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Women Who Have Helped Shape The Entertainment Industry Part IV

Continuation of women who have helped shape the entertainment industry.

Brigette Bardot

1. (born 28 September 1934) is a French actress, former fashion model, singer and animal welfare/rights activist
2. During her career in show business Bardot starred in 48 films, performed in numerous musical shows, and recorded 80 songs
3. retirement from the entertainment industry in 1973, Bardot established herself as an animal rights activist.
4. In 1974 Bardot appeared in a nude photo shoot in the American magazine Playboy, which celebrated her 40th birthday
5. In 1986 she established the Brigitte Bardot Foundation for the Welfare and Protection of Animals
6. She has donated more than $140,000 over two years for a mass sterilization and adoption program for Bucharest's stray dogs, estimated to number 300,000. She is planning to house many of these stray animals in a new animal rescue facility that she is having built on her property.

Annette Bening

1. (born May 29, 1958) is an American actress.
2. Bening is a council member for the California Arts Council
3. She has won multiple awards and has been nominated for several others.
4. She tamed one of "hollywood's most eligible bachelors" in 1992 when she married Warren Beatty.
5. she is the mother of 4 and continues to work on selected projects.

Barbara Eden

1. (born August 23, 1934) is an American film and television actress and singer who is best known for her starring role in the sitcom I Dream of Jeannie.
2. Eden received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in the spring of 1990 from the University of West Los Angeles School of Law.
3. On November 17, 1988 She received the honor of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame sidewalk for her contributions to television at 2003 Hollywood Boulevard.

Barbra Streisand

1. (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer and film and theatre actress.
2. has also achieved note as a composer, liberal political activist, film producer, and director.
3. has won two Academy Awards, nine Grammy Awards, four Emmy Awards and a Special Tony Award.
4. is one of the most commercially and critically successful female entertainers in modern entertainment history and one of the best selling solo recording artists in the US, with RIAA-certified shipments of over 71 million albums. She is the highest ranking female artist on the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Top Selling Artists list
5. has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is one of Billboard's highest ranking female artists

Bette Midler

1. (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known (by her informal stage name) as The Divine Miss M
2. has won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a Tony Award, and has been nominated for two Academy Awards
3. is noted as having sold over 100 million records worldwide.
4. In 1995, Midler founded the New York Restoration Project, a non-profit organization with the goal of revitalizing neglected neighborhood parks in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods of New York City. These include Highbridge Park, Fort Washington Park, and Fort Tryon Park in upper Manhattan and Roberto Clemente State Park and Bridge Park in the Bronx.
5. In 1999, the city planned to auction 114 community gardens for commercial development. Midler led a coalition of greening organizations to save them. NYRP took ownership of 60 of the most neglected plots. Today Midler and her organization work with local volunteers and community groups to ensure that these gardens are kept safe, clean and vibrant. In 2003, Midler opened Swindler Cove Park, a new 5-acre (20,000 m2) public park on the Harlem River shore featuring specially designed educational facilities and the Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, the first community rowing facility to be built on the Harlem River in more than 100 years. The organization offers free in-school and after-school environmental education programming to students from high-poverty Title I schools


1. (born May 20, 1946) is an American pop singer-songwriter, actor, director and record producer.
2. has won an Academy Award, a Grammy Award, an Emmy Award, three Golden Globe Awards and a People's Choice Award for her work in film, music and television.
3. the only female solo artist to reach the Top Ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in each of the previous four decades.
4. is an enduring pop culture icon and one of the most popular and biggest-selling artists in the history of contemporary music, having sold over 100 million records worldwide and 80 million records with Sony
5. returned to the stage in 2008 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she is currently performing her show Cher at the Colosseum.
6. is also the namesake of the Cher Charitable Foundation, which donates funds to various charities and causes close to her heart.

Dame Judi Dench

1. (born 9 December 1934) is an English actress.
2. established herself as one of the most significant British theatre performers, working for the National Theatre Company and the Royal Shakespeare Company
3. Her film appearances had been infrequent until she was cast as M in GoldenEye (1995), a role she has played in each James Bond film since. She received several notable film awards for her role as Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown (1997), and has since been acclaimed for her work in such films as Shakespeare in Love (1998), Chocolat (2000), Iris (2001), Mrs Henderson Presents (2005) and Notes on a Scandal (2006), and the television production The Last of the Blonde Bombshells (2001).
4. Regarded by critics as one of the greatest actresses of the post-war period, and frequently named as the leading British actress in polls, Dench has received many award nominations for her acting in theatre, film and television; her awards include ten BAFTAs, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and a Tony Award.
5. Dench was awarded the OBE in 1970, became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 1988, and a Companion of Honour in 2005.

Diane Keaton

1. (born January 5, 1946) is an American film actress, director and producer
2. Her first major film role was as Kay Adams-Corleone in The Godfather (1972), but the films that shaped her early career were those with director and co-star Woody Allen beginning with Play It Again, Sam in 1972. Her next two films with Allen, Sleeper (1973) and Love and Death (1975), established her as a comic actress. Her fourth, Annie Hall (1977), won her the Academy Award for Best Actress.
3. She became an accomplished dramatic actress, starting in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and received Academy Award nominations for Reds (1981) and Marvin's Room (1996). Some of her popular later films include Father of the Bride (1991), The First Wives Club (1996), and Something's Gotta Give (2003)
4. Films Keaton has been in have earned a cumulative gross of over USD$1.1 billion in North America
5. In addition to acting, she is also a photographer, real estate developer, and occasional singer

Dianne Wiest

1. (born 28 March 1948) is an American actress
2. has had a successful career on stage, television, and film, and has won two Academy Awards, two Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe Award. Wiest has also been nominated for a BAFTA Award.

