Queens of the Old West

by jazerbini | created - 05 Jan 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

actresses with great performances in westerns, even though he performed in only one western.

101. Constance Towers

Actress | General Hospital

This elegant singer/actress initially had designs on becoming an opera singer. Born in Montana on May 20, 1933, and christened Constance Mary Towers, she appeared on radio as a child singer. Her family moved to New York where she subsequently studied at the Julliard School of Music and the American...

102. Corinne Calvet

Actress | What Price Glory

Petite, seductive French leading lady who underwent several early career changes before settling on the acting profession. Corinne Calvet first studied criminal law at France's renowned Sorbonne, but then turned her attention to interior decoration specializing in fine arts and antiques. After ...

103. Cyd Charisse

Actress | Silk Stockings

Cyd Charisse was born Tula Ellice Finklea on March 8, 1921 in Amarillo, Texas. Born to be a dancer, she spent her early childhood taking ballet lessons and joined the Ballet Russe at age 13. In 1939, she married Nico Charisse, her former dance teacher. In 1943, she appeared in her first film, ...

104. Dale Evans

Soundtrack | The Roy Rogers Show

American leading lady of musical westerns of the 1940s. Born Frances Octavia Smith in Uvalde, Texas. She was raised in Texas and Arkansas. Married at 14 and a mother at 15, she was divorced at 17 (some sources say widowed). Intent on a singing career, she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, and worked in ...

105. Dana Delany

Actress | China Beach

Dana Welles Delany was born on March 13, 1956, in New York City and raised in Stamford, Connecticut. Dana knew early in life that she wanted to be an actress. Following graduation from Wesleyan University, this tall (5'7") beauty moved to New York and developed her skills working in daytime ...

106. Dana Wheeler-Nicholson

Actress | Fletch

Dana Wheeler-Nicholson was born on October 9, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Fletch (1985), Tombstone (1993) and The Night We Never Met (1993). She has been married to Alex Smith since March 22, 2011.

107. Dana Wynter

Actress | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The daughter of a noted surgeon, Dana Wynter was born Dagmar Winter in Berlin, Germany, and grew up in England. When she was 16 her father went to Morocco, reportedly to operate on a woman who wouldn't allow anyone else to attend her; he visited friends in Southern Rhodesia, fell in love with it ...

108. Debbie Reynolds

Actress | Singin' in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...

109. Deborah Kara Unger

Actress | The Way

Deborah Kara Unger was the first Canadian accepted into the prestigious Australian National Institute of Dramatic Art. She made her feature film debut in Prisoners of the Sun (1990), followed by roles in Christopher Crowe's Whispers in the Dark (1992), Till There Was You (1991), and Highlander: The...

110. Debra Winger

Actress | Terms of Endearment

Mary Debra Winger was born May 16, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruth (Felder), an office manager, and Robert Jack Winger, a meat packer. She is from a Jewish family (originally from Austria-Hungary and the Russian Empire). Her maternal grandparents called her Mary, while her parents called her Debra...

111. Delle Bolton

Actress | Jeremiah Johnson

Delle Bolton was born in 1948 in the USA as Gloria Delle Bolton. She is an actress, known for Jeremiah Johnson (1972) and Monk (2002). She is married to David Colloff.

112. Denise Darcel

Actress | Flame of Calcutta

Hollywood has always welcomed with open arms exotic, sexy imports to its gallery of glamour girls and serious actresses; look at how Greta Garbo, Ingrid Bergman, Marlene Dietrich and Sophia Loren have been embraced. Buxom and alluring French siren Denise Darcel fell into the secondary ranks of ...

113. Denise Nicholas

Actress | Let's Do It Again

Denise Nicholas was born on July 12, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Donna Denise Nicholas. She is an actress and writer, known for Let's Do It Again (1975), In the Heat of the Night (1988) and Room 222 (1969). She was previously married to Jim Hill, Bill Withers and Gilbert Moses.

114. Diane Cilento

Actress | The Wicker Man

She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Tom Jones (1963) and appeared in The Third Secret (1964) the following year but she allowed her film career to decline following her marriage to actor Sean Connery, the second of her three husbands, to whom ...

