Special Report

50 Most Famous Actresses

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Whether you’re a lover of all things comedy, drama, action, or romance, you’re bound to have a few favorite actresses. Although many actresses are often identified with one or two genres, the most famous often crossover into other categories with ease—a feat that likely contributes to their fame. But who are the most famous actresses and how does one determine who they are?

To find the most famous actresses, the team at 24/7 Wall St. looked at three measures: Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations, number of reviews for their films on IMDb, and Wikipedia page views. Of the 8,000 American film actresses, we pulled the 50 most famous.

The talented actresses who snag a spot on this list are of all different ages and have a variety of accolades. Diane Keaton, known for her numerous roles in Woody Allen films, won her first Oscar for best actress in the 1977 film “Annie Hall.’’ She has acted in a total of 67 films and television shows. A younger face in Hollywood, Selena Gomez, has acted in 73 television shows and movies. She scored her first acting gig when she was just 10 years old on the children’s television show, “Barney & Friends.”

Meryl Streep has earned 50 Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations, the most of any actress, an accomplishment that is a testament to her longevity and versatility. However, she is not the most famous among the bunch because of fewer reviews on IMDb for her films and fewer page views on Wikipedia—that is, compared with the rest of the actresses.

Acting luminaries such as Audrey Hepburn, Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few of the many timeless actresses, do not appear on this list. Why? Because this list does not showcase the best actresses of all time. Fame is fleeting, and their fame is from a different time. This list is about the favorite actresses of today.

Find out which of your favorite actresses made the cut. Who do you think is the most famous actress?

Click here to see the 50 most famous actresses.

To determine the 50 most famous actresses, 24/7 Wall St. developed an index based on three measures: Wikipedia page views, award nominations, and the number of reviews for films in which they have starred. The average number of daily Wikipedia page views was tallied for each actress for the period of June 20 to July 31 of this year. We also considered the total number of Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations each actress has received. Cecil B. DeMille Awards and Special Achievement Awards were each counted as Golden Globe nominations for ranking purposes. Lastly, we took into account the total number of IMDb user reviews for films and television series each actress has starred in. Only movies with more than 10,000 user reviews and television series with more than 5,000 views were counted. To be considered one of the film’s stars, actresses must be listed among the first four actors and actresses under a respective film or television series’ star listing.

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50. Kristen Wiig
> Most popular film or television series: The Martian
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 91

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49. Susan Sarandon
> Most popular film or television series: Enchanted
> Academy Awards: 5 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 8 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 147

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48. Rooney Mara
> Most popular film or television series: The Social Network
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 33

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47. Kathy Bates
> Most popular film or television series: Titanic
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 120

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46. Jennifer Garner
> Most popular film or television series: Juno
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 54

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45. Jane Fonda
> Most popular film or television series: Lee Daniels’ The Butler
> Academy Awards: 7 nominations, 2 wins
> Golden Globes: 15 nominations, 7 wins
> Acting credits: 57

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44. Jada Pinkett Smith
> Most popular film or television series: Collateral
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 43

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43. Kristen Stewart
> Most popular film or television series: Twilight
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 48

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42. Shirley MacLaine
> Most popular film or television series: The Apartment
> Academy Awards: 6 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 19 nominations, 5 wins, Special Achievement Award, Cecil B. DeMille Award
> Acting credits: 74

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41. Zoe Saldana
> Most popular film or television series: Avatar
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 53

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40. Michelle Rodriguez
> Most popular film or television series: Avatar
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 45

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39. Jessica Chastain
> Most popular film or television series: Interstellar
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 48

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38. Jessica Alba
> Most popular film or television series: Sin City
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 58

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37. Halle Berry
> Most popular film or television series: X-Men 2
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 50

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36. Anna Kendrick
> Most popular film or television series: 50/50
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 47

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35. Michelle Pfeiffer
> Most popular film or television series: Scarface
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 6 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 61

