My List of Funny Ladies

by bcampos862 | created - 09 Jul 2015 | updated - 21 Jun 2017 | Public

1. Molly Shannon

Actress | Superstar

Molly Shannon spent six seasons as a member of the repertory company on Saturday Night Live (1995 - 2001), primarily known for the eclectic characters she created, such as Mary Katherine Gallagher, Sally O'Malley, Helen Madden: Licensed Joyologist, and Terry Rialto, the National Public Radio host ...

2. Fran Drescher

Writer | The Nanny

Francine Joy Drescher was born on September 30, 1957 in Flushing, Queens, New York, to Sylvia Drescher, a bridal consultant, and Mort Drescher, a naval systems analyst. Fran, as she is called, attended Hillcrest High school in New York with another now-famous name, Ray Romano. She was a studious ...

3. Jan Hooks

Actress | Pee-wee's Big Adventure

Jan Hooks is better remembered for her five-year run on Saturday Night Live (1975) (1986-91) on the series she impersonated actress ranging from Bette Davis, to Ann-Margret, to Sally Kellerman, to Jodie Foster. After she left the show, she was proposed by Linda Bloodworth-Thomason to replace Jean ...

4. Gilda Radner

Actress | Saturday Night Live

Gilda Radner was one of the great comic geniuses of the 20th century, ranked up with Lucille Ball and other comedy legends of the highest caliber. She was born on June 28, 1946, in Detroit, Michigan, the younger of two children of Henrietta (Dworkin), a legal secretary, and Herman Radner, a ...

5. Tina Fey

Actress | Date Night

Elizabeth Stamatina Fey was born in 1970 in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia, to Xenobia "Jeanne" (Xenakes), a brokerage employee, and Donald Henry Fey, who wrote grant proposals for universities. Her mother is Greek, born in Piraeus, while her father had German, Northern Irish,...

6. 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 ...

7. Renée Taylor

Actress | The Nanny

Renée Taylor was born in the Bronx, New York to Frieda (née Silverstein) and Charles Wexler. She worked as a comedian in the early 1960s at the New York City nightclub Bon Soir. Her opening act was a then unknown Barbra Streisand. She earned notice for her portrayal of Eva Braun in Mel Brooks's The...

8. Anne Meara

Actress | Night at the Museum

Comedienne Anna Meara, with her husband Jerry Stiller, were members of the improvisational company, the Compass Players, which later became The Second City Theater. They performed as a duo under the name "Stiller and Meara", and after some time, became regulars on Ed Sullivan's show, The Ed ...

9. Debra Messing

Actress | Will & Grace

Messing was born in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, the daughter of Jewish American parents, Sandra (née Simons), who has worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a jewelry manufacturer. When Messing was three, she moved ...

10. Sara Gilbert

Actress | Poison Ivy

Sara Gilbert was born on January 29, 1975, as Sara Rebecca Abeles at St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica, California, to Barbara Cowan and Harold Abeles. Barbara was previously married to the late Paul Gilbert. At the age of six, when Sara saw her sister Melissa Gilbert get a star...

11. Megan Mullally

Actress | Will & Grace

Megan is an only child born in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, Martha, was a model, and her father, Carter Mullally Jr., was a contract player for Paramount. Megan first entered Northwestern University intending to study acting, but switched to English literature. However, she still ended up ...

12. Shelley Morrison

Actress | Will & Grace

Despite remaining on the periphery of character stardom all these years, New York-born character actress Shelley Morrison has had a long and varied career since the early 60s. She started out on TV in such popular shows as The Farmer's Daughter (1963) and Laredo (1965), making a career out of an ...

13. Fátima Florez

Actress | Periodismo para todos

Fátima Florez is an actress, known for Periodismo para todos (2012), Bañeros 4: Los rompeolas (2014) and Plan TV (2011).

14. Mariana Briski

Actress | El viento

Mariana Briski was born on September 14, 1965 in Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina as Mariana Marcela Briski. She was an actress and writer, known for The Wind (2005), Algo habrán hecho (2005) and Put on Francella (2001). She was married to Hernán Ventura. She died on August 14, 2014 in Buenos ...

