sick chicks, deft dames, badass broads (in progress)

by rowanlite | created - 4 months ago | updated - 4 days ago | Public

head, spun; depths, plumbed; heart, broken. (actors, editors, writers, directors, lenswomen) insightful & unconventional suggestions encouraged...

1. Sandra Adair

Editor | Boyhood

Sandra Adair was born in 1952 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, USA as Sandra B. Estrin. She is known for her work on Boyhood (2014), School of Rock (2003) and A Scanner Darkly (2006). She has been married to Dwight Adair since March 14, 1978. They have two children.

2. Amy Adams

Actress | Arrival

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as ...

3. Isabelle Adjani

Actress | Possession

Isabelle Yasmine Adjani was born in Gennevilliers, Hauts-de-Seine, a suburb of Paris, to Emma Augusta "Gusti" (Schweinberger) and Mohammed Adjani. Her father was a Kabyle Algerian, from Iferhounène, and her mother was a Bavarian German. She grew up speaking German fluently. After winning a school ...

Had the good fortune to catch Isabelle in action for the first time in "Possession," and there was no going back. Her performance as the sufferer of the titular condition was so unrestrained as to be completely mesmerising. Following up with "Camille Claudel," it became evident that Ms. Adjani doesn't hold back as a rule. The twenty years from '75 to '94 saw her abandoning herself to her roles in several captivating performances that more than made up for "Ishtar." Furthermore: "The Story of Adele H." "The Tenant," Herzog's "Nosferatu," "Queen Margot," "The Driver"

4. Chantal Akerman

Director | Je, tu, il, elle

Chantal Akerman was born on June 6, 1950 in Brussels, Belgium as Chantal Anne Akerman. She was a director and writer, known for Je Tu Il Elle (1974), A Couch in New York (1996) and The Meetings of Anna (1978). She was married to Sonia Wieder-Atherton. She died on October 5, 2015 in Paris, France.

5. Maryse Alberti

Cinematographer | The Wrestler

Maryse Alberti is a French cinematographer. She is best known for her work in Velvet Goldmine (1998), The Wrestler (2008), Stone (2010), Creed (2015) and the HBO film My Dinner with Hervé (2018).

She also work as a cinematographer in The Visit (2015).

Alberti work as a cinematographer includes more ...

6. Dede Allen

Editor | Dog Day Afternoon

Dede Allen started her career as a messenger at Columbia Pictures. She graduated to being a sound cutter and assistant editor. Her first job as a film editor was for director Robert Wise, and since then, she has achieved a reputation as one of the most stylish and creative editors in the American ...

7. Ana Lily Amirpour

Director | A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night

Ana Lily Amirpour was born on July 25, 1976 in Margate, Kent, England. She is a director and writer, known for A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014), The Bad Batch (2016) and A Little Suicide (2012).

After converting her short, "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" into a relentlessly cool & provocative feature, she managed to goad the viewership even more effectively with "The Bad Batch." She showed up to direct episodes of a bunch of good TV and now she's cast the lass from mysteriously evasive "Burning" to star in her 80's fantasy-inspired "Mona Lisa & the Blood Moon." Can't wait.

8. Allison Anders

Director | Gas Food Lodging

Anders weathered a rough childhood and young adult life which not only encouraged an escapist penchant for making up characters but also an insider's sympathy for the strong but put-upon women who people her films. Growing up in rural Kentucky, Anders would always remember hanging onto her father's...

9. Gillian Anderson

Actress | The X Files

Gillian Anderson was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Rosemary Alyce (Lane), a computer analyst, and Homer Edward Anderson III, who owned a film post-production company. Gillian started her career as a member of an amateur actor group while at high school. In 1987, her love of the theatre took her to ...

Ah, Gillian. An early, often & persistent hero in my life. She launches as the deliciously complicated, heat-packing, Catholicism-inflected, flame-coiffed doctor slash Special bloody Agent in everyone's favorite genre-redeeming sci-fi serial, and all the while she was so much more. tbc...

