These 66 famous underrated women, unlike these 66, don’t get as much respect as they deserve. Why? We’re not sure. Maybe it’s because they are not media whores like so many on our overrated list. Whatever the reason, we like them, a lot, and they should get more attention. Beginning…NOW.
(LAST YEAR’S RANK IN PARENTHESIS)
66 Abbie Cornish (32)
Ever since we watched Abbie Cornish in Sucker Punch we’ve been waiting for her to blossom with the right role. She was good in Seven Psychpaths, but maybe once RoboCop finally comes out in 2014 people will start to take even more notice.
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65 Nikki Reed (NR)
Best known for her role in The Twilight Saga, Nikki Reed is also a talented screenwriter and singer-songwriter having co-written the script for the semi-autobiographical film Thirteen when she was just a kid, leading to a bevy of award nominations.
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64 Natalie Martinez (NR)
We’ve been waiting a long time for Natalie Martinez to land a starring role in a big time film or TV show. Unfortunately that has finally happened with the abomination called Under the Dome where she plays a cop. Always a cop. Detroit 1-8-7 – cop. CSI: NY – cop. Enough with the cop roles already.
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63 Analeigh Tipton (NR)
Analeigh Tipton finished in third on America’s Next Top Model in 2008 and turned that into roles in the films Crazy, Stupid, Love and Warm Bodies. Next up, two more films: Two Night Stand and One Square Mile. She’s catching on fast.
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62 Adrianne Palicki (51)
Since appearing on on this list last year Adrianne Palicki has appeared in G.I. Joe: Retaliation and well, that’s about it. We’re still waiting for her get another great role like the one she had on Friday Night Lights.
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61 Rachelle Lefevre (36)
Rachelle Lefevre was one of the few people in the Twilight films we actually liked so last year she made the list for the first time. Someone must have been paying attention because she landed one of the main roles in the mini-series Under the Dome. Unfortunately that has turned out to be one of the worst book to TV adaptations ever created. (Ask anyone who has read the book.)
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60 Sarah Shahi (NR)
We adored Sarah Shahi on the USA Network drama Fairly Legal. Then it was cancelled. Now she’s on the CBS drama Person of Interest, where she will reportedly become a regular member of the cast this fall. About time.
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59 Kristin Kreuk (43)
We had Kristin Kreuk on this list last year, hoping that the former Smallville beauty would garner more attention for her role as Catherine Chandler in the new CW series Beauty & the Beast. Despite her once again being very good on the show, that hasn’t really happened yet.
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58 Alexandra Daddario (33)
Alexandra Daddario returns to this list in 2013 because now we’ve had to wait three freaking years to see her again in another Percy Jackson film. Can someone get this sexy and talented actress a new agent, please?
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57 Angie Harmon (NR)
For many people out there Angie Harmon is known for two things: being on Baywatch Nights and for being married to former NFL player Jason Sehorn. Those people might want to change the channel now and then because Angie Harmon has been killing it for the past three-plus years on the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles. Maybe the nine years between starring roles has to something to do with that though. (She left Law & Order in 2001.)
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56 Genevieve Morton (NR)
Genevieve Morton has appeared in the 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues. She was on the cover of the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in South Africa. And yet Sports Illustrated ranked her only 50th among their greatest swimsuit models of all time. 50th? Really?
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55 Cassie Scerbo (NR)
One word: SHARKNADO.
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54 Holland Roden (NR)
Have you watched MTV’s teen dramedy Teen Wolf? Probably not. And that’s too bad because 26 year-old Rhoden is very good in it. Now if we could get her some juicy film roles.
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53 Ariana Grande (NR)
Pretty much every year we pick one Disney or Nickelodeon star we think is going to break out to the next level. In the past we’ve picked Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato and they’ve done pretty well for themselves (even Chelsea Kane has done okay). This year we’re tabbing 20 year-old Ariana Grande, the star of the new Nick series Sam & Cat, who also just completed her debut album called Yours Truly set for a September release.
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52 Autumn Reeser (48)
Autumn Reeser, an actress with an extensive resume, stays on the list because the show we hoped would bring her to national prominence, Last Resort, was canceled by ABC after just one season.
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51 Alexis Dziena (NR)
Why have we seen so little of Alexis Dziena since her recurring role on Entourage came to an end? Has this been by her choice or those in Hollywood? And now we have to wait until 2014 to see her star in the film Without Ward? That’s too long a wait.
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50 Erica Durance (NR)
Erica Durance was perhaps the best Lois Lane ever when she played that role on Smallville from 2004 to 2011. Now she plays Dr. Alex Reid on the show Saving Hope, which as of now only airs in Canada. Wait? Canada has something that we can’t have? That’s so not right.