Great performance in Hombre.

115. Diane Lane

Actress | Unfaithful

Diane Lane was born on January 22, 1965, in New York. She is the daughter of acting coach Burton Eugene "Burt" Lane and nightclub singer/centerfold Colleen Farrington. Her parents' families were both from the state of Georgia. Diane was acting from a very young age and made her stage debut at the ...

116. Dianne Foster

Actress | Night Passage

A curvaceous and comely lead and second lead actress of the 1950s and 1960s screen, Dianne Foster was born with the unlikely stage name of Olga Helen Laruska on October 31, 1928 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Of Ukrainian parentage, she began her stage career performing in high school plays and in ...

117. Dolly Parton

Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show

Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Avie Lee (née Owens) and tobacco farmer Robert Lee Parton, and grew up on a rundown farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12 she was appearing on Knoxville TV and at 13 she was already recording on a small label and appearing at...

118. Dolores del Rio

Actress | Las abandonadas

Dolores del Rio was the one of the first Mexican movie stars with international appeal and who had meteoric career in the 1920s/1930s Hollywood. Del Rio came from an aristocratic family in Durango. In the Mexican revolution of 1916, however, the family lost everything and emigrated to Mexico City, ...

119. Dolores Michaels

Actress | Warlock

Dolores Michaels was born on January 30, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Dolores Rae Michaels. She was an actress, known for Warlock (1959), April Love (1957) and Battle at Bloody Beach (1961). She was married to Bernard Woolfe and Maurice Martine. She died on September 25, 2001 in West ...

120. Dominique Dunne

Actress | Poltergeist

Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in ...

121. Dona Drake

Actress | Kansas City Confidential

In a situation that closely recalls the Fannie Hurst story "Imitation of Life" in which a girl strives to pass for white, beautiful light-skinned African-American actress/singer/dancer/bandleader Dona (pronounced "dough-nuh") Drake, for the sake of her career, denied her heritage and passed for ...

122. Donna Reed

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Donna Reed was born in the midwestern town of Denison, Iowa, on January 27, 1921, as Donna Belle Mullenger. A small town - a population of less than 3,000 people - Denison was located by the Boyer River, and was the county seat of Crawford County. Donna grew up as a farm girl, much like many young ...

123. Doris Davenport

Actress | The Westerner

Doris Davenport was born in Moline, IL, but grew up in Hollywood. Samuel Goldwyn gave her the part of Eddie Cantor's sweetheart in his musical Kid Millions (1934) after seeing her work as a Goldwyn Girl. As Doris Jordan, she tested for the part of Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind (1939) and ...

124. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

125. Dorothy Abbott

Actress | Dragnet

Perennial starlet Dorothy Abbott was a sexy, vivacious, wide-smiling model, showgirl and actress who could brighten up a room. Unfortunately, her cinematic offerings wound up being pretty minimal and her last years were marred by depression and, ultimately, a tragic end.

She was born Dorothy E. ...

126. Dorothy Dandridge

Actress | Carmen Jones

Dorothy Jean Dandridge was born on November 9, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, to Ruby Dandridge (née Ruby Jean Butler), an entertainer, and Cyril H. Dandridge, a cabinet maker and minister. Under the prodding of her mother, Dorothy and her sister Vivian Dandridge began performing publicly, usually in ...

127. Dorothy Granger

Actress | I've Been Around

Dorothy Granger was one of the first members of SAG when the Screen Actors Guild was founded over 65 years ago. A Texas beauty contest winner at the age of thirteen, Dorothy's career ran from a long-running two-reel series, as the wife of Leon Errol for RKO, to the long-running television series ...

128. Dorothy Hart

Actress | Tarzan's Savage Fury

A former model, the luminously beautiful Dorothy Hart was signed to a contract by Universal Pictures after having made only one film, Columbia's Gunfighters (1947). However, the studio system couldn't quite find a place for a woman with her carriage and elegance, and relegated her to westerns, ...

