Children of a Lesser Audience - Femaleby Leopardy460 | created - 03 Jun 2015 | updated - 05 Jun 2015 | Public
This is my personal list of lesser-known actresses sometimes not found on the usual "best-of" lists.
1. Abby Dalton
Actress | The Plainsman
Sleek and striking Abby Dalton became a very familiar perky and sexy presence in 60s TV households. Known not only for her award-worthy acting on TV comedy, she became an avid game-show panelist and appeared on a slew of TV's more popular programs. It might come as a surprise to some, then, that ...
2. Abby Elliott
Actress | No Strings Attached
Abby Elliott is the first second-generation cast member on Saturday Night Live (1975). Her father is Chris Elliott, who was featured on the show during the 1994-1995 season. She is also the granddaughter of veteran comic Bob Elliott, from the "Bob and Ray Show".
Before coming to "Saturday Night Live...
Actress | Little Miss Sunshine
Academy Award-nominated actress Abigail Breslin is one of the most sought-after actors of her generation. Her unique and charismatic talents have contributed to her versatile roles in both comedy and drama.
Recently, Breslin headlined the first season of the horror-comedy series, Scream Queens (2015)...
7. Adele Mara
Actress | You Were Never Lovelier
Born Adelaide Delgado in 1925, Spanish-American Adele Mara was a singer/dancer with Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra in Detroit by the age of 15. Cugat took the beautiful, brown-eyed brunette to New York where she was spotted by a Columbia talent scout and signed in 1942. There she played brisk ...
8. Adria Dawn
Actress | Dorkumentary
Adria Dawn grew up in the Midwest, and and broke into Hollywood working as a Levi's model. She is most known for playing the dysfunctional outcast April Tuna on the WB's high school cult hit Popular, receiving a nomination from Jane Magazine for "Gutsiest Woman on Television."
Notable credits ...
10. A.J. Cook
Actress | Final Destination 2
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, to Michael and Sandra Cook, Andrea Joy Cook began acting at the age of 17. She has appeared in nearly a dozen films and several TV shows before the age of 25. Before taking up acting, she was a dancer, having started dancing competitively at age 4 in the styles of ...
11. A.J. Langer
Actress | My So-Called Life
Allison Joy Langer was born in Columbus, Ohio. At age 5, her family moved to the San Fernando Valley, just outside of Los Angeles, where she attended Granada Hills High School. She first began using her initials to join an all-boys baseball team, and the nickname stuck. She was introduced to Ernie ...
12. Alana Ladd
Actress | Orazi e Curiazi
Alana Ladd was born on April 21, 1943 in Hollywood, California, USA as Alana Susan Ladd. She was an actress, known for Duel of Champions (1961), Hawaiian Eye (1959) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958). She was married to Michael Jackson. She died on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
13. Alberta Watson
Actress | Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Alberta Watson, well known to television audiences for her Gemini award-nominated role as Madeline on La Femme Nikita (1997), enjoys a long and diverse career in television and film.
A native of Toronto, Watson began performing with a local theater group as a teenager. She received a Genie ...
19. Alison Sweeney
Actress | Days of Our Lives
Alison Sweeney was born on September 19, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Alison Jane Sweeney. She is an actress and producer, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), Murder, She Baked: A Chocolate Chip Cookie Mystery (2015) and Murder, She Baked: A Peach Cobbler Mystery (2016). She has been ...
20. Alley Mills
Actress | The Wonder Years
Alley Mills was born on May 9, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois. A graduate of Yale in 1973, she studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. While still in college, Alley Mills scored a small role in the film Diary of a Mad Housewife (1970). She got her first lead role in 1979 in a ...
21. Allie Grant
Actress | All Night
Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Grant has wanted to be an actress for as long as she can remember. At the age of 10, she was cast in the role of "Isabella Hodes", on the Showtime hit, Weeds (2005), which she shares 2007 and 2009 Screen Actors Guild nominations for Outstanding Performance by an ...