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49 Katrina Law (NR)
If you’ve caught an episode of the Starz series Spartacus: Blood and Sand and Spartacus: Vengeance, then you know why Katrina Law is on this list.
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48 Sarah Michelle Gellar (NR)
Sarah Michelle Gellar has been acting since she was four years-old, with her most notable role being that of Buffy Summers on Buffy the Vampire Slayer for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. Since the series ended in 2003 Gellar has been very inactive, but now she’s set to reappear on TV starring in The Crazy Ones with Robin Williams set to premiere this fall.
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47 Naomie Harris (NR)
Naomie Harris first caught our attention as Calypso in the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean films, but it was her role as the new Moneypenny in the James Bond film Skyfall that explained why she’d been cast as Winnie Mandela in the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, set for release in November of this year.
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46 Serinda Swan (NR)
Serinda Swan is a name that many of you may not be familiar with unless you happen to have caught her playing Paige Arkin on the new USA Network series Graceland. But if you have, then you, like us, think that she definitely has the potential to break out, and soon.
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45 Piper Perabo (16)
Piper Perabo did get finally a Golden Globe nomination for her role on USA Network’s Covert Affairs. Unfortunately this hasn’t led to any really good film roles yet for her to showcase all that acting talent.
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44 Anna Kendrick (NR)
Anna Kendrick is best known for appearing in The Twilight Saga, for her role in Pitch Perfect, for her song Cups, and for being awesome on Twitter. But did you know that when she was just 12 years-old she won a Theatre World Award and was nominated for a Tony Award? She’s just getting started.
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43 Joelle Carter (NR)
Anyone who has seen former fashion model Joelle Carter act on the FX drama Justified knows why she is on this list. Now she’s scheduled to appear in up to four films over the next 18 months. We can’t wait to see them.
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42 Abigail Spencer (24)
Smaller parts in films like Cowboys & Aliens and Chasing Mavericks and recurring roles on Mad Men and Hawthorne have made us want to see more of what Abigail Spencer could do as an actress. And we got to, briefly, in Oz the Great and Powerful. Now she stars on the show Rectify…on the Sundance Channel. The Sundance Channel…?
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41 Isla Fisher (NR)
Isla Fisher often gets dismissed as that smoking hot, sex-crazed girl from Wedding Crashers (and with good reason). Thankfully she has been hard at work after being AWOL for years with roles on the reboot of Arrested Development and in the films The Great Gatsby and Now You See Me. It’s good to finally have her back.
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40 Hunter King (NR)
19 year-old Hunter King, formerly known as Haley King, is probably an actress very few of you know since she stars on the daytime soap opera The Young and the Restless. What you also may not know is that after her first year in the role (2012) she garnered two Daytime Emmy nominations.
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39 Lizzy Caplan (NR)
Putting it bluntly, Lizzy Caplan is one of the most talented, underutilized actresses in Hollywood. She was great in Cloverfield. She was great on True Blood. She was great on Party Down. And she was great on New Girl. With this kind of range how about we get her her own TV show, huh?
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38 AnnaSophia Robb (NR)
AnnaSophia Robb is 19 years-old and yet she’s been acting in successful films since 2005. Now she stars as Carrie Bradshaw on the CW series The Carrie Diaries. And she’s good on it, but just wait, she will do even better than that. She is just 19, you know?
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37 Gemma Arterton (22)
While we very much enjoyed Gemma Arterton’s portrayal of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters it didn’t garner quite the buzz we had hoped it would for her. Perhaps one of the seven films (yes, seven) films she is scheduled to be in between now and the end of 2014 will do the trick.
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36 Laura Dern (NR)
In 2011 Dern won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Television Series Musical or Comedy for her role on the HBO series Enlightened. That was the third time she’s won a Golden Globe Award in her career. She might be the best under-the-radar actresses of her generation.
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35 Lily Collins (18)
Lily Collins has been rather quiet over the past 12 months, but expect that to change (hopefully) when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones comes out on August 21, followed by The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes sometime in 2014.
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34 Missy Peregrym (NR)
Missy Peregrym has fully shed her fashion model image with her performances on shows like Reaper and Rookie Blue. Now we just need to get her a nice little starring role in a feature film.
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33 Olga Kurylenko (17)
While we were glad to finally see Olga Kurylenko land a nice juicy and regular role on the Starz series Magic City, proving that she really does know how to act, and well. But we’re still waiting for her to parlay that into a larger role in a feature film (Erased doesn’t count since no one saw it).
