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.
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.
Bette Davis (1908-1989) is regarded as one of the greatest actresses in Hollywood history, with an extensive filmography spanning several decades. She was the first woman to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.
She won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice, and was the first person to be nominated for an Academy Award a total of 10 times. In 1941 she became the first female president of the Academy.
Sul-Te-Wan (1873-1959), or Nellie Crawford by her birth name, was a stage, film, and
TV actress. She was the first African-American to sign a film contract and
become a featured performer.
The daughter of freed slaves, she began her acting
career early on, at first in uncredited roles. Even though she was limited to
playing stereotypical roles such as convicts or servants, she played in
numerous films throughout the silent and talking eras, paving the way for more
Nyong’o (b. 1983) is today one of the most important names in Hollywood. She has
won numerous awards in recognition of her talent.
In 2013, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for
her roles in the film 12 Years a Slave.
On this occasion she became the first Kenyan and first Mexican actress to win an
Oscar. She is involved with organisations such as Mother Health International,
WildAid, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Maggie Smith (b. 1934) is an award-winning English actress.
Best known for her roles in the Harry Potter films and Downton Abbey, she has
had a career in film, stage and television spanning almost seven decades.
Among her many awards are two Oscars, three
Golden Globes and five BAFTAs. She is a patron of the International Glaucoma
Association, and has donated millions of dollars to different causes.
Susan Sarandon (b.
1946) is an award-winning actress, with an impressive filmography spanning
almost fifty years. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA winner, and has been
nominated for the Golden Globes and Emmy Awards seven times each.
In addition to her career in film, she is a dedicated
activist, donating generously to numerous causes. She was appointed UNICEF
Goodwill Ambassador, and has received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian