37 Great Actresses from our Great State

Anyone who wants to admire and envy the world’s biggest stars needs only to look on Instagram. From A-list movie stars and major musicians to pro ball players and comedians who landed their own sitcoms, there’s no shortage of evidence of just how good the good life is. They post pictures of themselves with other big shots on rooftop bars, at exclusive clubs, at backstage parties, and at restaurants where regular people can’t get a reservation.

But the vast majority of these celebrities were born and raised outside of Hollywood, finding their way to the bright lights and big money of superstardom from obscure beginnings in regular small towns and cities across the country.

Stacker compiled a list of actresses that were born in North Dakota from IMDb’s most popular list. Movie poster images are from OMDb. Keep reading to see which of your favorite actresses are from your home state.

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Leslie Bibb

– Born: Bismarck, North Dakota, USA (11/17/1973)
– Known for:
— Christine Everhart in “Iron Man” (2008)
— Sarah Lowell in “Law Abiding Citizen” (2009)
— Christine Everhart in “Iron Man 2” (2010)

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Angie Dickinson

– Born: Kulm, North Dakota, USA (9/30/1931)
– Known for:
— Feathers in “Rio Bravo” (1959)
— Kate Miller in “Dressed to Kill” (1980)
— Ingrid Tyson in “Sabrina” (1995)

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Leslie Stefanson

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (5/10/1971)
– Known for:
— Elisabeth Campbell in “The General’s Daughter” (1999)
— Irene Kravitz in “The Hunted” (2003)
— Kelly in “Unbreakable” (2000)

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Ann Sothern

– Born: Valley City, North Dakota, USA (1/22/1909)
– Died: 3/15/2001
– Known for:
— Tisha Doughty in “The Whales of August” (1987)
— Rita Phipps in “A Letter to Three Wives” (1949)
— Dulcy Ward in “Dulcy” (1940)

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CariDee English

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (9/23/1984)
– Known for:
— Bart’s Date in “Gossip Girl” (2007)
— Tall Blonde / Fiona in “Supercon” (2018)
— Tia in “One Tree Hill” (2006)

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Kristin Rudrüd

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (5/23/1955)
– Known for:
— Jean Lundegaard in “Fargo” (1996)
— Connie Rudrüd, the Pork Products Lady in “Drop Dead Gorgeous” (1999)
— Mary in “Pleasantville” (1998)

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Peggy Lee

– Born: Jamestown, North Dakota, USA (5/26/1920)
– Died: 1/21/2002
– Known for:
— Darling / Si / Am / Peg in “Lady and the Tramp” (1955)
— Rose Hopkins in “Pete Kelly’s Blues” (1955)
— Soundtrack in “Gangster Squad” (2013)

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Dorothy Adams

– Born: Hannah, North Dakota, USA (1/8/1900)
– Died: 3/16/1988
– Known for:
— Mrs. Cameron in “The Best Years of Our Lives” (1946)
— Ruthie O’Reilly in “The Killing” (1956)
— Slave Woman / Hebrew at Golden Calf / Hebrew at Rameses’ Gate in “The Ten Commandments” (1956)

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Kam Heskin

– Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (5/8/1973)
– Known for:
— Elizabeth Bennet in “Pride and Prejudice” (2003)
— Friend at Leo’s Party in “Planet of the Apes” (2001)
— Carrie Carson in “Dirty Love” (2005)

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Marneen Fields

– Born: Minot, North Dakota, USA (8/16/1955)
– Known for:
— Co-Star Ann – Clinical Social Worker in “Who’s Gonna Take Care of Me?”
— LEAD passionate lady in “Release My Love” (2014)
— Curry – Girl in dining room in “Hellhole” (1985)

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Dorothy Stickney

– Born: Dickinson, North Dakota, USA (6/21/1896)
– Died: 6/2/1998
– Known for:
— Margaret Garrison in “I Never Sang for My Father” (1970)
— Miss Bird in “The Uninvited” (1944)
— Jean in “The Little Minister” (1934)

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Jan Maxwell

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (11/20/1956)
– Died: 2/11/2018
– Known for:
— Ella Pollack in “BrainDead” (2016)
— Additional Crew in “An Unfinished Life” (2005)
— Camilla Vargas in “The Good Wife” (2014)

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Carol Thurston

– Born: Valley City, North Dakota, USA (9/27/1920)
– Died: 12/31/1969
– Known for:
— Siu-Mei in “China Sky” (1945)
— Terua in “Conquest of Cochise” (1953)
— Li-Ho-Kay in “Rogues’ Regiment” (1948)

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Sally Fraser

– Born: Williston, North Dakota, USA (12/12/1932)
– Died: 1/13/2019
– Known for:
— Joyce Manning in “War of the Colossal Beast” (1958)
— Joan Nelson in “It Conquered the World” (1956)
— Mrs. Helen Kingman in “The Spider” (1958)

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Phyllis Frelich

– Born: Devil’s Lake, North Dakota, USA (2/29/1944)
– Died: 4/10/2014
– Known for:
— Dr. Lisa Parks in “ER” (1998-1999)
— Janice Ryder in “Love Is Never Silent” (1985)
— Barbara Collins in “Hunter” (1991)

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Connie Franklin

– Born: North Dakota, USA (9/20/1981)
– Known for:
— Elle in “Agent Jade Black” (2020)
— Mrs. Blevins in “The Sneak Over” (2020)
— Anna in “Second Chances” (2021)

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Leonora Pitts

– Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (not available)
– Known for:
— Woman in “Like Holy Wine” (2020)
— Miss Miranda in “Boston Public” (2004)
— Marjorie in “Rita Rocks” (2009)

