The most famous actress born the same year as you

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May 24, 2018
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The most famous actress born the same year as you

Whether it be Judy Garland’s timeless portrayal of Dorothy in 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz” or Anya Taylor-Joy turning heads in the 2020 mastery of Beth Harmon in the Netflix adaptation of “The Queen's Gambit,” film and television actresses have turned out performances with grace and talent time and time again.

While films and shows such as these will rightfully mark these women’s places in history, it is not uncommon that the people they’ve fashioned themselves into in real life are even more impressive than the characters they portray.

Stacker organized a list of celebrities’ ages by looking at the top 10 actors for each year using IMDb’s STARmeter and determining the most popular by whoever had the most Wikipedia page views from January 2020 through December 2020. It's important to acknowledge that much of this list, especially the first half, is comprised of white women, which is likely due to the scarcity of leading roles for women of color.

Many of the actresses in this story not only made a name for themselves through their collection of iconic performances, but also through the selfless, philanthropic nature with which many of them approached their stardom. In an age of flipping the script on societal norms, many of these actresses are using their voices and platforms to be advocates for those who are otherwise unheard. 

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1920: Maureen O'Hara

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,031,714
- Birthday: August 17, 1920
- Notable works: "The Quiet Man," "Miracle on 34th Street," "The Parent Trap," "Bagdad"

Born Maureen FitzSimmons, the Queen of Technicolor herself ultimately decided to opt for a shorter, catchier name once thrust into the limelight. Having played key roles in classics like “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” “Sitting Pretty,” and “The Parent Trap,” O’Hara’s legacy looms large even a century later.

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1921: Lana Turner

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,117,672
- Birthday: Feb. 8, 1921
- Notable works: "Peyton Place," "The Bad and the Beautiful," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Imitation of Life"

The pride and joy of Wallace, Idaho, Turner’s face first became widely recognized as the heartthrob “sweater girl” in 1938’s “Love Finds Andy Hardy.” She had an incredibly diverse skill set, taking on a handful of varying roles throughout her long, illustrious career. She also had a storied love life, having cycled through eight different spouses in her lifetime.

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1922: Judy Garland

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 9,099,538
- Birthday: June 10, 1922
- Notable works: "The Wizard of Oz," "A Star Is Born," "Meet Me in St. Louis," "Judgment at Nuremberg"

There really is no place like home, and what better way to feel at home than watching Garland classics like “The Wizard of Oz?” Though the genius behind the original Dorothy won fans over during her timeless journey back to Kansas, she tragically befell an all-too-soon death at the young age of 47.

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1923: Estelle Getty

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,413,180
- Birthday: July 25, 1923
- Notable works: "The Golden Girls," "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot," "Mannequin," "Stuart Little"

A city girl who grew up on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, “The Golden Girls” legend may be remembered as an even bigger hero off the screen than on it. During her time in the public eye, Getty made sure to use her impactful voice to fight for the rights of marginalized social groups such as the LGBT community as well as the elderly.

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1924: Lauren Bacall

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,791,171
- Birthday: Sept. 16, 1924
- Notable works: "To Have and Have Not," "The Big Sleep," "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "Murder on the Orient Express"

The Obamas, the Clintons, and Jay-Z and Beyoncé come to mind when one thinks of contemporary power couples, but the fact that Bacall was married to “Casablanca” star Humphrey Bogart for 12 years has seemed to slip through the cracks of time. The two co-starred in classics like “To Have and Have Not” and “The Big Sleep,” though Bacall also found great success independent of her late husband in more recent hits like “Harper” and “Murder on the Orient Express.”

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1925: Angela Lansbury

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,123,577
- Birthday: Oct. 16, 1925
- Notable works: "The Manchurian Candidate," "Anastasia," "Beauty and the Beast," "Bedknobs and Broomsticks"

If you’ve ever felt like you didn’t accomplish enough during your first 20 years, this probably will not help: Consider the fact that Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award for performances in two different films in that same time frame. Also consider the fact that she was still making smash hits more than three decades later when she starred in “Murder, She Wrote.”

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1926: Marilyn Monroe

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 6,050,498
- Birthday: June 1, 1926
- Notable works: "Some Like It Hot," "The Seven Year Itch," "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "The Prince and the Showgirl"

A universally recognizable face whose life and career will always remain a subject of controversy, the “Some Like It Hot” star is not just a legend in the acting world, but an icon whose name will always represent a central pillar in the history of popular culture.

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1927: Janet Leigh

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,290,425
- Birthday: July 6, 1927
- Notable works: "Psycho," "The Manchurian Candidate," "The Fog," "Touch of Evil"

Undoubtedly remembered best for her role in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 thriller, “Psycho,” for which she received a Golden Globe in spite of her character’s early death, Leigh was a somewhat lonely child who spent much of her time going to movie theaters as she grew up. This interest that she took in film at such a young age would prove to be a catalyst for a successful career on the big screen which was characterized not only by a memorable face, but an iconic voice as well.

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1928: Shirley Temple

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,023,801
- Birthday: April 23, 1928
- Notable works: "Captain January," "Fort Apache," "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm," "The Blue Bird"

Temple is perhaps the best example of somebody throughout history who epitomizes the trope of “child star.” Though her singing, dancing, and acting brought her to the height of her successes before she could even be enrolled in kindergarten, she spent her later years serving as an ambassador both to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

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1929: Audrey Hepburn

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,438,008
- Birthday: May 4, 1929
- Notable works: "Breakfast at Tiffany's," "Roman Holiday," "Charade," "My Fair Lady"

When one considers the hardships Hepburn experienced during her childhood, it underscores the incredible nature of the feats she was able to accomplish during her adult life. The Belgian-born superstar was forced to live under German occupation when Hitler’s army invaded during her family vacation to a Dutch village, but she was eventually able to overcome the depression these events instilled in her en route to earning legendary roles in “My Fair Lady” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

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1930: Tippi Hedren

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,190,130
- Birthday: Jan. 19, 1930
- Notable works: "The Birds," "Marnie," "Mulligans!," "Tea with Grandma"

Tippi Hedren (born Nathalie Kay Hedren) was "discovered" by Alfred Hitchcock when he saw her in a TV ad for a diet drink, writes Vogue. This launched her career starring in some of his most famous films like “The Birds” and “Marnie.” Another claim to fame? Hedren happens to be the mother of actress Melanie Griffith.

