20 Hard Working Female Celebs

These ladies never slow down! Here, 20 stars whose killer work ethic inspires us to up our game.

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Heidi Klum

As one of the top-earning models in the world, Klum has smiled her way into an empire worth an estimated $20 million. She’s had four children in the last seven years, but she never stops working: She serves as both host and producer of Lifetime’s Project Runway and Seriously Funny Kids, has designed jewelry for QVC, and active wear and shoes for New Balance.

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Between August and January, BeyoncĂ© headlined the Glastonbury Festival (one of the largest music festivals in the world) and a three-night-stint at NYC’s Roseland Ballroom; announced her pregnancy; and proceeded to record and release four epic music videos.

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Angelina Jolie

The Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian and mother of six made her directorial debut this year with In the Land of Blood and Honey, a foreign language love story that’s earning major award buzz.

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Amy Poehler

It’s been a big year for Poehler: She was named as one of TIME’s “100 Most Influential People in the World,” she garnered a Golden Globe nod for best actress on a TV series for Parks and Recreation; and she gave the Class Day address at Harvard…all that while raising two boys under five.  

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Giuliana Rancic

This E! News anchor won’t let anything—even cancer—get in the way of her career. After announcing her breast cancer diagnosis in October, Rancic underwent a double mastectomy and was back to work at Ryan Seacrest’s side about a week later.

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Mindy Kaling

Dartmouth grad Kaling was the only woman on the eight-person writing staff of the first season of The Office—and she was only 24 years old. Over the last eight seasons she’s written at least 22 episodes of the sitcom, and she can be seen onscreen each week portraying egomaniac Kelly Kapoor. Not enough for you? Kaling found time in 2011 to release her comic memoir, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?—and it’s now a best seller.

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Kelly Ripa

Regis is out, so Kelly has assumed solo hosting duties of her long-running daily morning show, now called Live with Kelly. The rest of the day she keeps busy as the face of Electrolux Appliances and running her production company, Milojo Productions, with her husband, Mark Consuelos.

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Victoria Beckham

The former Spice Girl has had many careers—international pop star, bestselling author, reality star—but it’s her British-Fashion-Award-winning clothing that has earned her the biggest kudos of late. The mother of four is also very active in charity, and she was nominated for a VH1 Do Something award for her work with the Save the Children foundation.

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Jennifer Lopez

In 2011, J.Lo was everywhere. She sat on the American Idol judge’s panel, made the cover of People’s “Most Beautiful Person” issue, even danced her way to the top of the Billboard charts. Already on her plate for 2012: Two movie roles, a Latin talent series she co-created and more work as the newest Fiat spokesperson.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

She’s made notable TV cameos on Glee, sang at the Oscars and Grammys, and turned herself into a lifestyle guru with an online newsletter and bestselling cookbook.

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Queen Latifah

Latifah has starred in Oscar-winning films and earned Grammy nods for both her rap and singing careers—not something most former beatboxers from East Orange, New Jersey can boast. She also created the Queen Collection for women with curves and promotes this natural beauty as a Cover Girl spokesmodel.

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Betty White

White recently rang in her 90th birthday with a televised bash, and her career has never been hotter. Her TV Land sitcom Hot in Cleveland recently won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable TV Comedy. Premiering soon: White’s new reality show, Off Their Rockers, in which senior citizens play pranks on young people.

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Rachel Zoe

Anyone who’s seen The Rachel Zoe Project knows that the celebrity stylist is more than committed to her work. The reality show’s fourth season followed the very pregnant Zoe as she planned the release of her first clothing line and follow-up lifestyle brand, did consulted for Piperlime.com, and prepared for her first child. We get exhausted just thinking about it!

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Mariska Hargitay

Talk about dedication! In 2008, Hargitay suffered a collapsed lung on the set of Law and Order: SVU—yet she only missed one episode. And though she’s now working even harder following Christopher Meloni’s recent departure, she and her husband adopted two children in 2011.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

They say it in her recent film, and we agree: I Don’t Know How She Does It! Parker starred in two movies in 2011 and produces Bravo’s Work of Art—and still finds time to be a hands-on mother to her three young children: “I go to the grocery store on my own, I take my children to school, I find a cab, I jump on the subway..." she has said.

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The world’s top-selling female recording artist directed her second feature film, W.E., opened a series of fitness centers across the world and began work on her twelfth studio album. She’s slated to perform in this year’s Superbowl Halftime show with Cirque de Soleil.

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Shonda Rhimes

She was named one of TIME’s “100 People Who Shape the World,” and her female-centric TV empire seems to still be expanding. Rhimes, the mastermind behind Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice, is at it again this spring with the political drama Scandal.

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Bethenny Frankel

In spring 2011, Frankel released a bestselling book, A Place of Yes, and sold her Skinnygirl cocktail line to Fortune Brands’ Beam Global for an estimated $120 million. Not a bad gig for the new mother and former Real Housewife of New York City.

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Sharon Osbourne

Though her celebrity didn’t really take bloom until age 50 when she appeared in the reality show The Osbournes, Sharon has been managing major musical artists (including her husband, Ozzy) for many years. Today, Osbourne’s  keeping busy these days as one of five co-hosts of the daytime series The Talk.

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Gayle King

Don’t call her Oprah’s sidekick. Though King is still editor-at-large for her BFF’s magazine, she bounced back from her failed talk show on Oprah’s network by recently accepting a role as co-anchor for CBS This Morning.


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First Published Tue, 2012-01-10 17:15

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