Jane Fonda (b. 1937) is a celebrated actress and political
activist. She has won two Academy Awards and seven Golden Globes, among
numerous other awards for her film career.
She has been an activist
for feminist, pacifist and environmental causes for many decades, starting with
her opposition to the Vietnam War. Most recently, she was arrested three times
in 2019 for protesting climate change outside the US Capitol.
Goldberg (b. 1955)
is a prolific award-winning actor. She is one of the very few people who has
won an EGOT, and was only the second black woman to win an Academy Award.
She has starred
in over 150 films and has been nominated for an Emmy Award 13 times. She is also
known for her LGBT rights activism.
Angela Lansbury (b. 1925) is an
award-winning British actress. She is best known for portraying the lead
character of the famous detective series Murder,
Her career has spanned more than eight decades, and she has won five
Tony Awards, six Golden Globes and an honorary Oscar, among other honours. She
was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1994.
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.
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