Category: women in entertainment

Yvonne Craig (1937-2015) was a dancer and actr…

Yvonne
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.

Rooney Mara (b. 1985) is an actress known for …

Rooney
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,
Kenya.

Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) was an award-winning …

Pearl Bailey (1918-1990) was an award-winning actress and
singer. Among her most important awards are a Tony Award for starring in the
all-black production of Hello, Dolly! in
1968 and a Daytime Emmy Award.

She
performed in numerous films, TV shows and Broadway plays for almost four decades.
She received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award in 1976.

Lucille Ball (1911-1989) was a pioneering figu…

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 bl…

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
playwright.

Lena Horne (1917-2010) was a singer and actres…

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
laws.

Antoinette Perry (1888-1946) was an actress wh…

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.

Hazel Scott (1920-1981) was a musical prodigy …

Hazel Scott (1920-1981) was a musical prodigy of Trinidadian origin. She was a trained classical pianist who also performed as a jazz singer.

In 1950, she became the first black person to ever have their own TV show, The Hazel Scott Show. She was also one of the first Afro-Caribbean women to star in major Hollywood films, mostly as herself.

Zelda Rubinstein (1933-2010) was an actress st…

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…

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.