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actress

noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a comedy actor/actress
▪ He was voted the top TV comedy actor.
a television actor/actress
▪ Peebles is best known as a television actor.
comic writer/actress/performer etc (=someone who writes or performs things that make you laugh)
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
comic
▪ No comic actress working today is funnier or more versatile.
▪ Bonita Friedericy, Natalie Schafer Award for an up-and-coming comic actress.
famous
▪ At Elstree a quite famous actress got in, and cooed a bit to Heather until we got to London.
▪ Someday, she was going to be a famous actress, Gladys said.
▪ Yet she was pardoned, because she was an internationally famous actress.
▪ As long as Lady Constance did not know of the rather special friendship between her husband and the famous actress, did it matter?
▪ A film producer tries to persuade a famous actress back to the screen.
▪ The daughter of a famous musical comedy actress would scarcely fit in.
good
▪ When it comes to playing debased, self-destructive women, Leigh is the best actress in Hollywood.
▪ Rachel Gray might be an outstandingly good actress but many actor-managers preferred to have a lesser actress and less temperament.
▪ Sarandon just won a best actress Oscar for her performance.
▪ They're not offering a degree in stage management or a pass for being a good actor or actress.
▪ Mirren, possibly the best working actress today, imbues this movie with grace and assurance.
▪ She was either on the level or a damn good actress.
▪ Dandridge was the first black to receive a best actress Oscar nomination.
great
▪ This is a chance to see one of the great screen actresses of our time at her peak.
▪ She would be a great actress or a great painter, or perhaps the first woman Prime Minister.
old
▪ BAnd what exactly does a 15-year-#old actress wear to movie premieres?
▪ I hate the way old actresses are literally thrown out to sea when they reach a certain age.
young
▪ The two younger actresses were new in their roles.
▪ One of those who saw it all happen was a young actress called Sheila Hancock.
▪ But young actresses in Paris have boyfriends who are successful composers, video producers and photographers.
▪ And his self-despite was so strong that he knew reviving an old flame or chasing some young actress would only aggravate it.
▪ To make himself especially lean and bronzed for his meeting with the young actress Henna Mickiewicz.
■ VERB
become
▪ There are many reasons why I became an actress.
▪ She really does plan to move to Los Angeles, become an actress and get married.
▪ So, Kate became an actress.
▪ Q: What inspired you to become an actress?
▪ Adeva should become an actress now that she doesn't seem to have a record deal.
▪ Kubrick was also responsible for casting Jean Simmons in the film when it became apparent that the actress originally chosen was inadequate.
marry
▪ In 1919 he married the actress Thelma Raye.
▪ A de Vere could not marry an actress, but she would not submit without marriage.
support
▪ One of the few surprises came when Marcia Gay Harden won the best supporting actress award for her acclaimed performance in Pollock.
win
▪ Jane, who won the best actress award for her role in Coming Home, recently married media tycoon Ted Turner.
▪ Sarandon just won a best actress Oscar for her performance.
▪ One of the few surprises came when Marcia Gay Harden won the best supporting actress award for her acclaimed performance in Pollock.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Capucine, the French movie actress whose leading roles included one with Peter Sellers in 'The Pink Panther', died after falling from a window.
▪ Julia Roberts is one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ At Elstree a quite famous actress got in, and cooed a bit to Heather until we got to London.
▪ Dandridge was the first black to receive a best actress Oscar nomination.
▪ One of the few surprises came when Marcia Gay Harden won the best supporting actress award for her acclaimed performance in Pollock.
▪ Rachel Gray might be an outstandingly good actress but many actor-managers preferred to have a lesser actress and less temperament.
▪ Someday, she was going to be a famous actress, Gladys said.
Wikipedia

Actress (musician)

Darren J. Cunningham (born in Wolverhampton, England) is a British electronic musician, best known under the pseudonymActress. His music has been released by a variety of different recording labels, which most prominently include Ninja Tune, Honest Jon's Records, Nonplus Records, and Werkdiscs, a label he co-founded in 2004.