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32 Kat Graham (NR)
Nina Dobrev is obviously one of the reasons The Vampire Diaries has done so well, but let’s give Kat Graham a little credit here too. There’s a reason she won the “Scene Stealer Female” at the Teen Choice Awards in 2011. We should also mention that she has released several songs and is currently in the process of recording her debut album. Talent? She’s got loads of it.
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31 Amber Tamblyn (NR)
Amber Tamblyn is just 30 years-old and yet she’s been acting successfully for over 18 years now. And the best part? She’s been very good at it the whole time. So why since her recurring role on House M.D. came to an end have we only seen her in a cameo in Django Unchained?
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30 Megalyn Echikunwoke (NR)
30 year-old Megalyn Echikunwoke often gets overlooked when it comes to naming some of he best actresses of her generation. Perhaps that’s because she hasn’t had a regular starring role since her run on CSI: Miami ended in 2009. Can’t Hollywood do more for her than the role of “Pretty Reporter” in A Good Day to Die Hard? Perhaps they can as she is set to star on Mind Games, a new ABC crime drama scheduled for this fall.
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29 Meghan Markle (NR)
Meghan Markle worked for the US Embassy in Buenos Aires after graduating from college. Not really relevant, but thought you should know that. She was also a model on the game show Deal or No Deal (Case #24). And now she plays one of the main characters, Rachel Zane, on the USA drama Suits, which just premiered its third season. And she’s very good at it.
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28 Camilla Belle (30)
Camilla Belle is scheduled to appear in as many as six films this year. We hope one of them actually makes money so we can finally get to see her act in something with a larger budget.
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27 Lena Headey (NR)
Of all the great actors on Game of Thrones, Lena Headey is one of the best and she has turned that success into landing a few big movie roles in films over the next two years with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, and 300: Rise of an Empire. One day, we predict, Headey is going to win an Oscar.
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26 Robin Tunney (NR)
Ever since we first saw her in the film The Craft we’ve been fans of Robin Tunney, but between 1996 (the film’s release date) and 2004 we didn’t see much of her in roles that served her talents. Luckily in 2005, someone finally remembered her skills and cast her on Prison Break, which led to her current role as Teresa Lisbon on The Mentalist. Now how about someone getting her back into a good movie again?
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25 Marion Cotillard (2)
Marion Cotillard was almost at the top of our list last year. We’d hoped that The Dark Knight Rises would finally make people realize that she’s won a damn Academy Award. Sure, she’s more famous now, but most people are still like, “Who was that chick who played Talia al Ghul again?”
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24 Olivia Williams (NR)
Olivia Williams is awesome in just about everything she appears in, but she’s British so we don’t get/have to hear about her all the time in our tabloids and online. Amazing, really, a good actress who isn’t a fame whore? So refreshing.
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23 Julia Stiles (NR)
Can you believe that many of us first saw Julia Stiles acting in a film in 1999’s 10 Things I Hate About You? She’s only 32 years-old! Part of the reason we have lost track of her is that she’s spent the better part of the last two years acting on a Web-only TV show called Blue. And acting amazingly well, in case you haven’t had a chance to catch it yet.
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22 Selita Ebanks (NR)
Is there a more successful, more understated, more under-the-radar supermodel out there than Selita Ebanks? If there is, we’d like to know about her.
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21 Lisa Edelstein (NR)
For seven seasons Lisa Edelstein showed off her tremendous acting chops on the Fox series House, M.D. It’s now been two years and she hasn’t parlayed that work into anything very special. Whether that’s by her choice or Hollywood’s it’s time for her to get back to work.
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20 Jessica Pare (NR)
Christina Hendricks and January Jones are the females that get all the ink for their roles on Mad Men, but we enjoy tuning in to watch Jessica Pare just as much, if not more in some cases, than those other two leading ladies.
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19 Jennifer Connelly (NR)
Did you know that Jennifer Connelly made her film debut in 1984? Pretty amazing considering that she’s still just 42 years-old. Did you also know that she’s won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a BAFTA Award? You should, and you do now.
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18 Moon Bloodgood (NR)
Moon Bloodgood started out as just another (very) pretty face – she was a model after all. But now after impressing us in Terminator Salvation and more recently in her run as Anne Glass on Falling Skies (for which she has received a Saturn Award for Best Actress nomination) she’s proven to be way more than just another (very) pretty face.
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17 Laura Prepon (NR)
Laura Prepon gets the nod here because she is the most famous, but this spot could have gone to any number of women who act on the new Netflix series Orange is the New Black. From Taylor Schilling to Kate Mulgrew to Dascha Polanco to Natasha Lyonne to Taryn Manning to Yael Stone and more, they are all doing simply amazing work. Consider this a group nomination.