15. Anita Martínez

Actress | Yago, pasión morena

Anita Martínez was born as Ana Martínez Beto. She is an actress, known for Yago, Pure Passion (2001), Tango Lover (2002) and Passionate People (2002).

16. Malena Guinzburg

Actress | Back to the Siam

Malena Guinzburg is an actress and producer, known for Back to the Siam (2013), En viaje (2015) and Periodismo para todos (2012).

17. Lizy Tagliani

Actress | Me casé con un boludo

Lizy Tagliani is an actress, known for I Married a Dumbass (2016), Quiero vivir a tu lado (2017) and El precio justo (2019).

18. Lisa Kudrow

Actress | Friends

Hardly the dumb blonde of Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997), Lisa was born in Encino, California on July 30, 1963. Her mother, Nedra S. (Stern), worked as a travel agent, and her father, Lee N. Kudrow, is a physician. Her parents are both from Jewish families (from Belarus, Russia, and ...

19. Lauren Lane

Actress | The Nanny

Lauren Lane played C.C. Babcock in a six year run on the television comedy, The Nanny. She also played the female lead on the detective drama, Hunter in its final season. On LA Law she played a scheming journalist opposite Corbin Bernsen. She has won numerous awards for her work as an actor ...

20. Ann Morgan Guilbert

Actress | Please Give

Ann Morgan Guilbert was best-known to television audiences as the Rob and Laura Petrie's neighbor Millie Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and as Fran Fein's feisty Grandma Yetta on The Nanny (1993). She gave memorable performances in film and television and on stage throughout her ...

21. Rachel Chagall

Actress | The Nanny

Rachel Chagall was born on November 24, 1952 in New York City, New York, USA as Rachel Levin. She is an actress and writer, known for The Nanny (1993), Gaby: A True Story (1987) and The Simple Life (1998).

22. Zooey Deschanel

Actress | New Girl

Zooey Deschanel was born in 1980 into a showbiz family. Her father, Caleb Deschanel, is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (perhaps most notably for The Passion of the Christ (2004)) and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel (née Weir), is an actress who appeared in Twin Peaks (1990). Her paternal ...

23. Laura Oliva

Actress | Apasionados

Laura Oliva was born on August 3, 1970 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Laura Ofelia Oliva. She is an actress, known for Passionate People (2002), El mundo de Gasalla (1990) and Tus ojos brillaban (2004).

24. Gladys Florimonti

Actress | Chiquititas

Gladys Florimonti is an actress, known for Chiquititas (1995), Brigada cola (1992) and De gira (2005).

25. Emma Penella

Actress | Fortunata y Jacinta

Emma Penella was born on March 2, 1930 in Madrid, Spain as Manuela Ruiz Penella. She was an actress, known for Fortunata and Jacinta (1970), Aquí no hay quien viva (2003) and The War Starts in Cuba (1957). She was married to Emiliano Piedra. She died on August 27, 2007 in Madrid.

26. Mariví Bilbao

Actress | Aquí no hay quien viva

Mariví Bilbao was born on January 22, 1930 in Bilbao, Vizcaya, País Vasco, Spain as María Victoria Bilbao Goyoaga. She was an actress, known for Aquí no hay quien viva (2003), La que se avecina (2007) and La primera vez (2001). She died on April 3, 2013 in Bilbao.

27. Malena Alterio

Actress | Aquí no hay quien viva

Malena Alterio was born on January 21, 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Malena Grisel Alterio Acaioca. She is an actress, known for Aquí no hay quien viva (2003), Spanish Shame (2017) and El balancín de Iván (2003).

28. Lucille Ball

Actress | I Love Lucy

The woman who will always be remembered as the crazy, accident-prone, lovable Lucy Ricardo was born Lucille Desiree Ball on August 6, 1911 in Jamestown, New York. Her father died before she was four, and her mother worked several jobs, so she and her younger brother were raised by their ...

29. Delta Burke

Actress | Designing Women

Delta Burke is best known for her portrayal as Suzanne Sugarbaker in CBS' Designing Women (1986), which ran for *seven* seasons and for which she received two Emmy nominations for Best Actress in a Comedy Series. When a teenager she represented Florida in the Miss America Pageant, and won a talent ...