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1931: Anne Bancroft

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,200,213
- Birthday: Sept. 17, 1931
- Notable works: "The Graduate," "The Miracle Worker," "The Turning Point," "Great Expectations"

Anne Bancroft was one of the most lauded actresses of her time. She took home an Oscar, two Tonys, two Golden Globes, an Emmy, a Lifetime Achievement Comedy Award, and a handful of other nominations. She is best known for her role as Annie Sullivan in "The Miracle Worker," and as the iconic Mrs. Robinson in "The Graduate."

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1932: Elizabeth Taylor

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,904,365
- Birthday: Feb. 27, 1932
- Notable works: "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof," "Suddenly, Last Summer," "Cleopatra"

Elizabeth Taylor led one of the most talked-about lives in Hollywood. Born to American parents in Hampstead, she splashed onto the scene at age 11. She remained very much in the public eye throughout her entire life, both for her work in iconic films like "Cleopatra" and "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" as well as for her eight marriages and lavish lifestyle.

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1933: Jayne Mansfield

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,246,631
- Birthday: April 19, 1933
- Notable works: "The Girl Can't Help It," "Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?," "Playgirl After Dark," "When Strangers Meet"

In spite of being one of the most widely recognized sex symbols of the mid-20th century, Mansfield’s ability to nail characters who were not necessarily indicative of her real-life persona was incredibly impressive. During her short life, she thrived in several instances where she played the stereotypical “dumb blonde” character in ’50s hits like “The Girl Can’t Help It” and “Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?” in spite of allegedly boasting an IQ of 163.

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1934: Sophia Loren

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,152,188
- Birthday: Sept. 20, 1934
- Notable works: "Two Women," "Arabesque," "Marriage Italian Style," "Nine"

Sophia Loren came a long, long way from her traumatic upbringing. Born under Benito Mussolini's fascist Italy, her home village was often the target of air raids. She spent years of her childhood ducking for cover in bomb shelters, and even was hit by shrapnel on her chin, Variety notes. Her acting career is historic, working her way up from Rome to Hollywood. She also became the first person from any country to earn an Oscar for a performance in a non-English language.

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1935: Julie Andrews

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,968,758
- Birthday: Oct. 1, 1935
- Notable works: "The Sound of Music," "Mary Poppins," "The Princess Diaries," "Victor Victoria"

Ever heard of “The Sound of Music?” What about “Mary Poppins?” It goes without saying that the Surrey, England, native had some serious hits back in the day, but she continued playing roles in world-renowned 21st-century productions like the “Shrek” series as well as “The Princess Diaries” series.

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1936: Ursula Andress

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,213,741
- Birthday: March 19, 1936
- Notable works: "Dr. No," "Casino Royale," "Clash of the Titans," "The Blue Max"

One of six children, Ursula Andress was born in Switzerland, but didn't stay there for long. According to IMDb, she was tracked down by Interpol because she ran away from boarding school at 17. She began her career in modeling before landing her renowned role as Honey Ryder, opposite Sean Connery, in the very first James Bond movie, "Dr. No."

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1937: Jane Fonda

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,192,434
- Birthday: Dec. 21, 1937
- Notable works: "Klute," "Barbarella," "Youth," "Monster-in-Law"

Born in New York City, Fonda has always attacked the universe with a can-do attitude, tearing down every obstacle that has ever stood in her way. Not only is she a recipient of multiple Academy Awards for her performances in 1971’s “Klute” and 1978’s “Coming Home,” but she’s also been nominated for a handful of Oscars for Best Actress, and she has spent a significant portion of her life going against the grain and championing anti-war and anti-establishment causes.

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1938: Natalie Wood

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,535,704
- Birthday: July 20, 1938
- Notable works: "Rebel Without a Cause," "West Side Story," "Splendor in the Grass," "Love with the Proper Stranger"

Born Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko to two Russian-born U.S. immigrants, Wood’s career in motion pictures began early on, with her first major role, in 1943’s “Happy Land,” coming when she was only 4 years old. It’s safe to say this was not her biggest role, however, as her adult years were filled with timeless roles including Maria from “West Side Story” and Judy in “Rebel Without a Cause.”

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1939: Lily Tomlin

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,574,118
- Birthday: Sept. 1, 1939
- Notable works: "Nashville," "Grandma," "I Heart Huckabees," "Short Cuts"

Detroit’s Lily Tomlin first got her start on “The Merv Griffin Show,” an appearance that would ultimately catapult her to stardom, as her quirky personality would capture the hearts and minds of viewers everywhere. Her time on the big screen included features in memorable classics such as Robert Altman’s 1975 production, “Nashville,” which won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

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1940: Raquel Welch

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,460,580
- Birthday: Sept. 5, 1940
- Notable works: "The Three Musketeers," "The Last of Sheila," "Fantastic Voyage," "Legally Blonde"

Shortly after the death of Marilyn Monroe in 1962, a new face emerged that stole away not only the spotlight, but also the hearts of millions of Americans. Welch’s iconic, timeless looks, which won her a series of beauty pageant titles as a teenager, ultimately proved instrumental in boosting her acting career to astronomical heights, the likes of which included appearances in fan-favorites such as “The Three Musketeers” and “Fantastic Voyage.”

