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List Rules People on this list must be 1) women who 2) have proven expertise in more than one field and 3) are alive today.

The modern woman is expected to do it all, from juggling careers to picking up the kids at school. It's a lot of pressure to be under. Fortunately, we have an extraordinary group of multi-talented renaissance women from around the world to help guide us in the art of Being Good at Everything.

From pop culture royalty like Oprah to actual royalty like Queen Margrethe of Denmark (also a renowned linguist), and actresses who play scientists to real scientists (who are also astronauts, teachers, and authors), these women have mastered effortlessly switching careers. In balancing science, medicine, entertainment, and politics at the same time, they set an example for all of us to follow and break down barriers that have professionally held women back for generations.

This list is full of modern day renaissance women who have achieved greatness in multiple fields at once. Some are women you've definitely heard of, while others work away from the spotlight, doing things that have changed the world.

Madonna is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Madonna


Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery in her music videos, which became a fixture on MTV. Madonna is known for reinventing both her music and ...more

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Age: 58

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Schools: West Junior High, Rochester Adams High School, University of Michigan, St. Andrew's School

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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#33 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#53 on The Best Singers of All Time

#22 on The Best Current Female Singers

#23 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Julie Andrews is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Julie Andrews


Dame Julia "Julie" Elizabeth Andrews, DBE, is an English film and stage actress, singer, author, theatre director and dancer. Andrews, a former child actress and singer, appeared on the West End in 1948, and made her Broadway debut in a 1954 production of The Boy Friend. She rose to prominence ...more

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Age: 81

Birthplace: Walton-on-Thames, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Profession: Theatre Director, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, + more

Credits: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Shrek 2, Despicable Me

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#17 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#12 on The Best Living English Actresses

#89 on The Best Singers of All Time

#24 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Angelina Jolie


Angelina Jolie Pitt is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. Jolie made her screen debut as a child alongside her father, Jon Voight, ...more

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: Cambodia, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more

Schools: Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute, El Rodeo School, New York University, William O. Schaefer Elementary School, Beverly Hills High School

Major/Field Of Study: Filmmaking

Credits: Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt

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#46 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#40 on The Best Living American Actresses

#89 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#39 on Celebrities Who Just Seem Crazy to You

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Modern Day Renaissance Women
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Oprah Winfrey


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: 63

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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

Schools: Nicolet High School, Tennessee State University, East Literature Magnet School

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

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#85 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#32 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#8 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#22 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

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