Living in close proximity to Philadelphia has allowed me to experience much culture in the City of Brotherly Love.
It always interests me to discover when someone famous was born or resided in a city I grew up in.
Here, I’m going to provide information on several actresses that were born and/or raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, what these actresses are famous for and what future projects they’re working on. Feel free to add anyone I may have missed.
Ethel Barrymore was an actress born in Philadelphia; the child of actors Georgiana Drew and Maurice Barrymore. She was also the sister of Lionel and John Barrymore, and the great-aunt of actress Drew Barrymore. She starred in various productions from 1914-1957, such as The Nightingale, The Awakening of Helena Ritchie, The Lifted Veil, The Divorcee, Night Song, Moonrise, Just for You, Young at Heart and Johnny Trouble.
Henrietta Baker Chanfrau
Henrietta Baker Chanfrau was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1894 she made her first appearance in theatre in The Willow Corpse. She also starred in The Scapegoat.
Rebecca Creskoff was born in Philly an attended the University of Pennsylvania. She’s best known for her television roles on shows like Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, The West Wing, The Practice, Greetings from Tucson, Quintuplets, Mad Men, Girlfriends and Hung. In 2010, she’s scheduled to star in the film Knucklehead.
Margaret Dale was a Philadelphia-born, stage and film actress. She performed in the plays John Drew and Disraeli, along with numerous other Broadway plays. She starred in films like The World and his Wife, One Exciting Night, Disraeli and The Man With Two Faces, as well as TV shows like The Infamous John Friend, The Moonstone and A Book with Chapters in It.
Kim Delaney is an Irish-American actress who was born in Philadelphia, PA, and attended J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School. She is most well-known for her television roles on shows like All My Children, The Equalizer, Hotel, L.A. Law, Tour of Duty, Tales from the Crypt, Philly, CSI: Miami, NYPD Blue, The OC, Law & Order: SVU, and most recently, Army Wives. She also starred in various made-for-TV films like The Broken Cord, Lady Boss, Closer and Closer, All Lies End in Murder, The Devil’s Child and Love and Treason. As far as film, she’s starred in The Drifter, Hangfire, The Force, Temptress and Mission to Mars.
Grace Kelly was an American actress who was raised in Philadelphia. She attended Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania, and was an Academy Award winner, as well as the Princess consort of Monaco. She starred in films like High Noon, Mogambo, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, The Country Girl, To Catch a Thief, The Swan and High Society. She also guest-starred and made appearances in various television programs, such as Lights Out, Big Town, The Clock, The Web, Danger, Suspense and The Ed Sullivan Show.
Melanie Mayron was born in Philadelphia, and is best known for her TV and directing roles. She has starred in films like Harry and Tonto, Carwash and Girlfriends, while she directed films like Sticky Fingers, The Babysitter’s Club, Toothless and Slap Her…She’s French. She also directed various TV programs like Dawson’s Creek, Ed, Providence, State of Grace, Nash Bridges, Tell Me You Love Me and The Naked Brothers Band. She guest-starred on shows like Medical Center, The Love Boat, Cagney and Lacey, ABC Afterschool Specials, The Twilight Zone, Tribeca, Mad About Your, Lipstick Jungle, Criminal Minds and thirty something.
Vivienne Segal was born in Philadelphia. She starred in films like Song of the West, Bride of the Regiment, Golden Dawn, The Cat and the Fiddle and Viennese Nights. As far as TV, she guest-starred on Studio One in Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock Presents and Perry Mason.
Jean Vander Pyl
Jean Vander Pyl was born in Philadelphia. She starred on TV programs like Murder She Wrote, The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, Father Knows Best, The Donna Reed Show and Leave it to Beaver. She is most well-known for her voice acting in several cartoon-animations, such as Scooby Doo, The Jetsons and The Flintstones.
Nancy Walker was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She starred in various TV programs like The Gary Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, The Tab Hunter Show, Family Affair, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Allan Burns, McMillan and Wife, The Nancy Walker Show, Rhoda, Alice, The Golden Girls and Blansky’s Beauties. She also directed the musical, Can’t Stop the Music.