The 10 Sexiest Tomboys
Amelia Earhart was just the first of many
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 24, 2009 7:49 AM CDT
It was 'Facts of Life' time again when actresses Lisa Welchel, left, Charlotte Rae and Nancy McKeon reunited during the Third Annual Friends of CLARE Foundation Tribute Dinner to honor Charlotte Rae.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – In honor of Amelia’s celebration of the tough girl, James Brady Ryan of Nerve takes a look at the top 10 sexy tomboys onscreen and off:

  • Nancy McKeon as Jo Polniaczek, The Facts of Life: Her entrance (on a motorcycle) and eventual career choice (police officer) speak for themselves.
  • Ellen Page: The Juno star grew up climbing trees and playing with action figures, and she did her own roller-derby stunts in Whip It.

  • Sara Gilbert as Darlene Conner, Roseanne: Sardonic, athletic, and brash, “she delighted in gross-out humor and tormenting her siblings.”
  • Mia Hamm: “She’s been called one of the most influential athletes of the nineties and into the twenty-first century, and for good reason.”
  • Joan Jett: “Jett could blow out your eardrums, drink you under the table, and take you home all in one night.”
  • Katee Sackhoff as Starbuck, Battlestar Galactica: The cigar-loving fighter pilot “easily wins the honor of most badass chick in the Colonial Fleet.”
  • Parminder Nagra and Keira Knightley as Jess Bharma and Jules Paxton, Bend It Like Beckham: “The girls’ athletic prowess and close friendship leads to more than a few allegations of lesbianism.”
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