They play saints and sinners, businesswomen and housewives, sex goddesses and frumps. Far more often than men, they are
required to disrobe, and bare much more than their souls to an audience, yet, as a group, they are paid less, and are often
given less respect.
Susan Sarandon, Salma Hayek, Michelle Pfeiffer
They have to fight for decent parts, and find their careers reduced to playing supporting roles at
an age when many of their male counterparts are just achieving success.
Their privacy is nonexistant, their indiscretions public knowledge. They are ACTRESSES.
If it sounds like I'm
in awe of them, I AM!
Charlize Theron, from
South Africa, who began her career modelling, has become a highly respected star, winning an Oscar for her 'unglamorous',
intense portrayal in "Monster"...
Reese Witherspoon, successor to Doris Day and Meg Ryan as
everybody's favorite 'perky blonde' (in films like "Legally Blonde"), dyed her hair brunette for her role as June Carter in
"Walk the Line", and won an Oscar!
I'm not trying to sound like an activist (WARNING: you WILL find some nude photos among my collection); ultimately, it is
talent, timing, and charisma that determines an actress' success. Some of the women you will find here have achieved superstar
status; some haven't, and probably never will. But they have all followed their passion to act, and I'm a fan of each of them!