10. Harriet Andersson

Actress | Viskningar och rop

Discovered at age 20 by celebrated director Ingmar Bergman, she became part of Bergman's regular stable of performers; in fact, he wrote Summer with Monika (1953) especially for her breakthrough. Extraordinary and versatile as an actress, her roles have ranged from the naive young wife in Sawdust ...

11. Dorothy Arzner

Director | Christopher Strong

Dorothy Arzner, the only woman director during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood's studio system--from the 1920s to the early 1940s and the woman director with the largest oeuvre in Hollywood to this day--was born January 3, 1897 (some sources put the year as 1900), in San Francisco, California, to a ...

The first and only woman in the Directors' Guild of America for too long. Imagine how lustrous the "golden age" of the studio system might have been had 75% of the population not been excluded from the talent pool. I think "they" found it in their hearts to let another one in eventually (Ida Lupino), but good grief. Dorothy often worked from screenplays scribed by women and she directed many of the greats- Clara Bow, Joan Crawford, Katharine Hepburn, Rosalind Russell, Maureen O'Hara, Claudette Colbert & Lucille Ball among them- despite having only sixteen credited gigs to her name. It's fair to say that in leaving her mark on the industry, she paved the way for others to do the same. One small step for Ms. Arzner and all that.

12. Akiko Ashizawa

Cinematographer | Kurîpî: Itsuwari no rinjin

Akiko Ashizawa is known for her work on Creepy (2016), Chronicle of My Mother (2011) and Your Friend (2008).

13. 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 ...

14. 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 ...

15. Angela Bassett

Actress | Strange Days

Captivating, gifted, and sensational, Angela Bassett's presence has been felt in theaters and on stages and television screens throughout the world. Angela Evelyn Bassett was born on August 16, 1958 in New York City, to Betty Jane (Gilbert), a social worker, and Daniel Benjamin Bassett, a ...

16. Anne Bauchens

Editor | The Ten Commandments

Anne Bauchens was a pioneering film editor who had a long-standing partnership with director Cecil B. DeMille. In fact, she first edited a DeMille film in 1915 and then edited all of his films for 38 years, beginning with We Can't Have Everything (1918) and ending with The Ten Commandments (1956). ...

17. Constance Bennett

Actress | Topper

Independent, outspoken Constance Bennett, the first of the Bennett sisters to enter films, appeared in New York-produced silents before a chance meeting with Samuel Goldwyn led to her Hollywood debut in Cytherea (1924). She abandoned a burgeoning career in silents for marriage to Philip Plant in ...

18. Susanne Bier

Director | Hævnen

Though Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award and Emmy Award winning writer and director Susanne Bier's films often play out against a wide-reaching global backdrop, their focus is intimate, carefully exploring the explosive emotions and complexities of familial bonds. This unique combination is part ...

19. Kathryn Bigelow

Director | The Hurt Locker

A very talented painter, Kathryn spent two years at the San Francisco Art Institute. At 20, she won a scholarship to the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program. She was given a studio in a former Offtrack Betting building, literally in an old bank vault, where she made art and waited to be ...

20. Cate Blanchett

Actress | Carol

Cate Blanchett was born on May 14, 1969 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, to June (Gamble), an Australian teacher and property developer, and Robert DeWitt Blanchett, Jr., an American advertising executive, originally from Texas. She has an older brother and a younger sister. When she was ten ...

21. Clara Bow

Actress | Wings

Clara Gordon Bow, destined to become "The It Girl", was born on July 29, 1905 in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in poverty and violence. Her often absentee and brutish father could not or did not provide and her schizophrenic mother tried to slit Clara's throat when the girl spoke of becoming ...

22. Natasha Braier

Cinematographer | The Neon Demon

Natasha Braier is known for her work on The Neon Demon (2016), The Rover (2014) and XXY (2007).

