Female Action Stars / Actresses of Action / Heroines

by Killa42 | created - 07 Mar 2011 | updated - 25 Jul 2018 | Public

This is a list of actresses in movies and television programs that have played characters who aren't afraid to break a nail after punching someone.

1. Kate Beckinsale

Actress | Underworld: Evolution

Kate Beckinsale was born on 26 July 1973 in Hounslow, Middlesex, 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 ...

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2. Rhona Mitra

Actress | Underworld: Rise of the Lycans

Mitra was born in Paddington, London, England, the daughter of Nora Downey and Anthony Mitra, a cosmetic surgeon. She has an older and a younger brother. Her father is of Bengali Indian and English descent, and her mother is Irish. In 1984, when Mitra was eight, her parents divorced, and she was ...

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3. Milla Jovovich

Actress | The Fifth Element

Milla Jovovich is an Ukrainian-born actress, supermodel, fashion designer, singer and public figure, who was on the cover of more than a hundred magazines, and starred in such films as The Fifth Element (1997), Ultraviolet (2006), and the Resident Evil (2002) franchise.

Milica Bogdanovna Jovovich ...

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4. Lucy Liu

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Born to immigrants in Queens, New York, Lucy Liu has always tried to balance an interest in her cultural heritage with a desire to move beyond a strictly Asian-American experience. Lucy's mother, Cecilia, a biochemist, is from Beijing, and her father, Tom Liu, a civil engineer, is from Shanghai. ...

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5. Uma Thurman

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Uma Karuna Thurman was born in Boston, Massachusetts, into a highly unorthodox and internationally-minded family. She is the daughter of Nena Thurman (née Birgitte Caroline von Schlebrügge), a fashion model and socialite who now runs a mountain retreat, and of Robert Thurman (Robert Alexander ...

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6. Chiaki Kuriyama

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Chiaki Kuriyama was born in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki. Kuriyama was a popular model during Japan's child model boom in the mid-1990s. In 1997, she appeared in the photobooks Shinwa-Shojo (Girl of Myth) and Shojokan (Girl's Residence), photographed by Kishin Shinoyama. Shinwa-Shojo became a best-seller but...

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7. Cameron Diaz

Actress | There's Something About Mary

A tall, strikingly attractive blue-eyed natural blonde, Cameron Diaz was born in 1972 in San Diego, the daughter of a Cuban-American father and a German mother. Self described as "adventurous, independent and a tough kid," Cameron left home at 16 and for the next 5 years lived in such varied ...

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8. 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 ...

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9. Daryl Hannah

Actress | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

Daryl Christine Hannah was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She is the daughter of Susan Jeanne (Metzger), a schoolteacher and later a producer, and Donald Christian Hannah, who owned a tugboat/barge company. Her stepfather was music journalist/promoter Jerrold Wexler. Her siblings are Page ...

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10. Kristanna Loken

Actress | Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines

Kristanna Sommer Loken was born in Ghent, New York, to Rande (Porath) and Merlin "Chris" Loken. She is of half Norwegian and half German descent. She began her modeling career at the early age of 15. Encouraged by her mother, who was a model prior to her daughter's birth, Kristanna's modeling ...

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11. Natassia Malthe

Actress | Elektra

Linn Natassia Malthe (born 19 January 1974) is a Norwegian model and actress.

Natassia is the younger of two daughters. She was born in Oslo, Norway, and is of half Malaysian descent. Her mother is from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. She is usually credited by her birth name but is sometimes credited as "...

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12. Jaime Pressly

Actress | My Name Is Earl

Emmy® Award winning actress Jaime Pressly is known for her wide range of film and television roles. Pressly currently stars as Jill Kendall, opposite Anna Faris and Academy Award winner Allison Janney on Chuck Lorrie's hit CBS Comedy "Mom," with its seventh season premiering in 2019.

Previously, ...

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13. Devon Aoki

Actress | 2 Fast 2 Furious

Born in New York but raised in California, Devon Aoki is no stranger to the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Her father is former Olympic wrestler and Benihana restaurant magnate Rocky Aoki and her mother is Pamela Hilburger, a jewelry designer. Devon is of Japanese (from her father) and German ...

