leading lady


Definition of leading lady 

: an actress who plays the leading female role

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So begins the show's final season, which finds our leading lady switching titles from Mrs. Underwood to Madam President. D. Elizabeth, Glamour, "Claire Underwood Masters the Art of Fake-Mourning in House of Cards's New Trailer," 27 Sep. 2018 Modern Love represents a push in that direction as the show will join a slate that also includes awards darling Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, with the streamer also developing another project with leading lady Rachel Brosnahan. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Modern Love' Anthology Based on New York Times Column Set at Amazon," 11 June 2018 There is home-movie-ish footage of the Wooster’s longtime leading lady Kate Valk interviewing Ms. Krakowska. New York Times, "Review: Conjuring the Ghosts of Theater Past in ‘A Pink Chair’," 10 May 2018 Normani’s talent and charisma really set her apart as a leading lady in the industry. Gail Mitchell, Billboard, "Normani Signs to Keep Cool/RCA Records: Exclusive," 9 Apr. 2018 So here’s to TV’s leading ladies—both those behind the camera and in front of it. Samantha Barry, Glamour, "Fall TV Is Finally Giving Me the Female Leads I've Always Wanted," 14 Sep. 2018 His Star Is Born follows the same contours as earlier versions, but feels anchored in 2018, particularly because the extra-cinematic work of his leading lady — unapologetic pop provocateur Lady Gaga — lends extra meaning to the film. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper shine in the newest version of A Star Is Born," 14 Sep. 2018 Business-savvy actresses have long capitalized on their fame for clothing and fragrance collections, but today's modern leading ladies are launching brands that encompass much more. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "Reese Witherspoon Wants To Get Into Your Home," 14 Mar. 2014 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

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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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