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1941: Ann-Margret

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,518,331
- Birthday: April 28, 1941
- Notable works: "Grumpy Old Men," "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Cheap Detective," "Tommy"

Hailing from Valsjöbyn in Jämtland County, Sweden, Ann-Margret Olsson eventually achieved a level of notoriety that is only reserved for the best: being known colloquially by only her first name. While her immense acting talent is clear in the likes of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “The Cheap Detective,” many fans did not know she possessed a gift for academia as well, having graduated from Northwestern University before pursuing a career in entertainment.

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1942: Barbra Streisand

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,652,276
- Birthday: April 24, 1942
- Notable works: "Funny Girl," "Yentl," "The Mirror Has Two Faces," "The Way We Were"

One of the strongest voices for gender equality in Hollywood, Barbra Streisand was the first woman to be star, director, producer, and co-writer of a single studio movie, Variety reports. She won an Oscar for Best Actress for her role in "Funny Girl," as well as another Oscar for "A Star is Born." Today she is a political activist, director, composer, and Hollywood pioneer.

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1943: Sharon Tate

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 6,303,810
- Birthday: Jan. 24, 1943
- Notable works: "Valley of the Dolls," "The Wrecking Crew," "The Fearless Vampire Killers," "Eye of the Devil"

In her short 26 years, Tate amazingly managed to build a legacy which keeps fans raving about her to this very day. The young superstar established a name for herself in classics like 1962’s “The Beverly Hillbillies” and 1967’s “Valley of the Dolls” before suffering her tragic death at the hands of Charles Manson’s crazed cult followers.

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1944: Sondra Locke

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,231,263
- Birthday: May 28, 1944
- Notable works: "Bronco Billy," "Sudden Impact," "Every Which Way But Loose," "The Outlaw Josey Wales"

Singer, actor, and director Sondra Locke was known for her roles in some of Clint Eastwood's most famous movies. The two were in one of Hollywood's most notorious and tumultuous relationships for more than a decade, as well. As a director, she is best known for her 1990 film, “Impulse.”

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1945: Goldie Hawn

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,688,011
- Birthday: Nov. 21, 1945
- Notable works: "The First Wives Club," "Overboard," "Everyone Says I Love You," "Death Becomes Her"

Affectionately known by fans as “Go-Go,” Goldie dropped out of college at 19 years old to follow her passion of becoming a professional dancer. She went on to earn key roles in blockbuster hits like “The First Wives Club” and “Overboard.”

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1946: Cher

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,260,532
- Birthday: May 20, 1946
- Notable works: "Moonstruck," "Burlesque," "Mermaids," "Silkwood"

Arguably one of the biggest queens of Pop, Cher left home at 16 to start a life of independence, she told the The New York Times in an interview. From there it was a quick rise to international fame, first on “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour,” a solo pop career, movies, hit albums, and so much more.

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1947: Farrah Fawcett

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,873,451
- Birthday: Feb. 2, 1947
- Notable works: "Logan's Run," "Saturn 3," "The Cannonball Run," "Charlie's Angels"

The word “icon” gets thrown around a lot, but perhaps nobody better than Fawcett epitomizes its true, originally intended meaning. Though her personal life was surrounded with a great deal of turmoil and controversy, there is no denying that Fawcett’s legacy is one which will never be forgotten; whether for her performances in the likes of “Saturn 3” and “Logan’s Run” or for her iconic hairstyle. 

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1948: Olivia Newton-John

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,999,487
- Birthday: Sept. 26, 1948
- Notable works: "Grease," "Xanadu," "Sordid Lives," "Two of a Kind"

Olivia Newton-John danced and sang her way into audience's hearts with her portrayal of Sandy in the movie adaptation of "Grease," opposite John Travolta. The English-born, Australian-raised actress got her first taste of fame at 14 when she started an all-girl singing group, The Guardian reports. In the 1970s she represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, and from there her music career was unstoppable.

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1949: Meryl Streep

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,713,938
- Birthday: June 22, 1949
- Notable works: "Out of Africa," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Doubt," "August: Osage County"

One of the greatest actresses in the history of film, Streep has astoundingly only taken home three of her record-setting, 21 Academy Award nominations, but that does not take anything away from her list of other-worldly performances: “Out of Africa,” “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Doubt,” “Sophie’s Choice,” “The Deer Hunter”...the list just goes on and on.

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1950: Julie Walters

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 982,125
- Birthday: Feb. 22, 1950
- Notable works: "Billy Elliot," "Mamma Mia!," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," "Brooklyn"

Known for her performances in "Mamma Mia!" and "Billy Elliott," the Academy Award-nominated actress, Dame Julie Walters started her career at a theater company in Liverpool, where she also apprenticed as a stand-up comic. She made her London debut in 1980 when she scored a role in "Educating Rita," for which she won the Variety’s Critics Choice and London Film Critics’ Circle awards.

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1951: Beverly D'Angelo

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,606,485
- Birthday: Nov. 15, 1951
- Notable works: "American History X," "National Lampoon's Vacation," "Hair," "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation"

For those who grew up with the Griswolds, Beverly D'Angelo is a household name. She earned mainstream recognition playing the wife of Chevy Chase in “National Lampoon's Vacation” and its three sequels, but her career was building long before that. She first worked as an animator at Hanna-Barbera before she moved to Canada to work on a singing career. From there she went on to join the Charlottetown Festival repertory company, and it was off and running from there.