Elizabeth Montgomery

1. (April 15, 1933 – May 18, 1995) was an American film and television actress whose career spanned five decades.
2. is best remembered for her roles as Samantha Stephens in Bewitched, as Ellen Harrod in A Case of Rape and as Lizzie Borden in The Legend of Lizzie Borden.
3. had liberal political views, being an outspoken champion of women's rights and gay rights throughout her life, sharply contrasting with her conservative Republican father, who was once a media advisor to President Dwight Eisenhower.
4. she was a vocal critic of the Vietnam War. In the late 1980s and early 1990s she narrated a series of political documentaries, including Coverup: Behind the Iran Contra Affair (1988) and the Academy Award winning The Panama Deception (1992).
5. In June 2005, a statue of Montgomery as Samantha Stephens was erected in Salem, Massachusetts
6. A star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame was presented in honor of Montgomery's work in television on January 4, 2008. The location of star is 6533 Hollywood Blvd

Faye Dunaway

1. (born January 14, 1941) is an American actress
2. won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in Network (1976) after receiving previous nominations for the critically acclaimed films Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Chinatown (1974)
3. has starred in a variety of films, including The Thomas Crown Affair (1968), Little Big Man (1971), The Towering Inferno (1974), Three Days of the Condor (1975), Mommie Dearest (1981).
4. is an adult convert to Roman Catholicism.

Goldie Hawn

1. (born November 21, 1945) is an American actress, film director and producer, known for her 'ditzy blonde' persona in a several comedies
2. is a practicing Buddhist and has raised her children in both Buddhist and Jewish traditions.
3. founded and funds the Goldie Hawn Institute, formerly called the Bright Lights Foundation. The institute teaches the Buddhist technique of mindfulness training; where fourth through seventh graders are instructed in mindful awareness techniques and positive thinking skills, then tested for changes in behavior, social and emotional competence, and moral development. One school official reports that in one classroom, the children went from having the most behavioral problems, to having zero behavioral problems.

Jamie Lee Curtis

1. (born November 22, 1958) is an American actress.
2. Although she was initially known as a "scream queen" because of her starring roles in many horror films early in her career such as Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night and Terror Train, Curtis has since compiled a body of work that covers many genres
3. Her 1998 book, Today I Feel Silly, and Other Moods That Make My Day, made the best-seller list in The New York Times
4. is married to actor Christopher Guest (Lord Haden-Guest) and, as the wife of a lord, is titled Lady Haden-Guest, but she chooses not to use the title when in the United States.
5. is currently the spokeswoman for Activia
6. is also a blogger for The Huffington Post online newspaper.

Jane Fonda

1. (born December 21, 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru
2. rose to fame in the 1960s with films such as Barbarella and Cat Ballou and, excluding a 15 year hiatus, has appeared in films ever since
3. has won two Academy Awards and received several other awards and nominations
4. also produced and starred in several exercise videos released between 1982 and 1995
5. has served as an activist for many political causes, one of the most notable and controversial of which was her opposition to the Vietnam War. She has also protested the Iraq War and violence against women. She describes herself as a liberal and a feminist.

Julie Andrews

1. (born 1 October 1935) is a British film and stage actress, singer, and author
2. is the recipient of Golden Globe, Emmy, Grammy, BAFTA, People's Choice Award, Theatre World Award, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award honours
3. a former British child actress and singer who made her Broadway debut in 1954 with The Boy Friend, and rose to prominence starring in other musicals such as My Fair Lady and Camelot, and in musical films such as Mary Poppins (1964) and The Sound of Music (1965): the roles for which she is still best known.
4. Her voice spanned four octaves until it was damaged by a throat operation in 1998.
5. had a major revival of her film career in the 2000s, in family films such as The Princess Diaries (2001), its sequel The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), and the Shrek animated films (2004–2007). In 2003 Andrews revisited her first Broadway success, this time as a stage director, with a revival of The Boy Friend at the Bay Street Theatre, Sag Harbor, New York (and later at the Goodspeed Opera House, (East Haddam, Connecticut in 2005).
6. is also an author of children's books, and in 2008 she published an autobiography, Home: A Memoir of My Early Years.

Kathy Bates

1. born June 28, 1948) is an American actress and director.
2. After several small roles in film and television, Bates rose to prominence with her performance in Misery (1990), for which she won both the Academy Award for Best Actress and a Golden Globe.
3. She followed this with major roles in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991) and Dolores Claiborne (1995), before playing a featured role as Margaret "Molly" Brown in Titanic (1997). During this time she began her directing career, primarily in television.
4. won a Screen Actors Guild Award for her performance in Primary Colors (1998), for which she also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for About Schmidt (2002). Her television work has resulted in seven Emmy Award nominations.
5. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2003, Bates has stated that she has made a full recovery.

Lynn Redgrave

1. (born 8 March 1943) is an English actress.
2. appeared in several films, including Tom Jones (1963), and Georgy Girl (1966) which won her a New York Film Critics Award and nominations for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
3. made a return to films in the late 1990s in films such as Shine (1996) and Gods and Monsters (1998), for which she received another Academy Award nomination.
4. has discussed her health problems associated with bulimia, and breast cancer which resulted in a mastectomy

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