Top 5 Red-Headed Female Celebrities of All Time

Red hair is quite a special trait, as this is the rarest hair shade in the world. Some cultures even revere real hair for its rarity; unfortunately, many redheads also get made fun of and even insulted for their unique appearance.

For instance, there’s an urban myth floating around that redheaded folks aka ‘gingers’ don’t have any souls. This thought might have arisen due to the pale skin, brilliant green eyes, and other features that might accompany that fiery color. No matter what people say, though, red hair is something to be proud of and flaunt for all to see!

In fact, several female celebrities are natural redheads. Others might have dyed their hair red and fell in love with the look. Whichever way you look at it, it seems like the world of glitz and glamour has quite a few redheads with a high level of success. Let’s look at some of the best redheaded female celebrities of all time now:

Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett

Many comedians and performers today look up to Carol Burnett as their icon and inspiration. She was certainly a trailblazer for women in the industry, having first landed a breakout role in 1959. The Carol Burnett Show ran from 1967 to 1978 and was among the most popular shows on air at the time.

Keep in mind here that this was a time when female performers weren’t treated very kindly in the entertainment industry. Apart from the difference in pay scales, most females were also relegated to mere supporting roles in comedy variety programs while men usually took the lead. This was why it was so rebellious and exhilarating for Burnett to have her own name as the show’s title. She also showed the world that women can be funny on their own terms, and probably paved the way for the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres.

As for her red hair, some call it ‘the picture of 70s sophistication’. It might have given Burnett the confidence she needed to charge forward in her demanding career.

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald started out as a hopeful child actor, but the beginning was a bit slow for her. She faced a lot of disappointment in having her part drastically cut in the 80s hit sitcom ‘The Facts of Life’. However, she and her mother didn’t stand for it and left that particular stage, only to laugh all the way to the top with Ringwald’s success in 80s teen movies.

Every teenager in the 80s decade would probably remember Molly Ringwald from at least one popular teen movie. She had lead roles in ‘Pretty in Pink’, ‘Sixteen Candles’, ‘The Breakfast Club’, and many other iconic movies of that time. Girls would covet her strawberry curls, which were instrumental in putting together that unique look that made her perfect for her chosen roles.

Ringwald didn’t stop there, though. She’s still a well-known name, and still attracting roles to this date. We can see her and her familiar red hair in the show Riverdale, where she plays Archie Andrews’ mother. Here’s what a younger version of her has to say about being a redhead:

“It shapes your personality a bit. What I always say is that brunettes are beautiful, and blondes get a lot of attention, but the people that love redheads really love redheads.”

Lindsay Dee Lohan 

Lindsay Dee Lohan

Lindsay Lohan has been in the news for all the wrong reasons, but she’s certainly one of the most iconic redheaded celebrities to date. She’s an actress, songwriter, singer, producer, and also an entrepreneur. While she has changed her hair color a lot, her fans know and love her natural red hair.

One of Lohan’s most memorable performances with her red hair was when she was fairly young–The Parent Trap (1998). This was her film debut and quite a demanding one at that. We won’t get into the story here, but it’s enough to know that she had a double role and was playing twins. This is a good example of her talent and acting chops, so one can’t deny that she has a definite claim to fame. No doubt that red hair made quite an impression for the movie producers as well.

Lindsay Lohan went on to star in many movies, including Freaky Friday and Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. However, it was the massive hit Mean Girls that propelled her to teenage stardom. Her personal struggles, issues with the law, and several other disturbing updates are now a major part of her public identity.

Marcia Anne Cross

Everyone loved the hit TV sitcom ‘Desperate Housewives’. Some might have been in awe of Bree Van de Kamp, the perfect mother with perfect, glowing red hair. While this was Marcia’s natural color, the flawless shine and classic hairstyle was what got her into the Bree character. In fact, Marcia’s hairdresser for that show also insists that the hair itself was a symbol of the character; it was unchanging, frozen, much like Bree herself is in the show. In real life, Marcia is fine with having her hair in a ponytail or any other style.

Marcia Anne Cross is no doubt a talented actress and very proud of her fiery locks. Thanks to her stellar acting and unique looks, she’s gained quite a bit of success in her chosen field.

Myrna Loy

Myrna Loy

This is another trailblazer for female celebrities, though one that might not have gotten many chances to flaunt her red hair on screen. Myrna Loy began her Hollywood career at a time when the first ‘talking’ movies were made and silent moves were becoming a thing of the past. She initially played the role of the femme fatale, and was in danger of being typecast for this particular category. However, she eventually gained fame for her work in the Thin Man series. In fact, she became so popular in the middle of the 1930s decade that she gained the title of ‘Queen of the Movies’.

Myrna Loy’s looks were unique and striking, though fans who have just seen her earlier work might not even know that she sported red locks. She was finally able to show off the color of her hair in the 1929 Technicolor Warner Brothers mucosal called ‘The Show of Shows’. If you’re in a nostalgic mood, it might be worth finding and watching some of Myrna Loy’s work on a modern curved TV screen.

Loy was much loved by her fans, but unfortunately passed away before she could receive an Oscar for Lifetime Achievement. That posthumous Oscar made her one of two people who won this trophy without any prior nominations.


Several more redheaded female celebrities fit the bill here, but the ones we’ve discussed above are a good representation. Needless to say, we have a lot to thank these celebrities for. They’ve provided us with hours of enjoyment due to their talents, not to mention piqued our interest with those flaming good looks. It might be worth taking a trip down memory lane and tuning in to some movies or shows that star redheaded female leads. A decent smart TV will be useful for this, so you might want to check these out.