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.
Suzan Pitt (1943-2019)
was a painter and animator, whose career lasted more than four decades. She was
known for her acclaimed surrealist films.
Her first film was released in 1970, and
her best-known work, Asparagus, debuted in 1979 at the Whitney Museum of
American Art. She was also a professor at the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts
at Harvard, and later at the California Institute of the Arts.
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.
Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was a Belgian-French
photographer and filmmaker. She was a pioneer of the French New Wave film
movement during the 1950s and 1960s.
She made her first
film, La Pointe Courte, in 1954, and
continued working in the cinematic industry for more than five decades,
establishing her reputation as the ‘mother’ of the New Wave movement. She received
numerous awards and honours for her work, including the first Academy Honorary
Award for a female director.
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.
1980) is an Iranian director and script writer. She is considered one of the
most influential filmmakers of the Iranian New Wave.
She directed her first film, The Apple, at the age of 17, and later
presented it at Cannes Film Festival. The film was featured at over 100 film
festivals in more than 30 countries. She has won the Jury’s Prize at Cannes twice,
as well as the UNESCO Award at the Venice Film Festival, among others.
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.
Frances Marion (1888-1973) was one of the most
famous female screenwriters of the 20th century. She was the first
writer to win two Academy Awards.
Before starting work in the film industry, she
was an artist and journalist. She also served as a combat correspondent during
World War I, where she documented the efforts of women on the front lines.
Throughout her career she wrote more than 300 scripts and produced more than
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.