Hollywood is the global leader in filmmaking business. It is however unfortunate and rather surprising that one of the biggest and most iconic film industries in the world does not have enough women in positions of power. Hollywood is characterized and notoriously famous for its gender inequality and discrimination. Whether it is behind the camera crew or the lead actors, the scope for women has been limited for women with very few of them making their own name and becoming imminent. However, things are changing and will only get better with time. Even in this gender-biased environment, few women have become global icon which is commendable. The article details out some of the most influential and powerful women in Hollywood.
Meryl Streep is considered as one of the most powerful women in Hollywood. She has been nominated for the Academy Awards a stunning 21 times and has won the same thrice. She has received 31 Golden Globe nominations and has won it 8 times. She is, without doubt, America’s greatest living actor. She is a versatile actor and has excelled in complex and commercially successful roles throughout her career.
Julia Roberts is one of the most popular actress Hollywood has seen. She has won 3 Golden Globe Awards out of 8 nominations. She has been nominated for the Academy Awards 4 times and has won it once in the year 2000. She has been the highest paid actress globally throughout most of the 1990s and the early 2000s. She has been associated with UNICEF and other charities for noble causes globally.
Angelina Jolie is a beautiful and successful Hollywood actress. She has received one Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, and 2 Screen Actors Guild Awards. Her role as Lara Croft in the movie Tomb Raider made her popular and established her as a successful actress. She also ventured into screenwriting, directing, and film producing. She is also widely known for her humanitarian efforts by promoting various causes like environmental conservation, education, women’s rights etc. She is popular for her advocacy for refugees as a special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
Marilyn Monroe was the most famous actress of her time. She was easily the most glamorous and beautiful actress during the late 1940s and 1950s. She was a powerful personality and did not allow the directors or others to force her into doing roles due to she being a blonde. During her time, women were cast for insignificant roles and mostly for glamor in the movies. She changed that and started doing diverse roles which were not usually associated with blonde women. She had an everlasting impact on Hollywood and fashion which is evident even today.
Jennifer Lawrence is the current heartthrob of Hollywood. She is the only actor to be born in the 1990s to win an Academy Award. Her movies have earned more than $5.5 billion globally. She was the highest paid actress in the world in 2015 and 2016.