30. Ellen Albertini Dow

Actress | The Wedding Singer

The multifaceted Ellen Albertini was a student of dance and piano at the age of five, and obtained a B.A. and M.A. in theater from Cornell University. She moved to New York, and studied and worked with the legendary likes of Hanya Holm, Martha Graham, Michael Shurtleff, Uta Hagen, Marcel Marceau, ...

31. Margo Martindale

Actress | August: Osage County

Margo Martindale was born July 18, 1951 in Jacksonville, Texas, to Margaret (Pruitt) and William Everett Martindale, a lumber company owner and dog handler. She is the youngest of three children, and the only daughter. Margo attended Lon Marris College, and later transferred to University of ...

32. Florencia Peña

Soundtrack | Tu cara me suena - Argentina

Florencia Peña was born on November 7, 1974 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and writer, known for Tu cara me suena - Argentina (2013), Casados con hijos (2005) and La niñera (2004). She was previously married to Mariano Otero.

33. Erica Rivas

Actress | Relatos salvajes

Erica Rivas was born on December 1, 1974 in Ramos Mejía, Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and producer, known for Wild Tales (2014), Casados con hijos (2005) and It's Your Fault (2010).

34. Norma Pons

Actress | El palacio de la risa

Norma Pons was born on August 18, 1943 in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina as Norma Delia Orizzi. She was an actress, known for El palacio de la risa (1992), Sotto Voce (1996) and Tango Lover (2002). She died on April 29, 2014 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina.

35. Verónica Llinás

Actress | La mujer de los perros

Verónica Llinás was born on September 23, 1960 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an actress and director, known for La mujer de los perros (2015), Mount Bayo (2010) and Soy tu aventura (2003).

36. Ana Acosta

Actress | Peor es nada

Ana Acosta is an actress, known for Peor es nada (1989), Sos mi vida (2006) and El caso María Soledad (1993).

37. Kristen Wiig

Actress | Bridesmaids

Kristen Carroll Wiig was born on August 22, 1973 in Canandaigua, New York, to Laurie J. (Johnston), an artist, and Jon J. Wiig, a lake marina manager. She is of Norwegian (from her paternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Scottish descent. The family moved to Lancaster, Pennsylvania, before ...

38. Rachel Dratch

Actress | Just Go with It

Rachel Dratch grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a degree in Drama and Psychology, she moved out to Chicago, where she studied with Del Close at Improvolympic. She was on the house team, "Victim's Family", with Adam McKay. Rachel went on to tour with ...

39. Rita Rudner

Actress | Peter's Friends

Rita Rudner was born on September 17, 1953 in Miami, Florida, USA as Rita Carol Rudner. She is an actress and writer, known for Peter's Friends (1992), Love Hurts (2009) and Tales from the Crypt (1989). She has been married to Martin Bergman since June 24, 1988. They have one child.

40. Nora Dunn

Actress | Three Kings

Nora Dunn got her start working at the famous Second City comedy troupe, where she was eventually spotted by Saturday Night Live (1975) casting directors, and she joined the SNL cast (among them Joan Cusack, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Michael Hall, Jon Lovitz, Dennis Miller, Randy Quaid, Terry ...

41. Alanna Ubach

Actress | Coco

Hardly recognizable from one character to the next, Ubach has starred in over 150 theater, film and television projects, including the Peabody Award-winning "Men of a Certain Age" and the Oscar-winning "Coco" as Mama Imelda, the family's matriarch. She was noted by the New York Times as "a ...

42. Allison Janney

Actress | The Help

Allison Janney is an award-winning actress who has earned a solid reputation in stage productions and in many supporting roles on screen, and who more recently has become prominent by portraying one of the major characters in the popular TV series The West Wing (1999).

Entertainment Weekly magazine ...

43. Anna Faris

Actress | The House Bunny

Anna Kay Faris was born on November 29, 1976 in Baltimore, Maryland, to Karen (Bathurst), a special education teacher, and Jack Faris, a sociologist. She was raised in Edmonds, Washington. Her ancestry includes English, German, Scottish, French, Dutch, and Welsh.

Anna started acting very young but ...

44. 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, ...

45. Mimi Kennedy

Actress | Midnight in Paris

Kennedy ignited her acting career on stage opposite television comedian Sid Caesar. Thereon, she delivered supporting yet memorable performance in several short-lived television comedies, including 3 Girls 3 (1977), Stockard Channing in Just Friends (1979), The Two of Us (1981) and Family Man (1988)...

