Special Report

50 Most Famous Actresses

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50. Drew Barrymore
> Age: 43
> Acting credits: 76
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 3.0 million
> Best known for: Never Been Kissed, 50 First Dates, Ever After: A Cinderella Story

Rounding out the top 50 is Drew Barrymore. She became a star at age 7 after the release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982. Hers is a greater-than-fiction real-life story: She was born into the Barrymore acting family, appeared in a commercial at 11 months, had a drinking problem at 11 with drug issues following at 12, and was legally divorced from her parents at 14. Now, Hollywood’s wild child has found contentment as the mother of two — and is still acting.

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49. Alicia Vikander
> Age: 29
> Acting credits: 36
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 5.5 million
> Best known for: Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

This Academy Award-winning actress shot to international fame after starring in four major films — all within a 12-month span: “Testament of Youth,” “Ex Machina,” “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” and “The Danish Girl.” The Swedish actress trained as a ballerina, but she was bitten by the acting bug in her teens. Rejected by a local drama school, Vikander applied to law school when fate intervened in the form of a Swedish casting director — and so her path to stardom began.

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48. Penélope Cruz
> Age: 44
> Acting credits: 73
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 2.4 million
> Best known for: Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Vanilla Sky, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

In 2009, Cruz became the first Spanish-born actress to win an Academy Award for her role in Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Training as a ballerina from age 4, she fell in love with acting at 17. While starring in the 1992 film “Jamón Jamón,” she met her future husband, fellow actor Javier Bardem.

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47. Chloë Grace Moretz
> Age: 21
> Acting credits: 65
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 3.1 million
> Best known for: Let Me In, The 5th Wave, Carrie

This young actress lied to Martin Scorsese by pretending that she was British to land the role of Isabelle in the film “Hugo.” It wasn’t until they were deep into production that it was discovered that Moretz is actually from Georgia. She was invited to be a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2018, giving her the right to vote.

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46. Jennifer Garner
> Age: 46
> Acting credits: 58
> Wikipedia page views (1 yr.): 2.7 million
> Best known for: Alias, 13 Going on 30, Daredevil

The actress gained attention as Sydney Bristow, a double agent for the CIA in “Alias,” which ran on the ABC network from 2001 to 2006. Garner propelled herself into film with “Daredevil” in 2003. With 58 credits under her belt across TV and film, this September, her new film, “Peppermint,” sees her take on the role of assassin to avenge her family’s death.