However only one person can win each year – let us have a look at a few of the actresses who took away the Oscar for ‘Best Actress in a Leading Role’. Meryl Streep is an American actress and a three-time Academy Award winner. Katharine Hepburn, an American actress, received four Academy Awards for Best Actress—a record for any performer. Audrey Hepburn was a British actress and humanitarian – she was one of the first British actresses to receive an Academy Award. Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, received the prestigious Academy award. Helen Mirren an English actor won the academy award for best actress in year 2003. The list has names of actresses Vivien Leigh, Cate Blanchett, Sally Field, Kate Winslet, Elizabeth Taylor, Julia Roberts, Hilary Swank and many more.