leading lady


Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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The leading ladies of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills traveled to the east coast for New York Fashion Week and ruled the runway at Kyle Richards’ first-ever fashion show for her new brand, Kyle & Shahida, co-designed by Shahida Clayton. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Real Housewives Runway! RHOBH Cast Walks in Kyle Richards' Debut NYFW Show," 9 Sep. 2019 Now, country music's leading lady is speaking out about gender representation across the industry. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Sounds Off About the ‘Bro Trend’ That Led to Controversial ACM Nominations," 28 Mar. 2019 Angela Bassett The Oscar-winning leading lady wears her support for IWD on her back in a classic white cotton t-shirt with a philanthropic twist. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams from International Women's Day 2019," 8 Mar. 2019 From Lizzo to Cardi B to Keke Palmer to Jennifer Lopez – these are some of the leading ladies in the upcoming feature. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Press For 'Hustlers' Has Begun And These Ladies Look Great," 27 Aug. 2019 The pop star joins an impressive list of leading ladies to play the role of Jenna, following Sara Bareilles (who nabbed a best original score Tony nomination for Waitress), Katharine McPhee and Shoshana Bean. Jeff Nelson, PEOPLE.com, "Jordin Sparks Will Return to the Stage to Star in Waitress on Broadway," 20 Aug. 2019 The leading lady solves a season-long mystery of a bus crash that killed several of her classmates. Sarah Sahagian, Washington Post, "I’m a rape survivor. Watching ‘Veronica Mars’ gave me hope that I could thrive again.," 24 July 2019 However, in the outstanding lead actress in a drama series category, Pose's trio of leading ladies — Mj Rodriguez (Blanca Evangelista), Indya Moore (Angel Evangelista) and Dominique Jackson (Elektra Abundance) — were noticeably left out. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: 'Pose' Star Billy Porter Nominated for Best Drama Actor, Trans Actresses Snubbed," 16 July 2019 But on opening night, someone tries to kill the leading lady, and Travis has to halt production when the show becomes a crime scene. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "Armchair Sleuths, Grab the Remote: Hallmark's Mystery 101 is Back," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of leading lady

1860, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of leading lady

: an actress who plays the most important female role in a play or movie

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