23. Louise Brooks

Actress | Die Büchse der Pandora

Mary Louise Brooks, also known by her childhood name of Brooksie, was born in the midwestern town of Cherryvale, Kansas, on November 14, 1906. She began dancing at an early age with the Denishawn Dancers (which was how she left Kansas and went to New York) and then with George White's Scandals ...

24. Jane Campion

Writer | The Piano

Jane Campion was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Having graduated with a BA in Anthropology from Victoria University of Wellington in 1975, and a BA, with a painting major, at Sydney College of the Arts in 1979, she began filmmaking in the early...

25. Helena Bonham Carter

Actress | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Helena Bonham Carter is an actress of great versatility, one of the UK's finest and most successful.

Bonham Carter was born May 26, 1966 in Golders Green, London, England, the youngest of three children of Elena (née Propper de Callejón), a psychotherapist, and Raymond Bonham Carter, a merchant ...

With such an auspicious coming out in my favored Merchant-Ivory production, "A Room with a View," HBC was destined for great things. She has proved quite masterful at the period drama game. Signals may have flashed earlier, but "Fight Club" saw Helena abandon restraint and commit fully to her left-field potential. One consequence, for better or worse, has been membership in Tim Burton's mutual admiration society; I'm sure his heart's in the right place. In any case, repeated dips in the poisonous pools glittering in the grotto of villainous eccentricity have nurtured in her the ability to inhabit some of the more colorful pathologies haunting 21st-century screens.

26. Hélène Cattet

Director | Amer

Hélène Cattet is a director and writer, known for Amer (2009), The Strange Color of Your Body's Tears (2013) and Let the Corpses Tan (2017).

27. Caroline Champetier

Cinematographer | Holy Motors

Caroline Champetier was born in 1954 in Paris, France. She is known for her work on Holy Motors (2012), Marée haute (1999) and Of Gods and Men (2010).

28. 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 ...

Maggie has got range enough for several actors. She's unconscionably pretty and has loads of comic instinct to boot, so she was very often honored with parts in the vicinity of an unruly tart, a beautiful badass or both, and potentially betraying supernatural tendencies. She's hardworking as hell, with 62 entries in the stretch between '87 and '93. Her relentless work ethic was bound to precipitate some satisfactory professional relationships and, sure enough, she ended up making great action & comedy & everything in between with the best talent in HK ("Police Story" trilogy, "Green Snake," "Heroic Trio," "The Eagle Shooting Heroes," "Dragon Inn"). She garnered praise portraying legendarily tragic Ruan Ling Yu in "Center Stage," but in my estimation, the happiest convergence came when Ms. Cheung worked with Wong Kar-Wai on "As Tears Go By." It was the first of five pictures that would emerge from the collaboration, each distinct, but all propelled by the deeply felt confusion that blooms when love is exposed to time.

29. Vera Chytilová

Director | Dedictví aneb Kurvahosigutntag

Vera Chytilová was born on February 2, 1929, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic). She studied philosophy and architecture in Brno for two years, then worked as a technical draftsman, a designer, a fashion model, a photo re-toucher, then worked as a clapper girl for Barrandov Film ...

30. Anne V. Coates

Editor | In the Line of Fire

After harrowing experiences as a nurse at Sir Archibald McIndoe's pioneering plastic surgery hospital in East Grinstead, Anne Coates started to fulfil her long-held ambition to be a film director with a company called Religious Films. The work consisted of patching up prints of devotional shorts ...

31. Toni Collette

Actress | Little Miss Sunshine

Toni Collette is an Academy Award-nominated Australian actress, best known for her roles in The Sixth Sense (1999) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006).

Collette was born Toni Collett (she later added an "e") on November 1, 1972, in Blacktown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She is the first of three...

32. Olivia Colman

Actress | The Favourite

Olivia Colman was born on January 30, 1974 in Norwich, Norfolk, England as Sarah Caroline Olivia Colman. She is an actress, known for The Favourite (2018), Tyrannosaur (2011) and The Lobster (2015). She has been married to Ed Sinclair since August 2001. They have three children.

