Favorite Actresses

by Vade-Lepisto | created - 26 Dec 2015 | updated - 01 Jan 2016 | Public

1. Madhabi Mukherjee

Actress | Mahanagar

Madhabi Mukherjee was born on February 10, 1942 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India as Madhuri Mukherjee. She is an actress, known for The Big City (1963), The Coward (1965) and Charulata (1964).

2. Sharmila Tagore

Actress | Abar Aranye

A Bengali actress who achieved success young, Sharmila appeared in numerous Bengali classics before making the jump to Hindi cinema, which first made her a romantic actress and later a legendary actress thanks to her intense films opposite Superstar Rajesh Khanna. A distant relative of poet ...

3. Ayako Wakao

Actress | Tsuma wa kokuhaku suru

Ayako Wakao was born on November 8, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress, known for A Wife Confesses (1961), Seisaku's Wife (1965) and Nami kage (1965). She was previously married to Kisho Kurokawa.

4. Maggie Cheung

Actress | Faa yeung nin wa

Maggie Cheung was born on September 20, 1964, in Hong Kong, and moved at the age of eight with her family to England. After finishing secondary school, she returned to Hong Kong, where she began modeling and appearing in commercials. In 1983 she participated in the Ms. Hong Kong pageant, winning ...

5. Setsuko Hara

Actress | Banshun

Setsuko Hara became one of Japan's best-loved stars over her 30-year film career. Her signature character type, variations on a daughter devoted to her parents and home, inspired the nickname that stayed with her until retirement: the Eternal Virgin. To some extent, reality mirrored her roles in ...

6. Daria Nicolodi

Actress | Profondo rosso

Daria Nicolodi was born on June 19, 1950 in Florence, Tuscany, Italy. She is an actress and writer, known for Deep Red (1975), Phenomena (1985) and Property Is No Longer a Theft (1973).

7. Catherine Deneuve

Actress | 8 femmes

Catherine Fabienne Deneuve was born October 22, 1943 in Paris, France. Her parents were actors. She made her movie debut in 1957, when she was barely a teenager and continued with small parts in minor films, until Roger Vadim gave her a meatier role in Vice and Virtue (1963). But her breakthrough ...

8. Nina Hoss

Actress | Phoenix

Nina Hoss was born on July 7, 1975 in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. She is an actress, known for Phoenix (2014), A Most Wanted Man (2014) and Barbara (2012).

9. Kati Outinen

Actress | Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Kati Outinen was born on August 17, 1961 in Helsinki, Finland as Anna Katriina Outinen. She is an actress and writer, known for The Man Without a Past (2002), Le Havre (2011) and Drifting Clouds (1996).

10. 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 ...

11. Catriona MacColl

Actress | A Good Year

Catriona MacColl was born on October 3, 1954 in London, England. MacColl was initially a ballerina who trained at a top ballet school in England before suffering an injury that abruptly curtailed her burgeoning career as a dancer. In the wake of said injury Catriona joined a repertory company which...

12. Ziyi Zhang

Actress | Shi mian mai fu

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...

13. Claudia Cardinale

Actress | C'era una volta il West

Like many other female Italian film stars, Claudia Cardinale's entry into the business was by way of a beauty pageant. She was 17 years old and studying at the Centro Sperimentale in Rome when she entered a beauty contest, which resulted in her getting a succession of small film roles. Her earthy ...

14. 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 ...

15. Ingrid Bergman

Actress | Notorious

Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...

16. Kim Novak

Actress | Vertigo

Kim Novak was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 13, 1933 with the birth name of Marilyn Pauline Novak. She was the daughter of Joseph Novak, a former teacher turned transit clerk and his wife, Blanche Kral Novak, also a former teacher. Throughout elementary and high school, Kim did not get ...

17. Janet Gaynor

Actress | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Janet Gaynor was born Laura Gainor on October 6, 1906, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she & her parents moved to San Francisco, California, where she graduated from high school in 1923. She then moved to Los Angeles where she enrolled in a secretarial school. She got a job at a shoe ...

18. Moira Shearer

Actress | Peeping Tom

Moira was born the daughter of Harold Charles King, a civil engineer, in Dunfermline, Scotland. She was educated at Dunfermline High School, Ndola in Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia) and Bearsden Academy, Scotland. She received her professional training at the Mayfair School and The Nicholas ...

19. Natalie Wood

Actress | West Side Story

Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilov) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the ...

20. Machiko Kyô

Actress | Rashômon

Machiko Kyô was born on March 25, 1924 in Osaka, Japan as Yano Motoko. She was an actress, known for Rashomon (1950), Gate of Hell (1953) and The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956). She died on May 12, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

21. Alida Valli

Actress | The Third Man

Enigmatic, dark-haired foreign import Alida Valli was dubbed "The Next Garbo" but didn't live up to postwar expectations despite her cool, patrician beauty, remote allure and significant talent. Born in Pola, Italy (now Croatia), on May 3, 1921, the daughter of a Tridentine journalist and professor...

