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The Ladies of March '07

by Shane Cassidy

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You just can't keep a good warrior princess (or her sidekick) down. You lined them up, and here they are again ladies - former Xena co-stars Renee O'Connor and Lucy Lawless back in the top positions on our list once again! Can any of our veteran ladies (like returning L Word babe Jennifer Beals) or new faces (can we say hello Penelope Cruz!) knock these two powerhouses of fandom love down a notch? Only your votes will decide!

Joining us on our list this month are a slew of major hotties from the big and small screen: L Word leading gal Jennifer Beals (a returning veteran of our list); Oscar nominee Penelope Cruz; L Word newbie Rose Rollins; All My Children's Elizabeth Hendrickson; and Popular phenom turned lesbian drug dealer on Dirt Carly Pope.

Sadly leaving us this month, we must say goodbye to Titanically gorgeous Kate Winslet (so close girl!); most delicious diva Queen Latifah; sci-fi it girl Gina Torres; the other half of All My Children's lesbian duo Eden Riegel; and last, but never least, the lovely Piper Perabo. We'll miss you ladies, sorry you didn't make the cut!

Well, that's it for this month's list! Don't forget, your votes decide which wonderful women will come back again to compete next month! So go out there and vote for your most loved ladies!


Carly Pope Stats:
List Virgin
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Now playing the drug-dealing lesbian Garbo on Dirt, Carly Pope is all grown up from her Popular days. The days of engaging in high school girl gossip and popularity wars as Sam McPhearson on the sadly short-lived show Popular, earned Carly her devoted gay and lesbian following, which the scintillating actress has played to ever since. Check out Carly dosing Laura Allen’s character Julia Mallory on Dirt. Cutie-pie Carly plays sexy seedy with the best of them… and she straps it on for the object of Garbo’s affection, Julia. Yeah, I said strap-on. And if that hasn’t earned her a place in the lesbian hall of fame, her turn in Jamie Babbit's upcoming Itty Bitty Titty Committee—with lesbian luminary Guin Turner and The L Word’s Daniela Sea—will. Just for good measure, she’s signed for a film entitled Young People Fucking. It’s tough to go wrong with a title like that. If Carly makes you swoon so much you feel drugged, cast your vote her way.


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Elizabeth Hendrickson Stats:
List Veteran
Last
8
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8

Wide-eyed hottie Elizabeth Hendrickson wowed All My Children fans so much as Bianca’s lesbian lover Frankie, writers brought the character back from the dead—as her long-lost identical twin Maggie, of course. Hendrickson had the distinct pleasure of dying by Susan Lucci’s iconic soap character Erica Kane’s hand for bedding Erica’s daughter. Daytime television lost some of its sizzle when they killed off Frankie, so fans begged for her back. In her scenes with the wonderful Eden Riegel as Bianca, Hendrickson shows off her damn fine and realistic acting chops—which is no easy task on a Soap. And her kissing scenes with Eden make a girl want to plant a big kiss on Hendrickson’s luscious lips. It’s worth a quick trip to YouTube to catch up on Bianca and Maggie’s sexy and sensitive scenes. And if that’s enough of a fix, catch her on one of her guest spots on Cold Case, SVU or Medium. Is Hendrickson so hot she makes you wish she were twins for real? Vote twice if you agree.


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Rose Rollins Stats:
List Virgin
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As The L Word’s hog-riding soldier girl Tasha, who can make Alice shut up for sex, smoldering Rose Rollins makes a much-deserved debut on our list. Her strong silent type Tasha is the kind of gal who can give the orders in the bedroom and bring home the flowers. A self-confessed tomboy, Rose recently told AfterEllen.com that Tasha’s an easy role for her because it’s closer to her personality than other roles she’s played. As C.J.’s assistant on The West Wing, Rose made an eye-catching splash. But the stunner who plays soft-butch Tasha, kicked off her career with a modeling stint. No surprise with her gorgeous features and smooth skin. Rose’s big-screen roles include parts in Undisputed with Wesley Snipes and 13 Moons—with one Ms. Jennifer Beals. It does a girl good to imagine Rose and Jennifer chilling on the set. Although she’s got the acting cred to star in just about anything, after her steamy sex scenes with Leisha Hailey, her lesbian fans won’t let her leave the L Word without a fight. Does Rose make you want to drop and give her 10? Then set your sights on her.