33. Olivia Cooke

Actress | Ready Player One

Olivia Cooke was born and raised in Oldham, a former textile manufacturing town in Greater Manchester, North West England. She comes from a family of non-actors; her father, John, is a retired police officer, and her mother is a sales representative. Cooke attended Royton and Crompton Secondary ...

34. Marion Cotillard

Actress | La Môme

Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard was born on September 30, 1975 in Paris. Cotillard is the daughter of Jean-Claude Cotillard, an actor, playwright and director, and Niseema Theillaud, an actress and drama teacher. Her father's family is Breton.

Raised in Orléans, France, she made her ...

35. Penélope Cruz

Actress | Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Known outside her native country as the "Spanish enchantress", Penélope Cruz Sánchez was born in Madrid to Eduardo Cruz, a retailer, and Encarna Sánchez, a hairdresser. As a toddler, she was already a compulsive performer, re-enacting TV commercials for her family's amusement, but she decided to ...

Fortunately for all involved, Ms. Cruz has not had to rely solely on Hollywood for quality roles. She's occasionally gotten decent material in the States, but her work in the old country has borne the juiciest fruit. Irrepressible right out of the gate in the lewd & raucous "Jamón, Jamón," she hit her stride & proved her mettle in numerous collaborations with Pedro Almodovar. I'd be remiss not to mention her performance in "Abre los Ojos," as Penélope proceeded to reprise the role a few years later in the English-language remake, "Vanilla Sky." (As long as you have a choice, Amenábar directing his own writing in the original is preferable.) Todd Solondz is helming her next project; dear Lord, what malign wretch has he in mind for poor Penny...?

36. Suso Cecchi D'Amico

Writer | Ladri di biciclette

Suso Cecchi D'Amico was born on July 21, 1914 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Giovanna Cecchi. She was a writer, known for Bicycle Thieves (1948), Rocco and His Brothers (1960) and To Live in Peace (1947). She was married to Fidele d'Amico. She died on July 31, 2010 in Rome.

37. Julie Dash

Director | Daughters of the Dust

Julie Dash was born on October 22, 1952 in Queens, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for Daughters of the Dust (1991), The Rosa Parks Story (2002) and Funny Valentines (1999).

38. Mackenzie Davis

Actress | Halt and Catch Fire

Mackenzie Davis was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and went to McGill University in Montreal. She studied acting at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City. Shortly thereafter, she was discovered by Drake Doremus, and made her acting debut in his feature film, Breathe In...

39. Viola Davis

Actress | Fences

Actress Viola Davis was born on her grandmother's farm, at the then-Singleton Plantation in St. Matthews, South Carolina. When she was two months old her family moved to Central Falls, Rhode Island, where her father, Dan Davis, worked as a horse groomer and trainer. Her mother, Mary Alice (Logan), ...

40. 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 ...

41. Claire Denis

Director | High Life

Claire Denis was born on April 21, 1946 in Paris, France. She is a director and writer, known for High Life (2018), Beau travail (1999) and 35 Shots of Rum (2008).

42. Maya Deren

Director | Meshes of the Afternoon

Maya Deren came to the USA in 1922 as Eleanora Derenkowsky. Together with her father, a psychiatrist, and her mother, an artist, she fled the pogroms against Russian Jews. She studied journalism and political science in at Syracuse University in New York, finishing her BA at NYU in June 1936 and ...

43. Mati Diop

Director | Atlantique

Mati Diop was born on June 22, 1982 in Paris, France. She is an actress and director, known for Atlantics (2019), A Thousand Suns (2013) and Big in Vietnam (2012).

44. Dody Dorn

Editor | Memento

Dody Dorn was born on April 20, 1955 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Dody Jane Dorn. She is an editor and producer, known for Memento (2000), The Abyss (1989) and Fury (2014).

45. Ava DuVernay

Producer | Queen Sugar

A director, producer, writer, marketer and film distributor, Ava DuVernay made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on hip hop movement that flourished in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries which ...