Actress (film)

Actress is a 2014 American documentary film directed, edited and photographed by Robert Greene. The film was produced by Douglas Tirola and Susan Bedusa, and is a 4th Row Films and Prewar Cinema production. It was distributed by The Cinema Guild.

Actress (disambiguation)

Actress is a term used interchangeably with "actor" for a female performer in films, plays, radio and TV.

Actress may also refer to:

  • Actress (band), former name of the New York Dolls, an American hard rock band formed in New York City in 1971
    • Actress – "Birth of the New York Dolls" (1972), first demo album
  • Actress (film) (2014), American documentary film directed by Robert Greene
  • Actress (musician), pseudonym of Darren J. Cunningham, a British electronic musician
  • Actresses (film) (2009), a South Korean mockumentary-style drama film directed by E J-yong
Wiktionary

actress

n. 1 (context now rare English) A female doer or "actor" (in a general sense). (from 16th c.) 2 A female actor on the stage or in films. (from 17th c.)

The Collaborative International Dictionary

Actress

Actress \Ac`tress\, n. [Cf. F. actrice.]

  1. A female actor or doer. [Obs.]
    --Cockeram.

  2. A female stageplayer; a woman who acts a part.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

actress

1580s, "female who does something;" see actor + -ess; stage sense is from 1700. Sometimes French actrice was used.

WordNet

actress

n. a female actor

Usage examples of "actress".

I have heard the following particulars: Gaetan-Joseph-Jacques left his family, madly in love with an actress named Fragoletta, who performed the chambermaids.

Towards the end of the year 1728 my mother returned to Venice with her husband, and as she had become an actress she continued her artistic life.

She paid him a daily visit, but always escorted by her mother, a former actress, who had retired from the stage in order to work out her salvation, and who, as a matter of course, had made up her mind to combine the interests of heaven with the works of this world.

But the constant crowd of adorers who went to worship the goddess, having sounded her exploits rather too loudly, the august Maria-Theresa objected to this new creed being sanctioned in her capital, and the beautfiul actress received an order to quit Vienna forthwith.

I saw, sitting before a table, a woman already somewhat advanced in age, with two young girls and two boys, but I looked in vain for the actress, whom Don Sancio Pico at last presented to me in the shape of one of the two boys, who was remarkably handsome and might have been seventeen.

Still an actress, she pressed her handkerchief to her eyes, pretending to weep, and assuring me that I was not to doubt the truth of what she said.

Bernard, and Return to Parma--A Letter from Hensiette--My Despair De La Haye Becomes Attached to Me--Unpleasant Adventure with an Actress and Its Consequences--I Turn a Thorough Bigot--Bavois--I Mystify a Bragging Officer.

I examined the actress on the stage, and finding that she was not without beauty I expressed a wish to know her.

I declined to be present at his suppers, which were far from amusing, and gave the family of the actress an opportunity of laughing at the poor fool who was paying for them.

Seven or eight days afterwards, Paterno told me that the actress had related the affair to him exactly in the same words which I had used, and she had added that, if I had ceased my visits, it was only because I was afraid of her taking me at my word in case I should renew my proposal.

The heedless fellow fulfilled his commission so well that the actress, feeling insulted, told him that she dared me to call on her.

I saw the unlucky son of Sicily the next morning, and I told him that, having found the actress very dull, I would not see her again.

Those three literati were the Marquis Maffei, the Abbe Conti, and Pierre Jacques Martelli, who became enemies, according to public rumour, owing to the belief entertained by each of them that he possessed the favours of the actress, and, being men of learning, they fought with the pen.

Never was an actress found who could replace her, and to find one it would be necessary that she should unite in herself all the perfections which Silvia possessed for the difficult profession of the stage: action, voice, intelligence, wit, countenance, manners, and a deep knowledge of the human heart.

Sauveur, without the slightest opposition from the venerable priest, who, far from sharing the anti-christain intolerancy of the clergy in general, said that her profession as an actress had not hindered her from being a good Christian, and that the earth was the common mother of all human beings, as Jesus Christ had been the Saviour of all mankind.