50 Powerful Women in Entertainment

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus
> Occupation: Actress/producer

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has created two memorable characters on television: the awkward Elaine on the long-running sitcom “Seinfeld” and the acerbic U.S. vice president Selina Meyer in “Veep.” On the latter series, she has won nine Emmys – six as outstanding lead actress in a comedy and three as a producer. She also won Emmys for “Seinfeld” and another of her series, “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” bringing her total Emmy winnings to 11.

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Ava DuVernay
> Occupation: Director/filmmaker

Ava DuVernay has made a name for herself with her films about racial injustice. She was an executive producer for “Selma,” about the historic voting-rights march in Alabama in 1965, and was the showrunner for “When They See Us,” about four young minority youths wrongly accused of rape in New York City. Her film “Middle of Nowhere” won the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance film festival, making her the first African-American woman to receive the award. DuVernay was also the first woman of color to direct a film grossing over $100 million – “A Wrinkle in Time.”

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Tina Fey
> Occupation: Comedian/producer

Wise-cracking Tina Fey is one of the funniest women in show business. She was head writer for “Saturday Night Live” and impersonated vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin with eerie accuracy on the show. She helped create the sitcom “30 Rock,” wrote the script for the teen comedy “Mean Girls” and the book for the musical based on it, and has produced comedy series like Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.” Fey has won nine Emmys.

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Gal Gadot
> Occupation: Actress

Gal Gadot, a former Miss Israel who served in the Israeli military, has starred in blockbuster action films “Wonder Woman,” “Justice League,” and “Wonder Woman 1984.” Her 2021 Netflix action flick “Red Notice,” which also starred Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds, is expected to ultimately net her $20 million.

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Dede Gardner
> Occupation: Executive

As co-president of Plan B Entertainment, Dede Gardner has produced two Best Picture Academy Award winners, “Moonlight” and “12 Years a Slave,” becoming the first female producer to achieve that honor. Gardner has been nominated for Oscars four other times. She also had a hand in the films “If Beale Street Could Talk,” “The Tree of Life,” and “Selma.”

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