They say there are no ugly women, but that philosophy of laissez-faire is lacking in the acting profession. Decades of experience have shown that talent does not always go hand in hand with stunning beauty, and that the two are often mutually exclusive. Unattractive women in the arts are often a tough challenge, but charm, energy, and genuine talent can make audiences overlook the “little things” like superficial attractiveness. Here is a list of actresses who are not classically beautiful but have found success in the world of cinema. Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand once said, “Don’t be born pretty, you will be.” She followed his example all her life. The actress, singer, director and public figure has always avoided plastic surgery, which conventional wisdom suggests alters her strongly Jewish appearance and makes her more attractive. Bette Midler
Her fans call her the “divine Miss M” and the BBC called her the most popular actress of all time. In many ways, Bette Midler’s creative career is similar to that of Barbra Streisand. Born into a Jewish family, she too got her start on stage, performing on Broadway and earning Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award nominations. And she did all this without dazzling the eye with her feminine beauty, which nature replaced with amazing charm.
Glenn Close celebrated his 70th birthday in 2017 with a string of memorable roles, five Oscar nominations, two Golden Globes and countless other professional accolades to his name. Even her controversial good looks didn’t stop her from starring in the iconic film Fatal Attraction, where Michael Douglas’ character falls in love against all odds.
“I always knew I wasn’t pretty, and that was a big plus. I turned off my sexuality and found it very comfortable” – many people find it hard to believe that these words belong to Tilda Swinton. Her androgynous appearance could be described as seductive and alien.
For years, the Aussie actress has shone on the covers of fashion magazines and red carpets with impeccable style and undeniable talent. The two-time Oscar-winning actress has proven that it’s possible to be an icon to millions of people and live a happy love life without having a classic beauty. Sandra Bernhard
Actress, comedian, singer, producer and screenwriter, Sandra Bernhard rose to fame in the 1970s. Her talent and charm eclipsed Bernhard’s ungainly appearance and she even appeared on the cover of Playboy in 1992.
Rosie from Palma
Defying all the rules of aesthetics, de Palma has become the muse of many European creators and filmmakers who have discovered the talent and mad energy of this grumpy Spaniard.
Sarah Jessica Parker
The image of Carrie Bradshaw made the actress popular all over the world, with millions of fans, an Emmy and a Golden Globe. However, the tabloids continue to poke fun at the American star’s quirky “horse face” look, calling her Hollywood’s ugliest actress.
Maggie Gyllenhaal (Maggie Gyllenhaal)
Jake Gyllenhaal’s sister didn’t have a stellar career as an actress, but she was happily married to Peter Sarsgaard, with whom she raised two daughters. Some moviegoers think she’s a bad actress, others complain that the poor man was unlucky physically.
Despite his strong masculinity, Toni does not lack work. The actress shot movies for more than 25 years in a row, earning new fans for her talent as well as new nominations and prestigious film awards.
Uma Thurman is often positioned next to Cate Blanchett, with whom she shares the status of “beautiful ugly” – the definition of non-modern and uncanny beauty that borders on ugliness. Although Thurman’s peak popularity has passed, the actress is still on the list of top Hollywood stars.
Rising to fame 13 years after starring in Welcome to the Dollhouse, Heather hasn’t become a big star, but she has found her audience, including actively fighting for the rights of the LBGT community, of which she is a part.
Famous parents Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg gave the world a talented but ugly actress. But what if you’re the European filmmaker’s muse, a loving wife with three children?
Charming actress, Zosha Mamet: dark blonde hair. Shoshana from the TV series “Girls”, probably.