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14. Holly Valance

Actress | Taken

Holly Rachel Valance was born on 11th May 1983 in Melbourne, to parents Rachel and Rajko (Ryko). Holly's mother is from Southampton, England and is of Spanish origin and her father is of Serb heritage. Both of her parents were fashion models and her father is a pianist and guitarist. She has two ...

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15. Sarah Carter

Actress | Rogue

Fresh out of Canada, Sarah Carter's career in Hollywood took off quickly, landing a string of series regular roles such as "Madeleine Poe", opposite James Woods, on CBS' Shark (2006), and "Maggie", on TNT's Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies (2011).

She has been classically trained in theater, ...

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16. Eliza Dushku

Actress | Bring It On

Eliza Dushku was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Judith (Rasmussen), a political science professor, and Philip R. Dushku, a teacher and administrator. Her father is Albanian and her mother is American (of Danish, Irish, English, and German descent). She was discovered at the end of a five-month ...

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17. Jennifer Garner

Actress | Alias

Jennifer Garner, who catapulted into stardom with her lead role on the television series Alias (2001), has come a long way from her birthplace of Houston, Texas. Raised in Charleston, West Virginia by her mother, Patricia Ann (née English), a retired teacher of English, and her father, William John...

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18. Stana Katic

Actress | Castle

Stana Katic stars in the new 10-episode TV series Absentia (2017), produced by Sony Pictures Television and premiering on Amazon.

Katic's feature film work includes: CBGB (2013), about the punk rock club in NYC; Big Sur (2013), based on the Jack Kerouac novel; Frank Miller's film The Spirit (2008); ...

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19. Sarah Michelle Gellar

Actress | Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. She is of Russian Jewish and Hungarian Jewish descent.

Eating in a local restaurant, ...

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20. Summer Glau

Actress | Serenity

Summer is a native of San Antonio, Texas. She's been a ballerina most of her life. Her debut was in various commercials and a guest appearance on the WB's Angel (1999). She has gone on to star on the TV series Firefly (2002) as well as its follow-up movie Serenity (2005) and the TV series ...

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21. Amy Acker

Actress | Angel

Born and raised in Dallas, Texas where she graduated Lake Highlands High School, Amy Acker is the oldest of four children; she has two sisters and one brother. An acting major at Southern Methodist University, Amy acted in several college theater productions. She appeared in various roles during ...

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22. Holly Marie Combs

Actress | Charmed

Holly moved to New York at the tender age of 7. Already her stunning looks had turned heads, resulting in jobs in print ads and commercials. Soon these experiences lead to a desire to act, a dream shared by Holly's mother, who herself was only 24. After a few bit parts, Holly landed a leading role ...

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23. Alyssa Milano

Actress | Commando

Alyssa Milano comes from an Italian-American family; her mother Lin Milano is a fashion designer and father Thomas Milano is a film music editor. Alyssa was born in a working-class neighborhood in Brooklyn and grew up in a modest house on Staten Island. One day her babysitter, who was an aspiring ...

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24. Rose McGowan

Actress | Planet Terror

Rose McGowan is an American actress and director, known for her contribution to independent film. Since the age of nineteen, she has appeared in acclaimed films by Gregg Araki, Wes Craven, Brian De Palma, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. In 2014, her directorial debut Dawn (2014) was ...

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25. Shannen Doherty

Actress | Mallrats

Shannen Doherty was born in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, on April 12, 1971, to Rosa (Wright) and John Doherty. Her father worked in a bank, while her mother owned a beauty parlor. She has an older brother, Sean. Her ancestry includes Irish, English, Scottish, and remote French. In 1978, at the tender ...

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26. Anne Francis

Actress | Forbidden Planet

Anne Francis got into show business quite early in life. She was born on September 16, 1930 in Ossining, New York (which is near Sing Sing prison), the only child of Phillip Francis, a businessman/salesman, and the former Edith Albertson. A natural little beauty, she became a John Robert Powers ...

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27. Diana Rigg

Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service

British actress Dame Diana Rigg was born on July 20, 1938 in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She has had an extensive career in film and theatre, including playing the title role in "Medea", both in London and New York, for which she won the 1994 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Rigg made her ...

