Famous actresses from Pennsylvania

Written by:
July 28, 2022
OMDb

Famous actresses from Pennsylvania

Anyone who wants to admire and envy the world's biggest stars needs only to look on Instagram. From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there's no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can't get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns and cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actresses that were born in Pennsylvania from IMDb’s most popular list. Movie poster images are from OMDb. Keep reading to see which of your favorite actresses are from your home state.

You may also like: Famous actors from Pennsylvania

1 / 48
David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images

Victoria Pedretti

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (3/23/1995)
- Known for:
--- Lulu' in "Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood" (2019)
--- Dani Clayton in "The Haunting of Bly Manor" (2020)
--- Nell Crain in "The Haunting of Hill House" (2018)
2 / 48
OMDb

Julie Benz

- Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (5/1/1972)
- Known for:
--- Rita Bennett / Rita Morgan in "Dexter" (2006-2010)
--- Inspector Abby Dunn in "Hawaii Five-0" (2015-2017)
--- Mayor Amanda Rosewater / Amanda Rosewater in "Defiance" (2013-2015)
3 / 48
OMDb

Tamara Tunie

- Born: McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA (3/14/1959)
- Known for:
--- Margaret Thomason in "Flight" (2012)
--- Mrs. Jackie Heath in "The Devil's Advocate" (1997)
--- Dr. Melinda Warner / M.E. Dr. Melinda Warner / Melinda Warner in "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2000-2021)
4 / 48
OMDb

Darlanne Fluegel

- Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA (11/25/1953)
- Died: 12/15/2017
- Known for:
--- Ruth Lanier in "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985)
--- Eve in "Once Upon a Time in America" (1984)
--- Melissa in "Lock Up" (1989)
5 / 48
OMDb

Amanda Seyfried

- Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (12/3/1985)
- Known for:
--- Cosette in "Les Misérables" (2012)
--- Savannah Curtis in "Dear John" (2010)
--- Karen Smith in "Mean Girls" (2004)

You may also like: Cities with the most expensive homes in Pennsylvania

6 / 48
OMDb

Kat Dennings

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (6/13/1986)
- Known for:
--- Norah in "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" (2008)
--- Darcy Lewis in "Thor" (2011)
--- Darcy Lewis in "Thor: The Dark World" (2013)
7 / 48
OMDb

Gillian Jacobs

- Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (10/19/1982)
- Known for:
--- Britta Perry / Buzzkill in "Community" (2009-2015)
--- Dana in "The Box" (2009)
--- Cherry Daiquiri / Beth in "Choke" (2008)
8 / 48
OMDb

Lauren Holly

- Born: Bristol, Pennsylvania, USA (10/28/1963)
- Known for:
--- Mary in "Dumb and Dumber" (1994)
--- Maxine Stewart in "Picket Fences" (1992-1996)
--- Linda Lee in "Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story" (1993)
9 / 48
OMDb

Christine Taylor

- Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (7/30/1971)
- Known for:
--- Kate Veatch in "Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story" (2004)
--- Holly Sullivan in "The Wedding Singer" (1998)
--- Matilda Jeffries in "Zoolander" (2001)
10 / 48
John Lamparski // Getty Images

Krysten Ritter

- Born: Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, USA (12/16/1981)
- Known for:
--- Jessica Jones in "Jessica Jones" (2015-2019)
--- Dee-Ann in "Big Eyes" (2014)
--- Chloe in "Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23" (2012-2013)

You may also like: Most popular baby names for boys in Pennsylvania

11 / 48
OMDb

Aileen Quinn

- Born: Yardley, Pennsylvania, USA (6/28/1971)
- Known for:
--- Annie in "Annie" (1982)
--- Princess Zora in "The Frog Prince" (1986)
--- Dorothy Gale in "The Wizard of Oz" (1982)
12 / 48
behzad moloud // Shutterstock

Sharon Stone

- Born: Meadville, Pennsylvania, USA (3/10/1958)
- Known for:
--- Catherine Tramell in "Basic Instinct" (1992)
--- Ginger McKenna in "Casino" (1995)
--- Ellen in "The Quick and the Dead" (1995)
13 / 48
OMDb

Katrina Law

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (9/30/1985)
- Known for:
--- Nyssa al Ghul in "Arrow" (2014-2020)
--- Lori in "Apparition" (2015)
--- Nyssa al Ghul in "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2016)
14 / 48
OMDb

Maria Bello

- Born: Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA (4/18/1967)
- Known for:
--- Edie Stall in "A History of Violence" (2005)
--- Natalie Belisario in "The Cooler" (2003)
--- Lil in "Coyote Ugly" (2000)
15 / 48
OMDb

Michaela Conlin

- Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA (6/9/1978)
- Known for:
--- Maria Li in "Bad Trip" (2021)
--- Angela Montenegro in "Bones" (2005-2017)
--- Sarah Nguyen in "Yellowstone" (2018-2019)

You may also like: Highest-rated football recruits from Pennsylvania over the last 20 years