46. Coralie Fargeat

Director | Revenge

Coralie Fargeat is a director and writer, known for Revenge (2017), Le télégramme (2003) and Reality+ (2014).

47. Feng Hsu

Producer | Ba wang bie ji

Feng Hsu was born on August 17, 1950 in Taipei, Taiwan. She is an actress and producer, known for Farewell My Concubine (1993), Assassin (1976) and Red Dust (1990). She is married to David Tong. They have two children.

Starts out in King Hu's "Dragon Inn," channels righteous ferocity as the star of Hu's masterpiece, "Touch of Zen," and moves on to producing for her second act, including lavishly crushing "Farewell My Concubine."

48. 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,...

49. Jane Fonda

Actress | Klute

Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and Ontario-born New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was ...

50. 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...

51. Claire Foy

Actress | First Man

Claire Elizabeth Foy (born 16 April 1984) is an English actress. She studied acting at the Liverpool John Moores University and the Oxford School of Drama and made her screen debut in the pilot of the supernatural comedy series Being Human, in 2008. Following her professional stage debut at the ...

52. Liz Garbus

Producer | The Farm: Angola, USA

Liz Garbus was born as Elizabeth Freya Garbus. She is a producer and director, known for The Farm: Angola, USA (1998), What Happened, Miss Simone? (2015) and Girlhood (2003).

53. Greta Gerwig

Writer | Lady Bird

Greta Gerwig is an American actress, playwright, screenwriter, and director. She has collaborated with Noah Baumbach on several films, including Greenberg (2010), Frances Ha (2012), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination, and Mistress America (2015). Gerwig made her solo directorial debut ...

54. Ilana Glazer

Actress | Rough Night

Ilana Glazer was born on April 12, 1987 in Long Island, New York, USA as Ilana Rose Glazer. She is an actress and writer, known for Rough Night (2017), Broad City (2014) and Broad City (2010). She has been married to David Rooklin since February 25, 2017.

Created "Broad City" with Abbi, which is enough, but other stuff too.

55. Agnès Godard

Cinematographer | Beau travail

Agnès Godard was born in 1951 in France. She is known for her work on Beau travail (1999), Home (2008) and Wings of Desire (1987).

56. 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 ...

57. Maggie Gyllenhaal

Actress | Secretary

Academy Award-nominated actress Maggie Gyllenhaal was born on November 16, 1977, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Her parents, Naomi Foner (née Achs) and Stephen Gyllenhaal, are both filmmakers, and her brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish ...

58. Naomie Harris

Actress | 28 Days Later...

British actress Naomie Harris was born in London, England, the only child of television scriptwriter Lisselle Kayla. Her father is from Trinidad and her mother is from Jamaica. They separated before she was born, and Harris was raised by her mother and has no relationship with her father. She ...

59. Amy Heckerling

Writer | Clueless

Amy Heckerling studied Film and TV at New York University and got a Masters Degree in Film from The American Film Institute. Despite this education she couldn't get a break in Hollywood. However, in 1982, she made Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), and people started to take notice. In 1985, ...

60. Agnieszka Holland

Director | Pokot

Agnieszka Holland was born 28 of November 1948 in Warsaw but went to Czechoslovakia to study film directing at FAMU in Prague. She began her film career working in Poland with Krzysztof Zanussi as assistant director, and Andrzej Wajda as her mentor. She wrote several scripts with Wajda before ...

61. Isabelle Huppert

Actress | Elle

Isabelle Huppert was born March 16, 1953, in Paris, France, but spent her childhood in Ville d'Avray. Encouraged by her mother Annick Huppert (who was a teacher of English), she followed the Conservatory of Versailles and won an acting prize for her work in Alfred de Musset's "Un caprice". She then...

62. Kirsten Johnson

Cinematographer | Cameraperson

Kirsten Johnson graduated from Brown University in 1987, with a BA in Fine Arts and Literature. After two years in West Africa working on local fiction and documentary film projects, she attended the FEMIS (the French National Film School) in Paris. Her film "Cameraperson" premiered at Sundance ...

