11 Actresses Who Transformed Into Iconic People (Eat Your Heart Out, LiLo!)
Lindsay Lohan could learn a few lessons about transforming into iconic, real-life people from actresses like Marion Cotillard and Meryl Streep.
Now that we’ve all had time to get used to the idea of Lindsay Lohan actually playing Elizabeth Taylor in Liz and Dick, we can begin speculating whether or not she’ll be able to live up to the standards previously set by other actresses who have starred in biopics. Okay, so maybe we were doing that before we got used to the idea that this whole thing was actually happening, but whatever. The bottom line is that there are rather a lot of extraordinary actresses who have made stunning transformations into real, iconic people—transformations so complete that we could hardly believe that Meryl Streep or Charlize Theron was really lurking underneath everything. Let’s take a look at a few, shall we? LiLo, pay attention—you might learn something!
1. Marion Cotillard as Edith Piaf in La Vie en Rose
French actress and beauty Marion Cotillard wasn’t always a household name; it was her performance as the chanteuse Edith Piaf in 2007’s La Vie en Rose that made her one. Virtually unknown in the US up until this point, her work in the film earned her all kinds of accolades, including the Oscar for Best Actress—the first time the award had ever been given for a French-language role.
2. Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in The Hours
Another awards season favorite, the 2002 film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel presented countless phenomenal performances—among them Nicole Kidman’s winning turn as Virginia Woolf. Who knew a fake schnozz could do so much?
3. Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena in Boys Don’t Cry
The story of Brandon Teena, a female-to-male transgender person who was murdered in Nebraska in 1993, Boys Don’t Cry was one powerhouse of a film. It was led, of course, by a powerhouse performance from Hilary Swank. Another Oscar winner? You bet.