Welcome to Famous Mormon Women This site is dedicated to celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Women members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , Mormon Church who have achieved some level of fame in their lives. The women listed in the area of the are also found by category at Famous.mormons.net I have had many emails asking to put the women in a separate area by themselves so here you go listed alphabetical !
Jewel Adams was born and raised in the projects of Asheville, North Carolina. Her hard childhood spurred her imagination, and those imaginings fueled her love for writing. She continued to develop that love for writing in junior high, which consisted of mainly poetry. She moved to Utah in 1989 and started to write seriously a few years later. She is a wife and a mother of eight children. Jewel has published four exciting and touching novels .
Linda P. Adams
Linda is the author of two novels on the Last Days (or "end times"), and has co-authored two nonfiction books. She has published short fiction and poetry in Calyx,Lynx Eye, Irreantum, and Limestone Circle
Former Weber State All-American Lindsey Anderson is heading to Beijing. Anderson, now an assistant track coach at Weber State, will be the first former Weber State track and field athlete ever to compete in the summer Olympics after she qualified in the women's 3,000 meter steeplechase. The Morgan, Utah native finished second overall in the event at the US Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon, clinching a spot on the United States team at the Olympic Games in Beijing. KSL.com
Ashlee Ashby contestant, Survivor Palau premier: 17 Feb 2005
Born in Rigby, Idaho, she was raised in Easley, South Carolina. She then moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University in Provo, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication. A practicing Mormon, she is most proud of graduating from seminary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints while still in high school. It required that she get up every day at 5:00 am to drive 30 minutes to the church to study the bible and church teachings before school. She currently resides in Easley, South Carolina. Source: CBS
Best selling author and Motivational speaker Check out Shirley's website for information about the the many books she has written !
Marsha Mark-Baird Heptathlon (Trinidad and Tobago) 2000 Sydney 2004 Athens
"[I] concentrate on [training for the Olympics] pretty much every day. Sometimes just going to work, I'll be thinking about the high jump and my approach. My husband gets really embarrassed because we're in the grocery store and I'm doing long jump approaches through the aisles. And he's like, 'Honey, people are staring.' I say, 'I know, but that's just my way of focusing.'"
Finished 25th in 2004.
Julie Coulter Bellon
Julie is the best-selling author of three LDS adventure/romance books. She holds an English degree from BYU and is the mother of six children.. Julie says: "Since I am also Canadian and have been fascinated by the relationship between Canada and the U.S., my books use both Canadian and American characters and international situations."
2008 Beijing Olympian Pole-vaulter April Steiner Bennett is a Mesa, Ariz., native and University of Arkansas graduate. During her time at Arkansas, Steiner Bennett was a four-time All-American and the 2003 SEC Outdoor Champion.
Laura Berg softball (USA) gold 1996 Atlanta gold 2000 Sydney
In Georgia, she finished with a .273 batting average (6-for-22, with a double) and scored two runs. She also reached base five times after being hit by a pitch. In 2000, she started all 10 games in center field. Recorded an assist on a play at the plate during the round-robin game against Japan and also had two hits in that game.
2008 Beijing Olympian A three-time U.S. Olympic gold medalist in softball, Berg has been a world-class athlete since becoming an USA National Team member in 1994. Her memorable Olympic highlights include scoring the first run of the gold medal game in 1996 and collecting the game-winning hit in 2000. She also has captured gold medals at three ISF World Championships in addition to a pair of gold medals at Pan American Games.
Edwina Booth was an actress in the 1930's. Her real name was Constance Woodruff, great grand daughter of President Wilford Woodruff. She was a virtual unknown when MGM chose her for the female lead in the early talkie adventure film "Trader Horn" (1931). While shooting that film on location in Africa, Booth suffered heatstroke and numerous tropical maladies that left her disabled for years. In a highly publicized lawsuit she accused MGM of reckless endangerment but ultimately settled for a paltry $45,000. After three minor roles in B pictures, Booth never worked in films again. (bio by: Robert Edwards)
Anne Bradshaw novelist
She gained recognition for her short stories in the New Era. Her inspirational fiction has appeared in the magazine for over twelve years. Anne writes about the two things she knows and loves, The Church and England. She is the first published English LDS writer of intrigue involving British members of The Church. Terracotta Summer (2000) and Chamomile Winter (2001).
