Best actresses

by xena3 | created - 19 Feb 2016 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

They are my favorite for:

1. Julia Roberts

Actress | Pretty Woman

Julia Fiona Roberts never dreamed she would become the most popular actress in America. She was born in Smyrna, Georgia, to Betty Lou (Bredemus) and Walter Grady Roberts, one-time actors and playwrights, and is of English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh, German, and Swedish descent. As a child, due to her ...

"Pretty Woman", "Flatliners", "Sleeping with the Enemy", "Hook", "Friends", "My Best Friend's Wedding", "Conspiracy Theory", "Stepmom", "Notting Hill", "Runaway Bride", "The Mexican", "America's Sweethearts", "Ocean's Eleven", "Mona Lisa Smile", "Closer", "Ocean's Twelve", "Eat Pray Love", "Larry Crowne", "Mirror Mirror", "Mother's Day" and "Secret in Their Eyes".

2. Sandra Bullock

Producer | Miss Congeniality

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of German descent. Sandra grew up on the road ...

"The Vanishing", "Demolition Man", "Speed", "While You Were Sleeping", "The Net", "A Time to Kill", "Practical Magic", "Miss Congeniality", "Murder by Numbers", "Two Weeks Notice", "The Lake House", "The Proposal", "The Blind Side", "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close", "The Heat", "Gravity", "Minions", "Ocean's Eight".

3. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

"Fight Club", "Planet of the Apes", "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", "Corpse Bride", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street", "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince", "The Gruffalo", "Alice in Wonderland", "The King's Speech", both "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", "Toast", "The Gruffalo's Child", "Dark Shadows", "Les Misérables", "The Lone Ranger", "Cinderella" & "Ocean's Eight".

4. 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 ...

"Friends", "Office Space", "The Good Girl", "Bruce Almighty", "Derailed", "Rumor Has It...", "He's Just Not That Into You", "The Switch", "Just Go with It", both "Horrible Bosses", "Wanderlust", "We're the Millers", "Mother's Day", "Office Christmas Party".

5. 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 ...

"The Notebook", "The Family Stone", "The Time Traveler's Wife", both "Sherlock Holmes", "Morning Glory", "Midnight in Paris", "The Vow", "To the Wonder", "About Time", "Aloha", "Southpaw" & "True Detective".

6. Nicole Kidman

Actress | Moulin Rouge!

Elegant blonde Nicole Kidman, known as one of Hollywood's top Australian imports, was actually born in Honolulu, Hawaii, while her Australian parents were there on educational visas.

Kidman is the daughter of Janelle Ann (Glenny), a nursing instructor, and Antony David Kidman, a biochemist and ...

"Bangkok Hilton", "Days of Thunder", "Far and Away", "To Die For", "Practical Magic", "Eyes Wide Shut", "The Others", 1st "Happy Feet", "Australia", "Just Go with It", "Before I Go to Sleep" & "Secret in Their Eyes".

7. Charlize Theron

Actress | Monster

Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, a city in the greater Johannesburg area, in South Africa, the only child of Gerda Theron (née Maritz) and Charles Theron. She was raised on a farm outside the city. Theron is of Afrikaner (Dutch, with some French Huguenot and German) descent, and Afrikaner ...

"The Devil's Advocate", "Reindeer Games", "Sweet November", "Trapped", "Head in the Clouds", "North Country", "In the Valley of Elah", "Hancock", "The Road", "Snow White and the Huntsman", "Prometheus" & "A Million Ways to Die in the West".

8. Michelle Pfeiffer

Actress | Hairspray

Michelle Pfeiffer was born in Santa Ana, California, to Donna Jean (Taverna) and Richard Pfeiffer, a heating and air-conditioning contractor. She has an older brother and two younger sisters - Dedee Pfeiffer and Lori Pfeiffer, who both dabbled in acting and modeling but decided against making it ...

"Ladyhawke", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Dangerous Liaisons", "Wolf", "One Fine Day", "I Could Never Be Your Woman", "Hairspray", "Stardust", "Personal Effects", "Dark Shadows", "The Family" & "Murder on the Orient Express".

9. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who became popular after playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Мистер и миссис Смит (2005), Ос&...

