My Favorite Actresses

by jainatyler22 | created - 31 Jan 2014 | updated - 31 Jan 2014 | Public

I have put, underneath the actresses' names, the movies or tv shows that I have seen them in and where they performed best-in my opinion. This list is not in order.

1. Julie Andrews

Actress | The Sound of Music

Julia Elizabeth Wells was born on October 1, 1935, in England. Her mother, Barbara Ward (Morris), and stepfather, both vaudeville performers, discovered her freakish but undeniably lovely four-octave singing voice and immediately got her a singing career. She performed in music halls throughout her...

The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins, The Princess Diaries, Eloise.

2. Angela Lansbury

Actress | The Manchurian Candidate

The daughter of an actress and the granddaughter of a high-ranking politician, Angela Brigid Lansbury studied acting from her youth, departing for the United States in 1940 during the Battle of Britain. She was contracted by MGM while still a teenager and nominated for an Academy Award for her ...

Beauty and the Beast, Murder She Wrote, Anastasia, Mr. Popper's Penguins.

3. Jennifer Lawrence

Actress | The Hunger Games

Was the highest-paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016. With her films grossing over $5.5 billion worldwide, Jennifer Lawrence is often cited as the most successful actor of her generation. She is also thus far the only person born in the 1990s to have won an acting Oscar.

Jennifer Shrader ...

The Hunger Games, Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

4. Lily Collins

Actress | The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

Lily Jane Collins was born in Guildford, Surrey, England. Her father is English musician Phil Collins, while her mother, Jill Tavelman, who is from Los Angeles, California, was president of the Beverly Hills Women's Club for three terms. Lily moved with her mother to LA at the age of five, after ...

Abduction, Mirror Mirror.

5. 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 Princess Diaries, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement, Ella Enchanted, Get Smart.

6. Melina Kanakaredes

Actress | CSI: NY

Melina Eleni Kanakaredes was born in Akron, Ohio, to Connie (Temo), who owned a candy company, and Harry Kanakaredes, an insurance salesman. She is of Greek descent. Her love of musical theater, especially the work of Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera, inspired her as a child. She began performing ...

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, CSI: NY.

7. Kristen Stewart

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Though most famous for her role as Isabella "Bella" Swan in The Twilight (2008) Saga, Kristen Stewart has been a working actor since her early years in Los Angeles, California, where she was born. Her parents, John Stewart and Jules Stewart, both work in film and television. Her mother is ...

Snow White & The Huntsman, Catch That Kid, Jumper, Zathura.

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 ...

Never Been Kissed, Ever After.

9. Kirsten Dunst

Actress | Spider-Man

Kirsten Caroline Dunst is an American actress, who also holds German citizenship. She was born on April 30, 1982 in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, to parents Inez (née Rupprecht), who owned an art gallery, and Klaus Dunst, a medical services executive. She has a younger brother named Christian Dunst, ...

Little Women, Spiderman, Spiderman 2, Spiderman 3.

10. Lea Thompson

Actress | Back to the Future

Lea Katherine Thompson was born on May 31, 1961, in Rochester, Minnesota. She is the youngest of five children. Her parents are Barbara Anne (Barry) and Clifford Elwin "Cliff" Thompson. Since all her siblings were much older than she, Lea says it seemed like she had more than two parents. The ...

Dennis the Menace, Left Behind.

11. 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 ...

Secretariat, Hannah Montana: The Movie.

12. Helen Mirren

Actress | RED

Dame Helen Mirren was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in West London. Her mother, Kathleen Alexandrina Eva Matilda (Rogers), was from a working-class English family, and her father, Vasiliy Petrovich Mironov, was a Russian-born civil servant, from Kuryanovo, whose own father was a diplomat. ...

National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets, Inkheart.

13. Lindze Letherman

Actress | Bicentennial Man

Lindze started her acting career at age 6 playing "Dorothy" in her 1st grade class version of "The Wizard of Oz". She went on to professional theater playing "Tiny Tim" in "A Christmas Carol" and "Marta" in "The Sound of Music". In her biggest movie role to date as "Virginia Lofton" in Virginia's ...

Virginia's Run, Clockstoppers.

14. 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...

Thor, Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones, Thor 2: The Dark World, Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith.

15. Jaimie Alexander

Actress | Thor

Jaimie Alexander was born in Greenville, South Carolina, but moved with her family to Grapevine, Texas, when she was four years old. She took theatre classes in grade school as a hobby but was kicked out in high school because she could not sing, and so she took up sports instead. At age 17 she ...