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1952: Annette O'Toole

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,565,049
- Birthday: April 1, 1952
- Notable works: "Superman III," "48 Hrs.," "Temptation," "Smallville"

Annette O'Toole's lengthy acting career began at a very young age when she started working in theater and television. Her earliest performances were in "My Three Sons," "Gunsmoke," and "The Partridge Family." Her first leading role was in "One on One'' in 1977 and perhaps her most famous role was in "Superman III."

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1953: Mary Steenburgen

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,299,826
- Birthday: Feb. 8, 1953
- Notable works: "Last Vegas," "Step Brothers," "Back to the Future Part III," "Time After Time"

Mary Steenburgen got bit by the performance bug back in high school when she would perform in plays. She moved to New York City to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. Her third film, "Melvin and Howard," earned her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for best supporting actress.

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1954: Catherine O'Hara

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,757,942
- Birthday: March 4, 1954
- Notable works: "Best in Show," "Frankenweenie," "Home Alone," "A Mighty Wind"

A household name for decades, Catherine O'Hara has been a fan favorite, from films like "Home Alone," to "Beetlejuice," "Best In Show," and "Waiting for Guffman." Her long-time collaboration with actor Eugene Levy brought her into the now-iconic "Schitt's Creek" series. According to an interview in the Los Angeles Times, she has a strong background in improv and writing, from Second City through the Christopher Guest films. She has won an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award for her work on “Schitt's Creek.”

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1955: Whoopi Goldberg

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,328,948
- Birthday: Nov. 13, 1955
- Notable works: "Ghost," "Sister Act," "The Color Purple," "Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit"

Goldberg fosters the creation of perhaps one of the most lovable characters in history in the form of Deloris in the “Sister Act” series. “The View” panelist is in no way a one-hit wonder, however, as she is responsible for compelling performances in some films that have touched on serious subject matter, including the likes of “The Color Purple” and “Ghost.”

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1956: Carrie Fisher

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,394,954
- Birthday: Oct. 21, 1956
- Notable works: "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back," "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi"

The daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Fisher was born into Hollywood. Fisher, as Princess Leia from the “Star Wars” series, captured the hearts of science fiction fans throughout the galaxy but also managed to play a wide variety of other roles during her long, illustrious career, including “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Blues Brothers.”

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1957: Melanie Griffith

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,264,481
- Birthday: August 9, 1957
- Notable works: "Working Girl," "Something Wild," "Body Double," "Lolita"

Griffith has been acting on the big screen ever since she was a teenager, cast as an extra in 1969’s “Smith!” and 1973’s “The Harrad Experiment.” By no means did these early opportunities represent the pinnacle of her acting career, however, as she would go on to secure lead roles in huge box office hits like “Working Girl” and “Lolita.”

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1958: Jamie Lee Curtis

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,108,970
- Birthday: Nov. 22, 1958
- Notable works: "True Lies," "A Fish Called Wanda," "Freaky Friday," "Trading Places"

Jamie Lee Curtis was born into acting, the child of "Psycho" star Janet Leigh and actor Tony Curtis. Still, the actress didn't need to rely on their names to make one for herself. Her debut role was in the legendary 1978 horror film, "Halloween." From there she went on to become a household name for her work in "True Lies," "Trading Places," "A Fish Called Wanda," and many more. She has also been a spokesperson for addiction and recovery, due to her own painkiller addiction that she tackled more than two decades ago.

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1959: Emma Thompson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,688,412
- Birthday: April 15, 1959
- Notable works: "Sense and Sensibility," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Love Actually," "The Remains of the Day"

London-born Dame Emma Thompson is both an actress and a screenwriter. She was born into acting, being the daughter of actors Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law. She got her start in theater while studying English literature at the University of Cambridge, where she performed with a comedy troupe. After graduating, she took a deep dive into drama. She won an Academy Award and British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award for best actress in "Howards End"—the first of many awards for her.

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1960: Valerie Bertinelli

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,296,226
- Birthday: April 23, 1960
- Notable works: "One Day at a Time," "C.H.O.M.P.S.," "Pancho Barnes," "Number One with a Bullet"

Valerie Bertinelli's career began when her father was relocated to Van Nuys, California. Shortly thereafter she enrolled in the Tami Lynn School of Artists to study acting. It was Tami Lynn who launched her career by becoming her manager and getting her a role on the TV series, "One Day at a Time." Bertinelli went on to star in three feature films. She was married to rocker Eddie Van Halen for more than 20 years, as well.

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1961: Meg Ryan

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,571,095
- Birthday: Nov. 19, 1961
- Notable works: "When Harry Met Sally...," "You've Got Mail," "Sleepless in Seattle," "City of Angels"

Meg Ryan was one of the biggest names in Hollywood throughout the 1980s and ’90s. From "Sleepless in Seattle," to "You've Got Mail," "When Harry Met Sally," to "City of Angels," her star burned brightly. In 2015, she got in the director's chair for the first time with the World War II-based movie, "Ithaca." She has since taken a step out of the spotlight to pursue other interests, far out of the public eye.

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1962: Kelly Preston

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 7,155,744
- Birthday: Oct. 13, 1962
- Notable works: "Battlefield Earth," "The Cat in the Hat," "Jerry Maguire," "What a Girl Wants"

Kelly Preston burst onto the scene in the early 1980s. She made a splash with the 1985 comedy, "Mischief," and went on to build a reputation with her work in films like "Twins," and "Jerry Maguire." She met and married John Travolta on the set of the comedy, "The Experts." Preston died from breast cancer in 2020 at the age of 57.