"Hackers", "Gia", "The Bone Collector", "Girl, Interrupted", "Beyond Borders", "Taking Lives", "Mr. & Mrs. Smith", 1st two "Kung Fu Panda", "Changeling", "Salt", "The Tourist".

10. Winona Ryder

Actress | Little Women

Winona Ryder was born Winona Laura Horowitz in Olmsted County, Minnesota, and was named after a nearby town, Winona, Minnesota. She is the daughter of Cynthia (Istas), an author and video producer, and Michael Horowitz, a publisher and bookseller. Her father's family is Russian Jewish and Romanian ...

"Edward Scissorhands", "Dracula", "The Crucible", "Alien: Resurrection", "Girl, Interrupted", "Autumn in New York", "Friends", "Mr. Deeds", "Sex and Death 101", "Star Trek" & "Black Swan".

11. 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 ...

"The Witches of Eastwick", "Thelma & Louise", "The Client", "Stepmom", "Friends", "Shall We Dance", "In the Valley of Elah", "Enchanted", "Jeff, Who Lives at Home", "Cloud Atlas" and "The Big Wedding".

12. Salma Hayek

Actress | Frida

One of Hollywood's most dazzling leading actresses, Salma Hayek was born on September 2, 1966, in the oil boomtown of Coatzacoalcos, Mexico. Hayek has freely admitted that she and her brother, Sami, were spoiled rotten by her well-to-do businessman father, Sami Hayek Dominguez, and her ...

"Desperado", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "54", "Dogma", "Chain of Fools", "Once Upon a Time in Mexico", "Bandidas", "Ask the Dust", "The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!", "Here Comes the Boom" and "Some Kind of Beautiful".

13. 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 ...

"Drop Dead Gorgeous", "Charmed", "Serving Sara", "Catch Me If You Can", "The Wedding Date", "Enchanted", "Leap Year", "The Fighter", "Big Eyes", "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice".

14. 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 ...

"The Talented Mr. Ripley", all "The Lord of the Rings", "Charlotte Gray", "The Aviator", "Babel", "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", "Robin Hood", all "The Hobbit", "Cinderella" & "Ocean's Eight".

15. 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...

"Love Actually", "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", "Stranger Than Fiction", "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix", "The Boat That Rocked", "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2", "The Love Punch", "Saving Mr. Banks", "Burnt", "Bridget Jones's Baby".

16. Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress | Shakespeare in Love

A tall, wafer thin, delicate beauty, Gwyneth Kate Paltrow was born in Los Angeles, the daughter of noted producer and director Bruce Paltrow and Tony Award-winning actress Blythe Danner. Her father was from a Jewish family, while her mother is of mostly German descent. When Gwyneth was eleven, the ...

"Se7en", "Shakespeare in Love", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Bounce", "Proof", all "Iron Man" &"The Avengers".

17. Anne Hathaway

Actress | Les Misérables

Anne Jacqueline Hathaway was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Kate McCauley Hathaway, an actress, and Gerald T. Hathaway, a lawyer, both originally from Philadelphia. She is of mostly Irish descent, along with English, German, and French. Her first major role came in the short-lived television series ...

"The Devil Wears Prada", "Alice in Wonderland", "Love & Other Drugs", "One Day", "The Dark Knight Rises", "Les Misérables", "Interstellar" & "Ocean's Eight".

18. 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 ...

"Gilmore Girls", "Life as We Know It", "Bridesmaids", "Identity Thief", "The Hangover Part III", "The Heat" & "Spy".

19. Whoopi Goldberg

Actress | Ghost

Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...

"Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Ghost", 1st "Sister Act", "Bogus", "Girl, Interrupted" & "Call Me Claus".

20. Meg Ryan

Actress | You've Got Mail

Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She is of Ruthenian, Polish, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Ruthenian ...

"Sleepless in Seattle", "French Kiss", "City of Angels", "You've Got Mail", "Kate & Leopold" and "In the Land of Women".

21. Jessica Lange

Actress | Tootsie

Jessica Lange was born in 1949, in Cloquet, Minnesota, USA, where her father worked as a traveling salesman. She obtained a scholarship to study art at the University of Minnesota, but instead went to Paris to study drama. She moved to New York, working as a model, until producer Dino De Laurentiis...

"King Kong", "Tootsie", "Frances", "Sweet Dreams", "Blue Sky" and "The Vow".

