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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Sorry, Gwyneth: Eight Actresses Who Actually Can Sing

Posted By on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 12:15 PM

In the old days, just being an actress wasn't enough. Everyone had to be a double threat just to keep up with singing actresses like Julie Andrews, Doris Day, Marlene Dietrich and Judy Garland. But then musicals fell out of fashion and we find ourselves asking, "Why the hell is Gwyneth Paltrow singing at the Grammys this weekend? Didn't we get enough of her awkward warbling at the CMAs last fall?"

(For the record: Apparently Cee-Lo Green invited her, and the Grammy performance will also feature Muppets. Seriously.)

Even though the singer/actress has fallen out of the norm, there are still plenty of actresses profiting from their pipes. While Gwyneth might not be up for doing duets with her Coldplay-crooning spouse anytime soon, here are some gals who are.

Anyone who saw Zooey Deschanel singing "Baby It's Cold Outside" in 2003's Elf wasn't surprised when she found success singing with M. Ward on She and Him's 2008 debut album. She started singing in jazz clubs in 2001, two years after making her film debut.

Jenny Lewis hasn't acted in a long time, but she got her start as a kid with bit parts on sitcoms, including a stint as a snotty brat who battles Rose over a teddy bear on The Golden Girls. The only acting she's done in the past decade was a bit voice job in the animated film Bolt, as she's been busy with her music.

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