16 / 48
OMDb

Molly Ephraim

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (5/22/1986)
- Known for:
--- Irene Kelly in "The Front Runner" (2018)
--- Alexa Vonn in "Halt and Catch Fire" (2017)
--- Mandy Baxter in "Last Man Standing" (2011-2017)
17 / 48
OMDb

Veronica Hamel

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (11/20/1943)
- Known for:
--- Joyce Davenport in "Hill Street Blues" (1981-1987)
--- Linda Maxwell in "Cannonball!" (1976)
--- Margo Shephard in "Lost" (2004-2010)
18 / 48
OMDb

Mary McDonnell

- Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA (4/28/1952)
- Known for:
--- President Laura Roslin in "Battlestar Galactica" (2004-2009)
--- Rose Darko in "Donnie Darko" (2001)
--- Mary Rogers in "Margin Call" (2011)
19 / 48
OMDb

Holland Taylor

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (1/14/1943)
- Known for:
--- Professor Stromwell in "Legally Blonde" (2001)
--- Bunny in "The Wedding Date" (2005)
--- Judge Roberta Kittleson in "The Practice" (1998-2003)
20 / 48
OMDb

Riki Lindhome

- Born: Coudersport, Pennsylvania, USA (3/5/1979)
- Known for:
--- Sadie in "The Last House on the Left" (2009)
--- Hilary in "My Best Friend's Girl" (2008)
--- Donna Thrombey in "Knives Out" (2019)

You may also like: Best community colleges in Pennsylvania

21 / 48
Jason Merritt/TERM // Getty Images

Tina Fey

- Born: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, USA (5/18/1970)
- Known for:
--- Writer in "30 Rock" (2006-2013)
--- Claire Foster in "Date Night" (2010)
--- Writer in "Mean Girls" (2004)
22 / 48
OMDb

Addison Timlin

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (6/29/1991)
- Known for:
--- Amy Schine in "Derailed" (2005)
--- Stormy Llewellyn in "Odd Thomas" (2013)
--- Lucinda Price in "Fallen" (2016)
23 / 48
OMDb

Linda Fiorentino

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (3/9/1958)
- Known for:
--- Bridget Gregory in "The Last Seduction" (1994)
--- Laurel in "Men in Black" (1997)
--- Bethany in "Dogma" (1999)
24 / 48
OMDb

Paige Spara

- Born: Washington, Pennsylvania, USA (8/9/1989)
- Known for:
--- Lea Dilallo / Lea in "The Good Doctor" (2017-2021)
--- Bartender in "Home Again" (2017)
--- Audrey in "Kevin from Work" (2015)
25 / 48
MGM // Wikipedia

Grace Kelly

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (11/12/1929)
- Died: 9/14/1982
- Known for:
--- Margot Wendice in "Dial M for Murder" (1954)
--- Lisa Fremont in "Rear Window" (1954)
--- Frances Stevens in "To Catch a Thief" (1955)

You may also like: Stressed trees: How climate change has affected Pennsylvania

26 / 48
OMDb

Alexis Knapp

- Born: Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA (7/31/1989)
- Known for:
--- Stacie in "Pitch Perfect" (2012)
--- Alexis in "Project X" (2012)
--- Stacie in "Pitch Perfect 3" (2017)
27 / 48
OMDb

Meg Foster

- Born: Reading, Pennsylvania, USA (5/10/1948)
- Known for:
--- Holly in "They Live" (1988)
--- Evil-Lyn in "Masters of the Universe" (1987)
--- Margaret Morgan in "The Lords of Salem" (2012)
28 / 48
OMDb

Beth Behrs

- Born: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA (12/26/1985)
- Known for:
--- Caroline Channing in "2 Broke Girls" (2011-2017)
--- PNK Carrie in "Monsters University" (2013)
--- Brooklyn in "Hello, My Name Is Doris" (2015)
29 / 48
OMDb

Rebecca Wisocky

- Born: York, Pennsylvania, USA (11/12/1971)
- Known for:
--- Evelyn Powell in "Devious Maids" (2013-2016)
--- Brenda Shettrick in "The Mentalist" (2010-2013)
--- Lorraine Harvey in "American Horror Story" (2011)
30 / 48
OMDb

Erin Krakow

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (9/5/1984)
- Known for:
--- Elizabeth Thatcher / Elizabeth Thornton in "When Calls the Heart" (2014-2021)
--- Specialist Tanya Gabriel in "Army Wives" (2010-2012)
--- Christie Reynolds in "A Cookie Cutter Christmas" (2014)

You may also like: Most popular baby names for boys of the last decade in Pennsylvania

31 / 48
OMDb

Maddie Ziegler

- Born: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (9/30/2002)
- Known for:
--- Music in "Music" (2021)
--- Christina in "The Book of Henry" (2017)
--- Camille in "Leap!" (2016)
32 / 48
Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic // Getty Images

Hari Nef

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (10/21/1992)
- Known for:
--- Bex in "Assassination Nation" (2018)
--- Gittel in "Transparent" (2015)
--- Alice in "Consequence"
33 / 48
Daily Express/Archive Photos // Getty Images

