> Occupation: Director
The New Zealand filmmaker was the first female to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at Cannes – for “The Piano” (1993), which she wrote and directed. The film also won Campion an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay and a nomination for Best Director. Campion’s latest work, Netflix’s “The Power of the Dog,” a Western starring Benedict Cumberbatch that was released last year, has earned 12 Oscar nominations, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for Campion.
> Occupation: Actress
Priyanka Chopra won the titles of Miss India and Miss World and then shifted into motion pictures, becoming a well-known actress in Bollywood. In the United States, Chopra starred in the ABC drama “Quantico,” the “Baywatch” movie reboot, and appeared in the latest iteration of the Matrix franchise, “The Matrix Resurrections.”
> Occupation: Actress/activist
Yao Chen is a major star in China who has appeared in sitcoms and action movies. Also a social activist, she has campaigned against pollution, food contamination, and censorship. Among her major roles was that of a journalist seeking the truth in the well-regarded 2012 Mandarin-language film “Caught in the Web.”
> Occupation: Actress/producer
Viola Davis is the first and only African-American to thus far win a Tony, an Oscar, and an Emmy. She has won two Tonys, in fact, – for “King Hedley II” and the Broadway production of “Fences” – as well as a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the film version of “Fences” and an for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Emmy for “How to Get Away With Murder” (she was the first Black woman so honored). She starred in that now-concluded ABC series from its inception in 2014 and became a producer on the show two years later.
> Occupation: Comedian/producer
Ellen DeGeneres brought her breezy, self-deprecating humor to television, and has hosted her eponymous talk show for 19 seasons. She has also served as host for the Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and Primetime Emmys. Degeneres has won 30 Emmys as well as a Presidential Medal of Freedom. While starring on the sitcom, “Ellen,” DeGeneres came out as a lesbian during an appearance on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1997 – initially miring her in controversy, but ultimately winning her widespread approval.
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