Special Report

50 Most Famous Actresses

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5. Anne Hathaway
> Age: 35
> Acting credits: 45
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 3.4 million
> Best known for: Les Misérables, The Dark Knight Rises, Rachel Getting Married

Anne Hathaway has had acting in her blood since she was a young girl. Her role in “Princess Diaries” in 2001 made her a star. Hathaway’s other family-oriented film roles include “Ella Enchanted,” a different take on the Cinderella story. She broke away from family fare in 2005 with films such as “Havoc” and “Brokeback Mountain.” She has been nominated twice for an Academy Award — “Rachel Getting Married” (2009) and “Les Misérables” (2013), and won the gold statue for the latter movie.

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4. Jennifer Lawrence
> Age: 27
> Acting credits: 30
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 6.7 million
> Best known for: The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle

The Kentucky-born actress is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, with a slew of hits and awards underscoring her success. Lawrence has starred in the blockbuster movie franchise “The Hunger Games” that put her at the forefront of the film industry. Other screen credits include “Silver Linings Playbook,” “American Hustle,” and the “X-Men” series. She has been nominated for an Oscar four times: “Winter’s Bone,” “American Hustle,” “Joy,” and “Silver Linings Playbook,” for which she won the Academy Award for best actress in 2013. Lawrence, at 22 years old, was the second-youngest woman to win for best actress.

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3. Meghan Markle
> Age: 37
> Acting credits: 30
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 31.0 million
> Best known for: Remember Me, Horrible Bosses, A Lot Like Love

Meghan Markle had been best known for her recurring role in the cable television series “Suits” before she married Prince Harry and became the Duchess of Sussex earlier this year. By joining the world’s most famous royal family, Markle’s fame vaulted her to near the top of the most famous actresses list. Her film career is not extensive, appearing in “Get Him to the Greek” and “Remember Me” in 2010, and “Horrible Bosses” the following year. Markle also appeared on television shows “Century City” and “CSI: NY.”

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2. Natalie Portman
> Age: 37
> Acting credits: 60
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 5.3 million
> Best known for: Black Swan, V for Vendetta, Jackie

Israeli-born Natalie Portman turned heads with her portrayal of a hitman’s apprentice in the film “The Professional” in 1994. She built on her fame by appearing with Al Pacino in “Heat” the following year. It’s been all uphill for the Harvard University-educated actress, who won the Academy Award in 2010 for her role as a disturbed ballerina in “Black Swan.” She also was nominated for an Oscar for playing First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy in the movie “Jackie” in 2016 and for the film “Closer” in 2004.

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1. Scarlett Johansson
> Age: 33
> Acting credits: 62
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 6.9 million
> Best known for: Her, Lost in Translation, The Avengers

Scarlett Johansson leads the list for most famous actresses, buoyed by her star turns in films such as “Her,” “Lost in Translation,” and “Under the Skin.” Johansson distinguished herself in the film “Girl with a Pearl Earring” in 1998. And it was her work in “Lost in Translation” in 2003 that helped make her a star as she went on to win a BAFTA award for her performance as best actress. Johansson also has made a strong career in appearing in action movie series such as “The Avengers” and “Captain America.” Johansson has appeared on stage and won a Tony Award for best featured actress in “A View from the Bridge.”