129. Dorothy Jordan

Actress | The Searchers

Brunette Dorothy Jordan was a graduate of Southwestern University and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Trained as a ballerina, she first graced the stage as a chorus girl in top flight musicals, like "Funny Face" (1927), with Fred Astaire, and "Treasure Girl" (1928), with Gertrude Lawrence and...

130. Dorothy Malone

Actress | Written on the Wind

The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...

131. Dorothy Patrick

Actress | Come to the Stable

Dorothy Patrick was born on June 3, 1921 in St-Boniface, Manitoba, Canada as Dorothy Wilma Davis. She was an actress, known for Come to the Stable (1949), Tarnished (1950) and Destination Big House (1950). She was married to Harold Hammerman, J. Hugh Davis and Joseph Lynn Patrick. She died on May ...

132. 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 ...

133. Edith Atwater

Actress | Sweet Smell of Success

A respected stage actress, brunette Edith Atwater was another of those performers who never quite managed to break into films. She was trained at the American Laboratory Theatre and began her acting career at the age of eighteen. She was on Broadway from 1931, her carefully coiffed patrician looks ...

134. Edith Evanson

Actress | Rope

During the Golden Age of Hollywood there were an array of character actors who came out and perfected their craft alongside some of the era's most popular stars. Within that category is one Edith Evanson.

She was born on April 28, 1896 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of a Protestant minister. In...

135. Elaine Aiken

Actress | Caddyshack

Actress and drama teacher, born Elena Arizmendi in Córdoba, Spain. Arrived with her parents in the U.S. during the Spanish Civil War. In 1951, as Elaine Aiken, she became a protege of legendary method acting coach Lee Strasberg and three years later joined the Actor's Studio. Though she initially ...

136. Elaine Stewart

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Ravishing redhead Elaine Stewart came onto the film scene in the early 1950s and decorated a number of eastern and western films as well as crimers as a second-tier MGM star. Her striking, shapely beauty and "come hither" sensuality was on full display throughout the decade, often as a temptress or...

137. Eleanor Hunt

Actress | Go-Get-'Em, Haines

Eleanor Hunt was born on January 10, 1910 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress and writer, known for Go-Get-'Em, Haines (1936), Whoopee! (1930) and Bank Alarm (1937). She was married to Rex Lease and George A. Hirliman. She died on June 12, 1981 in Manhattan, New York City.

138. Eleanor Parker

Actress | The Sound of Music

Eleanor Jean Parker was born on June 26, 1922, in Cedarville, Ohio, the last of three children born to a mathematics teacher and his wife. Eleanor caught the acting bug early and began performing in school plays. She was was so serious about becoming a thespian that she attended the Rice Summer ...

139. Electra Avellan

Actress | The Son

Electra Avellan was born on August 12, 1986 in Caracas, Venezuela as Electra Amelia Avellan. She is an actress and producer, known for The Son (2017), Queen of the South (2016) and Grindhouse (2007).

140. Elizabeth Allen

Actress | Donovan's Reef

Elizabeth Allen was born on January 25, 1929 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Elizabeth Ellen Gillease. She was an actress, known for Donovan's Reef (1963), The Carey Treatment (1972) and The Fugitive (1963). She was married to Baron Karl von Vietinghoff-Scheel. She died on September 19, 2006 in ...

141. Elizabeth Baur

Actress | Lancer

This lovely, blue-eyed Los Angeles native had a brief but successful television career in the 1970s. Her ancestors, going back five generations, boasted well-established roots in California. They were one of the wealthiest families before selling off vast real estate holdings in Encino and Beverly ...

142. Elizabeth Frances

Actress | Love

Acclaimed for her grace and charisma both on screen and off, actress Elizabeth Frances, is best known for her countless on camera roles such as troubled girlfriend Angela Maryboy in Drunktown's Finest, produced by Robert Redford which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, rock star Bad Penny in the ...

143. Elizabeth Taylor

Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked ...

144. Elizabeth Threatt

Actress | The Big Sky

American actress who made an impression in her only film. The daughter of an English father and a Cherokee mother, Threatt grew up in South Carolina. At 19, she went to New York and began a successful modeling career. In 1952, director Howard Hawks saw her photograph and cast her as the Blackfoot ...

