American people of Russian-Jewish descent

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  1. Mila Kunis

    Mila Kunis


    Milena Markovna "Mila" Kunis (/ˈmlə ˈknɪs/; born August 14, 1983) is an American actress. In 1991, at the age of seven, she moved from the Ukrainian SSR to Los Angeles with her family. After being enrolled in acting classes as an after-school activity, she was soon discovered by an agent. She appeared in several television series and commercials, before acquiring her first significant role prior to her 15th birthday, playing Jackie Burkhart on the television series That '70s Show. Since 1999, she has voiced Meg Griffin on the animated series Family Guy.

  2. Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal


    Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (/ˈɪlənhɔːl/ JIL-ən-hawl; born December 19, 1980) is an American actor. The son of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner, Gyllenhaal began acting at the age of ten. Following his first lead role in October Sky (1999), he starred in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001), in which he played a psychologically troubled teenager alongside his older sister, Maggie Gyllenhaal. In 2002, he starred in another indie film, The Good Girl. In 2004, he appeared in the climate fiction-disaster film The Day After Tomorrow, portraying a student caught in a cataclysmic climate event.

  3. Monica Lewinsky

    Monica Lewinsky


    Monica Samille Lewinsky (born July 23, 1973) is a former White House intern with whom United States President Bill Clinton admitted to having had what he called an "inappropriate relationship" while she worked at the White House in 1995 and 1996. The affair and its repercussions, which included Clinton's impeachment, became known as the Lewinsky scandal.

  4. Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman


    Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; Hebrew: נטע-לי הרשלג‎; June 9, 1981) is an Israeli-born American (with dual citizenship) actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream success came when she was cast as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (released in 1999, 2002 and 2005). In 1999, she enrolled at Harvard University to study psychology while still working as an actress. She completed a bachelor's degree in 2003.

  5. James Franco

    James Franco


    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks. He later played the title character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he won a Golden Globe Award. He played Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy (2002–2007). He is also known for his roles in the films Flyboys (2006), Pineapple Express (2008), Milk (2008), 127 Hours (2010), Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), Spring Breakers (2013), This Is the End (2013), and The Interview (2014). He had a recurring role in the ABC soap opera General Hospital. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), Franco was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.

  6. Amanda Bynes

    Amanda Bynes


    Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American former actress. After appearing in commercials and in plays, Bynes rose to prominence as a child star in the late 1990s and early 2000s on the Nickelodeon series All That and The Amanda Show. From 2002 to 2006, she starred in the sitcom What I Like About You on The WB. She has also starred in several films, including What a Girl Wants (2003), She's the Man (2006), Hairspray (2007), Sydney White (2007), and Easy A (2010). In 2012, Bynes announced that she was retiring from acting.

  7. Dianna Agron

    Dianna Agron


    Dianna Elise Agron (/ˈɡrɒn/; born April 30, 1986) is an American actress, singer, dancer, and director. Other ventures include directing a music video, and producing, writing, and directing an unreleased short film titled A Fuchsia Elephant. Agron made her television debut appearing as Jessica Grant in CSI: NY in 2006. From 2006 to 2007, Agron had recurring roles in Veronica Mars as Jenny Budosh, and Heroes as Debbie Marshall. She is also the creator and co-editor of the music, art and photography website You, Me and Charlie.

  8. Winona Ryder

    Winona Ryder


    Winona Ryder (born Winona Laura Horowitz; October 29, 1971) is an American actress. One of the most profitable and iconic '90s actresses, she made her film debut in the 1986 film Lucas. As Lydia Deetz, a goth teenager in Tim Burton's Beetlejuice (1988), she won critical acclaim and widespread recognition. After various appearances in film and on television, Ryder continued her acting career with the cult film Heathers (1988), a controversial satire of teenage suicide and high school life that has since become a landmark teen film. She later appeared in the coming of age drama Mermaids (1990), earning a Golden Globe nomination, in Burton's dark fairy-tale Edward Scissorhands (1990), and in Francis Ford Coppola's gothic romance Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992).

  9. Josh Groban

    Josh Groban


    Joshua Winslow "Josh" Groban (born February 27, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. His first four solo albums have been certified multi-platinum, and he was charted in 2007 as the number-one best selling artist in the United States, with over 22.3 million records in the nation. To date, he has sold over 25 million records worldwide.

  10. Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow


    Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (/ˈɡwɪnɨθ ˈpæltr/; born September 27, 1972) is an American actress, singer, and food writer.

  11. Chris Pine

    Chris Pine


    Christopher Whitelaw "Chris" Pine (born August 26, 1980) is an American actor in film and television. He is best known for his role as James T. Kirk in the reboot Star Trek (2009) and its sequel Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and has also appeared in films including: The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004), Just My Luck (2006), Smokin' Aces (2007), Unstoppable (2010), This Means War (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), as Jack Ryan in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014), and as Cinderella's Prince in Into the Woods (2014).

  12. Laura Prepon

    Laura Prepon


    Laura Prepon (/prpɔːn/; born March 7, 1980) is an American actress. She is known for her role as Donna Pinciotti in all eight seasons of the Fox sitcom That '70s Show. She is also known for the role of Hannah Daniels on the ABC drama October Road and her role as Alex Vause in the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black.

