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List of famous social activists, with photos, bios, and other information.  Who are the top social activists in the world? This includes the most prominent social activists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable social activists is ordered by their level of prominence,, and you can sort the info by column.
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Salma Hayek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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Salma Hayek Pinault is a Mexican and American film actress, director, and producer. She began her career in Mexico starring in the telenovela Teresa and went on to star in the film El Callejón de los Milagros for which she was nominated for an Ariel Award. In 1991 Hayek moved to Hollywood and came ...more

Age: 50

Birthplace: Coatzacoalcos, Mexico

Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Model, + more

Credits: Frida, Desperado, Puss in Boots, Once Upon a Time in Mexico

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Lady Gaga is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known by her stage name Lady Gaga, is an American singer and songwriter. She initially performed in theater, appearing in high school plays, and studied at CAP21 through New York University's Tisch School of the Arts before dropping out to pursue a musical ...more

Age: 31

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Lady Gaga Presents: The Monster Ball Tour at Madison Square Garden, Machete Kills, Lady Gaga: Paparazzi

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Elizabeth Taylor is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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Dame Elizabeth Rosemond "Liz" Taylor, DBE was a British-born American actress. From her early years as a child star with MGM, she became one of the great screen actresses of Hollywood's Golden Age. As one of the world's most famous film stars, Taylor was recognized for her acting ability and for her ...more

Age: Died at 79 (1932-2011)

Birthplace: Hampstead Garden Suburb, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: Giant, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, A Place in the Sun

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#10 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#56 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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Rosie O'Donnell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Social Activists
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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

Age: 55

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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