22. Natalya Bondarchuk

Actress | Solyaris

Natalya Bondarchuk was born on May 10, 1950 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Natalya Sergeevna Bondarchuk. She is an actress and director, known for Solaris (1972), Odna lyubov dushi moyey (2007) and Krasnoe i chernoe (1976). She is married to Nikolay Burlyaev. They have one child.

23. Mariko Okada

Actress | Akitsu onsen

Mariko Okada was born on January 11, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan. She is an actress and producer, known for Akitsu Springs (1962), This Year's Love (1962) and Akujo no kisetsu (1958). She has been married to Yoshishige Yoshida since 1964.

24. Gena Rowlands

Actress | The Notebook

Virginia Cathryn "Gena" Rowlands is an American film, stage, and television actress, whose career in the entertainment industry has spanned over six decades. A four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe winner, she is known for her collaborations with her late actor-director husband John Cassavetes ...

25. Brigitte Lin

Actress | Chung Hing sam lam

Brigitte Lin was born on November 3, 1954 in Taipei, Taiwan as Ching-Hsia Lin. She is an actress, known for Chungking Express (1994), Police Story (1985) and Ashes of Time (1994). She has been married to Michael Ying since June 29, 1994. They have two children.

26. Li Gong

Actress | Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia

Born in Shenyang, grew up in Jinan, the daughter of an economics professor. Loved music from childhood, and dreamed of a singing career. After failing to gain entrance to China's top music school in 1985, applied for and was admitted to the Central Drama Academy in Beijing, from which she graduated...

27. Jane Wyman

Actress | Falcon Crest

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help ...

28. Jessica Harper

Actress | Suspiria

American actress-author-composer Jessica Harper was born on October 10, 1949 in Chicago, Illinois, to Eleanor (Emery), a writer, and Paul Church Harper, Jr., a painter who was chairman of the Needham Harper Worldwide advertising agency in NY. Jessica launched her professional acting career soon ...

29. Qi Shu

Actress | The Transporter

Born in Taiwan, Qi Shu has won the prestigious Golden Horse Award in Taiwan (regarded as the East Asian Oscar) for Best Supporting Actress in 1998. She has also received a Golden Horse Award for Best Leading Actress in 2005. She appeared with Jackie Chan in the romantic comedy Gorgeous (1999) ("...

30. Lauren Bacall

Actress | To Have and Have Not

Lauren Bacall was born Betty Joan Perske on September 16, 1924, in New York City. She was the daughter of Natalie Weinstein-Bacal, a Romanian Jewish immigrant, and William Perske, who was born in New Jersey, to Polish Jewish parents. Her family was middle-class, with her father working as a ...

31. Monica Vitti

Actress | L'avventura

Monica Vitti was born on November 3, 1931 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli. She is an actress, known for L'Avventura (1960), Red Desert (1964) and L'Eclisse (1962). She has been married to Roberto Russo since 1995.

32. Tuulikki Paananen

Actress | Juha

Tuulikki Paananen had a short but an impressive career as an actress. Her father was a Finnish concert violinist and her mother an accompanist from Michigan USA, an area with fairly heavy Finnish population. Tuulikki was born in Finland but the family returned to the USA in 1919. She lived in there...

33. Inna Churikova

Actress | La delegazione

Inna Mikhailovna Churikova was born on October 5, 1943, in Belebey, near Ufa, Bashkiria Republic, Russia (at that time USSR). Her parents were from peasant families. Her father, Mikhail Kuzmich Churikov, was a veteran of the Second World War, he worked at Academy of Agriculture. Her mother, ...

34. Angeli Bayani

Actress | Ilo Ilo

Angeli Bayani is known for her work on Ilo Ilo (2013), Bagahe (2017) and Melancholia (2008).

35. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

36. Elle Fanning

Actress | Super 8

Mary Elle Fanning was born on the 9th of April 1998 in Conyers, Georgia, USA, to Heather Joy (Arrington) and Steven J. Fanning. Her mother played professional tennis, and her father, now an electronics salesman, played minor league baseball. She is of German, Irish, English, French, and Channel ...

37. 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 ...

38. Patricia Arquette

Actress | Boyhood

With her expressive blue eyes, soft, Southern-tinged voice and an acting range that can carry her from hysterically funny to terrifying in seconds, Patricia Arquette is one of the most underrated and talented actresses of her generation. Though she has been working for years, she's always stayed ...

39. Betty Compson

Actress | Street Girl

A mining engineer's daughter, blond, blue-eyed Betty Compson began in show business playing violin in a Salt Lake City vaudeville establishment for $15 a week. Following that, she went on tour, accompanied by her mother, with an act called 'the Vagabond Violinist'. Aged eighteen, she appeared on ...

40. 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 ...

41. Ok-bin Kim

Actress | Bakjwi

Ok-bin Kim was born on December 29, 1986 in Chollanam-do, South Korea. She is an actress, known for Thirst (2009), The Villainess (2017) and Yoo-Na's Street (2014).

42. Freida Pinto

Actress | Slumdog Millionaire

Freida Selena Pinto was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to Sylvia, a school principal, and Frederick Pinto, a senior bank branch manager. She is from a Mangalorean family.

Pinto traversed the modeling circuit in Mumbai (represented by Elite Model Management India) for two years ...



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