  13. Jennifer Connelly

    Jennifer Connelly


    Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the 1984 crime film Once Upon a Time in America. Connelly continued modeling and acting, starring in films such as the 1986 Labyrinth and the 1991 films Career Opportunities and The Rocketeer. She gained critical acclaim for her work in the 1998 science fiction film Dark City and for her portrayal of Marion Silver in the 2000 drama Requiem for a Dream.

  14. Emmy Rossum

    Emmy Rossum


    Emmanuelle Grey Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in movies including Songcatcher (2000), An American Rhapsody, (2001) and Passionada (2002). Her role in Mystic River (2003) garnered her wider recognition. She starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and received critical acclaim for her performance in the leading role of Christine Daaé in The Phantom of the Opera (2004). She has since starred in Poseidon (2006), Dragonball: Evolution (2009), Dare (2009) Beautiful Creatures (2013), Before I Disappear (2014) and most recently You're Not You (2014)

  15. Lenny Kravitz

    Lenny Kravitz


    Leonard Albert "Lenny" Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actor and arranger, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, blues, soul, R&B, funk, jazz, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, pop, folk and ballads. In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and percussion himself when recording.

  16. Neil Diamond

    Neil Diamond


    Neil Leslie Diamond (born January 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and musician with a career that began in the 1960s. Diamond has sold over 125 million records worldwide, making him one of the world's best-selling artists of all time. He is the third most successful adult contemporary artist on the Billboard charts behind Elton John and one-time duet partner Barbra Streisand. His songs have been covered internationally by many performers from various musical genres.

  17. Michelle Trachtenberg

    Michelle Trachtenberg


    Michelle Christine Trachtenberg /ˈtræktənbɜrɡ/ (born October 11, 1985) is an American actress. She is best known for portraying Nona F. Mecklenberg in The Adventures of Pete & Pete (1994–96), Dawn Summers in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000–03), Celeste in Six Feet Under (2004) and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl (2008–12). She has also appeared in films such as Harriet the Spy (1996), Inspector Gadget (1999), EuroTrip (2004), Ice Princess (2005), Black Christmas (2006), 17 Again (2009), Cop Out (2010) and Killing Kennedy (2013).

  18. Joaquin Phoenix

    Joaquin Phoenix


    Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (/ˌhwɑːˈkn/; born Joaquín Rafael Bottom, October 28, 1974), known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. For his work as an artist, Phoenix has received a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award and three Academy Award nominations.

  19. Yasmine Bleeth

    Yasmine Bleeth


    Yasmine Amanda Bleeth (born June 14, 1968) is an American former actress. Her television roles include Caroline Holden in the long-running series Baywatch and Lee Anne Demerest on the soap opera One Life to Live.

  20. Robert Downey Jr.

    Robert Downey Jr.


    Robert John Downey, Jr. (born April 4, 1965) is an American actor whose career has included critical and popular success in his youth, followed by a period of substance abuse and legal troubles, and a resurgence of commercial success in middle age.

  21. Zoë Kravitz

    Zoë Kravitz


    Zoë Isabella Kravitz (born December 1, 1988) is an American actress, singer and model. She is the daughter of musician Lenny Kravitz and actress Lisa Bonet. She has appeared in the films No Reservations (2007), The Brave One (2007), and as Angel Salvadore in the superhero film X-Men: First Class (2011). Kravitz played Pearl on season four of the Showtime television series Californication, and co-starred in After Earth, with Will and Jaden Smith, directed by M. Night Shyamalan. She plays the supporting role of Christina in the sci-fi dystopian franchise, The Divergent Series, and Toast the Knowing in George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road.

  22. Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand


    Barbra Joan Streisand (born April 24, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, actress, director, and filmmaker. During a career spanning six decades, she has become an icon in multiple fields of entertainment, winning numerous awards, which has earned her recognition as Mother of All Contemporary Pop Divas or Queen of The Divas. She has been recognized with two Academy Awards, ten Grammy Awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Grammy Legend Award, five Emmy Awards including one Daytime Emmy, a Special Tony Award, an American Film Institute award, a Kennedy Center Honors prize, four Peabody Awards, and eleven Golden Globes. She is among a select group of entertainers who have been honored with all the major industry prizes.

  23. Michael Bolton

    Michael Bolton


    Michael Bolotin (born February 26, 1953), known professionally as Michael Bolton, is an American singer and songwriter. Bolton originally performed in the hard rock and heavy metal genres from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, both on his early solo albums and those he recorded as the frontman of the band Blackjack. He became better known for his series of pop rock ballads, recorded after a stylistic change in the late 1980s.

  24. Sean Penn

    Sean Penn


    Sean Justin Penn (born August 17, 1960) is an American actor, film director and political activist. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama Mystic River (2003) and the biopic Milk (2008).

  25. Dave Franco

    Dave Franco


    David John "Dave" Franco (born June 12, 1985) is an American television and film actor who is best known for his roles in the films 21 Jump Street, Charlie St. Cloud, Fright Night, Now You See Me, Warm Bodies, Neighbors and on the ninth season of the series Scrubs. He is the younger brother of actor James Franco.

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