12. Whoopi Goldberg
If you grew up singing along (and busting a few moves) with the lovable nuns in Sister Act, you know why we could never leave Whoopi Goldberg off our list. The award-winning actress and comedienne gained esteem for roles in The Color Purple, Made in America, and Girl, Interrupted. Today, you can catch her duking it out (not literally) with her costars on The View. And when the 57-year-old Goldberg isn’t tickling our funny bones, she stands with the LGBT community against homophobia and discrimination.