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34. Sally Field
> Most popular film or television series: Forrest Gump
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 2 wins
> Golden Globes: 11 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 62

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33. Selena Gomez
> Most popular film or television series: Hotel Transylvania
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 73

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32. Winona Ryder
> Most popular film or television series: Black Swan
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 60

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31. Laura Linney
> Most popular film or television series: The Truman Show
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 6 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 65

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30. Emily Blunt
> Most popular film or television series: Edge of Tomorrow
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 5 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 41

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29. Reese Witherspoon
> Most popular film or television series: Walk the Line
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 56

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28. Jessica Lange
> Most popular film or television series: Big Fish
> Academy Awards: 5 nominations, 2 wins
> Golden Globes: 15 nominations, 5 wins
> Acting credits: 43

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27. Carrie Fisher
> Most popular film or television series: Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 88

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26. Alison Brie
> Most popular film or television series: Get Hard
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 58

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25. Jennifer Connelly
> Most popular film or television series: A Beautiful Mind
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 1 win
> Acting credits: 48

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24. Kirsten Dunst
> Most popular film or television series: Spider-Man
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 74

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23. Uma Thurman
> Most popular film or television series: Pulp Fiction
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 63

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22. Jodie Foster
> Most popular film or television series: The Silence of the Lambs
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 2 wins
> Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins, Cecil B. DeMille Award
> Acting credits: 78

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21. Gwyneth Paltrow
> Most popular film or television series: Iron Man
> Academy Awards: 1 nomination, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 53

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20. Marisa Tomei
> Most popular film or television series: The Wrestler
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 73

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19. Diane Keaton
> Most popular film or television series: The Godfather
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 9 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 67

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18. Sigourney Weaver
> Most popular film or television series: Avatar
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 82

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17. Sandra Bullock
> Most popular film or television series: Gravity
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 5 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 57

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16. Emma Stone
> Most popular film or television series: The Amazing Spider-Man
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 41

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15. Amy Adams
> Most popular film or television series: Man of Steel
> Academy Awards: 5 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 7 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 56

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14. Julianne Moore
> Most popular film or television series: The Big Lebowski
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 9 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 86

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13. Julia Roberts
> Most popular film or television series: Ocean’s Eleven
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 8 nominations, 3 wins
> Acting credits: 59

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12. Mila Kunis
> Most popular film or television series: Black Swan
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 1 nomination, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 62

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11. Robin Wright
> Most popular film or television series: Forrest Gump
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 54

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10. Anne Hathaway
> Most popular film or television series: The Dark Knight Rises
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 45

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9. Cameron Diaz
> Most popular film or television series: Shrek
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 57

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8. Nicole Kidman
> Most popular film or television series: The Others
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 11 nominations, 3 wins
> Acting credits: 79

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7. Jennifer Aniston
> Most popular film or television series: Friends
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 61

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6. Jennifer Lawrence
> Most popular film or television series: The Hunger Games
> Academy Awards: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 3 wins
> Acting credits: 30

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5. Natalie Portman
> Most popular film or television series: V for Vendetta
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 2 wins
> Acting credits: 55

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4. Angelina Jolie
> Most popular film or television series: Mr. & Mrs. Smith
> Academy Awards: 3 nominations, 2 wins
> Golden Globes: 6 nominations, 3 wins
> Acting credits: 47

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3. Charlize Theron
> Most popular film or television series: Mad Max: Fury Road
> Academy Awards: 2 nominations, 1 win
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 1 win
> Acting credits: 52

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2. Meryl Streep
> Most popular film or television series: The Devil Wears Prada
> Academy Awards: 20 nominations, 3 wins
> Golden Globes: 30 nominations, 8 wins, Cecil B. DeMille Award
> Acting credits: 81

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1. Scarlett Johansson
> Most popular film or television series: The Avengers
> Academy Awards: 0 nominations, 0 wins
> Golden Globes: 4 nominations, 0 wins
> Acting credits: 57

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