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16 Ashley Benson (NR)
Ashley Benson has shown that since first appearing on the soap opera Days of our Lives back in 2004 that she knows how to act – and she’s only 23. With credits including Eastwick and Pretty Little Liars (not to mention Spring Breakers) Ashley has serious potential to become a breakout actress at some point down the road.
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15 Lake Bell (NR)
Lake Bell is more than just a talented and attractive actress, which she is, especially on Childrens Hospital, she is also an accomplished writer and director winning awards for her short film Worst Enemy. This year she added producer to her resume and won a a screenwriting award at Sundance for her film In A World…
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14 Julie Benz (NR)
We’ve been fans of Julie Benz ever since we saw her play Darla on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Then we, along with the people who give out awards, became even bigger fans of hers when she played Rita Bennett on Dexter. Now she stars on the Syfy show Defiance. So when is she going to finally land that big movie role?
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13 Rebecca Hall (NR)
Rebecca Hall, in her very first stage performance in 2003, won a prestigious British acting award. She’s been in 12 feature films since. She’s been nominated for an acting award in six of them. And Iron Man 3 is the first time many people had ever heard of her?
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12 Carla Gugino (1)
Carla Gugino held the top spot on this list in 2012, but our faith in her ever getting the credit she deserves is starting to wane a little bit. She’s not scheduled to appear in a single feature film in 2013 after starring in the USA Network mini-series Political Animals in 2012.
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11 Cintia Dicker (NR)
Why does Cintia Dicker’s name rarely come up when it comes to the best models in the world today? Is it a ginger bias? She has been in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue each of the last five years. She’s appeared in ads for companies like Ann Taylor, Macy’s, L’Oreal, American Eagle, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent. She’s been in catalogs for Victoria’s Secret, H&M, Gap, and Lands’ End. She’s covered loads of fashion magazines and has walked the runway for companies like Gucci, Anna Sui, Tommy Hilfiger, and Dolce & Gabbana. She needs to be in the conversation, people.
10 Bridget Moynahan (NR)
Everyone knows that Bridget Moynahan is the mother of Tom Brady’s first son. But what many don’t realize is that Moynahan, who started out as a model, is actually a really good actress. She’s one of the main reasons Blue Bloods has been renewed for a fourth season by CBS beginning in the fall.
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9 Jamie-Lynn Sigler (NR)
The thing many people seem to have missed about Jamie-Lynn Sigler playing Meadow Soprano and herself on Entourage is that she was really very good at those roles. And while the comedy series Guys with Kids is okay, why hasn’t she been given a more substantive part in a movie yet? She played a Soprano for God’s sake, someone make a movie about her character.
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8 Melinda Clarke (NR)
Melinda Clarke, who many of you will recognize from her role on The O.C., has been killing it as an actress for over 23 years now, but she’s never done it better than she has been doing in the role of the main antagonist on the CW series Nikita.
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7 Kathleen Robertson (NR)
If you didn’t catch Kathleen Robertson playing Kitty O’Neill on the Starz political drama Boss, you might only know her as Clare Arnold from Beverly Hills, 90210. And that would be a shame, because she was really damn good on Boss.
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6 Rachel Weisz (NR)
Rachel Weisz, now 43, has been acting in films for over 20 years now and while she has garnered a handful of lower level acting awards, she hasn’t she gotten enough praise for her skills. There’s a reason the producers of Oz the Great and Powerful chose her to play Evanora: because she’s damn good.
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5 Lori Loughlin (NR)
Everyone knows who Lori Loughlin is. Many know her just from her days as Becky Katsopolis on Full House. But her acting resume has extended far beyond that one role and she deserves a lot more credit for how good she’s been in all of them.
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4 Dina Meyer (NR)
Dina Meyer is like Carla Gugino in that she’s done tons of great acting and gotten very little credit. Her list of credits are pages long and we’ve enjoyed her in almost every role that she’s played. So where’s the love?
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3 Famke Janssen (NR)
Famke Janssen first burst on to the scene in 1995 playing Bond Girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye. Now over 35 films later (many of them very successful, mind you) we think it’s time she started getting respect for being more than just a pretty face…and body.
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2 Keri Russell (NR)
Keri Russell and Felicity Porter will forever be intertwined in the minds of a generation, and for good reason since Keri Russell did win a Golden Globe Award for her portrayal of Felicity. Unfortunately, for the better part of eight years we didn’t see much out of Keri in the acting department. But now, playing Elizabeth Jennings on the FX drama The Americans we see that she hasn’t lost a step and has in fact just gotten better with age.
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1 Maria Bello (NR)
Maria Bello has been acting her ass off ever since she landed the second acting role of her career on ER back in 1997. She’s been nominated for two Golden Globes overall and frankly she deserves more accolades. Someone needs to get her an acting role that does just that, and soon.
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