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Penelope Cruz Stats:
List Virgin
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Spanish siren Penelope Cruz recently wowed the red carpet with her old Hollywood glamour, landing as number one on fashion pundits’ Academy Awards best-dressed lists. But can she pull off number one on our list? Her Oscar-nominated turn as a luminous, homicidal madre with a bursting cleavage in Pedro Almodovar’s Volver, indicates she’ll be on Oscar’s list again. Penny also knows how to play to the lesbianas who love her. She playfully pals around with another Latina force, Salma Hayek. Recently, the drop-dead gorgeous pair had gossips and gay girls tongues wagging and pegging them as girlfriends. Alas, they’re not but Penny did give Salma a pat on the bum for the paparazzi. And for a shot of South of the Border Latina girls gone wrong, check out the duo in Bandits. Que caliente! But Salma’s not the only beauty, Penny’s played with. She got down and dirty with Charlize Theron in the World War II drama Head in the Clouds. If that doesn’t make you want to vote for her, check out her heart-rending portrayal of a young, pregnant and HIV-positive nun in Almodovar’s All About My Mother. How could you not vote for that?


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Jennifer Beals Stats:
List Veteran
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For four years as The L Word’s power lesbian with the big heart and as the show’s anchor, Ms. Jennifer Beals has proven that she’s no “Flash” in the pan. An 80’s icon, who made welding synonymous with off-the-shoulder sweatshirts in Flashdance, Jennifer has re-invented herself as Bette Porter, the type-A Ivy League educated lesbian that everyone want to sleep with—especially when she’s baring her shoulders in a tank top. Jennifer plays Bette with equal parts bitch and heart-rending romantic, rendering fans as helpless and beguiled by Jennifer as the women Bette beds on the landmark show. Fans who’ve worn out their L Word DVD’s can get an eyeful of the brainy Yale grad in several indie films she made in the 90’s, including Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle and the gay-friendly sleeper hit The Anniversary Party—major hot shoulder action here. It’s up to you to vote and decide if Bette is power dyke enough to beat out the rest of the pool.


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Marlee Matlin Stats:
List Veteran
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5

Now that The L Word fans have gotten a gander at the intensely sexy Marlee Matlin as Jodi in her drool-inducing and very believable sex scenes with Jennifer Beals, there might be no stopping her from reaching the top. Marlee’s playing the fiery artist who’s already on top of Jennifer Beals’ type-A toughie Bette. It’s tough to argue with this Oscar winner’s appeal. At 21, Matlin nabbed the Best Actress Oscar—the youngest actress to earn that award—for her fearless performance opposite William Hurt in Children of a Lesser God. She’s turned in memorable performances on Picket Fences, Spin City, The Practice, ER and Judging Amy. An AIDS activist who advocates for children and parents affected by the disease, Matlin also starred in the AIDS-themed upper, It’s My Party, starring Eric Roberts. Give us a sign and vote for Marlee.


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Kathryn Morris Stats:
List Veteran
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Crowned Queen of the list for January 2007, Morris has fallen to fourth place after former Xena-foes O’Connor and Lawless beat her down from her perch. But she’s also trailing another sexy TV detective, Mariska Hargitay. Can this cool cop climb back up the list and beat those perennial faves? Before wowing prime-time viewers with her work-obsessed detective Lilly Rush on Cold Case, the serious blondie flew on to the gaydar as Najara, an evil warrior who tries to drive a wedge between Xena and Gabrielle on the lesbian cult-phenom Xena. She even managed a little on-screen sword play with Ms. Lucy Lawless, ostensibly battling it out for Gabrielle’s devotion. Morris upped the lesbian-appeal ante as a hotshot pilot Lt. Annalisa “Stinger” Lindstrom on Pensacola: Wings of Gold—sporting coveralls mind you. Now that’s more Top Gun than Tom Cruise could ever hope for, and speaking of Tommy, Morris played his beleaguered wife in Minority Report, Steven Spielberg’s cautionary sci-fi tale about too much information. She’s an action star and a sci-fi babe. Are you set to vote for Morris and close this case?


