There aren't too many female artists who have had more influence visually than the “Material Girl” herself, whose mix of eye-popping fantasy and gritty urban realism videos continue to be a benchmark for a lot of musicians. Despite winning the award of Golden Globe's Best Actress for 1996's Evita
, Madonna's efforts in Hollywood has historically received mixed criticism from the audience. With heartfelt performances like that in A League of Their Own
offset by the dreariness shown in Shanghai
Surprise and Body of Evidence
, we believe that the singer could have put in more effort in acting. Bonus points for Truth or Dare
The voluptuous former front-woman of Destiny's Child, polarised critics with her performance in Austin Powers in Goldmember
, Mike Myers' third film and second inferior cash-in to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
. But there is no doubt that Beyoncé is best, understandably, in roles which combine both the art of music and acting, as we saw her in 2006's Dreamgirls
and 2008's Cadillac Records
. In the latter, which was a close-to-accurate account of the founding of pioneering blues and R&B label Chess Records, Knowles excels as legendary singer Etta James.
It's easy to mock JLo's film career, given that two of her recent films Gigli
and Jersey Girl
are mere additions to her list of failures like Monster-in-Law
and others. However, when she does shine, as she does with her performance in the hallucinogenic The Cell
or opposite George Clooney in the beloved romantic thriller Out of Sight
, JLo brings both empathy and power to her role. She's currently the highest-paid Latin actress in film history. Not bad for someone who got their start as a Fly Girl
on In Living Color.
Mariah Carey was one singer cum actress who received her first award right after her second film and also a Razzie for the Worst Actress for her efforts in 2001's Glitter
, which scored a mere seven percent critic-approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. There was only one way to go from there. After roles in a few direct-to-video and little-seen films, Carey made news for her performance as a social worker in 2009's Precious. Dressed down, cleavage hidden and a faint moustache (which may well have been grown), Carey's subtle and strong portrayal of the role juxtaposed her "Look at me!" persona, which the singer had previously displayed for almost 16 years.
The blond lead singer was a New York mainstay during the mid-1970s to early-1980s, as she established herself as a key figure of the then-burgeoning punk and New Wave scene. Starting in 1976, the singer would pop up in whatever projects her friends were working on during the time, including the quasi-fictional downtown New York classic, Downtown 81
, which was shot in 1981 but released in 2001. Harry's acting career went mainstream in David Cronenberg's Videodrome, where the singer portrays a sadomasochistic psychiatrist to scummy TV network president James Woods. These days, most of her acting comes from documentaries made to reminisce the glory days.
Another beautiful blonde singer to have graced the silver screen is Jessica Simpson who rose to fame with her debut single “I wanna love you for ever” which was among the Top 5 of the Billboard Hot 100. However, much like others in the list, Simpson failed to establish herself as a credible actress despite performances in movies like The Dukes of Hazzard
, Employee of the Month
and other cameos in various flicks.