They hit with the thunderstick each and every time they grace the screen. These are the actresses that directors love working with—the actresses that producers know will lure return on investment. And for many on this list, actresses who own the little golden trophies known as Oscars and Golden Globes. It doesn’t hurt that they’re quite easy on the eyes, regardless of age. So you certainly wouldn’t hear us complaining if these women were cast in every film that hits the silver screen.
12. Kerry Washington
So many props to a few of the ladies on this list. They did it the hard way. When wild success didn’t come early, they kept hustling, and stating, “I’m a leading lady. I’m A-list talent.” Kerry Washington has been a working actress since her high school days. Well, she scored her first major credit at 17, and has been grinding for 20-plus years. That’s hard to believe when considering how Kerry has maintained her youthful appearance. You can’t say enough for clean-living. As it stands, Kerry is making big waves in the ABC series Scandal, but we’ll rewind a few years to Django Unchained. How perfect was Kerry as Broomhilda von Shaft? Kerry has proven her worth on the small and big screen. Now, it’d be nice to see her lead something big. Like…blockbuster big!