Top Actresses of the 1980s

'A Star for the 80s', read the headline on the cover page of 'Newsweek' magazine, referring to Meryl Streep's progression from portraying supporting roles to lead roles at the beginning of the 1980s. While Streep did go on to dominate the decade with memorable performances, she had healthy competition from other top actresses of the 1980s, such as Mia Farrow and Shirley MacLaine. Farrow, in particular, made good use of the decade by collaborating with top-notch directors like Woody Allen.
Michelle Pfeiffer
Also Known As: Michelle Marie Pfeiffer
Birthday: 29 April 1958
Born In: Santa Ana, California, United States
Sun Sign: Taurus
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Michelle Pfeiffer is one of those rare Hollywood actresses who delivers Oscar-worthy performances every time she faces a camera. In her nearly half-a-century long career, there’s hardly a genre Pfeiffer hasn’t explored and conquered. Showering us with charm and unmatched talent in comedies, dramas, romance, and thrillers, this Golden Globe winner is one of the best actresses of this era.

Jodie Foster
Also Known As: Alicia Christian Foster
Birthday: 19 November 1962
Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Jodie Foster is considered to be one of the best actors of her time. She attained fame as a child actor in the acclaimed film Taxi Driver. Some of her memorable roles as an adult are The Accused, The Silence of the Lambs and Sommersby. She’s a director too. Foster has been in the news for her sexual orientation.

Kim Basinger
Also Known As: Kimila Ann Basinger
Birthday: 08 December 1953
Born In: Athens, Georgia, United States
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

A shy schoolgirl, Kim Basinger grew up to become a successful model, actress and singer. After appearing in numerous advertisements, Kim began acting on television. Her breakthrough role came with movie Never Say Never Again where she played the Bond girl. Later, she won accolades for her performance in movies like The Natural, Batman, L.A. Confidential and Fifty Shades Darker.

Sigourney Weaver
Also Known As: Susan Alexandra Weaver
Birthday: 08 October 1949
Born In: Manhattan, New York, United States
Sun Sign: Libra
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Sigourney Weaver is an American actress. Widely considered one of the most important female protagonists in the history of cinema, Sigourney is also regarded as a pioneer of action heroines in sci-fi films, thanks to her role in the Alien franchise. In 2003, she was ranked 20th in Channel 4's list of 100 Greatest Movie Stars of All Time.

Sally Field
Also Known As: Sally Margaret Field
Birthday: 06 November 1946
Born In: Pasadena, California, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

An acclaimed American actress, Sally Field has won prestigious awards, such as Academy Awards and Emmy Awards. Apart from being a popular actress, Sally Field has also played an important role as an activist, advocating for gay rights and women's rights. She has been part of the board of directors of an international women's NGO called Vital Voices Global Partnership.