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14| MARCH 2021 | | A R T S & E N T E R T A I N M E N T |







time for commemorating female accomplishments, the month of March is

Women’s History Month. Women have made a prominent impact in the entertainment

industry, where eminent producers, actresses, artists and authors have all

set milestones, helping create the blueprint for today’s pop culture. Trailblazers

like ventriloquist Shirley Dinsdale was the first person and woman to win an Emmy Award in

1949 as Most Outstanding Personality. This year alone at the Grammy Awards, Taylor Swift’s

album “Folklore” won album of the year and Beyoncé broke the record as the most-awarded

female artist. And in an Academy Awards first, more than one woman was nominated for

2021 Best Director. Chloe Zhao was nominated for “Nomadland, and Emerald Fennell for

“Promising Young Women.” Here is a look at women who have had a major impact on the

entertainment industry. • KASEY KIM | ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR





Maya Angelou | Author

Jane Austen | Author

Beyoncé | Artist

Debra Martin Chase | Producer

Author of more than 30 books, the late Angelou

was a poet, civil rights activist and author.

Nominated for the Coretta Scott King Award for

Authors, Angelou’s coming of age autobiography

“I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” touches

upon her personal story of overcoming racism

and trauma. Through her powerful writing she

fought for freedom and equality.

Nineteenth century English novelist Austen

is best known for “Pride and Prejudice” and

“Emma.” Diving deep into themes of societal

norms, womanhood and marriage, Austen challenged

societal expectations of her period. Her

novels still play a prominent role in literature

today, adapted into movies and still read in

literature classrooms.

At the most recent GRAMMYs, Beyoncé made

history, becoming the most-awarded woman

artist in Grammy history. Beyoncé debuted

with her first solo album “Dangerously in Love”

in 2003. In July 2003, “Dangerously in Love”

peaked at number one on Billboard. “Irreplaceable,”

“Say My Name” and “Single Ladies (Put a

Ring on It)” are some of her most popular songs.

Producer of the well known “The Princess Diaries”

sequel, “Harriet” and “Lemonade Mouth,”

Chase has been nominated for the Primetime

Emmy Outstanding Variety, Music or Comical

Special for “Cinderella,” which premiered in 1997.

She is partnered with Disney, making her one of

the first African American female producers to

partner with a major studio.


Viola Davis | Actress

Audrey Hepburn | Actress

Billie Holiday | Artist

Whitney Houston | Artist

Known for her charismatic role as defense of

law professor Annalise Keating in the TV series

“How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis made

history as the first African American to achieve

the “Triple Crown of Acting,” winning an Academy

Award, Primetime Emmy Award and two

Tony Awards. Davis starred in “Fences,” the 2021

Oscar-nominated “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”

and “Suicide Squad.” In 2012 and 2017, Davis

was named as one of the 100 most influential

people by Time Magazine.

Playing the iconic role of Holly Golightly in the

Oscar-winning film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,”

Hepbrun was a film and style icon during the

mid-20th century. Hepburn also starred in classic

films including “Sabrina” and “My Fair Lady,”

swaying many hearts through her elegance and

distinctive style which she portrayed on and off

camera. In her later years, Hepburn became the

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, helping underprivileged

children around the world.

Also known as “Lady Day,” Holiday was an influential

jazz and swing music singer during the

‘30s through the ‘50s. Holiday began her career

singing at Harlem nightclubs and at 18, her

voice was discovered by producer John Hammond.

“Billie’s Blues,” “I’ll Be Seeing You” and

“Blue Moon” are a couple of her many popular

songs. Using her talent and her voice, Holiday

sang “Strange Fruit,” a poem exposing the racism

and lynching that was especially prominent

in the south.

With a total of 415 career awards, this late R&B

artist was verified as the most awarded female

artist of all times by the Guinness World Records

as of 2010. Houston’s powerful voice has

undoubtedly left an indelible mark in the music

industry. Written by Dolly Parton, Houston’s

version of “I Will Always Love You” is her most

remembered song according to Billboard. “I

Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”

and “Greatest Love of All” are also considered

her most popular songs.


Marilyn Monroe | Actress

Shonda Rhimes | Producer

Meryl Streep | Actress

Oprah Winfrey | Producer

Hollywood famous, Monroe is still one of the

most significant pop culture icons. She starred

in successful films including “Seven Year Itch”

and “Don’t Bother to Knock,” winning the Golden

Globe for Best Actress for “Some Like It Hot.”

As the face of the sexual revolution of the ‘60s,

Monroe is remembered as a symbol of sexual

liberation, as well as a women’s rights activist,

breaking social norms of what was deemed as

attractive during the era.

Behind the award winning TV series “Grey’s

Anatomy,” Rhimes is the executive producer

and head writer for the acclaimed medical drama,

which has been nominated for 16 Primetime

Emmy Awards. Rhimes began her career

as an unemployed scriptwriter in Hollywood.

She worked her way up, assisting in writing “The

Princess Diaries.” Rhimes was the executive producer

for “Scandal” and “The Catch.”

Nominated for 21 Academy awards and 32

Golden Globe awards, Streep is a prominent

actress, starring in renowned films such as

“Devil Wears Prada,” the “Mamma Mia!” sequel,

“Little Women” and “Defending Your Life.”

Streep is known for her versatility as an actress

and her ability to portray different accents for

her characters. She has been nominated for 21

Academy Awards — more than any other actor

— winning three total.

Known best host of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,”

Winfrey is also a philanthropist, actress and

author. Her talk show ran for 25 seasons, sharing

stories from ordinary people to interviewing

celebrities. She began her own book club as

a segment on her show, encouraging audiences

to read and discuss novels. One of the

most influential women in America, Winfrey

interviewed Meghan Markle and Prince Harry,

exposing racism in the Royal family.

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