12 Awesome Actresses Who Made Oscars History And More

The Oscars are coming up and to prepare we decided to celebrate some actresses who have made history! Many of them have helped break barriers for women in the male-dominated industry, but there is still a lot of work to be done. That’s very evident since some of these made the list due to contributions they have made as recently as last year. Here are 12 ladies that have bravely made history in film and television.

1. Hattie McDaniel

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This supporting actress won for her role in the classic, Gone with the Wind in 1940, making her the first to black woman to win an Academy Award.

2. Halle Berry

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In 2002 this hot actress was the first black actress to take home a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in Monster’s Ball.

3. Hedy Lamarr


In 1933, this 18-year-old leading lady’s role portrayed the first onscreen female orgasm in a non-pornographic film called, Ecstasy.

4. Luise Rainer


Technically this actress made history through two roles. Luise was the first person to earn two Academy Awards in two consecutive years. One of them was for her role in The Great Ziegfeld in 1936 and the other was for The Good Earth in 1937.

5. Sophia Loren


The beautiful actress was the first woman to win a Best Actress Academy Award for a foreign film, for Two Women.

6. Fay Bainter

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Before Fay, no other actress was ever up for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the same year. In 1939, she was up for supporting for Jezebel  and best actress for White Banners.

7. Lucille Ball

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Everyone knows about how iconic this funny lady is, but did you know that she was the first woman to run a major television show all thanks to the success of her role on I Love Lucy? Probably not!

8. Laverne Cox


The beautiful actress is the first transgender person to be nominated for an Emmy thanks to her role as Sophia Burset in Orange Is The New Black.

9. Meryl Streep

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The Academy’s sweetheart is currently holding the most nominations out of any other actor with 19 Academy Award nominations. Impressive!

10. Teresa Graves

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You might be familiar with Kerry Washington making history for being the first black woman in 40 years to lead a network drama, but this beautiful woman proceeded her. This foxy lady played an undercover cop in Get Christie Love!

11. Rita Moreno

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This beauty really stole the show in her role as Anita in West Side Story. The performance was so great that she took home an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, making her the second Hispanic to do so. However, she is the only Hispanic female to have an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony)! Only 12 people in the world have completed this high honor and Moreno achieved hers in 1977.

12. Margaret Cho


This comedian starred on All-American Girl, the first sitcom to star an East Asian family. It ended after one season due to low ratings, but Cho certainly hasn’t let that stop her. She has later starred on Drop Dead Diva and more.