46. Cicely Tyson
Most Memorable Role: Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972)
Never mind that Cicely Tyson was first discovered as a model, she earned her legendary status with raw acting in Sounder, which earned her an Oscar nomination, and the TV miniseries Roots. In case any actress wants to take notes, there’s even a Cicely Tyson School of Performing and Fine Arts in New Jersey.