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Mariska Hargitay Stats:
List Veteran
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The gorgeous chestnut-haired actress who’s made tight tops and leather jackets compulsory garb as a detective, Emmy winner Mariska Hargitay’s working on restraining those Xena girls. She’s already cuffed Kathryn Morris and thrown in her in the cruiser and now her sights are set on the top two. For nearly 10 years, the smart, sexy actress has made her alter ego Olivia Benson on Law and Order SVU one of the hottest enigmas on the small screen. Beautiful but tough in her role, Mariska pulls off a femininity that says don’t f*** with me. She could take big boy Christopher Meloni’s Elliot Stabler to task and does. But it’s no wonder Mariska’s such a babe. Her mother Jayne Mansfield was one of Hollywood’s first and favorite pin-up gals. You brought Mariska back by popular demand—and rightly so. Vote her in for number one but more than that, petition NBC to bring Stephanie March’s Alexandra Cabot back for a torrid and long overdue lesbian tryst with Benson.


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Lucy Lawless Stats:
List Veteran
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Lucy Lawless topped her former Xena sidekick on the show but just can’t beat her on our list. Still, the iconic Kiwi tenaciously hangs on to the number-two position. This badass beauty with the chiseled cheekbones holds the distinction of longest-running babe in our top ten. Capitalizing on her brief but memorable run on Celebrity Duets, Lawless went rock and roll and hit the road with her “Come to Mama” tour recently, which drew droves of Lawless fans to scream and yell for the fave fantasy babe. Between music gigs, fans caught their fave Kiwi as the cool-as-ice Cylon D’Anna Biers on the Sci Fi channel’s Battlestar Gallactica. For all you fantasy animation fans, she just finished voicing the character Goldmoon in the upcoming Dragonlance: Dragons of Autumn Twilight. Lawless deserves your vote for her marketing ability alone. This is a woman who knows how to play to her audience. “Come to Mama,” indeed!


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Renee O'Connor Stats:
List Veteran
Last
6
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1

This once-upon-a-time staff-wielding babe “tops” our list once again. She nabbed the ultimate title of being our number one Woman We Love of 2006 and continues to be our most requested lady of 2007. Can Renee O’Connor, who fought her way into the hearts of lesbians worldwide as Xena’s gal-pal sidekick beat out Jennifer Beals’ type-A hottie Bette? The blonde lovely O’Connor is slated to play “Little Jack” in the upcoming film Ghost Town—a western-themed film laced with Appalachian folklore and the horror flick Boogeyman 2. Hmmm, a lesbian icon in a film with possible western-fetish clothing? If the producers throw in an acoustic mountain music soundtrack, the lesbians will storm the multi-plexes like a Lillith Fair redux. If top-Lady of the year 2006 still makes you weak in the knees, then point your staff in her direction.


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The Rules:

  • The top five women of the list are determined by the highest number of votes received each month. Excessive repeat voting will not be counted!
  • The five women who receive the lowest votes each month will be cut from the list.
  • Women cut from the list cannot return for at least 3 months after being voted off.
  • The new five ladies on the list each month are selected based on how many requests we receive for them during the previous month.

That's it - until next month anyway. Until then, be sure to send us your suggestions, photos, comments and ideas for next month's Women We Love Top Ten to top10@lesbianation.com for our February list! (Make sure you include Top Ten List in your subject line so you don't wind up in the spam box!)

Ciao!

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In case you hadn't noticed, Xena alumni Renee O'Connor and Lucy Lawless continue to mercilessly dominate our list. We just can't seem to find any lovely ladies that can take them down! Will perhaps our new ladies this month stand a chance? It's up to you whether Melissa Etheridge, Mary-Louise Parker, Jorja Fox, Michelle Wolff or Cynthia Nixon can stage a coup and take the crown!

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