Briahna Brett Perkins- A professional dancer, choreographer, and classical pianist, Briahna is a five-star entertainer. Drawing comparisons to Martina McBride, Kristin Chenowith, and the young Judy Garland, she feels comfortable in every genre of music from jazz to country. Briahna’s solo album, “A Change in Me”, features some of Broadway’s most beloved song selections and is a best-selling item at every performance. Go to
www.brettfamily.com for more details.
Rowena Bright Skier (Australia) 2002 Salt Lake City
"There is an amazing amount of people here supporting me. Volunteers have heard or read about me and they're always wishing me good luck and telling me they're behind me. It's not quite the same as what the Sydney athletes would have felt in the (2000 Olympics) but it's got that sort of feeling for me. This is my spiritual home I guess and I'm just inspired by how the place was founded, with the pioneers risking their lives to get here. When I first heard that this was where the Winter Games would be, I decided then that this was the Olympics I would like to be at."
"Religion is my life," says Bright, a Mormon. "It's hard when I am on the road because I go to church every Sunday." I can go six weeks and not make it because I am traveling or am in another country but I always have my scriptures handy and I read a lot. "It keeps me grounded and gives me a purpose to what I am doing." 2006 Olympian
Mormon Snowboarder Torah Bright wins Australia's first gold medal by pulling off a difficult twirling series of tricks in the women's Olympic snowboard halfpipe
Trina Boice Novelist
Trina Bates Boice is the author of 7 best-selling books. In 2004 she was honored as the California Young Mother of the Year, an award which completely amused her 4 sons. She earned 2 Bachelor’s degrees from BYU where she competed on the Speech and Debate team and the Ballroom Dance Team, winning national titles for both teams. She was President of the National Honor Society Phi Eta Sigma and served as ASBYU Secretary of Student Community Services.
Trina also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain and later returned there to serve an LDS mission in Madrid for 1 ½ years. She has a Real Estate license, Travel Agent license, 2 Master’s degrees, and a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, although she’s the first one to admit she’d pass out from fright if she were ever really attacked by a bad guy.
She worked as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman in Washington D.C., and was given the “Points of Light” Award and Presidential Volunteer Service Award for her domestic and international community service. She wrote a column called “The Boice Box” for a newspaper in Georgia, where she lived for 15 years. She currently writes for Roots Television and Go2.com and is the Executive Director of Marketing for Multi-Pure International.
Trina was recently selected by KPBS in San Diego to be a political correspondent. If she told you what she really did she’d have to kill you.
Laura Mason Brotherson graduated from Brigham Young University, and has written a book about sexual intimacy and marital oneness entitled, "And They Were Not Ashamed -- Strengthening Marriage through Sexual Fulfillment." Laura is a marriage and family life educator certified by the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), and is working on her licensing as a marriage and family therapist (MFT) and a certified sex therapist to become the rare breed of a Mormon female sex therapist. Laura serves on the executive committee of the LDS Marriage Network.
Laura shares her passion for building strong marriages and families as an author, intimacy educator, and relationship consultant. She writes for an LDS magazine, publishes an electronic newsletter entitled, "Straight Talk about Strengthening Marriage," and speaks in various venues from couples’ cruises and conferences to television and radio shows. She also maintains a website and marriage blog at
www.StrengtheningMarriage.com where she is a trusted resource for education, products and services to strengthen marriages intimately!
Laura and her husband, Kevin, are the founders of Strengthening Marriage, Inc.