63. Laeta Kalogridis

Writer | Shutter Island

Laeta Kalogridis was born on August 30, 1965 as Laeta Elizabeth Kalogridis. She is a writer and producer, known for Shutter Island (2010), Alexander (2004) and Altered Carbon (2018).

64. Anna Karina

Actress | Pierrot le fou

Born in Denmark, she came to Paris at 18. She met Coco Chanel and Pierre Cardin and started as a top model. She met Jean-Luc Godard about a cameo in Breathless (1960), but she had to be naked and she refused to play in the movie. One year later, they got married and she became famous with the "...

65. Ruby Keeler

Soundtrack | Sweetheart of the Campus

Ruby Keeler started as a dancer on Broadway. After her marriage to Al Jolson she moved to Hollywood and become a star in Warners musicals opposite Dick Powell. After her divorce from Jolson she retired for almost 30 years, until she appeared in "No No Nanette" on Broadway in 1971 under the ...

66. Catherine Keener

Actress | Capote

Catherine Keener is an American actress, Oscar-nominated for her roles in the independent films Being John Malkovich (1999) and Capote (2005). Acclaimed in her community for her quirky roles in independent film and mainstream such as The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005), Keener got her start as a casting ...

67. Kathleen Kennedy

Producer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Kathleen Kennedy worked in San Diego local television before moving to Los Angeles, where she was hired by Steven Spielberg as a secretary on the production of 1941 (1979). Both later reported that she was lacking as a typist but had good production ideas. She was an associate to Mr. Spielberg on ...

68. Jennifer Kent

Director | The Babadook

Jennifer Kent was born in 1969 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She is an actress and director, known for The Babadook (2014), The Nightingale (2018) and Monster (2005).

69. Kinuyo Tanaka

Actress | Joyû Sumako no koi

Tanaka Kinuyo was a highly regarded and prolific actress best known for her films with director Mizoguchi Kenji. She was immersed in the world of film having received her start in the world of entertainment at age fourteen, being a filmmaker herself, being the cousin of director Kobayashi Masaki ...

70. 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 ...

71. Barbara Kopple

Director | American Dream

Barbara Kopple was born on July 30, 1946 in New York City, New York, USA. She is a director and producer, known for American Dream (1990), Harlan County U.S.A. (1976) and Shut Up & Sing (2006).

72. Zoë Kravitz

Actress | Mad Max: Fury Road

Zoe Isabella Kravitz, the daughter of singer/actor Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet, was born on December 1, 1988 in Los Angeles, California. She is of half African-American (from her father's mother and her mother's father) and half Ashkenazi Jewish (from her father's father and her mother's ...

73. Ellen Kuras

Cinematographer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ellen Kuras was born on July 10, 1959 in New Jersey, USA. She is known for her work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Betrayal (2008) and P.O.V. (1988).

74. 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...

Gotta have Hedy in the mix on account that her contribution to electrical engineering tickles my STEM fancy, and of course, it's delightful that she managed to scandalise to fine effect in "Ecstasy," without the least exertion towards that aim. Brava! Fact is, Hedy wasn't afforded the best opportunities to exhibit or develop her craft, but she did wring some juicy moments from many not-quite-ripe roles. There's a shot in "Algiers" that lingers on her face for 20 seconds- she doesn't speak or blink, but she visits a whole tri-county region of the soul with subtle shifts of expression.

75. 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...

76. Rain Li

Cinematographer | Beijing, New York

Rain Li left China for England as a young teenager to go pursue her dreams. After only a few months of language training and multiple part-time jobs, she discovered her passion for lighting. Her 2-year training as an electrician on commercials, music videos and feature films, led to her working as ...

77. Lingyu Ruan

Actress | Tao hua qi xue ji

Lingyu Ruan was born on April 26, 1910 in Shanghai, China as Ruan Fenggen. She was an actress, known for Tao hua qi xue ji (1931), The Goddess (1934) and Gua ming de fu qi (1927). She died on March 8, 1935 in Shanghai.

