Helen Hayes (1900-1993) was an actress nicknamed “The First Lady of
American Theatre”. She is one of only fifteen people to have ever won all four
Her career spanned eight decades, during which time she won two Oscars and
an Emmy, among others. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom and
the National Medal of Arts. Her philanthropic efforts included the funding of a
New York hospital that eventually came to bear her name.
Craig (1937-2015) was a dancer and actress, best
known for portraying Batgirl in the 1960s TV show Batman. She has been called ‘a pioneer of female superheroes’.
Her acting career began in 1957 and lasted
for more than three decades. She starred as Batgirl in 1967-68, and reprised
her role a few years later for a PSA demanding equal pay for women.
Mary Margaret McBride (1899-1976, pictured above with Eleanor Roosevelt) was an early radio host.
She was called “The First Lady of Radio”, and her daily audience was
between six and eight million listeners.
She started her women’s-advice show in 1934,
using the persona of “Martha Deane”, and aired daily until 1940. The
show was later picked up by networks such as CBS and NBC, and featured a large
number of famous guests. Along with her partner Stella Karn, she was a pioneer
not only in the world of broadcasting and media, but also for giving visibility
to lesbian and bisexual journalists.
Lena Horne (1917-2010) was a singer
and actress with a career spanning 70 years. She was also actively involved in
the Civil Rights Movement.
She became a nightclub performer at
the age of 16, but became so popular that she eventually ran a one-woman show
with more than 300 representations on Broadway. She became involved with civil
rights at first by refusing to perform for segregated audiences, later
participating in the March on Washington and campaigning for anti-lynching
Antoinette Perry (1888-1946) was an actress
who achieved prominence at the beginning of the 20th century. The
famous Tony Awards are named after her.
She began her acting career at the
age of 18, and started directing in 1928. She helped found the American Theatre
Wing and served as its secretary and chairwoman of the board.
Rebecca Sugar (b. 1987) is the
creator of the Cartoon Network series Steven
Universe. She started out as a writer and storyboard artist but now also
works as an animator, director and producer.
Rebecca has gotten
four Primetime Emmy Award nominations for her work on both Steven Universe and Adventure