Tough Girls Chronology
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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.