23. Allyson Ames
Actress | Incubus
Allyson Ames was born on August 24, 1937 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Jacqueline Allyson Schwab. She was an actress and director, known for Incubus (1966), Checkmate (1960) and The Phantom Planet (1961). She was married to Harry S. Rothschild and Leslie Stevens. She died on November 3, 1999 in Los ...
24. Alysha Del Valle
Actress | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Alysha was born in East Los Angeles in 1972, where she was born and raised. She attended USC and graduated with a degree in 1994. She loves all Los Angeles sports teams, especially the Lakers and Dodgers, and can be seen frequently at games for both teams. She also loves the USC Trojans, her alma ...
25. Alysia Reiner
Actress | Orange Is the New Black
Alysia Reiner is best known for her role as Natalie "Fig" Figueroa, the tough-as-nails assistant warden everyone loves to hate on the Netflix hit series Orange Is the New Black (2013), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild award as part of the ensemble cast. She also played Sunny in the FX show ...
26. Amanda Blake
Actress | Gunsmoke
Amanda Blake was born in Buffalo, NY, of English and Scottish descent. She and her parents moved to Claremont, California, while Amanda was still in high school, and she graduated from Claremont High. She enrolled at Pomona College but, due to her avid participation in community and theater ...
27. Amanda Donohoe
Actress | Liar Liar
Award winning Actor Amanda Donohoe trained at the Royal Central school of Speech and Drama. In a career spanning more than 30 years she has appeared in a variety of productions on Stage, Screen and Television in the UK and USA. She won a Golden Globe for her role in the multi award winning TV ...
30. 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 ...
31. Amy Robach
Actress | Ocean's Eight
Amy Robach was born on February 6, 1973 in St. Joseph, Michigan, USA as Amy Joanne Robach. She is an actress, known for Ocean's Eight (2018), Sesame Street (1969) and Castle (2009). She has been married to Andrew Shue since February 6, 2010. She was previously married to Tim McIntosh.
33. Andra Martin
Actress | A Fever in the Blood
Andra Martin was born on July 15, 1935 in Rockford, Illinois, USA as Sandra Rehn. She is an actress, known for A Fever in the Blood (1961), Yellowstone Kelly (1959) and Up Periscope (1959). She has been married to Philip M. Stein since August 8, 1970. She was previously married to David May II and ...
34. Andrea Corr
Actress | The Boys from County Clare
Andrea Jane Corr is a member of the Irish pop/rock/Celtic musical group The Corrs. In her younger years, Andrea was the best student among all her siblings. She began her life with the band as soon as she graduated from secondary school. The Corrs' parents were musicians who strongly encouraged ...
35. Andrea Dromm
Actress | Star Trek
Radiant California blonde model and brief 60s pop culture item Andrea Dromm had a mere two-movie run in the 1960s before she deliberately phased out her film career out. Born on February 8, 1941, to a well-to-do family (her father was an engineer), she was raised for a time on Long Island (...
36. Andrea Fellers
Andrea Fellers has extensive experience in the entertainment industry as a director and producer, and has generated an exemplary portfolio of film, television, and commercial work. She has been involved with all elements of production from fund raising, development, pre-production, production, ...
Actress | The Front
Andrea Marcovicci was born on November 18, 1948 in New York City, New York, USA as Andrea Louisa Marcovicci. She is an actress, known for The Front (1976), The Concorde... Airport '79 (1979) and Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone (1983). She was previously married to Daniel Reichert.
39. Victoria Vetri
Actress | Rosemary's Baby
Born Victoria Vetri (but also known as Angela Dorian) to Italian parents (her mother was from Rome, her father Sicily) and grew up in Los Angeles. She studied art at Los Angeles City College in the 60s before embarking on her movie-television career. Thanks to her beautiful, exotic looks she was ...
40. Angela Greene
Actress | King of the Bandits
Angela Greene was born on February 24, 1921 in Dublin, Ireland as Angela Katherine Greene. She was an actress, known for King of the Bandits (1947), Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and The Time, the Place and the Girl (1946). She was married to Stuart Warren Martin. She died on February 9, 1978 in ...