145. Ella Raines

Actress | Phantom Lady

Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by ...

146. Ellen Barkin

Actress | The Fan

Offbeat, unconventionally pretty, and utterly mesmerizing, Ellen Barkin was born in 1954 in the Bronx, New York, to Evelyn (Rozin), a hospital administrator, and Sol Barkin, a chemical salesman. Her parents were both from Russian Jewish families. Raised in the South Bronx and Queens, New York area,...

147. Ellen Corby

Actress | The Waltons

Ellen Corby was born Ellen Hansen on June 3, 1911, in Racine, Wisconsin. She began her career as a bit player in the film Speed Limited (1935) in 1940. Ellen would not be seen on the big screen again until 1945 in Cornered (1945). In 1946, she appeared in 14 films, although mostly in small, minor ...

148. Ellen Drew

Actress | Isle of the Dead

Talented Missouri-born Ellen Drew was born Esther Loretta Ray in 1915, the daughter of an Irish barber. She worked various jobs (accountant, salesgirl) to support her family until her fresh-faced good looks and high-wattage smile earned her a couple of beauty pageant trophies. Encouraged to try her...

149. Elsa Cárdenas

Actress | Giant

Elsa Cárdenas was born on August 3, 1935 in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico as Elsa Cárdenas Rentería. She is known for her work on Giant (1956), The Wild Bunch (1969) and Pobre niña rica (1995).

150. Elsa Martinelli

Actress | Hatari!

Elsa Martinelli was born in the central Tuscan city of Grosseto into a struggling family, one of eight siblings. She had to earn her keep from the age of twelve, delivering groceries in Rome. Looking older than her years suggested, she then did some part time work as a bar maid. Aged sixteen and ...

151. Emile Avery

Actor | The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.

Emile Avery was born on May 9, 1908 in New Mexico, USA. He is known for his work on The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (1966), Johnny Ringo (1959) and Temple Houston (1963). He died on November 8, 1985 in Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA.

152. Estelita Rodriguez

Actress | Rio Bravo

Estelita Rodriguez was born on July 2, 1928 in Guanajay, Cuba. She was an actress, known for Rio Bravo (1959), The Golden Stallion (1949) and Belle of Old Mexico (1950). She was married to Dr. Ricardo A. Pego, Ismael Alfonso Halfss, aka Henry Half, Grant Withers and Chu Chu Martinez. She died on ...

153. Esther Ralston

Actress | Peter Pan

Projected as wholesome but fun-loving, Maine-born leading lady Esther Ralston enjoyed a prime silent age career and, at her peak, was packaged and publicized as "The American Venus" by none other than that of showman Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. after appearing as a dazzling beauty queen in the film of the...

154. Ethel Barrymore

Actress | None But the Lonely Heart

Ethel Barrymore was the second of three children seemingly destined for the actor's life of their parents Maurice and Georgiana. Maurice Barrymore had emigrated from England in 1875, and after graduating from Cambridge in law had shocked his family by becoming an actor. Georgiana Drew of ...

155. Eva Green

Actress | Casino Royale

French actress and model Eva Gaëlle Green was born on July 6, 1980, in Paris, France. Her father, Walter Green, is a dentist who appeared in the 1966 film Au Hasard Balthazar (1966). Her mother, Marlène Jobert, is an actress turned children's book writer. Eva's mother was born in Algeria, of French...

156. Eva Novak

Actress | Lure of the Yukon

As a fetching, shapely silent screen co-star, Eva Novak would be best known for her early work as cowboy Tom Mix's love interest in ten of his popular westerns. Although she sparked a number of florid dramas and light comedies with other top actors of the day, in retrospect it was with Mix with ...

157. Eve Miller

Actress | There's No Business Like Show Business

Eve Miller was born on August 8, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eve Turner. She was an actress, known for There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), The Big Trees (1952) and Buckaroo from Powder River (1947). She died on August 17, 1973 in Van Nuys, California.