Angela "Bay" Buchanan US Treasurer Republican
She is a sister to Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate. Their family is Irish-Catholic. She is called "Bay" because her brothers called her the "bay-bay." In 1981, President Reagan appointed her to serve as Treasurer of the United States. At the age of 32, she was the youngest person to hold that office since its establishment in 1775. (Her signature can still be found on older greenbacks.) She joined the Church in 1982. In 1998, she appeared on television as co-host of CNBC's political show Equal Time. She now leads an educational foundation dedicated to advancing traditional conservative issues.
Singer/songwriter Cherie Call was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, and has been performing in front of appreciative audiences since she was three. By the time she turned 13, Cherie was writing and performing many of her own songs.
Following her high school graduation, she moved to Utah to attend Brigham Young University, where she graduated in music in 1997. She began recording several self-released albums, including One Star, Taken, and Heart Made of Wind, the latter released in November 2000. She has also been featured on seven other albums, including the best-selling album Women of Destiny, A Season for Courage, Remember the Promise, Look and Live, Whatever It Takes, and the soundtracks from the theatrical releases God’s Army, Brigham City, and Charly. Cherie was a songwriter and music coordinator for the 2000 Banff Award winning film, True Fans.
2008 Beijing Olympian Jill Camarena of Tucson, Ariz., competes in shot put; she graduated from Stanford and did post-graduate studies at BYU.
Dr. Martha Hughes Cannon (1857-1932) state senator Democrat Utah
She was trained as a physician at the University of Michigan. She was a suffragist, and became the first female state senator in American history. In 1886, rather than testify against her husband in federal court (for polygamy), she fled, with her baby, into hiding in England.
Erin was in the movie "The Singles 2nd Ward" as the red head that was getting married to Kirby Heyborne's character. She has also been on ER, Bones, Days of Our Lives, Without A Trace, Drake and Josh. and more, see the IMDB link to the right
Jane Clayson Reporter
Even though the career of a journalist is demanding, she said it has not taken a toll on the spiritual foundation from BYU. "I go to church where ever I am. It's been a great opportunity to see firsthand just how world wide this church is. It truly is a global religion"
Born in Oshawa, Ontario, Andrea Joy Cook grew up in Toronto. A devout Mormon, Cook only accepts roles that don’t go against her faith.
Ina Coolbrith (1841-1928) Poet
In 1851 a the age of ten, Ina traveled to California with her mother and step father, William Pickett. Her first poems were published when she was only 12. At the age of 17, her infant son died tragically and her marriage dissolved. In 1906, she lost her home and all her possessions in the San Francisco fire. Through the generosity of the best known writers of the day, another home was built for her. During her lifetime, she received many honors. In 1915, she was named the first poet laureate of California. Sources:
San Francisco History and
Jack London's Ranch Album
She was born in Nauvoo to Don Carlos Smith (Joseph's brother) and Agnes Coolbrith. They named her Josephine Donna Smith. Her father died of malaria the year of her birth. Her mother became a plural wife to Joseph Smith and then George A. Smith Source:
The Wives of Joseph Smith
Tanja Crouch Author
Following 15 years working in the music business including, most notably, stints as an agent for Vince Gill, Randy Travis and other artists, and 5 years as vice president of Barbara Orbison Productions, working with the masters, publishing and merchandising of Roy Orbison, Crouch made a career change to devote her energies to writing. Her first book was 100 Careers in the Music Business (2001). She teaches the 17-18 year-old Sunday School class in the Carnton Ward and with her husband, writer Kevin Crouch, she works in the Nashville, Tennessee Temple.
Emily Cushing, the third of five children, was raised in South Jordan, Utah. She has had articles published in the Ensign and recently compiled an inspirational desktop book entitled One Heart, Many Voices: Daily Inspirational Thoughts from Relief Society Sisters around the World. This daily calendar features inspiring thoughts and stories from 365 LDS sisters who reside in 26 different countries and 35 different states. Emily and her husband live in Utah with their four children.