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1963: Elisabeth Shue

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,232,096
- Birthday: Oct. 6, 1963
- Notable works: "Leaving Las Vegas," "Adventures in Babysitting," "The Saint," "The Karate Kid"

Elisabeth Shue made her on-screen debut with the highly popular film, "The Karate Kid." She had been working as a commercial actor before that. From there her career took off, bringing her to lofty heights with "Adventures in Babysitting," and "Leaving Las Vegas," for which she was nominated for an Academy Award, according to Biography. She worked on the crime drama CSI from 2011 to 2015, and appeared in the "The Karate Kid" spinoff TV series "Cobra Kai" in 2021. 

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1964: Sandra Bullock

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,781,981
- Birthday: July 26, 1964
- Notable works: "Miss Congeniality," "The Proposal," "Gravity," "Speed"

Hollywood’s biggest badass has been kicking butt and taking names ever since the release of 2000’s “Miss Congeniality” reaffirmed her well-deserved place on the map. Ever since then, she has displayed an incredibly diverse skill set in many unique performances, including her touching emotional deliveries in “The Blind Side” and her hysterical chemistry with Ryan Reynolds in “The Proposal.”

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1965: Viola Davis

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,373,121
- Birthday: August 11, 1965
- Notable works: "Fences," "The Help," "Suicide Squad," "Doubt"

The Academy Award-winning actress has been racking up roles and awards for more than a decade. According to The Guardian, Davis is only a Grammy short of an EGOT. Davis has been a Hollywood trailblazer, clearing a path for Black actresses and advocating for their equality both on and off set.

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1966: Helena Bonham Carter

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,681,239
- Birthday: May 26, 1966
- Notable works: "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," "Les Misérables," "Fight Club," "Planet of the Apes"

For more than three decades, Helena Bonham Carter has been a household name. Her first on-screen debut began with "A Room with a View" in the mid-1980s. Since, she has taken iconic roles like Ophelia in "Hamlet," and Bellatrix Lestrange in the "Harry Potter" series. She also appeared as Princess Margaret on "The Crown" series on Netflix. This role earned her an eighth Golden Globe nomination.

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1967: Nicole Kidman

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,476,688
- Birthday: June 20, 1967
- Notable works: "Moulin Rouge!," "The Others," "The Hours," "Cold Mountain"

An Australian-American hailing from Honolulu, Hawaii, Kidman’s career highlights are even more multifaceted than her background. Having played a terrified Grace Stewart in “The Others,” a romantic Satine in “Moulin Rouge!” and a sophisticated Ada Monroe in “Cold Mountain,” Kidman has made it overwhelmingly clear that she is capable of taking on any type of role that’s thrown at her.

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1968: Gillian Anderson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,182,741
- Birthday: August 9, 1968
- Notable works: "The X-Files," "The Fall," "The Last King of Scotland," "Bleak House"

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Gillian Anderson found her love of acting in high school when she joined an amateur actor group. She spent the next few years in several theater programs before landing her big break on “The X-Files,” playing legendary Dana Scully. She wowed audiences with her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in Netflix's "The Crown,” for which she won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress.

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1969: Jennifer Aniston

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 7,721,136
- Birthday: Feb. 11, 1969
- Notable works: "Friends," "Cake," "We're the Millers," "The Bounty Hunter"

In spite of being known best for her quirky comedic roles in fan-favorites like “Friends,” “We’re the Millers,” and “The Bounty Hunter,” Aniston has also impressed fans with her outstanding performances in more serious roles, such as in the distressing 2014 picture “Cake.” She was born to actors John Aniston and Nancy Dow.

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1970: Jennifer Connelly

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,752,133
- Birthday: Dec. 12, 1970
- Notable works: "A Beautiful Mind," "Requiem for a Dream," "House of Sand and Fog," "The Rocketeer"

Jennifer Connelly got her start in entertainment at age 10 when she began modeling, Hello Magazine reports. It was only a year or so later that she landed her first film role in "Once Upon a Time in America." Soon after, she was cast as the lead in the renowned fantasy film, "Labyrinth." In addition to her film career, she is also a mother, as well as wife of her "A Beautiful Mind" co-star, Paul Bettany.

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1971: Winona Ryder

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,277,913
- Birthday: Oct. 29, 1971
- Notable works: "Little Women," "Girl, Interrupted," "Alien: Resurrection," "Edward Scissorhands"

Ever since stealing the show as Kim in 1990’s “Edward Scissorhands,” Ryder went on an absolute tear with hit after hit in the 1990s. She accepted the roles of the lovable Josephine March in 1994’s “Little Women,” the courageous Annalee Call in “Alien: Resurrection,” and the troubled Susanna Kaysen in “Girl, Interrupted,” each of which she made uniquely her own, and relevant even two decades later.

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1972: Cameron Diaz

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,863,322
- Birthday: August 30, 1972
- Notable works: "There's Something About Mary," "Charlie's Angels," "Vanilla Sky," "My Best Friend's Wedding"

San Diego’s very own Diaz has experienced a great deal of success making fans laugh in a series of well-performing slapstick comedies such as “There’s Something about Mary,” “Charlie’s Angels,” and “Bad Teacher.” All the aforementioned films she has crushed are even more impressive when one considers that she kick-started her acting career alongside comedy legend Jim Carrey in 1994’s “The Mask,” getting the gig in spite of having no formal acting experience.

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1973: Kate Beckinsale

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,633,845
- Birthday: July 26, 1973
- Notable works: "Underworld: Evolution," "Underworld," "Pearl Harbor," "Van Helsing"

Born in the United Kingdom to two popular British television actors, Kate Beckinsale began her career in entertainment in her teens, but her first break happened in 1991 with a TV film called "One Against the Wind." It was in 1993 that she started to really gain success when she appeared in the film adaptation of the William Shakespeare classic, "Much Ado About Nothing." The actress, who has starred on stage and screen, is also a graduate of Oxford University.

