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List Rules A comprehensive list of notable lesbian actresses.

A number of notable Hollywood actresses are also proudly gay. Whether these women are known as dramatic powerhouses or comedic icons, their personal stories and advocacy for gay rights make them inspirations to audiences around the world. The best lesbian actresses come in many forms. Some notable lesbian actresses are famous for their work in film while other famous gay female actresses are TV stars. Many of the most talented lesbian actresses have also won awards for their work in the theater.

Who is the most famous lesbian actress? Ellen DeGeneres takes the number-one spot on the list. DeGeneres came out as gay on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 and she has been married to fellow actress Portia de Rossi since 2008. "It made me feel ashamed that I couldn’t feel honest and really be who I am, and I just didn’t want to pretend to be somebody else anymore so that people would like me," she said of coming out publicly. Rosie O'Donnell is another talented lesbian actress and comedian. Model and actress Cara Delevingne hasn't officially come out, but was in a relationship with Annie Clark – who performs under the name St. Vincent – starting in 2015 and has since dated others.

Which of these lesbian celebrities is your favorite? Take a look at this list and cast your votes accordingly.

Ellen DeGeneres is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Lesbian Actresses
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Ellen DeGeneres came out as gay on The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1997 and she has been married to fellow actress Portia de Rossi since 2008. "It made me feel ashamed that I couldn’t feel honest and really be who I am, and I just didn’t want to pretend to be somebody else anymore so that people would like me," she said of coming out publicly.

Age: 61

Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, United States of America

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Lesbian Actresses
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Jodie Foster came out publicly during a speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. "I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never been able to air in public," she said before cracking jokes and explaining that she had already come out years ago to "trusted friends and family."

Age: 56

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Lesbian Actresses
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Rosie O'Donnell announced that she was gay during a stand-up performance at Caroline's on Broadway in 2002. She has been married twice, to Kelli Carpenter (2004) and Michelle Rounds (2012-2015).

Age: 56

Birthplace: Commack, New York, United States of America

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Ellen Page is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Lesbian Actresses
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In 2014, Ellen Page announced that she was gay during her speech at the Human Rights Campaign's Time to Thrive conference. "I'm here today because I am gay," she said. "And because maybe I can make a difference, to help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility."

Age: 31

Birthplace: Halifax, Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada

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