Milla Jovovich (born 1975) (according to her website, is pronounced "mee-luh" "yo-vo-vitch" - Serbian: Милица Наташа Јововић/Milica Jovović) Born in Kiev, Ukraine, later moving with her family to London and then California. She began modeling at young age (about age 11) and has appeared in a multitude of magazines and ad campaigns. She is an actress and her notable redhead role was in the sci-fi movie 'The Fifth Element' as "Leeloo"...she's not a natural redhead. She's appeared in multiple other films plus she's also a musician, fashion designer, and philanthropist. She is married and has a daughter.
Franka Potente (born 1974) Pretty famous actress, German, who's appeared in multiple films from sci-fi to action to comedy...in Germany and also the successful US movie'The Bourne Identity.' Her redhead role was 'playing Lola' in the German thriller 'Run Lola Run' (German: 'Lola Rennt') about a woman who must obtain a specific amount of money in 20 minutes to save her boyfriend's life.
Susan Hayward (1917-1975) An American, this famous actress started out as a New York fashion model. She started in acting and played in multiple films, supporting and lead roles and often appeared as a redhead. She had several Academy Award nominations, later winning Best Actress in 'I Want to Live' in 1958.
Jane Fonda (born 1937) Famous actress born in New York, daughter of famous actor Henry Fonda; her mother was Frances Ford Seymour; her brother is actor Peter Fonda. Besides appearing on stage and in films, she is also a writer, former fashion model, fitness instructor and exercise video producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and activist who often attracts controversy. She has appeared in multiple films, rising to fame in the 1960s, plus winning 2 Academy Awards. Not a natural red head but played a lovely redhead reporter in the 1979 film 'The China Syndrome.' She has returned to acting in her later years. (Read her QUOTE about her red hair.)
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Janet Gaynor This popular redhead was an American silent-film famous actress who won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the 1920s. When sound movies began, she was one of the few Hollywood leading ladies who transitioned successfully, working in talking movies for a time. This famous actress was described as a beautiful woman having large expressive eyes and tightly curled auburn-red hair.
Kate Mara (born 1983) The pretty American actress started her pro acting as a young teen. The pretty redhead has appeared in American TV, films, and stage. She's also a sometimes singer, having sung the American national anthem before football games (her family owns several football teams). Her 1st film was 'Random Hearts' in 1999 and also a role in the film 'Brokeback Moutain' as Alma Jr. Has appeared on TV series such as '24' (as Shari Rothenberg), 'Law and Order,' 'CSI,' and 'Everwood' plus the HBO series 'Entourage' to name a few.
Bette Davis (1908-1989) Appearing as a redhead off and on throughout her long career, this famous actress was voted one of the top 10 "Greatest Female Stars of All Time" (American Film Institute). She appeared on the stage, films, and television, playing a wide range of genres and characters. She was nominated for Academy Awards multiple times, winning twice, plus the Lifetime Achievement Award and others. Not particularly a beautiful woman but she had distinctive mannerisms, voice, and way of speaking plus loads of talent.
Bonnie Wright (born 1991). Lovely redhead known for her role as 'Ginny Weasley' (the youngest of the 7 Weasley kids) in the 'Harry Potter' movies, first seen in 'The Philosopher's Stone.' (Also see fellow 'Weasley' redhead Rupert Grint.) She has since appeared in several made-for-TV movies. I expect we'll be seeing more of her!
Jeanette MacDonald (1903-1965). Beautiful famous actress and accomplished soprano, hugely popular in the 1930s and 1940s, with big blue eyes and natural red hair. Nicknames: Mac, JAM, Jenni, and The Iron Butterfly (a lady and beautiful yet a tough businesswoman). Was voted "Queen of Hollywood" in 1939 by a nationwide poll. Recorded 3 gold records plus appeared in big blockbuster musical films -- the 1936 hit 'Rose-Marie' (she sings the famous "Indian Love Call" with actor Nelson Eddy, the 'Canadian Mountie'); in 1936 'San Francisco' starring Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy (also a redhead); and MGM's 1st Technicolor film 'Sweethearts' in 1938.
She did concert tours in Europe and America and performed for 2 presidents. She later trained further and made her opera debut in 'Roméo et Juliette' in Montreal in 1943, with other productions following. She also had a radio career, plus appeared in summer stock productions, on TV, and night clubs. She has 2 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (Motion Pictures and for Recording). (Read her quotes.)
