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Famous Female Talk Show Hosts

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This list of famous female talk show hosts is ranked by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female talk show hosts list contains the most prominent and top women known for being talk show hosts. There many women talk show hosts on the air these days, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Female TV hosts have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a girl aspiring to be a talk show host then the women talk show hosts below should give you inspiration.

Oprah Winfrey broke ground as a black female talk show host, and there have been many Mexican, Canadian, and Spanish female TV show hosts that have made names for themselves as well. 

While this isn't a list of all female talk show hosts, it's a great starting point, with over 100 female TV talk show hosts to learn more about, all of whom have had hit shows. Who are the most famous female talk show hosts? Who are the best female talk show hosts? Take a look at the talk show hostess list below and find out!

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    Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, The Color Purple, Ocean's Thirteen, Bee Movie, The Butler, + more
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    Tyra Banks
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    Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, former talk show host, producer, author, actress, and former model. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Tropic Thunder, America's Next Top Model, Love & Basketball, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Price Is Right, + more
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    Joan Alexandra Molinsky, known as Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host noted for her often controversial comedic persona — where she was alternately self-deprecating or sharply acerbic, especially toward celebrities and politicians. Rivers came to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1933-2014)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Spaceballs, Shrek 2, The Smurfs, Look Who's Talking, The Muppets Take Manhattan, + more
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    Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She was the star in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998, and has hosted her syndicated talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show since 2003. Her stand up career started in the early 1980s, culminating in a 1986 ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Finding Nemo, American Idol, Coneheads, Dr. Dolittle, Ellen, + more
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    Roseann "Rosie" O'Donnell is an American comedian, actress, author, and television personality. She has also been a magazine editor and continues to be a celebrity blogger, LGBT rights activist, television producer, and collaborative partner in the LGBT family vacation company R Family ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Editor, Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Tarzan, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, The Flintstones, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, + more
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    Whoopi Goldberg is an American actress, comedienne, political activist, writer, producer, and television host. Although Goldberg made her film debut in the avant-garde ensemble film Citizen: I'm Not Losing My Mind, I'm Giving It Away, her breakthrough role was playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, Toy Story 3, Ghost, Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Color Purple, + more
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    Elisabeth DelPadre Hasselbeck is an American television personality and talk show host. Born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island, she attended St. Mary Academy – Bay View as a teenager and graduated from Boston College in 1999. In January 2001, Hasselbeck rose to prominence as a contestant on the ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: USA, Cranston, Rhode Island
    • Profession: Author, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Made of Honor, Madea Goes to Jail, The View, Fox & Friends, The Look for Less, + more
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    Roseanne Barr
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    Roseanne Cherrie Barr is an American actress, comedian, writer, television producer, director, and 2012 presidential nominee of the California-based Peace and Freedom Party. Barr began her career in stand-up comedy at clubs before gaining fame for her role in the sitcom Roseanne. The show was a hit and ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Actor, Author, + more
    • Credits: Roseanne, Home on the Range, Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Look Who's Talking Too, She-Devil, + more
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    Sharon Rachel Osbourne is an English television host, media personality, television talent competition judge, author, music manager, businesswoman, and promoter, and the wife of heavy metal singer-songwriter Ozzy Osbourne. She first came into public prominence after appearing in The Osbournes, a reality ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Brixton, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Promoter, Film Producer, Talent manager, + more
    • Credits: Austin Powers: Goldmember, America's Got Talent, The X Factor (UK), The X Factor, The Osbournes, + more
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    Dana Elaine Owens, better known by her stage name Queen Latifah, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, model, television producer, record producer, comedienne, and talk show host. She has long been considered one of hip-hop's pioneer feminists. Her work in music, film, and television has ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: USA, Newark, New Jersey
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer, Film Producer, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Chicago, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Stranger than Fiction, Ice Age: Continental Drift, Ice Age: The Meltdown, + more
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    Cybill Lynne Shepherd is an American actress, singer and former model. Shepherd's better known roles include Jacy in The Last Picture Show, Kelly in The Heartbreak Kid, Betsy in Taxi Driver, Maddie Hayes in Moonlighting, Cybill Sheridan in Cybill, Phyllis Kroll in The L Word, and Madeleine Spencer in ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Taxi Driver, The Last Picture Show, Moonlighting, Chances Are, Married to It, + more
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    Lauren Hutton
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    Lauren Hutton is an American model and actress. Hutton notably appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine on 28 occasions and earned more than any other model within a decade-long period.more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: USA, South Carolina, Charleston
    • Profession: Television producer, Model, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: Once Bitten, Zorro, The Gay Blade, American Gigolo, The Joneses, + more
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    Kathie Lee Gifford is a French-born American television host, singer, songwriter, comedian, and actress, best known for her 15-year run on the talk show Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee, which she co-hosted with Regis Philbin. She has received 11 Daytime Emmy nominations and won her first Daytime Emmy in ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Talk show host, Songwriter, Television producer, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The View, Today, Dudley Do-Right, Hercules, Good Morning America, + more
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    Lisa Deanna Rinna is an American television host and actress. She is known for her roles as Billie Reed on Days of Our Lives, Taylor McBride on Melrose Place, and as the host of SoapNet's Soap Talk.more

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    • Age: age 52
    • Birthplace: Medford, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Businessperson, Model, Actor
    • Credits: Veronica Mars, Melrose Place, The Apprentice, Dancing with the Stars, Nick Fury: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., + more
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    Kelly Maria Ripa is an American actress, talk show host and television producer. Ripa played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002 and is best known as co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. She is also known for her role as ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Presenter
    • Credits: The Great Buck Howard, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Hope & Faith, Marvin's Room, Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time, + more
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    Doris Day is an American actress, singer, and animal rights activist. Day began her career as a big band singer in 1939. Her popularity began to rise after her first hit recording "Sentimental Journey", in 1945. After leaving Les Brown & His Band of Renown to embark on a solo career, Day started her ...more

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    • Age: age 91
    • Birthplace: USA, Cincinnati, Ohio
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Man Who Knew Too Much, Pillow Talk, Lover Come Back, Calamity Jane, Move Over, + more
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    Rachael Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, and three Food Network series. Other programs to her credit include Rachael Ray's Week In A Day and the reality format show Rachael vs. Guy: ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Rachael Ray, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's New Catchphrase, + more
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    Jillian Michaels
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    Jillian Michaels is an American personal trainer, businesswoman, author and television personality from Los Angeles, California. Michaels is best known for her appearances on NBC's The Biggest Loser and Losing It with Jillian. She is also known for her appearance on the talk show The Doctors.more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Personal trainer, + more
    • Credits: The Biggest Loser, Hamtaro, Edgar & Ellen, The Doctors, Kenny Powers - The K-Swiss MFCEO, + more
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    Ricki Pamela Lake is an American actress, producer, and Emmy Award-winning television host. She is best known for her talk show which was broadcast internationally 1993–2004. In autumn 2012, Lake embarked on a second syndicated talk show endeavor airing on weekdays.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: USA, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
    • Profession: Talk show host, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, China Beach, Family Feud, + more
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    Monique Angela Hicks, known professionally as Mo'Nique, is an American comedian and actress. She first gained fame for her role as Nikki Parker in the UPN series The Parkers while making a name as a stand-up comedian hosting a variety of venues, including Showtime at the Apollo. Mo'Nique transitioned to ...more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Domino, Soul Plane, Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins, + more
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