22. 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 ...

"The Deer Hunter", "Marvin's Room", "A Series of Unfortunate Events", "Prime", "The Devil Wears Prada", "Hope Springs".

23. Chloë Grace Moretz

Actress | Let Me In

Chloë Grace Moretz was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Teri (Duke), a nurse, and McCoy Lee Moretz, a plastic surgeon. She has four brothers, all older, including actor Trevor Duke-Moretz. Her ancestry is mostly German and English.

Chloë's first two appearances were as Violet in two episodes of the ...

Both "Kick-Ass", "Hugo", "Dark Shadows", "Carrie" & "Laggies".

24. Jessica Chastain

Actress | Zero Dark Thirty

Jessica Michelle Chastain was born in Sacramento, California, and was raised in a middle-class household in a northern California suburb. Her mother, Jerri Chastain, is a vegan chef whose family is originally from Kansas, and her stepfather is a fireman. She discovered dance at the age of nine and ...

"The Help", "Lawless", "Zero Dark Thirty", "Interstellar" & "The Martian".

25. Diane Kruger

Actress | Inglourious Basterds

Diane Kruger was born Diane Heidkrüger in Algermissen, near Hildesheim, Germany, to Maria-Theresa, a bank employee, and Hans-Heinrich Heidkrüger, a computer specialist. She studied ballet with the Royal Ballet in London before an injury ended her career. She returned to Germany and became a top ...

"Troy", "Wicker Park", both "National Treasure" & "Joyeux Noël".

26. Courteney Cox

Actress | Friends

Courteney Cox was born on June 15th, 1964 in Birmingham, Alabama, into an affluent Southern family. She is the daughter of Courteney (Bass) and Richard Lewis Cox (1930-2001), a businessman. She was the baby of the family with two older sisters (Virginia and Dottie) and an older brother, Richard, Jr...

"Friends", 1st two "Scream", "3000 Miles to Graceland", "Bedtime Stories".

27. Lisa Kudrow

Actress | Friends

Hardly the dumb blonde of Роми и Мишель на встрече выпускников (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on ...

"Friends", "Analyze This", "Analyze That", "Love and Other Impossible Pursuits", "Neighbors".

28. Demi Moore

Actress | G.I. Jane

Demi Moore was born 1962 in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father Charles Harmon left her mother Virginia King before Demi was born. Her stepfather Danny Guynes didn't add much stability to her life either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times. The parents kept on ...

"We're No Angels", "Ghost" and "Passion of Mind".

29. Rooney Mara

Actress | Carol

Actress and philanthropist Rooney Mara was born on April 17, 1985 in Bedford, New York. She made her screen debut in the slasher film Городские легенды: Кровава&...

"The Social Network", "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Trash".

30. 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" & "Anna Karenina".

31. Vera Farmiga

Actress | Up in the Air

Vera Farmiga is an American actress who received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Мне бы в небо (2009) and a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role...

32. Jennifer Connelly

Actress | A Beautiful Mind

Jennifer Connelly was born in the Catskill Mountains, New York, to Ilene (Schuman), a dealer of antiques, and Gerard Connelly, a clothing manufacturer. Her father had Irish and Norwegian ancestry, and her mother was from a Jewish immigrant family. Jennifer grew up in Brooklyn Heights, just across ...

33. 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...

34. Mia Wasikowska

Actress | Alice in Wonderland

Mia is an Australian actress, born and raised in the country's capital, Canberra. She is the daughter of photographers Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid. Her mother is Polish and her father is an Australian of British ancestry. She has an older sister, Jess, and a younger brother, Kai. At age eight,...

35. Michèle Mercier

Actress | Angélique, marquise des anges

For Michèle Mercier, the role of Angélique, "the Marquise of the Angels", was both a blessing and a curse. It catapulted her to almost instant stardom, rivalling Brigitte Bardot in her celebrity and popularity, but ruined her acting career. The character of Angélique made to forget the other ...

36. Isla Fisher

Actress | Wedding Crashers

Isla Lang Fisher was born on February 3, 1976 in Muscat, Oman, to Scottish parents Elspeth Reid and Brian Fisher, who worked as a banker for the U.N. She spent her early childhood in Bathgate, Scotland, before moving to Perth, Australia with her family in the early 1980s. From a young age, Isla ...

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