The 27 Most Popular Female Celebrities of All Time

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They’re the faces we see in movies, TV shows, and commercials. We listen to their albums when we need a pick-me-up and follow their endlessly fascinating lives.

If you’re interested in learning more about the most popular famous females, you’re in the right place. Read on as we discuss some of the most popular female faces on the red carpet.

1. Jennifer Aniston

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First on our list of the most popular female celebrities is Jennifer Aniston, an actress who first gained recognition for her role as Rachel on Friends. Since then, she’s been in several other TV shows and films, including Murder Mystery with Adam Sandler and The Morning Show with Reese Witherspoon.

2. Madonna

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Madonna is a singer, songwriter, and actress who rose to fame in the 80s and quickly established her name as the “Queen of Pop.” Since then, she’s continued to reinvent the music industry and even still performs today.

3. Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston passed away in 2012, but her name is forever remembered as one of the most talented musical artists of her time, most known for hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” She also acted in Cinderella and The Preacher’s Wife. We’ll always miss this gem of a woman.

Related: How Did Whitney Houston Die?

4. Jennifer Lawrence 

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Jennifer Lawrence has been an actress for a long time, but it wasn’t until she landed the role of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games that her career took off. Since then, she’s won an Oscar and starred in movies such as Silver Linings Playbook, Passengers, American Hustle, and more.

5. Adele

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Adele is a powerhouse of a singer-songwriter, recognized for her unique vocal tone as a mezzo-soprano. She’s received plenty of accolades in her decade-long career and has a residency in Las Vegas, something only the biggest stars in the music industry tend to land.

Related: 20 Best Adele Songs

6. Emma Watson

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Next on our list of female celebrities is Emma Watson, an actress who literally grew into fame as she played Hermione Granger in eight Harry Potter movies. Since then, she’s been a prominent activist in several categories and starred in films like Greta Gerwig’s Little Women and Beauty and the Beast.

7. Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman is an impressive actress who famously played the role of Padmé Amidala while studying for her Bachelor’s degree at Harvard. However, her role as a child in Leon: The Professional solidified her as a household name.

8. Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift has had quite the redemption story throughout her time in the music industry, but she’s never been quite as famous as she is right now. The talented artist is rewriting and reclaiming all her music, all while performing an immensely popular stadium tour around the world. 

Related: Taylor Swift’s Net Worth

9. Billie Eilish

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Billie Eilish is a singer and songwriter with a powerful-yet-angelic voice who garnered fame when she released the song “Ocean Eyes” in 2015. She writes and produces all her music with her brother, Finneas O’Connell.

10. Sandra Bullock

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Sandra Bullock has been on the acting scene for decades, using her iconic sarcastic style to nail roles in Miss Congeniality, The Proposal, and The Lost City. She’s been one of Time’s Most Influential People and the highest-paid actress of the year multiple times.

11. Miley Cyrus

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Miley Cyrus is one of the most well-known female celebrities, first appearing in the public eye in Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana and developing into a popular musical talent. She’s been through plenty of public drama, from her broken engagement with Liam Hemsworth to her rebellious period in her young adult years.

Related: Miley Cyrus’ Biography

12. Scarlett Johansson 

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Scarlett Johansson is a powerhouse of an actress who has excelled at everything from dramatic roles in Marriage Story or kicking butt in The Avengers. In 2018 and 2019, she was the highest-paid actress in the world. 

13. Ariana Grande

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Ariana Grande is a singer and actress with a high voice nearly everyone can identify. Of course, she’s also known for her controversies, such as her relationship with Broadway’s Ethan Slater or the famous donut incident.

14. Kristen Bell

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Who can forget the iconic personality and voice of Kristen Bell? Whether you know her from The Good Place, Veronica Mars, or Gossip Girl, it’s hard to think of an iconic show the professional actress hasn’t been a part of in the last two decades.

15. Marylin Monroe

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Marilyn Monroe was one of the most talented actresses and models of all time, known for playing the classic blonde bombshell in movies like The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot. She tragically passed away in the 60s, but most people today still recall her name and some of her most iconic work and style.

16. Dua Lipa

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Dua Lipa is a singer and songwriter with an impressive mezzo-soprano range and a unique disco-influenced tone. She’s received many awards for her hits over the last few years, creating iconic and catchy songs such as “Levitating” and “Dance the Night.”

17. Angelina Jolie

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Next on our list of female celebrities is Angelina Jolie, an actress with an unforgettable appearance, plenty of accolades, and a little bit of drama to boot. Many people remember her for her long marriage to actor Brad Pitt which ended several years ago.

18. Dolly Parton

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You can’t think of country music without thinking about Dolly Parton. The singer and entrepreneur has released songs like “9 to 5,” starred in movies like Steel Magnolias, and even opened her own theme park in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, Dollywood.

Related: 35 Interesting Facts About Dolly Parton

19. Beyonce

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Beyonce is one of the biggest stars of our era. She pushed her way from her role in Destiny’s Child to an incredible solo career. Most people think of Beyonce as an invincible person who can do no wrong, as evidenced by the power exuded in her current tour.

20. Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis first rose to fame as the youngest character in That ‘70s Show, Jackie Burkhart. She’s since been in many movies, from Ted to Friends With Benefits – and she married her co-star, Ashton Kutcher.

21. Emma Stone

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Next on our list of the most well-known female celebrities is Emma Stone, a standout actress with an unbeatable personality. She won her first big award with her role in La La Land, continuing with parts in Cruella and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

22. Margot Robbie

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Margot Robbie has been a breakout star of the past decade. Her first massive role was in The Wolf of Wall Street, but her recent role in Barbie made her a household name.

23. Bella Poarch

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Bella Poarch was one of the first people to become really popular on the TikTok app. She’s been able to participate in many partnerships since then, growing further in fame, although she hasn’t done much in 2023 just yet. 

24. Selena Gomez

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Selena Gomez has had quite a career, making her one of the most popular females on the planet. From her roots on the Disney Channel to her current role on Only Murders in the Building, Gomez exudes talent.

25. Julia Roberts

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Julia Roberts is a famous actress and one of the most iconic rom-com actors ever. She’s known for her roles in Pretty Woman, Notting Hill, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and more.

26. Charli D’Amelio

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Charli D’Amelio is another TikTok standout who is famous for her dance moves. Her family released a reality TV show a few years ago which furthered her popularity. Though she isn’t as well known as some female celebrities on this list, everyone in Gen Z and Gen A knows who she is.

27. Zendaya

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Last on our list of famous female celebrities is Zendaya. She began her career on Disney Channel, eventually moving on to music and, most recently, appearing in the new Spider-Man movies with Tom Holland and playing the lead, Rue, in Euphoria

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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