46. Lainie Kazan

Actress | My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Actress and singer Lainie Kazan first made her mark with her Broadway debut in 1961 with the musical The Happiest Girl in the World. The following year, she appeared in another musical, Bravo Giovanni. She eventually served as Barbra Streisand's understudy for the lead role of Fanny Brice in Funny ...

47. Jenna Elfman

Actress | Dharma & Greg

Jenna Elfman began her career as a professional dancer, appearing in music videos by Depeche Mode and Anthrax, and danced on the 1991 Academy Awards live broadcast, choreographed by Debbie Allen.

She ultimately transitioned to acting, best known for her role as Dharma in the hit television series "...

48. Kathryn Joosten

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Kathryn is best known for her portrayals of "Karen McCluskey" on Desperate Housewives (2004) on ABC and of "Mrs. Landingham", secretary to the President (Martin Sheen), on the critically-acclaimed NBC drama, The West Wing (1999). She has also recurred on Dharma & Greg (1997), and guest-starred ...

49. Florencia De la Vega

Actress | Los Roldán

Florencia De la Vega was born on March 2, 1976 in Resistencia, Chaco, Argentina as Florencia Trinidad. She is an actress, known for The Roldans (2004), Verdad consecuencia (1996) and Latin Love (2000). She has been married to Pablo Goycochea since June 28, 2011. They have two children.

50. Ann B. Davis

Actress | The Brady Bunch

Ann B. Davis made her debut in show business at age 6 earning $2.00 in a puppet show. At the University of Michigan, Anne planned to study medicine but got the acting bug from her brother who was the lead dancer in the national company of "Oklahoma" for over a year. Anne then spent six years in ...

51. Betty White

Actress | The Proposal

Betty White was born in Oak Park, Illinois, to Christine Tess (Cachikis), a homemaker, and Horace Logan White, a lighting company executive for the Crouse-Hinds Electric Company. She is of Danish, Greek, English, and Welsh descent.

Although best known as the devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic ...

52. Bea Arthur

Actress | The Golden Girls

Actress-comedienne Bea Arthur was born Bernice Frankel on May 13, 1922 in New York City to a Jewish family. She grew up in Maryland, where her parents ran a dress shop. At 12 years old, she was the tallest girl in her school at 5'9".

She earned the title of "Wittiest Girl" in her school, and her ...

53. Rue McClanahan

Actress | The Golden Girls

A New York stage actress in the 1950s, McClanahan was plucked from the stage by Norman Lear for roles on All in the Family (1971) and later Maude (1972). For two years (1982 - 1984), she played "Aunt Fran" on Mama's Family (1983) until her character was killed off and she joined the cast of Golden ...

54. Estelle Getty

Actress | The Golden Girls

She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like ...

55. Annie Potts

Actress | Ghostbusters

Annie Potts is an American film, television, and stage actress. She is known for her roles in popular 1980s films such as Ghostbusters (1984) and Pretty in Pink (1986). She made her debut on the big screen in 1978 in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer comedy film Corvette Summer, with Mark Hamill, for which ...

56. Debra Jo Rupp

Actress | That '70s Show

Debra Jo Rupp always wanted to be an actress, but her parents were firmly opposed to the idea. They sent her to the University of Rochester at least in part because it offered no theater classes. But the school added a Drama department in Rupp's freshman year, and after graduation, she moved to New...

57. Niní Marshall

Actress | Madame Sans-Gêne

Niní Marshall was born on June 1, 1903 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Marina Esther Traverso. She was an actress and writer, known for Madame Sans-Gêne (1945), Cándida (1939) and Los celos de Cándida (1940). She was married to Carmelo Santiago, Edelemann, Felipe...

58. Nelly Lainez

Actress | El palacio de la risa

Nelly Lainez was born in 1920 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Nélida Rotstein. She was an actress, known for El palacio de la risa (1992), Hagamos el Humor (1991) and Santiago querido! (1965). She died on May 31, 2008 in Mataderos, Buenos Aires City, Argentina.