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28. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure over the years cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End to a statistician father employed with the civil service and a homemaker ...

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29. Linda Thorson

Actress | The Avengers

The adventurous Canadian-born actress, who would invariably be known as the brunette dish who replaced Diana Rigg on the highly popular The Avengers (1961) spy series, was born Linda Robinson on June 18, 1947, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The second of four children of a math and physics teacher, ...

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30. 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 ...

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31. 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 ...

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32. Vivica A. Fox

Actress | Independence Day

Vivica A. Fox was born in South Bend, Indiana, on July 30, 1964, and is the daughter of Everlyena, a pharmaceutical technician, and William Fox, a private school administrator. She is of Native American and African-American descent and is proud of her heritage. She is a graduate of Arlington High ...

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33. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Yi dai zong shi

Ziyi Zhang is a Chinese actress and model. She is best known for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Rush Hour 2 (2001), Hero (2002), House of Flying Daggers (2004), and Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).

She made her feature film debut in The Road Home (1999).

For her work in Memoirs of a Geisha she was...

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34. Michelle Yeoh

Actress | Wo hu cang long

Born as Yang Zi Qiong in the mining town of Ipoh, in West Malaysia, in the lunar year of the Tiger, Michelle is the daughter of Janet Yeoh and Yeoh Kian Teik, a lawyer and politician. She is of Han Chinese (Hokkien) descent, and spoke English and Malay before Chinese. A ballet dancer since age 4, ...

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35. Angelina Jolie

Actress | Maleficent

Angelina Jolie is an Academy Award-winning actress who rose to fame after her role in Girl, Interrupted (1999), playing the title role in the "Lara Croft" blockbuster movies, as well as Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), Wanted (2008), Salt (2010) and Maleficent (2014). Off-screen, Jolie has become ...

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36. Catherine Zeta-Jones

Actress | Chicago

Catherine Zeta-Jones was born September 25, 1969 in Swansea, Wales (and raised in the nearby town of Mumbles), the only daughter of Patricia (nee Fair) and David James "Dai" Jones, who formerly owned a sweet factory. She attended Dumbarton House School (Swansea). Her father (the son of Bertram (...

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37. Helen Slater

Actress | Supergirl

Helen Slater was born in Bethpage, New York, to Alice Joan (Citrin), a lawyer and peace activist, and Gerald Slater, a television executive. She was raised in Massapequa, Long Island, New York, and is of Eastern European Jewish descent. Appearing in many shows as a child, she attended the New York ...

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38. Laura Vandervoort

Actress | Jigsaw

Laura Vandervoort is a versatile actress who not only crosses over genres, but also changes from character to character flawlessly embracing the essence of every role she plays. Laura has built an international fan from her extensive resume and has been consistently working as an actress since she ...

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39. Brigitte Nielsen

Actress | Red Sonja

Actress, model, presenter and singer Brigitte Nielsen was born July 15, 1963 in Rødovre, a little place near Copenhagen in Denmark. At the end of high school when she was sixteen, Gitte (her given name) left her family to begin her modeling career. She worked for top fashion designers like Giorgio ...

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40. Kate Nauta

Actress | Transporter 2

Kate Nauta was born on April 29, 1982 in Salem, Oregon, USA as Kate Lynne Nauta. She is an actress, model and singer, best known for her role as Lola in Transporter 2 (2005). She also sang two of her songs for its soundtrack.

She started modeling at age 15. At 17, she won the U.S. Elite Model Look ...

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41. Amy Smart

Actress | Just Friends

Amy Smart was born in Topanga Canyon, California, to Judy, who worked at a museum, and John Boden Smart, a salesman. She has German, English, and Irish ancestry.

Smart was a relatively new arrival when she first gained notice for her supporting roles in the 1999 hit teen films Varsity Blues (1999) ...

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42. Shannon Lee

Actress | Blade

Shannon Emery Lee (born April 19, 1969) is an American actress, martial artist and businesswoman. She is the daughter of late martial arts film star Bruce Lee and retired martial arts teacher Linda Lee Cadwell, the granddaughter of Cantonese opera singer Lee Hoi-Chuen, and the younger sister of ...