158. Evelyn Finley

Stunts | Silverado

Definitely not your average 'prairie flower', brunette Evelyn Ruth Finley was known as the most accomplished stunt rider in the western genre. Famous director William A. Wellman was one of many who regarded her as the best in the business. She worked with horses from early childhood and grew up a ...

159. Evelyn Keyes

Actress | The Seven Year Itch

No shrinking violet this one, but despite her talent, vivacity and sheer drive, lovely and alluring blonde Evelyn Keyes would remain for the most part typed as a "B" girl on the silver screen. In spite of her ripe contributions to such superior pictures as Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941), The Jolson ...

160. Faith Domergue

Actress | This Island Earth

Sultry, brunette Faith Domergue was born in New Orleans, part Creole, but primarily of Irish and English extraction. She was adopted when she was six weeks old. In 1927 her adoptive parents took her to live in California, where she was educated at Catholic schools in Santa Monica. She had her first...

161. 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 ...

162. Felicia Farr

Actress | Charley Varrick

Felicia Farr was born on October 4, 1932 in Westchester County, New York, USA as Olive Felicia Dines. She is an actress, known for Charley Varrick (1973), 3:10 to Yuma (1957) and Kiss Me, Stupid (1964). She was previously married to Jack Lemmon and Lee Farr.

163. Florence Bates

Actress | Rebecca

The American character actress, Florence Rabe, was the daughter of an antique store owner. She gained a degree in Mathematics from the University of Texas in 1906 and went on to a career in teaching and social work. She changed course after being persuaded by a friend to study law, and, passing her...

164. Frances Dee

Actress | I Walked with a Zombie

Dee was born in Los Angeles, where her Army officer father was stationed, and grew up in Chicago after her father was transferred there. In 1929, he was re-assigned to L.A., and, as a lark, the 19 year old Dee began working in motion pictures as an extra. Her debut was in Words and Music (1929) ...

165. Frances Farmer

Actress | Flowing Gold

Born in Seattle, Frances Farmer studied drama at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1935, she went to Hollywood where she secured a seven-year contract with Paramount. In 1943, she was wrongfully declared mentally incompetent and committed by her parents to a series of asylums and public ...

166. Frances Fisher

Actress | Titanic

Frances Fisher began by apprenticing at the Barter Theatre in Abingdon, Virginia. She spent 14 years based in New York City, playing leads in over 30 productions of plays by such noted writers as John Arden, Noël Coward, Emily Mann, Joe Orton, Sam Shepard, William Shakespeare, Jean-Claude van ...

167. Frances Gifford

Actress | Border Vigilantes

Frances Gifford had a somewhat unorthodox introduction to the movie business. Born and raised in Long Beach, California, she had no ambition to be an actress, and in fact had applied to UCLA when, at age 16, she and a friend got to visit the Samuel Goldwyn Studios, where they watched a movie being ...

168. Gail Davis

Actress | Six Gun Mesa

Hailed by Gene Autry as the 'perfect western actress', diminutive, pig-tailed Betty Jeanne Grayson had all the genre's prerequisite attributes. The daughter of a prominent Arkansas physician (who went on to became State Health Officer), she had been trained in drama and dance at the University of ...

169. Gail Russell

Actress | The Uninvited

Gail Russell was born in Chicago, Illinois, on September 21, 1924. She remained in the Windy City, going to school until her parents moved to California when she was 14. She was an above-average student in school and upon graduation from Santa Monica High School was signed by Paramount Studios.

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170. Gale Robbins

Actress | Calamity Jane

Minor league singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a modest dent in post-war Hollywood films. Born Betty Gale Robbins in Chicago, Illinois (some say Mitchell, Indiana) on May 7, 1921, she was the eldest of five daughters of Arthur E., a doctor, and Blanche ...

171. Gale Storm

Actress | Between Midnight and Dawn

Born with the drab, unlikely name of Josephine Cottle on April 5, 1922, this pleasantly appealing, Texas-born, auburn-haired beauty was only seventeen months old when her father William passed away. The family moved from Bloomington (her home town) to McDade (between Austin and Houston) where her ...