59. Mabel Pessen

Actress | Julián de madrugada

Sponatneous, friendly, and loved actress of Argentinian show business, Mabel Pessen started her career in the beginning of the 60s. She has played many characters as a distinguished supporting actress. In 1973, She got a bit part in the soap opera "Pobre Diabla" written by Alberto Migre, but her ...

60. Adriana Salgueiro

Actress | Mesa de noticias

Adriana Salgueiro was born on May 7, 1957. She is an actress, known for Mesa de noticias (1983), Los taxistas del humor (1987) and La aventura de los paraguas asesinos (1979).

61. Kate McKinnon

Actress | Ghostbusters

Kathryn McKinnon Berthold (born January 6, 1984), known professionally as Kate McKinnon, is an American actress and comedienne, who is best known as a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live and The Big Gay Sketch Show, and for playing the role of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann in the 2016 Ghostbusters ...

62. Niecy Nash

Actress | Claws

Niecy Nash was born on February 23, 1970 in Palmdale, California, USA as Carol Denise Ensley. She is an actress and producer, known for Claws (2017), Reno 911! (2003) and Guess Who (2005). She has been married to Jay Tucker since May 28, 2011. She was previously married to Don Nash.

63. Tracee Ellis Ross

Actress | Girlfriends

Tracee Ellis Ross was born on October 29, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tracee Joy Silberstein. She is an actress and producer, known for Girlfriends (2000), Black-ish (2014) and Reed Between the Lines (2011).

64. 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...

65. Amy Poehler

Actress | Inside Out

Amy Meredith Poehler was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to high school teachers Eileen Frances (Milmore) and William Grinstead Poehler. Her brother is comedian Greg Poehler. She is of Irish (from her mother) and English, Irish, German, and Portuguese (from her father) descent. Amy was first ...

66. Julie Bowen

Actress | Modern Family

Julie Bowen was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the middle daughter of Suzanne and John Luetkemeyer Jr., a real estate developer. Her early education was at Calvert School in Baltimore, and Garrison Forest School, Maryland. She moved on to St. George's School, Rhode Island and then attended ...

67. Sofía Vergara

Actress | Hot Pursuit

Sofía Margarita Vergara Vergara was born and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia. Her mother, Margarita Vergara Dávila de Vergara, is a housewife. Her father, Julio Enrique Vergara Robayo, provides cattle to the meat industry. She has five siblings. She was educated at a private bilingual Spanish/...

68. Sarah Hyland

Actress | Vampire Academy

Sarah Hyland was born in New York City to actors Melissa D. Canaday and Edward James Hyland. She began in the business at the age of 4 with commercial work and voice overs. Her first film was Private Parts (1997). She then moved on to The Object of My Affection (1998) and then spent time on Another...

69. Kim Cattrall

Actress | Sex and the City 2

Kim Victoria Cattrall was born on August 21, 1956 in Mossley Hill, Liverpool, England to Gladys Shane (Baugh), a secretary, and Dennis Cattrall, a construction engineer. At the age of three months, her family immigrated to Canada, where a large number of her films have been made. At age 11, she ...

70. Amy Sedaris

Actress | Puss in Boots

Amy Sedaris was born on March 29, 1961 in Endicott, New York, USA as Amy Louise Sedaris. She is an actress and writer, known for Puss in Boots (2011), Strangers with Candy (1999) and Elf (2003).

71. Wendie Jo Sperber

Actress | Back to the Future

Though she was known best for drawing laughs as whiny, excitable characters throughout her raucous film and TV career, actress/comedienne Wendie Jo Sperber showed a brave, compassionate and humane side in the last years of her life. The Los Angeles-born performer developed a driving passion for ...

72. 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 ...

73. Jane Krakowski

Actress | 30 Rock

Jane Krakowski was born in Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, to Barbara (Benoit), a college theater instructor, and Edward Krajkowski, a chemical engineer. Her father is of Polish descent and her mother is of French-Canadian, Scottish, and half Polish ancestry.

Jane was the winner of the 2003 Tony ...

74. Rebel Wilson

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Rebel Wilson was born in Sydney, Australia, to a family of dog handlers and showers. She trained at the Australian Theatre for Young People and at Second City in the US. After a successful stage and television career in Australia, this writer/actress/producer now focuses on feature film projects in...



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