Jayne Mansfield

- Born: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA (4/19/1933)
- Died: 6/29/1967
- Known for:
--- Jerri Jordan in "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956)
--- Rita Marlowe in "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?" (1957)
--- Darlene(Mrs. Smithopopolis) in "When Strangers Meet" (1964)
34 / 48
OMDb

Shirley Jones

- Born: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, USA (3/31/1934)
- Known for:
--- Lulu Bains in "Elmer Gantry" (1960)
--- Marian Paroo in "The Music Man" (1962)
--- Grace in "Grandma's Boy" (2006)
35 / 48
OMDb

Staci Keanan

- Born: Devon, Pennsylvania, USA (6/6/1975)
- Known for:
--- Dana Foster in "Step by Step" (1991-1998)
--- Dana in "You Again" (2010)
--- Nicole Bradford in "My Two Dads" (1987-1990)

You may also like: Best colleges in Pennsylvania

36 / 48
OMDb

Rya Kihlstedt

- Born: Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA (7/23/1970)
- Known for:
--- Alice Ribbons in "Home Alone 3" (1997)
--- Chloe in "Deep Impact" (1998)
--- Dr. Michelle Ross in "Dexter" (2011)
37 / 48
OMDb

Cheri Oteri

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (9/19/1962)
- Known for:
--- Gail Hailstorm in "Scary Movie" (2000)
--- Zora Charmichaels in "Southland Tales" (2006)
--- Jane in "Liar Liar" (1997)
38 / 48
OMDb

Carroll Baker

- Born: Johnstown, Pennsylvania, USA (5/28/1931)
- Known for:
--- Baby Doll Meighan in "Baby Doll" (1956)
--- Eleanor Crisp in "Kindergarten Cop" (1990)
--- Luz Benedict II in "Giant" (1956)
39 / 48
OMDb

Sabrina Carpenter

- Born: Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, USA (5/11/1999)
- Known for:
--- Merrin Williams at 13 in "Horns" (2013)
--- Maya Hart / May Clutterbucket / Self in "Girl Meets World" (2014-2017)
--- Jenny Parker in "Adventures in Babysitting" (2016)
40 / 48
OMDb

Victoria Cartagena

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (not available)
- Known for:
--- Renee Montoya in "Batwoman" (2021)
--- Stephanie Reyes in "Servant" (2021)
--- Lourdes in "Manifest" (2018-2019)

You may also like: Where people in Pennsylvania are moving to most

41 / 48
Nightscream/Wikicommons

Blythe Danner

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (2/3/1943)
- Known for:
--- Dina Byrnes in "Meet the Parents" (2000)
--- Anna in "The Last Kiss" (2006)
--- Tara Walton in "Paul" (2011)
42 / 48
OMDb

Harley Jane Kozak

- Born: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA (1/28/1957)
- Known for:
--- Molly Jennings in "Arachnophobia" (1990)
--- Susan in "Parenthood" (1989)
--- Helen in "When Harry Met Sally..." (1989)
43 / 48
Internet Week New York // Wikimedia Commons

Abbi Jacobson

- Born: Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA (2/1/1984)
- Known for:
--- Katie / Dog Cop in "The Mitchells vs the Machines" (2021)
--- Abbi Abrams in "Broad City" (2014-2019)
--- Nya in "The Lego Ninjago Movie" (2017)
44 / 48
OMDb

Katherine Moennig

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (12/29/1977)
- Known for:
--- Gloria in "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011)
--- Erica Lonsdale in "Gone" (2012)
--- Jilly in "Everybody's Fine" (2009)
45 / 48
OMDb

Kim Delaney

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (11/29/1961)
- Known for:
--- Det. Diane Russell in "NYPD Blue" (1995-2003)
--- Jenny Gardner Nelson / Jenny Gardner in "All My Children" (1981-1984)
--- Dr. Samantha Hill in "10.5: Apocalypse" (2006)

You may also like: Most popular boy names in the 70s in Pennsylvania

46 / 48
OMDb

Sheila Kelley

- Born: Greensburg, Pennsylvania, USA (10/9/1961)
- Known for:
--- Kristen in "One Fine Day" (1996)
--- Debbie Hunt in "Singles" (1992)
--- Laura Peterson in "The Guest" (2014)
47 / 48
OMDb

Melanie Smith

- Born: Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA (12/16/1962)
- Known for:
--- Ziyal in "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (1997)
--- Emily Stewart / Emily Stewart Snyder #6 / Emily Stewart Snyder / Emily Snyder / Ellen Stewart / Emily Stewart Hughes in "As the World Turns" (1987-1992)
--- Karina in "The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr." (1994)
48 / 48
OMDb

Audrey Landers

- Born: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (7/18/1956)
- Known for:
--- Afton Cooper in "Dallas" (1981-1989)
--- Afton Cooper in "Dallas" (2013-2014)
--- Val in "A Chorus Line" (1985)

Trending Now