172. 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 ...

173. Gene Tierney

Actress | Laura

With prominent cheekbones, luminous skin and the most crystalline green eyes of her day, Gene Tierney's striking good looks helped propel her to stardom. Her best known role is the enigmatic murder victim in Laura (1944). She was also Oscar-nominated for Leave Her to Heaven (1945). Her acting ...

174. Geraldine Page

Actress | The Trip to Bountiful

Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl...

175. Ginger Lynn

Actress | Torn

Born in Rockford, Illinois, on December 14, 1962, Ginger Lynn Allen went to California in 1982 to visit her ill grandfather. She decided to stay and found employment as a manager at a Musicland record store in Redlands. She had lived in a trailer in one of the worst parts of the city for almost a ...

176. Giovanna Ralli

Actress | Il mercenario

Giovanna Ralli was born on January 2, 1935 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. She is an actress and writer, known for The Mercenary (1968), A Prostitute Serving the Public and in Compliance with the Laws of the State (1971) and La fuga (1965). She was previously married to Ettore Boschi.

177. Gloria DeHaven

Actress | Two Girls and a Sailor

Gloria Mildred DeHaven was born on July 23, 1925 in Los Angeles to vaudeville headliners Carter and Flora DeHaven. Her parents made sure their daughter would be educated at the very best private schools. They also indulged her ambition to be in show business by packing her off to the Mar-Ken ...

178. Gloria Dickson

Actress | They Won't Forget

Gloria Dickson was born Thais Alalia Dickerson on August 13, 1917, in Pocotello, Idaho. After her father died her mother took Gloria and her sister to California. During high school she started acting in local theater productions. When she was nineteen a Warner Brothers talent scout saw one of her ...

179. Gloria Grahame

Actress | The Bad and the Beautiful

Gloria Hallward, an acting pupil of her mother (stage actress and teacher Jean Grahame), acted professionally while still in high school. In 1944 Louis B. Mayer saw her on Broadway and gave her an MGM contract under the name Gloria Grahame. Her debut in the title role of Blonde Fever (1944) was ...

180. Gloria Henry

Actress | Air Hostess

New Orleans-born second-string actress Gloria Henry was born Gloria Eileen McEniry on April 2, 1923, and lived on the edge of the Garden District growing up. Educated at the Worcester Art Museum School, she moved to Los Angeles in her very late teens and worked on a number of radio shows and ...

181. Gloria Talbott

Actress | All That Heaven Allows

Gloria Talbott was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, a city co-founded by her grandfather. Growing up in the shadows of the Hollywood studios, her interests inevitably turned to acting, with the result that she participated in school plays and landed small parts in films such as "Maytime"...

182. Grace Kelly

Actress | Rear Window

On November 12, 1929, Grace Patricia Kelly was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to wealthy parents. Her girlhood was uneventful for the most part, but one of the things she desired was to become an actress which she had decided on at an early age. After her high school graduation in 1947, Grace ...

183. Gretchen Mol

Actress | The Thirteenth Floor

Gretchen Mol was born November 8, 1972, in Deep River, Connecticut, the daughter of a school principal and his artist wife. Deep River is a small community located on the Chester Bowles Highway (Rt. 9), nine miles northwest of Old Saybrook (home of the legendary Katharine Hepburn), within commuting ...

184. Hedy Lamarr

Actress | Samson and Delilah

Hedy Lamarr, the woman many critics and fans alike regard as the most beautiful ever to appear in films, was born Hedwig Eva Kiesler in Vienna, Austria. She was the daughter of Gertrud (Lichtwitz), from Budapest, and Emil Kiesler, a banker from Lember (now known as Lviv). Her parents were both from...

185. Helen Ford

Actress | Public Defender

Helen Ford was born on June 6, 1894 in Troy, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Public Defender (1954), The Model and the Marriage Broker (1951) and The Raid (1954). She died on January 19, 1982 in Glendale, California, USA.

