leading lady

noun

Definition of leading lady 

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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Their whirlwind rise to fame continued during the '60s as Prentiss played the leading lady to such stars as Steve McQueen, Rock Hudson, and Jim Hutton, and Benjamin landed guest spot after guest spot on numerous television series. Maria Carter, Country Living, "Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin of 'He & She' Have One of the Longest Marriages In Hollywood," 9 Jan. 2018 In celebration of International Women’s Day 2018, Billboard looks back at some notable achievements by leading ladies on our charts. Xander Zellner, Billboard, "Celebrating Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Madonna & More Leading Ladies on Billboard's Charts for International Women's Day," 8 Mar. 2018 Alanis Morissette appears as party guest Dawn, who kisses Carrie in a Season 3 episode where the SATC leading lady is questioning bisexuality. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The 20 biggest 'Sex and the City' celebrity cameos you might have missed," 6 June 2018 The Hellfire Club is rife with Beltway intrigue and backroom deals, but Tapper's leading lady is what kept us turning pages. Elisabeth Egan, Glamour, "CNN's Jake Tapper Wrote Your New Favorite Fictional Heroine," 23 May 2018 Jacqueline Bisset is at her most beautiful as a leading lady coming back from a breakdown. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Enzian screens peerless 'Day for Night'," 13 July 2018 Jurassic World and its sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (in theaters June 22), which promotes incredibly perceptive and intelligent raptor Blue to the level of leading lady, continue this theme. refinery29.com, "The Most Interesting Woman In Fallen Kingdom Is A Raptor: How The Jurassic Park Franchise Regressed," 20 June 2018 Even Bash and Sam -- the series' token male characters, rare for being handily outnumbered -- get more depth in a way that doesn't detract from the worthy leading ladies surrounding them. Caroline Framke, chicagotribune.com, "'Glow' goes from good to great in Season 2," 15 June 2018 Having steadily worked as a leading lady since her 1999 debut, Yu also previously served as a Dior brand ambassador in China. Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "WME Signs Chinese Actress Yu Nan (Exclusive)," 1 Mar. 2018

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1860, in the meaning defined above

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leading lady

noun

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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