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.
Portman (b. 1981) is an actress and director,
famous for a variety of roles in major Hollywood productions. She has won
numerous awards, including an Oscar and two Golden Globes.
She studied for a Bachelors degree in
psychology at Harvard while continuing her acting career and starring in the Star
Wars franchise. In 2008, she became the youngest ever member of the jury at
Cannes Film Festival. She is an advocate for animal rights and environmental protection,
as well as an important donor for feminist and human rights causes.
Spencer (b. 1972) is an award-winning actress. She
is one of only two African-American actresses who were nominated for three
For her role in the 2011 film The Help, she won multiple awards
including an Oscar, A Golden Globe and a BAFTA. Her other two Oscar nominations
were for Hidden Figures and The Shape of Water. She also worked as
an executive producer for the Academy Award winner Green Book.
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,
Lucille Ball (1911-1989) was a pioneering figure of American TV. She was the star of multiple self-produced sitcoms such as the popular I Love Lucy and Life With Lucy.
She began by acting in various Broadway shows and Hollywood films before dedicating herself to television. In 1962, she co-founded Desilu Productions, and so became the first woman to ever run a major television studio.
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
Zelda Rubinstein (1933-2010) was an actress starring in numerous films and TV shows, most famously in the Poltergeist series. She was also an activist for little people and HIV/AIDS awareness.
She studied bacteriology and worked as a medical lab technician before pursuing an acting career. Throughout her three decades of activity she talked about the challenges of being born with dwarfism, and starred in advertising campaigns promoting safe sex and AIDS prevention.
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.
Uma Thurman (b. 1970) is an actress best known for iconic roles such as Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction and The Bride in the Kill Bill series. She is one of the figures most prominently associated with the Me Too campaign.
She was nominated for multiple award for her role in Pulp Fiction, including an Academy Award and Golden Globe. In addition, she supports o variety of causes, from gun control to LGBT rights.