42. Anita Sands
Actress | Hawaiian Eye
Anita Sands Hernandez began acting at age 18. At 23, she married a Basque from Spain. And in 1963, she retired from acting. Ever since then she has been a Hollywood astrologer to the stars and self-help guru. She also paints in her spare time.
She co-owned the Bazaar Folklorico Shop on Sunset Strip ...
44. Ann Jillian
Actress | Mr. Mom
Ann Jillian was born on January 29, 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA as Ann Jura Nauseda to Lithuanian immigrant parents. Her career began as a child actress in the 1960s. She is possibly best known for her role as Cassie Cranston on the 1980s sitcom 'It's a Living'. She is also known for her ...
45. Ann Magnuson
Actress | Panic Room
Ann Magnuson is a performance artist and one-half of the founding members of the former psychedelic rock group "Bongwater". The characters she has played before-the-camera include, David Bowie's victim in the vampire film in The Hunger (1983), a cigarette girl in Susan Seidelman's independent film ...
46. Ann Todd
Actress | The Sound Barrier
Ann Todd was a beautiful English actress best known as Gregory Peck's wife in Alfred Hitchcock's The Paradine Case (1947). Her third husband was the legendary director David Lean, for whom she appeared in three films, The Passionate Friends (1949), Madeleine (1950), and The Sound Barrier (1952).
47. Ann Wedgeworth
Actress | Sweet Dreams
Ann Wedgeworth was born January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Cortus and Elizabeth Wedgeworth, she graduated from from Highland Park High School in University Park, and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1957. After graduation, Ann moved to New York City and auditioned several times ...
Actress | Cinderfella
The dark, delicate and demure beauty of an Anna Maria Alberghetti is what one envisions a princess to look like and, indeed, she did have a chance to play a couple in her lifetime. Reminding one instantly of the equally enchanting Pier Angeli, Anna Maria's Cinderella story did not take on a tragic ...
50. Annabelle Apsion
Actress | From Hell
Annabelle Apsion is an English actress, best known for playing Monica Gallagher in the hit television comedy-drama Shameless, which she played intermittently between 2004 and 2006, before becoming a regular cast member for the show's fourth series in 2007. She left the show in 2008 in order to ...
Actress | Melvin Goes to Dinner
Annabelle Gurwitch is a New York Times Bestselling author, actress, and television host. Her most recent book is Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate to (Penguin Random House), in which Gurwitch writes stories inspired by her hilariously dysfunctional childhood....
52. Anne Benton
Actress | Men Into Space
Anne Benton was born on October 29, 1932 in Albany, New York, USA as Anne Christine Benson. She was an actress, known for Men Into Space (1959), Checkmate (1960) and Law of the Plainsman (1959). She was married to Bernard McDonald. She died on November 8, 2005 in Portland, Oregon, USA.
53. Anne Helm
Actress | Follow That Dream
Born in Toronto, Anne Helm's entire Canadian "show biz" career consisted of playing "Alice in Wonderland" at camp and acting in a Christmas pantomime at Montreal's Her Majesty's Theatre. When she was 14, she and her mother relocated to New York, where Helm studied ballet and began modeling for John...
55. Anne Neyland
Actress | Motorcycle Gang
One of two siblings born in Gulfport, Mississippi, to Edwina and Robert Swayze Neyland, Anne had entered her first beauty pageant at the age of sixteen on the way to a successful modelling career. When she was noticed by Hollywood in 1955, she was said to have held an impressive 30 titles to her ...
56. Anne Revere
Actress | Gentleman's Agreement
Veteran character actress Anne Revere became another in the long line of talented artists whose careers would crash under the weight of the "Red Scare" hysteria that tore through Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. Born in Manhattan and a direct descendant of Revolutionary War figure Paul Revere, ...
60. Anneke Wills
Actress | The Avengers
Anneke Wills made her acting debut at age eleven in a film called Child's Play (1954). She then studied at a drama school, the Arts Educational, for about four years, winning many children's TV and theatre roles. Subsequently, she enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, but did not complete ...