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43. Alice Evans

Actress | 10 Things I Hate About You

Alice Evans is an actress, known for 10 Things I Hate About You (1999).

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44. Sandra Hess

Actress | Mortal Kombat: Annihilation

Sandra Hess was born in Zurich, Switzerland. She began modeling and working on television commercials when she was just 15. After completing high school, she entered the University of Zurich to study law but quickly decided it wasn't the right direction for her. She came alone to the US to pursue ...

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45. Pamela Anderson

Actress | Barb Wire

Pamela Denise Anderson was born on July 1, 1967 in Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada at 4:08 PST, to young newlywed parents who are still married. During her childhood, she moved to the city of Vancouver with her parents, Barry Anderson and Carol Anderson. She has a younger brother Gerry, born ...

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46. Molly Culver

Actress | Criminal Minds

Molly Culver was born on July 18, 1967 in Santa Clara County, California, USA as Molly E. Culver. She is an actress, known for Criminal Minds (2005), V.I.P. (1998) and Warrior Angels (2002). She has been married to Clay Cullen since 2006. They have one child.

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47. Natalie Raitano

Actress | V.I.P.

Natalie Raitano was born on October 3, 1966 in Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for V.I.P. (1998), One More Round (2005) and Pink (2007).

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48. Leah Lail

Actress | Little Nicky

Leah Lail became interested in acting when her father took her to see "A Chorus Line" on Broadway. Raised on a horse farm just outside Lexington, Kentucky, the younger of two sisters, Lail grew up as an animal lover and an avid reader. Her father is in road construction, while her mother raised ...

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49. Meiko Kaji

Actress | Shurayukihime

Meiko Kaji was born on March 24, 1947 in the Kanda area of Tokyo, Japan. Following graduation from the Yakumo Academy High School in Meguro, Tokyo, Japan in 1965, Kaji first began acting in films in the mid-1960's under her real name of Masako Ôta. She was given the stage name Meiko Kaji by ...

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50. 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 ...

Before her career jolted into fame, she was an assassin in a cheesy flick called "Naked Weapon." Maggie does her own stunts in this and shows true skill as a martial artist. Someone recently told me she was the female Jet Lee in that, whom by the way co-stared with another pair of tough ladies (Michelle Yeoh and Fennie Yuen) in his best film Twin Warriors. Do not let either go under your radar. Naked Weapon and Twin Warriors are a must see for action - martial arts fans Since Naked Weapon, Q has stared in such titles as

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51. Cynthia Rothrock

Actress | Cui hua kuang mo

Cynthia Rothrock was born on March 8, 1957 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA as Cynthia Ann Christine Rothrock. She is an actress and producer, known for Undefeatable (1993), Lady Dragon (1992) and Honor and Glory (1993).

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52. Mimi Lesseos

Stunts | Streets of Rage

Mimi Lesseos was born on February 25, 1964 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Mimi Diane Lesseos. She is known for her work on Streets of Rage (1994), Double Duty (2009) and S1m0ne (2002).

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53. Scarlett Johansson

Actress | Her

Scarlett Johansson was born in New York City. Her mother, Melanie Sloan, is from a Jewish family from the Bronx, and her father, Karsten Johansson, is a Danish-born architect, from Copenhagen. She has a sister, Vanessa Johansson, who is also an actress, a brother, Adrian, a twin brother, Hunter ...

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54. Laurene Landon

Actress | Nation's Fire

Tall, leggy and extremely well-built statuesque blonde actress Laurene Landon has enlivened a bunch of hugely enjoyable movies with her spunky energy, physical dexterity, bubbly, upbeat personality and considerable sex appeal. She often portrays tough, two-fisted, no-nonsense action heroines with a...

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55. Charlize Theron

Producer | 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 ...

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56. Natasha Henstridge

Actress | Species

Natasha Henstridge was born on August 15, 1974 in Springdale, Newfoundland, Canada. Known for movies like Species (1995) and The Whole Nine Yards (2000), she started her career as a model in Paris, France at the tender age of 15. After leaving home to begin her modeling career in the ...

