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.

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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.


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Birthday: 19 December 1963
Born In: South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Jennifer Beals is an American actress who received appreciation for her portrayal of Alex Owens in the 1983 romantic drama film Flashdance. Over the years, she has also been an ardent advocate for gay rights; she received the Ally For Equality Award for her support for the LGBT community. She also works closely with charities like the Matthew Shepard Foundation.


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Birthday: 08 November 1952
Born In: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Alfre Woodard is an American actress. Considered one of the most accomplished and versatile actresses of her generation, Woodard was named in The New York Times' The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century list in 2020. Also a political activist, Woodard is credited with founding Artists for a New South Africa, which aims at advancing equality in South Africa.


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Birthday: 26 April 1961
Born In: Shanghai, China
Sun Sign: Taurus
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century
Chinese-American actor Joan Chen initially came to be known for the films Little Flower and The Last Emperor and later appeared as Jocelyn 'Josie' Packard in the series Twin Peaks. She also delivered a multiple-award-winning role in The Home Song Stories and directed Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl.

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Also Known As: Carrie Frances Fisher
Birthday: 21 October 1956
Born In: Burbank, California, United States
Sun Sign: Libra
Died On: 27 December 2016
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century

Carrie Fisher was an American actress best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films. Some of her other films notable film wereShampoo, Soapdish, The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and The Women. She had issues with bipolar disorder and drug addiction and spoke publicly about it. She died after suffering a sudden cardiac arrest while on a transatlantic flight.