61. Annette Andre
Annette Andre (Birth name Annette Christine Andreallo) is best-known for her work on British television throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
She began as a ballet dancer, moving on to radio, theatre and TV work in Australia, before filming small roles in "Cleopatra" and "Panic Button" in Italy and...
63. Annie Mumolo
Actress | Bridesmaids
Currently a member of the famed comedy troupe The Groundlings. Annie performed her first comedy act in the seventh grade. She graduated from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in history. She received theater training at South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, California before moving to Los Angeles. ...
64. Annie Parisse
Actress | National Treasure
Annie Parisse was born on July 31, 1975 in Anchorage, Alaska, USA as Anne Marie Cancelmi. She is an actress, known for National Treasure (2004), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003) and One for the Money (2012). She is married to Paul Sparks. They have two children.
69. Ariana Richards
Actress | Jurassic Park
Ariana Richards is an American film and television actress, artist, and producer. Her official website is GalleryAriana.
Born on September 11, 1979 in Healdsburg, California, U.S. as Ariana Clarice Richards, she is the older sister of actress Bethany Richards.
Whether she's working on a busy, noisy ...
70. Ariel Winter
Actress | Sofia the First
Ariel Winter is one of Hollywood's most promising young talents with notable roles both in both television and film. Ariel stars on ABC's critically acclaimed and Emmy® winning hit series, "Modern Family (2009)." Winter plays 'Alex Dunphy,' the brainy middle child in the Dunphy family, opposite Ty ...
71. Arija Bareikis
Actress | Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
Arija Bareikis was born on 21 July 1966 in Bloomington, Indiana. She attended Bloomington High School South from 1980-1984.
After graduating from Stanford University in 1988, she moved to Southern California to take care of horses for a brief period of time. Next, Arija moved to New York City first ...
72. Arlene Golonka
Actress | Hang 'Em High
A native Chicagoan of Polish descent, veteran character actress Arlene Golonka seemed destined for acting from the start, having been named after silver screen actress Arline Judge, and her childhood was dominated by singing and acting classes. She headed to New York at the age of 19 and began a ...
74. Asa Maynor
Actress | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
Asa Maynor was born on September 22, 1936 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Asa Gibson Maynor. She is an actress and producer, known for Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972), Man Beast (1956) and The Twilight Zone (1959). She was previously married to Edd Byrnes.
75. Ashley Crow
Actress | The Good Son
Ashley Crow holds an MFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a BFA from Auburn University. In addition to playing the title role of Rita in Prelude To a Kiss on Broadway, she also performed in New York Shakespeare Festival's productions of Coriolanus with Christopher Walken and ...
76. Audra Lindley
Actress | Three's Company
Audra Lindley was born in Los Angeles, California, to a show-business family--her father, Bert Lindley, was a stage and film actor. She got her early start in Hollywood by being a stand-in, which eventually progressed to stunt work. After a while, however, she found stunt work not to her liking and...
77. Audrey Meadows
Actress | The Honeymooners
Audrey Meadows was born in New York City as Audrey Cotter, the youngest of four children. After she was born, her family returned to Wu'chang, China, where they worked as missionaries. Her family returned to the US and settled in New England when Audrey was age 6, and she and sister Jayne Meadows ...
79. Barbara Brownell
Actress | The Master
Actress Barbara Brownell appeared as Lieutenant Jones, a nurse, in two Season 1 episode of the CBS-TV series M*A*S*H, first in M*A*S*H: Love Story (1973) and M*A*S*H: The Moose (1972), Barbara is perhaps best known for her work in the films Mark of the Witch (1970) and Ace (1976). Barbara has made ...
81. Barbara Lang
Actress | Lawman
Actress Barbara Lang was a beautiful, brassy "B"-level blonde of the 50s in the Barbara Payton mold. Lang's life was certainly not as reckless as that of Payton, who also flourished during the 1950s, but it did have its share of roller coaster rides. She also did not make as many films as Payton --...
82. Barbara Lord
Actress | The United States Steel Hour
Barbara Lord was born on November 21, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Barbara Jeannette Gratz. She is an actress, known for The United States Steel Hour (1953), Startime (1959) and Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958). She was previously married to Dr. John Charles (Jack) Warburton.