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57. Kristen Miller

Actress | Team America: World Police

Kristen Miller was born on August 20, 1976 in Manhattan Beach, California, USA as Kristen Elizabeth Miller. She is an actress and producer, known for Team America: World Police (2004), Cherry Falls (2000) and She Spies (2002). She has been married to Morgan Langley since June 2007.

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58. Natashia Williams

Actress | She Spies

Natashia Williams was born on August 2, 1978 in Pontiac, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on She Spies (2002), How to Be a Player (1997) and So Little Time (2001). She has been married to Brevin Blach since 2007. They have two children.

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59. Sharon Stone

Actress | Basic Instinct

Sharon Stone was born and raised in Meadville, a small town in Pennsylvania. Her strict father was a factory worker, and her mother was a homemaker. She was the second of four children. At the age of 15, she studied in Saegertown High School, Pennsylvania, and at that same age, entered Edinboro ...

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60. Faye Dunaway

Actress | Network

An icy, elegant blonde with a knack for playing complex and strong-willed female leads, enormously popular actress Faye Dunaway starred in several films which defined what many would come to call Hollywood's "second Golden Age." During her tenure at the top of the box office, she was a more than ...

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61. Heather Graham

Actress | Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

Heather Joan Graham was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Joan (Bransfield), a schoolteacher and children's book author, and James Graham, an FBI agent. She and her sister, actress Aimee Graham, were raised by their strictly Catholic parents. They relocated often, as a result of their father's ...

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62. Catya Sassoon

Actress | Tuff Turf

Daughter of English hair stylist Vidal Sassoon and American actress Beverly Adams, she was born and lived her tender years in Manhattan, New York, then in Los Angeles, California.

At 14, she dropped out of Beverly Hills High School to pursue a modeling career in New York, due to the persuasion of ...

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63. Franka Potente

Actress | Lola rennt

Franka Potente was born on 22 July 1974 in the German city of Münster, to Hildegard, a medical assistant, and Dieter Potente, a teacher, and raised in the nearby town of Dülmen. After her graduation in 1994, she went to the Otto-Falckenberg-Schule, a drama school in Munich, but soon broke off to ...

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64. Linda Hardy

Actress | Immortel (ad vitam)

Linda Hardy was born on October 11, 1973 in Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France. She is an actress, known for Immortal (2004), The Love Punch (2013) and Le souffleur (2005).

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65. Maria Ford

Actress | Night Hunter

It's not every day a young actor's career does a 360 and ends up standing pretty on her own two feet. Well, Maria Ford is here to prove it can be done! From being Quentin Tarantino's "favorite B actress" to guest-starring on The Drew Carey Show (1995), Maria is moving in a whole new direction. ...

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66. Julie du Page

Actress | Cradle 2 the Grave

Born in Paris Julie spend the most of her life in Montreal, Canada She moved back to Paris 3 years ago to pursue her acting career. She is now one of the rising star of the french film industry.

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67. Rebecca Romijn

Actress | X-Men

Rebecca Alie Romijn was born on November 6, 1972 in Berkeley, California. Her father was Dutch-born and worked as a custom-furniture maker. Her mother was American-born, with Dutch and English ancestry, and was a teacher of English. Rebecca attended Berkeley High School where her nickname was the "...

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68. Zoë Lund

Actress | Bad Lieutenant

Zoe Lund was born Zoe Tamerlis to a Swedish mother and Romanian father on February 9, 1962 in New York City. She was an accomplished composer/musician and devout political activist at an early age. In 1981 at age 19, Lund gave a stunning performance as Thana, a mousy, mute garment worker and rape ...

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69. Reese Witherspoon

Actress | Wild

Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon was born on March 22, 1976 at Southern Baptist Hospital (now Memorial Medical Center) in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the second child of Mary Elizabeth "Betty" (Reese) and Dr. John Draper Witherspoon, Sr. Her father was a military surgeon specializing in ear, nose ...

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70. Claire Danes

Actress | My So-Called Life

New Yorker Claire Catherine Danes was born in Manhattan, the daughter of Carla (Hall), a day-care provider and artist, and Christopher Danes, a computer consultant and photographer. She has an older brother, Asa. Her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes, was a Dean of the Yale School of Art ...