Thor, Thor 2: The Dark World.

16. Alexandra Daddario

Actress | Baywatch

Alexandra Anna Daddario was born on March 16, 1986 in New York City, New York, to Christina, a lawyer, and Richard Daddario, a prosecutor. Her brother is actor Matthew Daddario, her cousin is actor Etienne Vallée and her grandfather was congressman Emilio Daddario (Emilio Q. Daddario), of ...

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.

17. AnnaSophia Robb

Actress | Bridge to Terabithia

Actress AnnaSophia Robb can next be seen co-starring in Hulu's upcoming anthology series THE ACT, alongside Patricia Arquette, Chloë Sevigny and Joey King. Robb portrays Lacey, Gypsy Blancahrd's only confidant. Lacey knows more than she lets on when law enforcement investigates Dee Dee's murder in ...

Samantha: An American Girl Holiday, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Soul Surfer, Bridge to Terabithia.

18. Mandy Moore

Actress | A Walk to Remember

Amanda Leigh Moore was born in Nashua, New Hampshire, on April 10, 1984, to Stacy (Friedman), a former news reporter, and Don Moore, an airline pilot. During her childhood, her family moved to Orlando, Florida, where she was raised. She has Russian Jewish (from her maternal grandfather), English, ...

Tangled, A Walk to Remember.

19. 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 ...

Monsters vs. Aliens, Legally Blonde.

20. Joan Cusack

Actress | In & Out

Actress Joan Cusack was born in New York City, New York, and is the daughter of Nancy (née Carolan) and Dick Cusack. Her father was an advertising executive, writer and actor, and her mother was a math teacher. Her siblings - Susie Cusack, John Cusack, Ann Cusack and Bill Cusack also act. Her ...

Toy Story, Chicken Little, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl Mystery, Ice Princess.

21. Sandra Bullock

Producer | The Proposal

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 ...

While You Were Sleeping, Miss Congeniality, The Blind Side, The Proposal.

22. 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), Law & Order (1990) and Rizzoli & Isles (2010). She was previously married to Jason Sehorn.

Agent Cody Banks, Rizzoli & Isles.

23. Brittany Snow

Actress | Pitch Perfect

Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light (1952) for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest ...

Hairspray, The Pacifier.

24. Keke Palmer

Actress | Hustlers

Keke Palmer was born Lauren Keyana Palmer in Harvey, Illinois, a south suburb of Chicago, to Sharon and Larry Palmer, both former actors. Palmer showed vocal promise as a five-year-old, when she belted out "Jesus Loves Me" in her church choir. A year later the singer-actress had a solo in her ...

Jump In, Ice Age 4: Continental Drift, Joyful Noise, Rags.

25. Karen Grassle

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Karen Grassle was born on February 25, 1942 in Berkeley, California, USA as Karen Trust Grassle. She is an actress and writer, known for Little House on the Prairie (1974), Wyatt Earp (1994) and Little House: The Last Farewell (1984).

Little House on the Prairie, Wyatt Earp.

26. Melissa Sue Anderson

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Melissa Sue Anderson was very much like her most famous character role, of eldest child & sister, Mary Ingalls -- a quiet, slightly shy girl who would rather read a book than climb a tree. Her show business career got started, when a dance teacher urged her parents to find an agent for her. She ...

Little House on the Prairie

27. Melissa Gilbert

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Melissa Gilbert was born on May 8, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Melissa Ellen Gilbert. She is an actress and producer, known for Little House on the Prairie (1974), Guest Artist (2019) and Little House: Bless All the Dear Children (1984). She has been married to Timothy Busfield since ...

Little House on the Prairie, Sylvester.

28. Katherine MacGregor

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Best known for her performance as the nasty, gossiping, greedy and arrogant Mrs. Harriet Oleson on the TV series Little House on the Prairie (1974). Katherine (Scottie) MacGregor could not appear in the final feature length episode "The Last Farewell" because she was on a pilgrimage in India.

Before...

Little House on the Prairie.

29. Alison Arngrim

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

New York Times Best Selling author of "Confessions of A Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love Being Hated", Alison Arngrim is best known to viewers world-wide for her portrayal of the incredibly nasty "Nellie Oleson" on the much loved, long running hit television series "...

Little House on the Prairie.

30. Judy Norton

Actress | Stargate SG-1

Judy Norton was born on January 29, 1958 in Santa Monica, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Stargate SG-1 (1997), The Waltons (1971) and Nowhere to Hide (2018). She has been married to Robert Graves since August 11, 2002. She was previously married to Randy Apostle and ...

The Waltons.



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