As the Lebanese diaspora has generated a plethora of different estimates on numbers throughout its exhaustive history, we try to do the best we can in the areas of digging up some of the most successful Lebanese out there.
This American actress of Lebanese and Haitian descent, due to her appearances in some of the highest-grossing films of all time, such as Avatar and Avengers: Endgame, is the second-highest-grossing film actress of all time, as of 2019.
Her films have collectively grossed more than $11 billion worldwide.
Zow Saldana was born on June 19, 1978, in Passaic, New Jersey to a Dominican father, Aridio Saldaña, and Puerto Rican mother Asalia Nazario, both come from a long line of immigrants of Lebanese and Haitian descent respectively.
The family returned to New York after her sophomore year in high school.
In 1995, she began performing with the Faces theater group in Brooklyn, which plays geared toward providing positive messages for teens via themes dealing with issues such as substance abuse and adolescent sexuality.
Concurrently, she performed with the New York Youth Theater; her appearance in their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat led a talent agency to recruit her, and again, the rest is history.
After considerable roles alongside big Hollywood actors in big pictures such as Crossroads (2002), Drumline (2002), Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), and Star Trek (2009), Saldana was able to cement herself as one of the biggest names in Hollywood, as well as one of its highest-paid actresses.
Saldana’s second high-profile film in 2009 was James Cameron’s Avatar. It grossed $2.7 billion worldwide to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
In 2013, Saldana reprised her role as Uhura in Star Trek Into Darkness, the sequel to the Star Trek reboot.
Like the previous film, it was a box office success, ending its North American theatrical run with a box office total of $228,778,661.- which placed it as the 11th highest-grossing film for 2013.
It also earned $467,365,246 worldwide, ranking in 14th place for 2013, and becoming the highest-grossing film of the franchise.
The film was met with positive reviews and Saldana was nominated for numerous awards, including Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie, Favorite Action Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards, and Best On-Screen Transformation at the MTV Movie Awards.
Saldana returned as Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), and went on to again reprise the role in the sequel Avengers: Infinity War (2018), and in Avengers: Endgame, which was released in April 2019.
In 2018, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring her legacy in the motion picture industry. She is expected to reprise her role as Neytiri in the sequels Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 which will release in 2021 and 2023 respectively.