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1974: Sarah Paulson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,917,671
- Birthday: Dec. 17, 1974
- Notable works: "12 Years a Slave," "Carol," "American Horror Story," "Martha Marcy May Marlene"

Sarah Paulson is a versatile actress whose breadth has allowed her to play a huge variety of roles. She has played everything from a conservative protester in "Mrs. America," a suburban housewife in "Ocean's 8," nine seasons of "American Horror Story," Marcia Clark on "The People v. O.J. Simpson," and, as Nurse Ratched on the Netflix series, "Nurse Ratched." She attributes her success to her ability to completely transform into the characters she portrays, she told The Guardian.

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1975: Angelina Jolie

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 6,366,440
- Birthday: June 4, 1975
- Notable works: "Maleficent," "Girl, Interrupted," "Changeling," "Salt"

Angelina Jolie is so much more than an award-winning actress. She is also a film-maker and an advocate for human rights around the world. She won the Academy Award for a supporting role for her work in "Girl, Interrupted," opposite Winona Ryder. Since then she has fought for humanitarian rights across the planet, is raising six children, has directed three films, and won many other awards. She is also the daughter of actor Jon Voight.

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1976: Rashida Jones

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,074,316
- Birthday: Feb. 25, 1976
- Notable works: "Parks and Recreation," "Celeste & Jesse Forever," "The Social Network," "I Love You, Man"

Rashida Jones is no newcomer to the Hollywood scene. She is the daughter of music producer Quincy Jones and “Mod Squad” star, Peggy Lipton. With no intention of following in their footsteps, she attended Harvard University, but after performing in comedy shows, her thinking began to change, according to NPR. She has starred in seven seasons of "Parks and Recreation," and co-starred in the Netflix series, "#blackAF."

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1977: Liv Tyler

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,295,576
- Birthday: July 1, 1977
- Notable works: "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring," "Armageddon," "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," "The Strangers"

Liv Tyler, born to Playboy model Bebe Buell and Aerosmith front man, Steven Tyler (a fact she did not know until she was 11 years old), talent was in her bloodline. She started to stir a reputation for acting in the film, "That Thing You Do!" Later, she went on to star in "Armageddon," and "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy.

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1978: Rachel McAdams

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,831,743
- Birthday: Nov. 17, 1978
- Notable works: "The Notebook," "Mean Girls," "Red Eye," "The Vow"

“The Notebook” is one of those stories whose lasting power and cult appeal doesn’t seem like it's going anywhere for a very long time, and that has to do, in a large part, with co-stars Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. McAdams has proved capable of churning out cult classic after cult classic with her memorable leads as Regina George in “Mean Girls,” and Paige in “The Vow.”

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1979: Rosario Dawson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,587,310
- Birthday: May 9, 1979
- Notable works: "Rent," "Seven Pounds," "The LEGO Batman Movie," "Unstoppable"

Rosario Dawson is no stranger to the screen. According to Bustle, she has appeared in more than 100 films and TV episodes. Her first appearance was in the 1995 film, "Kids." She's also an advocate for equality, having co-founded Voto Latino, an organization that supports Latin voters. She is also involved with the Lower East Side Girls Club, which helps women fight back against the poverty cycle. 

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1980: Zooey Deschanel

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,070,208
- Birthday: Jan. 17, 1980
- Notable works: "500 Days of Summer," "The Happening," "Elf," "Yes Man"

Zooey Deschanel had a foot in the door when she was born. Her father, Caleb Deschanel, is an Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, and her mother, Mary Jo Deschanel, is an actress, as well. But Deschanel was able to make her own name for herself, most notably for her deadpan roles in "500 Days of Summer," "Elf," "New Girl," and "Almost Famous." Deschanel also has a successful music career.

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1981: Natalie Portman

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,694,044
- Birthday: June 9, 1981
- Notable works: "Black Swan," "V for Vendetta," "Jackie," "Closer"

Natalie Portman was born in Israel, but grew up on Long Island and launched a modeling career at 11 years old. Shortly after, she played alongside Jacques Reno in the film, "The Professional." Alongside her roles in major motion pictures, she also has a degree in psychology from Harvard University. Her performance in "Black Swan" earned her the Academy Award for best actress.

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1982: Priyanka Chopra

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,269,084
- Birthday: July 18, 1982
- Notable works: "Baywatch," "Don 2," "Kaminey," "Bajirao Mastani"

Though best known for her Bollywood stardom in recent hits like 2009’s “Kaminey” and 2015’s “Bajirao Mastani,” Chopra has been making waves in the United States. In 2017, she delighted fans by starring alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in taking on the role of Victoria Leeds in the movie remake of the classic television series, “Baywatch.” She married pop star, Nick Jonas, in 2018.

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1983: Mila Kunis

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,728,799
- Birthday: August 14, 1983
- Notable works: "Black Swan," "Bad Moms," "Jupiter Ascending," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

Kunis is known for her playful Jim Beam commercials and her lighthearted roles in comedies such as “Ted,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall,” and “Friends with Benefits.” She also co-starred in 2010’s dark and mysterious “Black Swan” alongside Natalie Portman. The gig earned her a Golden Globe nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role and reinforced her as a diverse talent not limited to tongue-in-cheek comedic roles.

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1984: Scarlett Johansson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 8,833,363
- Birthday: Nov. 22, 1984
- Notable works: "Her," "Lost in Translation," "The Avengers," "Ghost World"

Born in New York City to a Danish immigrant father and a Jewish mother from the Bronx, Johansson trudged through many minor roles in her early career before receiving notoriety for her depiction of Grace MacLean in “The Horse Whisperer.” Since then, her career has skyrocketed, with the height of her powers taking shape in the form of Marvel’s Black Widow, who’s appeared in all three “Avengers” installments as well as “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Captain America: Civil War.”