78. Anita Loos

Writer | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

While she is now best known for her book "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," Anita Loos was one of Hollywood's foremost early screenwriters. She began writing screen scenarios for the 'Biograph Company' at an early age (though not 12, as she later claimed), and the first to be produced, The New York Hat (...

79. Myrna Loy

Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives

Myrna Loy was born Myrna Adele Williams on August 2, 1905 in Helena, Montana, to Adelle Mae (Johnson) and David Franklin Williams. Her paternal grandparents were Welsh, and her mother was of Scottish and Swedish descent. Myrna was raised in Helena and nearby Radersburg. Her father, a rancher, was ...

80. 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 (...

81. Frances Marion

Writer | The Big House

The most renowned female screenwriter of the 20th century, and one of the most respected scripters of any gender, Frances Marion was born in San Francisco. She modeled and acted and had some success as a commercial artist. She entered into journalism and served in Europe as a combat correspondent ...

82. Lucrecia Martel

Director | La mujer sin cabeza

Born in 1966 in Salta in the North of Argentina,Lucrecia Martel settled down in Buenos Aires where she attended the ENERC (National Film School). She started by directing a few shorts among which Dead King (1995), which garnered several awards in the international film festival circuit. From 1995 to...

83. Giulietta Masina

Actress | Le notti di Cabiria

Born in San Giorgio di Piano, Giulietta Masina spent part of her teenage years living with a widowed aunt in Rome, where she cultivated a passion for the theater and studied for a degree in Philosophy. She began her career on the radio with the program "Terzoglio" (1942), about the adventures of ...

84. Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Actress | Belle

Gugu Mbatha-Raw was born Gugulethu Sophia Mbatha in the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England. Her father, Patrick Mbatha, is a Black South African doctor, and her mother, Anne Raw, is a Caucasian English nurse. Her parents separated when she was a year old, and she was brought up by her mother ...

85. Frances McDormand

Actress | Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Frances Louise McDormand was born on June 23, 1957 in Gibson City, Illinois. She was adopted by Canadian-born parents, Noreen Eloise (Nickleson), a nurse from Ontario, and The Rev. Vernon Weir McDormand, a Disciples of Christ minister from Nova Scotia, who raised her in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. ...

86. Sally Menke

Editor | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

Sally Menke was born on December 17, 1953 in Mineola, New York, USA as Sally JoAnne Menke. She was an editor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) and Inglourious Basterds (2009). She was married to Dean Parisot. She died on September 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Editor of all things QT until her untimely death in 2010. Where would that oeuvre be without her? Nowhere, that's where. A movie doesn't exist before the editor intercedes. There're pictures and sounds plucked from a mountain of same and she pares, sculpts and polishes until the narrative finally emerges. So many talented XX editors, as this was widely considered "women's work-" small hands, housekeeping, all that. Anyway, thank goodness.

87. Bess Meredyth

Writer | Wonder of Women

Bess Meredyth was born on February 12, 1890 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Helen Elizabeth MacGlashen. She was a writer and actress, known for Wonder of Women (1929), Metropolitan (1935) and Morgan's Raiders (1918). She was married to Michael Curtiz, Wilfred Lucas and Burton Leslie. She died on July ...

88. Rebecca Miller

Writer | Personal Velocity: Three Portraits

Rebecca Miller was born on September 15, 1962 in Roxbury, Connecticut, USA as Rebecca Augusta Miller. She is an actress and writer, known for Personal Velocity (2002), Maggie's Plan (2015) and Angela (1995). She has been married to Daniel Day-Lewis since November 13, 1996. They have two children.

89. Min-hee Kim

Actress | Ah-ga-ssi

Min-hee Kim was born on March 1, 1982 in South Korea. She is an actress, known for The Handmaiden (2016), On the Beach at Night Alone (2017) and The Day After (2017).

90. 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. ...

91. 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 ...

