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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. Talk show fans might also enjoy what old 90s talk show hosts look like now and these hilarious tattoos of TV 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. Featuring the most popular female hosts from daytime talk shows, black talk shows, political talk shows, American talk shows, and British talk shows, this list has them all!  

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!

Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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: 61

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Also Ranked

#28 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#36 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

#12 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#6 on The Most Powerful People on Twitter

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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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. ...more

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Age: 42

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Model, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: The Tyra Banks Show, Tropic Thunder, America's Next Top Model, Mr. Woodcock

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#83 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

#64 on The Best Reality Show Judges

#44 on The Greatest Black Female Pop Singers

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Joan Rivers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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: Fashion Police, The Joan Rivers Show, The Joan Rivers Show, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work

Also Ranked

#51 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#41 on The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

#9 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

#54 on The Most Original Comedians

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Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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 ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Television presenter, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Oscars, Ellen DeGeneres: Here and Now, The 79th Annual Academy Awards

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#16 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#55 on The Funniest People of All Time

#24 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#2 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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: 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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#64 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

#50 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

#25 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

#12 on The Best Female Stand Up Comedians of the '90s

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Whoopi Goldberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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 ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

Profession: Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer, Singer-songwriter Film Producer, + more

Credits: The View (1997) Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011) The 74th Annual Academy Awards The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) The 71st Annual Academy Awards The 71st Annual Academy Awards

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#80 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#61 on The Best Living American Actresses

#8 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#31 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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: 38

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Profession: Author, Actor, Presenter

Credits: Fox and Friends, The View, Made of Honor, Survivor

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#52 on The Best Survivor Contestants That Ever Played

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Roseanne Barr is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Talk Show Hosts
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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 ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Businessperson, Television producer, Actor Author, + more

Credits: Roseanne, The Roseanne Show, General Hospital, The Tipping Point

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#51 on The Funniest Jewish Comedians And Actors

#81 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

#53 on Who Should Replace Jon Stewart as Host of The Daily Show?

#44 on The Most Original Comedians

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