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1985: Gal Gadot

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,481,780
- Birthday: April 30, 1985
- Notable works: "Wonder Woman," "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," "Furious 7," "Keeping Up with the Joneses"

The pride of Rosh Ha’ayin, Israel, Gal Gadot has been well known for some time now due to her appearances in a handful of the “Fast & Furious” films, but it wasn’t until she was first cast as the new Wonder Woman that she achieved true superstardom. The superhero not only appears in her own self-titled feature film which was released in 2017, but also as a key component of the DC Comics collaborative project, “Justice League.”

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1986: Amber Heard

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 7,520,207
- Birthday: April 22, 1986
- Notable works: "The Rum Diary," "Machete Kills," "3 Days to Kill," "Drive Angry"

Amber Heard broke out onto the Hollywood scene in 2005 when she appeared in the Academy Award-nominated film, "North Country." But she had been in film and television prior to that with appearances in "Alpha Dog," and "Friday Night Lights." In 2008 she received a Young Hollywood Award for "Pineapple Express." She also went on to appear in "The Rum Diary," where she met her future ex-husband, Johnny Depp. They married in 2015 and divorced two years later.

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1987: Blake Lively

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,129,683
- Birthday: August 25, 1987
- Notable works: "Gossip Girl," "The Age of Adaline," "The Shallows," "The Town"

Lively is almost exclusively associated with her starring role as Serena van der Woodsen in the hit television series, “Gossip Girl,” though she has a fair deal more range than she is often given credit for. She even has a few significant roles in intense thrillers to her credit, having played Nancy in “The Shallows” and Krista in “The Town,” each of which earned her a fair amount of critical acclaim.

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1988: Ana de Armas

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,815,884
- Birthday: April 30, 1988
- Notable works: "Blade Runner 2049," "Hands of Stone," "War Dogs," "Knives Out"

Ana de Armas is a Cuban-born actress whose work in "Hands of Stone," and "War Dogs," has earned her quite the reputation. The actress began studying theater at age 14. She moved to Spain when she was 18, where she quickly rose to stardom. She was also cast in the “Blade Runner” remake, starring with Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling.

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1989: Lily Collins

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,770,638
- Birthday: March 18, 1989
- Notable works: "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "Love, Rosie," "Mirror Mirror," "Abduction"

If her last name looks familiar to you, perhaps it's because you're familiar with her father, Phil Collins. But she hasn't had to rest on her father's laurels to make a name for herself. The "Emily in Paris" star has held roles in very well-known films, from “Tolkien,” where she played the wife of J.R.R. Tolkien, to the U.S. launch of the BBC series, “Les Misérables,” where she played the tragic lead role of Fantine.

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1990: Margot Robbie

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,988,612
- Birthday: July 2, 1990
- Notable works: "Suicide Squad," "The Wolf of Wall Street," "I, Tonya," "The Legend of Tarzan"

Margot Robbie began her career as an Australian soap actress. According to Vogue, her blonde looks and striking beauty left her typecast in Hollywood, where she earned roles like those in "The Wolf of Wall Street," and "The Big Short." But the actress had always dreamed of being cast in a Quentin Tarantino movie, so she wrote the director a letter. Before she knew it, she was auditioning, and being cast for the role of Sharon Tate in "Once Upon a Time ... In Hollywood."

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1991: Emma Roberts

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,855,465
- Birthday: Feb. 10, 1991
- Notable works: "We're the Millers," "Aquamarine," "The Art of Getting By," "Nerve"

Emma Roberts is the niece of Oscar-winning Julia Roberts and the daughter of Oscar-nominated Eric Roberts. She has delivered charismatic performances in the likes of 2013’s “We’re the Millers” and 2016’s “Nerve,” and has co-starred in popular TV shows, including "American Horror Story" and "Scream Queens." 

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1992: Cara Delevingne

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,589,538
- Birthday: August 12, 1992
- Notable works: "Suicide Squad," "Paper Towns," "Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets," "Anna Karenina"

Model, actress, singer, and star of the Amazon series, "Carnival Row," Cara Delevingne is also a spokeswoman for the LGBTQ community. According to Variety, she has used her voice to raise awareness for mental health issues, especially among LGBTQ youth. She has also had an appearance on Fiona Apple's 2020 album; she sings the background vocals on "Fetch the Bolt Cutters."

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1993: Naomi Scott

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,063,955
- Birthday: May 6, 1993
- Notable works: "Power Rangers," "The 33," "Aladdin," "Terra Nova"

For British Indian actress Naomi Scott, acting was not at top of mind. Daughter to a pastor, what she really wanted to do was sing. And although the actress is heralded for her roles playing Jasmine in the "Aladdin" reboot, and "Charlie's Angels," she is still working on music that, according to Teen Vogue, is akin to the sounds of Jorja Smith and Jessie Ware.

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1994: Saoirse Ronan

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 4,112,644
- Birthday: April 12, 1994
- Notable works: "Hanna," "Brooklyn," "Atonement," "The Lovely Bones"

Saoirse Ronan has created quite a name for herself: Born in the Bronx to Irish immigrants, she has held notable roles in "Atonement," "The Lovely Bones," and "The Grand Budapest Hotel." She also played Jo March in the remake of "Little Women," and worked opposite Kate Winslet in the film, "Ammonite."

