actress

Definitions of actress
  1. noun
    a female actor
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    Lucille Ball
    United States comedienne best known as the star of a popular television program (1911-1989)
    Tallulah Bankhead
    uninhibited United States actress (1903-1968)
    Georgiana Emma Barrymore
    United States actress; daughter of John Drew and wife of Maurice Barrymore; mother of Ethel Barrymore and John Barrymore and Lionel Barrymore (1854-1893)
    Ethel Barrymore
    United States actress; daughter of Maurice Barrymore and Georgiana Barrymore (1879-1959)
    Ingrid Bergman
    Swedish film actress (1915-1982)
    Henriette Rosine Bernard
    French actress (1844-1923)
    Shirley Temple Black
    popular child actress of the 1930's (born in 1928)
    Katherine Cornell
    United States actress noted for her performances in Broadway plays (1893-1974)
    Joan Crawford
    United States film actress (1908-1977)
    Bette Davis
    United States film actress (1908-1989)
    Maria Magdalene von Losch
    United States film actress (born in Germany) who made many films with Josef von Sternberg and later was a successful cabaret star (1901-1992)
    Eleonora Duse
    Italian actress best known for her performances in tragic roles (1858-1924)
    Jane Fonda
    United States film actress and daughter of Henry Fonda (born in 1937)
    Lynn Fontanne
    United States actress (born in England) who married Alfred Lunt and performed with him in many plays (1887-1983)
    Greta Louisa Gustafsson
    United States film actress (born in Sweden) known for her reclusiveness (1905-1990)
    Judy Garland
    United States singer and film actress (1922-1969)
    Lillian Gish
    United States film actress who appeared in films by D. W. Griffith (1896-1993)
    Harlean Carpenter
    United States film actress who made several films with Clark Gable (1911-1937)
    Helen Hayes
    acclaimed actress of stage and screen (1900-1993)
    Katharine Houghton Hepburn
    United States film actress who appeared in many films with Spencer Tracy (1907-2003)
    Lena Calhoun Horne
    United States singer and actress (born in 1917)
    Glenda Jackson
    English film actress who later became a member of British Parliament (born in 1936)
    Princess Grace of Monaco
    United States film actress who retired when she married into the royal family of Monaco (1928-1982)
    Emilie Charlotte le Breton
    British actress and mistress of the prince who later became Edward VII (1853-1929)
    Gertrude Lawrence
    English actress (1898-1952)
    Eva Le Gallienne
    United States actress (born in England) (1899-1991)
    Vivien Leigh
    English film actress (1913-1967)
    Beatrice Lillie
    British actress (born in Canada) (1898-1989)
    Sofia Scicolone
    Italian film actress (born in 1934)
    Mary Martin
    United States actress (1913-1990)
    Anna Amalia Mercouri
    Greek film actress (1925-1994)
    Norma Jean Baker
    United States film actress noted for sex appeal (1926-1962)
    Alla Nazimova
    United States actress (born in Russia) (1879-1945)
    Mary Pickford
    United States film actress (born in Canada) who starred in silent films (1893-1979)
    Virginia Katherine McMath
    United States dancer and film actress who partnered with Fred Astaire (1911-1995)
    Moira Shearer
    Scottish ballet dancer and actress (born in 1926)
    Sarah Kemble Siddons
    English actress noted for her performances in Shakespearean roles (1755-1831)
    Cornelia Otis Skinner
    United States actress noted for her one-woman shows (1901-1979)
    Meryl Streep
    United States film actress (born in 1949)
    Barbra Joan Streisand
    United States singer and actress (born in 1942)
    Gloria May Josephine Svensson
    United States actress in many silent films (1899-1983)
    Jessica Tandy
    United States actress (born in England) who made many stage appearances, often with her husband Hume Cronyn (1909-1994)
    Elizabeth Taylor
    United States film actress (born in England) who was a childhood star; as an adult she often co-starred with Richard Burton (born in 1932)
    Dame Alice Ellen Terry
    English actress (1847-1928)
    Dame Sybil Thorndike
    English actress (1882-1976)
    Ethel Waters
    United States actress and singer (1896-1977)
    Mae West
    United States film actress (1892-1980)
    Natalie Wood
    United States film actress (1938-1981)
    Loretta Young
    United States film and television actress (1913-2000)
    types:
    leading lady
    actress who plays the leading female role
    starlet
    a young (film) actress who is publicized as a future star
    tragedienne
    an actress who specializes in tragic roles
    type of:
    actor, histrion, player, role player, thespian
    a theatrical performer
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