Norma Shearer (1902-1983) was a Canadian-American Hollywood actress. She was the
first person to receive five Academy Award nominations for acting.
She started acting at the age of 19, and in
1929 got her first talking role in The Trial of Mary Dugan. She is
regarded as a feminist icon for portraying, for the first time on the big
screen, unmarried but sexually liberated women.
Mara (b. 1985) is an actress known for films such
as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Her or Carol. She was nominated for an Academy Award and for a Golden Globe
twice and won numerous other prizes, such as Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival.
In addition to her acting career, she
founded the charity Faces of Kibera, which later became the Uweza Foundation.
The charity raises funds and encourages development programmes in Nairobi,
Janelle Monáe (b. 1985) is an
award-winning musician and actress. She has released three studio albums and
starred in two highly acclaimed films, Moonlight and Hidden Figures.
Among her many awards are a VMA, 2 Black Reel
Awards and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Additionally, she has been nominated
for a Grammy 6 times. In 2018 she was named “Trailblazer of the Year”
at the Billboard Women in Music event.
Masiela Lusha (b. 1985) is an Albanian-American
actress and humanitarian. She has also written five books of poetry and a
recognized as one of Top Ten Talented Poets of North America when she was just
a child. Today, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the World Assembly of Youth,
an advocate for UN Women, and the founder of the Children of the World
Evelyn Preer (1896-1932) was an
actress and blues singer throughout the 1910s to the 1930s. She was a
pioneering figure of the African-American community.
She got her first role in a film at
the age of 23, becoming one of the first African-American women to rise to
stardom. She became known as “The First Lady of the Screen” within the black
community. In 1923 she acted in The Chip
Woman’s Fortune, the first play produced on Broadway written by an African-American
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) is considered by the American Film Institute to be the greatest female star of Classic Hollywood. She was a leading actress for more than six decades.
She began her career on stage in 1928, and was quickly noticed and brought into the world of cinema. She won four Academy Awards for Best Actress, the most of any performer, and was nominated 12 times, an achievement surpassed only by Meryl Streep.
Sandra Bullock (b. 1964) is a
well-known Hollywood actress, famous for films such as Miss Congeniality, Speed,
or Gravity. She was won an Academy
Award and a Golden Globe, both for her work in the 2010 film The Blind Side.
She is a dedicated
philanthropist, donating millions of dollars to the American Red Cross. She
also helped to provide relief for disasters such as the Haiti earthquake and
the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.