Whether it’s Judy Garland’s timeless portrayal of Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz in 1939, or Anya Taylor-Joy turning heads in Beth Harmon’s 2020 mastery in the Netflix adaptation of The Queen’s Gambit, the actresses of film and television have performed with grace and talent time and time again.
While movies and shows like these will rightfully mark these women’s place in history, it’s not uncommon for the people they’ve shaped themselves into in real life to be even more impressive than the characters they embody.
Stacker curated a list of celebrity ages by looking at the top ten actors of each year using IMDb’s STARmeter and determining the most popular by the one with the most views on the Wikipedia page from January 2020 through December. 2020. It’s important to recognize that a large portion of this list, especially the first half, is made up of white women, which is likely due to the scarcity of leading roles for women of color.
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Many of the actresses in this story have not only made a name for themselves through their collection of iconic performances, but also through the selfless and philanthropic nature with which many of them approached their fame. In an age of turning the storyline on societal norms, many of these actresses use their voices and platforms to advocate for those that are otherwise unknown.