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71. Debra Sweaney

Actress | They Call Me Macho Woman!

Debra Sweaney is an actress, known for They Call Me Macho Woman! (1991) and The Vineyard (1989).

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72. Amy Hathaway

Actress | The Client

Amy Hathaway was born as Amy Elizabeth Hathaway. She is an actress, known for The Client (1994), Courage Under Fire (1996) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). She has been married to Naveen Jeereddi since October 16, 2010. She was previously married to Derick Martini.

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73. Minase Yashiro

Actress | Kamen raidâ Daburu fôebâ: Ê tu zetto/Unmei no gaia memori

Minase Yashiro was born on February 3, 1985 in Gifu, Japan. She is an actress, known for Kamen Rider W Forever: A to Z/The Gaia Memories of Fate (2010), The Machine Girl (2008) and Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger (2016).

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74. Keri Russell

Actress | Waitress

Keri Russell was born in Fountain Valley, California, to Stephanie (Stephens) and David Harold Russell, an executive at Nissan Motors. She began her career on the Mickey Mouse Club in 1991. She stayed with the show until 1993. After leaving The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989) (where she, along ...

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75. Lucy Lawless

Actress | Xena: Warrior Princess

New Zealand icon Lucy Lawless is most known for her role as "Xena the Warrior Princess". Lucy is married to producer Rob Tapert (Robert Gerard Tapert) and resides in New Zealand. They have two sons, Julius Robert Bay Tapert and Judah Miro Tapert, who were both born in New Zealand. Lucy also has a ...

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76. Hudson Leick

Actress | Chill Factor

Heidi Hudson Leick, upon graduating high school, got a modeling gig in Japan; this was perfect because she loves traveling and modeling. When she returned to New York, her dream was to be an international model and then go into acting. One day, she quit modeling while in France, and pursued a TV ...

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77. Renée O'Connor

Actress | A Question of Faith

Renée O'Connor was born in Houston, Texas, to Walter and Sandra O'Connor (now Wilson), and raised in Katy, a Houston suburb. She attended Taylor High School and the Houston High School of Visual and Performing Arts. Renée has one older brother, Chris.

Renée appeared in commercials, including one for...

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78. Tiffani Thiessen

Actress | Saved by the Bell

Tiffani-Amber Thiessen was born on January 23, 1974, in Long Beach, California, USA, to Frank Thiessen, a park designer, and Robyn Ernest, a homemaker. She grew up in Long Beach with her parents and her brothers, professional cyclist Todd (born August 1, 1968) and Schyler (born May 10, 1977). When ...

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79. Katee Sackhoff

Actress | Battlestar Galactica

Kathryn Ann "Katee" Sackhoff (born April 8, 1980) is an American actress known for playing Lieutenant Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on the Sci Fi Channel's television program Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009). She was nominated for four Saturn Awards for her work on Battlestar Galactica and won the award ...

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80. Tiana Alexandra

Producer | A Dangerous Method

Filmmaker, performer, and writer, Tiana Alexandra (Thi Thanh Nga) was born in Saigon and emigrated to the USA with her family as a consequence of the Vietnam War.

Tiana escaped to Hollywood to fulfill her childhood dream to act and dance. She became Tiana Karate Princess: the first female student ...

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81. Angie Harmon

Actress | Agent Cody Banks

Angie Harmon was born on August 10, 1972 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Angela Michelle Harmon. She is an actress and director, known for Agent Cody Banks (2003), Rizzoli & Isles (2010) and Law & Order (1990). She was previously married to Jason Sehorn.

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82. Sasha Alexander

Actress | Shameless

Sasha Alexander began acting by the time she was in the seventh grade when she found herself cast as the lead female in her school's production of "Baby". What she didn't know was that her male co-star would chicken out on her only a few hours before opening night. Determined to let the show go on,...

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83. Gina Ramsden

Actress | Last Rites of the Dead

Gina Ramsden is an actress, known for Zombies Anonymous (2006), Strange Things Happen at Sundown (2003) and Launch (2001).

