "Ariel" in the Academy Award-winning Walt Disney animated feature film, The Little Mermaid (1989), as well as the bubbly voice of "Tour Guide Barbie" in Disney's Toy Story 2 (1999), ...

98. Johnny Mathis

Soundtrack | Zodiac

He was the fourth of seven children born to Clement and Mildred Mathis. His father performed briefly in vaudeville and exposed all of the Mathis siblings to music. Before he entered his teens, young John received vocal lessons from Connie Cox in exchange for performing chores around her home. When ...

99. Jordin Sparks

Soundtrack | Sparkle

Jordin Sparks was born on December 22, 1989 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Jordin Brianna Sparks. She has been married to Dana Isaiah since July 16, 2017.

100. Joseph Williams

Soundtrack | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Joseph Williams was born on September 1, 1960 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Joseph Stanley Williams. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), The Goonies (1985) and Pitch Perfect (2012). He has been married to Amye Williams since 1992. They have three ...