186. Helen Westcott

Actress | Adventures of Don Juan

Born January 1, 1928, to acting parents, Helen Westcott's show biz career began at the ripe old age of 4 when she performed on stage with her vaudevillian mother who played piano and drums. Her father was handsome Warner Bros. actor Gordon Westcott who appeared in second leads opposite a number of ...

187. Helena Carter

Actress | The Fighting O'Flynn

Helena Carter was born into a family of Irish origin. While she was studying English Literature at the Columbia University Graduate School--to get a teacher's diploma--she began to work as a model for the Conover modeling agency. Renowned photographer Dick Isaacs shot some covers of her that ...

188. Hope Emerson

Actress | Caged

Although there may have been "bigger" actresses in Hollywood's history, there were few "larger" than Hope Emerson. At 6' 2" and 230 pounds, she towered over many of her male co-stars, and her size, brusque voice and stern demeanor typed her for a career in villainous roles, such as her star turn as...

189. Hope Holiday

Actress | The Apartment

Like Judy Holliday a decade before her, Hope Holiday became known as the dame with "the voice" during the 1960s, her scratchy Brooklynese tones immediately identifiable on film and TV. This buoyant character comedienne, whose blonde tomboy looks and robust energy was reminiscent of Betty Hutton and...

190. Hope Lange

Actress | Death Wish

One of the most natural beauties of the 1960s with a gentle voice and personality to match, blonde Hope Lange was born in Redding Ridge, Connecticut, and performed on stage from the age of nine. She studied both drama and dance under Martha Graham, did some modeling and then worked in stock ...

191. Ida Lupino

Actress | High Sierra

Ida was born in London to a show business family. In 1933, her mother brought Ida with her to an audition and Ida got the part her mother wanted. The picture was Her First Affaire (1932). Ida, a bleached blonde, came to Hollywood in 1934 and played small and insignificant parts. Peter Ibbetson (...

192. Ilona Massey

Actress | Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning ...

193. Ina Balin

Actress | The Comancheros

Brooklyn-native actress Ina Balin (née Rosenberg) was born on November 12, 1937, into a Jewish family of entertainers. Her parents were Betty (nee Friedman) and Sam Rosenberg, who divorced when she was 9 years old. Her father was a dancer/singer/comedian who worked the Borscht Belt. He later quit ...

194. Inger Stevens

Actress | Hang 'Em High

This enigmatic Stockholm-born beauty had everything going for her, including a rapidly rising film and TV career. Yet on April 30, 1970, at only 35, Inger Stevens would become another tragic Hollywood statistic -- added proof that fame and fortune do not always lead to happiness. Over time, a ...

195. Irene Dunne

Actress | The Awful Truth

Irene Marie Dunne was born on December 20, 1898, in Louisville, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Joseph Dunne, who inspected steamships, and Adelaide Henry, a musician who prompted Irene in the arts. Her first production was in Louisville when she appeared in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" at the age...

196. Irene Papas

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

Irene Papas was born on September 3, 1926 in Chilimodion, Corynth, Greece as Eiríni Lelékou. She is an actress, known for The Guns of Navarone (1961), The Message (1976) and Electra (1962).

197. Irene Rich

Actress | Everybody's Hobby

Born Irene Luther on October 13, 1891, silent-screen femme Irene Rich came from a once well-to-do family in Buffalo, New York. Her father had a reversal of fortune while she was quite young and the family subsequently had to move to California. Following her education, Irene pursued a career as a ...

198. Iris Berben

Actress | Rosa Roth

Iris Berben was born on August 12, 1950 in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. She is an actress, known for Rosa Roth (1994), Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace (2009) and Silberhochzeit (2006).

199. Isabella Rossellini

Actress | Blue Velvet

Isabella Rossellini, the Italian actress and model who has made her home in America since 1979 and holds dual Italian and American citizenship, was born cinema royalty when she made her debut on June 18, 1952 in Rome. She is the daughter of two legends, three-time Oscar-winning Swedish-born actress ...

200. Jacqueline Beer

Actress | 77 Sunset Strip

Jacqueline Beer was born on October 14, 1932 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for 77 Sunset Strip (1958), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950). She was previously married to Thor Heyerdahl.



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