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84. Kyra Sedgwick

Actress | The Closer

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965 in New York City, to Patricia (Rosenwald), a family and speech therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her mother was from an upper-class German Jewish family, and her father was from a wealthy Massachusetts clan of English ...

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85. Geena Davis

Actress | Thelma & Louise

As a child, Geena dreamed of being an actress. While in high school, she felt left out and had low self-esteem because, at 6 feet, she was the tallest girl in school. After high school graduation, Geena entered New England College in New Hampshire and then transferred the next year to Boston ...

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86. Bridget Fonda

Actress | A Simple Plan

Bridget Jane Fonda was born in Los Angeles, California, to Susan Brewer and actor Peter Fonda. She is the granddaughter of Henry Fonda and niece of Jane Fonda, both famous actors. Bridget made her film debut at age five as an extra in Easy Rider (1969), but first became interested in acting after ...

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87. 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...

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88. Pam Grier

Actress | Jackie Brown

Pam Grier was born in Winston-Salem, NC, one of four children of Gwendolyn Sylvia (Samuels), a nurse, and Clarence Ransom Grier Jr., an Air Force mechanic. Pam has been a major African-American star from the early 1970s. Her career started in 1971, when Roger Corman of New World Pictures launched ...

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89. Elizabeth Berkley

Actress | Showgirls

Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Her mother, Jere, owns a gift basket business and her father, Fred, is a lawyer. Her family is Jewish. When Elizabeth was five her parents enrolled her at Detroit Dance Company. Loving dance, young Elizabeth began to take part in several ...

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90. Margaret Markov

Actress | The Arena

Tall, graceful and willowy, with a shapely, slender figure, lengthy straw blonde hair, very precise and delicate facial features, quite solid and capable acting skills, a bright, sunny, upbeat persona, and, most refreshingly, a strong, durable, take-charge attitude, the strikingly statuesque ...

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91. Jessica Alba

Actress | Fantastic Four

Jessica Marie Alba was born on April 28, 1981, in Pomona, CA, to Catherine (Jensen) and Mark David Alba, who served in the US Air Force. Her mother has Danish, Welsh, German, English, and French ancestry, while her father is of Mexican descent (including Spanish and Indigenous Mexican roots). Her ...

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92. Michelle Rodriguez

Actress | Avatar

Known for tough-chick roles, Michelle Rodriguez is proof that there is a cross between beauty and brawn. She was born Mayte Michelle Rodriguez on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, Texas, to Carmen Milady Pared Espinal, from the Dominican Republic, and Rafael Rodríguez Santiago, who served in the U.S. ...

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93. Taryn Manning

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Taryn Manning was born in Falls Church, Virginia, to Bill Manning, a musician, and his wife Sharyn. At two months old, Manning's parents separated, and she moved with her mother and brother to Tucson, Arizona, where she was raised. Manning was active in dance, karate, and acting as a child. At age ...

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94. Juliette Lewis

Actress | Natural Born Killers

Juliette Lewis has been recognized as one of Hollywood's most talented and versatile actors of her generation since she first stunned audiences and critics alike with her Oscar-nominated performance as "Danielle Bowden" in Cape Fear (1991). To date, she has worked with some of the most revered ...

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95. 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 ...

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96. Lindsay Lohan

Actress | The Parent Trap

Lindsay Dee Lohan was born in New York City, on 2 July 1986, to Dina Lohan and Michael Lohan. She began her career at age three as a Ford model, and also made appearances in over sixty television commercials, including spots for The Gap, Pizza Hut, Wendy's, and Jell-O (opposite Bill Cosby). Lohan ...

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97. Margarita Levieva

Actress | Adventureland

Margarita Levieva is an American actress. Born in Leningrad, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (now Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation), at age three she began the rigorous training program of a competitive rhythmic gymnast. Levieva continued to train for the next 13 years, winning ...

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98. Keira Knightley

Actress | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Keira Christina Knightley was born March 26, 1985 in the South West Greater London suburb of Richmond. She is the daughter of actor Will Knightley and actress turned playwright Sharman Macdonald. An older brother, Caleb Knightley, was born in 1979. Her father is English, while her Scottish-born ...

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99. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

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100. 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 ...

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