Born in the Big Easy in 1976, Reese Witherspoon was raised east of the Mississippi in Nashville, where she quickly adapted to the spotlight. By age 14, the talented southerner landed the lead in the 1991 feature film, The Man in the Moon, and her coming of age years would bring even bigger successes, including the Catalonian International Film Festival award for Best Actress for her role in the crime film "Freeway" (1996).
Mariel Hemingway was born in 1961 just north of San Francisco in Mill Valley, California. Her family had already spent years in the spotlight, and as the granddaughter of esteemed author Ernest Hemingway, the soon-to-be actress would be no different.
Anjelica Huston was born on July 8, 1951 in Santa Monica, California to a former ballerina and famed film director, John Huston. As the child of a father who traveled from movie set to movie set, Huston spent much of her childhood abroad, first moving to Ireland and eventually living in London after her parents’ breakup.
Kim Basinger was born on December 8, 1953 in the small college town of Athens, Georgia. As a child, she was immersed in both music and the arts because of her creative parents. Her father was musician, and her mother was a dancer, something Basinger would also become at a young age.
Mary Kathleen Turner was born on June 19, 1954 in the small town of Springfield, MO, but because her father was a Foreign Service officer, Turner was raised mostly abroad. She graduated from the American School in London in 1972.
Holly Hunter was born in 1958 and is a Georgia girl who set her hopes on acting from the very beginning. Hunter often touts how she scored her first part in a fifth-grade play, playing the role of Helen Keller. Little did anyone know, the grade-school role was a harbinger of more good things to come.
Nicole Kidman was born on June 20, 1967 in Hawaii, but would find her way to Hollywood by way of Australia. Raised in Sydney, Kidman was encouraged by the members in her community and those in her local theatre company to pursue acting as a profession.
She’s a sultry actress who commands up to $30 million per film and still the Los Angeles native, Angelina Jolie, is equally known for her movie star power as well as her personal life and humanitarian efforts. Born Angelina Jolie Voight in 1975 to Hollywood actor Jon Voight and model Marcheline Bertrand, Jolie studied at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute as a teen and for a short time attended New York University.
She was born in 1967, and by her early days as a girl in small-town Pennsylvania, Sharon Stone already had a face that was camera ready. After winning a scholarship at the age 15, earning a bachelor’s degree, and claiming a Miss Pennsylvania beauty pageant title, Stone quickly signed a contract with the prestigious modeling agency, Ford Models.