How about Lindsay Lohan playing Liz Taylor? Man, that was a hoot and a half.
Charter member of the "We Always Believed in Ashley" Club and the "We Believe in Ricky" Club
Old, lonely, pathos-hungry, and extremely gullible
i taped Liz and Dick. Can't wait till I have time to watch.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
7 of the past 10 Best Actresses were real life people
2011 Meryl Streep The Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher
2009 Sandra Bullock The Blind Side Leigh Anne Tuohy
2007 Marion Cotillard La Vie en Rose Édith Piaf
2006 Helen Mirren The Queen Queen Elizabeth II
2005 Reese Witherspoon Walk the Line June Carter
2003 Charlize Theron Monster Aileen Wuornos
2002 Nicole Kidman The Hours Virginia Woolf
Don't know if this counts, but Jodie Foster's Oscar-winning role in The Accused was based on a true character.
One of my favourite performances- Susan Sarandon won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean, in Dead Man Walking.
Sean Penn was also nominated for his character, but his was an amalgamation of two people.
"You emerge victorious from the maze you've been travelling in." Oct 21,2012- Best Fortune Cookie Ever!
Oh, and how can we forget the great 1993 Oscar nominated performances of Angela Bassett and Lawrence Fishburne as Ike and Tina Turner in What's Love Got To Do With It.
Jennifer Connelly won for A Beautiful Mind in 2002.
Ingrid Bergman as Anastasia (1956)
To me the really impressive task is when the actor goes beyond mimickry. Take away the wow-she/he-really-looks/sounds-like-the-real-person aspect, and ask yourself if the acting performance stands on its own. Sadly, IMO a lot of best acting winners won only because they were playing a famous person. Marion Cotillard is a case in point: the mimickry of Piaf was superb ... but beyond that the performance was only pretty good. Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Helen Mirren, oth, gave performances that transcended their famous characters.
And of course Meryl Streep had the added challenge of working with a medocre-at-best script ... but that's a whole other thread. "Actors who've won best actor awards in bad movies." (Pretty short list mind you.)
Another winner is Dame Judi Dench for QEI in Shakespeare in Love. IIRC her win made news because she had such a small amount of screen time and so few lines. But she's just awesome.
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I feel like I'm in a dream. But it can't be a dream because there are no boy dancers!
Joseph Schildkraut as Capt. Alfred Dreyfus in The Life of Emile Zola
Mary Steenburgen as Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard
Dench portrayed Queen Victoria in Mrs. Brown.