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Doris Kemper

– Born: Portland, North Dakota, USA (5/25/1898)
– Died: 3/3/1974
– Known for:
— Landlady in “The Twilight Zone” (1963)
— Miss Kate Kelly in “Crashing Las Vegas” (1956)
— Anne MacLennan in “Tuna Clipper” (1949)

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Dawn Little Sky

– Born: Standing Rock Reservation, North Dakota, USA (4/17/1930)
– Known for:
— Big Foot in “The Apple Dumpling Gang” (1975)
— At the Pow Wow in “Journey Through Rosebud” (1972)
— Copeland’s Squaw in “Billy Two Hats” (1974)

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Rae Sperling

– Born: Langdon, North Dakota, USA (7/19/1954)
– Died: 7/1/2017
– Known for:
— Chick in “Game Show Models” 1977
— Monica in “Hollywood High” 1976

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Paula Winslowe

– Born: Grafton, North Dakota, USA (3/23/1910)
– Died: 3/7/1996
– Known for:
— Mrs Martha Conklin / Mrs. Martha Conklin in “Our Miss Brooks” (1952-1955)
— Mrs. Field in “Panic!” (1957)
— Miss Garner in “77 Sunset Strip” (1964)

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Mimi Weddell

– Born: Williston, North Dakota, USA (2/15/1915)
– Died: 9/24/2009
– Known for:
— Miss Mumsley in “Student Bodies” (1981)
— National Art Club Guest in “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1999)
— Ticket Buyer in “The Purple Rose of Cairo” (1985)

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Betty Glover

– Born: Wales, North Dakota, USA (4/30/1928)
– Died: 5/27/2016
– Known for:
— Actress in “Crisis Counselor” (1982)
— Mrs. Hancock / Guest in Ballroom in “It Is Fine! Everything Is Fine.” (2007)
— Crispin’s Mother in “The Best of Times” (1981)

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Nicole Rodenburg

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (10/15/1985)
– Known for:
— Jesse in “Glob Lessons” (2021)
— Amy in “What Children Do” (2017)
— Bride in “Inside Amy Schumer” (2013)

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Marlo Dwyer

– Born: Wimbledon, North Dakota, USA (6/30/1915)
– Died: 9/28/1999
– Known for:
— Mrs. Elster in “Dangerous Mission” (1954)
— Candy Carson in “Prisoners in Petticoats” (1950)
— May Nelson in “The Sniper” (1952)

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Diane Strom

– Born: Banner, North Dakota, USA (9/6/1933)
– Known for:
— Matt’s Wife in “El Dorado” (1966)
— Nurse / Helen Hall / Joan in “Hennesey” (1960)
— Receptionist in “Red Line 7000” (1965)

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Betty Ross Clarke

– Born: Langdon, North Dakota, USA (4/19/1896)
– Died: 1/31/1947
– Known for:
— Aunt Milly in “Love Finds Andy Hardy” (1938)
— Katherine de Vaucelles in “If I Were King” (1920)
— Aunt Millie Forrest in “Judge Hardy’s Children” (1938)

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Leah Patrick

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (12/9/1996)
– Known for:
— Jenna in “Black Creek” 2017
— Hannah in “Agente Secret” 2019

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Brenda Fowler

– Born: Jamestown, North Dakota, USA (2/16/1883)
– Died: 10/27/1942
– Known for:
— Mrs. Caroline Priest in “Judge Priest” (1934)
— Mrs. Wright in “Thirty a Week” (1918)
— Ma Blower in “Comin’ Round the Mountain” (1940)

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Ruth Eggleston

– Born: Leeds, North Dakota, USA (1/9/1922)
– Died: 3/14/2003
– Known for:
— Gumby in “The Gumby Show” 1956

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Veronica Wayne

– Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (2/2/1981)
– Known for:
— Rebecca Keels in “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior” (2011)
— Bernice in “Patterns of the Heart”
— Hybrid National Guardsma in “Invasion” (2006)

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Lynn Dollar

– Born: Selfridge, North Dakota, USA (8/14/1924)
– Died: 7/22/1985
– Known for:
— Jane Stewart in “The Key to Murder” (1956)
— Lynn Dollar in “The Phil Silvers Show” (1956)
— Assistant in “The $64, 000 Question” (1955)

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Joni Adahl

– Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (4/4/1983)
– Known for:
— Cooper in “Permafrost” (2021)
— Samantha Moreno in “Pitching Hope” (2013)
— Thora in “Daughters of Thor”

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Andrea Rene

– Born: Fargo, North Dakota, USA (8/1/1983)
– Known for:
— Gustomer in “Totally Sketch” (2009-2010)
— Speakeasy Flapper #3 in “The Hollywood Informant” (2008)
— Producer in “This Week in Cars” (2010)

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Bliss Milford

– Born: Hope, North Dakota, USA (4/1/1886)
– Known for:
— Ruth Pinch – Tom’s Sister in “Martin Chuzzlewit” (1912)
— Lizzie Hexam in “Eugene Wrayburn” (1911)
— Sally in “Sally’s Romance” (1913)

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Carlotta Schock

– Born: Dickinson, North Dakota, USA (6/12/1954)
– Known for:
— Job’s Mom in “Van Hook” (2001)
— Art Director in “Model Behavior” (1982)
— Actress in “City Archives” (1978)

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Jennifer Angelier

– Born: Grand Forks, North Dakota, USA (3/2/1986)
– Known for:
— NYPD Officer in “CSI: NY” (2011)
— Actress in “Surprise” (2019)
— Thanks in “Battle Fields” (2018)

Originally published by Stacker as, “Famous Actresses from North Dakota.” Republished pursuant to a CC BY-NC 4.0 License.

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