83. Barbara March
Actress | Star Trek: Generations
Barbara March was born on October 9, 1953 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is known for her work on Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). She was married to Alan Scarfe. She died on August 11, 2019.
84. Barbara Parkins
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Barbara Parkins is best remembered as an icon of the Sixties who had starring roles in two of the era's more notorious productions, Peyton Place (1964) and Valley of the Dolls (1967). After arriving in Hollywood as a teenager, Parkins soon began appearing on episodic television programs such as ...
85. Barbara Sharma
Actress | Con Air
This lively, petite redhead has one of those distinctively kewpie-doll voices that can instantly make you laugh the moment she opens her mouth, and in her TV heyday that's exactly what Barbara Sharma did. At her peak during the 70s she was juggling musical stage assignments in between regular TV ...
86. Barbara Shelley
Actress | Quatermass and the Pit
The sexy Barbara Shelley was born Barbara Kowin on February, 13, 1932 in London, England. With her beautiful looks and stature, she worked as a model during her salad days. Her film career began in Italy in the mid-1950s in such tempting fare as New Moon (1955) and Nero's Mistress (1956), but when ...
87. Barbara Stock
Actress | Spenser: For Hire
Barbara Stock was born on May 26, 1956 in Downers Grove, Illinois, USA as Barbara Joan Stock. She is an actress, known for Spenser: For Hire (1985), Dallas (1978) and Murder, She Wrote (1984). She has been married to William G. Dunn since April 1988. They have one child.
88. Barbara Stuart
Actress | Bachelor Party
Barbara Stuart was born on January 3, 1930 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Barbara Ann McNeese. She was an actress, known for Bachelor Party (1984), Airplane! (1980) and One Step Beyond (1959). She was married to Dick Gautier. She died on May 15, 2011 in St. George, Utah, USA.
89. Bea Benaderet
Actress | The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
Bea Benaderet had a remarkable career in radio and television. In the earlier days of radio, before television, she provided the voice for numerous names of characters on the radio, on shows like "Fibber McGee and Molly," "My Favorite Husband" with Lucille Ball & the Jack Benny Show. She was born ...
Actress | Bachelor Father
Bernadette Withers was born on February 5, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Bernadette Joan Withers. She is known for her work on Bachelor Father (1957), Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958) and It's a Man's World (1962). She was married to William Tucker Lynch and Michael Bruce Cook. She died ...
92. Bess Armstrong
Actress | Jaws 3-D
Bess Armstrong was born on December 11, 1953 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Elizabeth Key Armstrong. She is an actress, known for Jaws 3-D (1983), High Road to China (1983) and My So-Called Life (1994). She has been married to John Fiedler since 1985. They have three children. She was previously ...
93. Bess Myerson
Actress | The Jackie Gleason Show
Bess Myerson was born on July 16, 1924 in The Bronx, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for The Jackie Gleason Show (1952), Repertory Theatre (1948) and Frasier (1993). She was married to Arnold M. Grant and Allan Wayne. She died on December 14, 2014 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
94. Beth Brickell
Actress | Gentle Ben
Beth Brickell began her film career as an actress, training in New York with Sanford Meisner Lee Strasberg, and was accepted into the legendary Actors Studio. She performed in leading roles in over 25 stage productions in and out of the city, including "Thurber Carnival" with Jean Stapleton, "Room ...
95. Beth Grant
Actress | Donnie Darko
Raised in the South, Beth Grant moved frequently as a child and enjoys claiming several towns and cities in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina as home. She was a Page in the North Carolina Senate, attended the North Carolina Governor's School for Gifted and Talented students, and received a ...
96. Beth Kennedy
Actress | Race to Witch Mountain
Beth Kennedy received the Los Angeles Drama Critics' Circle Natalie Shaffer Award for Emerging Comic Actress. Film appearances include New Year's Eve, Valentine's Day and Georgia Rule all directed by the legendary Garry Marshall. She also appeared in the film Race to Witch Mountain as well as many ...