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Here's a list of some of the ``tough girl'' characters, and their predecessors, to emerge in movies and on television in the last 30 years:

1972: Bea Arthur debuts as ``Maude'' in long-running TV hit.

1979: The first of the ``Alien'' films debuts starring Sigourney Weaver as Warrant Officer Ripley.

1984: Linda Hamilton plays gutsy survivor Sarah Connor in ``The Terminator.''

1988: ``Roseanne'' makes TV debut.

1991: Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon star in road movie ``Thelma and Louise.''

1994: Film ``Mi Vida Loca'' depicts struggles of life in a Latina girl gang.

1995: ``Xena: Warrior Princess'' makes successful TV debut after spinning off from ``Hercules: The Legendary Journey.''

1996: ``Set It Off'' debuts on big screen, featuring Queen Latifah as member of quartet of fledgling female criminals.

1997: ``Buffy, the Vampire Slayer'' makes TV debut.

1999: Japanese import ``The Powerpuff Girls'' creates a stir on American TV and at video stores.

2000: ``Charlie's Angels,'' ``Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'' and ``Girlfight'' all hit the big screen with female leads.

2001: ``Tomb Raider,'' a movie based on the video game, features Angelina Jolie playing adventuresome archaeologist Lara Croft.