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1995: Victoria Pedretti

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,352,905
- Birthday: March 23, 1995
- Notable works: "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," "The Haunting of Hill House," "Shirley," "You"

Victoria Pedretti impressed audiences as Nell Crain in Netflix's "The Haunting of Hill House," as well as in the follow-up series, "The Haunting of Bly Manor," as Dani Clayton. Pedretti told NBC News part of what she loves abut her work is portraying characters who defy expectations. She appeared in a video poem called "This Is Not a Love Letter," which talks about abortion and a woman's right to choose.

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1996: Anya Taylor-Joy

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 9,371,142
- Birthday: April 16, 1996
- Notable works: "The Witch," "Morgan," "Split," "Thoroughbreds"

You may recognize Anya Taylor-Joy for her role as Beth Harmon in "The Queen's Gambit," which earned her the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Miniseries. To prepare for the role of a world champion chess player, Taylor-Joy, who previously had never played a single game, told The Guardian that she learned from the best—former world champion Garry Kasparov and chess coach Bruce Pandolfini.

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1997: Bella Thorne

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,960,839
- Birthday: Oct. 8, 1997
- Notable works: "The DUFF," "Blended," "Scream: The TV Series," "Midnight Sun"

Bella Thorne got her start modeling in commercials and ad campaigns, and had with small roles in TV series as a child before going on to co-star alongside Zendaya in Disney's "Shake It Up" from 2011 to 2013. Since then she's been appeared in films and TV series, such as "Famous in Love," and has also released albums and music videos. Three of her siblings, Remy, Dani, and Kaili, each have experience acting, as well.

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1998: Elle Fanning

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 2,920,228
- Birthday: April 9, 1998
- Notable works: "Super 8," "The Neon Demon," "Maleficent," "The Boxtrolls"

Elle Fanning has been acting since before the age of 3 and has had major roles in film. She also stars in and is the executive producer of the Hulu series, "The Great." Fanning and her older sister Dakota partnered to launch Lewellen Pictures in 2021; they have plans to produce film and television projects, as well as podcasts.

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1999: Joey King

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 3,056,636
- Birthday: July 30, 1999
- Notable works: "The Kissing Booth," "Summer '03," "White House Down," "The Conjuring"

Joey King was only 4 years old when she did a Life cereal commercial. She scored her first lead role when she was only 9 in the film, “Ramona and Beezus." Since then she has risen to claim roles in films like "The Dark Knight Rises," "Oz the Great and Powerful," and "White House Down."

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2000: Thomasin McKenzie

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,521,156
- Birthday: July 26, 2000
- Notable works: "Leave No Trace," "Jojo Rabbit," "The King," "True History of the Kelly Gang"

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Thomasin McKenzie erupted on the American movie scene with the indie movie, “My Abandonment," for which she scored a leading role. She is the daughter of actress Miranda Harcourt, and film director Stuart McKenzie. She had been cast in international films prior to her American role, like "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," and "Shortland Street."

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2001: Josie Totah

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,099,067
- Birthday: Aug. 5, 2001
- Notable works: "Champions," "Other People," "Glee," "Jessie"

Josie Totah burst onto the scene as a child star when she appeared in TV series like "Jessie," "Back in the Game," and "Glee." She also landed a leading role in the reboot of "Saved by the Bell."

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2002: Maddie Ziegler

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,542,273
- Birthday: Sept. 30, 2002
- Notable works: "Leap!," "The Book of Henry," "Drop Dead Diva," "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn"

Originally a dancer, Maddie Ziegler's first introduction to the screen was when she was one of the characters on the reality series, "Dance Moms." It was her role on the series that allowed pop artist Sia Furler to discover her. Since then, the two have become friends, with Ziegler having appeared in the music video for "Chandelier" when she was only 11 years old.

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2003: Storm Reid

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 751,226
- Birthday: July 1, 2003
- Notable works: "A Wrinkle in Time," "Sleight," "A Happening of Monumental Proportions," "Euphoria"

Before landing her breakout role in "A Wrinkle in Time," Storm Reid had already held a role in "12 Years a Slave." But it was her performance in "A Wrinkle in Time," that earned her a Teen Choice Award and NAACP Image Award. Her success earned her a role in the HBO series, "Euphoria," as well.

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2004: Millie Bobby Brown

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 5,573,095
- Birthday: Feb. 19, 2004
- Notable works: "Stranger Things," "Godzilla: King of the Monsters," "NCIS," "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"

It’s extraordinary for a teenage actress to achieve international notoriety. But Brown has done exactly that and does not appear to be going anywhere any time soon. Nothing short of an A-list celebrity, Brown has become synonymous with her world-renowned role as Eleven from Netflix’s “Stranger Things” in spite of already having established herself in 2014’s BBC series, “Intruders.”

 

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2005: Lulu Wilson

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 350,086
- Birthday: Oct. 7, 2005
- Notable works: "Annabelle: Creation," "The Haunting of Hill House," "Sharp Objects," "Ouija: Origin of Evil"

Lulu Wilson made her on screen debut in the 2014 thriller, "Deliver Us from Evil." This prompted the New York City-born actress to move to Los Angeles, where she was cast as a regular on the CBS comedy, "The Millers." Wilson came back to the big screen to hold roles in films like, "Cop and a Half: New Recruit” and "Annabelle: Creation."

 

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2006: Mckenna Grace

- Wikipedia page views over the past year: 1,531,385
- Birthday: June 25, 2006
- Notable works: "Gifted," "I, Tonya," "The Haunting of Hill House," "The Bad Seed"

Mckenna Grace has been cast as a "celebrity doppelgänger," writes Teen Vogue, meaning that she has a visual range to portray a variety of iconic characters. From Sabrina Spellman to a young Tonya Harding, a young Caroline Ford, and more, Grace is revamping roles that have been in our hearts for decades.

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