I just watched Anne Hathaway as bipolar Wunderkind, Lexi, in "Modern Love." When she was up, she sort of channeled Rita Hayworth and when she was down, she was all the way down. She submits Ms. Hayworth's observation that "they go to bed with Gilda and then they wake up with me" into evidence towards character as she attempts to synopsize the predicament of being herself. The sense triggered by that insight is much the same as the quite sharply melancholic one that emerges right alongside the rapture that comes with watching Marilyn. Rita too, for that matter. The directed mania necessary to bring MM to life is exhausting just to behold. I'm pretty sure she succumbed to complications of a shattered spirit. Or a psycho-emotional embolism or whatever you want to call it. Maybe it's not right to valorize any part of her plight, but I don't care.

92. Julianne Moore

Actress | Still Alice

Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from ...

93. Jeanne Moreau

Actress | Jules et Jim

When people gave Louis Malle credit for making a star of Jeanne Moreau in Elevator to the Gallows (1958) immediately followed by The Lovers (1958), he would point out that Moreau by that time had already been "recognized as the prime stage actress of her generation." She had made it to the Comédie ...

Relegated to unambitious film projects early on on account of fairly widespread deficiency of vision in the industry, Jeanne began to find her place when some excitable French lads started chasing adventures-in-moviemaking and realised the need for vitality in their acting counterparts. She was not one to shy away from complex characters and she imbued these women with humanity and pathos. Ms. Moreau found little of dimension to attract her in reductionist moralising and the hypocrisy of repression. She didn't call her critics philistines, but I do. If she was typecast, it was as a fully formed character betraying the sometimes contradictory and unreconcilable psychology of actual human beings.

94. Rita Moreno

Actress | West Side Story

Rita Moreno is one of the very few performers to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, thus becoming an EGOT. She was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in the hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico on December 11, 1931 (but raised in nearby, smaller Juncos, which had no hospital), to seamstress Rosa ...

95. Rachel Morrison

Cinematographer | Black Panther

Rachel Morrison is an American cinematographer. She is best known for the films Fruitvale Station (2013), Cake (2014), Dope (2015), Mudbound (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

She began her career working on series and TV movies for a number of networks.

The independent film Palo Alto (2007) marked ...

96. Samantha Morton

Actress | Minority Report

Samantha Morton has established herself as one of the finest actors of her generation, winning Oscar nominations for her turns in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown (1999) and Jim Sheridan's In America (2002). She has the talent to become one of the major performers in the cinema of this young century.

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97. Elisabeth Moss

Actress | The One I Love

Elisabeth Moss is an American actress. She is best known for the AMC series Mad Men (2007-2015), Hulu series The Handmaid's Tale (2017) and the film The One I Love (2014).

Initially, Moss had aspirations of becoming a professional dancer. In her adolescence, she traveled to New York City to study ...

One of my favorite actors of her generation and working today in general. It's fair to say that since she stole the show in "Mad Men" and won the keys to the script closet, she's got something new brewing every time I turn around. "Top of the Lake," "Mad Men," "The Handmaid's Tale," "The One I Love," "The Square"

98. Euzhan Palcy

Director | Rue cases nègres

Euzhan Palcy was born on January 13, 1958 in Martinique, France. She is a director and writer, known for Black Shack Alley (1983), Siméon (1992) and A Dry White Season (1989).

99. Mary Pickford

Actress | Coquette

Mary Pickford was born Gladys Louise Smith in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to Elsie Charlotte (Hennessy) and John Charles Smith. She was of English and Irish descent. Pickford began in the theater at age seven. Then known as "Baby Gladys Smith", she toured with her family in a number of theater ...

100. Aubrey Plaza

Actress | Safety Not Guaranteed

Aubrey Christina Plaza (born June 26, 1984) is an American actress and comedian known for her deadpan style. She portrayed April Ludgate on Parks and Recreation (2009), and after appearing in supporting roles in several films, had her first leading role in the 2012 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed (...



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