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List of famous performers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top performers in the world? This includes the most prominent performers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable performers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic performers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned performers.

Items on this list include Bette Midler and Townes Van Zandt.

From reputable, prominent, and well known performers to the lesser known performers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the performer field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous performers ever?" and "What are the names of famous performers?" then you're in the right place. (278 items)
Courteney Cox is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Performers
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Courteney Bass Cox is an American actress, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Monica Geller on the NBC sitcom Friends, Gale Weathers in the horror series Scream, and as Jules Cobb in the ABC/TBS sitcom Cougar Town, for which she earned her first Golden Globe nomination. Cox ...more

Age: 52

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Performer, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: Friends, Cougar Town, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Scream

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Kylie Minogue is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Performers
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Kylie Ann Minogue, OBE, often known simply as Kylie, is an Australian singer, songwriter, and actress. She achieved recognition by starring in the Australia TV soap opera Neighbours, where she played tomboy mechanic Charlene Robinson. Appearing in the series for two years, Minogue's character ...more

Age: 48

Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Songwriter, Film Producer, + more

Credits: Moulin Rouge!, Holy Motors, Neighbours, San Andreas

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Boy George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Performers
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Boy George is a British singer-songwriter, who was part of the English New Romantic movement which emerged in the late 1970s to the early 1980s. His music is often classified as blue-eyed soul, which is influenced by rhythm and blues and reggae. His 1990s and 2000s-era solo music has glam ...more

Age: 55

Birthplace: London, England

Profession: Performer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Disc jockey, + more

Credits: Fargo, The Day After Tomorrow, Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Wedding Singer

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Bette Midler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Performers
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Bette Midler, also known by her informal stage name The Divine Miss M, is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy ...more

Age: 71

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Profession: Activist, Comedian, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Divine Madness, Beaches, Hocus Pocus, Bette Midler in Concert: Diva Las Vegas

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#69 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#54 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#39 on The Best Living American Actresses

#64 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

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