While the crew draws out the parameters for a movie, the actresses are who color in the film to bring it to life, and without great acting, a great film can crumble. On this list, you'll find the best US actresses who are still alive. For the best actresses, living or dead, check out this list of the best actresses in film history.
These actresses are the ones who deliver time and again, regardless of how good the script or the production of the film is. You will also find women on this list who have given stunning television performances. Both TV and film roles are taken into account for this list. These are the greatest American actresses who are alive today. For example, Meryl Streep has won three Oscars for her acting. It would be hard to argue she isn't one of the greats! Glenn Close, Jodie Foster, and Viola Davis are just a few of the beloved famous American actresses.
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Won for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer (1980) and Best Actress Oscar for Sophie's Choice (1982) and The Iron Lady (2011)
Won for Best Actress Emmy for Holocaust (19878) and Angels in America (2003)
Won for Best Actress Oscar for Misery (1991)
Won for Best Supporting Actress Emmy for American Horror Story: Coven (2014)
Won for Best Actress Oscar for The Accused (1989) and The Silence of the Lambs (1992)
Nominated for Best Actress Oscar for Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), Albert Nobbs (2011), and The Wife (2017), and Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), The Natural (1984), and Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Winner for Best Actress Emmy for Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story (1995) and Damages (2008, 2009)