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Moira Shearer "Lady Kennedy" (1926-2006) A natural redhead ("ginger"), this beautiful international ballet star later began a secondary career as an actress. Born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She became well known from her role in the 1948 film 'The Red Shoes' as redhead Victoria Page "Vicky." This famous actress also starred in the 1955 film 'The Man Who Loved Redheads.' She continued to act after retiring from ballet.
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Judy Garland ("Frances Ethel Gumm") (1922-1969) Versatile US actress, singer, recording artist with red-brown hair. Her mom's ancestors emigrated to US from Ireland. As a teen, appeared in vaudeville with her sisters, known as the "Gumm Sisters" (changed to "Garland Sisters.") She signed with MGM studios, often teamed with fellow teen actor Mickey Rooney. Played a redhead 'Dorothy Gale' in 1939 hit movie 'The Wizard of Oz' (based on L.Frank Baum's book...plus another redhead "Oz" actress Billie Burke). Her film 'Meet Me in St. Louis' was a hit (very redhead here!). Her last film with MGM was 'Summer Stock' - then in 1954 made remake for Warner Bros. of 'A Star is Born. She then toured England, Ireland, & Scotland to sold-out crowds. Later appeared in TV specials and briefly her 'The Judy Garland Show.' This famous actress won an Academy Juvenile Award in 1939, Golden Globe, Grammy Award, and others and nominated for an Academy Award. She had multiple personal problems throughout her life, was married 5 times, & had 3 children: children Liza Minnelli, Lorna Luft, and Joey Luft. Because of her versatile 45-year career, the American Film Institute in 1999 listed her in top 10 greatest female stars in American film.
Ginger Rogers (1911-1995) Although this famous actress of American movies and stage usually appeared as a blonde, she was actually a natural redhead. Of Scottish and Welsh ancestry, entering vaudeville/stage as a teenager of 17. Probably remembered most as the dancing partner of Fred Astaire in many Hollywood musicals, she actually made 73 films during her long successful career. In 1940, she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the film 'Kitty Foyle.' Because of her skill and beauty, many regard her as Fred Astaire's best partner -- just say "Fred and Ginger" and fans know! Her hand and feet prints can be seen at 'Grauman's Chinese Theater.' She apparently was good friends with fellow redhead and actress Lucille Ball. There's a new musical out about her life called "Backwards in High Heels:The Ginger Musical" by Barkley and McGovern and directed by Scott Schwartz.
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Nancy Carroll This American titan-redhead famous actress has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She appeared on stage at a young age and appeared in Broadway musicals. She became a star of the new 'talkies' (talking movies) era, especially the 1920s and 1930s, working with Paramount Pictures studios. She was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for 'The Devil's Holiday.' She later became a TV actress in the 1950s and 60s.
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Clara Bow (1905-1965) This popular American silent-film actress became synonymous with "the roaring twenties" and the new breed of liberated women (flappers). A gifted actress with a feisty personality, she overcame poverty and a difficult childhood. She was apparently a natural redhead, who later dyed it with henna. (According to the book "The It Girl" by Epstein and Morella, "As she grew up she felt shy among other girls who teased her for her worn-out clothes and "carrot-top" hair."
Her career was launched after winning an acting contest. She became a world-famous sex symbol after her role in the 1927 silent film 'It' and thus became known as the "It Girl" ("it" meaning 'sex appeal'). She was disliked and also imitated -- women copied her heart-shaped red lipstick technique, plus the cartoon character "Betty Boop" and "boop-boop-a-doop-girl" Helen Kane were inspired by Clara. Apparently, henna hair dye popularity skyrocketed when fans learned she used the dye on her hair to achieve her famous fiery orange-red color. This famous actress has a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in 1994 the United States Postal Service issued a 29-cent stamp depicting a caricature of her. Her QUOTE about her hair
Karen Gillan (born 1987) Pretty 6-foot, flame-haired , Scottish actress was born in Inverness, Scotland. She models when not acting, including for the London Fashion Week 2007. She has appeared in other roles such as for 'The Well,''The Kevin Bishop Show.''Stacked' and others. She will be playing the role of 'Amy Pond' for the the BBC's 2010 TV series 'Doctor Who.' In 2010, she was named 'Ultimate UK TV Actress' at the Cosmopolitan Woman of the Year Awards.(Read her quotes about her red hair.)